Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and one of the largest cities known for vibrant street life and ornate shrines. I had a chance to visit in November of 2018, and I was mesmerized by the village ambiance while holding up the traditional busyness of a city.
With a population of eight million folks, you’re bound to find all walks of life from rich to poor. If you’re looking to get a hint of Bangkok’s culture at every corner, read along as you will find some of the most popular things to do.
Take A Boat Ride along the Chao Phraya River
The river is known as the River of Kings and an essential waterway for the people of central Thailand. For centuries, the Chao Phraya River has been used for its canal system, drainage, recreation, fishing, and as a source of water.
On the river, you’re able to sightsee a lot of Bangkok and also, explore some of the most famous attractions which we will get to later.
To get on the river, you would head to the Central Pier or the Sathorn Bridge Pier.
Visit the Wat Pho
Recognized for one of the largest temple complexes, it’s famed Buddha measures 46 meters long, and 15 meters tall. You will be asked to remove your shoes and checked for appropriate clothing (nothing too revealing) before entering.
Other than the reclining buddha, you will find four chapels that contain Buddha images, lines of golden statues sitting in lotus positions, and detailed murals covered walkways. The temple complex has detailed Chinese figures and ceramic pottery flowers with colorful tiles.
Visit the Grand Palace
Another pit stop you’re able to make off of the Chao Praya River is the Grand Palace. It’s the most famous attraction in Bangkok since it’s 2.35 million square feet and a king once lived there.
With a vast amount of ground to cover, I suggest visiting the Grand Palace first or last. There won’t be a time of the day where you won’t run into crowds. It’s one of the highest-ranked tourist attractions in the city.
Other than the reasons previously mentioned, it contains Wat Phra Kaew, commonly referred to as the Temple of Emerald Buddha. It’s one of the utmost sacred temples and is the palladium of Thailand.
Take a stroll at the Chatuchak Market
Or you’re welcome to go shopping! There are 27 acres of space at the Chatuchak Market, and you’re bound to find anything you want or need.
The market is open on Saturdays and Sundays and attracts about 200,000 visitors a day. You can make a day out of this trip since it offers massages, coffee shops, food, and of course, shopping.
The Chatuchak Market is right off of one of the sky train stops and easy to navigate through. Though you will find yourself sometimes squeezing through tight spaces or crowds; however, it’s a contribution to experiencing Thai’s lifestyle.
Pro Tip: Don’t always accept the initial pricing offering, here, you can negotiate and bargain!
Explore The Bangkok National Museum
The Bangkok National Museum is where you can discover various elements linked to the Thai culture. Here you will find art, collection of artifacts, stones, clothing, textiles, and Chinese weapons.
The Bangkok National Museum is the largest one in Southeast Asia. Visiting provides an opportunity to learn about the history of Thailand, and it’s art. It’s the former palace of the vice king and located between the National Theater and Thammasat University.
Hop-On A Boat Again and Visit The Floating Markets
Floating markets are located everywhere in Bangkok and stunning to see. All the floating markets have different options offered to the public.
Listed below are options you can visit and what to expect from each one:
Amphawa Floating Market: shops, restaurants, vendors who sell food and pastries.
Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market: traditional Thai food, fish market, and fresh produce.
Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market: home-cooked Thai meals.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market: handcrafted souvenirs, fresh fruit, traditional puppets, noodle soup, and bamboo hats.
Relax at Lumpini Park
Take a break from the city and visit the Lumpini Park. It’s an inner-city haven with fresh air, shade and pure tranquility. It dates back to the 1920s and destined to be the exhibit center of Thai crafts and flower displays.
Though the original goal never was fulfilled, over the years it’s grown into outdoor leisure for the local’s activities including jogging, a light workout, and other recreation activities. Lumpini Park embodies foresty trees, a crisp lake, indigenous flowers and has a glistening view of skyscrapers.
Explore the Nightlife for Drinks and Dancing
There is literally almost too much when it comes to the nightlife. Bangkok has restaurants, bars, and clubs located all around the city that I guarantee a magnificent time.
Also, depending on what kind of mood you are in, Bangkok’s nightlife offers a variety of types of places that will fit your needs. If you want to enjoy food and drinks by the river or have a view of Bangkok’s Skyline – you will find it there.
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There are loads of more things you can do in Bangkok. I can understand if the information you google online is a bit overwhelming. One way to narrow down your options is to also check out Airbnb Experiences in Bangkok.