Top 15 Fun Things To Do In Bangkok
- June 20, 2019
Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the hub for tourists, who are traveling to Southeast Asia. People all around the globe come here to enjoy the Thai hospitality. Thailand is a breathtakingly beautiful country. The blue seas and white sand beaches. It’s a summer paradise. And wherever you want to travel to Thailand, you gotta go through Bangkok. So, Bangkok offers a lot when it comes to their travelers, who are there to enjoy their beautiful city and the country. What you wanna do in Bangkok? You name it and I can assure you, you’ll get it right away. Interesting places to visit, fun things to do, nightlife, party, clubs, very exotic red-light district, mouth-watering food, shopping, historical places, temples, shrines, rich culture, friendly people and neighborhoods, safe traveling, traveling in a budget and whatnot.
There is so much to do in Bangkok. But if you’re traveling for a short period of time and wanna grab a fulfilled travel experience or you just want it to be the most fun experience then I totally got your back. I myself love love love Bangkok and traveling, roaming, shopping around it, is top of my list. So I’ll share with you some of my most favorite and best things to do in Bangkok while you’re traveling there.
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So, here’s the list of 15 best things to do in Bangkok or you can say things you must do while you’re in Bangkok…
1. Visit Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo
I must say Grand Palace is the most important place to visit in Bangkok, since Thai people really respect and admire their King, paying a visit there is the most satisfying thing you can do to know Thai culture and the people and their beliefs.
Wat Phra Kaeo is the temple of the Emerald Buddha, which is also placed in Grand Palace. This place is really beautiful and without visiting this place your trip to Bangkok is really incomplete.
Grand Palace is open daily from 8:30 am to 3.30 pm. It has an entrance fee of 500 baht per person but only for the tourists. But Thai people can visit the place for free. Another thing you should keep in mind that you gotta cover your legs and shoulders while you’re visiting the place. If you forget about this then you’ll have to rent clothes at the entrance and maybe you’ll have to wait in the queue for some time to do that.
2. Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn)
Wat Arun, this temple is the most beautiful temple in Bangkok. It is also the most famous one. This temple has a beautiful representation of Buddha’s life, from his life to his death, you can see it all through thousands of mosaic stones.
You must see the temple during sunset and at night when so many lights let it shine golden. Wat Arun is not only beautiful but also an iconic place to visit in Bangkok.
The entrance fee to the Wat Arun is 50 baht per person and this place also follows the rule as Grand Palace, like you need to cover your legs and shoulders, and if you forget to do that. You can borrow clothes from the entrance.
You can also see the Wat Arun by shuttle boat for 5 baht from the nearby riverbank like Tha Tien Pier. And you can also take a tour on a Tuk Tuk around the temple, that’s also a great idea.
3. A trip to Bangkok Chinatown (Yaowarat)
As like any Chinatown across the globe, Bangkok also offers a very vibrant Chinatown experience. I think Chinatown always have their own charm and that’s an attraction itself.
Bangkok’s Chinatown also has these small Chinese shops on the narrow streets. And that place surely feels like China in Thailand for those moments you’re there. I think it’s another world itself.
In Chinatown, you will find many shopping opportunities, and the Chinese street foods are to die for. You can also buy many sorts of Chinese products at a cheap price.
But I must add here that, Chinatown is a very festive place to be, because of all the festive vibe, colors and lights, Chinese culture, Chinese people, their food, their products, and their signature red lanterns and dragons all around the place. So, paying a visit there is a must-do whenever you go to Bangkok, Thailand.
4. Asiatique The Riverfront
Asiatique the riverfront is actually a night market specially organized for the tourists. You can also try free shuttle boat rides around the place from the Sathorn Pier. It is a very beautiful and well-maintained market.
You’ll find so many unique shops to shop, many restaurants, bars and open places to eat, drink and enjoy the night out. This place also has a Ferris Wheel, which is really beautiful and the view up from is breathtaking.
Most of the tourists go there and enjoy their time, they shop, they eat and do a lot of stuff. So, the prices of things and foods are a bit expensive over there. So, if you want to save a little, you can just leave the night market and eat in the streets. The street foods there, are really good. You should try that and also they are cheap.
5. Enjoy Bangkok Skyline From a Rooftop Skybar
If you ask me then Bangkok’s skyline is one my most favorite skylines, whenever I’m in Bangkok I always take my Airbnb’s on those sky-high buildings, just because of the breathtaking skyline of Bangkok.
I’ve visited so many of them and almost all of them follow quite the same rules. Men gotta wear smart casual dress code, it means they have to wear long pants, closed shoes. Women can wear dresses and all.
Most of the rooftop bars are a bit pricey when it comes to there cocktails but they don’t charge any entry fees, so that’s a plus point. But there are also some rooftop bars and they offer cocktails are at a convenient price.
Some of my favorite rooftop bars in Bangkok were RedSquare Rooftop Bar, Scarlett, Sirocco, Park Society & HI-SO Rooftop Bar, Marriott Hotel. Go to any of these and I can assure you that you’ll love it a lot. A drink or two with the view is a perfect evening plan for anyone.
6. Interesting Khao San Road
Khao San Road, one of the most famous places in Bangkok. The most favorite place of all the backpackers. You can say that it’s a backpacker district. This place has so many cheap places to stay, hostels, bars, restaurants, clubs, street foods, and whatnot.
You can even find fried scorpions or different types of other fried insects to eat. I never tried any but if you are a wild one, why not? try some of them. Maybe you’ll like it. I think every tourist ever visited Bangkok and has at least been there for once. It’s that popular.
So, you should also try that experience, maybe you’ll also like it.
7. Naughty Trip to Soi Cowboy (Asoke, Sukhumvit)
Neon lights, colorful streets, dark bars, cheap drinks, a street full of the adult-themed red district area. You’ll find 20+ bars, which are playing loud music, neon lights inside the bars, a central stage with poles to show dancing and stuff, cheap drinks mean (100-150) baht a drink.
Happy hour starts from 4 pm to 8 pm. In this time you’ll get all the drinks in 80 baht. All these go-go bars stay open till 3 pm in the morning and on the weekends these get really crowded and happening for all the tourists and people who love to party and drink. I don’t if you’re going to like it or not, but almost everybody likes to spend some time in a different environment like this.
Soi Cowboy is situated in Asoke, just next to the new shopping mall Terminal 21. You can take the (BTS) sky-train to Asoke to get there easily.
8. Soi 4 Nana Plaza (Nana, Sukhumvit)
Nana Plaza is in Soi 4 Sukhumvit Road. This place is also kinda like Soi Cowboy but the bars are a bit bigger than the Soi Cowboy. But In my opinion, this place is a bit less happening than Soi Cowboy.
You’ll find a lot of bars and clubs here. Nana Plaza is also a very well known and hype red district area of Bangkok.
There’s another thing about these places. If you just want to have some drinks and watch things you can also do that. No one will disturb you that much. But I must say these are really awesome places to party and also in budget.
9. Patpong Night Market (Silom Road)
Patpong Night Market is on Silom Road. It’s divided into two streets, Patpong 1 and Patpong 2. This night market is also very famous for its red-light district. But the street market itself and the kinds of stuff you can get from these street stalls are just more popular than anything.
You’ll find a Hindu temple in this street. Also, you’ll find hundreds of hotels and shops, the stalls of street foods. And not to mention, these Thai street foods I’ve had there were really delicious and unique.
10. Green Oasis of Bangkok Lumphini Park
Lumphini Park is like the Central Park of Bangkok. This park is a great escape from city life and its all the busy people and stuff. You can just walk around the park, or you can go for a paddleboat ride there, or you can just enjoy nature and greenery. Everything is really beautiful in that park.
In my opinion, evening walks at the Lumphini park are the best. You can also join those public workout sessions, so many people workout together, dance to great music, and really enjoy their workout and time there with all the other people.
11. Try Thai Street Food Everywhere in The City
Whenever we think of Thailand Thai food, Thai Delicacy comes to our mind first. Not just in Bangkok but entire Thailand has a reputation for their Thai food and especially for their Thai Street Food.
And Bangkok is one of the most popular cities in the world for its street food we all know that. So, while you’re staying at Bangkok taste their street food and it’s a must thing to do. Visit all around the city and have different types of street food.
You’ll find countless places to eat in the street of Bangkok but one particular place I will highly recommend all of you to eat is at Jay Fai’s, it’s located in Mahachai Road. It’s open from (3 pm to 2 am) six days a week and on Sundays, it remains closed as it’s the weekend. Try her Crab Omelet and Tom Yum, these dishes are to die for.
She is the street food queen of Bangkok. People went to taste her food from all around the globe. She is an incredible chef and that something you must do while you are in Bangkok.
12. Breakfast at Floating Market of Taling Chan
I can surely say that it is a very interesting thing to do in Bangkok. Most people think this Taling Chan Floating Market as you go there and get a boat ride and while you’re doing it, you’ll get to buy things from other boats. But trust me it’s not like that.
This experience is more like, you go there and you’ll see so many food stalls and souvenirs shops are floating around, and you can buy from them. You can buy those food items and eat them on the small tables just right beside it. You can enjoy any meal you just purchased from these floating markets right away.
It’s a weekend market so you’ll find it open only on weekends from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. This place is not that expensive and they serve a pretty good breakfast menu so I’ll recommend you have your breakfast meal there at least for once. I hope you’ll love it and you’ll also get a chance to experience something really new.
13. Shopping Spree at Chatuchak Market
The Chatuchak is a weekend market. It is known to be one of the biggest markets in the world. This weekend market has everything. Whatever you need, I hope you’ll find it there. And the best part about this market is that you can bargain for anything and everything you like over there.
You’ll find over 10,000 stalls and shops in this market. You’ll find clothing shops for souvenirs shops in here. Equipment shops to gadgets. This is like one place you can get everything kinda place.
Whenever you’re planning to visit this market make sure you have enough time to explore because it is a huge place and it takes a lot of time to visit the whole market. Usually, it takes a whole day.
And also try the Thai cuisines over there. Those are also really good and delicious.
14. Bangkok Shopping Malls
If you ask me then I’ll tell you that Bangkok is a city of Shopping Malls. You’ll see a shopping mall on every other road, in every other street. If you take BTS (the sky train), in every other station you’ll find one or two shopping malls.
Bangkok has many expensive and exotic shopping malls, all of them have some sort of theme to their look and environment. If not to shop but to see them, you must wander around, I can assure you that it’s worth it.
Some of the most beautiful and expensive malls in Bangkok are Siam Paragon, Siam Center, Siam Discovery, Emporium, Central Embassy, etc. Some of the beautiful but reasonable price shopping malls are Terminal 21, Central World, MBK Center, etc. Some malls for very reasonable pricing is The Platinum Fashion Mall, Gateway Ekamai Shopping Mall, etc.
You can wander, you can eat, you can watch movies, you can enjoy other interesting things in these malls. So, you must take tours to these shopping malls, while you are in Bangkok because they are pretty good.
15. Rod Fai Night Market
Rod Fai Night Market is a train market. The original one has situated just behind the Esplanade Shopping Mall and the other one is in the Ratacadaphisek Road. Both the place have a vibrant cool vibe to them. It’s a great place for tourists to visit because obviously, they have unbelievably delicious Thai food to eat, hype bars and restaurants, antique shops, clothing to buy and a very unique night bazaar experience to get.
This night market looks very colorful and awesome with those lights on and everything in the night. So, it’s really cool to see them and explore the place as you like to.
Bangkok is a great place to travel anytime in the year and also it has a lot to offer. You’ll never get bored and you’ll always have a lot of new things to do and so many exotic new experiences to grab and explore.
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We all know I love Bangkok and everything about it. It’s a great tourist place and the skyline of Bangkok is to die for. Their nightlife, their food, and friendly neighborhood I love all of it. I hope these must-do things I have mentioned here will help you guys to enjoy your stay at Bangkok more and if you like it please share with others and comment if you have any questions, or to support me and give some love or anything. Thank you guys for reading.