Top interesting things to do in Bangkok
Millions of tourists visit Thailand year after year, and the country surely has an attraction for everyone. From sleepy northern cities to a thriving capital and pristine islands galore, the country is eager to please all visitors. See what the hype is about with these top interesting things to do in Bangkok.
1. Famous destinations in Bangkok
The Grand Palace
Address: Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang Phra Nakhon Bangkok 10200
Visiting the palace will realistically take a few hours of your time, depending on where you are staying and how you choose to get there. Give yourself between 60 and 90 minutes to enjoy the grounds and the stunning shrines—the Emerald Buddha is a must see.
Showing up without booking is usually fine, or you can play it safe and book via the website one day in advance. There's a 500-baht entry fee and a very strict dress code, so be sure to cover your legs and shoulders at all times—for a small fee you can hire sarongs at the ticket office. Make sure to go early to beat the heat.
Address: 296/1 Moo7 Sukhumvit Road, Bangpoomai, Amphoe Samut Prakan, Samut Prakan Province 10280
The Ancient City is a large outdoor museum shaped to reflect the map of Thailand and dedicated to bringing lifelike, representations of the country's oldest and most sacred buildings. All sites are geographically placed within the 320 acres of land and have been reproduced to reflect their original beauty and charm. A full day is necessary to cover the grounds, and don't forget to look out for the Buffalos on your travels.
This attraction gets busy and can get very hot so make sure to take plenty of water and a few snacks to keep you going. Choosing the coolest day from your schedule is advised. Jump on the Sukhumvit BTS line and get off at Kheha station, upon exit hop in a cab for a five-minute journey.
Chao Phraya River Dinner Cruise
Address: Asiatique the Riverfront Pier 1
Hop on a pre-booked boat excursion by night and cruise up and down the Chao Phraya River for 2 hours of pure gourmet wine-ing and dining. You'll see the illuminated landmarks of Wat Arun and Temple of the Dawn, whilst being treated to a live band and an 80's/90's disco.
Get to the ticketing office early because you'll need to find the company hosting your trip before being able to join the queue. If dining on the river appeals to you, but the boat doesn't, check out the riverside restaurants for some spectacular views and delicious food.
Cafe Culture in Thonglor- Ekkamai
Address: Thonglor - Exit 3 - BTS Station
If you love people watching, quality coffee and a slower pace away from crowds, then checking out the cafe culture in Sukhumvit's hip Thonglor/Ekkamai neighborhoods, may be precisely what you're looking for.
Head to 'The Commons' and you will find Roost Coffee Roaster, renowned for excellent coffee and a community approach. Hop across the road to its younger brother, 'Seenspace', for Brave Roasters serving equally delicious coffee, plus craft beers. Whilst in the neighborhood, scoot over to Mocking Tales, a fairy tale cafe, making all your sweet tooth dreams a reality. With a dressing up box for the kids and an Instagram worthy concept, you'll have a magical time. Skip the main meal and go straight for the desserts—the Dragon's Fire Breath is a showstopper.
Trails of markets, a catacomb of never-ending alleyways, and a deep network of stunning street food vendors awaiting at every turn. Chinatown is the perfect jollity for explorers and adventurous taste buds. Having a food tour and discovering one of the best street food districts in the world; you'll be amazed by the tastiest dishes on offer. Take the tour by night when the main drag bustles with locals and travellers grabbing a spot of dinner and the vibrant colors and delicious smells permeate the senses.
2. Nearby neighbourhoods to visit
Sukhumvit is Thailand's longest road, lined with trendy neighborhoods, malls, hotels, bars and restaurants. This action-packed area is not only a fantastic transport hub but is also the main commercial and entertainment district. Home to expats and locals residing in the many high-rise Condominium and side street Soi's.
Siam is the centerpiece of Bangkok (the old capital), a commercial district with plenty of shopping options and a hub for transport and entertainment. Siam Square is what gives Bangkok its nickname: City of Angels. A place of contrasts, vibrant art, and trendy hangout spots.
A lively area with plenty of hustle and things to see and do. Whilst Silom covers the southside of Lumpini park and Chao Phraya River, Sathorn is perched on the edge of Silom and is mainly known for being the financial district.
We very much hope that this post will give you a quick glance of Bangkok- the city that never goes to sleep. If you want to know more information about Thailand or any country in Southeast Asia, feel free to check out on our website.
Translated by Bich Huong