The capital city of Thailand is usually the base where most tourists land only to make their way to the popular islands. Bangkok has the perfect blend of cosmopolitan lifestyle and traditional vibes. Spending a few days in Bangkok can help you learn so much about local Thai culture. The place is high in nightlife and has a really exciting street life. Several day trips can be taken from Bangkok to its heritage sites, nearby markets, and countryside. You need to spend a couple of days here for the city to open up to you. To make your trip more rewarding, here is a list of things you must-do when in Bangkok.
1. Visit to Grand Palace
One of the landmarks of Bangkok. You cannot visit the city and not pay a visit to its grandest architecture. Built in 1972, The Grand Palace was the royal residence of the ruling family and has a rich history that is worth exploring. The place is a paradise for photographers with its grand statues, colorful exterior, murals, and beautiful temples. The Grand Palace has the famous Wat Phra Kaew also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
2. Temple Tour
Bangkok has about 400 watts. Seeing all of them on a single trip would be impossible. But make sure you visit some of the most popular ones. Wat Traimit or the Temple of the Golden Buddha is popular for its intricate design and the ten feet tall Golden Buddha statue. Wat Pho is the oldest and the largest Buddha temple in Bangkok. The place has a soothing environment. The place is a must-visit if you wish to know more about Buddhism and rituals practiced by monks. Another incredibly striking temple in Bangkok is Wat Benchamabophit. The Marble Temple with its ornate high gables, elaborate finials, and marble structures is a fine site to visit.
3. Floating Markets
A popular attraction in the whole of Thailand. A rare sight for first timers. Usually, most of the tourists do not visit the market for the distance and the early wake up time. Nobody wants to get up at 5 in the morning when on a holiday. But a visit to floating market is a great even if shopping is not on your mind. You get to have a closer look at the local life of people. The markets are an amazing sight. Long-tail boats laden with fresh produce, food, accessories invite you in to explore. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Amphawa Floating Market are two of the oldest and most popular floating markets in Bangkok.
4.Food Tour by Tuk-Tuk
The sun never sets in the Thai capital. As soon as the sun goes down the streets of Bangkok comes alive with night markets. The stalls sell everything from clothes to furniture. The best way to enjoy your evening in Bangkok is to get on a tuk-tuk and take a tour of the markets relish the exquisite Thai street food.
5. Ayutthaya Ancient Capital
The ancient capital of Ayutthaya is the place where history still breaths. A history lover or not a visit to Ayutthaya is loved by all tourists. Taking a stroll through the ancient ruins of prangs and gigantic monasteries sets lets you imagine the city’s glorious past. The ruins now form the Ayutthaya Historical Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can pay a visit to Wat Maha Tat an intricate Buddhist temple or the 17th-Century Bang Pa-In Royal Palace.
6. Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
One of the most beautiful experiences in Bangkok. Cruises on the Chao Phraya River is a wonderful 2-hours journey. You slowly float through the beautiful scenery at the river as you are treated to Thai, Asian, and International food cuisines. This is one of the best things to try if you are traveling with someone special. There is no place better than the river to spend a romantic and private evening. You get entertained by musical performances that include saxophones, Pop, and Jazz singers. Thailand’s historical landmarks like the Royal Palace and Wat Arun look beautiful from the river in the evening. Apsara Dinner cruise by Banyan Tree is one of the most popular cruises on the Chao Phraya River.
7. Half-Day Cooking Class in Sukhumvit
There is nothing better if you go back home from a foreign learning something new. One of the main attractions in Thailand is its mouth-watering cuisine. A lot of tourists wish to savour the taste and flavour of authentic Thai cuisine and take it back home. Bangkok has several cooking classes that offer crash courses in Thai cooking. They offer you an opportunity for hands-on cooking classes. There are different classes for beginners, vegetarians, and more. The professional chefs offer you classes in english.
8. Ride in the Sky Train
One of the best ways of traveling in the city, especially if it’s your first time in Bangkok. It is the easiest and swiftest way of traveling. All major shopping destinations from malls, Sukhumvit Road, Chatuchak Market, and are easily accessible. The train operators from 6:30 in the morning to midnight. It cost around 15 Baht per stop. Although if you are planning to visit more than one stop then you can make a BTS card for 120 Baht and travel unlimited in a day.
9. Calypso Cabaret Show
If you wish for a night of entertainment then Alcazar Cabaret Show promises you that and so much more. The third-sex of Thailand put up a glittery show with stunning costumes and excellent dance routine. You will be dazzled by the beautiful transvestites and transsexuals. You can book the tickets online. The majority of Bangkok Tour Packages have the show in their itinerary.
10. Jungle Bike Ride
Biking through the backdrop of Bang Kachao would be one of the most refreshing experiences. Bang Kachao is an urban oasis in the bustling capital city. If you are eager to escape the busy city and spend some time with nature then this ride will be the best for you. The underdeveloped jungle area has pathways amidst canals, villages, wilderness, an old temple, and more. The surrounding greenery and the breath of fresh air makes the ride amazing.
11. A trip to Kanchanaburi Province
A small town about 125km from Bangkok. The town gained fame after the movie ‘Bridge over the River Kwai’. You can explore the rich history of the place and take a ride on the ‘Death Railroad’ built during World War II. The small town has a number of attractions like Erawan National Park and the River Kwai. You can take a hike along the national park, float on bamboo rafts on the river, enjoy regional Thai lunch, and more.
12. Spa Sessions
Spas in Bangkok are your gateway to heaven. Bangkok has some of the best hotel spas that help you unwind and relax your senses. The experience is relaxing and simply a treat after all the traveling and sightseeing. You can look up for hotels and urban temples dedicated to this or can even ask your tour operator to include one in your itinerary.
13. Siam Niramit Show
It is one of the most entertaining ways of learning more about Thailand’s religious customs and practices. The theater show is filled with spectacular performances by live elephants and dancers. It is one of the largest stage productions in the world. The show is family entertainment with world-class quality special effects and state-of-the-art technology followed by a delicious Thai buffet dinner.
14. Muay Thai Live
Muay Thai Live-The Legend Lives is a stage show about the history of the popular Thai boxing. The show takes its viewers through the journey of its origin to how it has transformed into its present-day form. The show takes place in the stage at Asiatique. The show includes special effects and state-of-the-art lighting and has a perfect combination of battles, tragedy, joy, and comedy. It also includes two real Thai kickboxing match.
15. The Khlongs of Thonburi
Thonburi located on the right bank of the Chao Phraya River was a wealthy garrison town in the Ayutthaya Kingdom era. The town has retained its old-world charm. Take a tour of the man-made network of Khlong in the flat-bottom river boats and get the look of how the people of Thailand use to love back in the days in stilted shacks, lean-tos, and townhouses. The 6-metres long-tail boat can be hired from any tourist piers.
16. Bangkok Nightlife
The city of Bangkok knows no night. No sooner does the sun goes down than the streets of Bangkok starts buzzing with life. Several night markets, rooftop bars, nightclubs, cocktail bars, keeps the fun going even after dark. If you have heard anything about the famous Bangkok nightlife. Then, the party scene at Khao San Road must have been mentioned more than once.
17. Puppet Show
Puppet Show at Aksra Theater is one of the must-see attractions. A low-key light-hearted performance that takes place on an elaborate scale telling folktales through classic art of puppetry. The show has a live orchestra by Thai and European instrument players and a grand set design which is a testament to Thai craftsmanship. Puppet is dressed in beautiful costumes and play parts of human characters or mythical creatures. The tales are usually derived from Ramakien epics.
18. Chatuchak Market
If you wish to shop then there is no better place in Thailand than Chatuchak Weekend Market. The market remains open from 9:00 in the morning to 6:00 in the evening on Saturdays and Sundays. The market is on Kamphaeng Phet Road and can be easily reached via public transportation. You can get on BTS Skytrain to Mo Chit or can even take the MRT metro to Chatuchak Park. The market is divided into 27 sections and has over 15000 stalls that sell everything from food, fruits, clothes, accessories, handicrafts, souvenirs, household appliances, gifts, pets, decorations. There is rarely something you will fail to find here
19. Visit the National Museum
The National Museum of Bangkok happens to be the largest in the whole of South-East Asia. Museum tours for most seem a bit boring but the locations this museum has are jaw-dropping. The exhibits contain antiques from even the prehistoric era and also from other Asian Countries. The Royal Treasure and the Golden funeral chariot used by the royal family can be called the star attraction of the show. The exhibit contains a Golden Elephant Saddle, Gemstones, Gold Bowl, Dragon Chair, and more exciting artifacts. The museum remains open from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. You also take the free guided tours offered in different languages. Knowing more about the items on display enhances the experience.
20. Eat in Chinatown
If you are up for culinary experience then this is the place to be. Chinatown takes everything you know about food and completely breaks it down. There are several eateries in the form of stalls and indoor restaurants. Chinatown is always crowded. It has some exquisite places for seafood like Rut & lek and T & K. Red Rose Restaurant with a Shanghai parlor concept is another famous place to dine.