Bangkok is an incredible city. The capital of Thailand offers so much for travelers of any kind that you could easily spend a couple of weeks here and find that you still don’t have enough time to experience everything.
Whether you’re going to experience the vibrant nightlife scene or you just want to relax and do a bit of sightseeing, Bangkok has it all.
I’m going to talk about 14 of the best sights, attractions and activities that this amazing city has to offer.
1. The Grand Palace
Starting off with something that should be on everyone’s to-do list when visiting Bangkok, The Grand Palace is, by far, the most famous attraction in the whole city.
It was once home to the king of Thailand and was also a government hub. Now, it is open to the public. There is so much to explore so give yourself plenty of time when you visit here.
Also, make sure you only pay the entrance fee to the Palace and avoid the potential scams outside the gates.
2. Golden Buddah Temple (Wat Traimit)
Not too far from the Grand Palace, the Golden Buddah Temple is another must for keen sightseers.
This place such a spectacle to just look at but it’s also worth buying a ticket to go inside. There is also a museum here that you can walk round and learn more about Thai history.
3. Eating Insects
I know, a little bit of a change! In case you didn’t know, eating insects is a thing in Thailand.
Often on sale at night markets, there is quite a wide selection to choose from. I personally went for a scorpion which was an interesting experience, shall we say! I did also think the cockroaches looked delicious!
Not only is this a new and exciting experience, but insects are actually quite nutritious.
4. Khao San Road
Possibly the most well known night market in Bangkok, Khao San Road is another place that needs to be on every traveler’s to-do list! It boasts a huge number and variety of stalls selling almost everything imaginable from clothing to paintings and even insects!
This is also a decent nightlife spot which brings us to….
Bangkok is famous for its nightlife and party scene, with an abundant amount of bars, rooftop bars and clubs. A couple of Bangkok’s nightlife “hubs” include Khao San Road and Soi Cowboy, which is more just for adults!
6. The Thieves Market
This is one of the more interesting items on the list.
The thieves market (Woeng Nakhon Kasem) is the place to go if you’re in search of some luxury goods sold at a fraction of their actual worth. Even if you’re not in search of such deals, it’s still an awesome place to go to experience traditional Thai markets at their best.
7. The Floating Market
Another must visit market but this one has a very different feel to it. This market is located on a river so the only way to get round is by boat. This is a really cool place with some amazing things to buy.
They also offer experiences like elephant riding and crocodile shows but I strongly advise against these as the animals are not treated very well at all. if you want to find out more about this, please read this article here.
8. Siam Paragon
This is a true shopping paradise. It would be very easy to spend an entire day in this shopping mall as it is home to over 250 stores, a huge, multiplex cinema and the biggest aquarium in Southeast Asia. And don’t worry if you get hungry either. You’ll have countless restaurants to choose from.
9. Get a Thai Massage
You’ll see hundreds of massage places during your stay in Thailand and I highly recommend giving it a go! If you’ve had a tough day, this is the absolute perfect way to unwind and de-stress.
Bangkok, like most other major world cities, has a Chinatown and you should definitely visit here. There are countless places to eat and street food stalls so if you’re a fan of Chinese food, you’ve found where to go in Bangkok!
11. Get a Tuk Tuk Ride
Tuk Tuks are an alternative form of taxi found in Bangkok. It’s part way between a taxi and a rickshaw. These things are so much fun, especially if you get a really fun driver that likes to race around the city streets.
One thing to watch out for, however is being taken to tailor shops. Tuk Tuks seem to be sponsored by these shops and they will often try and take you to them and make you look around. You don’t have to buy anything or pay any extra for your fare, it’s just something to watch out for.
12. Street Food
An absolute must when visiting Thailand, especially Bangkok. As I’ve talked about before (here) Thailand does some of the best street food in the world. When in Bangkok you’ll see tons of street food stalls where you can get some delicious, proper Thai food for a very cheap price. Just make sure the food from the stall is safe to eat.
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