The Best 19 Things to Do in Bangkok Thailand
Why is Bangkok known as the City of Angels?
The city of Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and to be fair the capital city of tourism. The city attracts more tourists in the world than any other city. Bangkok is known for its vibrant street life, every step you make takes you into a world full of action and excitement. Bangkok’s night markets, its food streets, lots of fun places to go and enjoy not to forget the amazing resorts to stay in.
The markets in the city are alive all night, you can either opt to go to the luxurious malls or if you do not to overspend, you can simply go to the wide range of street markets and boutiques.
The Hotels and Apartments in Thailand
Similarly, you can book your room within the expensive hotels of the city, or the overwhelmingly cheap apartments for rent.
The city is also famous for many shrines and temples, these temples contain a log of history and display Thai architecture all of which combines to make Thailand and specially Bangkok and great tourism spot. And no visit to Bangkok is complete without experiencing a Tuk Tuk ride!
The first task when visiting any city is obviously looking for a place to stay in, a place that is best in quality and suits your budget. Here is a look at some of the places you can stay in, the list includes all- the best, cheapest and also the most luxurious places for a stay.
Marriot Marquis Queen’s Park
Marriot Marquis is located on Sukhumvit Road in downtown Bangkok. Sukhumvit is the city’s most active place for shopping, business and entertainment. Marriot consists of around 1,388 rooms and suites and the hotel is ranked 5 star, having just the perfect and luxurious setting for your vacation.
City’s busiest road, boasts a lot of shopping places, food stalls and hip bars. It’s hard to imagine this place going dull anytime of the day. There are so many activities to perform that a day won’t be enough to experience each and every thing. You should take your time and keep in mind that the traffic is heavily jammed all through the day so to save your time, go for the BTS trains.
Mandarin Hotel Managed by Centre Point
Mandarin Hotel Managed is known for its superb service, providing modern comfort in Bangkok. The hotel is located on a short walking distance from the MRT and BTS sky train stations.
The Hotel boasts 374 decorated guest rooms, deluxe and suites. All of the modern and luxurious needs are included with the rooms, WIFI, outdoor pools, restaurants, and spa and fitness center. Location of this hotel allows easy access to Bangkok’s main business areas, shopping malls and other fun activities across the city such as Chamchuri Square, MBK (Ma Book Krong), Siam Square, and Siam Paragon. There are also various tourist attractions around the hotel such as China Town, Wat Trimit, Wat Pho, and Grand Palace.
Mandarin hotel is located at the center of city, 40 minutes drive from Don Mueang International Airport and Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
The neighborhood lacks tourist attractions, but it still is lively. Handicraft markets and variety of dining options make this place a great place to stay for tourists.
Salil Hotel Sukhumvit Soi 11
The hotel is located on one of the streets of Sukhumvit. Sukhumvit itself being quite a busy location. This street provides a great change of scenery being calm and quiet.
Further, the vicinity is surrounded by world class malls and food places, a wonderful nightlife of Sukhumvit streets. The hotel itself is a pleasant place to live in, perfect for a relaxing vacation. An amazing prospect of staying here is that apart from its state of the art rooms and ambience, there is a shuttle elevator service leading to Nana BTS skytrain station.
Rembrandt Hotel & Suites Bangkok
Another one of the hotels located around the Sukhumvit area of Bangkok. The hotel is within walking distance of Asoke BTS and Sukhumvit MRT public transport stations. With an easy access to all the shopping malls and restaurants of Bangkok.
At Rembrandt Hotel, the customer services is exceptional. The food and facilities are amazing, the rooms are spacious with pools. Rooms so comfortable that it will make you feel at home.
Holiday Inn Bangkok
45 minutes’ drive from Suvarnabhumi Airport, the Holiday Inn resort consists of 684 rooms, the deluxe category has been refurbished recently. The 23rd floor Executive Lounge offers a great view of the Bangkok city.
The facilities include 20-meter pool, tennis court, a health club and a shuttle service to BTS. More importantly for the visitor, this complimentary shuttle service drives you to a variety of dining options. The nearby attractions can be accessed through the “Surasak skytrain” which is just a 7-minute walk away
The location is surrounded by shopping malls and other entertainment options such as Asiatique The Riverfront, ICONSIAM, Jim Thompson, Siam Paragon, MBK and Central World. Another amazing facility is the boat that takes you to tourist spots such as Temple of Dawn, floating market, Grand Palace and Royal Barge Museum.
The Other Great Things to do in Bangkok
Now that we have scaled down your options by listing the top 5 hotels you can stay in. The next question arises, what are some things that you can do on your trip to Bangkok?
Wat Pho : The Reclining Buddha
Reclining Buddha is one of the most amazing views, the statue covered in Gold stands fifteen meters tall and forty six meters long. The reclining Buddha resides in the Wat Pho temple. There are 108 bowls to put coins in them and the interesting backstory to this statue is that Buddha completed 108 positive actions which made him perfect.
The Majestic Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is the most famous attraction in Bangkok. You simply cannot imagine to go back from Bangkok if you haven’t visited the Grand Palace. At one time it was the king’s home as well as the place where the government of Thailand carried out their work. A trip to the palace can take many hours as there are over 214,000 sq. meters to cover. The one important factor you have to be aware of is that there are many people pretending to charge for entry fees which is scam and you should keep your eyes open for them.
Ride the Sky Train
This is the famous sky train we have been mentioning all along, the city of Bangkok is mostly jam packed by traffic. So to travel around the city with speed, without wasting your time and losing patience just hop on to one of the sky trains. Don’t believe me? Just try it out for the first time and watch as the train travels overhead the packed traffic within the city while you enjoy the air conditioned carriages. The train takes you to every part of Bangkok that has a train station.
The Famous Chatuchak Market of Bangkok
Taking a trip around Chatuchak market should be the top priority on your list when visiting Bangkok. This market is unique and exciting in many ways, this market contains over 8000 stalls spread out on the area of 27 acres. These markets are open every Saturday and Sunday, and you can get anything you can wish to buy all of it in local prices rather than tourist rates. The only danger in this market is that it’s huge and if you don’t keep track, you might get lost into the stalls.
Chao Phraya River in Thailand
Chao Phraya River flows through the city of Bangkok with its canals spread out to the different parts. This is one reason city is called ‘Venice of the East’. Amazingly, 50,000 people travel for work on the ferries.
As a tourist, travelling across the city on a boat is fascinating, you can view the city buildings, fancy hotels and children playing in water. The ferries stop at several drop off and pick up spots all over the city.
Health benefits of Thai massage
Probably the only reason some people know Thailand exists is its traditional massage. These massage parlors are available all over the city of Bangkok, so you don’t have to travel a long way from your hotel. This massage is refreshing, and makes you feel balanced.
Eat Out At Chinatown
Bangkok’s Chinatown welcomes you by its ceremonial gates, street stalls and endless streams of restaurants. The best variety of Chinese cuisine is available in Chinatown. Apart from food, it is said that this place has the best gold in Bangkok as well.
Eat Street Food
Bangkok is most known for its vibrant street life, and any street life is incomplete without street food. Bangkok is filled with street stalls selling food, all of which is mouthwatering. While you might enjoy the luxurious restaurants in Bangkok, this is something you would not want to miss out. The food is as delicious as the one in those restaurants.
Drink on the top of Bangkok
Not many drinking places in Bangkok are better than this, Vertigo and Moon bar in Bangkok is located at the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel. You can almost see all of the Bangkok sitting in the bar having a sip. The view of the astonishing skyline of Bangkok is something you must experience at any cost. The rooftop view gives you a 360 degree view of the city that means you can even look down what’s beneath you and if you are afraid of heights, you might hate this place.
Explore the nightlife of Bangkok
Bangkok’s nightlife has gained immense exposure over the years and rightly so. There’s exciting nightclubs, amazing rooftop bars, hip cocktail bars and much more. At Khao San road you can go out and party and dance in the numerous dance clubs.
The Most Popular places to eat in the city
Your visit to any country is incomplete without having tried their traditional food. Bangkok offers so much when it comes to food, a wide range of restaurants to dine in. The top restaurants are listed below, but keep in mind these are just a few top rated, not all of the best ones.
Le Du Restaurant
Located at Silom, Le Du restaurant is run by a young Thai chef , he and his team has introduced new techniques and approaches. Le Du means seasons in Thai language. The restaurant gives a great taste of Thai cuisine.
The ambience is comfortable but you might have trouble finding the restaurant as it is tucked into the narrow streets of Bangkok.
Bunker restaurant in Bangkok is located in a cool looking three-storey building in Sathron. This although is not your traditional Thai restaurant but the taste and the interior is so good that it makes our list of the must eatable. It serves dishes from all over the Europe along with American bravado.
This restaurant serves dishes that has a strong flavor. Salads are served earthy and partially raw, the cured foie gras is heavily creamy, the pastas are rich and filling
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon:
Another restaurant located in Silom opened in 2015, French style cuisine mixed with Thai tradition. This one is another of our must visit eateries in Bangkok.
The seating arrangements in this restaurant is surrounded around an open kitchen, making the place lively, with the customers and staff mixed. The interior is all very modern and trendy, which is visible from the moment the lift doors open and a glossy combination of scarlet, black and dark wood envelops you.
Once you visit Bangkok, you’ll definitely agree to the phrase that ‘Bangkok is the capital city of tourism’. From its busy traffic, to nightlife, night markets to luxurious hotels, exciting lifestyle, street food to its river, Bangkok is simply an amazing place to visit.
Bangkok is diverse, interesting places to visit, astonishing sites. A city within layers hiding its real beauty for the ones who dare to explore and reveal the secrets the city hides within. If you are planning to visit Bangkok, be sure you have enough time in your hands to be able to fully explore the fun and excitement this city has in store for you.