Soaring hotels and condominiums hem in solemn temples, churches and civic buildings that look 19th century European, while yards away the odd wooden sampan sells noodle soup or dried squid to hungry river workers. It is this juxtaposition of calm and chaotic, modern and traditional, religious and secular, ugly and sublime, foreign and indigenous that makes the Chao Phraya so evocative. There are many ferry trips that take you on a tour around the river.
Almost every traveller visiting Bangkok for the first time has this ardent urge to visit these unique shopping areas conducted from the traditional boats. Despite the fact that sellers are more worried about tourists as compared to local people nowadays, the floating markets of Bangkok are still heaped with tropical fruits and vegetables, ready-to-drink coconut juice and local food cooked from floating kitchens found right on the vessel.
It might sound strange but there are different varieties of floating markets in Bangkok. While most of them begin their operations early morning at around 05:00 AM, rest remain open till noon as well. Well, it is best advised to sit and relax without any bargaining over prices, you can even opt for a guided boat tour to Bang KhuWiang, Bang Nam Pheung, DamnoenSaduak, KhlongLatMayom and various other beautiful and impressive floating markets.
Location: Floating markets are located throughout Bangkok and surrounding provinces
Things to keep in mind: Depending on the market you chose to visit, ensure that you are aware of the opening and closing timings of different markets. Also, some markets operate on weekends, make sure that you are well aware of the fact. Bargaining is a tough job here and is time-consuming also, thus, is recommended that you do slight research before jumping onto the price argument with the vendors.
Located in Khlong Sam Wa , the Safari World, within an area of 170 acres is a drive-in zoological park divided into two parts. The first is the Safari Park to house a large variety of animals like zebra, deer, giraffe, birds tigers lions, bears, etc. in a natural habitat. The second is the Marine Park which hosts events like the famous dolphin show. The Safari world zoo is the perfect place for families with children to visit in Thailand. Come face to face with thousands of rare and endangered species roaming freely in their natural habitat. The park provides a coach service for visitors who do not drive in.
Timings: Opens daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Price: The approximate price ranges from 50 Baht to 350 Baht.
Madame Tussauds in Bangkok offers you the chance to brush shoulders with your favorite Hollywood stars, local celebrities, sports heroes and heroines, even heads of state. Madame Tussauds has opened its 10th attraction in Bangkok, with a revolutionary concept – the wax museum with exhibits you can touch, hug, play with and even kiss. Pose with the U.S. President and the First Lady in the Oval Office, play basketball with the NBA star Yao Ming or give Leonardo DiCaprio an air-kiss (or real kiss). Waltz down the red carpet and join the party of the Hollywood A-List, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Angelina Jolie, to name just a few. A day out at Madame Tussauds wax museum is unlike any other you have experienced before.
Timings: Opens daily from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Price: The approximate price for an adult is 600 Baht and for a child is 500 Baht.
One of Asia’s largest markets will make you shop till you drop, literally! Chatuchak market in Bangkok is not only a shopaholic’s dream destination but also a delightful feast for your senses. With more than 15,000 stalls spread across 27 sections, the market sprawls across 36 acres. It is less wonder that this massive market attracts more than 200,000 visitors during weekends.
While you are here, you can choose to browse through or make a pick from the merchandise galore-from apparels, footwear, trinkets to home accessories, plants, ceramics etc – you name it, and you will find it! If shopping is not on your mind you can pick among the numerous food stalls and indulge in authentic Thai dishes, beverages and desserts etc.
With its flavours, colours and aromas, Chatuchak Weekend Market is bound to leave you satiated! What is more, the market provides a wide platform for you to get the best bargain for some of the best products in town. So, while you are holidaying in Bangkok, head to Kamphaeng in the north side of the city, where the market is usually put up on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays!
Here is a quick guide for you to make the best of Chatuchak market!
Pratunam Market is the largest clothing market of Thailand. One of the major and cheapest markets of Bangkok, you can also buy shoes, bags, watches, and other accessories in this market. Pratunam Market covers the entire space around and behind Amari Watergate. This is where the market gets its name, pratunam, that literally means ‘watergate’.
Standing at the intersection of Ratchaprarop Road and Phetburi Road in Ratchathewi, Pratunam Market is jam-packed with tiny shops, stores, and stalls. But if you have the patience, and bargaining skills, you can find global fashion at dirt-cheap prices. But for most things, bargaining would not even be required. Being a wholesale market, products are already marked at their lowest price.
If you are not in the mood to shop, Pratunam Market is also a good place for window shopping. Walk alongside the stalls to get a glimpse into the daily lives of the local vendors. From people working away on sewing machines, to shopkeepers trying to outdo their neighbours, this is the real shopping experience.
Pratunam Market is the one-stop solution for everything, from everyday clothing needs to high-street fashionable dresses at affordable prices, and brand rip-offs that look exactly like the original.
One of the key attractions of the place is local and international DJ music which creates a throbbing vibe and tempo creating the mood for the evening. The cuisines offered here include French, Moroccan, Mexican, and local cuisine. Unique dumplings and delicious Sushi are popular dishes here.
Location: Thong Lor Street Soi 10 , 20 mins walk from nearest BTS Thong Lor.
Timings: 19:00pm to 2:00am
Location: 3/8 Victory Monument, Bangkok
Timings: 17:00pm to 2:00am
Highlight: An extensive market, good cheap restaurants and the international mix of travelers and locals from different backgrounds make it an interesting place to visit or stay.
Location: Thanon Khao San Road, Phra Nakhon District
clever use of shading and borders, artists have painted directly on to walls to create stunning images that trick our eyes. The gallery has over 100 individual art pieces in ten themed sections, covering optical illusions, wild animals, nature, past civilizations and reproductions of classic art along with witty ones.
Highlights: Photography is not only allowed but encouraged in this gallery. Art in Paradise also houses a small charming café where you can grab a bite.
Location: Banglamung, Chonburi
Timings: Open from 9:00 – 21:00
Price: 500 Baht for foreign adults and 300 Baht for foreign children. 150 Baht for Thai citizen.
Wat Traimit is one of the most favourite tourist destinations in Bangkok. It has an impressive 5.5-tonne and 3m-tall, a solid-gold image of Buddha. The image is sculpted in an elegant Sukhothai style and was discovered around 40 years ago. The statue of Buddha in Wat Traimit is housed in a new marble structure, which is of four-storey. If you are interested in beholding the way the statue was made, there is Phra Buddha Maha Suwanna Patimakorn Exhibition on the second floor of the temple. On the other hand, the third floor of temple highlights the multimedia exhibits on the Chinatown of Bangkok and its inhabitants. It is said that the temple is dated back to early 13th century.
Location: The temple is located at Th Mittaphap Thai-China. There are various options to reach there. You can either take a metro or ferry from the Ratchawong Pier.Timings: Open from 8 AM to 5 PM
Price: The approximate price for the temple is 40 THB.
Location: RCA, Rama 9 Rd. Bangkok
The most famous amongst these shows is the calypso cabaret which has provided a great time to viewers from all over the world for years together. Th shows include miming, singing, acrobatics and lots more! There are various operators that carry out different tours at the location.
Location: Royal City Avenue (RCA), Block A, close to the Rama 9 Road entrance.
Timings: 21:00 pm till date
Location: Thong Lor
Sugar Club Bangkok has a state of the art sound system. The nightclub is dedicated to bring back some of the most renowned bands and hip hop clubbing to the masses. You will find some international DJs guesting here and spinning the tunes for you all to shake a leg. The party club also has some extraordinary deals such as Ladies Nights for all the beautiful laddies and weekend specials where you get 5 drinks for 500 baht.
Location: Sugar Club Bangkok is located at 37 Soi Sukhumvit 1/1, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand.
Timings: Sugar Club Bangkok remains open from 11:00 PM to 2:00 AM from Monday to Saturday. On the Sunday, the club is shut early at around 12:00 AM.
Price: For girls the entry fee is 200 Baht and for the guys it is 300 Baht with one free drink for each.
Location: RCAvenue Near Rama 9 MRT, Bangkok
Location: Thong Lor Soi 10, Bangkok
Location: Sukhumvit Soi 49,Bangkok.
Timings: 20:00pm till late night.
Highlights: The Amphawa Floating Market is famous for its exotic Thai culture and authenticity. The place dates back to the 17th century, but the essence is still young and vibrant. The market place lights up with joy and pleasant odor during the weekends. The exotic range of the seafood that is available at the Amphawa Floating market is irresistible to the appetite. The prawn plate appetizers and the sweet tooth Thai desserts are the incredible part of this weekend market.
Location: The Amphawa Floating Market is located at 50 kms away from the city of Bangkok, near a small village known as Amphawa.
Price: The entry to the marketplace is free. The boat ride across the floating market charges around 50 Baht, else you have to pay only for the appetizers you buy.
Location: Shumvit Soi 23, near BTS Ashok
Timings: 22; 00pm to 3:00am
Highlights: The park is home to ever rarer indigenous flora, a forest park, and some quirky residents like the water monitor lizards. Some of the colourful recreational pursuits at the park include rowing, paddleboats, and a fun outdoor gym. On the subject of food, Lumpini Park never fails to impress with many street vendors cooking up famous Thai street food like Pad Thai etc.
Location: It is located on Rama IV Road, between Ratchadamri and Witthayu
Timings: Everyday from 5:00 to 19:00
Price: The entry is free in this park
Bangkok Art and Cultural Center is the center of Bangkok's prospering craftsmanship scene and offers a wide scope of contemporary workmanship, plan, music, theater and film in the city. Located just a few meters away from National Stadium BTS, this stunning center an array of art works both Thai and International specialists.
Both inside and outside the building is reminiscent of the Guggenheim in New York, with its colossal white facing and winding walkways. Bangkok Art and Culture Center gathers and shows a wide assortment of artwork including Thai and global contemporary craftsmanship. The winding staircase takes guests on a round displaying these stunning masterpieces on every floor of this 9-story building. Also, an art workshop is routinely held in front of the building every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Opening hours: Everyday 10:00 AM – 09:00 PM (Closed on Mondays)
Admission fee: Free
Location: Pathumwan Intersection, opposite MBK Center
How to Reach: Taxi/ Bus from Siam Station or National Stadium Station
A national symbol and a deeply revered animal in Thailand remain to be the elephant. Tradition dictates that a white elephant should belong to the monarch and becomes their exclusive property. Considered a symbol of prestige and wealth, the white elephant is an albino of the Siamese elephant. the grounds of the Dusit Palace. Formally the building was used as the stables of the royal elephants, but today has been converted in to a museum, which is made up of two buildings.
The first building will give visitors insight in to the history of royal elephants and how the animals are classified. Several artifacts, photographs and figurines can also be found in the first building. The second building has a display model of a white elephant in full royal regalia along with other artifacts. Another highlight of the museum remains to be the fine display of elephant tusks, the longest is said to be 290 cm in length and once belonged to the auspicious white elephants.
Location: Dusit Palace Park, Th Ratchawithi
Approximate Price: Adult- 100 baht , Child 20 baht with free Grand Palace ticket.Timings: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Highlights: Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market shows a perfect picture of Thai culture and daily life of the people of Thailand. Though the place is quite famous, still a lesser number of foreigners are founds wandering around this marketplace. The Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market is the exact replica of Thai life and their cuisine. The place offers an inside story of deep, authentic Thai traditions and foods. The dishes offered are extremely delicious and worth spending on.
Location: Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market is located at just 20 kms away from the City of Bangkok.
Price: The prices prevailing in this marketplace are very affordable and worth spending.
Location: Sukhumvit Road Soi, 12 Near Nana BTS station.
Timings: 21:00 till late night, even early morning.
Highlights: The basic highlights of the place include the growing Thai market, on the both sides of the narrow tunnel. The place offers an authentic chain of traditional Thai restaurants, right by the side of the river bank. Seafood and Thai desserts are very famous. Aside these, the place also offers a range of other Thai products including clothes, traditional Thai decors, Thai plates and so on.
Location: Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market is located 30 kms away from the city, near a place known as Chang Wat Samut Prakhan.
Price: The entry fee to the market is free of cost unless you buy any item.
Highlights: Located at the bank of Amphawa canal, the lush greenery and chilling climate, makes this small and compact floating market a wonderful place to spend a day. The boat rides along the market shop doors with tropical flowers peeping out to see the tourists. The smell and colorful atmosphere of the Tha Kha Floating Market is incredibly beautiful to describe in words.
Location: Tha Kha Floating Market is located 20 kms away from the main city, near the canal of Amphawa, Bangkok, Thailand.
Price: Entry to the market is free of cost. However, the boat ride is chargeable.
Highlights: Bang Khla floating market is an extraordinary experience for both tourists and local Thai people. Mostly surrounded by the local Thai people of Thailand, Bang Khla offers a gamut of Thai dishes and delicious meals. The sweet tooth Thai tradition offers a variety desserts and Ice cream, especially home made in the Thai houses. The village is well centered by a transportation system. Hence, it's quite easy to reach the place. Spending an hour or two, in the essence of Thai culture is a mesmerizing experience.
Location: Bang Khla floating market is located in the district of Amphoe in Bangkok, Thailand.
Price: Entry to the market is free of cost.
Highlights: This museum includes a funeral chariot hall, featuring carriages used for royal cremations, and many excellent examples of Thai architecture. Free English-language tours given by volunteers are available. Tours are also conducted in German (Thursdays), French and Japanese (Wednesdays).
Location: Na Phrothat Road, near the Grand Palace
Timings: Open from Wednesday to Sunday between 09:00 - 16:00
Price: Approximate price is 200 Baht
Highlights: Do not take any food and drink for yourself, you can purchase some for the monkeys at the temple and the amusement park built specifically for this purpose. The temple is located at the Chao Praya Basin.
Getting There: Local buses run every 20 mins from Ayutthaya. You can also take the air-conditioned bus from Bangkok or you can get around on motorcycle taxis at Lopburi.
Tiger Temple or WatPhaLuang Ta Bua was established in 1994, is located in western of Thailand as a religious community and wildlife sanctuary for wild animals, the greater part of which are Indochinese tigers. An exclusive visit to the tiger sanctuary takes an entire day considering the season of going. The vast majority of travellers go to this project frequently. Numerous photograph opportunities with tigers are accessible which provides you with the golden opportunity of caressing these wild beasts.
Location: Buddhist temple – cum - tiger conservation centre, Bangkok.Timings: The center can be accessed at different time slots held in 4 sessions during the day i.e. ‘Normal Afternoon program’ starting from 12:00 PM – 04:00 PM, ‘Cubs Feeding program’ held at 12:45 PM, 01:30 PM, 02:15 PM, 03:00 PM and ‘VIP Morning program’ held at 07:30 AM – 11:00 AM.
Price: The approximate price starts from 600 THB per person. A special photo with tigers charges around 1000 THB per person. Cub feeding program charges 1000 THB per person
Highlights: China Town is known for its stunning temples, exotic street food and abundant opportunities to shop. Wat Tramit with the world’s largest Buddha, Sampeng Lane, and China Gate are some of the attractions. At night this area turns into one of the best street food locations in Bangkok.
Location: Yaowarat Rd, Samphanthawong, Bangkok.
Highlights: The Lam Phaya floating market is a very eminent weekend market of Bangkok city. Many local Thai people from Bangkok, travel to Lam Phaya floating market on weekends to spend a splendid day away from the high cultured restaurant style eating. The place offers a range of traditional Thai food, cooked by the exclusive habitats of the Lam Phaya village. The magical hands and species of the local people of Lam Phaya have developed this floating market as the lunch hub for tourists to enjoy some exotic Thai seafood and goodness of green farms.
Location: Lam Phaya is a small village situated at the bank of River Tha Jeen, near Bangkok city, which has emerged as a weekend market.
Price: The prices of the items available in this market are very affordable yet delicious.
Location: Sukhumvit Soi, Altaf Hotel, Bangkok.
Timings: 21:00pm to 3:00am
Location: The Royal City Avenue, Block A , Bangkok.
Timings: 20:00pm to 2:00am
The headquarter of Thailand's largest monastic order and Vipassana Meditation centre, Wat Mahathat is an important centre for the study of Buddhism and meditation. Although most programmes are in Thai, there are some in English and the temple has become a popular place to learn the Vipassana Meditation (Insight Meditation). The temple was originally built to house a relic of the Buddha and one of the oldest temples in Bangkok. You can also have your fortune told inside the 'wat' (temple). Just next to the temple, every Sunday is the Bangkok's largest amulet market, where religious amulets, charms, talismans, and traditional medicine are spread on the ground to be inspected by buyers looking for one that will bring good luck or ward off evil. Different amulets are used for specific purposes; to bring money, restore health, deal with unrequited love or keep your enemies away.
Location: Phra That Road, Old City (Rattanakosin)
Timings: 09:00 Am to 17:00 Pm
Highlights: The Kwan Riam floating market is traditionally a weekend market. It opens on Saturdays, Sundays and any other public holidays. Generally people offering alms to the monks gather this place on weekends. Hence, the Kwan Riam floating market is a quite busy market of Bangkok outskirts. The essence of traditional touch in the marketplace is quite realistic and offers a colossal gathering of joy and victuals.
Location: The Kwan Rium market is located quite in between Soi Saereethai 60 and Soi Ramkhamhaeng 187, 30 kms away from the city of Bangkok.
Price: Entry to the market is free. Only buying is chargeable in Bahts.
Highlights: The authentic range of classic Thai food that is available in the marketplace of Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market is the best attraction reason for tourists. Apart from that, the traditional essence, that the market offers is also a desirable experience. Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market is the perfect place to enjoy Thailand farm-fresh food items.
Location: Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market is located at the bank of Noi-Khlong Om River. To reach this marketplace, the best experience is to take a boat ride from Chang Pier River.
Price: The genuine entry to the market is free of cost. You only have to pay for items that you buy.
Location: 13 Samsen Road, Bangkok
Timings: 19:00 pm to 12:00am
Highlights: Wat Suthat is perhaps more famous for the Giant Swing than its impressive interior architecture, which is a must-see after the splendour of nearby Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew. The
cloistered courtyard, surrounding the main chapel, boasts 156 Buddha images along the outer walls and four entry gates individually hand-carved with intricate details.
Location: Bamrung Muang Road, opposite Bangkok City Hall.
Timings: Open from 8:30 to 21:00
Price: Approximate price is 20 Baht.
Highlights: The authentic Thai floating market, Don Wai floating market are an exclusive shopping centre, away from the Urbanhood of the capital city. It is located on the bank of Nakhon Chai River, 30 kms away from the Bangkok City. The market offers a beautiful boating experience to the tourists along with a range of exotic Thai food. Seafood, prawns and traditional Thai meals are very renowned in the floating market of Don Wai.
Location: Don Wai floating market is located on the river bank of Khongkharam Doiwan temple.
Price: Entry fee to the floating market is free of the monetary amount. Also, the market itself is very affordable for all tourists and local people.
Highlights: Taling Chang floating market is an ideal idea to spend a day out of the city's urban livelihood, riding on a long tail boat and enjoying some Thai special shopping. The floating market not only offers a range of seafood and delicious prawn dishes, but also offers some huge range of Thai homemade decors and fresh fruits. The barbeque grilled fish topped with some Thai leaves and served hot on the boat, just makes the day more impressive.
Location: Taling Chang floating market is located 10 kms away from the city of Bangkok.
Price: The boat ride charges 100 Bahts.
The interior designing of the place showcases the class and the sophistication it aims at. Each night a particular theme is celebrated and the music vibes on that theme. However hip hop is played on Wednesday which is considered the ladies night. Deep house, party pop, EDM, bass are also part of the music choice played here.
Location: 39th and 40th floors, Sathorn Square Complex, 98 North Sathorn Road, Bangkok.
Timings: 20:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Location: 469 Phrasumen road, Bawornniwes, Near Wanchat Bridge, Near Khaosan, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Want to visit a quality late night club with abundant action? EQ Late Night Club is your go to place. Brimming with an eclectic mix of local expats, Thai honeys and newly refurbished club, this is a must visit for the revellers in Nana. With the best music, you can dance to the beats of the popular DJs while enjoying a sip of your favourite beer.
Location: EQ Late Night Club is located at EQ Late Night Club c/o Nana Hotel. Nana Tai Alley, Klong Toey, Bangkok 10110, Soi Nana Nuea, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand.
Timings: On Monday to Saturday, the EQ Late Night Club stays open from 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM while on Sunday the nightclub remains open only till 12:00 AM.
Price: An entrance fee of 200 Baht gives you access to the open bar from 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM. This Price includes all house pours as well as bottles of Singha.