101 Best Things to Do in Bangkok - 2020 (with 4500+ Reviews)

The capital city of Thailand, Bangkok can be found on every other traveller’s bucket list, and the surplus of diverse things to do in Bangkok justifies the craze. With a place like Bangkok on the world map, you are never away from a happening international vacation. The city is not only replete with an endless number of man-made attractions, but also claims a wide range of natural wonders dotting its geography.

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While an exploration of royal palaces and Buddhist temples of Bangkok impresses art and architecture lovers from different parts of the world, the streets and markets of the city holds uncountable experiences for connoisseurs and shopaholics. Wat Arun Temple, The Grand Palace, Dusit Palace, and Jim Thompson House are the epitome of the architectural treasure of Bangkok you can explore on a sightseeing tour. To get insights into the rich cultural wealth of the region, you can watch cultural shows like Cabaret Show and Siam Niramit Show in Bangkok.

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For a wonderful shopping and dining experience, one can head to Chatuchak Weekend Market and Siam Paragon. Besides, the city is also known for its exciting nightlife which you can enjoy in the places like Soi Cowboy and Khao San Road. For thrill seekers, Bangkok offers varied experiences like Jungle Safari and Asiatique Sky Ride.

Let us give you a virtual tour of the most interesting things you can do while in Bangkok!

Must Do Things in Bangkok

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Chao Phraya River Boat Cruise

Chao Phraya River Boat Cruise

Chao Phraya River is the most beautiful aspect of Bangkok, fringed by man-made architectural marvels. And the best way to capture its true essence is on a boat cruise. The activity lets you take in the most spectacular views of Bangkok, so it is not something you can afford to miss.

Opt for an evening dinner cruise experience to enjoy every bit of your time on the calm waters of the river. Owing to the atmosphere created by twilight sky, illuminated structures and the alluring Chao Phraya, this well-appointed experience is counted among the most romantic things to do in Bangkok.

Location: Chao Phraya, Bangkok

Highlight of the activity: Premium cruise buffet with grand views of the cityscape of Bangkok.

Timings: Between 7 pm to 9 pm

Price: Starts from 780 Baht per person

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Floating Market in Bangkok

Floating Market in Bangkok

Hundreds of boats floating on water, laden with food items and other products, creating a unique shopping experience for outsiders – the floating markets of Bangkok are the most revered element in its cultural heritage. A tour of these markets is a must if you want to experience the local culture from a closer distance.

Besides, a tour of these markets also gives ample opportunities to capture the traditions and original way of life of the locals on camera. Though these markets usually tend to be jam-packed with locals and tourists enjoying the vibes, the experience is definitely worth taking nonetheless.

Location: Damnoen Saduak, Taling Chan, and Koh Kret Island have some of the best floating markets.

Highlight of the activity: Local food, traditional shopping, and photography opportunities are the major highlights.

Timings: Varies from market to market

Price: No entry fee

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Swim with Sharks at Siam Ocean World

Swim with Sharks at Siam Ocean World

A place full of visual treats and engaging experiences, Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World is a whole new dimension of Bangkok dedicated to the aquatic life. This aquarium in Bangkok is the largest in Southeast Asia and houses a large variety of underwater species in a total volume of 5000,000 liters of water.

To give you an up-close encounters of the sea world, there are some exciting activities available here namely, glass bottom boat ride, dive with sharks, ocean walker, and feed the penguins. Besides, everybody enjoys a walk in the long glass tunnel with sharks and other creatures floating over their head.

Location: Siam Paragon, Bangkok

Highlight of the place: Giant Spider Crabs, Giant Pacific Octopus, are Stingray Sharks are the major highlights.

Timings: 10 am to 9 pm

Price: 490 Baht per person


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Ride the Sky Train

Ride the Sky Train

It is fast, it is cheap, and it is exciting - there is a different charm of exploring Bangkok on Skytrain which is one of the offbeat things to do in Bangkok. As of now, the train runs in two phases or lines. One is the Silom Line running from west to south of the city connecting the National Stadium in the Siam shopping area with Bang Wa in Thonburi.

A journey on this route gives you an opportunity to enjoy breathtaking views of Chao Phraya River and some important landmarks. The other line is Sukhumvit Line that connects the north with the east, and runs between Mo Chit and Bearing.

Highlight of the activity:
While on the train, you can look upon the cityscape of Bangkok from an elevated perspective.

Timings: Skytrains start running from 6:30 in the morning and are available till midnight.

Price: Starts from 118 Baht per person

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Wat Pho The Reclining Buddha

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Wat Pho The Reclining Buddha

A visit to Wat Pho is certainly among the most important things to do in Bangkok as it is the most iconic Buddhist temple here being the largest and the oldest. Though the temple complex is quite fascinating in itself owing to its brilliant architecture and detailed designs.

It is most popular for housing an enormous 46 metre long gold plated statue of Lord Buddha in a reclining position. One is bound to feel amazed upon seeing the grandeur of the glittering idol sitting in a temple with palace-like interiors.

Location: Wat Phi, Chanun Chetuphon

Highlight of the place: Apart from Phra Phuttha Saiyat or the Reclining Buddha, the temple houses over a 1,000 Buddha idols.

Timings: 8 am to 5 pm

Price: 100 Baht per person

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Relaxing Spa Treatment

Relaxing Spa Treatment

The benefits and effectiveness of Thai massage and spa are known to the world, and you must indulge in this soothing experience while you are in Bangkok. There are numerous spas and massage centers offering a wide range of spa treatments all over the city.

The Oasis Spa, Siam Kempinski Spa, The Oriental Spa and many more are available in Bangkok – you can pick the one that tickles your fancy. Different techniques are employed to effect different results, but the objective is always to relax your body and put your soul at ease.

Highlight of the activity:
Use of traditional spa and massage techniques to create a unique experience.

Price:
Starts from 400 Baht in some places

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Baiyoke Sky Hotel Sky Dining

Baiyoke Sky Hotel Sky Dining

If you have a thing for luxury travel experiences, reserve an evening in Bangkok to revel in an international buffet meal at Baiyoke Sky Hotel. Combining the pleasures of delicious international delicacies and stunning panoramic cityscape views of Bangkok from the 75th floor of a skyscraper, this premium dining experience is a delight for your eyes as well as your taste buds.

You must try this buffet dinner especially if you are with your loved one as it is one of the most romantic things to do in Bangkok.

Location: 
222 Ratchaprarop Rd, Khwaeng Thanon Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand

Highlight of the activity:
International buffet dinner on a highrise building.

Timings: 5 pm onwards

Price: 1689 Baht per person

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The Grand Palace

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The Grand Palace

Explore the golden side of Bangkok at the Grand Palace which is a palace complex with several royal buildings. Constructed in 1782, this palace was the residence of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government.

With its outstandingly beautiful structures and intricate designs, the palace complex is admired by tourists coming from different parts of the world to witness this elegant example of refined workmanship. This palace is an archetypal historical and cultural icon of Bangkok.

Location: Na Phra Lan Road, Bangkok

Highlight of the place: Wat Phra Kaew, Royal reception Halls, and Museum.

Timings: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Price: 500 Baht per person

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Safari World Bangkok

Safari World Bangkok
If wildlife fascinates you, a tour of Safari World in Bangkok should already be there on your bucket list. Thailand’s most famous wildlife park, Safari World features the best of marine and jungle species. There is a wide spectrum of varied experiences designed to let you enjoy a day full of recreation and amusement. 

If you fancy some serious thrill, you can embark on a safari to meet tigers, elephants, crocodiles, and whatnot. Whereas, if you prefer light activities, you can watch dolphins showing off their skills or you can catch a bird show.

Location: Khlong Sam Wa, Bangkok

Highlight of the place: Plenty of up-close experiences and activities with marine and wildlife animals.

Timings: 9 am to 4:30 pm

Price: 915 Baht per person
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Dream World Amusement Park

Dream World Amusement Park

Promising an eventful day with an entire range of amusements designed for people belonging to all age groups, Dream World Amusement Park is an ideal destination in Bangkok one must visit with family. While the park features numerous electrifying high-octane rides and slides for adults, it is also a world full of themed attractions and cartoon characters to cheer up the young guests.

They usually love the experiences like Space Mountain, Snow Land, Super Splash, and Vikings. Additionally, a number of shows like the Animal Show and the Stunt Show are there to add more fun to your day.

Location: Thanyaburi, Bangkok

Highlight of the place: Themed attractions for kids and fun-filled rides for adults.

Timings: 10 am to 7 pm

Price: 650 Baht per person

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Eat Out at Chinatown

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Eat Out at Chinatown

There is simply no place in Bangkok where you can find more delicious Chinese food delicacies than the vibrant and bustling Chinatown. From street hawkers selling snacks at cheap prices to fancy restaurants smelling of Asian spices, the region has various delights for gourmands searching for the authentic taste.

So, if you are fond of Chinese and Thai cuisines, make a mental note to dedicate an evening in Bangkok to explore this wonderful part of Bangkok and tease your taste buds by trying a range of regional flavours.

Location: 
Yaowarat Road, Bangkok

Highlight of the place:
Street-side restaurants and markets stalls selling delicious Asian food.

Timings:
7 am to 1 am

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Wat Arun

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Wat Arun

One of the most beautifully built structures in Bangkok, Wat Arun is a Buddhist temple located on the bank of the Chao Phraya River. This stunning temple is also called the ‘Temple of Dawn’ since it is dedicated to the Hindu god Arun who is the God of Dawn.

Apart from taking a tour of the temple, you can also admire its magnificent structure bathing in lights in the evening on a boat ride on the river. The intricate carvings and tall spires are the most fascinating parts of the temple complex.

Location: Bangkok Yai, Bangkok

Highlight of the place: Detailed murals and golden image of Buddha.

Timings: 8 am to 5:30 pm

Price: 50 Baht per person

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Chatuchak Weekend Market

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Chatuchak Weekend Market

If you wish to make the most of your weekend in Bangkok, you should definitely head to Chatuchak Weekend Market – the largest market in Thailand. Clothing, handicrafts, ceramics, furniture, and books – anything  you want to buy is available here at good prices.

And if you are great at bargaining, the market offers you a perfect opportunity to buy a lot of stuff without burning a hole in your pocket. Besides shopping, one can also enjoy Thai massage and lots of food options in the market.

Location: Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Bangkok

Highlight of the place: The market is divided into 27 sections according to the type of goods.

Timings: Saturdays and Sundays: 9 am – 6 pm, and Fridays: 6 pm - midnight

Price: No entry fee

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Jim Thompson House

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Jim Thompson House

A must visit tourist attraction for any art lover visiting Bangkok, Jim Thompson House is a museum showcasing an impressive arts collection owned by the American architect Jim Thompson. The collection covers a wide range of works of art that includes but is not limited to various types of traditional Thai paintings, numerous images of Buddha, chandeliers, and porcelain.

Jim Thompson procured these articles not only from Thailand but also from Vietnam, China, Belgium, Cambodia, and some other countries. Besides, the house looks absolutely charming due to its mixed architecture and the lush garden that surrounds it.

Location: 6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok

Highlight of the place: An intriguing collection of artefacts from different parts of the world is on display.

Timings: 9 am to 6 pm

Price: 200 Baht per person

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Enjoy Khao San Road Nightlife

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Enjoy Khao San Road Nightlife

Night owls coming to Bangkok to have fun and locals planning an eventful night; they all love to be at Khao San Road to experience its vivacious nightlife scene. The road features a fairly good number of choices made of pubs, nightclubs, and cafes that are open till after midnight, giving you a good dose of fun with alcohol, music, and food.

Glitz of the neon signs and blaring sound of the music fills the aura of the street, giving it its due dynamism. Next time you are in Bangkok with your friends, Khao San Road is definitely worth enjoying a night at.

Location: Khao San Road, Bangkok

Highlight of the place: Superflow Beach Club, Silk Bar, Cinnamon, and Hippie de Bar.

Timings: Evening till late midnight

Price: No Entry Fee

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Things to Do in Bangkok at Night

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Drink at Vertigo Rooftop Bar

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Drink at Vertigo Rooftop Bar

One of the finest rooftop bars in Bangkok, Vertigo has its special charm owing to its classy ambience and the panoramic view of the city one can relish from up here. Housed on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel, this rooftop bar is a perfect recipe for a delightful experience with great food and perfect selection of drinks.

If you are fond of extravagance, spending an evening here, drinking and soaking in the perfect scenery, is certainly one of the finest among Bangkok things to do.

Location: Banyan Tree Hotel, Bangkok

Highlight of the place: Excellent cocktail drinks with beautiful backdrop views.

Timings: 5 pm to 1 am

Price: Cocktails starting at 500 Baht

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Eat Thailand Street Food

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Eat Thailand Street Food

The delicious range of regional food items that cover authentic Thai dishes and delicacies inspired by the cuisine of the neighbouring countries is a fascinating aspect of exploring Thailand. And street markets of Thailand offer the best opportunity to experience the culinary richness of the region.

Whenever you are at one of the marketplaces for shopping or just strolling, try the street food items sold by street hawkers as it is one of the best things to do in Bangkok to treat yourself. Sold at a much cheaper price as compared to the upscale cafes and restaurants, you will find the food quite delicious and hygienic.

Highlight of the activity:
Tasty regional dishes at affordable prices.

Timings: Morning to till late night

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Have a Ride at Asiatique sky

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Have a Ride at Asiatique sky

An activity that gives you a once in a lifetime chance to enjoy the views of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya River from a height of 60 metres, a ride at the Ferris wheel, Asiatique Sky is one of the must try things to do in Bangkok. Although thrilling in nature, the ride is designed to offer a safe and amusing experience to people of all age groups.

During the ride you will be seated in an air conditioned cabin. As the wheel rotates and your cabin starts to move higher, you will be amazed to witness how beautiful Bangkok looks at night.

Location: Charoen Krung Road, Bangkok

Highlight of the activity: View of the illuminated nightscape of Bangkok.

Timings: 5 pm to 12 am

Price: 450 Baht per person

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Enjoy a Tuk Tuk Ride at Night

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Enjoy a Tuk Tuk Ride at Night

One of the most rewarding offbeat things to do in Bangkok, a tuk tuk tour at night allows you to explore the serene side of the city and soak in its true essence. Far from the chaotic traffic and noise of the day, you can admire the architectural brilliance of Bangkok on a tuk tuk ride at night.

Besides, a tuk tuk ride is also an excellent transportation option for those who desire to indulge in a late night shopping or dining experience in the busy market areas of Bangkok.

Highlight of the activity:
A great way to explore the traditional markets, sights, and food of Bangkok.

Price: Starts from 1300 Baht

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Cabaret Show at Calypso Theatre

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Cabaret Show at Calypso Theatre

Add vibrant shades to your evening by letting a cabaret show at Calypso Theatre amuse you and your companions in Bangkok. The show features some really engrossing performances by ladyboys which will keep you hooked throughout your time here. The glamorous costumes worn by the performers and the perfect use of music and lights will leave you in awe of the show.

The performances range from classical and contemporary to regional, thus educating you about the culture in an entertaining way. Besides, the theater flooded with red lights also houses a bar to let your imagination run wild.

Location: Asiatique The Riverfront

Highlight of the activity: Fun dance performances and acts by ladyboys.

Timings: 7:30 pm and 9 pm

Price: Starts from 900 Baht per person

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Eat at Chang Chui Plane Night Market

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Eat at Chang Chui Plane Night Market

One of the most happening night spots in Bangkok, Chang Chui Plane Market is a place worth visiting for gourmands as well as shoppers. Besides, the collection of art pieces made of scrap including a large airplane also makes it an interesting place for art enthusiasts.

Housing a variety of food eateries from cafes to high end restaurants, this well-organized market is a perfect destination for a premium dining experience as well as for fix your midnight hunger pangs. Even though you will not find any street hawkers selling local food items here, the eateries serve really appetizing food with authentic Thai flavours.

Location: Thonburi, Bangkok

Highlight of the activity: Dining below a plane placed in the heart of the trendy market complex.

Timings: 5 pm to 11 pm

Price: Admission fee is 20 Baht during weekdays and 40 Baht during weekends

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Khao Yai National Park

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Khao Yai National Park

A treasure trove of varied experiences along with a rich biota, Khao Yai National Park is arguably the best wildlife park in Thailand. The park claims to house a large variety of wild animals including bear, gaur, elephant, and barking deer which can be spotted on a thrilling wildlife safari.

Khao Yai is also a paradise for bird watching with exotic species of avifauna, namely hornbill, trogon, collared owlet, and barbet among many others. From a number of picturesque campsites and waterfalls to exciting trails for biking and hiking, the park houses plenty of attractions for vacationers as well as adventure seekers.


Location: Hin Tung, Bangkok

Timings: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Price: Entry fees 400 THB per foreigner tourist.


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Take a Trip to Thonburi

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Take a Trip to Thonburi

Take pleasure of exploring the most fascinating neighborhood in Bangkok by visiting Thonburi located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. Thonburi is best known for its exquisitely built wooden houses, narrow canals, and the most iconic Buddhist temple, Wat Arun.

Some more tourist attractions like Royal Barges Museum and Santa Cruz Cathedral are also worth checking out here. Besides, you should enjoy a wide range of regional food items on street side food stalls during your Thonburi trip.

Location: Thonburi, Bangkok

Highlight of the activity: Visually stunning Buddhist temples and old waterways.

Timings: 8:30 am to 2:30 pm

Price: Starts from 1990 Baht

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Take a Boat to Koh Kret Island

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Take a Boat to Koh Kret Island
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Board a boat from Wat Sanam Neua and leave for Koh Kret to explore a different shade in the cultural spectrum of the region. It is a small man-made island in Chao Phraya River, inhabited by the Mon community. Famous for its rural atmosphere and distinctive flavours, Koh Kret deserves a spot on your Thailand bucket list.

While you are here, you must check out the most visited attraction, Wat Poramai Yikamat. Also, savouring tort man nor galah which is a Mon dish is a must try.

Location: Koh Kret Island

Highlight of the activity: Tranquil atmosphere and rural culture.

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Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds

Bangkok houses one of the most visited Madame Tussauds Museums in the world, and visiting it with your family is one of the most fun Bangkok things to do. From Bollywood and Hollywood stars to the world's greatest sports personalities and politicians, they all have been sculpted here with mind blowing accuracy.

You are sure to get surprised when you see these figures from up close. Whether you want to get clicked with Brad Pitt or you wish to share a frame with Wayne Rooney, there is a long list of famous people awaiting your arrival here.

Location: Khet Pathum Wan

Highlight of the place: Life-size wax statues of famous personalities from across the globe.

Timings: 10 am to 8 pm

Price: 500 Baht per person

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Bangkok National Museum

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Bangkok National Museum

Stuff your head with some interesting details and images about the history of Thailand by sparing a few hours of your Bangkok tour for this museum. One of Southeast Asia's largest museums, Bangkok National Museum boasts the largest collection of native art and articles in Thailand.

Housed within the Wang Na Palace premises, the museum was established in 1874 under the direction of King Rama V. The museum encompasses 3 permanent galleries showing objects with historical, cultural, ethnological, and archeological significance like weapons, utensils, costumes, artworks, and images of Lord Buddha.

Location: Phra Nakhon, Bangkok

Highlight of the place: Relics from the rule of King Rama IV.

Timings: 8:30 am to 4 pm

Price: 200 Baht per person

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Stroll Through Lumpini Park

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Stroll Through Lumpini Park

The easiest getaway from the urban nuisances of Bangkok, Lumpini Park is a vast public park located within the city. The quiet and clean atmosphere and the presence of thousands of trees and plants make the park an ideal escape for people of all age groups.

From swings for kids to paths for joggers, the park is designed for everyone's amusement and relaxation. In addition to being an everyday haven for the city dwellers, the park also serves as a popular spot among tourists which they visit in search of fresh air and the company of nature. A stroll through this artificial green space will be a great delight for you and your family.

Location: Thanon Rama IV

Highlight of the place: There is a serene artificial lake inside the park where you can indulge in boating.

Timings: 4:30 am to 9 pm

Price: No entry fee

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Siam Niramit Theatre Show

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Siam Niramit Theatre Show

Counted among the finest cultural shows, Siam Niramit gives spectators a quick tour of the rich cultural history and colourful festivals of Thailand. Professional actors bring to stage mythical and factual stories from the past of Thailand through powerful enacting, various kinds of dance performances and heart thumping music beats.

In addition to extravagant costumes and detailed recreation of traditional Thai villages, state of the art visuals and realistic special effects make the show contribute to making the show a treat to watch. By paying an additional fee, you can also indulge in a Thai or International buffet dinner here.

Location: Ratchada Theater, Bangkok

Highlight of the activity: Beautiful depiction of the cultural history of Thailand.

Timings: 8 pm onwards

Price: 1200 Baht per person

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Offbeat Things to Do in Bangkok

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Art in Paradise 3D Museum

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Art in Paradise 3D Museum

If you are planning to tour bangkok with your family, Art In Paradise 3D Museum is a place you must not skip. It is a unique museum featuring artworks in the form of optical illusions offering some fun photograph opportunities to the visitors.

There are numerous 3D paintings placed inside several rooms in a way so that you can become a part of the canvas and get clicked. Once you step inside this magical world filled with fun illusions, you will find it hard to give your camera some rest and end the tour.

Location: Esplanade Shopping Mall, Ratchada Road

Highlight of the activity: Illusionary paintings offering fun photo opportunities

Timings: 10 am to 10 pm

Price: 300 Baht for adults; 200 Baht for kids

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Climb the Sathorn Unique Tower

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Climb the Sathorn Unique Tower

Located alongside the Chao Phraya River, this magnificent building has 46 storeys, and offers sweeping views of the Bangkok skyline. Due to the financial crisis, this skyscraper was left unfinished and it stands abandoned till date. There is another fun element about this place that it is said to be haunted, and is hence called by the name of Ghost Tower.

It is believed that the tower was constructed upon the burial ground and is doomed to failure. Exploring the tower and climbing its top is definitely one of the offbeat things to do in Bangkok. Also, keep an eye out for really cool graffiti work on the walls.

Location: Charoen Krung Road, Bangkok

Highlight of the place: Several scenes from the movie Hangover Part 2 were shot on this location.

Timings: Always open

Price: Free entry

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Take a Motorcycle Taxi

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Take a Motorcycle Taxi

Your trip to Bangkok will lack fun element if you don't take a motorcycle taxi to explore this city. Roam around the town from one place to another easily dodging the traffic during the rush hours on a motorcycle taxi. It will save you a lot of time as motorcycle taxi is said to be the fastest means of transportation in Bangkok.

Besides, you can also save some money since the fare is cheaper than the other means. The availability of the drivers is good and you can find them on most of the intersections wearing orange or blue vests.

Highlight of the activity:
Fun and  time saving bike rides around the whole city.

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Water Fight during Songkran

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Water Fight during Songkran

Songkran is Thailand's New Year Festival during which celebrations start from 13th April and go on till 15th April. On this Buddhist festival, people visit  various shrines and pour water on the idols of Buddha. Songkran is famous all around the globe and many people come to Bangkok to experience the festivities.

People wear bright clothes and throw water at one another and have fun all day long. Pouring water over others symbolises the washing away of bad luck of the previous year and starting a fresh year with well wishes. Attending this festival is one of the offbeat things to do in Bangkok.

Highlight of the activity:
It is the biggest water fight in the world.

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Water Taxi in Bangkok

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Water Taxi in Bangkok

Explore the suburbs and places along the Chao Phraya River in a water taxi, which holds a unique charm among Bangkok things to do. Since it is stoppable at multiple piers, you can hop in and out of the ferries quickly to visit multiple places. The frequency of the ferries that ply from various piers is so good that one doesn’t have to wait.  

Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Chinatown and Wat Phra Kaew are some of the remarkable places which are easily accessible via water taxi. For a hassle free experience of discovering Bangkok, water taxi is one of the best transportation in Bangkok.

Highlight of the activity:
Exploration of Bangkok through water canals.

Timings: 7 am to 6:25 pm

Price: Starts at 20 Baht per person

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Visit David Beckham Temple

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Visit David Beckham Temple

Wat Pariwat or David Beckham Temple is a unique Buddhist temple known for its Thai architecture and of course, for the golden statue of David Beckham. The statue was built in 1998 in the honour of Football World Cup and Beckham’s contribution. The head monk was a fan of Manchester United fan and believed Football to be a new religion.

Also, this temple has many modern characters from movies as well as real life characters like Winnie the pooh, Dobby the Elf from Harry Potter, Obama taking a selfie, Captain America carved with great details. Visit this temple and try to find as many hidden references you can.

Location: Bang Phong  Pang, Bangkok

Highlight of the place: Brilliant craftsmanship and many hidden reference

Price:
Free Entry

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Visit Cat Cafe

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Visit Cat Cafe

A laid back space where you can order some yummy food and play with adorable and friendly fluffy cats. With almost all major cat species present here, visiting Cat Café to dine beside these hosts is one of the offbeat things to do in Bangkok. The décor and ambience suits the theme of the cafe and makes your visit an unforgettable affair.

The café also has some cat toys which you can use to play with the cats. Cats here are well mannered and you can see many cats just lying around in the café, some sleeping or playing with the people or just minding their own business.

Location: Phayathai Road, Bangkok

Highlight of the place: Playful environment with cats all around you.

Timings: 12 pm to 9 pm

Price: No entry fee

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Watch Kickboxing (Muay Thai)

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Watch Kickboxing (Muay Thai)

Give yourself a chance to let thrill overwhelm your senses, become a witness to Muay Thai boxing match on your trip to Bangkok. A traditional form of boxing popular in the region, Muay Thai is interesting to watch and learn. There are several spots across the city where you can catch a live Muay Thai action between professional boxers.

You will get to see a number of foreign nationals in the crowd cheering and hooting for their favourite players as it is quite a show for outsiders. So do take out some time out of your schedule in Bangkok to become a witness to a thrilling Muay Thai battle.

Location: New Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, Bangkok

Highlight of the activity: Action packed boxing match in traditional Thai style.

Timings: 6:30 pm onwards

Price: 2,000 Baht

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Erawan Shrine

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Erawan Shrine

Erawan Shrine or Thao Maha Phrom Shrine is a hindu shrine dedicated to the Thai avatar of the Hindu God Brahma. The god of creation has four sides which represents the four directions and is believed to be kind and merciful. History of this shrine dates back to 1956 when it was built to fight the bad luck around the Hotel Erawan.

After the shrine’s construction, with the blessings of Brahma, the hotel prospered. Hundreds of locals as well as tourists visit this place to seek good luck and prosperity every day. Whether you are a religious person or not, spending some moments here is highly recommended.

Location: Ratchaprasong intersection, Bangkok

Highlight of the place: Traditional Thai Classical dance can be seen near the shrine every evening.

Timings: 6 am to 12 am

Price: No entry fee

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Dusit Palace

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Dusit Palace

After being greatly influenced and impressed by the European architecture during his Europe tour in 1897, King Chulalongkorn directed the construction of this outstanding palace in Bangkok, known as Dusit Palace. This grand palace, constructed in 1900, spans over an area of 64,749 square metres and has 13 royal residences with verdant gardens that add grace to their appearance.

The palace also houses a museum that exhibits a rare collection of objects that are significant from a cultural and historical point of view. A visit to explore Dusit Palace is one of the unforgettable Bangkok things to do.

Location: Ratchawithi Road, Bangkok

Highlight of the place: Renowned as the world largest teakwood building. More interestingly, it is made without the use of a single nail.

Timings: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (Open all days except Sunday and Monday)

Price: 100 Baht per person

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See The Golden Buddha At Wat Traimit

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See The Golden Buddha At Wat Traimit
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Wat Traimit is counted among the most revered Buddhist temples in the region, and the fame is owed to the magnificent idol of Lord Buddha sitting within its divine realm. This iconic 15 foot tall statue made of solid gold was accidentally discovered in 1955, coated in plaster. The aura of the gorgeous temple is enhanced with the glorious charm of this priceless statue.

Besides, the temple complex also houses a museum that educates the visitors about the statue’s history and features. Admiring the opulence of this old image of Buddha is among the most auspicious
Bangkok things to do.

Location: Traimit Road, Bangkok

Highlight of the place: This figure is the largest gold statue of Buddha in seated position.

Timings: 9 am to 5 pm

Price: No entry fee

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Spend a Day at Dusit Zoo

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Spend a Day at Dusit Zoo
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Thailand’s very first zoo, Dusit Zoo has been around for more than 60 years and it is much more than what meets the eye. Hop into the sightseeing train and explore the zoo in it or peddle your way into the lake, this zoo has everything for everyone. White Bengal Tiger, Albino Barking Deer, Penguin, Panda, Koala, Elephant, Zebra and other 1600 animals call this animal park their home.

Children can enjoy in the amusement park and can take fun rides all day long. A tour of the Zoo museum, animal hospital and education center educates greatly about the animals and makes spending a day here one of the best things to do in Bangkok.

Location: Khwaeng Dusit , Bangkok

Timing:
8 am to 6 pm

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Puppet Show at Aksra Theatre

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Puppet Show at Aksra Theatre

Celebrated as one of the best puppet shows in Thailand, Puppet Show at Aksra Theatre will take you to a different world altogether. Aksra Theatre is a fine example of Thai craftsmanship and can accommodate up to 600 people at once. Through this striking show you will get to learn about some folktales of Thailand along with gaining insights into the regional culture.

As the curtain is lifted, the puppets wearing colorful outfits can be seen with puppeteers on the stage. With a perfect synchronization of light, sound, dance and live orchestra music, the characters come to life and present a show which is larger than life.

Location: 8 Rang Nam Alley, Bangkok

Highlight of the place: Exceptional architecture and impressive performance by the puppeteers.

Timings: 7 pm to 9 pm (Thursday-Sunday)

Price: 800 Baht per person

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Soi Cowboy

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Soi Cowboy

Get ready to party hard with amazing people of all nationalities and get to know the fun side of Bangkok at Soi Cowboy.  Famous for being one of the best nightlife spots in Thailand, Soi Cowboy is an approximately 200 meter long street dotted with  lively go-go bars.

There is a total of at least 40 bars ideal to be visited for a fun night with friends. Bathing in the vibes of amazing music and cocktails, this place will become the highlight of your Bangkok trip. Undoubtedly, bar hopping in Soi Cowboy is one of the best things to do in Bangkok.

Location: Khet Watthana, Bangkok

Highlight of the place: Night time entertainment and bars.

Timings: 12 am to 2:30 am

Price: No entry fee

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Visit Vimanmek Mansion

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Visit Vimanmek Mansion

This is the very first permanent residence palace to be built in Dusit Garden in 1900 on the order of King Rama V. Later in 1982, the mansion was renovated and opened as a museum. Get a taste of the regal times by going through the bedrooms, throne room and other parts of the mansion as these rooms still house the possessions of the king.

The museum exhibits many photographs, handicrafts, Thai artwork in silverware, ivory and crystal ware as well. A visit to this museum will be a learning experience where you will pick up some interesting facts about the country and the king.

Location: Ratchawithi Road, Bangkok

Highlight of the place: Take a peek into the royal palace and the rare collection of art works therein.

Timings: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (Open all days except Sunday and Monday)

Price: 100 Baht per person

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Shop Till You Drop at Siam Paragon

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Shop Till You Drop at Siam Paragon

Whether you like to shop for luxury high-end brands or affordable yet trendy clothes, Siam Paragon will cater to your needs. Shop til you drop in over 250 stores and explore the brands like Versace, Rolex, Prada, H&M, Zara, Topshot, Bentley, Aston Martin. etc.

Here at Siam Paragon, you will get everything from luxurious car showrooms and lifestyle stores to supermarkets. It is a paradise for all the shopaholics coming to Bangkok to have a great time. Also, the restaurants here serve really appetizing food from various cuisines.

Location: Pathum Wan, Bangkok

Highlight of the place: One of the biggest malls in Asia.

Timings: 10 am to 10 pm

Price: No entry fee

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Shopping at MBK Center

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Shopping at MBK Center

If you are looking for some good quality but cheap deals in Bangkok, then this is the place for you. This mall has over 2000 shops distributed across 8 floors which attract tourists and locals alike. Clothes, handbags, mobile phones, cameras, fashion accessories, electrical appliances and furniture – whatever you are looking for, MBK Center got you covered.

There are many outlets that offers great discounts and deals which you should look out for.  And if you have the ability to bargain, then this is where you can get the most out of your shopping spree. This mall also offers entertainment as you can watch movies and cultural dances here.

Location: Pathumwan Intersection, Bangkok     

Highlight of the place: Known for discounted deals and sales among locals and international tourists.

Timings: 10 am to 10 pm

Price: No entry fee

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Visit Wat Phra Kaew

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Visit Wat Phra Kaew

Bangkok is home to some of the most gorgeous temples in the whole world, and Wat Phra Kaew is one of them. With fascinating Thai craftsmanship and architecture, the structure of this temple is a visual treat indeed. The Emerald Buddha image that sits here is carved out of a single jade and can be dated back to the 15th century AD.

The temple is located within the premises of the Grand Palace, adding to its beauty. From murals and engravings to various structures, every element of the temple boasts of excellence. All in all, admiring and photographing Wat Phra Kaew is among the most important things to do in Bangkok.  

Location: Grand Palace, Bangkok

Highlight of the place: Wat Phra Kaew is regarded as the most important temple in Thailand.

Timing: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Price: 500 Baht per person

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Visit Rose Garden

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Visit Rose Garden

Indulge in an authentic Thai village exploration experience with your family, and create some priceless memories in Rose Garden, a village near Bangkok. The famous cultural and traditional dance, sword fighting, Thai boxing and an elephant show are some of the highlights of the visit to Rose Garden.

Additionally, you can go on a tour of the small floating market where you can see many canoes brimming with vegetables, fruits, and local food items. You must explore the handicraft markets and taste some authentic Thai delicacies. You can also take a ride on the back of the elephant and wander around the garden.

Take a break from the urban atmosphere and stay here awhile as it is one of the recommended things to do in Bangkok.

Location: 50 Kms from West Bangkok

Highlight of the place: Floating market in the village

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Visit Wat Suthat

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Visit Wat Suthat

One of the most significant Buddhist temples in Bangkok, Wat Suthat is the royal temple of first degree. The first ruler of Rattanakosin Kingdom, Rama I ordered the construction of this temple to accommodate a 13th Century bronze statue of Lord Buddha.

If you are a patron of art and architecture, you will be stunned to see the detailed wall murals, well-designed chapel, and intricate handwork on teak wood used here. Either to seek blessings, to find inner peace, or to become witness to the most elegant works of art, spending time at Wat Suthat is among the unskippable things to do in Bangkok.

Location: Bamrung Muang Road, Old City

Highlight of the place: Red Giant Swing at its entrance.

Timing: 8:30 am to 9 pm

Price: 20 Baht per person

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Bangkok Snake Park Show

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Bangkok Snake Park Show

Whenever you plan to visit Bangkok, make sure to reserve a couple of hours to catch a snake show at Bangkok Snake Farm. It is one of the most stimulating things to do in Bangkok to witness this snake show where experts will demonstrate venom extraction procedure for you along with guiding you as to how to handle a snake.

Additionally, you will also be imparted some insightful facts about snakes and snake bites. When you are done watching the show, you can explore the farm or park to see various kinds of snakes.

Location: Bangkok Snake Farm, Rama IV Road

Highlight of the place: Tricks to handle snakes.

Timing: Show timings are 11 am and 2:30 pm

Price: 200 Baht per person

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