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Things to do and see in Bangkok – Gorgeous Attractions and Fun Activities

Bangkok is home to some truly amazing attractions and activities. Here are some of the top sights and experiences to include in your travel itinerary.


Take a river cruise

According to most travellers, the best way to enjoy amazing views of the city is on a Chao Phraya cruise. This is a fantastic way to enjoy the sight of many of the city's most famous landmarks and attractions. You can easily book a tour with an operator such as Anantara Cruises, Thailand and set out to enjoy the amazing scenery along the river. The best time to embark on this tour is at dusk when the golden light illuminates the cityscape and the stunning golden temples.


Eat at Chinatown

This is one of the best things to do in Bangkok. The old Chinatown Market is home to a fascinating array of affordable street food. From regular favourites such as Peking duck all the way to rare delicacies such as roasted chestnuts to the controversial birds nest soup, the selection of food at Chinatown is enough to keep foodies occupied for days.


Visit Wat Arun

Wat Arun is one of the most recognised temples in all of Southeast Asia. The temple was built during the first half of the 19th century and features the ancient Khmer style of architecture. The stunning temple with its towering spires is one of the must-visit attractions in the city. In addition to its breathtaking beauty, Wat Arun is also considered to symbolise the birth of the Rattanakosin Period and the founding of the new capital after the decline of Ayutthaya.


Visit a floating market

Floating markets are among the most iconic sights and experiences in the city of Bangkok. The most popular floating market in the city, Damnoen Saduak is a great place to visit. The market features dozens of wooden row boats that are filled to the brim with vegetables, fresh fruits, flowers and other merchandise. The most fascinating vendors in these floating markets are the food vendors who float around with their portable kitchens complete with charcoal grills and cauldrons. Be sure to try some seafood on skewers or a delicious bowl of noodles when you visit a floating market. Visit early in the morning to avoid large crowds.


Go shopping at the Chatuchak Weekend Market

If you are looking to enjoy the authentic Bangkok shopping experience, the Chatuchak Weekend Market is the right place to be. This massive market was once only popular among traders and wholesale retailers. Today, it is visited by local consumers, fascinated travellers and all kinds of people and is a landmark status attraction in the city. This is a huge market that features more than 8,000 market stalls. On an average weekend more than 200,000 people visit the Chatuchak Weekend Market to go through the incredible array of merchandise. This is a great place to find affordable clothing, accessories and a wide range of other items without breaking the bank.


Enjoy the nightlife

Bangkok is famed for its amazing nightlife. If you are travelling with adults, pay a visit to Soi Cowboy, the city's famous night spots. The street is a remarkable explosion of bright neon lights, western tourists and music from the bars, pubs and restaurants that line the streets. This is a great spot to enjoy some great drinks and snacks before dancing the night away.