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6 Best Things to Do in Bangkok - Top 6 Activities to Try in Bangkok

As a backpacker's haven and everyone's favourite Asian city, the Thai capital is an activity hub for all. Here are six things to do when you are visiting Bangkok.

1

Tour the Grand Palace

As a top priority in nearly all travel itineraries in Bangkok, a visit to the Grand Palace is a must for all first time visitors to the city. As the residence of the Thai royal family, this sprawling palace complex occupies pride of place along the Bangkok riverside. Spread out across an impressive 214,000 square meters, many of the palace's gardens, interiors and temples are accessible to visitors. Remember to wear modest clothing that covers the arms and knees when visiting the Grand Palace or temples in Thailand as you will not be allowed to enter the premises in shorts or sleeveless clothing.

2

Explore Wat Pho

Also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, this iconic spiritual epicentre is anther landmarks all holidaymakers must explore on a visit to the Thai capital. With an impressive length of 46 meters, the sculpture which features pure gold leaf coverage is 15 meters in height although the pose of the statue is a reclining posture. The temple is also home to 180 brass bowls into which devotees toss coins. Thai massage sessions are also ironically available at the temple complex.

3

Shop at the Chatuchak Market

While Bangkok's high end malls and mammoth departments stores are well documented and on the must-shop list of many a visitors, a retail encounter in one of the city's local markets is a rite of passage all tourists must enjoy. The Chatuchak Weekend Market is the mother of all weekend market and shoppers will find everything from Thai food items and fresh produce to souvenirs, cosmetics, accessories and clothing in this massive marketplace spread out over 27 acres.

4

Spend an Afternoon Lumpini Park

Often compared to New York's Central Park, Lumpini Park serves as the greenest patch in all of Bangkok and provides a welcome respite from the heat and the crowds dining and shopping their way through the city. Enjoy a paddle boat ride on the scenic manmade lake at the venue or simple sit under a tree and catch up on your reading. Biking and exercise enthusiasts will be happy to find that jogging tracks and bicycle trails are also part of this park where local music events and a playground for children are also found.

5

Enjoy a Dinner Cruise

Often regarded as one of the most fun things to do around Bangkok, signing up for a dinner cruise is not just reserved for those based in riverside resorts the likes of the AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel or any other similar accommodation provider. Taking visitors on a night time cruise along the Chao Praya River, the cruise allows one to discover the Bangkok skyline by night and also dine on a three course meal on board. Entertainment items and live music are also part of the program on most dinner cruises in Bangkok which are conducted on converted rice barges or luxury yachts.

6

Tour the Bangkok National Museum

Whether you are a history buff or a traveller intrigued by the complex history of the nation, visitors should take the time to explore the exhibits in the Bangkok National Museum. As the country's foremost institution on the Thai story, the relics, weaponry, royal regalia and other artefacts on show at the venue offer visitors a glimpse at the evolution of the country and its ascent into one of Asia's most prosperous nations.