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Updated by Catalina Forbes on Mar 09, 2015
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Top 10 Things to Do in Bangkok - Explore and experience the best of Thailand

The list of things you can do in Bangkok is endless. Ideal for relaxing, shopping, watersports, adventure, partying and discovering the unique culture it's a city that will never disappoint its visitors!


Grand Palace

A trip to Bangkok is incomplete without a visit to the spectacular grand palace. Built in 1782, it has been the home of the Thai King for 150 years. The beautiful and intricate architecture of the palace reflects the creativity and craftsmanship of the Thai people. This is a highly touristic attraction that one must not miss out on.


Wat Pho

Buddhism is the commonly followed religion in Thailand and you will find many Buddhist temples around the country. Wat Pho is a famous temple in Bangkok due to the huge reclining statute of Lord Buddha constructed nearly 200 years ago and it is also one of the oldest temples in the country. The gold plated Buddha statue is 46 meters long and 15 meters high and it commemorates the passing of Buddha to Nirvana.


Songran Festival

The annual Songran festival that marks the traditional Thai New Year is one of the biggest festivals in the country and arguably the largest water fight in the world. The Songran festival takes place across many cities in the country where you will also see religious sermons and prayers by Buddhist monks. During the festival you will find everyone splashing water at each other, the fact that you are a tourist or stranger doesn't help you escape the buckets of water that's thrown your way!


Khlongs and canals

Embark on a voyage to discover the rich culture and diversity through Bangkok cruises. Step on board a meticulously built boat and journey through majestic khlongs or canals of Bangkok. A superb tour is offered by Anantara Cruises which includes a luxury cruise to explore the historical and modern beauty of the city.



Bangkok offers a list of sumptuous shopping malls. If you want great bargains go to MBK, for the latest trends in the fashion world CentralWorld is your ticket and if you love big brands then The Emporium is the place for you.


Soi Cowboy

The red light district of Bangkok it is one of the best-known entertainment areas in the city. It is technically a street that is designated specifically for entertainment spots such as go go bars and nightclubs. As this is one of the top tourist spots in the city it is hard to miss and is the best place to enjoy Bangkok's nightlife.


Jim Thompson House

The houses built in the 1960's by the American Jim Thompson who revived the forgotten local industry of silk weaving in Thailand is mentioned in most guide books. There are six houses showcasing some of the best Thai arts and architecture open for public viewing.



You find everything Chinese here. Street food is very, very popular and you can enjoy some of the best Chinese food from the street vendors. The streets here are always busy and packed with people so be prepared to be among the crowds. There are plenty of Chinese temples, shops and restaurants to experience here. During the Chinese festival time, the town gets pretty exciting.


Khao San Road

If you are a budget traveller or backpacker there is no better place to find low budget and mid range accommodation, restaurants, bars, clubs, massage parlours, book shops, tattoo bars, basically everything on this road is cheap! The carefree vibe here attracts many youngsters to the location.


Amphawa floating market

You need not get up early morning to visit Amphawa, since the market mainly consists of small wooden houses that are along the sides of the Amphawa Canal. You find these houses transformed into small shops that sells a different variety of things. You find cooked food, fresh fish, other raw items, souvenirs, handicrafts and many more to choose from. If you visit Amphawa on an empty stomach you can fill up on plenty of delicious foods. Apart from roasted meat chops, kebabs, seafood, deserts, beverages you also find succulent fruits such as lychees, guavas, mangoes and a yummy list of other foods made available here.