Bangkok, Thailand’s capital city is a fascinating city which offers a plethora of options that can suit every traveller’s needs. The city is studded with many ornate shrines and palaces. Besides the religious and holy places, Bangkok also boasts of a pulsating nightlife, many street shopping options as well as delectable and weird street food options.
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Relish the Durian, the king of fruits at many street food outlets in Bangkok. The Durian fruit has a thorny surface outside and a creamy buttery texture inside. The fruit has a peculiar smell with some public places completely banning it by putting up prohibitor signs.
15. Get Enthralled by the Bangkok Puppet Show
Unlike other puppet shows, the puppeteers are not hidden from the viewers and are part of the show. A classic folk tale is played out with a live music band playing in the background. The set decor as well as the artistry are worth a watch.
14. Get Wet in the Water Fight During Songkran
This water festival is celebrated between 13th and 15th April. This Thai New Year festival is celebrated with great gusto in Bangkok. It is believed in Buddhist religion that sprinkling of water washes away sins and bad luck. This water fight extravaganza draws in huge crowds of Bangkok.
13. Get an Adrenaline Kick by Watching Kickboxing
Watch kickboxing or Muay Thai at Lumpini or Ratchadamnoen stadiums. Kickboxing is Thailand’s national sport and during a kickboxing match, the atmosphere reaches fever pitch at the stadiums.
12. Enjoy A Drink on Top of The City
Have a drink at Banyan Tree Hotel’s Vertigo and Moon Bar. You can enjoy Bangkok’s beautiful skyline by looking out of these rooftop joints.
11. Enjoy a Leisure Walk at Lumpini Park
You can take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life and take a stroll through the sprawling 500,000 sq. meters of the park. You will also get to see people doing all sorts of activities at the park. The best time to visit Lumpini park is early morning or sunset hours.
10. Climb the Sathorn Unique Tower
You can get adventurous and climb the 49-storey unfinished and abandoned skyscraper. The climb can be a long and tiring process but the views from the top are spellbinding and make the arduous climb up the unfinished building worth the effort.
9. Spend your evenings at Nana Plaza (Soi 4)
It is believed that Nana Plaza is the world’s largest sex complex. There are many gogo bars dotting the streets of this place. These bars are full of Thai women who offer pleasure services in return for a fee. You can also enjoy a drink at the many bars at this place and watch passer-bys at leisure.
8. Tour the Bangkok National Museum
Admire the artefacts and Thai art such as Chinese weapons, puppets, Khon masks and many such items. Go to the museum on Thursdays as it provides information in English which can help you understand the artefacts in the museum better.
7. Enjoy a Boat Trip at the Chao Phraya River
Bangkok is referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’ due to the presence of the Chao Phraya river that flows through it. A boat ride down the river can be a fascinating experience as you will get a glimpse of the contrasting lives of Thai people as epitomised by the high-rise buildings, skyscrapers and upmarket hotels at one end and wooden shacks with children playing in water at the other end of the city.
6. Ride the Sky Train
Explore Bangkok by getting onboard one of the sky trains. The sky trains also give you the view of the city as you are perched high above the chaos of the traffic in Bangkok.
5. Savour Bangkok’s Delectable Street Food
Street food is very popular among locals as well as tourists in Bangkok. Most of the busy streets of Bangkok are lined with street food vendors selling an elaborate spread of Thai dishes. If you are an adventurous soul, try out the fried insects at one of the street stalls which is considered as a go to snack in Thailand. Don’t miss out on the street stalls and restaurants at Bangkok’s very own Chinatown.
4. Relax with A Thai Massage
A visit to Bangkok is almost synonymous with Thai massages. There are many traditional Thai massage parlours where you can simply unwind and rejuvenate by choosing from a plethora of massages.
3. Experience Bangkok’s Zingy Nightlife
Bangkok is famous for its hip nightlife culture. Visitors and tourists can explore from the many options in nightclubs, rooftop and cocktail bars and much more. Soi Cowboy and Patpong are adult themed bars. Dance your night away at the many happening places at Khao San Road.
2. Shop Till You Drop in Bangkok
Bangkok is studded with many street markets as well as swanky malls where you can shop for anything under the sun. You can buy clothing, accessories, trinkets, souvenirs from the many flea and street markets listed below
- Chatuchak Weekend Market
- Train Night Market
- Khlong Toei Market
- JJ Green
- W Market
- Wang Lang Market
Also, you can visit the upmarket malls to buy high end goods and services. Some of the famous malls of Bangkok are
- Siam Paragon
- EmQuartier, Phrom Phong
- Central Embassy Shopping Mall
1.Tour the Many Shrines and Palatial Mansions
Bangkok’s landscape is dotted with many Buddhist temples and shrines which are adorned with exemplary architecture. The palatial mansions belonging to the erstwhile royals of Thailand are also must visit attractions. Some of these shrines and mansions are listed below
- Grand Palace
- Vimanmek Mansion
- Erawan Shrine
- Wat Arun
- Wat Suthat
- Wat Traimit
- Wat Pho
How to Reach Bangkok
Suvarnabhumi Airport (30 km away)
Don Muang Airport (25 km away)
Where to stay
Chakrabongse Villas | The Peninsula Bangkok | Mandarin Oriental Bangkok | Ariyasom Villa
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