Things to do in Bangkok

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Bangkok is the bustling capital of one of the most visited countries in the world. Despite being plagued by the label of ‘big city’, Bangkok remains favorite of travelers pouring in to Thailand. As chosen by travel bloggers, listed below are the best things to do in Bangkok:

1. Bangkok Floating Market

Bangkok Tha Kha Floating Market

Bangkok Tha Kha Floating Market

One of Bangkok’s famous attractions is its floating markets, though most of these are actually in neighbouring districts rather than the centre of the city itself. Best known are Amphawa and Damnoen Saduak, both expansive, crazy busy affairs that are hugely popular with both locals and tourists alike. They are definitely worth seeing, as the scale and bustle are thrilling.

But my favourite is Tha Kha Floating Market, a much smaller local floating market about an hour’s drive from central Bangkok, in Samut Songkhram province. This small floating market, open on weekends, is a more approachable option, but all the deliciousness of its bigger siblings. Traders vend their wares from their narrow wooden boats, both hot food cooked to order to eat on the bankside, and fresh produce from their farms. There are also more stalls on dry land, and some tables and chairs to sit and eat.

An additional attraction is to take a boat trip to visit one of the local cottage industry coconut palm sugar producers, where you will learn how they tap the trees to collect the sap, and boil to transform it into solid sugar.

 By: Kavey from kaveyeats.com

2. Visit one of the amazing rooftop bars in Bangkok

Octave Rooftop Bar Bangkok

Octave Rooftop Bar Bangkok

You can’t skip Bangkok without visiting one of the amazing rooftop bars! There are countless of great hotspots in Bangkok where you can go for dinner, drinks or small bites to eat. But you need to visit at least one rooftop bar and watch the sun go down. Imagine a refreshing cocktail, an impressive view of the city and the sun beaming on your skin. That’s life.

There are plenty of great rooftop bars in Bangkok. A cool option is Scarlett Wine Bar & Restaurant Bangkok, where you can get some delicious drinks and a fine dining experience. Another favorite is Octave Rooftop and Bar, which is situated on the 45th floor atop of the Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit.

This three level bar and lounge has a 360 degree panoramic view of Bangkok. Long Table is another good option to sit down and enjoy the sun setting in Bangkok. And let’s not forget Above Eleven, which not only has a stunning backdrop of the city, but also an amazing atmosphere, interior and fantastic drinks. Cheers!”

By: Jeffrey & Lisanne from chaptertravel.com

3. Get a Sak Yant Tattoo from a Buddhist Monk

Getting A Sak Yant Tattoo, Bangkok

Getting A Sak Yant Tattoo, Bangkok

The Sak Yant tattoo at Wat Bang Phra, 55km outside of Bangkok, is performed by a monk in exchange for a small donation of flowers, cigarettes, and incense that is then recycled and sold again in order to keep the wat afloat. In exchange, the monk considers which of the 80-something San Yant symbols would best suit your needs, and where on the body it belongs. Without any prior discussion, he then gets to work.

I caught the 6am bus from the city to be the first in line. The process took ten minutes, and roughly 3,000 strikes later, I had a new tattoo. I had expected the pain to be out of this world, but in reality, it was bearable, therapeutic even. As the monk finished, he blew on the tattoo to breathe power into it as he chanted a blessing.

I was given the Ha Taew – sacred five lines which provides five blessings: to clean out unwanted spirits, protect me against bad luck, protect me from curses, to recognize and support my good fortune and drive, and to gain charisma and attract the right people. It was easily one of the most magical and enduring parts of my journey so far. I will forever remember the beauty of the day and the uplifting feeling of the blessing. After all, how can I forget? I’ll carry this reminder on my shoulder forever.

By: Kristin from bemytravelmuse.com

4. Grand Palace, Bangkok

One of the unmissable things to do in Bangkok is visiting the Grand Palace. This is part of the bigger complex that also includes Wat Phra Kaew. The Palace, whose original name is Phra Borom Maharatchawang, used to be a royal residence. Nowadays it is only used for ceremonial occasions, and it is one of the main tourist attractions in the city. It is possible to explore the grounds and four of the remaining palace buildings.

The largest of the buildings that can be visited is the Chakri Mahaprasat (Grand Palace Hall), which was completed in 1882 following a design by British architects. The outside of the building is an interesting blend of Italian Renaissance and traditional Thai architecture.

It’s a nice place where to spend an hour or two after having visited other famous attractions in the area, such as Wat Phra Kaew (the Temple of the Emerald Buddha). Beware that, as with most of the tourist attractions in Bangkok, scams are frequent in and around the palace.

By: Claudia from myadventuresacrosstheworld.com

5. Strolling down Th Khao San

Khao San Road At Night

Khao San Road At Night

Like moths to a flame, all travellers tend to find themselves drawn to the bright lights of the Khao San Road at some point. Indeed, so many big adventures have begun and ended on this infamous strip and it is an absolute must do for anyone venturing to Thailand. This bustling street makes for some fascinating people-watching and certainly packs a lot into a few hundred metres: colourful hippy stalls, lively bars, food-vendors serving fried scorpion, cheap backpacker hostels.

And if you’re visiting Bangkok with kids, you’ll find Th Khao San incredibly family friendly; many restaurants have high chairs and all are welcome to young kids. However, step a few streets away from the chaos and you will stumble upon the quintessential side of Bangkok, a collection of ramshackle laneways, shining temples and antique shophouses.

You could wile many an hour away along Th Khao San. Indeed many arrive in the early afternoon to browse the markets (it’s a great place to stock up on T-shirts, sarongs and skirts, as well as souveniers) and then find themselves still perched on plastic chair, tucking into their third pad thai of the day come closing time. It can most certainly be considered touristy, but the energy is infectious. So embrace the craze of it all and ensure Thailand’s most famous road is on your bucket list.

By: Jenny from travelynnfamily.com

6. Death Railway

Death Railway, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Death Railway, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

The province of Kanchanaburi, in Western Thailand, has a couple of sites that should be on your Thailand Bucket List. We are talking about the bridge over River Kwai and the Hellfire Pass, both historical sites related to the Second World War.

The River Kwai was part of the “Death Railway”, built by the Japanese army during the Second World War to connect Kanchanaburi (Thailand) with Rangoon in Myanmar. The railway was built by around 61,000 allied prisoners of war (POW) and at least 200,000 Asian forced laborers. It is estimated that a third of the allied prisoners died during the construction of the railway, due to the hard working conditions imposed by the Japanese and tropical diseases like cholera or dysentery.

Hellfire Pass is the portion of the same railway featuring the most challenging location, through the rocks and the jungle. To build the railway in this area the prisoners had to use dynamite and rudimentary tools to cut through the hard rock. Today, Hellfire Pass is a beautiful hike following the old tracks where visitors can still see a few remains of this crazy project. At the end of the path, there is a small memorial for the workers who died here.

The Death Railway can be visited during a day trip from Bangkok but if you are a history buff and you are especially interested in the Second World War, you will want to spend at least one night on site to explore the area better.

By: Elisa from worldinparis.com

7. Erawan Waterfalls

Erawan Water Falls Day Trips From Bangkok Thailand

Erawan Water Falls Day Trips From Bangkok Thailand

The Erawan Waterfalls are an absolute must on every Thailand bucket list. The falls are located in the beautiful jungle of the Erawan National Park. They consist of seven tiers and you can hike up to the top tier within a couple of minutes. The upper four tiers require a little more hiking and luckily, most tourists don’t even go there.

So if you decide to visit the falls, make sure to bring some good footwear and you will be good to go beyond tier number three. As a special bonus, you can slide down into the water on a stone that can be used as a water slide on tier four.

The stunning falls are located near the town of Kanchanaburi not far from Bangkok. They can easily be visited on a day trip from Bangkok. If you have a little more time, you can combine the visit to the waterfalls with a visit to the bridge over the River Kwai, another great Thai attraction near Kanchanaburi. If you stay overnight in Kanchanaburi, head to the Erawan Falls early in the morning – this way you can beat the crowds that are coming in from Bangkok later in the day.

By: Michael from 197travelstamps.com


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1 Comment

  • Kavita Favelle October 3, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    We loved Bangkok, such a vibrant city! Thanks for including our contribution and I loved reading all the others!

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