Bangkok, the capital of the Land of Smiles Thailand and one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Like many other capital cities Bangkok never goes to sleep, there is always some sort of activities that go around the clock.
Bangkok is one of those epic cities that is just so full of life, however, for first-timers, Bangkok can be a bit overwhelming, it takes some time to get used to all of the messy places, the sounds of tuk-tuks and other things that you’re probably don’t use to.
Whether you want to explore Bangkok urban jungle or witness ancient traditions during your Thai trip here are the top ten things you must do in Bangkok. So let’s get started exploring this magical, tasty and diverse city.
1. Grand Palace
Of all popular places, you must visit in Bangkok, The Grand Palace is by far the most famous attraction in all Thailand. It is a complex of buildings at the heart of the city and has been the official residence of the kings of cm since 1782.
The king his court and his royal government were based on the grounds of the palace until 1925. The trip to the Palace can take a lot of your hours as there are over 215,000 sq (meters to cover), also be aware of scams outside the palace and only pay the entrance fee, nothing more.
2. Chatuchak Weekend Market
The gigantic Chatuchak Weekend Market. Including over 5 thousand permanent stores, and if you count the makeshift stalls and hawkers around the market, the number of vendors is closer to fifteen thousand, making Chatuchak one of the largest market in Thailand and all the world.
Chatuchak Market attracts nearly 200,000 visitors a day if you’re more into shopping this place is the best place for you in Bangkok. You can find anything you could possibly want from delicious Thai street food to small souvenirs. Beware of thieves in the crowded areas, and put all of your important papers near you.
3. Try Bangkok Street Food
If you’re in Bangkok you’ll eat to your heart’s content and if there’s something you can’t escape while visiting Bangkok that is Street food. Here’s the Golden Rule, if you see a line of locals waiting at the street food stall, there will be delicious food. But what to eat, of course, traditional pad Thai then dive straight into mango sticky rice.
If you need more than that to satisfy your Thai food cravings don’t worry there’s plenty of other delicious options to try from fish cakes and satay to quirky bugs for the brave hearts there is something for everyone. For more check out the must east food in Thailand.
4. Wat Pho
It won’t be a complete Bangkok trip without visiting the popular Wat Pho, it is the home to the Reclining Buddha which remains at fifteen meters tall and forty-six meters in length, the feet alone are estimated at more than five meters.
The entire statue is covered with gold leaf and looks amazing when you get closer to it. The story about it is that Buddha completed 108 positive actions to becoming perfect. Insite there are 108 bowls on the way to the temple, you can buy coins for the bowls.
5. Visit a Floating Market
Floating Markets today are not what they once were, they are more for tourists to take pictures than for locals to buy their daily food. There are a few that set up on the weekends just on the outskirts of town. Bangkok Floating Markets are a great place to spend a day of leisure browsing and eating wonderful food.
Damnoen Saduak is by far the most popular floating market in Thailand, but it’s located 62 miles (100 kilometers) outside of Bangkok, so you will spend the whole day there. Khlong Lat Mayom is just 17 kilometers from the city center and easy to visit, plus it’s much better than Damnoen Saduak if you in a tight schedule.
6. Have a Tour In The Sky Train
One of the best and most fun things to do while in Bangkok is taking a tour in the Sky Train. It’s the only way to get around this amazing city at any speed with no traffic problems. Like its name, the Sky Train goes above all the traffic giving you the best views of the city, and also take you to you destination faster because the train takes the most direct route.
All trains have air conditioning which means you will feel more comfortable than taking the Tuk Tuk’s. There is a train station in every part of Bangkok which makes moving around easier.
7. Go Shopping At Siam Paragon
If you’re more into shopping, the Siam Paragon will be your paradise in Bangkok. One of the most popular shopping malls in Thailand that houses many different shops from stylish new brands to classic and traditional Thai clothes. Siam Paragon has over 260 shops with some of the fanciest restaurants in all of Asia.
The mall also has various car manufacturers like Lamborgini and Ferrari with some showrooms within the complex. If you love shopping and you really don’t know what you want, you could spend a lot of money in there.
8. Wat Arun Ratchavararam
In Thailand, there are more than 30,000 Buddhist templates, but this one is one that you really want to see. Wat Arun also is known as the temple of dawn, this Buddhist temple is located on the bank of the Chao Phraya River and is easily one of the most stunning temples in all of Bangkok.
The temple gets its name from the Hindu god Aruna who is often personified as the radiations of the Rising Sun. It stands at 79 meters tall, and it is guarded by a pair of mythical giants that keep watch over the temple grounds.
9. Take a Boat Trip In Chao Phraya River
Chao Phraya River is the lifeblood of Bangkok, his also the reason why some tourist refers Bnakok as ‘Venice of the East’. The river flow through Bangkok and all of the small canals the fees off of it. Until now, there are thousands of locals go and work on one of the many ferries in the river.
Taking a boat tour in this beautiful River is one of the best things you can do while in Bangkok, as you will see high rise condominiums and some luxury hotels in some parts, and wooden shacks, and local children playing in the water in other parts. One of the useful things to explore the city, even more, is by getting on and off the ferries at any stops.
10. Muay Thai: Kickboxing Matches
Kickboxing stadiums are all over Thailand, it’s their favorite sports, there are fights all the time from young little children to adults, The biggest fights happen in Bangkok at either the Ratchadamnoen or Lumpini stadiums.
Muay Thai is Thailand’s national sport that everyone loves, the viewers on TV are the highest compared to any show that is aired at the match time. So, why not spend an evening in one of the stadium and watch a big fight and live with its atmosphere. If you love bets, there are a lot of people who play with big money on the matches.
11. Don’t Miss The Dusit Zoo
One of the oldest zoo in Thailand that has been open for over 62 years. You can find any type of animal inside the zoo, there is approximately over 1600 animal, from different type pf monkeys to lions, tigers, kangaroos and more.
All the animals are in great shape thanks to the hospital inside the zoo that look after them constantly. You can find also an education center and a museum and train inside this big amazing zoo.