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Things to do in Bangkok

From BangkokTap

When arriving in a new city, it can be overwhelming in deciding what to do. As a tourist, you want to see what unique experiences you can have in your short stay. Bangkok offers a lot, hence why it is one of the most traveled cities in the world.

This page offers a list of recommended experiences, sites, and views.

Skybars

Bangkok is infamous for it's skybars, typically atop the skyscrapper hotels throughout the city. They offer a great place for dinner or a drink, and to take in the amazing nighttime views of the city.

  • Sofitel Skybar: Between Nana and Asok BTS stations, the Sofitel offers excellent views of Sukhumvit and the surrounding area. Walk in the main entrance off Sukhumvit and take the elevator to the top floor. Wear pants and shoes. Location here.
  • Baiyoke: Formerly Thailand highest building, eat at the international buffett at the top and take in the amazing views at the lookout tower at the very top. Reservations requires, which can be done here. You can find the location of Baiyoke itself here.

Historical Sites

  • Wat Arun - Known as the Temple of Dawn in English, Wat Arun was once the residence of the Emerlad Buddha. Widely regarded as Bangkok's most stunning temple, Wat Arun is intricately covered in colourful mosaic tiles. Its mighty spires overlook the Chao Phraya , and a climb to the top provides sweeping views of the river and surroundings below. Admission to Wat Arun costs 100 Baht, and because it is a place of worship, individuals must dress appropriately. Location here.
  • Wat Pho- Also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, houses an impressive 46 meter long elegantly gilded sleeping Buddha. Wat Pho belongs to one of Bangkok's largest temple complexes, and aside from witnessing the reclining Buddha, its surroundings are worth a visit for its stunning architecture. Treat yourself to a relaxing massage on the grounds of Wat Pho, as this is known to be one of Thailand's leading massage schools.
  • Wat Phra Kaew- Temple of the Emerald Buddha houses one of the nation's most significant icons of the Buddhist faith, a meditating Buddha intricately carved from a sole slab of jade. For this reason, Wat Phra Kaew is often considered Thailand's most sacred religious space.

Music

  • Soi 11: Offers a wide varity of dining options, as well as music. Head to the end of the street to the 7-11 and take a left for more options. Apoteka offers great blues and jazz music.
  • Saxophone: Excellent jazz/blues bar. Limited seating, but perhaps the best music in all of Bangkok. Easily accessible off Victory Monument BTS.

Nightlife

  • RCA: Party street with lots of clubs, bars, and dance music. Typically costs 200-300 baht entry - open late into the morning. Location here
  • Khao San Road (KSR): The backpacking hub of Bangkok, a small little city of its own. Countless bars, clubs, food, and music - mostly foreign backpackers and a party 7 days a week. Location here
  • Nana area: Walk down Sukhumvit next to ladyboy massages, prostitutes, and road-side markets. Walk into Nana Plaza for the "red light" area of Bangkok with strips of bars and strip clubs. Location here
  • Soi Cowboy: Small short street with bars and strip clubs. Location here

Day Trips

There are many places nearby (but outside of Bangkok to do day trips to).

  • Ayutthaya
  • Lop Buri
  • Koh Kret

Exercise

There are many parks which are great places to run, use the outdoors gyms, picnic, or just walk around.

  • Rent a peddleboat at Benjakiti Park, near Asok BTS station. Costs 40 baht for every 30 minutes, and offers great views of the skyline.
  • Rent a peddleboat at Lumpini Park, the "central park of Bangkok".
  • Checkout the "lung of Bangkok", Bang Chao. Well worth the day trip. Checkout the Bang Nam Phueng Floating Market, the Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan Park And Botanical Garden, and ride your bike for a bit of wilderness in Bangkok. Costs 70 baht/day to rent a bicycle.
  • Wakeboarding at Lake Taco: For 400 baht for a day pass (until 6pm), get some sun, have a beer, and wakeboarding Lake Taco. About a 40 min taxi from central Bangkok. Location here: Lake Taco

Other

  • Art Gallery - every couple months new art is displayed throughout the upper floors of the art gallery opposite from MBK.
  • Driving range - Get out and hit some golf balls. Between Ekkamai and Phrakanong BTS on the south side of Sukhumvit.
  • Bowling - there are bowling alleys all over Bangkok, in particular at the malls. Go to the top floor of MBK to SF Bowl for some music, bowling, and/or pool.
  • Snake Farm - Perhaps one of the must-do's in Bangkok, visit one of the worlds oldest snake farms. Be sure to show up before 2:30pm on weekdays or 11am on weekends for the snake show. See the website here for more information
  • Chinatown - Excellent food and markets during the day or at night. Location here.
  • Baiyoke & Beer - Go into Baiyoke, formerly Thailand tallest building, and grab a beer from the Family Mart at the lobby, on one of the higher floors. It's free and you get awesome views of the city. Location here.
  • Nighttime boat ride down the river - Take a boat down the river, have dinner on the boat, and see some of the temples at night time. Costs about $40/person. See here for more information.

Nearby to Bangkok (1 or 2 days)

  • Koh Samet
  • HuaHinn
  • Cha Am