Best of Bangkok: Top 15 Best Things to Do
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(Bangkok, Thailand) The allure of Bangkok to the world is evident through the country’s position as one of the world’s top tourist destination cities. According to one survey done in 2016, the city is ahead of London in terms of overnight visitors.
Being in Bangkok isn’t limited to Thai massage (although that will be nice) or visiting temples. Bangkok’s nightlife, shopping, and other cultural spots are frequented by tourists all year round. What’s more, the locals’ captivating smiles also form new friendships that make tourists want to go back again to the city.
Here are some of the best things to do in Bangkok.
Go on a Foodie Tour
Being in Bangkok will give you the most awesome foodie experience with so many to choose from. Eating street food is so popular in Bangkok but there are upscale restaurants too. You’ll find dishes from Pad Thai, Thai Salad or coconut cassava cake. The street foods of Bangkok offer fast and cheap eats while upscale restaurants offer quieter and sophisticated take on dishes.
Visit the Floating Market
The Floating Market is a market concept where boats are used by market sellers to offer their goods. It’s an exciting way to eat as you can find the food sellers riding their boat and call them so they can whip out something special for you. The Floating Markets of Bangkok has been around for ages to trade goods when there weren’t roads built yet.
Tour the Grand Palace and the Reclining Buddha
The Grand Palace used to be the King’s home and the office of Thailand government. It consists of 214,000 sq. meters so you’ll have to dedicate enough time to roam it.
Wat Pho’s main attraction is its reclining Buddha with a size of 15m tall and 46-meter long. It features gold leaf all over its body and you can find 108 bowls inside its temple. You’re allowed to buy coins for the bowls.
Go on a Water Taxi Ride in Bangkok
Ride the water taxi of Bangkok if you want to experience a thrilling adventure of the Chai Phraya River and the little canals it’s connected to. You’ll experience seeing the tall buildings of Bangkok through this ride. It’s also a great way to experience what the locals experience every day. There’s a blue flag boat for tourists but it’s pricier compared to the orange one which goes to the main piers.
Ride the Tuk Tuk
The tuk-tuk is a rickshaw using a small engine. It’s one of Bangkok’s popular means of transportation and exciting to say the least. It used to be the ride of Bangkok before other rides came. The tuk-tuk is an efficient way to smooth your way when there’s traffic. It’s quite colorful so you can take a selfie while riding but be mindful of your belongings.
Buy Flowers at the Flower Market
Pak Khlong Talat is a 24-hour market where various kinds of flowers used for decorations, attracting good fortune and as an offering for religious and spiritual purposes are sold. They say that it started out as a floating market centuries ago. It’s called the flower market but you can also find fruits and vegetables there. You can ride the taxi or tuk-tuk to get there from anywhere in Bangkok.
Get a Thai Massage
Buddhist monks developed the technique 2,500 years ago. Prepare your body to be relaxed through rhythmic movements to calm your muscles and nerves. You will undergo a series of techniques with your therapist having you lay down with your face up or face down, seated or lying on your side. You will feel your mood elated after the massage but go to a reputable spa for your Thai massage.
Buy Souvenirs at Chatuchak Weekend Market
The market has been in operation since 1942 and known to many as JJ Market. There are more than 15,000 stalls so any tourists who visit the place can buy things like foods, plants, antiques, electronics, ceramics, etc. With that many kinds of items, it’s placed as the world’s largest and most diverse weekend market getting about 300,000 visitors each day. This is definitely one of the most recommended things to do in Bangkok. You can take the Skytrain or subway to Chatuchak Market.
Discover Sathorn, Bangkok
Sathorn is located in the middle of Bang Rak, Pathun, Yan Nawa and three other districts. It’s been increasingly popular through the years because of its attractions like restaurants and hotels. Bangkok Skytrain has routes in most parts of Sathorn. The old temple of Wat Yan Nawa is located in Sathorn. You also must see the skyline of Sathorn when you visit and check out The Blue Elephant Cooking School (restaurant).
Relax at Lumphini Park
Lumphini Park is the ‘Green Lung’ of Bangkok and it’s easy to see why. The 57.6-hectare park is full of trees that offer park goers a way to enjoy the city of Bangkok without harming the environment. People can rent boats at the artificial lake or go running or biking because the park has lots of open spaces. The park is open until evening and smoking aren’t allowed.
Party at Bangkok’s Rooftop Bars
Enjoying a few drinks with friends is more fun when you go to the rooftop bars which you can find in most places in Bangkok. Some of these bars are on the 63rd floor so you’ll have a really good view of the whole city. This adventure is not for the faint-hearted though as the buildings are high. One of the notable rooftop bars are Sky Bar, Octave Rooftop Bar, and Vertigo.
Watch a Kickboxing (Muay Thai) Competition
Muay Thai is Bangkok’s version of kickboxing and when you’re in Bangkok, you should watch a competition to get to know about the sport. Players of Muay Thai use numerous techniques which involve the whole body. You can watch a staged Muay Thai event called Muay Thai live or watch a real fight at Rajadamnern Stadium which features traditional setting. You can also watch at Lumpinee Stadium.
Visit the Tigers at Dusit Zoo
Dusit Zoo is Thailand’s first zoo. A trip there lets you see amazing attractions like the zoo museum and educational center. You can go sightseeing through a train ride and visit the animal hospital. The best part of the experience is seeing thousands of animal species like albino barking deer and Bengal tigers. You can go to the cafeteria where several eateries can be found.
Celebrate Your First Songkran in Bangkok
Songkran is a yearly water festival (also happens in other parts of Thailand) where people of all ages gather during the three days of traditional Thai New Year for a massive water fight. There are street dancing, drinking and lots of merrymaking. It’s a Buddhist celebration that started with mild water fight that somehow turned to this huge event that even travelers from other countries join.
Be Amazed at the Bangkok Puppet Show
This may be the only puppet show which doesn’t hide its puppeteers as they’re very much part of the show. Three puppeteers handle every puppet as they put on the show. The usual subject for each show is classic folktale where an orchestra plays in the background providing a dramatic effect. You can see the Bangkok Traditional Puppet Show at Aksra Theater in Soi Rang Nam.
Bangkok is such a colorful place where every tourist can enjoy many attractions. What’s fascinating is that the locals are there to help in case you’re lost or you’re looking for other places to visit.
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