Whether you are visiting Bangkok for the first time, or just need to touch base again, these are the 14 Best Things to Do in Bangkok (Thailand). Here are the Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Bangkok for you to tick off your bucket list.

As the capital city of Thailand, Bangkok was voted as the most visited city, in the Global Destinations Cities Index, receiving 21.47million visitors a year. It is not an expensive place to visit. As a predominantly Buddhist country, you need to be mindful that you need to there are some things you should and shouldn’t do in Bangkok.

14 Best Things to Do in Bangkok

Getting around Bangkok

The Skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT) rail systems – the mass transit systems in the city, are the best ways to get around the vast city of Bangkok.Keep this in mind when you are booking accommodation, which I will discuss later. You should book a tuk-tuk because they are iconic to Bangkok, but be firm when establishing the fare. Taxies are cheap, but the traffic in Bangkok is very heavy so that you may spend a lot of time and money sitting in one of these brightly colored cabs.

You can read more about staying near the BTS and MKR here

14 Best Things to Do in Bangkok

 

14 Best Things to Do in Bangkok (Thailand).

1. You have to visit the Grand Palace in Bangkok

The Grand Palace is grand and well worth visiting in Bangkok, as the first of your 14 Best Things to Do in Bangkok. It’s also the home of Wat Phra Kaeo, which houses the Jade (or Emerald), Buddha.

Hours: 8:30am-3:30pm daily
Location: Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon
Hours: 6am-noon daily
Hint: Dress modestly when visiting the Grand Palace, which means covering your arms and legs and avoiding any sloppy attire. When visiting any of the temples in Bangkok and Thailand, you should respect the cultural and religious mores of the country.

14 Best Things to Do in Bangkok

2. See the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho

Close to the Grand Palace is Wat Pho, best known for the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, the very large and iconic Buddhist Buddha. The temple was built by King Rama I and is the oldest and in Bangkok. It is considered to be a place of healing and was Thailand’s first university,”both established by King Rama III. Make sure you get a Thai or foot massage at the traditional medical school on the premises.

Hours: 8:30am-6pm daily
Admission: 100 baht
Address: 2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Subdistrict,

14 Best Things to Do in Bangkok

3. Watch the sun rise and sun set at Wat Arun

Wat Arun is an important place of worship for Buddhists. You can see the monks walk here during the day. Climb to the top of the prang (a Khmer-style tower) just before sunset, to get fantastic views of the sunsets over the Chao Praya River, the main river which runs through the city of Bangkok. It is also one of the best temples The 10 Best Temple of the Dawn

Hours: 8:30am-5:30pm daily
Admission: 20 baht
Location: Arun Amarin Rd

14 Best Things to Do in Bangkok

4. Meditate at Wat Suthat

Wat Suthat is one of the oldest and most beautiful of Bangkok’s Buddhist temples. In front of the temple is the 27 m high Giant Swing, where religious ceremonies occurred.

Admission: 20 baht
Location: Bamrung Muang Road, Sao Chingcha, Phra Nakhon
Hours: 8:30am-9:00pm daily

14 Best Things to Do in Bangkok

5. Visit Chatuchak Market

Bangkok’s massive weekend Chatuchak Market is the largest in the world. As it is very popular with locals, it is a good chance to wander around and eat at some of the delicious street food stalls

Location: Adjacent to the Kamphaengpecth Station (MRT), about 5-minute walk from Mochit Skytrain (BTS) Station and Suan Chatuchak (Chatuchak Park) Station (MRT)
Official site: http://www.chatuchak.org/

14 Best Things to Do in Bangkok

6. Explore the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Tourist trap or not, as a first-time visitor to Bangkok, you need to get out of the city and head Ratchaburi, which is located about 1.5 hours outside Bangkok to visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.   The best tour option is a Floating Markets Cruise Day Trip from Bangkok, where they will pick you up from your hotel, and deliver you back to your door.

14 Best Things to Do in Bangkok

7. Visit Jim Thompson House

The Jim Thompson House is a historic house in Bangkok. Jim Thompson was an American entrepreneur, who disappeared while traveling in Malaysia. He spent time in Thailand after World War 2 and became a significant player in the Thai silk industry, which can be seen here at the Jim Thompson House. To understand his significance to Bangkok, and to also see Suan Pakkad Palace take a tour.

Address: 6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road

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8. Chill out in Lumpini Park

Lumpini Park is a green oasis amidst the traffic and franticness that typifies Bangkok. Lumpini Park is a beautiful place to just chill in Bangkok, and is definitley one of Best Things to Do in Bangkok. There are often street entertainers, occasionally street protests, but it remains a have in the city.

Hours: 5am-9pm
Admission: Free
Location: Rama IV Road, between Ratchadamri and Witthayu.

14 Best Things to Do in Bangkok

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9. Party at Khao San Road

Khao San Road is Bangkok’s backpacker district, and it is vibrant, crazy, and well worth visiting. Just visit Khao San Road, expect to be ripped off, but enjoy a beer and do some seriously amusing people watching.

14 Best Things to Do in Bangkok

10. Shop til you drop at MBK Center

The MBK Center is also known as known as Mahboonkrong, but most tourists and visitors just call it MBK, and it is one of Bangkok’s premier shopping malls. It is eight stories of shopping nirvana.

Phayathai Rd, Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum

14 Best Things to Do in Bangkok

11. Eat street food in Bangkok

Thailand and Bangkok are all about street food. Food is cooked hot and quickly, making it a lot less risky than pre-prepared food that has been sitting around for ages. Look for Som Tam -Papaya salad, Khao Pad – Fried Rice, Pad Thai Kung – Noodles with shrimp and Gai/Moo Bing – Grilled chicken/pork skewers wherever you are

14 Best Things to Do in Bangkok

12. Do a Chao Phraya River Cruise

One of the most pleasant ways to explore Bangkok is to take a leisurely Chao Phraya River Cruise and to see what happens in this bustling Thai city. There are some excellent Chao Phraya River Cruises with full commentary, which helps you to understand more about Bangkok and Thailand.

14 Best Things to Do in Bangkok

13. A must is to explore Chinatown

Exploring Chinatown in Bangkok is an amazing experience. There are markets and a rich history in the back streets of this old part of Bangkok. One of the best ways to see the influences of the Chinese in Bangkok is to do a Food Discovery Tour because food is important.

14 Best Things to Do in Bangkok

14. Do a Thai Cooking school

Bangkok and food, and Thailand and food is a mix made in heaven. One of the Best Things to Do in Bangkok is to attend a Thai Cooking school and start with a visit to the markets to select the freshest ingredients, followed by a local showing you exactly how to cook your favorite dishes.

14 Best Things to Do in Bangkok

Where to Stay in Bangkok for Sightseeing

One of the most important decisions you should make when choosing Where to Stay in Bangkok is to make sure you are near the public transport system of Bangkok. This is because Bangkok is a large city and a very humid system, so the less time you have to walk through the heat and the traffic the more enjoyable you visit Bangkok will be.

Best Things to Do in Bangkok

 

We have chosen to use Hotels Combined to share the best hotels in each price range, because they are a comparative search engine that looks across them all to give you the best prices.

Luxury Hotels in Bangkok

Mandarin Oriental in Riverside
– location
– terrace overlooking Chao Phraya River

Chatrium Hotel Riverside

– location on riverside
– infinity pool

Ariyasomvilla
– locate in Sukhumvit
– old world charm in a tranquil setting
– lovely pool and grounds.

Mid-Range Hotels in Bangkok

Sofitel So Bangkok
– central location

The Park Plaza Bangkok Soi 18

– convenient location
– great pool

Budget Hotels in Bangkok

Adamaz House

– Close to Khao San Road and close to some of the city’s most important attractions.

The Phranakorn-Nornlen

– good location
– good value for money

Smart Suites

– Located in Sukhumvit
– budget prices
– quality rooms.

 

This is you ultimate guide to Bangkok – the 14 Best Things to Do in Bangkok. Enjoy.

Best Things to Do in Bangkok

 

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