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Things to do in Bangkok

Old meets new in Thailand’s bustling colorful metropolis, and there are things to do in Bangkok aplenty. From shopping treasure-filled markets and riding long-tail boats through the city’s canals (or a tuk-tuk motorcycle cab through its crowded streets) to trying a traditional Thai massage, paying homage at Buddhist temples, and kicking up your heels at one of the many fashionable nightclubs, savvy visitors know what to do in Bangkok.

One of Asia’s most beloved and fastest growing cities, Bangkok is a feast for the senses. For more ideas and complete listings for things to do in Bangkok, peruse T+L’s travel guide, which includes details on historic sites, like the Grand Palace, as well as sacred spots, such as Wat Suthat, one of the city’s most serene temples. We also point you to some of Bangkok’s best boutiques, places selling fine silks, gorgeous handicrafts, natural beauty products, jewelry and clothing by up-and-coming local designers, even graphic novels. The guide also includes information on some of the city’s best spa experiences—in quiet flower-filled gardens, state-of-the-art spa bungalows with iPhone charging stations, even a 19th-century teakwood house within a spa. Whether you seek relaxation and rejuvenation, a dose of Thai culture, or a unique city break, there are countless things to do in Bangkok.

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  • Almeta

    Founded in 1992, Almeta sells high quality silk products from its boutique and showroom in Bangkok. The brand has silk in more than 1,000 colors cr... More
  • Basheer Graphic Books

    Basheer Graphic Books is a prominent bookseller in Southeast Asian markets, including  Malaysia, Indonesia, and Hong Kong. The company’s Bangkok st... More
  • Bed Supperclub

    A tubular wonder, Bed resembles, from different angles, a sleek flashlight, a robotic eye, or the beginning of a Martian invasion. Once past the bo... More
  • BTS

    Skip city traffic by using the BTS which runs through Bangkok on two lines. More
  • Chatuchak Weekend Market

    Vibrant, chaotic, and packed with surprises, Thailand’s largest market—with more than 15,000 stalls tucked into narrow sois, or alleyways, on the c... More
  • Divana Massage & Spa

    In a quiet garden abode, with hi-so (high society) maidens chirping quietly on their cell phones while waiting for their appointments, guests are s... More
  • Escudo

    Housed inside the Dutchess Plaza Building in the city’s bustling Thonglor district, Escudo is a two-story nightclub offering clubgoers two distinct... More
  • Face Bar, Thailand

    This 2006 newcomer joins the nightlife nexus on Sukhumvit Road. More
  • GEO

    A pioneering household accessories shop that also sells clothes, and jewelry from up-and-coming local designers. The eclectic store also offers hou... More
  • Grand Palace

    Located on the Chao Phraya River, the gold-spired Grand Palace is one of Thailand’s most important sacred sites. The complex, built in 1782, served... More
  • H1

    Designed in the Modernist style by Duangrit Bunnag, the H1 complex is at the forefront of the city’s shopping scene. The collection of glass buildi... More
  • I.Sawan Residential Spa & Club at Grand Hyatt Erawan

    Located on the fifth floor of the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, the expansive i.Sawan Residential Day Spa covers 75,350 square feet. The spa is compr... More
  • J Avenue

    Owned and developed by Siam Future Development, J Avenue, at 88,000 square feet, is one of Thailand’s most comprehensive lifestyle centers. Located... More
  • Kit-Ti's

    Pick up a piece of "contemporary ethnic" jewelry at this Bangkok staple. More

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