Bangkok

Things to do in Bangkok

From adventuring outdoors, to experiencing the spiritual and historic Buddhist temples, to enjoying Bangkok’s modern attractions, there are plenty of things to do in Bangkok, Thailand. There are a series of beautiful temples in Thailand. Be sure to visit the solid-gold Buddha Wat Traimit, which was only uncovered from its stucco exterior 40 years ago. The temple itself reportedly dates back to the early 13th century. Other temples to visit include the trinity of ancient temples: Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho and Wat Arun. Wat Phra Kaew is the location of the Emerald Buddha and Grand Palace.

Chatuchak Weekend Market is a must-visit destination; it one of the largest markets in the world. Vendors at the Chatuchak market are hawking all manner of items, from squirrels to sneakers. Of course it is also a food destination. There are many drink and snack vendors in the marketplace, and several good restaurants border the perimeter of the Chatuchak market. It is one the of many fascinating things to do in Bangkok. Khao Yai National Park is features more than 153 different species of animal and bird, along with exotic fruits. Take a traditional ox cart rides to view the beautiful wildlife. Khao Yai National Park has five different vegetation zones, and is one of the few remaining monsoon forests in Asia. See below for more about what to do in Bangkok.

Wat Phra Kaew, more commonly known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is widely regarded as Thailand’s most sacred site. The temple, located inside the Grand Palace complex, was built by King Rama I and houses a statue of Buddha carved out of a single piece of jade.

Le Fenix hotel's rooftop bar has hammocks and tables in a garden setting.

GEO

A pioneering household accessories shop that also sells clothes, and jewelry from up-and-coming local designers. The eclectic store also offers house and garden gadgets, handmade picture frames, and leather binders - most of them chosen by celebrated editor Sakchai Guy.

This 2006 newcomer joins the nightlife nexus on Sukhumvit Road.

A tubular wonder, Bed resembles, from different angles, a sleek flashlight, a robotic eye, or the beginning of a Martian invasion. Once past the bouncers, you are in a painfully minimalist white barn headed for outer space.

Playground! is a three-story shopping emporium located on the bustling Sukhumvit Road. The store is divided into zones, each filled with a specific type of merchandise, from clothing to housewares, even music.

This legendary bar is located along Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok's nightlife nexus.

Got handicrafts and natural Thai beauty products from brands such as Harnn and Thann.

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 buildings, which houses a myriad of retailers and eateries, was largely responsible for revitalizing and reinventing the Thonglor district.

MRT

Skip city traffic by using the MRT (a new underground rail system), which makes central downtown stops.

Known as the “Jewel of Asia,” Siam Paragon Mall is an expansive shopping center located in the heart of the city in the Pathum Wan neighborhood. The mall is home to more than 250 high-end retailers, including Jimmy Choo, Gucci, and Prada.

Vibrant, chaotic, and packed with surprises, Thailand’s largest market—with more than 15,000 stalls tucked into narrow sois, or alleyways, on the city’s north side—peddles everything from rare orchids to block-printed textiles.

BTS

Skip city traffic by using the BTS which runs through Bangkok on two lines.

Located at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, the Oriental Spa has 19 private treatment rooms, including both several spa suites, housed inside a 19th-century teakwood home.

Up-and-coming design duo Manisa Sakdiyakorn and Saitarn Karncharanwong sell their Japanese-inspired tailored shirts (think Thom Browne with a touch of Junya Watanabe) and multi-pocket canvas totes at this Bangkok boutique.