Bangkok

Bangkok Travel Guide

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.

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.

Housed inside the Dutchess Plaza Building in the city’s bustling Thonglor district, Escudo is a two-story nightclub offering clubgoers two distinctive nightlife experiences.

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

BTS

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

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

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.

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.

In a quiet garden abode, with hi-so (high society) maidens chirping quietly on their cell phones while waiting for their appointments, guests are served green tea with ginger and a mystery ingredient the staff claims to be pandan leafe which makes patrons relaxed.

This 2006 newcomer joins the nightlife nexus on Sukhumvit Road.

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.

A new bohemian-style bar and gallery.

Owned and developed by Siam Future Development, J Avenue, at 88,000 square feet, is one of Thailand’s most comprehensive lifestyle centers. Located in the Thong Lo district, the center has become a shopping Mecca and houses such retailers as L’Occitane and the Apple Store.

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.

One of Bangkok's most serene temples, a 26-foot-high Buddha sits snugly within Bangkok's tallest vihara, or assembly hall, surrounded by murals that depict his life, murals as complex and elaborate as the city outside the temple's walls.

Browse the ingenious, inspired, and just plain nutty creations proferred at this design store at Bangkok's Emporium shopping center.