Things to Do in Bangkok

Cedric Angeles

Cruising up and down the Chao Phraya and making stops near major hotels, like the Oriental and the Shangri-La, this tourist boat departs every 30... Read More

Formally a royal residence, this group of traditional Thai homes holds one of the finest art collections in Bangkok. It showcases more than just... Read More

Thailand’s first hot yoga studio will get your heart rate pumping with their signature Absolute Fit class. It’s a mix of yoga and cardio, and it will... Read More

Regular clients frequent Algal Décor for their large collection or Oriental-style antiques, furniture and sculptures. Most of the items are impressive... Read More

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 crafted... Read More

If you’re in the market for Thai silk, Almeta is one of the few shops I’ve found that allows you buy silk with no minimum order. Come to the shop with... Read More

Just outside the gates of Wat Ratchanatdaram, you’ll find an impressive amulet market where you can shop for charms designed to bring you good luck and... Read More

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

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

Visitors looking for a jogging path will be pleased to find the six-mile track around Benjakiti Park’s lake. With a separate bike lane to help avoid... Read More

This restaurant-turned-cooking-school hosts morning and afternoon sessions in a century-old French colonial house. Students have sccess to a personal... Read More

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

The Buddha is one of the most popular souvenirs from Thailand, as it represents a large part of the Thai culture. To find your own statue, wander down... Read More

Try your hand at the tiring-yet-satisfying job of reeling in massive fish at this catch-and-release lake outside of Bangkok. Private guides can assist... Read More

The price of a movie ticket in Bangkok is worth it for the hours of full-blast air conditioning alone. Most major action movies and blockbusters are... Read More

For an authentic Thai-style beach trip, head 100 miles south of Bangkok to the sleepy town of Cha-Am. The main street here is fun to wander, and filled... Read More

I’m using the term gallery loosely in this case, but walk though section seven and you’ll have one-on-one access to the artists selling their work.... Read More

Known as the JJ to locals, this massive market is an anthropologist’s dream and home to everything from bespoke furniture and clothing, to exotic pets... Read More

When I first moved to Bangkok, almost every weekend included a trip to this bustling market for home goods. As I shopped, I loaded up backpacks with... Read More

This buzzing district is home to arguably the most chaotic atmosphere in Bangkok. Wander down the pencil-thin sois (streets), pop into the gold shops or... Read More

This vibrant neighborhood is as good for people-watching as it is for food watching. The streets here are packed with vendors selling fish, exotic... Read More

A weeklong celebration in late January, the lunar New Year brings together the Thai-Chinese people. Visitors during this time who stop by Chinatown will... Read More

Make a reservation at the fabulous Chon Thai restaurant at the Siam Hotel and arrange for a complimentary pick up at the Saphan Taksin pier. A private... Read More

The country’s most famous floating market sets up shop 50 miles from Bangkok. Today, vendors sell more souvenirs than goods bought by locals, but this... Read More

One of the more fashionable places to dance to the latest in hip-hop, house music and electronic beats is this two-room club on the always-trendy Thong... Read More

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... Read More

Nestled in a quiet garden, this spa offers an extensive menu in beautiful, private treatment rooms. For ultra pampering, try the 210-minute super detox,... Read More

With several yoga masters on staff, Divine offers more than 60 classes per week, including instruction in vinyasa, power, and hatha yoga. Private... Read More

You could almost walk blindly down the streets of Bangkok and still be able to find this spikey, cantaloupe-sized fruit. Its pungent smell has it banned... Read More

If you’re pressed for time in Bangkok, the quick delivery and fitting scheduled at your hotel make Embassy Suit Gallery a prime choice. These Brits have... Read More

The offerings here are pricier, but each piece is handmade by a master tailor to ensure top quality. Thanks to a modern website design (something a lot... Read More

Bangkok has a very real love affair with shopping malls and one of the best in that category is Emporium. You’ll find top international brands here and... Read More

One of the best and oldest big-name jazz clubs in Bangkok, Saxophone Pub delivers great jazz, blues, and folk music every night of the week. Live music... Read More

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

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

Smack in the middle of bustling Bangkok, you’ll find a simulated surfing machine where you can catch a few waves. Instructors are available to help... Read More

On my first trip here I spent less than $5 and walked away with more blooms than my three vases at home could handle. Now outfitted with multiple... Read More

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

The classic Thai foot massage offered at the Baan Dalah Mind Body Spa on Sukhumvit Soi 8 is given with firm pressure and follows traditional reflexology... Read More

Come early in the morning and grab a guide (or find a local tour group) to help you navigate the ornately decorated halls, pavilions and inner palaces... Read More

Kids will love running around the former home of Thailand’s royalty and letting their fairytale dreams of kings and queens play out. Parents will enjoy... Read More

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... Read More

A chain of large wellness centers in Bangkok serving up facials and massages, Health Land is the go-to place for a traditional Thai massage. Be sure to... Read More

A chain of large wellness centers in Bangkok serving up facials and massages, Health Land is the go-to place for a traditional Thai massage. Be sure to... Read More

Art lovers flock to this hybrid gallery/artist colony for rotating exhibits of modern and sculptural art. The exhibition space features an on-site... Read More

Just a few hours outside of Bangkok, this resort town with its white beaches and luxury hotels is a preferred retreat for members of Thai royalty.... Read More

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 comprised... Read More

Owned and developed by Siam Future Development, J Avenue, at 88,000 square feet, is one of Thailand’s most comprehensive lifestyle centers.... Read More

What Bangkok lacks in formal museums it makes up in spades with indie art galleries, chief among them being the Jam Factory. One of the hottest hangouts... Read More

The Silom district is the long-standing home of jewelry in Bangkok. On the first three floors of the Jewelry Trade Center (JTC) you’ll find stores and... Read More

American expat Jim Thompson is credited with revitalizing the dying Thai silk industry in the mid-20th century, but he is equally well-known for his... Read More

American Jim Thompson is credited with revitalizing the dying Thai silk industry in the mid-20th century, but he is equally well-known for his... Read More

American-born Jim Thompson is synonymous with revitalizing the Thai silk industry. After you’ve visited his impressive house, head to the silk shop for... Read More

Ground zero for European and American backpackers traveling on the cheap (who all seem to wear identical uniforms of t-shirts and elephant-print pants),... Read More

Roughly 100 miles from Bangkok, Khao Yai National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and top spot in Thailand for birding and, if you’re lucky,... Read More

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

This artificial island just outside of Bangkok is worth the trip, especially if you’re in the mood for heaps of local food and shopping for hand-thrown... Read More

This small island, about 124 miles southeast of Bangkok, is home to popular beaches like Hat Sai Kaew and Ao Thian. Unlike the bigger beach towns in the... Read More

Tucked back behind the bustling thoroughfare of Soi 11, this venue is the perfect mix of ultra-cool lounge and dance club. This multi-level space... Read More

If it’s quality silver pieces—bangles, necklaces and rings—you’re looking for, one of the best vendors is Lin Jewelers. Engraving for things like... Read More

From this pier, you can commission private long tail boats to take you on a 90 or 120-minute canal ride. Boat drivers speak little English, so don’t... Read More

On the night of the first full moon in November, the Thai people send small decorative floats, often on banana leaves, into the water as a symbolic... Read More

As you float down the Chao Phraya on an antique teakwood rice barge, you’ll be treated to traditional Thai cuisine and classical dance. The real draw... Read More

Schedules at the two Lullaby Yoga studios in Bangkok are not as robust as other studios on this list, but class sizes are smaller, giving students and... Read More

Located in the heart of Bangkok, this massive park played host to the protests that rocked the city from late 2013 until early 2014. Political... Read More

What Central Park is to New York City, Lumpini Park is to Bangkok. Complete with a big lake, lush greenery (a rare find in this concrete jungle) and... Read More

Just outside Lumpini Park, on the northwest corner, is a large outcropping of vendors who hawk produce, noodles, and a good selection of seafood to... Read More

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On Wednesday nights during the dry season, catch the buzzing action of a Muay Thai fight outside the tech mall MBK where hard-bodied men dressed in... Read More

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

Don’t let the neoclassical architecture of the house fool you; this modern museum presents the history of Thai culture as an interactive experience that... Read More

Possibly the oldest city in Thailand, this historic town is an hour from Bangkok. Visitors should budget a full day to see the sights (Phra Pathom Chedi... Read More

Serious partygoers know that showing up at NARZ before midnight is a no-no. But though the action doesn’t get started here till late, this club is... Read More

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

Just steps from the BTS stop at Thong Lor on Soi 38 are some of Bangkok’s best vendors who serve pad Thai, mango and sticky rice, and egg noodles with... Read More

One of the oldest street markets in Bangkok sits near the Chatuchak weekend bazaar and serves as one of the go-to produce stalls for local restaurants.... Read More

The Phahurat neighborhood is Bangkok’s Little India, where you’ll find rows upon rows of tiny stalls filled with bolts of fabric and ready-to-wear... Read More

The opulent spa at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel offers luxurious spa pampering in an Asian-healing-meets-Western-methods kind of way. Before arriving in... Read More

The opulent spa at the Mandarin Oriental offers luxurious spa pampering in an Asian-healing-meets-Western-methods kind of way. Before arriving in... Read More

If you’re looking to log some quality R&R time, Pattaya is not the place for you. This beach town echoes the action-packed Bangkok streets with its... Read More

This large, peaceful park located 45-minutes outside the city is home to a 52-foot tall statue of Buddha and includes sites memorializing the four main... Read More

Since the 80's, Bangkok’s diplomats have been flocking to Pinky for his specialty item: custom suit jackets. Out-of-towners are offered complimentary... Read More

Since 1980, Bangkok’s diplomats have been flocking to Mr. Pinky for his specialty item: custom suit jackets. Out-of-towners are offered complimentary... Read More

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... Read More

Sitting just south of Hua Hin, Pranburi is an up-and-coming beach destination that is surrounded by national parks. You’ll get to enjoy unspoiled... Read More

I find that employing the buddy system is the best approach to tackling this wholesale clothing bazaar. The only way to strike a bargain with the... Read More

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

A longstanding favorite of local night owls, Q Bar draws a chic Bangkok crowd with its lineup of famous DJs spinning house music and cozy nooks for... Read More

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

Boasting a high-end list of regular clients, Bobby Gulati caters to the foreign crowd with ease and has prices that are almost too good to be true. Don... Read More

Soar almost 200 feet above the city on this slow moving Ferris Wheel. Just like the London Eye or Chicago’s Navy Pier, this attraction can be a bit... Read More

The epicenter of the Bangkok club scene is this massive and always-crowded megaclub. A vibrant mix of fashionable local university students and expats... Read More

Squeezing past the pushcarts and dancing around the motorbikes that whiz down the backstreets of this market can be an exhausting affair on the weekends... Read More

This open field and public gathering space just outside the Grand Palace was previously used as a crematorium space for kings, queens, and other high... Read More

From this pier, you can commission private long tail boats to take you on a 90- or 120-minute canal ride. Boat drivers speak little English, so don’t... Read More

Open for more than 30 years, Siam Leather Goods sells handcrafted leather shoes and accessories. The store, located in the River City Shopping Complex,... Read More

Well-heeled visitors from Hong Kong and Singapore, along with hi-society locals, frequent the high-end shops at this sprawling mall. This place is... Read More

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... Read More

Where the Bangkok music scene lacks in live music—especially compared to nearby Asian countries—it makes up for in karaoke bars. Test your vocals in the... Read More

This trendy gastropub—rightfully earning the title for its Western-style pub fare—has been popular since it opened several years ago. The mixologists at... Read More

Visitors flock here for the western-style service, a knowledgeable staff and collections centered around colored stones. Complimentary hotel pick-up and... Read More

Occupying the entire top floor of this centrally located hotel, the spa’s woodland-inspired treatment rooms are pure bliss. Relax with a papaya scrub,... Read More

Certainly not for everyone, Soi Cowboy is a two-block-long, neon-lit street in the heart of Bangkok’s red-light district. You can walk from one end to... Read More

For a week every April (Thailand’s hottest month) to celebrate the New Year, Bangkok transforms into a mysteriously empty and almost traffic-free city... Read More

On the outskirts of Chinatown is Soy Sauce Factory, a bar slash art gallery slash Thai restaurant that is housed in an actual former soy sauce factory.... Read More

In the center of Bang Kachao, a massive “green lung” not far from the city’s center, is this large park and botanic garden. Thanks to the pancake-flat... Read More

This high-tech tailor has a custom iPad app to make the process of ordering shirts and suits as seamless as possible, and their longstanding... Read More

This popular Bangkok tailor requires three custom fitting appointments that begin the day after your measurements are taken. Reservations are... Read More

Grasshopper Adventures offers full- and half-day scenic tours that are easy on the lungs and legs. Guides on the half-day tours cover historic Bangkok... Read More

Tapas Room Club, with its friendly vibe, is a nice introduction to the lay of the land. Here, a disco ball is still a disco ball, and five dollars will... Read More

Unlike most malls in Bangkok that cater to high-end shoppers seeking luxury fashions, this four-story shopping center on the river is dedicated to... Read More

Once you fall in love with the Thai flavors, a trip to RST Spices Shop at the Chatuchak Weekend Market will be high on your list. The store offers a... Read More

The Thailand Cultural Centre opened in 1987 to celebrate the 60th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The center was designed and built by the Thai... Read More

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

At this December 5th celebration, witness the reverence and adoration the Thai people have for their monarch, who has been the King of Thailand since... Read More

Located at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, the Oriental Spa has 19 private treatment rooms, including both several spa suites, housed inside a 19th... Read More

A city standard for luxury, this 37-story tower overlooks the Chao Phraya River. The hotel's spa was revamped in 2007 to an impressive 21,000 square... Read More

Widely considered to be the best deal in town, The Touch has not one, but two locations on Soi Ruamrudee. Walk-in appointments are frequently available... Read More

One of the best values for your money, The Touch has two locations on Soi Ruamrudee. Walk-in appointments are frequently available for popular... Read More

Disputes in Bangkok run deep over who really makes the best pad Thai. But one of the top contenders for the title is the long-standing Thip Samai. Under... Read More

An upscale bar and restaurant located at H1 Place in Bangkok’s trendy Thonglor district, To Die For serves cocktails and wines alongside French... Read More

Built alongside abandoned train tracks and coaches, this weekend market is a must-see for antique lovers in search of vintage clothing, furniture, or... Read More

In the heart of Dusit Palace Park is the Vimanmek Teak Mansion, an impressive structure that was originally built as a retreat for the king in 1868 and... Read More

Hunting for well-priced clothes or a late-night snack? This night market, which opens around 6 p.m., has become the go-to spot for young Thais to hunt... Read More

Known as the Temple of Dawn, this large temple complex’s most identifying feature is a spire with scary-steep steps. Brave the incline and you’ll be... Read More

Directly across the river from Wat Pho sits Wat Arun, one of the most recognizable spots in Bangkok. I recommend arriving just before sunset to climb up... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

Located at the end of Chinatown's Yaowarat Road, near the Hualampong Railway Station, a quick stop at Wat Traimit or Temple of The Golden Buddah is... Read More

Before heading to Chinatown, make a 30-minute stop at Wat Traimit to see the Golden Buddha. This gleaming monument is the world’s largest gold statue... Read More

Book the “first class” seats at the SF Cinema in Central World, and you’ll enjoy pre-movie access to a VIP lounge, popcorn and soda, and a call button... Read More

Thai boxing is a very serious affair, and fans will crowd around television sets and radios to follow their favorite fighters. Get in on the excitement... Read More

Part of the Spring-Summer-Winter dining experience founded by Thai actor Phol Tansathien in 2004, Winter is an outdoor bar serving classic and housemade... Read More

A new bohemian-style bar and gallery. Read More

With its G-rated acronym actually standing for Wonderful Thai Friendship, this popular Bangkok watering hole is serious about both the art and well-made... Read More

Midcentury modern fans will love hunting for couches, mirrors, handbags and ceramics at Y50. The store has an additional warehouse 30-minutes away, and... Read More

In Bangkok’s Chinatown, the street food is taken so seriously that only the top-notch vendors are able to keep business alive. Which means that finding... Read More

If you’re looking for gold jewelry the place to be is Chinatown. It’s hard to recommend a specific store here, but look for one of the brightly lit... Read More

Founded by yoga guru Adrian Phillip Cox, Yoga Elements is one of Bangkok’s most sought-after studios. Five class types are offered here, and almost all... Read More

Take your practice off the mat with the Yoga Fly (or Body Fly) class at Pilates Station. Aerial exercises are performed while suspended in a soft... Read More

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