Things to do in Bangkok

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What Bangkok lacks in museums it makes up for in impressive temples and shiny palaces. If the city traffic, heat, or chaos get the best of you, pony ... Read More

What Bangkok lacks in museums it makes up for in impressive temples and shiny palaces. If the city traffic, heat, or chaos get the best of you, pony up $9 for an hour-long massage to rub your troubles away.

From adventuring outdoors, to experiencing the spiritual and historic Buddhist temples, there are plenty of things to do in Bangkok. There are a series of beautiful temples, including the ancient temples Wat Pho and Wat Arun. Chatuchak Weekend Market is a must-visit; it’s one of the largest markets in the world, where vendors hawk all manner of items, from squirrels to sneakers, with a wealth of drink and snack stalls. The Grand Palace and Lumphini Park are city landmarks worth visiting, while the Sofitel So Bangkok Spa and Oriental Spa offer an array of wellness treatments for those in need of some pampering.

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  • Blue Elephant Cooking School in Bangkok Courtesy of Blue Elephant
    Blue Elephant Cooking School

    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

  • Chinatown in Bangkok Getty Images

    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

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    Grand Palace

    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

  • Health Land Spa in Bangkok Courtesy of Health Land
    Health Land

    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

  • Jam Factory Cultural Center in Bangkok Courtesy of Jam Factory
    Jam Factory

    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

  • Jim Thompson House Museum in Bangkok Getty Images
    Jim Thompson House

    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

  • Saphan Taksin Pier Longtail Boat Ride in Bangkok Alamy
    Longtail Boat Ride

    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

  • Lumpini Park in Bangkok Alamy
    Lumpini Park

    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

  • MBK Fight Night Fight in Bangkok Courtesy of MBK Fight Night
    MBK Fight Night

    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

  • Oriental Spa in Bangkok Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
    Oriental Spa

    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

  • Pinky's Tailoring Store in Bangkok Courtesy of Pinky's Tailoring
    Pinky's Tailoring

    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

  • Sofitel So Bangkok Spa Courtesy of Sofitel So Bangkok
    Sofitel So Bangkok Spa

    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

  • Soy Sauce Factory Gallery in Bangkok Vincent Sung
    Soy Sauce Factory

    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

  • Tailor on Ten Store in Bangkok Courtesy of Tailor on Ten
    Tailor on Ten

    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

  • The Touch Spa in Bangkok Courtesy of The Touch
    The Touch

    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

  • Wat Arun Temple in Bangkok Anna McKerrow
    Wat Arun

    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

  • Wat Pho Temple in Bangkok Alamy
    Wat Pho

    Thailand’s biggest temple dates back to the 16th century and sees hoards of tourists every day. Among the biggest (and longest) highlight is a 150-foot... Read More

  • Wat Traimit Golden Buddha in Bangkok Alamy
    Wat Traimit

    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

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