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.

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.

A new bohemian-style bar and gallery.

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.

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.

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 foot space.

This jewelry shop specializes in whimsical baubles

Open for more than 30 years, Siam Leather Goods sells handcrafted leather shoes and accessories. The store, located in the River City Shopping Complex, houses an inventory of shoes and handbags, some of which are crafted from the skins of farm-raised crocodiles.

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 government with a loan of 638 million baht from the Japanese government.

Located on the fifth floor of the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, the expansive i.Sawan Residential Day Spa covers 75,350 square feet.

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 using Thai hand weaving methods, and its silk à la carte program offers color matching services for clients.