Thailand Travel Guide

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 expect much in the way of a formal tour, but you’ll get a fascinating look at what life is like for many Bangkok locals.

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 Bangkok, you would be wise to pre-book the “jetlag massage” to zap sluggishness upon arrival.

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 hydrate after the treatment—it’s a no nonsensemethod for working out your kinks. Ask your hotel to help book appointments in advance.

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 for popular treatments like the body scrub andThai herbal compress massage.

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, Balinese massage, traditional Thai massages andhydrotherapies while you take in the stunning views.

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 mysterious and unsolved disappearance in 1967.

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 relationship with local embassy workers is a testament totheir quality.

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 hotel pick-up, drop-off, and delivery and Pinky is one of the city's few high-end tailors that execute women’s clothing well.

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 definitely worth your time. The gleaming golden buddah is purportedly the world’s largest gold statue and has an impressive estimated worth.

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 large monitor lizards, a breezy walk in Lumpini is a must.

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 that were once home to Thailand’s monarchy.

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.

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 wander the markets, you could spend says exploring the ins and out's of Chinatown.

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 brightly colored shorts come from around the world to duke it out.

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