The capital of Thailand, Bangkok is an attractive, interesting, and incredible city to visit. There are temples, ancient monuments, and other attractions, as well as modern shopping malls that have an elegant yet upscale atmosphere. This post will help you list some of the best things to do in Bangkok.
Best Things To Do in Bangkok
1. Visit the Royal Palace
Of all the sightseeing spots in Bangkok, the Royal Palace is the most popular one there. You simply can’t move to another city until you’ve taken the time to visit here. The palace was once the king’s king as well as the place where the Thai government did their jobs. A trip to the palace can take hours as there are more than 214,000 square meters to cover. Watch out for scams outside the palace and pay the entrance fee only when you do enter.
2. Go to the Wat Pho
Located immediately south of the Grand Palace precinct, Wat Pho makes an excellent addition to your palace tour, provided your feet are up for more walking.
The temple was built by King Rama I and is the oldest in Bangkok. It has long been considered a place of healing and was famous centuries ago for its pharmacy and as Thailand’s first “university”—both established by King Rama III. You can get a Thai or foot massage at the traditional medical school on the premises, but the prices are significantly higher than what you will find at massage parlors elsewhere in the city.
3. Take a tour around Chatuchak Market
If you love shopping, you need to check out this place. If you hate shopping, you need to make this place a spacious place. With more than 8000 stalls on 27 acres, this is one of the largest markets in the world. Open every Saturday and Sunday, it attracts nearly 200,000 visitors per day, you will find everything you can imagine being sold here and mostly local prices, not travel prices, definitely, you should choose the map before going to avoid getting lost in the market for many hours.
4. Visit Wat Arun
Wat Arun is something of a triumphant population, dating back to the ancient battles between Siam and Burma. After falling into the hands of the Burmese, Ayutthaya became rubble and ashes, but General Taksin and the rest of the survivors vowed to march “until the sun rises again” and build a temple here. Wat Arun, Temple of Dawn, is that temple. This is where the new king later built his royal palace and a private chapel.
If you climb to the top of the prang just before sunset, you will be rewarded with an unforgettable sunset view over the Chao Praya River. Even if you don’t plan on climbing, sunset is really the time to enjoy all of the place’s glory.
5. Take a boat ride along the Chao Phraya River
Some people call Bangkok the ‘Venice of the East’, this is because the Chai Phraya River flows through Bangkok and all the small canals flow from there. The river is the lifeblood of Bangkok, and even today 50,000 people go to work on one of the ferries back and forth. Sailing downstream is fun as you’ll see high-rise apartments and luxury hotels on one part while on the other you’ll find wooden tents and children playing in the water. Feel free to get on and off at any of the stops made by ferries to explore the city more.
6. Explore the Bangkok National Museum
Bangkok National Museum is one of the best things to do in Bangkok. It is home to the largest collection of Thai artifacts and art in the whole of Thailand. The museum was first opened by King Rama V to display all the gifts his father gave him. There are many interesting things to see in the museum such as Chinese weapons, gems, puppets, clothing and textiles, and Khon masks. If you go to the museum on Thursday, you might be offered a tour in English so you get to know everything in the museum.
7. Spend time in the Wat Suthat
Wat Suthat is one of the oldest and most beautiful Buddhist temples in Bangkok. Three kings joined hands to build it: it was started shortly after the coronation of Rama I (the founder of the Chakri dynasty) in 1782, continued by Rama II and completed 10 years later by Rama III.
In addition to the interesting architecture, the temple also has some particularly interesting murals. Wat Suthat is less famous than some of the other temple complexes in the city, so you’ll enjoy a more peaceful and intimate experience here.