10 Cool Things to Do in Bangkok, Thailand
Take a walk on the wild side in Bangkok with our travel insurance team’s top things to do whilst visiting the Thai city.
Tour the Floating Markets…but with a twist!
By now, everyone knows about the Khlong Lat Mayom floating markets and while it’s such a treasure to behold, we can only imagine that they can be pretty overwhelming with tourists flocking to it. So why not briefly visit the floating markets on your way to a Thai cooking class with a Thai grandma? This can all be done in half a day and if you really aren’t put off by the bustling nature of the market, you can always go back for some street snacks if you aren’t too filled up on homemade Pad Thai!
Rama IX Park
There’s not a doubt in the world that Bangkok is busy! The bustling streets with mopeds, tourists and locals are chaotically beautiful but can be a lot. Why not make your way to a serene garden scene for a moment’s peace? Being the largest green space in Bangkok, it’s a true retreat for the city’s locals and a genuine escape from those bustling Bangkok streets.
Ancient Siam and Lebua Sky Bar
These two can be saved for a memorable last day in Bangkok. Head straight to the Pavilion of the Enlightened first thing in the morning at Ancient Siam. It’s such a gorgeous structure and really embodies the artistic nature of traditional Thai temple architecture. Towards the end of the day, head over to Lebua Sky Bar for some of the more unique and panoramic views of the city, especially at sunset. Fun fact: this bar was featured in the movie, ‘Hangover 2’ but please, don’t be like them, end the trip with style and wake up the next morning actually knowing what happened.
Thai Temples…at night
Thailand is known for having some of the most gorgeous, intricately designed temples in the world and it’s definitely something to tick off the bucket list checklist but there’s so much beauty to these temples that goes unnoticed, especially at night. Take a stroll after a street food fiesta or take it up a notch by doing a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River. Either way, the temples are spectacular at night and it’s a cool and different way to see a typical tourist site.
Watch a Muay Thai match
If you’re into martial arts or even if you’re not, head over to Ratchadamnoen boxing stadium. It’s a fun activity to do that’s a little different from the norm of a Bangkok itinerary. From 6:30pm, competitors face off in what can only be described as artistic and entertaining combat. Known as “the art of eight limbs”, you’ll see the boxers use their knuckles, shins, elbows, and knees.
Chinatown Night Food Tour
If you’re keen to learn more about the historical aspect of Chinese cuisine in Thailand, we recommend doing a tour. You’ll make stops at specific locations throughout the district and learn about the cultural landmarks as you feast on delicacies from well-known vendors. If a tour isn’t in the budget or you prefer to tantalize your palette without the historical anecdotes, still head down there at night. It’s the perfect way to end a day exploring the city!
Visit the waterpark on top of a mall
Got kids? No problem…Traveling with the little ones isn’t always easy and sometimes it’s difficult finding things to do for everyone to enjoy. If time permits, consider spending a day at Fantasia Lagoon. Funnily enough, this waterpark is located on the rooftop of a mall and is quite popular with locals and tourists alike. It’s a great opportunity to get some downtime from the business of the city below but also to ensure that the kids had something for them on this trip!
Discover ‘Venice of the East’ by boat
A scenic and less bustling way to see Bangkok is by boat. Take a trip down the Chai Phraya river and feel free to hop off at any of the stops along the way to get lost in the city’s culture. Or, if you aren’t feeling too adventurous, enjoy the scenes of temples, impressive skyscrapers and people going about their daily lives as you meander down the water. Whether you do this during the day or at night, look out for the Wat Arun temple. Actually, you can’t miss it, it’s stunningly beautiful and stands 79 metres tall.
Dare to try Durian
We’ve all heard of this famously infamous fruit. It stinks from miles away but if you can get past the scent, is apparently, ridiculously delicious….to some. Truly, there’s only one way to find out and lucky for you, it comes in various forms. The fruit itself, as an ice cream flavour, sticky rice and durian, durian chips and even nestled into a fruit roll. Something worth noting is that it should never be consumed with alcohol. Apparently, the combination raises your blood pressure to dangerous levels. How often are you going to be in Bangkok where you can try this unique fruit? Do it!
Get yourself an affordable Thai massage
For some of us who live in the West, massages are like a treat because they aren’t always affordable. Thailand is known for offering some of the best massages and for cheap – something around the likes of 250 baht which is equivalent to £5 for a whole hour! You would be remiss not to take advantage of the cost. What’s the catch you ask? Well, they may not be as glamorous at that price. In fact, it is quite common to have a foot massage at the side of the road, next to bustling crowds, noisy bars, and opposite restaurants. Odd? Maybe. A cool experience? For sure.