Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand and has a total population of 11 million people. The city receives thousands of tourists every year who are mesmerized by the high rise building, beautiful temples, ancient palaces, great beaches, authentic canals, amazing food, unique culture, and the happening nightlife that leaves them with memories of a lifetime.
There are so many things to do in Bangkok that it will take you several days to explore the entire city. The island of Rattanakosin is referred to as the Old city where the key attractions are the temples, Wat Arun, the Grand Palace, and the Wat Pho. Some of the famous temples that you must visit include Golden Mount, Wat Ratchanaddaram, and the Wat Suthat. Some of the must visit places include theDusit Palace, Jim Thompson's House, King Prajadhipok Museum, Lumphini Park, National Museum (Museum of Siam), Phra Sumen Fort,Queen Saovabha Institute Snake Farm, Santichaiprakarn Park, Siam Ocean World, Suan Pakkad Palace, and the Vimanmek Mansion. Other things to do in Bangkok include taking Tuk tuk tours around the crowded city or going on a bicycle tour to the secluded area of the city. Canal tours are a great way of looking at the original canals of the Chao Phraya River where you will also be able to see the local neighborhoods. Some of the tourists also enjoy Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) and cultural dance performances at the Siam Niramit. If you feel like pampering yourself, you can go for massage at the spas that are spread throughout the city.
Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand and is a famous tourist destination. The city has some great restaurants that you should definitely check out, which include Big C Food Court, Cataholic Café Central Food Hall, City Light Coffee, DID - Dine in the Dark, Gianni, Greyhound Café, JP French Restaurant, Kabuki, La Monita Taqueria, Rock Restaurant and the Bar Sensi Restaurant. It is recommended that you try the local street food and go on dinner cruises. Other than this, you can go shopping at the MBK Center, Siam Center, Siam Paragon, Banglamphu Market, and the Chatuchak Weekend Market. Bangkok is famous for massages and its wild nightlife, so make sure that you visit the spas, casinos, and the bars in order to make the most out of your trip. Some of the festivals that you can enjoy when in the city include Chinese New Year Festival, HM The King's Birthday Celebrations Loi Krathong, New Year Countdown Celebrations,Royal Ploughing Ceremony, Songkran Festival, and the Trooping of the Colours. The top tourist attractions in the city include Central World, Erawan Shrine, Golden Buddha, Grand Palace, Safari World, Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo, Wat Pho, Wat Phra Kaew, and the Wat Ratchanatdaram.
If you are wondering about the things to do in Bangkok, you should make a list and add visiting the Grand Palace to it. The Grand Palace in Bangkok is the official residence of the royal family of Thailand since 1972. The current monarch, Rama IX recites in the Dusit Palace but the Grand Palace is used for official events and ceremonies. The construction of the place started in 1782 under the Chakri Dynasty.
The things to do in the Grand Palace include learning about its history and observing the beautiful architecture. It is spread over 218,400 square meters (2,351,000 sq ft) and has walls all around it. The Palace consists of different buildings, halls, gardens, lawns, and courtyards that will take you a lot of time to explore. It is divided into three main zones, namely the Outer Court, which has all the offices, buildings, and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha; the Middle Court that is home to the residential buildings, and the Inner Court, which is for the royal family. The Palace is open for the general public everyday from 8:30am to 3:30pm and the entrance fee is 500 Baht that gives access to a number of different places.
Wat Pho should be on your list of things to do in Bangkok as it is a famous temple that is located behind the Temple of Emerald Buddha. It is also known as the temple of the reclining Buddha and is one of the largest complexes of the city. The main attraction of the place is the giant Buddha that rises to a height of 46 meters and is covered in gold leaves. The feet of the statue are 5 meters long and are decorated with wit pearl illustrations of the characteristics of Buddha. The things to do in Wat Pho include observing the impressive figures that are present in the temple.
108 is an important number because it is thought that 108 symbols led Buddha to perfection. It is recommended that you buy a bowl of coins at the entrance of the temple and drop it in the bowls made from bronze, which line the length of the wall. The money donated by you helps monks and is used for the renovation of the temple. There are a few etiquettes of entering the temple that include dressing appropriately and taking off the shows before entering the building.
One thing that should absolutely be on your list of things to do in Bangkok, is visiting the Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram. Wat Phra Kaew also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha has the honor of being the most important temple of the city. It is located in the historic centre of Bangkok and is within the grounds of the Grand Palace. The Ekerald Buddha is basically an image of the Buddha sitting in a meditating style that dates back to the 15th century AD.
The things to do in Wat Phra Kaew involve observing the architecture and the interior. The only person who is allowed to go near the Emerald Buddha is the King himself who has the responsibility of changing its cloak thrice a year. It is said that the changing of the robes brings good fortune to the country, which is which is considered as an important ritual. One of the key attractions of the place is the model of Angkor Wat that was made under King Rama IV. The place has a guide from 10:00 to 14:00 and the entrance fee is around 400 Baht.
A lot of people add visiting the Golden Buddha in their list of things to do in Bangkok, so make sure that you visit the place. The statue is 3m tall and weighs 5.5 tones. The structure has been done in Sukothai style and the solid image of Buddha shines like gold during the day hours. The image was discovered accidentally almost 4 decades ago when it fell from a crane while being transferred to another place.
The things to do in Golden Buddha involve learning about the history of the structure that is said to go back to the 13th century. The locals love the structure and frequent donations are made by them and tourists, which is why the statue now houses a four storey marble structure. You should definitely check out the 2nd storey of the building that has the Phra Buddha Maha Suwanna Patimakorn Exhibition, which will help you in learning about the history of the structure and how it was made. The third storey has the Yaowarat Chinatown Heritage Center, which is a small museum that will help you in learning about the history of Chinatown. The opening hours are from 09:00 - 17:00.
It is highly recommended that you add visiting the Erawan Shrine to your list of things to do in Bangkok. This Brahman shrine was erected in the city in the mid 1950’s. Initially, the government had decided to build the Erawan Hotel here but after a series of weird happenings the laborers were convinced that the land spirits be pleased before further work was done. The authorities consulted a few astrologers and after mutual agreement a shrine was erected in honor of the four-faced Brahma God, Than Tao Mahaprom. The Hotel was also made and was functional for three years until it was purchased by the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok in 1991.
The things to do in the Erawan Shrine include offering various things to the statue. Than Tao Mahaprom is associated with kindness, mercy, sympathy, and impartiality and that are what the four faces represent. The place receives thousands of tourists every year who make offerings in the form of garlands and fruits. If you want to make a wish go either between 7am and 8am, or 7pm and 8pm because the temple is open from 6 am till 12 am
If you love shopping, add going to the Central Mall to your list of things to do in Bangkok. The place is a huge shopping complex and consists of several different stores, banks, salons, and eateries, which makes it the largest mall of the country and the sixth largest in the world. The retail area occupies 550,000 square meters whereas the total area occupied consists of 830,000 square meters.
Thinking about the things to do in Central World? Well, it will take you a while to decide as the whole place consist of a Learning Centre, a food court, a supermarket, an outdoor space for major events, a Kid’s Zone, 15 cinemas, 100 cafes and restaurants and over 500 stores! Central World is designed in a way that allows you to have a look at several shops in one glance. The place is decorate with beautiful sculptures and has a glass mobile that has around 3,500 glass balls. The mega stores in the mall are B2S, Central Food Hall, PowerBuy, SB Furniture, SuperSports, and Toys 'R' Us, whereas some of the eateries are Baskin-Robbins, Beard Papa, BreadTalk, Din Tai Fung, Kabuki, KFC, Mcdonald's and McCafe, MOS Burger, Pepper Lunch, Pizza Hut, and Starbucks Coffee.
If you are a nature enthusiast, visiting Safari World should be on the top of your list of things to do in Bangkok. This is once in a lifetime chance to have a look at exotic animals and tropical birds in their natural environment. The park has a separate area for lions and tigers that is enclosed by double gates. These wild animals are fed at 10 am in the morning that can be observed by tourists.
There are so many things to do in Safari World. If you are travelling with kids, do take them to the Mini World where there is a wide range of tropical birds that the children can observe and feed. There is also the River safari, which is a half an hour boat ride through a fake jungle where the children will be able to look at the fake animals and listen to the sounds of the jungle. The Marine Park has a number of different animal shows that are really fun to look at. The place is open daily from 9 am till 4:30 pm and information about the entrance fee can be learnt at the ticket counter.
Visiting Wat Ratchanatdaram should be on your list of things to do in Bangkok. The place is located in the intersection that falls between Ratchadamnoen Klang and Maha Chai Road. The place is also referred to as the Temple of the Royal Niece because it was built for the granddaughter of King Nangklao (Rama III).
The things to do in Wat Ratchanatdaram include leering about the Loha Prasat that is a multi-tiered structure that rises to a height of 36 m and has 37 metal spires that signify the virtues towards enlightenment. It is said that the design of the temple was inspired by the ones in India and Sri Lanka. Make sure that you pay a visit to the back compound as it has formal gardens and a well known market that is known for selling Buddhist amulets in all styles, shapes, and sizes. The Wat Ratchanatdaram is the only brazen palace in the world where the roof is covered by bronze tiles. The opening hours of the place are every day from 8 am till 5 pm and the admission here is free, so make sure you visit it.
The Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo should be on the list of things to do in Bangkok of every animal lover. The place was built in 1950 and is the world’s first and largest farm that has more than 60,000 crocodiles that live in the pits.
One of the things to do in Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm include watching the daily shows where the experts catch crocodiles with their hands.
These shows take place every hour from 9am-5pm, whereas the feeding hour is from 4:30-5:30pm. Elephant shows are also really famous and take place every hour from 9:30am-4:30pm. The zoo has a number of different animals like birds, boa constrictors, camels, chimpanzees, gibbons, hippopotamuses, pythons, tigers, turtles, and different species of fish. The place also has a dinosaur museum that has 13 different skeletons and models where you can sit and watch an informative show about the prehistoric animals. The place also has private tours that you can enjoy. The opening hours are daily from 7am-6pm and the entry fee is 300 baht for adults and 200 baht for children.