What to see in Bangkok: the 18 best attractions and things to do

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For lovers of the Asian continent and Thailand, Bangkok is one of the main destinations. Culture and hectic life coexist well in this extraordinary city that, between a coffee consumed comfortably seated in a sky bar, a flashy oriental temple and a satisfying Thai massage, reveals itself in all its beauty to the thousands of tourists who, whether high or low season, run to visit it.

Needless to say, Bangkok is a sparkling metropolis of extraordinary complexity and a thousand contradictions, and it is precisely these peculiarities that make it so attractive and fascinating.
To enjoy the Thai capital in the best way, here a guide on what to see in Bangkok, with the best attractions and things to do!


  1. Royal Palace / Wat Phra Kaew
  2. Wat Pho - Temple of the Reclining Buddha
  3. Chinatown
  4. Wat Arun
  5. Khao San Road
  6. Wat Saket
  7. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
  8. Maeklong Market
  9. Rooftop Bars
  10. Jim Thompson House
  11. Lumphini park
  12. Wat benchamabophit
  13. Wat Traimit
  14. Bangkok Art & Culture Center (BACC)
  15. Siam Square
  16. King Power MahaNakhon SkyWalk
  17. Siam park city
  18. Ayutthaya
  19. Other attractions to visit
  20. 10 things to do in Bangkok
  21. User questions and comments

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1 - Royal Palace / Wat Phra Kaew

An "other" universe, inserted in the middle of a chaotic city, with its problems, its chaos and, unfortunately, also the smog. Built in 1782, the year Bangkok officially became the country's capital after the fall of the kingdom of Ayutthaya and Thonburi, it is nestled on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and is surrounded by a 1,9 km long wall.
The complex is huge: includes over 100 buildings including palaces and pavilions. The rulers of Thailand, in the past, lived here for many years. Today the king only goes there for some official ceremonies.

The highlight of the complex is the Wat Phra Kaew chapel, where a suggestive and venerated one is kept Buddha statue in emerald. It is a particularly suggestive place, both for its religious importance and for its particular architecture: many pagodas in gold with orange roofs and statues covered with shimmering multicolored glass that stand out in lush gardens that surround the entire area.

Appropriate clothing and ... patience: access to the temple is done only on bare feet, and to visit the entire area you must have decent clothing, that is, long trousers, covered shoulders and no necklines. Inside you will have to love yourself with patience because there are several lines to access the various buildings, take into account at least one morning to visit the entire complex. The recommended option is the guided tour of the Royal Palace, which can also be combined with the temples of Wat Pho and Wat Arun.

  • on Na Phra Lan Rd, Phra Nakhon, in the Old City. Nearby the National Museum (750 m, 9 min) and Wat Pho (1 km, 12 min). It can be reached by taxi in 6 minutes, taking Ratchadamnoen Klang Road - Get directions
  • every day 8: 30-15: 30
  • 500,00 bath (€ 13,60)

2 - Wat Pho - Temple of the Reclining Buddha

Of all the temples in Bangkok it is, in all likelihood, the one that most deserves a visit. Not just because it is the largest and oldest temple in the city, but also, and above all, for the presence of the extraordinary Reclining Buddha, 46 meters long (15 meters high) and with the soles of the feet entirely covered with mother of pearl, where 108 Buddhist scenes are depicted. the Buddha is represented during the passage to Nirvana, or his death.

The gardens that develop all around the sacred area are also noteworthy. Tiled courtyards alternate with small Chinese-style rock gardens and islands on hillocks, among shaded corners, patches of greenery and decorations with scenes of everyday life. South of the main wíhăhn is a Bodhi tree, hence the colloquial name of Wat Pho and which apparently descends from the one under which Buddha would have attained enlightenment. The place is also important because it is it is here that the first public school in the country is located.

The first public university: besides being one of the most important temples, it is also the first Thai public university dedicated to traditional medicine. Since 1782 it has welcomed the most important Thai massage school in the world which trains the best therapists. At the Massage Pavilion you can have a traditional Thai massage and also participate in short workshops or courses to learn the basic techniques (all the info on the official website).
Here too, to avoid the queues and visit the complex, the combined guided tour option with the Royal Palace and Wat Arun is highly recommended.

  • just 500 meters from the Royal Palace, easily reached on foot via Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang - Get Directions
  • every day 8: 30-18: 30
  • 200,00 bath (€ 5,50)

3 - Chinatown

Very quaint, Chinatown is one of the most chaotic neighborhoods in Bangkok, a dense network of alleys that branch off like a labyrinth, full of shops, shops, stalls where you can find anything.
The feeling is certainly of disorientation, if you visit Bangkok for the first time or maybe you don't chew English well, we recommend a guided tour of Chinatown, for a first approach and ... not to get lost!

The main drag is Sampaeng Lane, partially covered and entirely pedestrian, while the side streets are divided by category of products for sale: gold, spices, fabrics and junk. The area is a riot of lucky charms, indecipherable spices, and street food restaurants serving shark fins and swallow's nests! A frenetic coming and going of people, hand-drawn carts, a slice of life that seems to belong to another era. A very charming area for a fun and lively evening!

It is located Yaowarat Road, Samphanthawong, the district is 2,5 km from the Royal Palace. It can be reached in about 30 minutes by taxi or by taking metro 25 from Mrt Sam Yod, Sin Dam Rong to Kwong Siew Hospital, Chalerm Buri - Get directions.

Do gold business: although the streets are paved, the shops are very characteristic, the ones that are the most popular are traditional pharmacies and goldsmiths. Here the gold is sold by weight and is pure at 24 carats!

4 - Wat Arun

Lying on the bank of the Chao Phraya River, overlooks this very particular and well distinguishable temple also known as the "Temple of Dawn". From the curious missile shape, its name derives from the Indian deity of the aurora, Aruna.

The centerpiece of Wat Arun is its þrahng, its 82-meter-high Khmer-style tower. Looking closely, it can be seen that this spire is adorned with colorful floral motifs in glazed porcelain, decorations in clear and explicit Chinese style. Climbing to the top is quite tiring as the steps are high and narrow. You can help yourself with ropes that come down from above.

Many visit Wat Arun on long tail boat trips, but it is easier and more rewarding to take the 3B river ferry from Tha Tien. After the crossing you can move away from the river and take a walk in Thanon Wang Doem, a quiet cobbled street, along which wooden shophouse.

Visit at sunset: It is believed that whoever performs an act of merit in this temple and pays homage to the main statue of the Buddha will have a life as glorious and splendid as the rising sun. Wonderful to discover even in the evening, when it is fully illuminated, with an evening tour that also includes tuk tuk trips and a boat ride on the Chao Phraya River.

  • exactly opposite Wat Pho, but on the other side of the river. It can be reached by river, via the cross river ferry that leads to Bangkok Yai or in about 5 minutes by taxi - Get directions
  • every day 8: 30-17: 30
  • 100,00 bath (€ 2,70)

5 - Khao San Road

The mecca of nightlife Bangkok is the lively Khao San Road, ideal for street food enthusiasts, among thousands of bright signs and strong smells. Hundreds of stalls they offer an infinite number of Thai gastronomic specialties that are particularly cheap, but there are also dozens of restaurants and clubs offering live music.

In this area you will find the cheapest accommodation in the city and represents the ideal destination for backpackers; on the other hand, this is where, in the 80s, the first backpackers arrived. Since 2000, after its appearance in The Beach, Khao San has experienced unstoppable tourist growth. If you decide to find accommodation in this area, know that you will spend little but you will sleep badly (the chaos is uninterrupted)!

1,5 km from the Royal Palace, it can be reached quickly by taxi (4 min) or by bus 47 from Ratcha Woradit Pier to the Kong Salak stop - Get directions.

Get ready for the street food challenge: we are in the realm of street food, along the way you will find various food stalls. Here the more daring will have the opportunity to taste grasshoppers or tarantulas too! Others can try the best pad thai in Bangkok at Tom Yum Kung!

6 - Wat Saket

Buddhist temple on top of the Golden Mount, the golden mountain (an artificial hill 60 meters high). After a climb of 344 steps (really nice if you avoid going there at noon!) You will reach the top of the hill: in a magical atmosphere of monks and faithful in prayer, you will be greeted by the tinkling of Thai sacred bells, with a magnificent view across Bangkok. Along the way you can admire magnificent statues that seem to emerge as if by magic in the midst of small waterfalls and groves.

Every year, during Loy Krathong, in early November, Wat Saket hosts a big festival that lasts for a whole week. The celebrations begin with a long candlelit procession. After the devotional rites, the great fair begins with colored lanterns, colored flags, stalls and various entertainment activities throughout the area.

Lucky rituals: it is said that ringing the bells or striking the gong brings good luck. Here you will have the opportunity to try. It is also possible to visit the interior of the temple, which is divided into several rooms, each with representations of Buddha and places of prayer very frequented by the faithful. This temple is also featured on the 2 Thai baht coin!

  • 1 km from the Royal Palace, can be quickly reached by taxi (4 min) or by bus 47 from Ratcha Woradit Pier to the Opposite Thai Airways Building stop - Get directions
  • every day 8: 00-17: 00
  • 20,00 bath (€ 0,55)

7 - Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Pure folklore about 100 km from the center. The visit of this place is one of the most sold and requested excursions. The floating market of Damnoen Saduak has in fact now become a must for every self-respecting tourist.

The market is set up on stalls aboard longtail boats. A truly unique experience to photograph, but also to be experienced by getting involved in purchases through bargaining! A real journey through time.

Take a guided tour from Bangkok: being far from the center, the best solution is to join a guided tour from Bangkok, including transport. Here, in addition to attending the negotiations, you can also experience the thrill of sailing on the Damnoen Sadauk canal by renting a boat (negotiate the price before getting on the boat!). If you have enough time, you can combine a visit to the market with a tour of the wonderful Rose Garden or the grand chedi of Nakhon Pathom.

  • every day, every 40 minutes, the bus connecting Bangkok to Damnoen Saduak leaves from the center - Get directions
  • open every day, the best time is early in the morning, between 7am and 00am
  • free

8 - Maeklong Market

And after the floating market, we recommend another market not to be missed: the Maeklong Market, 65 km from Bangkok, became famous for being crossed by train tracks still in operation! Until recently, very little was known about these trains, in their route, about the almost impossible to find timetables. Over the last few years the paths have been traced, but they are still shrouded in mystery!

However, it remains an incredible experience, to be lived with attention anyway! You can stroll through the market, where you will find products for sale of all kinds, from street food to local crafts. And the moment the train passes on the tracks, everything stops, the merchants pull in their goods and all the tourists and people who are in the market make room for the train to pass.

Organize the visit from Bangkok: given the proximity to the floating market, the best solution is to join a tour from Bangkok to the Damnoen Saduak and Maeklong Markets in a single day. This way you won't have to worry about transport, which could cause some delay to your schedule.

  • 65 km from Bangkok. Accessible by train from Hualamphong and Bangkok Noi Station in Bangkok to Maeklong or by an organized excursion - Get Directions
  • every day 6: 30-17: 30, slightly variable closing times
  • free

9 - Rooftop Bars

A very popular fashion in Bangkok is to spend an evening sipping a cocktail on the Rooftop Bars, bars located on the top floor of skyscrapers. The tallest in Bangkok is the Baiyoke Tower: the terrace on the 77th floor and a revolving roof terrace on the 84th floor allow you to enjoy a panoramic view of the whole city. If you wish to go there, you will have to buy tickets in advance, as it is a very touristic place! The ticket also includes a buffet.

However, it is not the only one ... There are others rooftop bars offering great views over the city.
Here is ours selection of the best rooftops in Bangkok: The Roof with a splendid view of Wat Arun, Vertigo Moon Bar at the top of the Banyan Tree Hotel, the Sky Bar Lebua where they shot the scenes from the movie "The Hangover", Three Sixty Lounge at the top of the Hilton Hotel, Park Society near Lumphini Park and Red Sky on the 55th floor of CentralWorld.
One of the most famous is certainly the Sirocco Restaurant & Sky Bar at the Lebua at State Tower. Here a scene from the movie "The Hangover 2" was shot, where a group of 4 friends go for a crazy night. The first film was instead set in Las Vegas.

Dress code and ... watch out for prices: Whichever place you choose, the cocktail prices are quite expensive (around € 25,00-30,00) and a strict dress code is required. Admission is limited, we recommend booking online (with return transport included).

  • for the Sky Bar, from Jim Thompson's house, take the Silom Line from National Stadium BTS Station, Surasak stop. Walk for 9 minutes towards 1055 State Tower, Silom Road, Bang Rak: there you will find the Lebua Sirocco
  • 9:00AM - 01:00PM
  • free admission, for a fee the drink at the bar

10 - Jim Thompson House

La home of American architect and businessman Jim Thompson, a well-known American silk entrepreneur, lover of art and beautiful things, who decided to build a house mixing Western style and architectural details in a pure Thai mood. Today, Jim Thompson's huge Thai complex is which has become a house-museum in the charming neighborhood of Pathumwan, an oasis of peace where time seems to have stopped.

Surrounded by the characteristic khlong, the canals of Bangkok, it is a complex consisting of 6 splendid buildings in teak wood, built without even using a nail and following the ancient traditions. Inside you can admire characteristic Asian relics, a valuable collection of antique furniture, sculptures, porcelain and oriental ceramics; outside a lush garden and wonderful lotus flowers.

Jim Thompson devoted himself to the revival of Thai silk; in 1967, at the height of its success, it mysteriously disappeared into the Malaysian jungle, thus starting the legacy and legend that still persist today.

  • the house is located in Rama Road, Khwaeng Wang Mai, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 1033. From Chinatown the taxi takes about 4 minutes, otherwise, from Hua Lamphong station, take the bus (34 or 29) and get off at Bus Stop BTS Ratchathewi - Get Directions
  • every day 9: 00-18: 00
  • 150,00 bath (€ 4,00)

11 - Lumphini Park

Big green lung of Bangkok, a destination for residents and tourists, an oasis of relaxation for walking, jogging or simply enjoying its enchanting landscape. It rises in the heart of the city and covers an area of 58 hectares.
Originally, the park was an open space owned by King Rama VI; in 1925 it was donated to the nation to become the first public park of the city. At the southwestern entrance to the park is a statue of the king in his memory.

Initially the area was used to host the Siamrath Phiphithapan Trade Fair, a market that had the aim of promoting Thai products: the park was in fact set up to become an exhibition center for Thai crafts and flowers. Despite the intentions for this intended use, the park has become over the years one of the most loved places by Bangkok residents. Its name comes from the Buddha's birthplace in Nepal.

The park is located in Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon. From Chinatown the taxi takes about 7 minutes, otherwise, take the blue metro from Hua Lamphong station get off at Lumphini (7 min) - Get directions.

By boat on a swan-shaped pedal boat: do as the Thai couples do and rent small pedal boats (very kitsch) in the shape of a swan. From January to April, a stage is erected in the center of the park where the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra or other musical groups perform every Sunday in a free concert.

12 - Wat Benchamabophit

Known as the Marble Temple, it is a temple of great beauty and religious importance, classified as a first class royal temple. The prayer hall, the holiest place, was made with Carrara marble imported from Italy. The four majestic columns, the two lions at the sides of the entrance and the cloister floor were made with the same material.

Magnificent example of the architectural style with its gorgeous five-level roof and richly decorated tympanums. The white marble, the windows and doors decorated with precious gold inlays, give the wat a fascinating aesthetic aspect, especially when illuminated by the sunlight. Inside the ordination room is located the most important Buddha statue in the temple, the Phra Buddha Chinnarat, in bronze and with a beautiful blue illuminated background. A canal crossed by three red bridges separates the temple from the monks' private quarters.

Combined visit: it is an active temple and, already early in the morning, many people arrive to bring offerings, unlike other temples where monks go out to the street to receive food by carrying out the traditional begging. Given its importance, we recommend visiting it with a guided tour, which already includes the entrance, which can also be combined with the other temples of Wat Pho and Wat Traimit.

  • the temple is located at the intersection of Thanon Rama V and Thanon Si Ayutthaya. From the Royal Palace take bus 503 and get off at King Chulalongkorn Statue stop (18 min) - Get directions
  • every day 8: 00-18: 00
  • 20,00 bath (€ 0,55)

13 - Wat Traimit

Small temple particularly known for hosting the largest solid gold statue in the world. 3 meters high and over 5 tons heavy, the statue represents the Buddha receiving enlightenment and is among the most venerated in the country. According to legend, the statue dates back to the Ayutthaya period and was brought to Bangkok following the Burmese invasion.

The golden Buddha statue stands on the fourth floor of the imposing marble structure of the temple. The sculpture was discovered sixty years ago under a blanket of stucco or plaster, after falling from a crane that was moving it. The cover is believed to have been made to protect the statue from raids, possibly in the late Sukhothai era or, later, in the Ayuthaya era, when the city was under siege by Burmese.

Combined visit: also in this case we recommend to include the visit in the combined guided tour which includes guide and entrance to the temples of Wat Pho and Wat Benchamabophit.

  • very close to Hua Lamphong train station, the best way to get there is to take the subway direct to this station. Once there, walk 5 mins along Thanon Mitthaphap Thai-China road - Get directions
  • every day 9: 00-17: 00
  • 20,00 bath (€ 0,55)

14 - Bangkok Art & Culture Center (BACC)

The first modern and contemporary art gallery in the city. Visitors interact with a range of creative media at different levels. The place was born to show the artistic heart of Bangkok, capable of bringing together modern and traditional works of art, artists of national and international fame.

The building is cylindrical in shape and inside a spiral staircase leads visitors to explore the works of art exhibited on each of the 9 floors. The center has areas for all artistic theatrical media, has multipurpose rooms and a public library. In the BACC there are also some shop-like spaces where you can buy creative t-shirts, clothes, fabrics, small paintings and jewelry.

Visit the museum on the weekend: at the end of the week in front of the building a wonderful art market is set up, where you can find many objects to buy and take home as a souvenir.

  • The museum is served directly by the Sky Train and is located right in front of the MBK Shopping Center - Get Directions
  • 10: 00-21: 00. Closed on Mondays
  • free

15 - Siam Square

The most cosmopolitan and commercial soul of Bangkok. Large screens, shopping centers and very tall buildings characterize the area of ​​the city full of traffic and worldliness, where depopulated young and sophisticated fashion, unfortunately not always within reach of all budgets. Siam Square is without a doubt the commercial heart of the Thai capital, the symbol of Bangkok's economic development that has exploded since the 70s.

Here you will find the most large shopping centers such as Siam Paragon, Siam Discovery or Siam Center. Siam Square is frequented not only by tourists but also by wealthy Thais for whom the area represents a real meeting and entertainment point. In the shopping malls of Siam Square there are the shops of the main international brands, but also attractions such as the Siam Ocean World, the Bangkok aquarium, and the Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. On the upper floors there are food courts where you can taste the best of Thai cuisine.

Book in advance: of all the attractions of the complex, the aquarium is the most visited. for this, we recommend buying the entrance ticket online to avoid queues at the ticket office. Speech also valid for Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum (ticket online here).

  • served by both skytrain lines, Silom and Sukhumvit, it can therefore be easily reached from all districts of Bangkok. Alternatively, if you are staying in the downtown, public navigation service of the Saen Saep canal. From the Royal Palace bus (line 47) and get off at the Opposite Mbk Center stop - Get directions
  • square always accessible / Siam Ocean World every day 10: 00-19: 00 / Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum every day 10: 00-19: 00
  • piazza gratis / Siam Ocean World from 1.200,00 bath (€ 33,00), consult the official website / Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, from 550,00 bath (€ 15,25), consult the official website

16 - King Power MahaNakhon SkyWalk

If you want to admire Bangkok from above, we recommend that you go to, a large mirrored skyscraper that includes 78 floors with hotel rooms, shops and a viewing platform: this is the highest observatory in all of Thailand, 314 m high!

But not only: while you admire the city from above the more daring can also walk on a glass platform, inserted among the largest glass observation decks in the world! A unique experience that will allow you to literally have the city at your feet, but not recommended for those suffering from vertigo!

Buy the discounted ticket: to ensure admission and to save money, we recommend purchasing a discounted admission ticket for the SkyWalk.

  • at 114 Naradhiwat Rajanagarindra Rd, Silom, Bang Rak, in the modern part of Bangkok. Reference railway station Silom MRT Station, of the Sala Daeng metro. Walkable from Lumphini Park (1,4km) - Get directions
  • every day 10: 00-00: 00
  • full from 530,00 bath (€ 14,40), reduced from 250,00 bath (€ 6,80)

17 - Siam Park City

Siam Park City, also known as Siam Amazing Park, is a huge amusement park with rides, artificial beaches and large slides, ideal for a day of total family fun! Founded not so long ago, in 1980, today it is the oldest complex of water and amusement parks in all of Southeast Asia!

The park is really extensive and, to enjoy it to the fullest, it is it is necessary to stay a whole day: it is divided into 5 areas, the Water Park, the X-Zone, the Family World, the Fantasy World and the Small World. It also has over 30 attractions, with rides for all ages, even for the little ones.

Organize the day with transfers from Bangkok: reaching the park by public transport and taking spare parts, swimsuits and everything you need with you can be uncomfortable. We therefore recommend that you opt for the all-inclusive package with entrance, buffet lunch and transfer option, especially if you are traveling with your family.

  • at 203 Suan Siam Rd, Khan Na Yao, outside the center of Bangkok. Accessible from Bangkok by bus 519, 36 ก, 60, 71, 73 ก, 178, 115, 26 and 501 or by private transfer - Get directions
  • every day 10: 00-18: 00. However, check the timetables on the official website first
  • Full Day Pass Ticket 900,00 bath (€ 24,50), reduced 750,00 bath (€ 20,40)

18 - Ayutthaya

It is not located in Bangkok, but we cannot fail to mention it. In first place among the most classic and most interesting excursions from Bangkok, there is the one to Ayutthaya, theancient capital of the kingdom of Siam, today UNESCO World Heritage archaeological site. It is a very large site to explore on foot or even by bicycle (one day rental 50,00 bath / € 1,35).

In its heyday, Ayutthaya was one of the most impressive cities in Southeast Asia with well 3 royal palaces and nearly 400 temples. Today about ten buildings can be visited. Among all, the unmissable temples are: Wat Phra Si Sanphet with the three beautiful stupas in a row (the most iconic image of the archaeological site), Wat Mahathat, where the head of Buddha is wedged between the roots of a tree ( another symbol of Ayutthaya), the Khmer-style Wat Chaiwattanaram and Wat Phanan Choeng which houses the 19-meter-high Buddha statue.

Guided excursion from Bangkok: to avoid problems related to language and transport, the advice is to rely on a guided excursion from Bangkok which includes the outward journey by bus and the return by boat, very suggestive. If you have enough time, spend at least two days in Ayutthaya, better a weekend. Renting a bike is the best, cheapest and most comfortable way to visit the different archaeological sites and temples inside and outside the area.

  • the cheapest and most common way to reach Ayutthaya is by train, departing from Hualamphong train station from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, the journey takes 2 hours / 2 hours and 30 mins - Get directions
  • every day 8: 00-18: 00 or in any case until sunset
  • entrance to individual temples between 20,00 bath (€ 0,55) and 50,00 bath (€ 1,35), others free admission. Combined ticket 220,00 bath (€ 6,00)

Other attractions to visit

The most important museums in Bangkok are: the National Museum, on the history and culture of Thailand, it is the largest museum in Southeast Asia (200 bath / € 5,50); the Siam Museum, another history museum but more playful, with videos and games (300,00 bath / € 8,20); the Royal Barges Museum, where you can discover the 8 royal barges that the king used when he traveled (100,00 bath / € 2,70); the Art in Paradise Museum, an interactive museum with 3D paintings and illusions (440,00 bath / € 12,00); and the Doll Museum, a collection of traditional hand-made Thai dolls (150,00 bath / € 4,10).

In addition to the famous Damnoen Saduak floating market, there are numerous other markets in the city: we also recommend you to visit the Mae Klong market, one of the largest fish markets in Thailand. Very folkloric the Chatuchak Weekend Market: imagine all the markets of Bangkok merged together, add an artistic touch and here is Chatucha, where you can find Buddha statues, contemporary art works, used clothes, brass woks and of course many gastronomic specialties. Still on the subject of shopping, let yourself be intoxicated by the scent in Thewet flower market.

For a relaxing break, we recommend reaching Ko Kret, the green oasis easiest to reach from Bangkok: an island formed almost three centuries and where one of the oldest settlements of the Mon ethnic group is located. The place is known for its pleasant rural atmosphere and ceramic features.

For a dynamic eveninginstead, we suggest a walk in the Patpong neighborhood and its Night Market which, although touristy and "red lights", is still fun. Shoppers will go crazy for the shopping center in the heart of Bangkok: the MBK developed on 8 floors and with over 2.000 stores. Not far away is the Erawan Shrine, a small temple dedicated to Brahma built in the 50s to symbolically protect the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, then under construction.

The district called Parco Dusit is interesting, an area comprising about twenty places of interest, among buildings and museums, of which the most important are: Vimanmek Palace, the equestrian statue of King Rama V, Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall, the National Museum of Royal Elephants and the Museum of Ancient Fabrics.

10 things to do in Bangkok

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  1. Tour of the Klong (canals): klongs are a peculiarity of Bangkok, which is not by chance called the "Venice of Asia". The best way is with typical long tail boat. Alternatively, opt for a dinner cruise.
  2. Tuk-tuk ride: symbol of the city and the most popular means of transport. Impossible not to take a reckless tuk-tuk tour, remember to haggle before boarding. Tours, info and prices here.
  3. Massage: Thailand is renowned for the art of massage. Enjoy a relaxing treatment in one of the many centers you will find in the city. The most renowned is the Yunomori Spa. Info and prices here.
  4. Muay Thai or Thai Boxing: it is a discipline that is part of the Thai tradition. Here, and throughout Thailand, you can attend a meeting or book a lesson with a professional. Info and prices here.
  5. Street food and Thai cooking class: street-food is the best, most typical and authentic food, and also the cheapest! In Bangkok you can find the best in Khao San, China Town, Khlong Talaat and Jay Fai. To learn the basics of Thai cuisine instead, you can book a lesson at the Market Experience Cooking School, in the flower market. Info and prices here.
  6. Bangkok by night: enjoy the magic of the city at night and the sparkling nightlife, as well as the markets and evening street food. For a first approach, we recommend doing it the first time with a guide! Bangkok by night tour info and prices here.
  7. Excursion to the Sanctuary of the Elephants: they are one of the symbols of Thailand, so we recommend that you visit the breeding and recovery center in Pattaya with a tour to the elephant sanctuary from Bangkok.
  8. Instagrammable places: Bangkok hides one wonder after another, unique corners and, above all, perfect for transforming your Instagram! With an Instagram tour outside the tourist areas you can find all the hidden corners.
  9. Show at the Calypso Cabaret: one of the most famous cabarets in Bangkok, which fascinates many tourists thanks to the talent of the artists. We recommend that you buy a ticket for the show with a drink included.
  10. Siam Niramit show: flying dancers, elephants, goats, Buddhist and Muslim traditions together. A show based on Thai dances to discover the mystical kingdom of Himmapan, a forest suspended between heaven and earth. Info and tickets here.

Plan your stay in Bangkok: flights and hotels

Il flight to Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi airport) lasts from 11 to 15 h, depending on the stopovers. There are direct from Rome and Milan, but only in a few months of the year (November to January usually), while usually you stop in Frankfurt, Zurich or Doha. In any case, you can hardly find anything for less than € 500,00 (compare flights).
The best time for Thailand is between November and March: temperatures are warm but not muggy and rains are rare.

As for the choice of the area in which to stay, Bangkok is a huge city, it is impossible to think "by neighborhoods". The best advice is to choose a property close to a Sky Train stop, the elevated train which is one of the most efficient ways to travel. Much also depends on what type of trip you want to experience: for a more authentic experience choose the Old City, where the main attractions are also located, if you are looking for nightlife and entertainment then the New City, where all the skybars and the most modern. Depending on the type of experience you are looking for, you will find accommodations for all budgets, from a few euros a day to luxurious resorts (compare the best accommodations on Booking - from € 20,00).

Sytrain and subway are the fastest and most comfortable means to move around the city: they offer frequent trips that allow you to reach major tourist places quickly and without major problems. For short journeys we suggest trying the fun experience in a tuk-tuk, a picturesque three-wheeled taxi used throughout Southeast Asia. In general, however, for a first approach we recommend the hop-on hop-off bus, which is useful for becoming familiar with the city and identifying the landmarks.

For the nightlife, the rooftops of Bangkok are a great choice to spend a relaxing evening and enjoy the view; more backpacker atmosphere and bar on Khao San Road. In the Sukhumvit district you will also find many trendy clubs and bars.

Travel with children? There are so many possibilities to entertain them. You can visit Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World or The Children's Discovery Museum, with lots of interactive activities. Siam City Park is one of the largest amusement parks in Southeast Asia, Fun-arium is the largest indoor playground in the city, while Ancient City is a park with miniature reproductions of Thai monuments and temples.

Finally, if you travel low cost, Bangkok is an absolutely cheap destination! The food costs very little and is delicious, especially if you try the world-renowned street food! The attractions have very low costs despite their great beauty, many are even free, and you can find excellent luxury accommodation at very competitive prices!

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