Top 10 Things To Do in Bangkok, Thailand

Top 10 Things To Do in Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand's capital city, #Bangkok, is absolutely stuffed to the brim with #culture; from cheap, #local eats, shops, rooftop bars, massages, temples, ... there is no shortage of interesting things to do! If you want to be pointed in the right direction, look no further than this list.


I’ll keep this one pretty simple. My "Top 10 Things To Do in Shanghai" post had a ton of traffic so it makes sense to continue this series with another city I got to travel to last summer; Bangkok! Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and as much as it's a big city, it’s a crazy mishmash of vibes. It's cosmopolitan yet has intensely rooted culture, a shopper's heaven, a tourist's treasure, and full of culinary surprises. 

As much as it's a big city, it’s a crazy mishmash of vibes

Without further ado, let’s count down my Top 10s for Bangkok if you decide to head over to Thailand’s capital.

Chinatown in Bangkok, Thailand

Chinatown is bustling with activity and more importantly, a lot of cheap local eats. There are a lot of hidden treasures here, including food stands on the streets. Don’t be deceived, you don’t necessarily come down for the Chinese food but for some awesome Thai food.

The Golden Mount(Wat Saket)

The sad part of this is that I never got to go up to the top of the Golden Mount because they close quite early but the views from here are supposed to be amazing. The temple itself is also quite unique, nestled atop a hill in the middle of the city, which is what gives it such a commanding view.

Siam Paragon;Shopping Mall

Bangkok is also big on shopping and the Siam Paragon mall is one of the newest ones on the main drag of Sukhumvit. There are a ton of shops here if you’re into that. If you just want to check it out, I’d recommend heading down to the basement like I did to grab food in the food court. Lots of food surprises here!

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I found out about this one through the guide books and for something supposedly very popular, it is pretty damn hard to find. The maps I had were completely useless and it was pretty difficult to explain to the locals where you wanted to go because they’d think you’re talking about Wat Pho or any sort of random massage place.  We eventually did find it, in one of the small alleyways and true to the reviews, I was able to get an authentic Thai massage that was no frills. Prices are cheap, surroundings aren’t the most luxurious, but they get the job done!

Roof-top bar, 

Something I was really excited about heading into Bangkok for was to check out one of their many rooftop bars. There are quite a few to choose from including Sky Bar at Sirocco and Moon Bar at the Banyan Tree Hotel. We ended up picking the Moon Bar because a lot of reviews said it was less touristy than Sky Bar and there was a good chance to just sit down, enjoy a drink and some nuts. We did just that and took in the incredible view from the top. Loved it!

The Chatuchak Weekend Market

This is a little dependent on if you’re in Bangkok over the weekend but if you are, this is something not to be missed. It’s a crazy market that you can pretty much call a flea market on steroids. 

It’s a crazy market that you can pretty much call a flea market on steroids

The amount of space this market covers is just incredible. Even though we spent half a day there, I think we must’ve only seen half of the market. Lots of knick-knacks to buy, food and drinks to get, and of course lots and lots of clothes.

Khao San Road for all your souvenirs

A trip to Bangkok just wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the well-known backpacker street of Khao San. If you need any sort of touristy souvenirs this is the place to get them. If you want to find a cheap place for drinks and to party, this is the place. If you want to meet other backpackers and travellers on the road, you won’t find them any more concentrated than here. 

This place livens up at night and is just packed with energy. 

This place livens up at night and is just packed with energy

I had a fun time just roaming around through these streets, checking out the stores and trying out various foods.

The Temples at Wat Arun

Across the Chao Phraya River, Wat Arun is just a ferry ride away. There are a ton of temples to see in Bangkok, but I would say this one is pretty unique. There’s a steep climb to the mid level of the temple but even a vertically challenged guy like me was able to handle it. 

There are a ton of temples to see in Bangkok, but this one is pretty unique

There are lovely views from the top and overall is quite different from the other temples as it is almost fully outdoors and centered around the main tower.

One of the More Unique Buddhas you'll see

Who am I kidding, this one is pretty damn cool. Most of the time you see Buddha’s in a very serious, cross legged position but the Buddha in Wat Pho is fully reclined and chilling. 

The Buddha in Wat Pho is fully reclined and chilling

We opted to get a guide for this temple and had a blast with him even though he was quite a bit eccentric, strange, and we only understood half of what he said. 

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There's lots of history here and quite a few more buildings outside of the reclining Buddha.

The Grand Palace is a Cultural Hot-spot

This is the grand daddy of them all, which is probably why it’s called the Grand Palace. If you were to pick only one temple to go to in Bangkok, this is undeniably the one you should go to. Plan at least a half a day here and I would recommend going in the morning to try to beat a bit of the tourist rush. 

If you were to pick only one temple to go to in Bangkok, this is undeniably the one

It feels like this is the cultural center of all of Thailand in some ways because there are so many different religious buildings and artifacts here that span several ages. It’s a lot to take in and a lot to see. There’s also a LOT of gold here!

I hope you enjoyed this Top 10 countdown. Another tip I’ll impart to you is to try to find somewhere to stay that’s fairly central. There is a subway system in Bangkok but it doesn’t have the best coverage of the city. I stayed at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers,

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 which was a decent location that had direct access to the ferries that operate on the Chao Phraya River. This allowed us to quickly get to the main temples to start our day. 

Other areas I’d recommend staying are in Sukhumvit (seems to be the most recommended and liked area), near the temples themselves, or in the Chinatown area.

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