THINGS TO DO IN BANGKOK
1. Go Temple Hopping in the Old City (Rattanakosin)
Every first-time visit to Bangkok should start in Rattanakosin, aka the Old City. It’s the historic centre of Bangkok and where you’ll find most of its must-see attractions.If you’re staying in the Khaosan Road area, then you can start by walking south to the Grand Royal Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha). You can then continue south to Wat Pho, or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, before taking a ferry to the other side of the Chao Phraya River to visit Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn). From Wat Pho, walk to Tha Tien Pier (Pier 8) and pay the THB 5 ferry ticket to cross the river to the Thonburi side. Wat Arun won’t be far from there.You can visit all these places on your own in about half a day, but if you’d rather go on a guided tour.
2. Explore Bangkok’s Many MarketsBangkok has many, many markets. From food markets, to weekend markets, to floating markets, to night markets, there’s a market for everyone in this city. You should start early at a great floating market on the outskirts of Central Bangkok called Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market. Then make your way to the maze-like Chatuchak Weekend Market before ending at one of the world’s best fresh markets, Or Tor Kor Market.
3. Go on a Bangkok Street Food TourBangkok is synonymous with street food and it has the best street food in the world, and it isn’t hard to see why. No matter where you look, no matter what time of day, there seems to be something delicious waiting for you at every corner.
4. Watch a Muay Thai Kickboxing Match LIVE!During my 3 years stay in Bangkok, I became a fan of Muay Thai. When I arrived one of the first things that I wanted to do was to watch a live Muay Thai kickboxing match. The atmosphere gets intense at a Muay Thai match. If you’d like to experience live Muay Thai in Bangkok, then you can do so at Lumpinee or Rajadamnern Stadiums. They’re Bangkok’s two major Muay Thai stadiums. Buy your tickets directly from either stadium’s website. Ringside tickets are more expensive and put you very close to the fighters.
5. Take Selfies at the Bangkok Art & Culture CentreThe Bangkok Art and Culture Centre is a museum showcasing contemporary art exhibits spread out over ten floors. It’s opposite the MBK Shopping Centre and accessible via the National Stadium BTS station. If you like contemporary art, then you may want to visit this place.
1. Maggie Choo’s @ Novotel Silom – Basement
2. Havana Social is a cool bar on Sukhumvit Soi 11
3. The Bamboo Bar at Mandarin Oriental- Live jazz music institution
4. Tuba Bar – Unashamed hipster hangout in the affluent Ekkamai district
5. Smalls Bar – Bangkok’s niche category of expat neighbourhood bars
6. Brown Sugar – Stylish venue one of the best places in Bangkok for live music
7. Sing Sing Theatre Bar – Sukhumvit 45
8. The Smokin’ Pug – 88 Surawong Rd. BangRak District
9. Smalls Bar – Sathorn Soi 1
10. Rabbit Hole – Great Coktails at Sukhumvit 55
1. Vertigo – Banyan Tree Bangkok – Sathorn – 61st Floor
2. Sky Bar – lebua at State Tower – Riverside – 63rd Floor
3. Octave Rooftop Bar – Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit – Sukhumvit – 45th Floor
4. Hi-So Rooftop Bar – Sofitel So on Sathorn – Sathorn – 29th Floor
5. Three Sixty – Millennium Hilton Bangkok – Riverside – 32nd Floor
6. Above Eleven – Sukhumvit Soi 11 – 32nd Floor
7. CRU Rooftop Champagne Bar @ Centara Grand Central World – 59th floor
8. Cielo Rooftop Skybar – Sukhumvit – 46th Floor
9. Spectrum Lounge & Bar @ Hyatt Regency Sukhumvit – 29th floor
10. Char Rooftop Bar @ Indigo Hotel – Ploenchit – 26th Floor
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