Best things to do in Bangkok (Thailand) | TOP 20 to visit

What to do in Bangkok? Discover the unmissable and unusual places to visit, as well as the best things to do in Bangkok to make your trip to Thailand unforgettable. Also find itineraries to visit Bangkok in 2, 3, 4 or 5 days. Let’s go!

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  4. How many days to visit Bangkok? 👌
  5. Itineraries to discover Bangkok in 2, 3, 4 or 5 days ✨

Good to know! The most important ones to visit in Bangkok are on the left bank of the Chao Phraya River. The Left Bank is a place to discover, but not necessarily the best place to stay during your first trip to Bangkok.

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1. Visit the Grand Palace in Bangkok

The Grand Palace of Bangkok, also called the Royal Palace of Bangkok, was built in 1782 by King Rama I. It is located on the left bank of the Chao Phraya River, which runs through Bangkok.

Exceptional! The Bangkok Palace is one of the must-see places to visit in Bangkok, and in Thailand. The richness and beauty of this place cannot leave you indifferent. Inside the Grand Palace, you can discover the Wat Phra Kaew Temple: it is one of the most beautiful places to visit.

Good to know. The Grand Palace is Bangkok’s most tourist attraction. In front of the palace, you may meet people who tell you that the palace is closed. Check if this information is really correct by yourselves, before the visit or once on site.

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2. Marvel at Wat Phra Kaew Temple (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)

Inside the Royal Palace. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is located within the grounds of the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Visiting Wat Phra Kaew Temple is one of the best things to do in Bangkok, as is the entire palace.

One of Thailand’s most important sacred places. The atmosphere and architecture of the temple will transport you. It is a place not to be missed when visiting the Grand Palace in Bangkok.

To make the most of it. When you go to visit the Grand Palace, take an audio guide, or a guided tour, or find out about the place before the visit. Thanks to the explanations or comments of a guide or an audioguide, you will appreciate this visit even more.

Saranrom Palace Park. This public park is a few minutes walk from the Grand Palace of Bangkok (see the location of Saranrom Palace Park on Google Maps). During your trip to Bangkok, you can make a detour to this park to take a break or relax after your meal.

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3. See the Golden Buddha at Wat Pho Temple

Reclining Buddha… 45 meters long and 15 meters high! This reclining Buddha statue is splendid and impressive. It is located in the Wat Pho temple in Bangkok, which is not far from the Grand Palace (see on Google Maps). Allow an hour to visit this temple.

Visit the temple with a guide. It is possible to take a guided tour including the Grand Palace and Wat Pho temple. This tour lasts about 3 hours: see a sample guided tour here (you can choose which places to visit, according to your preferences).

4. Visit the Bang Lamphu district and the bustling Khaosan Road

Where to go? If you want to discover this side of Bangkok, you must visit the Bang Lamphu district, and more precisely its busiest street: Khaosan Road (see on Google Maps).

Lively, festive… and sulphurous Bangkok. It is here that you will find many restaurants, bars or even massage parlors, as well as hotels and guest houses at rather affordable prices. The Khaosan Road area is also considered the backpacker area.

Other streets. Rambuttri Alley and Thong Lo Road are also interesting streets to visit in Bangkok. Here, you will see rather the old Bangkok, any other facet of the city will open to you in other more modern districts of Bangkok.

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5. Admire a fantastic view of Bangkok from King Power Mahanakhon

wow! If you are going to visit Bangkok in 2 days or more, take advantage of this visit to discover a 360 degree view of the city with a thousand facets! The views are breathtaking, plus you can walk on a glass wall over 300 meters high. An unusual experience and activity to do in Bangkok. Read more here: tickets to climb the King Power Mahanakhon Tower.

When to visit? One of the best times to ride King Power Mahanakhon is 5 p.m. This allows you to discover Bangkok by day, then see the sunset and the city lights come on.

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6. Go boating on the Chao Phraya River

“Lord of the Waters”. The Chao Phraya River means “lord of the waters” in Thai. This river was a major axis of trade in the Kingdom of Siam, and continues today to be a major axis of transport and trade.

Cruise with dinner and traditional show. Taste Thai cuisine while enjoying an evening cruise on the Chao Phraya River! It is an activity to do in Bangkok during a trip as a couple. Find out more here: see the photos and prices of the dinner cruise.

Cross the river to visit Wat Arun. In order to visit Wat Arun temple or other places in Bangkok (we talk about it right after), you can also take the Chao Phraya Express shuttle boat.

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7. Visit the magnificent Wat Arun temple in Bangkok

Wat Arun is one of the most visited places in Bangkok. Its beauty is different from the temples of the Grand Palace. Add Wat Arun to your sightseeing itinerary without hesitation. Visiting this temple is one of the best things to do in Bangkok.

How to get there? The Wat Arun Temple is on the right bank of Bangkok, that is to say on the other side of the river from the Grand Palace. Take a boat to get to the foot of this magnificent weather, which is, moreover, a stone’s throw from the river.

With a private guide. On your trip, you can explore Bangkok’s top must-sees with a private guide. This allows you to take full advantage of the guide’s explanations, and to visit Bangkok at your own pace (not that of the group). Prices for private guided tours are no longer very high. Find out more here: see the prices for a guided tour with a private guide of the Grand Palace + Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha) + Wat Arun.

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8. Enjoy the rooftops of Bangkok

Some good addresses. The best rooftops in Bangkok are in the Sukhumvit district. Here is our selection of good places to have a drink or eat, and enjoy a nice view of Bangkok. Click on the link to see its location on Google Maps.

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9. Visit Bangkok’s Chinatown

Fascinating place! Chinatown is one of the must-see places to visit during a trip to Bangkok. This district is one of the oldest districts in Bangkok. It is also famous for its restaurants, its street food and its unique atmosphere.

Not to miss. The lively Yaowarat road (see the location on Google Maps) is completely transformed at nightfall into a huge open-air restaurant! Come here to enjoy delicious Bangkok street food. Soi Nana Street is another interesting street to discover for its tea rooms and tapas bar. This is the most hipster and trendy place in Chinatown.

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10. Visit the temples of Ayutthaya from Bangkok

Fantastic! If you have more than 2 days to visit Bangkok, you must include Ayutthaya in your travel itinerary. The temples of Ayutthaya will leave you with incredible memories. You will love this tour!

Ayutthaya. This city was founded in 1350. It was the second capital of the Kingdom of Siam. The city was razed by the Burmese in 1767. However, today you can visit the ruins of this ancient city which are just fascinating and impressive. Read more in out blog post: How to visit Ayutthaya from Bangkok.

How to visit? Ayutthaya is 80 km from Bangkok. If you are going on your own, the best option is the train. Otherwise, the easiest way is to take a visit including the accompaniment of the guide and transport from Bangkok (see photos and prices to visit Ayutthaya from Bangkok). Plan a day for this visit.

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11. Visit a typical Thai floating market

Among the unusual activities to do in Bangkok, there is a visit to a floating market! It can be said that floating markets are an institution in Thailand. Do not miss the opportunity to discover this incredible universe during your trip to Bangkok.

Damnoen Saduak: certainly the most famous floating market in Thailand! This market is in the suburbs of Bangkok. Allow several hours to visit this market. There you will find many places to eat. Many excursions can take you there (see photos, reviews and photos of the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Maeklong Market Tour from Bangkok).

Maeklong is the famous market which is on the railway in the suburbs of Bangkok. Visiting this market is often included in excursions. This is an unusual activity to do in Bangkok.

Amphawa: another floating market that is located in the suburbs of Bangkok. Here is an excursion that allows you to visit this market, discover rural life in Thailand, as well as see Maeklong market: visit Amphawa and Maeklong markets.

Khlong Lat Mayom: another floating market closer to Bangkok (open on Google Maps), but much smaller than Damnoen Saduak. You will be able to eat on site in one of the market stalls.

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12. Discover the impressive shopping malls of Bangkok

Good spots. Shopping centers are places for shopping, but also for local life. The food courts are very nice, and the setting is very pleasant. Here are two shopping centers that you can discover (click on the place to place on Google Maps).

  • MBK Bangkok: one of the largest malls in Asia, and not only in Bangkok! 8 levels, 89,000 m², 2,500 shops. It is also certainly the most touristic shopping center.
  • Siam Paragon: another popular mall, which is close to MBK Bangkok.
  • Emquartier: one of the newest, near Benchasiri Park.
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13. Relax at Lumpini Park

Restful. If you are going to visit Bangkok, Lumpini Park is one of the places to discover. It is also the largest park in Bangkok (58 hectares).

Good to know! If you hear the anthem of Thailand, stop. You will see: this is what the locals will do. So do the same out of respect for local customs.

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14. Visit the Bangkok National Museum

Thai and Asian art. The objective of this museum is to preserve the cultural heritage of Thailand. Moreover, it is the largest museum in Southeast Asia (Wikipage). In the museum, one can see the objects and artifacts found in ruins or archaeological sites.

Where is the Bangkok National Museum? Not far from the Grand Palace, which is convenient for the visit. If you are going to visit Bangkok in 4 days or more, or you want to discover more about Thai art, this visit is to be done.

15. Take a trip to the amazing markets of Bangkok

Chatuchak Market: Open Saturday and Sunday. Here you can find: clothes, decorations, food, music, plants… almost a thousand stalls! This is a cool place to visit in Bangkok to get a glimpse of local life.

Srinagarindra Train Night Market: A Great Bangkok Night Market! This market specializes in antiques and retro memorabilia. There are also bars and restaurants here. A place not to be missed!

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Srinagarindra Train Night Market

16. Do a Thai massage

Some nice spots. If you go to Bangkok, and Thailand, you can take the opportunity to discover Thai massages! Here are some addresses in Bangkok (click on the place to place it on Google Maps):

17. Visit Bangkok’s Wat Saket Temple

One of the oldest temples in Bangkok. Wat Saket was built on an artificial hill of 75 meters. When you climb the 300 steps of the temple, you will discover a beautiful view of the historic center of Bangkok. This is a place to visit in Bangkok if you come here on a trip longer than 4 days.

18. Visit the Bangkok Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA BANGKOK)

Fun and unusual! If you are going to visit Bangkok in 5 days or more, add this museum to your travel itinerary. The collections of this museum are very interesting to discover. Visiting this museum is an unusual activity to do in Bangkok. It is outside of downtown Bangkok. To get there, you can take public transport, but you will have to make a change, or else take a taxi. Learn more on the museum’s official website.

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19. Visit Bangkok Aquarium: SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World

5,000,000 liters of water! The Bangkok Aquarium is a fun place to visit with the family (buy tickets for SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World). It is the largest in Southeast Asia. Allow one or two hours for this visit. The SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World is not far from the largest shopping centers in Bangkok that we mentioned above (MBK Center and Siam Paragon).

20. Attend a Thai boxing match

Where to go? Here are the addresses where you can attend a Thai boxing match (click to place on Google Maps).

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Best areas to stay when visiting Bangkok

What are the best neighborhoods to stay in while visiting Singapore? Siam-Pratunam, Sukhumvit, Silom-Sathorn, Chinatown or even Rattanakosin, but also the neighborhoods near the Chao Phraya River or the lively Khao San Road. Find accommodations to stay in Bangkok here, or here are some nice hotels below.

Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok: a true haven of peace in the heart of Bangkok? Yes it’s possible!

Baan Noppawong: a nice little hotel located in one of the few colonial houses in Bangkok (in old Bangkok: Rattanakosin).

Buddy Lodge, Khaosan Road: located in the heart of this lively district, this hotel is an interesting address to visit Bangkok, whether you come here as a couple or with friends.

Discover other hotels and tips for your trip to Bangkok in our blog post: Where to stay in Bangkok.

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Nice places where to eat in Bangkok

Where to eat street food in Bangkok? Here are the best places to discover during your trip to Bangkok.

  • The best place to eat street food is Yaowarat in Chinatown. It is an essential place to do in Bangkok, at dusk from 6 p.m.
  • Thonglor soi 38: not as big, but easy to get to, as it is right at the foot of BTS Thonglor.
  • Ari: more connected.
  • Another interesting and less touristy place (because it is farther from the city center) is the Srinagarindra Train Night Market.

Other addresses not to be missed when you visit Bangkok, the magnificent capital of Thailand:

  • Tha Tian Market: a nice address not far from the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Here you will find several places to eat. For example, THE SIXTH 6th or All Meals Sawasdee.
  • Mango Vegetarian & Vegan: ideal for vegetarians and vegans! You will love. This small restaurant is not far from the lively Khaosan Road area.
  • Mezzaluna: a magnificent gourmet restaurant! Delicious cuisine, splendid setting, top-notch service.
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How many days to visit Bangkok?

To visit Bangkok, plan at least 3 days. The choice can be difficult when you are going to build your travel itinerary in Thailand. However, at least 2 days in Bangkok are necessary to visit Bangkok’s must-sees. There are two very interesting visits to do in the suburbs of Bangkok: the incredible floating markets and the magnificent city of Ayutthaya. It takes a whole day for each of these two visits. Discover below possible routes to do in Bangkok.

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What to do in Bangkok in 2 days?

Here is an itinerary to visit Bangkok in 2 days.

First day of the trip to Bangkok

A busy day awaits you! If you only stay 2 days in Bangkok, this is the best solution to visit as many things as possible.

  • Visit Old Bangkok: Bangkok Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew Temple and Wat Pho Temple. Allow at least 3 hours.
  • Go to Tha Tian Market for lunch
  • Take the boat to cross the Chao Phraya River
  • Visit the Wat Arun temple in Bangkok: this temple is on the other side of the river from the Grand Palace. You can visit these essentials with a guide (learn more about the visit).
  • Cross the Chao Phraya River again
  • Discover the Bang Lamphu district and the lively Khaosan Road
  • Do a Thai massage
  • Optional, at the end of the day: visit Chinatown and taste street food in Yaowarat
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Second day of the trip to Bangkok

If you are going to visit Bangkok in 2 days, you can take advantage of the second day to:

  • Discover Ayutthaya: a beautiful and exceptional place to do during a trip to Thailand! You should plan a day for this visit.
  • Enjoy a rooftop once back in Bangkok (see some addresses above)
    If you stay 3 days in Bangkok, you can visit Ayutthaya on the 3rd day of the trip, and reverse the programs of other days below.

How to visit Bangkok in 3 days?

On the third day of the trip, you can choose to further explore the city of Bangkok. So here’s how you can do it by discovering a more modern and vibrant side of Bangkok.

  • Discover the impressive shopping malls of Bangkok (see some addresses earlier in this blog post)
  • Visit the Bangkok Aquarium: SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World (buy tickets)
    Relax at Lumpini Park
  • If you haven’t already done so, visit Chinatown and taste street food in Yaowarat, OR Take a cruise on the Chao Phraya River (see dinner cruise prices)
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What to do in Bangkok in 4 days?

If you take a 4-day trip to Bangkok, you can take the opportunity to discover one of the most typical places in Thailand: the floating markets.

How to visit Bangkok in 5 days?

Here’s what you can do on day 5 of your trip. You can reverse this route to other routes higher up.

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To visit Bangkok is to visit one of the most dynamic and vibrant cities in Asia, but also in the world! During your trip to Bangkok and Thailand, try to discover their many facets, without forgetting this extraordinary mixture of old and new.

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