These are most likely the very first words you will hear upon arrival in the beautiful capital of Thailand. Welcome to Bangkok, Asia’s Land of Smiles!
With a title like that, it’s not difficult to understand why the city is the most visited destination in all of Asia; the world, even. A study funded by MasterCard in 2013 ranked Bangkok as the top destination in the world, with well over 26 million in arrivals. More than that, the city also came out on top of Travel + Leisure Magazine’s annual survey of the “World’s Best Cities” four years in a row. All of these distinctions are practically a guarantee that there are lots of things to do in Bangkok.
From royal palaces to night markets, and majestic temples to hole in the wall restaurants, trust that the city has something in store for everyone. Whether visiting with family or a group of friends, or even on your own, you will never find yourself wondering what to do in Bangkok.
Here’s a quick guide to the city and insights on some of the most popular sights to see and things to do in Bangkok.
Modern Bangkok—Things to Do and Places to Visit
Bangkok’s Grand Palace Complex is quite a sight to behold. The complex and ornate design is something else when seen up close. As if the exteriors weren’t enough, the complex is also home to several of Thailand’s secrets. Within the grounds, you will find the Phra Kaew Morakot, or the Emerald Buddha, inside the Wat Phra Kaeo. Although it is unlikely you will catch a glimpse of the royal family—the grounds are no longer the royal residence—you will get a sense of the royalty of Thailand’s monarchy.
Wat Pho and Sri Mariamman are a couple of other royal and religious places of interest that allow for a greater immersion into what the city is all about, and celebrates the rich culture and tradition of Thailand’s great capital city.
Indulgences Exclusive to Bangkok
More than the magnificent golden palaces and temples, visitors can also indulge in what makes Bangkok the destination of choice for millions from across the globe. When deciding what to do in Bangkok, you can never go wrong with retail therapy.
For authentic finds, hit up the Chatuchak Weekend Markets. It might seem chaotic at first, but you’ll be surprised at the variety of things you can get, and for really low prices, too. Siam Square is another excellent choice for bargain finds. For the less adventurous types, massive malls like Siam Centre, Siam Discovery, Siam Paragon, and Central World should be on the itinerary.
Of course, a visit to Bangkok would not be complete without sampling sumptuous Thai dishes and its world-renowned nightlife in places like Khap San Road and Pat Pong Night Market. The city comes to life at night and you might just find yourself dumbfounded with all the things to do in Bangkok once the sun sets.
So much to do, so much to see—plan your Bangkok itinerary today!