The 10 Best Things to do in Bangkok
Bangkok is the vibrant capital of Thailand and regularly ranks as one of the world's most-visited cities. With culture and history intertwined with Michelin stars, sky-high bars and street food, there are many story-worthy travel moments to be had. Here are our picks for the best things to do in Bangkok right now.
1. Admire the Grand Palace
Located in the heart of Bangkok, the stunning Grand Palace complex is home to the revered Emerald Buddha statue and adorned with intricate Thai architecture and design. Once lived in by the Thai royal family until 1925, this sprawling building is now used for hosting royal ceremonies and remains the city's biggest tourist attraction.
2. Discover the country’s glittering past
Located on the grounds of the Grand Palace, the National Museum is home to the most extensive collection of Thai artifacts and art in the country. Three permanent exhibition galleries have their own themes: an Archaeological and Art History collection, a Decorative Arts and Ethnological Collection and the Gallery of Thai History, home to beautiful Buddha images and sculptures of Hindu gods.
3. Explore Wat Arun
Of the more than 30,000 temples, or wats, throughout Thailand, Wat Arun is one of the most iconic. Known as the Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun rises from the Chao Phraya River's banks and is one of the few Buddhist temples visitors are encouraged to climb. After taking in mesmerizing views at the top, walk back down the stairs and inspect the floral murals made from Chinese porcelain.
4. Stroll leafy Lumphini Park
After a day of temple hopping, make the most of Bangkok’s green spaces. Verdant Lumphini Park is an emerald oasis nicknamed the ‘Central Park of Bangkok’, where visitors can paddle across a lake in a swan-shaped boat and relax amidst the serene surroundings. Visit on a Sunday evening during the cooler months to watch a free performance from the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra.
5. Get lost in the delights of Chinatown
Visit the Thai capital’s Chinatown to sample phenomenal street food, people-watch from authentic coffee shops and haggle at the gold souk. In the largest Chinatown in the world and one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, foodies will be in heaven with dishes like pad Thai, mango sticky rice and som tam (green papaya salad) prepared by local vendors.
6. Cruise the Chao Phraya River
The best way to get a unique perspective of the city's landmarks and to explore riverside neighborhoods is by taking a boat cruise along this iconic river. Your clients will love visiting the floating markets where vendors sell their goods from traditional wooden boats, as well as exploring the city's "back alley" canals, known as khlongs.
7. Drink in the view from the world’s highest rooftop bar
The nightlife in Bangkok attracts tourists from all over the world. Jutting out from a rooftop 820 feet in the air, the Sky Bar at Sirocco, Lebua Hotel is the world's highest open-air rooftop bar. The neon bar changes colour every 90 seconds and guests can enjoy 360-degree view of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya River whilst sampling a ‘Hangovertini’ or two.
8. Shop at Chatuchak Weekend Market
With 15,000 stalls, Chatuchak is among the largest outdoor markets in the world. Amongst a riot of colours, sights, and sounds, your clients can find everything from clothing and accessories to art, antiques, and succulent street food. Shop for gorgeous Thai silks and sit down for a coffee at Café DoiTung, which uses sustainably harvested coffee beans grown by hill tribes.
9. Discover Jim Thompson House
Learn about the Thai silk industry and appreciate the sublime architecture of the former home of Jim Thompson, an American entrepreneur who played a significant role in popularising Thai silk. Now a museum, visitors can admire the businessman's collection of antiques, artwork, and religious artifacts, and see the location of many legendary high-society parties.
10. Take a Tuk-Tuk Ride
Riding in a tuk-tuk, Bangkok’s iconic three-wheeler vehicle, is a quintessential experience. Enjoy the thrill of navigating the city's bustling streets whilst taking in some of Bangkok's most famous sights and temples. The best time for a tour is in the late afternoon or evening, once the hustle and bustle has calmed down.
When to visit Bangkok
Although there’s no bad time to visit Bangkok, the cool season between November and February offers the most comfortable weather.
How to get there
Our partner and Star Alliance member EVA Air operates daily non-stop flights from London Heathrow to Bangkok. Book your clients in Royal Laurel Business Class to fly in true style.