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7 Best Things To Do In Bangkok

If you’re looking for things to do in Bangkok and want to visit all of the iconic spots on offer, then here is a Bangkok bucket list guide.

1. Temples In Bangkok

It wouldn’t be Thailand without temples! Wat Arun and Wat Pho were by far our favourites amongst the 400+ in the capital.

We recommend adding a couple to your Bangkok bucket list by jumping on the Chao Phraya Express Boat (River Ferry) from any station, and paying 50 baht to reach Wat Arun.

You can book a Chao Phraya River: Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Pass in advance.

From Wat Arun, it’s then just an extra 4 Baht for to take the local government boat across the river to Wat Pho.

There are also popular temple tours, such as the Flexi Walking Temple Tour, that include entrance fees to all the attractions and a local guide to help immerse you into the cultural and historical heritage of Bangkok.

Just be sure to dress appropriately before visiting, as shoulders and legs must always be covered when visiting the Temples in Bangkok!

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Wat Arun is one of the most popular things to do in Bangkok.

2. Lebua State Tower

Any Bangkok bucket list wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the world famous Lebua State Tower.

Not only was it made famous by Bradley Cooper and the gang when filming The Hangover, but the Lebua Sky Bar gives the best views of the capital’s skyline.

After exploring the temples all day, you probably deserve a cocktail or two, as you sit back and take in the incredible views from the ‎247m high rooftop!

It is open to the public, if you are dressed smartly, and there is plenty of standing space available at the outdoor viewing platforms.

However, for those looking to reserve a table to enjoy there cocktails from, we recommend booking a Lebua Rooftop Bar Reservation & Round-Trip Transfer as far in advance as possible!

Or even more so you could always reserve a room!

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Lebua State Tower at night
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Lebua State Tower gives the best views of Bangkok city skyline

3. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Damnoen Sauak Floating Market is well regarded as the best floating market in Bangkok.

Just 100km West from Bangkok, public transport is an option, however the two hour journey is best accessed as part of a package tour.

If you’re looking for recommendations the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour is one of the most highly rated online.

Famous for its tourist-friendly floating markets, Damnoen is where you will witness the river packed with wooden boats, overflowing with fruit and vegetables, which locals sell to the people standing on land.

The scene is colourful and loud, just as you’d expect from a Thai market, and is a site for photo opportunists, foodies and those that are interested in taking a look into the local life of the Bangkok river. 

The journey will certainly be worth it, to experience the most popular floating market Asia has to offer.

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Expect a lot of food and local culture!

4. Creative District

The Creative District Bangkok is a huge neighbourhood that celebrates its creativity through art, food, culture and many other things.

It can be found around the streets of the Bangrak and Khlong San districts. Connected by a ferry between the Chao Phraya River.

Known as the hub of diversity, where east meets west, and the old sits with the new. When we visited, it was like stepping into another world.

We were super lucky to have this place recommended to us by a friend, and there’s plenty to EAT, SEE & DO in the area.

Whether it’s bbq street food, or fresh noodles served up in a cool cafe, you’ll find some quirky options in the Creative District.

If you want to really to go wild with your things to do in Bangkok bucket list, you can even get a tattoo done at Black Pig Tattoo whilst sipping cocktails from Tropic City next door.

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Wall art in Bangkok’s Creative District

5. Khao San Road

If you want to see how much tourism has changed Thailand, head to Khao San Road.

Another famous movie spot that Leonardo visited in the film ‘The Beach’, this single road in Bangkok has turned into a backpackers heaven.

Swamped with bars, restaurants, elephant pants and every insect on a stick you can imagine, it’s definitely worth adding to your things to do in Bangkok bucket list.

It isn’t a spot you’ll want to hang around in for too long, however it’s certainly one of those places that you simply have to see with your own eyes.

Also, if you’re looking to take a cooking class in Bangkok, just around the corner from Khao San Road is Maliwan Thai Cooking Class.

This is one of the most popular and highly rated cooking classes in Bangkok so could be a great option to tie in!

With the 4 hour class including a trip to a local market by tuk tuk to select the best and freshest produce, there is either a 9:00am or 1:30pm start time available.

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Lauren exploring the famous street of Khao San Road

6. Airplane Graveyard

The name says it all.

UPDATE: I’ve been informed that as of the beginning of 2023 this attraction has been closed and there are no longer planes here.

We hadn’t heard about the Airplane Graveyard in Bangkok until someone DM’d us on Instagram, and it was right up our street.

The Airplane Graveyard is located on the East side of the city, in the Bang Kapi District. And the easiest way to reach it is by taking an Uber.

Like something from a computer game, or eerie movie scene, the old abandoned airplanes in Bangkok make for an awesome photography opportunity.

There’s even a Bangkok Hidden Highlights: Instagram Tour which includes the Airplane Graveyard as one of the most visit photo spots!

The planes have been abandoned since around 2010, apparently by a Thai businessman, who has been gradually selling off the parts of the airplanes for scrap.

However, in recent years three Thai families have made moved in turning the airplanes into their makeshift homes. And now charge people to go in and take photos, climb on the planes and explore the interiors.

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Airplane Graveyard is a must on your Bangkok bucket list

7. Bangkok Shopping Malls

Bangkok shopping malls are not hard to find and with so many international brands to choose from as well as local markets here are just a few that you may want to check out as things to do in Bangkok.

Platinum Mall

Six levels of local wholesale trading and plenty of male and female apparel at cheap prices.

Central World

The largest mall in Thailand and one of the largest in the world at 4.62 million sq ft, this will easily keep you entertained for a day of retail therapy.

Siam Paragon

One of the largest Bangkok shopping malls is also the place for entertainment.

From an IMAX cinema to the Siam Ocean World Aquarium, it has everything including the Thai Art Gallery, a bowling alley and a karaoke centre.

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Charlie exploring the many markets of Bangkok

Where To Stay In Bangkok

Luxury

Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel and Towers

Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel and Towers is located on the bank of Chao Phraya River, boasting 4 dining options, 2 outdoor pools, and a spa. 

Free shuttle boats bring guests to Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain Station and Icon Siam Shopping Mall. 

Featuring views of Chao Phraya River, rooms have a flat-screen TV. A safety deposit box and tea/coffee making facilities are also provided. 

Guests can exercise in the 24-hour fitness centre and enjoy other facilities including a sauna, a hot tub and tennis court. 

Concierge and laundry services are available.

Mid-Budget

Golden Tulip Mandison Suites

Offering stylish units with modern dark wood interiors, Golden Tulip features an outdoor pool with poolside dining and a bar. 

Located on Sukhumvit 20, the hotel provides free Wi-Fi and shuttles to Asoke BTS Skytrain Station. 

The floor-to-ceiling windows give great city skyline views. Featuring dark colour schemes and warm lighting, the spacious rooms have a flat-screen TV, DVD player and large bath areas.

Golden Tulip Mandison Suites is a 10-minute walk from Emporium Shopping Mall and has free parking.

Backpacker

Pillow & Bread

Just a 12-minute walk from BTS Saphan Kwai Station, Pillow & Bread offers accommodation with easy access to all forms of transportation in Bangkok. 

Free WiFi is available throughout the property. 

Rooms at Pillow & Bread feature a dormitory style and is air conditioning. 

There are bunk beds, a TV and a kitchenette in all rooms. Some units have a seating area for your convenience. 

Every room has a shared bathroom. For your comfort, you will find towels, a slippers and free toiletries. 

The property offers free use of a washing machine located on rooftop area.

For more place to stay in Bangkok, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

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