Modern mega malls sit alongside historic village homes in Bangkok, where it’s a joy to get lost amongst the maze of street markets, religious temples, skyscrapers and full-flavoured food stalls. From the legendary backpacker haven of Khao San Road to the traditional charms of Chinatown and Banglamphu, the buzzing energy and beautiful contradictions in Bangkok will ensure an exciting stay from beginning to end.
Things to do in Bangkok
Among Bangkok’s chaotic streets lies an array of peaceful Buddhist temples, revered for both their historic significance and exotic beauty. Two of the city’s most famous landmarks are the dazzling Grand Palace and golden Wat Phra Kaew temple, while the world-famous 46-metre-long reclining Buddha, among other interesting artefacts, is housed in Wat Pho.
Exploring one of the atmospheric night markets, found throughout the city, is a memorable Bangkok experience. For an array of vintage fashion, furniture and collectables, head to Rot Fai Market. If you’re looking for knock-off brands to take home, then Patpong Night Market is the place to go.
Vibrant flavours permeate the air in Bangkok, as its legendary street food is a low-cost and delicious way to sample Thailand’s local culture. Spend an evening snacking on local favourites such as barbecued seafood, roasted chestnuts and dim sum at Chinatown’s Yaowarat neighbourhood, or stroll along Charoen Krung Road for fragrant noodles, steamed dumplings and roasted duck.
A popular attraction throughout the year, Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the world’s largest markets and is sure to impress even the most seasoned shopper. Navigate your way through the maze of alleyways to find the category of goods organised into sections, from fashion to homewares, food and even pets. Be sure to arrive early to beat the crowds (and the sizzling heat).
With two international airports, Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang International Airport, travellers can easily reach Bangkok from anywhere in the world. The quickest and easiest way to travel to Bangkok’s famous sights in the inner city is on the BTS Skytrain and Underground (MRT), while express boats and river taxis on Chao Phraya River offer access to the historic floating markets and riverside attractions. For shorter distances, motorbike taxis are an exhilarating way to get around the city, while tuk-tuks offer a memorable experience you won’t find at home.