When people tell me about Bangkok and don’t find a lot of things to do there, I understand. When I first visited Bangkok, I despised the city and couldn’t wait to get out.
It wasn’t until I lived in Bangkok that I really fell in love with it. Bangkok is one of the best cities in the world. It just takes a little time to get to know and love.
Bangkok is not a city that opens itself up easily, and most people spend just a day or two here before leaving to go to the islands or the jungle.
But, while as a tourist, you may not need tons of time to “see” the city, Bangkok is worth more than a quick stay most travelers give it.
The city may not have a lot of “tourist attractions” in the way that Paris, London, NYC, and Buenos Aires do but Bangkok is not that kind of city. Bangkok is a place to wander, eat, and imbibe. It is a city that reveals itself to people who get away from the temples, touts, and tourists and get into the local way of life. That’s when you see the beauty Bangkok has to offer! There are a lot of things to do and see in Bangkok – cheap things, expensive things, unique things, and fun things! Bangkok has it all. It’s what made me fall in love with it.
So what things to do in Bangkok are there? What do you see in Bankok when you visit?
Here is my sample itinerary to make things easier for you to plan your trip here and tackle this city in a way that has you on and off the beaten track so you get to peel back the onion that is Bangkok!
The first place you should visit in Bangkok is the Grand Palace (Royal Palace) and neighboring Wat Pho, home to the famous reclining Buddha and massage school. The Royal family doesn’t live in the palace (it’s only used for official state functions) and you can’t go into any of the buildings, but wandering the grounds and open temples is worth the visit. It’s beautiful and the craftsmanship in the architecture is amazing. Go first thing in the morning to avoid the crowds.
Afterward, wander down the street to Wat Pho and the famous reclining Buddha (as well as the famous Golden Buddha). The Wat Pho complex fills a city block so while seeing the statues doesn’t take long, you could spend a solid hour wandering the maze-like temple grounds.
Next, head across the river to Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) and get stellar views of the city from a top the temple. It’s my favorite temple in the city because of the view!
The Grand Palace is located on Na Phra Lan Road. Open daily from 8:30am-3:30pm. Admission is 500 THB. Wat Pho is located on 2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Subdistrict.. Opening daily from 8am–6:30pm. Admission is 100 THB. Wat Arun is across the river at 158 Wang Doem Road. Open daily from 8am–5:30pm. Admission is 50 THB.