Bangkok is one of the World’s truly great cities and after you have finished your treatment you may want to explore some of the delights that it has to offer. There are literally thousands of things to do in Bangkok and everyone enjoys something a little bit different but below is just 10 ideas of things that you may want to see and do whilst you are in Bangkok.
1. Grand Palace and Wat Prakeaw
The Grand Palace was built in 1782 and has long been regarded as the spiritual heart of Thailand. It has been home to the Thai Kings for over 150 years and attracts literally thousands of visitors every day who come to look at the architectural beauty of the place and the fantastic intricate, pain staking detail that has gone into the place. Wat Prakeaw is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and is part of the palace complex. The robes of the Buddha are changed by the King of Thailand according to the seasons in what is an important part of the Buddhist calendar.
2. Visit a Floating Market
We have all seen the pictures on TV and in films of floating markets in Thailand. This is the way many things used to be done and although they are aimed a little bit more at the tourist these days they are certainly well worth xperience as it is something that you won’t see in other parts of the World. Damnoen Saduak is probably the best known and still the most authentic so is the one that you should aim for.
3. Chao Phraya River and Connecting Waterways
Bangkok is often described as the Venice of the East and quite rightly so. The main Chao Phraya River is busy route ferrying passengers around the city not to mention tourists who are looking to take in the sights from a completely different perspective. You can take a ferry at many points along the river with many tours being offered where you can see attractions such as the Reclining Buddha.
4. Chatuchak Weekend Market
If you like markets then this is the market for you! Chatuchak Market has in excess of 8,000 stalls selling quite literally everything. If you are looking for something a little bit different to take back home then this is probably the place to get it. The weekend market attracts around 200,000 visitors so expect crowds.
5. Chinatown (Yaowarat)
Chinatown is a thriving part of the city and has the highest concentration of gold shops in all of Bangkok. This is the place that you see a small part of China in the heart of Bangkok with bustling shops and stalls. Traditional Chinese doctors operate in this part of the city so if you have some minor ailments that you would like a natural remedy then this is the place to go. Naturally Chinese New Year is a great time to visit but there is still plenty to see at other times of the year.
6. Soi Cowboy
Soi Cowboy may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it is certainly something that Bangkok is famous for. The soi is home to part of the city’s famous red light district but you can still take in some of the shows.
7. Khao San Road
Khao San Road is backpacker’s paradise and is home to plenty of stalls selling everything that backpackers and tourists may want from T-shirts to novelty items right through to traditional Thai street food. Again it is something of a tourist hotspot but it is a great place to try some cheap, authentic food and maybe even the famous insects. You will also find some sleek clubs and VW Camper Vans selling a variety of cocktails.
8. Jim Thompson House
Jim Thompson was the man credited with reviving the Thai silk industry that appeared to be dying out and spent three decades building things back up. If mysteriously went missing in the jungles of Malaysia and since then his Teak Thai house has been a focal point for visitors looking to learn more about the history of Thai Silk.
9. Lumpini Park
Lumpini Park is the biggest park in Bangkok and is a well known place to rest and relax or for the more active a place to do a little bit of exercise away from the busy Bangkok streets. There is an artificial lake in the park and plenty of wildlife so you won’t be short of things to see if you are just looking to relax.
10. MBK Centre
The MBK Centre is where many Thais and foreigners go to buy their electrical goods. The centre has quite literally everything when it comes to electronics and if you want something repairing or altering then this is the place to take it. There are other stalls but the main focus is on electronics so if gadgets are your thing then this is the place to visit!