With a skyline etched with glittering Thai temples, palaces, and historical monuments, Bangkok can be the best introduction to Thai culture. And by night, there are myriad markets and restaurants to explore, as well as cultural shows to be witnessed. The capital city of Thailand has much to offer in terms of entertainment as well, with numerous museums and oceanic exhibitions. So, without much ado, let’s take a look at the top 5 things to do in Bangkok:
Get a Taste of Royalty at Dusit Palace and The Grand Palace
Frescos and murals tell stories of Siamese kings at Ananta Smakom Throne Hall, the erstwhile reception hall of Dusit Palace. Built by Italian architects who favoured the neoclassical and Renaissance architectural styles, the palace is a treasure trove of royal artefacts. The Grand Palace used to be the residence of Thailand’s royal family, and its tall golden turrets are breath-taking from the outside. Within, you find the Emerald Buddha Temple, the Royal Throne, and beautiful gardens.
Marvel at The Reclining Buddha on a Temple Tour
Bangkok’s temples are world-famous due to their intricate architecture and stunning Buddha statues. Wat Pho houses the humongous Reclining Buddha, while Wat Arun comprises five towers facing the Chao Phraya River. The elevated Wat Saket features lovely Buddhist paintings and offers a serene view of Bangkok. Take a half-day temple tour to visit most of Bangkok’s best temples.
Voyage along the Chao Phraya River on a Dinner Cruise
A luxury cruise along the Chao Phraya River offers you mesmerising views of the lit-up temples from the top deck. Feel the wind lift up your hair and sip on a cocktail as you watch musicians perform live. Dinner cruises are a sensory experience, and offer local as well as international cuisines. We also recommend watching the Siam Niramit Show, and the cultural performances accompanied by gourmet dinner at Sala Rim Naam Restaurant at the riverside Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
Have Fun at Art in Paradise Museum & Some Marine Parks
Kids will absolutely love the Art in Paradise Museum, a 3D wonderland of installations. Here you can pose and become inseparable from the portrayed scenes, ranging from Venetian canals to the inside of a shoe! On a full-day tour of Safari World and Marine Park, you can see majestic lions, tigers, zebras, and giraffes, as well as exotic birds, dolphins, crocodiles, and gorillas. You can even feed the herbivorous animals on the safari terrace.
Delve into the Treasures of Chatuchak & Other Markets
Bangkok is a wonderful shopping destination due to the wide array of markets and affordability of products. Chatuchak Market is the largest weekend flea market in the world, and features a whopping 8000 stalls, selling rare handicrafts and delicious street food. At Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, vendors sell their wares on canoes and paddle along the canal. You can pick up fresh produce for an experiment with Thai cuisine, as well as interesting Thai souvenirs.