Things to Do in Bangkok, Thailand

Things to Do in Bangkok, Thailand

It’s my first time abroad, and for some reason, I spontaneously chose Bangkok while I was trying to book during the seat sale months ago.

Yes, I was alone. Yes, I was terrified at first because I was unprepared that I didn’t have a detailed list of things to do in Bangkok. Even my parents warned me about the scammers around. I got lost a lot, but it was quite an experience.

Here are some activities to add to your list of things to do in Bangkok to prep you for your trip.

Bangkok temples to visit

Grand Palace

Grand Palace Bangkok Thailand
Grand Palace

Entrance fee: THB 500

Hours: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Visiting the Grand Palace is one of the best things to do in Bangkok. However, some tourists skip this one as the entrance fee is a bit pricey compared to other temples in Bangkok.

Wat Pho

Wat Pho Bangkok Thailand
Wat Pho

Entrance fee: THB100

Hours: 8 AM to 5 PM

Wat Pho is the home of the famed reclining Buddha. It’s just hard to take a picture of it because it’s a really huge statue! Other than that, there are tons of spots that are worth the space for your Instagram feed. You can see a lot of tourists praying and wishing at some spots, too. Wat Pho is near the Grand Palace, so it’s an easy addition to your itinerary.

Wat Arun

Wat Arun Bangkok Thailand
Wat Arun

Entrance fee: THB50

Hours: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Wat Arun is honestly my favorite, even though there’s not much to see. It’s really unfortunate that it was raining when I came here around 3 PM. I wasn’t able to climb upstairs because the gates were already closed. But I’m sure the view would have been nice, especially during sunset.

Museums to visit

Jim Thompson House

Jim Thompson House Bangkok Thailand
Jim Thompson House

Entrance fee: THB200, THB100 for visitors under 22 years old

Hours: 9 AM to 6 PM

Jim Thompson House Museum is also another popular attraction in Bangkok all because of its stunning architecture. It’s owned by American businessman and architect Jim Thompson. You can expect a lot of amazing Thai art pieces, as well as other Asian cultural art. Unfortunately, you can’t take pictures inside the premises, but it’s also a good thing so you can focus on appreciating it.

Bangkok National Museum

Bangkok National Museum Thailand
Bangkok National Museum

Entrance fee: THB200

Hours: 9 PM to 4 PM (Wednesdays to Sundays)

Bangkok National Museum is one of the largest museums in Southeast Asia. Visiting National Museums are among the best ways to learn about the country’s history and other amazing facts, so this is highly recommended if you want to appreciate Thailand more. It’s located near the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, making it a nice break after a trip to the temples.

Siriraj Medical Museum

Siriraji Medical Museum Bangkok
Siriraj Medical Museum

Entrance fee: THB300

Hours: 10 AM to 5 PM (closed on Tuesdays)

Siriraj Medical Museum, also called the Museum of Death, kind of reminded me of the Black Mirror episode Black Museum. You’ll find all the gory, creepy stuff here so it’s not for the faint-hearted. You can’t take a picture inside, too, so you can read and appreciate the stories of some exhibits.

Bangkok Art and Culture Centre

Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre
Bangkok Art and Culture Centre

Entrance fee: Free

Hours: 10 AM to 9 PM (closed on Mondays)

This has got to be my favorite among my list of things to do in Bangkok. As an art-lover, I was literally teary-eyed while walking around the galleries. With photographs, paintings, and handicrafts, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre is worth the visit. The best part is that it’s free! It also has stores inside where you can buy cute stationery and artwork, as well as cafes with art activities.

Shopping + Food

Siam Paragon Mall

Siam Paragon Mall Bangkok Thailand
Siam Paragon Mall

Hours: 10 AM to 10 PM

Siam Paragon is a luxury shopping mall in Bangkok, featuring international fashion brands like Versace, Chanel, Bvlgari, Mont Blanc, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Hermes, and so much more. If you’ve got a lot of cash to spend, Siam Paragon is the place to be. It’s pretty easy to find because it’s exactly across from BTS Siam station.

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chatuchak Market Bangkok Thailand
Chatuchak Weekend Market

Hours: 6 PM to 12 MN (Friday); 9 AM to 6 PM (Saturday and Sunday)

Compared to the Siam Paragon Mall, the Chatuchak Market offers the cheapest finds ranging from clothes, accessories, stationeries, and other cool stuff you don’t even know existed. It has thousands of stalls so be sure to prep some cash for it. It’s easy to spot street food around too.

Khao San Road

Things to do in Bangkok - Khao San Road
Khao San Road

Also known as the home of backpackers in downtown Bangkok, being on Khao San Road makes it relatively easy for those traveling solo like me to make new friends. It’s a small street with a number of hostels, restaurants, bars, and stores that are very cheap.

I also saw ticket stalls where you can travel directly to Thailand’s neighboring countries like Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and Malaysia via bus ranging from THB 700 and up.

Asiatique The Riverfront

Asiatique Bangkok Thailand
Asiatique The Riverfront

Hours: 5 PM to 12 MN

Another night market, Asiatique The Riverfront has a lot of cheap boutiques and stalls—the majority of which are clothes, accessories, and bags. You can also ride the Ferris wheel (THB 400) for an amazing city night view, and eat at the buffet restaurants and bars by the river. There’s a free shuttle going to and from there at the end of BTS Saphan Taksin.

River City

River City Bangkok Thailand
River City

Hours: 10 AM to 10 PM

River City is the home to antique collectibles, but it’s also one of the best places for fine-dining restaurants in Bangkok. River cruises are also operated by this elegant mall, another unmissable thing to do in Bangkok, especially for couples. It’s extra romantic at night.

Yaowarat

Things to do in Bangkok - Yaowarat (Chinatown)
Yaowarat (Chinatown)

It was such a bummer that I wasn’t able to stay long at Bangkok’s Chinatown (also called Yaowarat), all because it rained so hard. Yaowarat is the place for your food cravings because there are lots of food stalls around.

Just like the other tourist spots, there are shops around where you can buy local souvenirs and other fashion finds.

Activities to try in Bangkok

Eat pad thai

Pad Thai Bangkok Thailand
Pad thai

Your Bangkok trip wouldn’t be complete without trying pad thai. It’s definitely the number one dish to try when visiting the country.

I heard Thip Samai serves the best pad thai in Bangkok but you could go pad thai hopping as I did. You can also try other Thai dishes like pandan chicken, green curry, mango sticky rice, fried pancakes, coconut ice cream, and so much more. There’s a wide variety of food choices on pretty much every street you pass by.

Ride the ferry

Things to do in Bangkok - take a river cruise
Chao Phraya River

I enjoyed the Chao Phraya River so much because of its cheap fare, which only cost THB 15 for the express boat (orange flag). It’s very easy to access the temples and other tourist spots through this public transportation.

A safety tip for solo female travelers: be sure to prep yourself for the crowd as it can get super packed. You can also opt for the Chao Phraya Tourist Boat, which costs THB 50, or rent a private boat if you’re into a more intimate and peaceful ride.

Check this link for more information about the express boat but you can also ask the people in the station to be sure. To be honest, I got lost a lot using this type of transportation. It was a fun trial-and-error.

Take the BTS train

BTS Train Bangkok Thailand
BTS train

Another public transportation that’s pretty confusing (at first) is the BTS train. But when I got the hang of it, I realized how convenient it is, especially for tourists.

Friendly solo travel tip: be sure to buy the one-day pass if you have jam-packed plans for the day. It costs THB 140 for unlimited rides.

Ride a tuktuk

Tuktuk in Bangkok
Tuktuk

Riding a tuktuk is for the experience itself, not much for practicality. Even locals say that tuktuks can be more expensive than taxis.

I only rode a tuktuk once when I got super lost. It’s okay to haggle for a cheaper price because that one ride offered me THB 300, but I eventually got it for THB 40. Be extra careful as I’ve read different blogs saying they got scammed by tuktuk drivers.

Get a Thai massage

Of course, getting a Thai massage is the best way to end your Bangkok experience, after all the walking and shopping you did. A local there suggested that Let’s Relax spa is probably one of the bests in town, although it’s kind of pricey (starts at THB 600). There are other Thai massage shops that cost THB 200 to 300 on average, so just ask around.

Things to do in Bangkok - Chao Phraya River cruise
Chao Phraya River

To wrap it up, Bangkok is a great destination if you want to go all “Eat, pray, l̶o̶v̶e̶ shop” with all the food, temples, and shopping centers around.

What’s on your things to do in Bangkok list? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

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