What to Do in Bangkok
Collected by Duncan Forgan, AFAR Local Expert
1 ถนน หน้าพระลาน แขวงพระบรมมหาราชวัง Khet Phra Nakhon, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10200, Thailand
No trip to Bangkok is complete without a visit to the Grand Palace, which rests elegantly in the middle of the city on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. From the outside walls to the inside decor, the palace is positively dripping with vibrant...
2 ถนนสนามไชย แขวงพระบรมมหาราชวัง Khet Phra Nakhon, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10200, Thailand
When I reached this place, I thought that it would be a perfect shot for the symbols of Bangkok, when I could also ban a tuk-tuk on the photo... After a few minutes waiting I had the chance to capture this... btw - the King's Temple or Wat Phra...
158 Thanon Wang Doem, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10600, Thailand
Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok's Yai district. It is situated on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The temple is one of the best known Thai landmarks. The mosaics which cover the temple create a pearly sheen during...
192 Wireless Rd, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10330, Thailand
Lumphini Park provides a much-needed break from the pavement and chaos of the city. It's easy to unwind while strolling around the lake or watching locals practice tai chi. Make sure you take in the view of the Bangkok skyline over the lake too....
6 Rama 1 Rd Wang Mai, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
American entrepreneur Jim Thompson, who began his Thai silk business here in the 1940s, built himself a residence in 1959 by assembling six traditional teak houses brought from other parts of Thailand....
5/1 Ratchawithi Rd, Khwaeng Dusit, Khet Dusit, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10300, Thailand
I like to come here to get off the noisy street—it’s great for an evening stroll along the canals. The leafy park holds the world’s largest teakwood house, completed in 1901 and once home to King Rama V. The mansion gives an idea of what Bangkok’s...
Chao Phraya River, Thailand
2 ถนน สนามไชย แขวงพระบรมมหาราชวัง Khet Phra Nakhon, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10200, Thailand
One of the largest wats in Bangkok and home to over 1,000 images of the Buddha, Wat Pho is most famous for this sculpture of a giant reclining Buddha. He's 46 meters long with feet inscribed with mother-of-pearl mosaics and a body covered in gold...
60 Moo1 Soi Bua Phueng Pattana, Bang Namphueng, Phra Padaeng, Samut Prakarn, Greater Bangkok, อำเภอ พระประแดง สมุทรปราการ 10130, Thailand
This is the island of Khung Bang Krachao. The NY Times once called it “the Green Lungs of Bangkok.” It's about 20 minutes from downtown on the sky train (45 minutes in a cab) and it's a wild, lush, floating island, in a curve of the Chao Phraya....
499 ถนนกำแพงเพชร 6 Chatuchak, Khet Chatuchak, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10220, Thailand
MOCA (the Museum of Contemporary Art) makes a worthy detour from the center of Bangkok. The museum, which opened in 2012, is the brainchild of art-loving telecommunications billionaire Boonchai Bencharongkul, who envisaged it as the Thai...
1871 Rama IV Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Located in the Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute, the snake farm is a great activity to check out if you are in the Sukhumvit area of Bangkok. We attended the live snake handling show (held weekdays at 2:30pm, weekends at 11am) where viewers are...
Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand
Gilded Royal barges, monitor lizards, and riverside communities—all can be seen in Bangkok along the city’s endless canals. The best areas to visit are on the opposite side of the Chao Phraya River in Thonburi—an area still criss-crossed by...
Ko Kret, Pak Kret District, Nonthaburi 11120, Thailand
Koh Kret is a small island just outside of Bangkok located in the Chao Phraya River. A taxi (about an hour from Silom) will take you to the boat where it is literally a 2 minute boat ride across the river. Koh Kret is a community of Mon people and...
Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
Bangkok is hot and steamy year-round, but it reaches a sweaty crescendo in mid-April. Fortunately, these peak temperatures happen to coincide with Songkran (Thai New Year) when Thais and visitors drench each other with water as the thermometers...
Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
A particularly fascinating Bangkok ‘hood is Ari. Located to the north of the city's main Sukhumvhit BTS line, the area is a leafy haven that is popular with middle class Thais and expatriates alike. The best way to explore the area is by...
252/8 Si Lom, Khwaeng Suriya Wong, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
A hotbed for lovers of vintage music and fashion in Bangkok is the The Hop, a dance studio in the city’s Silom neighbourhood. The focus here is on a golden age of American teen culture: namely the jazzy big band sounds and nifty dance moves of the...
2 Thanon Wang Lang, Khwaeng Siriraj, Khet Bangkok Noi, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10700, Thailand
If you've had your fill of gilded temples and air-conditioned malls and are looking for something altogether creepier, this museum fits the bill. Nicknamed the “Museum of Death,” the attraction takes its cues from the darker side of ...
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