Things to do in

Bangkok

Thailand’s capital is a wild tuk-tuk ride through bustling markets, serene temples, and urban action.

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Our most recommended things to do in Bangkok

  • Grand Palace, Wat Pho & Wat Arun: Flexi Private Temple Tour

    1. Grand Palace, Wat Pho & Wat Arun: Flexi Private Temple Tour

     Journey to the old part of Bangkok and discover Wat Phra Kaew which is commonly known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and officially as Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram. It is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand.  Explore the Grand Palace which was the official residence of the Kings of Thailand. Nowadays, the Grand Palace is still used for official events. After the Grand Palace, continue to visit Wat Pho, if you've selected this option. On the way, pass Tha Thien Market, a culture food market that sells dried, salted seafood and wholesale products. You will have a chance to commute to Wat Pho by private car, a local Tuk Tuk or you can walk there. Visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho. It is on the list of six temples in Thailand classed as the highest grade of the first-class royal temples and has been recognized by UNESCO in its Memory of the World...

    I wish I would have written down the name of our guide. She was excellent. She was early to meet us at our hotel. We went to the two temples first and then on to the Royal Palace. This is an excellent tour. The temples and palace are absolutely gorgeous. These are must see sites to see when you are in Bangkok. We started right at 8:30AM so not too early and were done by early afternoon. We opted to stay in the old town area and grab some lunch before trying unsuccessfully to find some tourist t-shirts. The guide suggested a really cool restaurant near the palace for lunch and even walked us over there and got us situated before leaving. The lunch was probably the best food we had in Bangkok. Hopefully get your guide can figure out who our guide was and keeps her busy because she was great.

  • Baiyoke 81st Floor: BKK Balcony Buffet & Observation Deck

    2. Baiyoke 81st Floor: BKK Balcony Buffet & Observation Deck

    Located on the 81st floor of the Baiyoke Sky Hotel, Bangkok Balcony Buffet is now undoubtedly the most recommended restaurant to experience magnificent views of beautiful Bangkok. Sit either indoors or outdoors and marvel at the city from above.  Enjoy a 2-hour buffet filled with a variety of foods ranging from Thai, Japanese, seafood, international cuisine, desserts and much more. You can select from 3 starting times for the buffet: 5:00 PM, 7:00 PM or 9:00 PM. To make your experience a memorable one, move outdoors to the Premium Balcony seating to enjoy views across all corners of Bangkok and enjoy a more exclusive area.  After finishing your meal, you can also enjoy the view of Bangkok from the Observation Deck on the 77th floor and see the skyline through binoculars or without. Follow this up with an incredible 360-degree view of Bangkok from the Revolving View Point on the 84th fl...

    amazing view and food really fresh and nice.plenty of options.decor a bit dated and furnishing could do with a make over

  • Bangkok Classical Bicycle Tour

    3. Bangkok Classical Bicycle Tour

    This 3-hour bike tour of Bangkok is ideal for enthusiastic adventurers and those who want to extend their knowledge of Bangkok to its extensive Chinatown, historic capital of Thonburi and hidden backstreets. Starting in the heart of Chinatown, the 3-hour tour explores the frenetic market environment, winding through narrow streets and alleyways. Your senses will come alive to the sights, sounds, and smells of a vibrant community in motion. We will pass by shop houses selling everything from Buddhist amulets to recycled truck engines. Locals worshiping at hidden temples, ritual paper burnings, and the omnipresent spirit house display evidence of a culture that has been centuries in the making. Cross the Chao Phraya River, with majestic views of the city skyline behind you, and visit Thonburi, the historic third capital of Thailand. Contrasting chaotic Chinatown, peaceful elements of lo...

    Brilliant bike tour. They both knew every back alley in Bangkok. It was very fast. Would have liked more stops to take photograhs

  • Day Trip to Pattaya City & Koh Larn Island Tour From Bangkok

    4. Day Trip to Pattaya City & Koh Larn Island Tour From Bangkok

    Depart from your hotel in Bangkok city in the early morning and journey about 2.5 hours to Pattaya City, which is situated 150 km Southeast of Bangkok. Once arrived Pattaya city, you will take a speedboat ride for 40 minutes directly to Tien Beach on Koh Larn, also known as Coral Island. On this peaceful beach, you can choose from a variety of activities depending on your interests for the day. Go snorkeling, or relax and sunbathe on the beach. If you'd like a faster pace, try some water activities like jet skiing, banana boat riding, sea walking or parasailing. Then, enjoy lunch on the beach with a gorgeous view. Journey back to the mainland by late afternoon to visit Pattaya viewpoint located in Khao Phra Tam Nak, which is a small hill on the south of Pattaya Beach. This place is the best spot to enjoy the panoramic view of Pattaya City and Pattaya Bay from above. This spot is perfec...

    Driver was polite, quiet and very helpful. Had a pleasant day, beach was not crowded. I will recommend for a nice getaway.

  • Bangkok: Hands-on Genuine Thai Cooking Class and Market Tour

    5. Bangkok: Hands-on Genuine Thai Cooking Class and Market Tour

    Try your hand at making four popular Thai dishes, and delight in the vibrant flavours. Explore the biggest food market in Bangkok, Khlong Toei, and shop for fresh ingredients. Head to the air-conditioned cooking school afterwards in your small group, receive instructions, and then cook and taste the meals you produce 100% by yourself. Meet at exit 1 of the Queen Sikrit National Convention Centre MRT station. Discover the sprawling market of Khlong Toei on a guided tour, then take a tuk-tuk to the cookery school. Learn about exotic Thai ingredients, including vegetables, rice, herbs, and spices, as well as the preparation of coconut milk and curry paste. Spend two hours making four delicious dishes, and savor each one individually while they're still hot and fresh. Two of the dishes every day are Stir-Fried Noodles with Shrimp (Pad-Thai) and Mango Sticky Rice for dessert. Depending on ...

    The chat is very nice and kind. Regardless is young age he is very expert. Only thing is that the course didn’t take 3.5 hours as written in the announcement but just 2.5 hours

  • Bangkok: Private 8-Hour Grand Palace and Temples Tour

    6. Bangkok: Private 8-Hour Grand Palace and Temples Tour

    Following hotel pick-up, journey to Rattanakosin Island by the best mode of transportation selected for your group. Learn more about Bangkok and its people on the way. Then, explore the Grand Palace complex on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and learn how the former Kings of Siam constructed their buildings. Hear more about the current monarchy of Thailand, and continue to the royal temples of Wat Pho and Wat Arun. Board a boat after lunch to explore the city's network of canals and see a stunning ornamental boat at the Royal Barge Museum. 

    A fantastic tour (tailor made!) with an extremly charming and handsome tour guide (Wes) made my stay in BKK even more exciting. Me Wes is doing a great job and is very passionate about his job. He has an extensive experience a in-depth knowledge about BKK. English is almost native. Ask for him, you will not regret it. We spent the whole day, has fun and learnt alot about the innercity life etc. Awesome!

  • Bangkok: 2-Hour Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya Princess

    7. Bangkok: 2-Hour Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya Princess

    Enjoy a 2-hour evening dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya Princess, traveling along Bangkok’s main waterway. Experience the magic of the illumination of the city’s temples and other historic monuments. Check-in at the River City shopping complex and board a safe and comfortable cruiser to experience the Chao Phraya River at night. Take in views of both banks of the river from the open-air upper deck. Soak up the atmosphere of the city’s top landmarks and monuments illuminated at night, and tuck into an elegant gourmet buffet dinner of international fare, accompanied by light background music.

    Absolutely brilliant! Driver was on time,full escort to boat and from boat to car..Cruise was excellent,great food,service and entertainment,we loved it!!

  • Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Market and Maeklong Railway Market

    8. Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Market and Maeklong Railway Market

    Choose from either a shared group or private guided experience to see 2 iconic markets on a day trip from Bangkok. See a market located on the railway tracks, the Maeklong Railway Market, and a market that floats on the canals at the Damnoen Saduak Market. After pickup, board a local train to travel to the Maeklong Railway Market, also known as Talad Rom Hup (“Umbrella Pulldown Market”). Observe rice fields, salt farms and traditional houses pass by as you travel with the locals. Maeklong is one of the largest fresh seafood markets in Thailand and hugs the track of the Maeklong Railway. Gain fascinating insights into how the market is run and what products are sold here from your local guide. Marvel how market stalls and awnings are pulled back from the tracks every time a train approaches to let the train pass through. Next, head to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, one of the mos...

    Our guide, Khun Tee, was immensely kind and patient and above all very knowledgeable. Highly recommend this tour - totally worth the money!

  • Hop On Hop Off: Tuk Tuk & Tourist Boat on Chao Phraya River

    9. Hop On Hop Off: Tuk Tuk & Tourist Boat on Chao Phraya River

    Make the most out of your time in Bangkok by getting a 1-day unlimited Hop on Hop off on pass for both Tuk Tuk Hop and Tourist Boat. Jump on the iconic Tuk Tuk and explore the Rattanakosin Island area which is the old Town of Bangkok. Hop on the Chao Phraya Tourist Boat for an exclusive experience along Chao Phraya River, the longest and most important river in Thailand. Travel around Bangkok’s Old Town area in a Tuk Tuk with this unique, fun and flexible hop-on, hop-off tour. These three-wheeled motorized vehicles are the most convenient way of traveling around the city as it zips through the traffic and takes tourists to their favorite attractions such as the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Khaosan Road, China Town, and many more. Together with a Hop-on Hop-off Pass for the Chao Phraya Tourist Boat, you will get to experience the scenery from both sides of the river and can easily hop on to r...

    This is the best way to get around. you can see so much in one day... Such good value for money, great app support. The must-do in Bangkok!

  • Suvarnabhumi Airport: 2.5-Hour Miracle Lounge Access

    10. Suvarnabhumi Airport: 2.5-Hour Miracle Lounge Access

    Enjoy VIP access at Miracle Lounge Suvarnabhumi for a relaxing wait in between flights. Be pampered with unlimited food and hot or chilled beverages, including delicious Thai food from The Miracle Group Hotel chef. Each lounge has comfortable couches, free WiFi, work stations and international TV channels, magazines, and newspapers. The lounge also offers a shower room, a prayer room, and open-air space (Concourse D). At the breakfast counter, you will find fresh cookies, pies, sandwich, and cakes. This is the best place enjoy a break before your next flight.

    The lounge was pleasant and not too crowded. Reasonable selection of food which was tasty and some alcohol available. However given you can eat really cheaply at Bangkok airport, unless you want to drink plenty of alcohol the cost of almost £25 each is not really worth it.

Frequently asked questions about Bangkok

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Planning Your Visit

  • When to go?

    The best time to visit Bangkok is from November to January, known to the Thais as the "cool season." The weather is still hot and humid, but it's the only time of year you won't sweat in minimal clothing. Well, at least not as much!

  • How many days?

    You'll need to spend at least 3 nights in Bangkok to make it worth your while, but you should go for a week if you can. It's worth staying even longer to see more of Thailand as a whole!

  • Where to stay?

    Before booking your stay, consider what you want out of your visit. If it's a quick trip, then it might be worth staying in Rattanakosin, or "Old Bangkok," where most of the city's historic sights are located. Sukhumvit is lively and upmarket but still a hub of tourism, and the financial district of Silom becomes the city's party capital by night. For something a little quieter, book a hotel near Banglamphu.

Good to know

  • Language
    Thai
  • Currency
    Thai baht (฿)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+07:00)
  • Country Code
    +66
  • Best time to visit
    The heat is most tolerable from November to January, making it easier to see as much as possible!

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What people are saying about Bangkok

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 12,911 reviews

Fantastic tour! Tar was an excellent guide and showed us loads of incredible things to eat, we saw street art, and visited a few temples and some galleries as well as she saw we were interested in those. Tar was really thoughtful as well, buying us cold towels to help us keep cool in the heat! One of our group had a gluten intolerance and she was able to accommodate. Would highly recommend booking this tour!

Even for people having been living in Bangkok for a while, this tour gives exciting new insights and brings you to new places in Chinatown. I learned interesting as well as funny and bizarre things, could try street food and got some restaurant tipps.

Easy to book. Very well run. Great value. A must do when on Bangkok.

Our tour guide and driver were very helpful and we really enjoyed.

Very nice and lots of room for adapting to our needs