Forget New York City (at least for the moment): Bangkok is the city that never sleeps. Don’t overlook this buzzing destination en route to an idyllic Thai beach. Make the most of all the sights, sounds, flavors, and experiences that Thailand’s capital has to offer. Read on to discover the best things to do in Bangkok.
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Cruise along the Chao Phraya River on a hop-on hop-off boat.

1. Take to the water

There’s no denying Bangkok is a busy, crowded city. And, what’s more, it’s hot and humid. Escape the crowds, and get some fresh air by using a hop-on-hop-off boat pass on the Chao Phraya River. See the city’s famous temples and sights, and take a scenic break in between your exploration.

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Immerse yourself in the cultural and historical heritage of Bangkok on a tour of temples and the Grand Palace.

2. Marvel at majestic temples and the Grand Palace

Learn more about Bangkok’s history with a tour of its most famous sights. You’ll visit important temples and the Grand Palace on this guided tour. Gaze in amazement at the Emerald Buddha, one of Thailand’s most important artifacts. This Buddha is, in fact, made out of jade and is 26 inches high. Visit the Temple of Dawn, famous for its detailed architecture, then see the Grand Palace which is the home of the king of Siam. You’ll also visit the awe-inspiring Reclining Buddha. It’s one of Thailand’s largest Buddha statues and measures over 150 feet long. Remember to drop a coin in one of the 108 bronze bowls for good luck!

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Discover Thailand’s rich heritage at Siam Niramit.

3. Get a dose of culture

Be entertained during a stunning theatre performance which tells the story of Thailand’s history. 150 performers create this spectacular show. You can explore the replica Thai village at Siam Niramit before the show, or have a traditional Thai dinner.

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Discover Bangkok on a 3-hour bicycle tour that explores Chinatown and the Chao Praya River.

4. Take a tour on two wheels.

Join a local for a bicycle tour through the streets of Bangkok. You’ll explore Chinatown, Thonburi, and even catch a ride on the river ferry. For another eco-friendly way to see the city, an e-scooter tour is just the thing. Local markets and temples are within easy access as you whizz through Bangkok. What’s more, the wind through your hair will cool you down too.

Bangkok skyline
Head to Mahanakhon SkyWalk for spectacular views.

5. Head sky high

See 360º-views of Bangkok from its highest observation deck. The Mahanakhon SkyWalk takes you to the 78th floor, which is over 1,000 feet high. If you’re brave enough, walk over the glass floor outside to see the city, quite literally, beneath your feet. Or, if you prefer, enjoy a drink at the smart bar inside.

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Visit Damnoen Saduak, Thailand’s most famous floating market, to see countless boats and colorful venfors.

6. Meander through markets

Bangkok life happens on the streets. Whatever you want to buy, you can be sure there is a market just for that. Tour the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and get a taste for local food from the vendors straight from their boats. Then experience the unique Maeklong Railway Market that takes place directly on the train tracks.

People at a cooking course
Explore Bangkok’s largest market, Khlong Toei, and learn how to cook traditional Thai dishes from a chef.

7. Get cooking

Thai food is known for its unique combination of salty, sweet, spicy, and sour tastes. Learn to make delicious dishes such as pad thai noodles and spicy curry on a market tour and cooking class. This tour visits the flower market, and you’ll learn to cook with edible flowers too!

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Cycle around Bangkok after dark and experience a different side to the city.

8. Be a night owl

Bangkok buzzes all day — and night! Taking a nighttime tuk tuk tour not only means you’ll see sights such as the temples and markets by night, but it’s also cooler in the evenings. If you’re keen to be eco-friendly, an e-scooter tour or bike tour by night is just the thing. The sights are beautifully illuminated, and there are fewer crowds too!

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Take a fun (and demanding) class of Muay Thai with a professional boxer.

9. Get close to the action

Muay Thai is Thailand’s national sport. Watching this fast and intense form of boxing makes for a fun night out for serious sports enthusiasts. Or how about grabbing some gloves and learning the moves in a session with a professional trainer

Woman photographing temples at Ayutthaya
Leave Bangkok behind for the day and visit 5 UNESCO-listed temples in Ayutthaya.

10. Be awed in Ayutthaya

The city of Ayutthaya was founded in 1350 and flourished for 400 years. Today it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can visit the ancient temples and palaces as well as a museum housing wondrous artifacts. As it’s about 52 miles outside Bangkok, it’s ideal for a day trip. Why not visit the floating market there for some delicious food too?

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