For those visiting Bangkok for the first time, it can be a city that is overwhelming to say the very least. With all the hustle and bustle, crowds, sights, sounds, and attractions it can be hard to really narrow down your must-see and do list and ensure that you make the most out of your visit to this iconic city. With that in mind, we’ve gone ahead and created a list of five things you absolutely need to find time to do while in Bangkok, as each one provides you with a different look and feel for the city.
Rent a Bike and Get Around Like the Locals for the Day
One of the best ways to truly experience a different culture is to do as the local do, which can be to rent bike in Bangkok. Because Bangkok is such a busy city, motorbikes tend to be the transportation option of choice for locals, as you can easily dart around the city, even in peak hours. Renting a motorbike is usually very cost-effective and they are relatively easy to drive. If you’re feeling a little hesitant due to the traffic, just stick to the less busy streets and try not to travel during rush hour.
Another tip is to think about where you want to travel with your bike, as some are better suited for city streets rather than long distance journeys outside the city.
Explore the City by Boat
While you can certainly enjoy exploring the city by bike and by foot, it takes on a whole other look when you explore by boat. Another popular thing for tourists to do is to take a boat trip on the Chai Phraya River. This river flows right through Bangkok, giving tourists incredible vantage points. Not only that, but the river is always full of activity, so that alone is intriguing.
Explore the Spectacular Grand Palace
When it comes to the most well-known and popular attractions in Bangkok, the Grand Palace tends to be near the top of every list. The King once lived in this spectacular palace and for a while it housed the Thai government. The palace is beautiful both inside and out, so be sure to take a camera in order to capture all the beauty.
Check Out the Reclining Buddha in Wat Pho
Most people are familiar with how popular Buddha statues are throughout Asia, but the Reclining Buddha in Wat Pho is really special. This Buddha is a whopping 46 metres in length and is 15 metres tall. It is completely covered in gold leaf and is absolutely stunning in person.
Score Some Finds at the Talad Neon Night Market
The Talad Neon night market is ideal for those who love shopping and yet also want to experience something unique. This night market is as beautiful as it is busy and filled with gems. It is known for its shopping, of course, but there are also fabulous food vendors sprinkled throughout, giving you the opportunity to try the local dishes.
This is just a small list of the many fun and unique things to do when visiting Bangkok.