10 Fun Things to Do in Bangkok As a Tourist

Bangkok, also known as The Big Mango, has a huge mix of attractions for all ages, budgets, and interests. Whether you’re a foodie, history buff, or bar hopper, there is something for you in this magical city!

In case you’re looking to get the full experience, here are 10 fun things to do in Bangkok while you’re in the town.

What to Do in Bangkok: Top 10 Activities in Bangkok As a Tourist

1. Visit the majestic Grand Palace.

(c) Southtownboy Studio | Grand Palace Bangkok

(c) Southtownboy Studio | Grand Palace Bangkok

The Grand Palace is a beautiful complex that is home to the Grand Temple and Wat Phra Kaew, known for its stunning architecture and iconic Emerald Buddha. Being located in Bangkok’s Old Town area, it is a fantastic opportunity to see a more traditional side of the city.

Note: Make sure your shoulders are covered (no vests, tank tops, or spaghetti straps), and most temples do not allow shorts. The famous ‘ele-pants’ are usually available to buy for THB 150-250 in the surrounding areas of the temples.

2. Drink and dine with a view at View Arun.

(c) Sahachat | View Arun Bangkok

(c) Sahachat | Wat Arun night view Temple in Bangkok, Thailand @ View Arun

View Arun is one of many bars lining the Chao Phraya River, but here is where you can revel in the perfect view of Wat Arun. This bar offers an amazing setting for enjoying food and drinks while taking in the beautifully illuminated temple across the water.

3. Shop and have a lazy stroll at the Chatuchak Weekend Market.

(c) ChenPG | Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok

(c) ChenPG | Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok

Chatuchak Weekend Market is where you really can shop til you drop. With over 15,000 market stalls (the biggest market in Asia!), you can be sure to find everything from local handicrafts to vintage artwork and a mass of delicious street food thrown in for good measure.

4. Explore the biggest chinatown in the world.

(c) WIM in Thailand | Welcome to Yaowarat Road, the Chinatown of Bangkok

(c) WIM in Thailand | Welcome to Yaowarat Road, the Chinatown of Bangkok

Yes. You read that right. Bangkok Chinatown is the biggest in the world. It is truly a food lovers’ paradise, having a huge number of traditional market stalls, street food vendors, and glistening Chinese temples. Be sure to check out the nearby Soi Nana for quirky cocktail bars.

5. Eat street food at the new train market in Bangkok.

(c) Tourism Thailand | Mae Klong Railway in Bangkok

(c) Tourism Thailand | Mae Klong Railway in Bangkok

The new train market, also known as Talad Rot Fai, is a little gem of a night market away from the main hustle and bustle of central Bangkok. Notable for its retro atmosphere, antique finds, and diverse food stalls, this unique shopping and dining experience has a true Bangkok essence.

6. Do a lovely river cruise along the Chao Phraya River.

(c) WIM in Thailand | Ten Six Hundred: New hotel in Bangkok along Chao Phraya river

(c) WIM in Thailand | Idea: Go to Ten Six Hundred and enjoy a scenic view of Chao Phraya

A river cruise along the Chao Phraya River provides a scenic and romantic journey through Bangkok’s landmarks, offering breathtaking views of the cityscape and iconic temples that line the riverbanks. We would recommend going at night time to really see the beauty of the temples, bridge, and overall city landscape.

Note: Dinner cruises usually depart from ICONSIAM.

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7. Enjoy good Thai food and music at Tawandaeng German Brewery.

Tawandaeng German Brewery, despite its name, is a popular Thai entertainment venue where visitors can enjoy traditional Thai performances, delicious local cuisine, and a lively atmosphere for a night out you won’t forget. The acts are really applause-worthy, and you will enjoy every moment singing and dancing along—even if you don’t understand the lyrics!

8. Conquer your fear of heights at the Mahanakon Skywalk.

(c) King Power Mahanakhon | Welcome to Mahanakhon Skywalk

(c) King Power Mahanakhon | Welcome to Mahanakhon Skywalk

Mahanakon Skywalk, located at the top of Thailand’s second tallest building, King Power Mahanakhon, offers a thrilling glass-floor observation deck that provides panoramic views of the city. At a total height of 314 meters, it gives visitors an exhilarating perspective of the city. There are several outlets there if you feel famished or want a bit of liquid courage before hopping on the see-through floor.

9. See drag show performances at Stranger Bar.

(c) The Stranger Bar | Must-visit drag bar in Silom, Bangkok

(c) The Stranger Bar | Must-visit drag bar in Silom, Bangkok

Stranger Bar in Silom is a trendy LGBTQ+ venue known for its fun atmosphere, diverse crowd, and entertaining drag shows. It is one of the most popular bars in Silom, which is the gay district of Bangkok. It’s a small space, but everyone is more than welcome here!

10. Have an unforgettable night at Soi Cowboy.

(c) Master1305 | Good news! Selected entertainment zones can open until 4AM starting 15 December 2023!

(c) Master1305 | Go wild at Soi Cowboy

Or maybe forgettable because you’re going to have a blast and a little too much to drink in this lively street! Soi Cowboy is the red light district of Bangkok filled with neon-lit bars and clubs, and expect that your visit here can be wild. Nonetheless, it’s truly a fun place that goes on till late.

Have you been to any of the places in this list? What are other fun things to do in Bangkok for you? Let us know in the comments below!

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