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What is there to do in Bangkok?
The correct question would be, what isn't there to do in Bangkok? If you can think of it, then there's a good chance you can find it here. Whether you want to eat the delicious local cuisine on a plastic stool by the road side, or dine in an exquisite 5-star restaurant on the 50th floor of a luxury hotel in Bangkok with panoramic views of the city, you will find your preferred style.
Thai food is world-renowned as being some of the finest and when you eat out in Bangkok you will understand why. Certainly, you'll find no shortage of western food, from McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut, and a host of top-class restaurants with famous international chefs; however, the true magic lies in the local cuisine.
What attracts most people to the city of Bangkok is its unrivalled nightlife. Bangkok is home to legions of bars, nightclubs, and all sorts of intriguing spots and much like New York, it is a city that never sleeps.
If you want to step away from the traditional relaxing holiday and have a blast instead, then you will not be disappointed. Many of Bangkok's hotels are located along the main tourist strip, Sukhumvit Road; there you will find access to some truly unforgettable nightlife.
Bangkok has plenty of multi-storey shopping malls with all of the big high-street names one could ask for. But the shopping doesn't end there. There is countless opportunity to splash some cash in Bangkok, from the bustling night markets scattered throughout, to the famous weekend market, Chatuchak (the largest in Southeast Asia).
An ocean of entertainment
There really is no limit to what you can do in Bangkok. Here are just a handful of the unmissable experiences to enjoy:
- Visit the Reclining Buddha – Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is found close to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and both are essential stops for anyone coming to Bangkok. The Reclining Buddha is 46 metres long and covered in gold leaf, certainly a sight worth seeing.
- Eat street food – there is something wonderful about ordering a Pad Thai on the corner of a bustling street and watching an experienced Thai cook make it to order right in front of you. You can buy anything on the street from snacks to sit down meals, even insects like scorpions if you want! You can be really adventurous in Bangkok and try all kinds of local foods – just remember that Thai food can be very spicy if you aren't used to it!
- The Grand Palace – The residence of Kings of Siam and Thailand since 1782, the Grand Palace is made up of many beautiful buildings and a lovely place to visit while you are here.
- Ride the BTS Sky Train – what better way to get to know the city than to see it from above? You can travel quickly and easily from place to place, it is cheaper than a taxi, and you can enjoy the spectacular skyline and other views at the same time.
- Shop in Chatuchak market – also known as JJ market, this is the largest outdoor market in the whole of Thailand and an excellent place to do your shopping. With more than 15,000 stalls selling everything you could imagine from art to food to clothing, it is the spot to buy gifts, souvenirs, or simply your night's meal.
- Cruise along the Chao Phraya River – the Chao Phraya is the main river in Thailand, flowing through Bangkok down to the Gulf of Thailand. A cruise is not only a fun and relaxing experience, but another great and unique way to experience the city itself.
- Siam Paragon – a huge department store, if there was anything you couldn't get in Chatuchak market, you can get it here!
- Bangkok National Museum – considered the largest in South East Asia, this museum contains all kinds of antiquities and is a must visit for anyone with an interest in history, culture, and Asia itself.
- Thai Massage – there is a reason why spas and masseurs all over the world have Thai massage as an option and service. Getting a Thai massage from a professional who has been doing little else for years is an almost holy experience and will leave you feeling destressed, heathier, and a whole new you.
- Nana Plaza – not one for the family holidays, Nana Plaza is one of Bangkok's famous red light districts.
- Watch a Muay Thai (Thai Kickboxing) fight – a much beloved sport in Thailand, no trip could be complete without going to see some Muay Thai.
- Explore the Sathorn Unique Tower
- Lumpini Park
- Drink cocktails in a Skybar
- Take a motorcycle taxi
- Ride in a Tuk Tuk
- Dusit Zoo
- Bangkok Puppet Show
- Jim Thompson House
- Wat Arun
- Erawan Shrine
- Vimanmek Mansion
This is only just scraping the surface. In any case, whether you are travelling alone, with friends, a partner, or with young children, you will never run out of exciting things to do when on holiday in Bangkok.
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