Bangkok, my home of 5 years, is one of the best cities in the world, in my humble opinion so read on for all the tourist activities and non touristy things to do in Bangkok. I have updated this post for post covid travel in Thailand.
The best activities to do in Bangkok range from cultural activities like visiting Buddhist temples and museums, to adventurous things to do in Bangkok like trying street food and being active all the way to Bangkok’s nightlife and partying.
Here is the list of my top 50 things to do in Bangkok that will never leave you feeling bored in this crazy Thai capital:
Visit Bangkok’s temples
Jim Thompson’s House Museum
Drink at a skybar
Party on Khao San Road
Watch a Muay Thai match
Go to Thailand’s oldest cinema – Scala in Siam
Eat street food
Enjoy local nightlife at Bangkok’s clubs
Go to a Pilates lesson
Try a Muay Thai boxing class
Have a chocolate buffet afternoon
Rent a bicycle and cycle around a park
Have afternoon tea at a posh hotel
Go to a ladies night for free flow prosecco
Visit a cat café
Take a cycling tour
Visit a butterfly house
Go market shopping
Go to a theme park – Dream world
Have lunch by the river
Spot monitor lizards in Lumpini park
Cross the river to cycle around Bang Krachao
Visit the flower market
Go to an art gallery
Visit the science museum
Take a cooking class
Take photos from a viewpoint – the Golden Mount temple
Go on a river boat
Visit a floating market – mostly food and souvenirs
Snack at the Unicorn Café
Go on Bangkok’s wheel at Asiatique
Get a manicure or pedicure
Relax with a massage – Thai or oil massage
Try SUP or knee boarding
Paint your own picture at Paintbar
Go surfing at Flow House
Spend the day at a water park – I love Jungle water park in the North of Bangkok
Party on a boat
Eat cheap at a food court or street food market
Watch a show at one of Bangkok’s theatres
Shop at a night market
Take a salsa class
If you are visiting Bangkok for a longer time and want to explore some Bangkok weekend getaways then read my blog post here about the best Bangkok weekend trips.
I am not quite a local but three years here isn’t nothing! I also love tourist time and have lots of visitors passing through (you suddenly become very popular when you live in Thailand!) So I am always looking for activities to do here that isn’t the Grand Palace yet again…
Bangkok…gateway to hell or Southeast Asia or whatever Dicaprio says in The Beach! Crazy, overwhelming, polluted, noisy, hot, sticky, smelly, crowded, this is the place that I have called home for the last 3 years.
If limited on time, visit:
Temple Time – Wat Pho with the reclining Buddha is my favourite and only 100 baht entry. Get the river boat to Tha Thien.
Party on Khao San road – you haven’t been to Khao san if you haven’t drunk a bucket. Check out Golf Bar and then Da Club for dancing. They do charge entry but are open late so you can keep boozing until 5am.
Massage – if you’re brave enough to get a Thai massage, do it. But don’t say I didn’t warn you… Soi Rambuttri has lots of shops near Khao San that offer relaxing oil massages instead 😉
Jim Thompson’s House Museum – Visit the house belonging to former CIA agent who revived the Thai silk industry, small but worth doing. Near MBK. 100 baht entry. BTS National Stadium or short walk from Siam BTS.
Chatachak Weekend Market – Everything you could possible want to buy and more. You’ll need an extra suitcase (you can buy that here too!). BTS Mochit/MRT Chatachak
A bike tour – Get a guided tour around Chinatown on a bicycle, see the flower market and cycle along the Chao Praya river. CoVanKessel company are your guys. Depart: Chinatown
A skybar – my personal favs are Octave and Vertigo. Lebua from the Hangover 2 movie has a fantastic view too but prices to match. Above 11 on Soi 11 near Nana BTS is also a good shout.
Street food – Pad Thai, Noodles, Spring Rolls and fresh fruit or smoothies from the street and the ultimate dessert Mango Sticky Rice.
Rent bicycles and cycle around Bang Krachao/Prapadaeng. Take a small wooden boat across the river, rent your bikes and head into one of Bangkok’s last green areas, known as the Green Lung. Narrow elevated paths snake through the jungle and even on the main roads there are very few cars around. Avoid Mondays as most things are closed.
If here for longer and can explore more:
Wat Pra Kaew or the Grand Palace. 500 baht entry but it also includes the Ananta Throne Hall with a lot of gold and bling inside!
A manicure&pedicure for 300 baht on Soi Rambuttri
Vimanmek Mansion – museum, an interesting insight into how the Royals lived. Near Victory Monument
Lumpini Park – a green area of Bangkok and great place for spotting the impressive Monitor Lizards that roam around…don’t get too close!
Chinatown – large main street to stroll down, avoid the shark fin restaurants and go for some ‘sala pao’ buns by the side of the road!
Party like a local at RCA (Royal City Avenue) where a collection of bars and Thai clubs are. Route 66 is a popular one!
Explore Asiatique. Take the free boat from Saphan Taksin and eat at fancy restaurants, shop and go on Bangkok’s wheel!
Drink at a fancy interior designed bar such as Maggie Choos or Iron Fairies. Not backpacker prices but this is where you can find the hi-so’s of Bangkok.
Shop at MBK if you can’t make Chatachak’s weekend market. Similar idea with reasonable prices if you haggle! Great for technology but be warned of the fakes! BTS National Stadium or walk from Siam.
Try Muay Thai boxing. Take classes at RSM and be prepared to get sweaty! BTS Asok
Go wakeboarding at Thai Wake Park at Lake Taco. BTS Bang Na then a taxi
Any activities or places you think are missing from my list?