Bangkok is an exciting and vibrant city, with a large number of spectacular attractions waiting to be explored. With a large variety of different kinds of accommodation on offer, wonderful and exotic dining options, as well as a vibrant and lively nightlife scene Bangkok offers something for everyone.
Discover the bustling markets selling all kinds of electronics and clothes at remarkably low prices, or even bag yourself a tailor-made suit. The many breathtaking temples scattered across the city are a stunning display of the colourful culture, and rich heritage of this remarkable city. As the capital of Thailand, a 2017 holiday to Bangkok promises to be a unique experience that you'll treasure forever.
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The first thing on your to-do list will undoubtedly be touring the famous Grand Palace of Bangkok. This immense complex includes several buildings including temples, shrines, a museum, as well as the former residence of the Siamese royal family (inhabited from the 18th century until 1925). It’s a stunning display of traditional Thai architecture and an absolute must-see for everyone visiting Bangkok. In addition to this, Bangkok is home to hundreds of old Buddhist temples such as Wat Arun, Wat Pho and Wat Phra Kaew just to name a few. This makes it an excellent place to learn about the Buddhist religion by speaking to monks, watching them perform ceremonies and, of course, admiring the traditional architecture which makes each temple unique.
Be sure to wonder through the lively markets, offering all kinds of goods at remarkably low prices. Plus, high-quality tailor-made suits are a thriving industry in Bangkok, so why not get yourself one for only a fraction of the price you'd be paying at home?
Dine in the city's best restaurants and discover what has made Thai food so popular across the globe, and enjoy a cocktail at one of Bangkok's famous rooftop bars.
Wine and Dine
Don't be surprised if your holidays end up revolving around food – most holidays to Bangkok tend to do. This is no surprise considering the large number of excellent high-end restaurants offering spectacular local as well as international dishes. Savelberg Thailand and Nami Teppanyaki Steakhouse stand out amongst those, offering exciting and creative fusion cuisines.
If you prefer cheap eats and authentic local food then head over to the many markets and discover Bangkok's famous street food. Stalls offering soups, skewers, Thai curries and desserts at remarkably low prices are plentiful – this gives you the option of trying something little from each stall to get a good taste of local flavours. Those particularly curious can try insects on skewers, served on Khao San Road.
An abundance of exciting activities await you on your family holiday to Bangkok. The little ones will enjoy travelling through the city in the back of a three-wheeled tuk-tuk, or auto rickshaw, as well as speeding down the Chao Phraya river in a noisy tail boat and enjoying magnificent views of the city.
When it gets too hot outside, the many air-conditioned indoor playgrounds scattered across the city offer a great alternative that includes rides and computer games. As in many mega-cities, bowling, indoor ice-skating and go karting are also an option and provide you with plenty do to on your family holiday to Bangkok.
In addition to this, you'll find numerous water parks with water slides and diving boards, as well as theme parks and adventure parks for the whole family to enjoy.
In the evening, the whole family might enjoy walking through the food market and enjoying food so good, it appeals to even the pickiest eaters.
Action and Adventure
Bangkok is an exciting and vibrant city offering thrilling activities for adrenaline junkies of all kinds. Dinosaur Planet, for example, is a dinosaur-themed park with numerous rides and attractions for children and adults of all ages. For those who can't get enough theme parks, check out Siam Park City, the largest one in the Bangkok area. It’s home to a unique combination of thrilling rides, themed areas, performances and shows, as well as an entire water park with slides and numerous swimming pools. Spend a day enjoying terrifying roller coasters, and getting splashed on the log flume – what better way to enjoy the sunny weather?
Life's a Beach
Bangkok is not situated on the coast and thus does not offer any beaches. However, just a few hours drive will see you get to either Hua Hin or Pattaya, two famous resort towns offering spectacular beaches and lots of fun in the sun.
Hua Hin is just over two hours from Bangkok, and the preferred retreat for members of the Thai royal family. Paradisiacal white, sandy beaches, and numerous high-end hotels attract many visitors looking to escape city life. Pattaya, located on the opposite end of the Gulf of Thailand, is just under two hours away. This popular resort town offers large stretches of white-sand beaches, as well as famously soft sand. The atmosphere here echoes that of Bangkok – it’s lively, vibrant and attracts many visitors in the high season. However this also means that all kinds of watersports and other water-based activities are available. The short driving times make these attractive options for a day trip.
A large part of Bangkok's fame comes from its vibrant and exciting nightlife scene. Khao San Road and the surrounding area are filled with electronic music clubs, live music bars and dance bars that attract thousands of people every night. Although this area of town is mainly popular amongst backpacking tourists, many locals come here to party and dance the night away, too.
For a slightly more upmarket scene check out the famous Ce La Vi – formally Ku De Ta – nightclub, which serves delicious and exotic cocktails to the sound of EDM music from all over the world. Onyx is another nightclub of the same calibre, and very popular amongst locals.
Bangkok has a large number of glamorous rooftop bars. Sip a cocktail whilst touching the city and taking in the incredible panorama overlooking the city. Vertigo and Sky Bar at Lebua are two of the more popular venues.
Be sure to experience one of Bangkok's infamous ladyboy shows. These glamorous shows are a true spectacle of flamboyant costumes dazzling performances put on by incredibly convincing and beautiful 'ladies', who are embraced by a tolerant and open society in Thailand.
Every couple’s holiday to Bangkok should include a tour around the cities beautiful temples. Head out early, and visit the Temple of the Emerald Buddha – one of Thailand's most sacred sites – and others such as Wat Pho, before it gets too hot outside. Enjoy the tranquil ambience and stunning architecture before the crowds arrive, before heading off and seeking refuge from the heat in one of the many glamorous and air-conditioned shopping malls. Bangkok is famous for its shopping malls, where all kinds of products are sold at competitive prices.
Most notably, Bangkok is home to Thailand's finest and most prestigious spa facilities. Treat yourself to a luxurious day of blissful relaxation at one of Bangkok's finest hotels, such as the Hilton Hotel Bangkok. Yoga Rhythms is one of Bangkok's more popular yoga studios, and ideal for couples looking to try out something new.
Those on a cultural adventure to Bangkok have plenty to look forward to. The best way to get started is by going on a city tour in a tuk-tuk. Tuk-tuk drivers normally approach tourists, and offer them a complete tour of the city, which includes most of Bangkok's cultural sites. Note that, unfortunately, many of these drivers can be out to scam you – so it would be wise to consult your hotel reception, and see if they can help you out.
Tour guides will be happy to take you through the Royal Palace as well as most of Bangkok's more prominent temples, allowing you to learn about the city's rich history, the Thai royal family, as well as local religious customs and beliefs.