The Thai capital is a popular destination for travellers who are about to embark on a South East Asian adventure. When travelling to this bustling city, check out some of the things to do in Bangkok before heading off to explore the region. If you are planning a stay in the city, you can book hostels in Bangkok.
Over on our Facebook page we asked you for your top Bangkok tips and here’s what you had to say.
Pick up tips from locals and fellow travellers
Annelise Pilkington says:
Talk to as many people as possible. I found the locals in Bangkok to be really friendly and always willing to help you if you get lost. Also talk to other travellers, they often learn of places to go or things to see or even free courses available that you might not find in guidebooks!
Try the street food
Yasmine Lalmy says:
Eat from the food stalls. I never got sick and had a chance to sample real Thai food! Don’t waste your money in the fast food places spend your money where it goes to the locals!
Sara Kirk says:
Street food! Some of the best in the world is in Bangkok
Chris Holton says:
Don’t leave! But seriously, you have to try the street food!
Maria Tzima says:
Street fruits; pineapple, mango, watermelon, banana, dragon fruit! They all taste like heaven!
Natalia Pe says:
Street food indeed!
Tomy Skyblue says:
Do try river fish… Fryed in hot oil and served with spicy sauce is fabulous.
Manoela Isidro says:
Stick rice mango as dessert EVERYDAY!!!
Street food vendors operate throughout Bangkok selling a huge variety of food at very reasonable prices. A great way to fill up while exploring the city, street food runs the gamut from noodle soup to pancakes to watermelon. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous you can even try things like deep-fried scorpion.
Practice your haggling skills
Micha? Wójcik says:
Bargain everywhere, especially in the tuk-tuks!!! You can even get a free tuk-tuk tour for agreeing to visit few shops 😉
Geraldine Fitzsimons says:
If you are going to buy anything that doesn’t have a price on it, make sure to bargain on the price.
To ensure you get the best prices while shopping in Bangkok, make sure to bargain with the traders at markets and also in shopping centres. If you’re not used to haggling, a good rule of thumb is to initially offer half of the advertised price and from there you should be able to reach an agreement that keeps everyone happy.
Get a Thai massage
Ai Lean says:
Don’t miss Thai massage!! It’s really good!
Ay Dada says:
An authentic Thai massage at Sanamluang Square (near Khao San Road), for only 100 baht for the hour (2euro).
Traditional Thai massages can be enjoyed at a variety of locations throughout Bangkok. This form of massage is usually performed on a mat on the floor while clients are fully clothed and the therapist uses hands, knees and feet to provide a massage that’s both rigorous and relaxing.
Check out the Chatuchak Weekend Market
Margarida Carvalho says:
Don´t miss the Chatuchak Weekend Market! A perfect way to get to know Thai people, how they live, what they value…try the superb food, buy gifts to your friends and family and even dancing around! I truly love it!
One of the largest markets in the world, the Chatuchak Weekend Market covers around 35 acres and boasts upwards of 15,000 stalls. It’s divided into a number of different areas selling everything from clothing to traditional Thai handcrafts.
Location: Beside the Kamphaeng Phet MRT station (MRT); approx 5-min walk from Mo Chit Skytrain station.
Opening hours: Sat & Sun from 8am-6pm.
See what you think of the Khao San Road
Rapheephan Noi Thanduan says:
Go to Khao san road and try food stalls, cheap cocktails and foot massage.
Michelle Geraghty says:
For better or for worse, don’t judge Bangkok on the Koh San Road area alone! There is sooo much more to the city than the western food chains etc there! By all means pay it a visit, but if it’s all you see in terms of streets and shopping, eating and drinking, you will have missed an amazing city! Oh and if you get sick, the Bumrungrad Hospital is so efficient and clean – like a fancy hotel! Not expensive either as I recall.
Located in the Banglamphu neighbourhood of Bangkok, the Khao San Road is one of the world’s most popular backpacker strips. Unique to Bangkok, this backpacker hub boasts numerous bars, restaurants, street food stalls and more. There’s always something going on and if you’re going to bump into someone you know while travelling, chances are it’ll be here.
Check out Pak Khlong Talat
Doris Schreyvogel says:
Pak Khlong Talat is Bangkok’s largest flower market and is home to a great variety of stalls selling colourful flowers along with fruits, vegetables and more.
Location: Chak Phet Road.
Opening hours: 24 hours daily.
Shop where the locals shop
Sandra Doran says:
Negotiate a cheap fare on a motorbike taxi and get them to take you to where the Thai’s doing their shopping, you’ll save a fortune as there’s a Thai rate and a tourist rate, so best chance of nabbing a bargain is to shop with the locals!
Visit the reclining Buddha
Lemy Loteyro says:
The magnificent Reclining Buddha is a MUST SEE!!!
Without a doubt, a visit to see the magnificent reclining Buddha is one of the top things to do in Bangkok. This enormous gold Buddha is 46 metres long and 15 metres high. The statue is located in Wat Pho, or ‘Temple of the Reclining Buddha’, Thailand’s biggest temple.
Location: Th Thai Wang, Ko Ratanakosim.
Opening hours: Daily from 8am-6pm.
Make use of various different forms of transport operating in the city
Sierra Dawn Carl says:
Don’t simply stick to Tuk-tuk’s, mix it up by the River Ferry and Skytrain as well 🙂
Leelian Tan says:
Always ask for metered taxi
Diane Zaky says:
Don’t take long distance busses from Khao San road but take those directly from one of THE bus stations. You’ll save loads of money. From THE bus stations you can take a city bus to Khao San rd, these are dirt cheap, fun and air-conditioned!!!
John McCabe says:
Chao Phraya River Express.
Bangkok boasts a good variety of different forms of public transport, from the ever-present tuk-tuks to the river taxis. The Bangkok Skytrain (BTS) is a network of elevated trains that operates on two lines and serves many popular Bangkok attractions and neighbourhoods. You can also make use of the MRT while staying in Bangkok. This subway system currently operates on one line but other lines are planned or already under construction. Numerous bus routes operated by the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority criss-cross the city and are divided into various different zones. Ferries and taxi boats operate on the Chao Phraya River, offering a cool alternative to road transportation. Taxis can be picked up around the city and are generally pretty inexpensive. Tuk-tuks cost more, but taking a trip in one is something you should experience at least once.
When travelling by tuk-tuk…
Helen McEvoy says:
If you do end up being loaded into a tuk-tuk and taken to a silk store, ask to go to the tourist section of it- beautiful, authentic Thai silk scarves will set you back about £5. Nice present to take home to mum.
Ahmed Mustafa Kanjoo says:
Tuk-tuks are literally free of charge in town, whatever your destination is, just give a consenting nod when driver wants u to offer a visit to one of the factory shops or two on your way: fabrics, jewels, handicraft etc. it would only cost you an extra 15-20 minutes but not a cent.
Diane Zaky says:
Don’t use tuk-tuks with yellow number plates. Use THE white ones; these are Government run.
Be a savvy traveller
Jen Armstrong-McKay says:
Read up on latest scams so you’re prepared!
David Victor says:
Never believe people saying “Temple is closed now, come with me I can show you other temple” 🙂
In Bangkok, you will come across some conmen – tuk-tuk drivers or others – who do try to scam unsuspecting travellers. How it works is they’ll approach you outside the city’s main temples and tell you that the temple is closed for the day but they can bring you to another temple for a fee. Then along the way, they’ll tell you that, as a tourist, you can buy discounted gems at jewellery stores. Don’t believe them.
Check out the view from the Sky Bar
Marco Anzile says:
Go to the Sirocco Sky Bar…
Uwe Gundlach says:
A must to see – the sky bar Sirocco at State Tower
The Sky Bar is located on the 63rd floor of the State Tower, one of the tallest buildings in Bangkok. At the bar you’ll find a wide variety of drinks including quality cocktails but the main attraction is the amazing view. Especially enticing at night with Bangkok lit up below, Sky Bar offers panoramic views of the city, the Chao Phraya River and beyond. You don’t have to make reservations to check out the bar; however, you should keep in mind that the dress code is smart casual, so leave the flip flops back in your hostel.
Location: Silom Road, Bangrak.
Opening hours: Daily from 6pm-1am.
Try out some of the following suggestions…
Clint Heine says:
When arriving, always get the airport taxi stand and make sure it’s metered. Tuk-tuks are ripoffs, use a moto taxi. Get away from Khao San rd and explore the streets. Eat anything you see at food stands. Take plenty of small coins in case you want to grab a bus. Always carry water with you on hot days. And always remember to learn some words, Sawadee kaap (for men) and Sawadee Kaa (women) = hello and is really appreciated, as well as thank you (look it up) 🙂 If you want to escape the madness, then explore MBK shopping centre, plenty of food and electronics for sale there…. Oh I love the land of smiles!!! 🙂
Nadja Baer says:
Take the cheap boat taxis from Khao San and you can visit easily every attraction and try the cheap but really good street food 😉
Andrea Gayle Norris Caine says:
Floating Market or revolving restaurant in Chinatown. Go by sky train and boat, temples i.e. reclining Buddha a must.
Radka Lipková says:
24 hour tailoring, river trip on boat, food on street, shopping, Emerald Buddha, Sukhumvit hi 8 ….:)
Rirk Blue says:
Like many guys said….lots of things…much more to offer in Bangkok…from A to Z … A = Amazing…yes, Bangkok is just amazing city!!! B = Breakfast….you can get any breakfast of you like from 0400 till noon from Thai, Chinese, Western, Indian, ect!!! C = Cat…no! No! We don’t eat cat!!! D = we love dog and don’t eat them as well , E = eat…oh! This is big thing!!! You can find food at every single corner of Bangkok street…and also around the clock….try FRESH OYSTER at Sorn-Thong on Rama4 Road and many more seafood!!! Brilliant!, F = you can make lots of friends here.
Reuben James says:
Don’t make concrete detailed plans. Have an idea about what you want to do but remain flexible to change immediately.
Natsu Chan says:
If you have a short time, drop at every stop of BKK sky train station ESP Sukhumvit line. There’s a lot to explore from hi-end shopping street to outdoor shopping at Chatuchak weekend market / weekday market around the office building where you can enjoy its gastronomy paradise and BKK local life. Another spot close to BTS-Chidlom is Ratchadumri road, a nice place with differences; modern department store vs local food along the walkway- all in walking distance. 🙂
Steven Lamprecht says:
If you’ve arrived at Intl. airport take the shuttle bus to city centre (less than 100 bath) the bus will departure once every hour also from city to airport there is a station near Khao San Rd…very simple and cheap…but the bus won’t drive the whole night…cheapest hotels and motels you’ll find in Khao San Rd…but usually extremely noisy, but just for sleep it’s ok…but if you have time explore other parts of Thailand it’s highly recommended…and an absolutely “MUST” is to try street food wherever you can stop…it’s really tasty and delicious… if you like really spicy and/or authentic food you have to watch out for mostly small, cheap and nondescript restaurants where mostly local Thai’s eat (not in tourist areas)…enjoy your stay
Luka Majnaric says:
Street food, tuk-tuks, river taxi, take the Klong tour, Singha beer, party til dawn and just enjoy this beautiful smog filled metropolis. The city is epic!! PS…avoid people who sell suits 🙂
As you can see, there’s a huge variety of things to do in Bangkok, from sampling delicious street food to visiting the reclining Buddha. If you do travel to Bangkok, these top tips will definitely help you make the most of your trip.