12 Things You Must See and Do in Bangkok

Thailand is one of the top destinations travelers are flocking to year after year. And Bangkok is going to be most of the starting point for each traveler. If you are heading to Thailand you can't miss these 12 things in Bangkok.

Khao San Road

Always busy and exciting Khao San Road in Thailand

Khao San Road is one of those places you have to see to believe. It is the birthplace of the backpacker movement in Thailand and full of unbelievable sights, sounds, and smells. Expect to be overwhelmed in the best way possible.

Ride in a tuk-tuk

Riding in a tuk-tuk is one of the things you can't miss out on when in Bangkok Thailand.

Of course, you have to ride in a tuk-tuk while in Thailand. Make sure you haggle on the price BEFORE you get in and don't be too afraid as your driver weaves in and out of traffic.

Thai Massage

Getting a massage on the streets of Thailand is a must do

All along the streets you will see tons of chairs lined up and ready to go for a famous thai massage. I suggest indulging in one during the afternoon when the sun is hottest.

Lebua Sky Bar

If you are looking for the best rooftop bar in Bangkok you have to visit Lebua Sky Bar

Hang out on the rooftop made famous by The Hangover 2. The views are incredible and the atmosphere is straight bumping. 

Bangkok’s nightlife

Drinking in bangkok is a top thing to do.

Speaking of rooftop bars, in general you should check out the Bangkok nightlife. 

Wat Arun

Wat Arun is one of the best temples in Bangkok Thailand

Located across the river, Wat Arun is one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand. I suggest grabbing a dinner spot before sunset and enjoy watching the sun go down behind the majestic temple. 

P.S. This view is from dinner at Riva Arun - a hotel I stayed at while in Bangkok. I loved my experience there and highly recommend them! Check out the full review here.

Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha)

Wat Pho is a one of the top things to do while in Bangkok Thailand

A place you need to see to believe. This huge temple is quite magnificent in person.

Grand Palace

The Grand Palace is one of the best things to see in Bangkok Thailand

The top attraction in Bangkok, the Grand Palace is one of those things you have to go to despite how crowded it is.

Shop in the Markets

Chatuchak  weekend market is one of the best places to shop in Bangkok Thailand

One of the best markets to check out is the chatuchak weekend market, but honestly any market is going to make for some awesome shopping at ridiculously low prices.

a Floating Market

While in Bangkok one of the best things to do is go to the floating market

For a truly unique experience, head to a floating market.

Eat Thai Street Food

Eating on the streets of Thailand and sampling some true thai street food is a must do while in Bangkok

Street food is everywhere in Thailand and one of the best ways to cut costs while traveling. A full meal can be as low as $2-$3. Don't be surprised to see fried bugs, it is quite common in Thailand. Try them if you dare!

Take a day trip to Ayutthaya

One of the best day trips from Bangkok is the ancient city of Ayutthaya

One of the best day trips you can take from Bangkok is to Ayutthaya. The UNESCO world heritage site is gorgeous in person and not to be missed!

Final Thoughts

One last thing... even though researching ahead of time is great, I definitely recommend bringing a guidebook along with you. I always use Lonely Planet's pocket guides since they fit in my ...... pocket.

A super common question I get is: what camera do I use for my travels. The body is a Nikon D3300 and this is the wide angle lens I use and love - I am seriously obsessed with it. 

My full guide that includes all the camera gear I take on every trip is here.


And of course, if you have any questions DO NOT hesitate to reach out to me via Instagram, Twitter, or just shoot me an email (tessajuliette@gmail.com). 

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