10 Best Activities and Attractions to Take in While in Bangkok

Bangkok offers up a great selection of attractions and activities to take in while visiting, and they cover a vast different type of spots. Most traditionalists and first timers will certainly want to take in the main tourist sights, like the awe inspiring Grand Palace, which happens to be the most venerated spot in the country as well. Nearby Wat Pho is also on the must see list, with its giant sleeping Buddha and renowned massage institute for resting those weary muscles. While checking out the architectural wonders, make sure not to miss the Vimanmek Mansion (free entry with valid Grand Palace ticket), and if you want to see all of Thai temples and monuments but don't have time to travel the country, make sure to check out the superb recreations at Muang Boran.

For outdoor lovers, a visit to the open green space of Bang Krachao and its quiet waterways is an absolute must, as is a tour of Bangkok's best car free getaway, the charming Chao Phraya isle of Ko Kret. For those who want the ultimate in relaxation, take in a movie at the swank Embassy Diplomat Screens, you will never experience movie theaters like this back home. For those who like to walk, Chinatown offers plenty of great lanes and alleyways to explore, not to mention its fabulous eating options, and last, but certainly not least, make sure to take the whole family to the Queen Saovabha Institute Snake Farm, where you will be educated and entertained at the same time.



While going to a cinema doesn't really qualify as an attraction in most tourist cities, in Bangkok, with places like the Embassy Diplomat, it most certainly does. This swank set of six intimate screening rooms feels like a cross between a...  Read More

Outside the city


While many might think of Bangkok and nature in the same sentence as being an oxymoron, they probably have never heard of Bang Krachao. Bang Krachao, also known as "the lungs" of Bangkok is a vast area of green space just across the Chao Phraya...  Read More



Ko Kret is an island in the Chao Phraya River at the northern end of Bangkok. Originally settled by Mons, it is famed for its earthenware ceramics and for the traditional Thai sweet, khao cher, rice served with fragrant water and side dishes...  Read More

Sea Life Ocean World


Siam Ocean World demands a hefty entrance price, but the kids most certainly will love it. Built underneath the flashy Siam Paragon Mall, this set of giant aquariums is home to over 30,000 fish and marine creatures from around the world,...  Read More

Outside the city


Muang Boran, which means "ancient city" in Thai, is an immense outdoor museum spread over 240 acres on grounds that are sculpted to resemble Thailand. The museum, supposedly the world's largest outdoor one, has over 100 miniature replicas of...  Read More



One attraction that visitors often don't get around to seeing in Bangkok is the Vimanmek Mansion, the former royal palace and world's largest golden teakwood mansion, an incredible feat of architecture and handicraft, and a spot that is...  Read More

Queen Saovabha Institute Snake Farm
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Both entertaining and informative, the Snake Farm is far from being the cheesy attraction one might take it for. The Queen Saovabha Institute which runs the place has a complex housing an exhibition area for 35 species of living snakes, a...  Read More



Wat Pho is the largest and oldest (although it has been completely rebuilt) temple in Bangkok, and it is famed for its giant reclining Buddha, which is over 150 feet long. The giant sculpture is completely covered in gold and is noteworthy for...  Read More

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Bangkok's Chinatown is full of history, mazes of tiny alleyways to get lost in, find great food, markets, temples, and one of the few places in the city where it is actually pleasant and preferable to walk. Highlights include the giant Wat...  Read More



This is Thailand's most venerated and glittering sight, the Grand Palace, which is home to the country's most visited temple, Wat Phra Kaew, more commonly known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Built by King Rama I, it is the most revered...  Read More


Meet Dave Stamboulis

Dave Stamboulis is a travel writer/photographer based in Bangkok. Born in Athens, Greece and growing up in the U.S., Dave first discovered Bangkok while on a 45,000-kilometer bicycle trip and...  More About Dave