Full to the brim with mouth-watering restaurants, hustling markets, bank-balance-threatening stores, beautiful temples, lively nightspots, hidden art galleries, a glossy city center and colorful streets, Bangkok has it all and more.
With most Thailand-bound flights landing into this buzzing subwaypolis, Bangkok is the perfect starting point for every Thai adventure. Sitting on the Chao Phraya River, this gateway to Thailand could rival New York as the city that never sleeps and simply can’t fail to disappoint, no matter what you’re after. From the famous Buddhist temples like Wat Phra Kaew that will envelop you in their beauty and off-the-beaten-track galleries like the RMA Institute to fine dining and street food markets, designer boutiques and China Town’s flea markets via an impressively photo-worthy Pak Khlong Talad Flower Market, be prepared for an extensive to-do list.
When this city has tired you out – and trust us, with all the things to see, do, eat and drink, it will – lay your weary head and rest your painful feet at The Peninsula. Perched on the side of the Chao Prya river, The Peninsula climbs high into the sky, giving the most tremendous panoramic views over the city and what’s more, each and every room is guaranteed a river view. With balconies sporting hot tubs, rooms big enough to swing a fair few cats, Thai décor fused with all the mod cons you could wish for, not to mention the in-house spa by ESPA and great cooking classes, you could wish for no more from a Bangkok hotel.
Our favorite things to do in Bangkok
- Shop with the locals at Chatuchak weekend market, the 8000-stall-heavy market offering just about everything imaginable plus street food to rival the best.
- Pay a visit to the reclining Buddha at Wat Pho. 46 meters long and 15 meters high, it holds the title of the largest in Thailand and is quite a remarkable sight.
- Sip a cocktail at a rooftop bar in one of the city’s many skyscrapers – there are options for every budget but our favorite has to be Zense for observing the neon madness with a martini glass in hand.
- Take to the canals or khlongs in a longtail boat to see a different side to the city, once known as the ‘Venice of the East’. Stilted houses, floating kitchens, mobile stores and canal commuters make for an interesting detour off the beaten tourist track.
- Immerse yourself in the masked drama of Khon traditional dancing. The most respected of the Thai dances, combining acting and dance, the elaborate headpieces and costumes alone are worth the visit.