Bangkok offers a hyperactive blend of traditional and modern, bursting with urban energy and authentic charm. It’s perhaps the ultimate city break holiday with its combination of culture, shopping and nightlife. From the gleaming golden chedi of Wat Saket to the smiling face of a street hawker slicing you a pineapple, you’ll be dazzled by Bangkok, Thailand.
The best way to see the myriad facets of Bangkok is by cruising along the Chao Phraya River on a private or local water taxi. From shiny shopping arcades to traditional wooden stilt houses, you will see a true panorama of life in this fascinating Asian city.
Another great way to see the city is by Tuk Tuk. Hire a driver and spend a few hours hopping between the many historical sites and intricately decorated temples such as Wat Phra Kaew – the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
A city of glittering contrasts
Bangkok nightlife is legendary so after a day of temple hopping head to a rooftop bar to watch the sun set far above the bustling streets. After dark, take in the best views of the glittering city lights at night time. The rule is the higher the rooftop, the better the bar.
Of course, a trip to Bangkok wouldn’t be complete without a spot of shopping; from upmarket boutiques to authentic market stalls, there’s something for everyone. Try the MBK Center and the Talad Rot Fai Srinakarin Night Market; you’ll find everything from high fashion to authentic souvenirs.
Bangkok Thailand highlights
- Bangkok’s floating markets are a photographer’s dream, whether you visit on foot or take a waterborne tour.
- The Grand Palace complex on the banks of the Chao Phraya river is one of the most popular things to do in Thailand.
- To describe the Chatuchak Market as one of the largest markets in the world is no exaggeration – it’s truly a shopping paradise.
- Muay Thai Boxing is a fun attraction of Bangkok holidays so watch a local training session or have a go yourself.
- Head up Lebua at State Tower for amazing views of the city, it’s free to visit the viewing platform. See where the famous scene from The Hangover Part II was filmed.
For something a little off the usual tourist track, visit the Jim Thompson House Museum and discover more about this interesting silk trader and his mysterious disappearance.
While in Bangkok, Thailand take a trip to Kanchanaburi or the historic capital of Ayutthaya. There are so many things to do you will probably want to combine your city break with some beach time so read my guide to the Thailand beach resorts.