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Things to do in Bangkok

Bangkok epitomises Thailand’s blend of old and new. It boasts a wealth of things to see and do, from countless riverside temples and a fascinating cultural heritage to diverse dining and nightlife.

Visit Pak Khlong Talat flower market, where the vast kaleidoscope of colour and fragrance will send your senses into overload. Take an early morning trip to the floating market at Damnoen Saduak or head to the west bank of the Chao Phraya River and enjoy a long-tail boat trip along the klongs. Dine at a rooftop restaurant or experience the vibrant nightlife of Pattaya.

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Shopping (67)

Options for shopping in Bangkok are vast, from hi-tech retail experiences to ‘one stopshopping centres and traditional Thai markets. Wander around the city’s bustling night markets at Patpong and haggle for the best bargains. The MBK Centre is a shopaholic’s paradise with over 2000 stores, while CentralWorld boasts an ice rink, cinema complex and kids’ zone.

Sightseeing

Sightseeing

With its rich culture and dedication to spirituality, it’s no wonder that much of the sightseeing in Bangkok revolves around its temples. From the striking spires of Wat Chaeng and the beautifully adorned reclining Buddha of Wat Pho, to the impressive Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

Food

Food

With thousands of restaurants to choose from in Bangkok, the challenge is knowing where to begin. The options range from street vendors to fine gourmet dining. Take an evening cruise along the Chao Phraya river, enjoy a meal with a classical dance show or dine with a view at one of the city’s rooftop restaurants.

Nightlife

Nightlife

Bangkok’s nightlife scene is world famous and there truly is something for everyone, from Thai classical dance to the notorious gogo bar shows. Take a walk down the Khao San Road, which comes alive at night. Soak up the buzzing atmosphere of Pattaya or check out the local night market at laidback Hua Hin.

Beaches

Beaches

Even on a Bangkok city break you can enjoy Thailand’s wonderful beaches. Relax on the soft sands at Pattaya or head to the popular nearby islands. Spend a day at Ko Lan, Ko Sak and Ko Krok or do as the locals do and escape the fast pace of the city with a break in Hua Hin.

Bangkok Experiences

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Bangkok dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Enjoy a memorable night aboard one of Bangkok's most luxurious restaurant boats, relaxing in modern comfort and dining like King Rama V on a variety of Thai dishes. As you cruise slowly along the Chao Phraya River you will pass The Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun, and the Grand Palace complex, which both provide sensational twilight photo opportunities. It is also a great vantage point to watch the life along the river as people slowly start to unwind or head home after a busy day.

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Floating Markets and Rose Garden Cultural Centre Day Tour from Bangkok

This guided journey begins with a leisurely drive out of Bangkok, passing through salt fields and rice paddies, before taking a long-tail speedboat to the Damnoen Saduak floating markets. See Thai style canoes laden with colourful fruits, vegetables, sweets and meats. Take a closer look on a boat ride through the markets, for an additional charge. You will then continue to The Rose Garden Cultural Center by coach, to watch local Thai villagers creating traditional handicrafts.

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Bangkok's Grand Palace Complex and Wat Phra Kaew Tour

The Grand Palace Complex is home to a number of attractions including Wat Phra Keow, Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Built in traditional Thai architecture, The Grand Palace complex, once the official home for the Kings of Siam, is unquestionably one of Thailand's major tourist highlights. During the tour you will visit the Royal Funeral Hall and the Royal Coronation Hall. Then of course, there is the centrepiece of the complex – the 45cm-tall sacred Emerald Buddha.

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Thailand's  Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok

Visit the Ayutthaya temples on a cultural day trip from Bangkok. The tour to the ancient capital of Siam includes a trip by riverboat, a must-do activity when you're in Bangkok, with close-up views of the temples and historic sites that line the Chao Phraya River. The UNECSO World Heritage site of Ayutthaya was once a thriving Siamese kingdom and is known today for its spectacular ruins and temples.

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Thai Burma Death Railway Bridge on The River Kwai Tour from Bangkok

Kanchanaburi's famous Bridge on the River Kwai and the beginning of the Death Railway is a poignant reminder of the thousands of POW's and forced labourers who lost their lives in the Second World War. Eighty miles west of Bangkok, the province itself is an agricultural area with sugar cane, rice paddies and pineapple plantations. This full-day guided tour includes a visit to the war museum and the opportunity to ride a local train. Fascinating, moving and memorable sums up the Kanchanaburi experience.

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Bangkok weather

Prepare for the weather before your holiday

Average seasonal temperatures°C/°F
  • 32°Jan
  • 33°Feb
  • 34°Mar
  • 35°Apr
  • 34°May
  • 33°Jun
  • 32°Jul
  • 32°Aug
  • 32°Sep
  • 31°Oct
  • 31°Nov
  • 31°Dec
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
  • 8
  • 20
  • 36
  • 58
  • 198
  • 160
  • 160
  • 175
  • 305
  • 206
  • 66
  • 5
Average daily sunshine (hours)
  • 9
  • 8
  • 9
  • 8
  • 8
  • 6
  • 5
  • 5
  • 5
  • 6
  • 8
  • 9

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