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Nicknamed the ‘City of Angels’, Bangkok–or Krung Thep–certainly does not shy away from living up to its status as Thailand’s capital. It was founded in 1782, and has since developed into a prime location for political, economic and cultural affairs. Locals consider the city to be a present-day embodiment of the Thai spirit of ‘sanuk’–that is, fun. It is also famous for being the city with arguably the longest full name in the world, spanning over a total of 160 characters.

Explore Other Must Do in Bangkok

There are many places that you can visit. Here are the destination for you to eat, shop, see or do. Explore them!

  • Wat Arun

    Wat Arun

    To See

    Founded by King Taksin in the 18th century, Wat Arun–otherwise known as the ‘Temple of Dawn’–stands as one of the most iconic riverside structures in Bangkok. To many, this seems only right, as the temple’s magnificent main Khmer-style tower with a height of 79 meters is decorated with striking pieces of colourful Chinese porcelain and coloured glass.

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  • Lumphini Park

    Lumphini Park

    To Do

    A favourite amongst Bangkok locals for recreational activites, Lumphini Park is known as one of the greenest parts of the city. It was originally used as an exhibition venue for Thai handicrafts, but has since grown into a destination in which visitors can escape from the hustle and bustle of city life while getting in touch with nature. Even squirrels and monitor lizards find comfort here!

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  • Soi Rambuttri

    Soi Rambuttri

    To Eat

    A relative of Khao San Road, which rests nearby, Soi Rambuttri is one of the best places to hunt for food in Bangkok. It is particularly alive at night, when lanterns light up the road and its bars awaken. From Indian delicacies to Western cuisine, Soi Rambuttri has something to satisfy all tastes. And if you get tired of eating, worry not. The area’s massage parlours are ready to give you a good dose of relaxation.

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  • Wat Phra Kaew

    Wat Phra Kaew

    To See

    Your tour of the temples in Bangkok–and Thailand, ultimately–is incomplete without a visit to the most important one of them all: Wat Phra Kaew. This is where the Emerald Buddha, an essential relic of Buddhism in Thailand that was carved from a block of jade, peacefully resides. It is located within the grounds of the Grand Palace, another significant landmark in Bangkok.

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  • Safari World

    Safari World

    To Do

    Safari World is uniquely divided into two different parts: Safari Park and Marine Park. The formers allows you to drive through an open park to see animals interacting as they would in the wild, while the latter is filled with educational exhibits and is also bursting with animal shows for guests to watch. One of the park’s biggest attractions is a platform from which guests can feed friendly giraffes.

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  • MBK Center

    MBK Center

    To Shop

    Armed with over 2,000 stores that are distributed across eight floors, MBK Center–or Mahboonkrong–is where Bangkok goes to hunt for bargains. The complex covers an area of 89,000 square metres, carrying a vast array of offerings that range from fashion accessories to home appliances. One of its main anchors is the four-storey Tokyu Department Store from Japan.

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  • Tom Yum Goong

    Tom Yum Goong

    To Eat

    It simply isn’t right to brew a conversation about Bangkok–and by extension, Thailand–without throwing tom yum goong into the pot. The sour and spicy soup, which usually features prawns and lemongrass as main ingredients, has an addictive and distinct flavour. It is commonly savoured with a bowl of white rice, and is a wonderful remedy for stuffy noses.

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  • Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo

    Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo

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    The Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo was built in 1950, and is Thailand’s very first crocodile farm. More than 60,000 crocodiles are said to reside in it, and its attractiveness is further heightened by the crocodile shows that it is renowned for. There are also other animals on-site, including hippopotamuses and tigers.

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  • Chatuchak Weekend Market

    Chatuchak Weekend Market

    To Shop

    The Chatuchak Weekend Market is a destination that you can expect to spend an entire day in during your visit to Bangkok, and with good reason. Boasting an area of 35 acres, this market is dressed with over 8,000 stalls that carry a wide range of offerings. It is even large enough to warrant the use of a navigational map! This map can be obtained from information kiosks near the market.

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  • Som Tum

    Som Tum

    To Eat

    You can never quite understand the exquisiteness of green papayas until you have tried som tum. This delicious salad, which features shredded green papaya as its main ingredient, also gets its flavours from tomatoes, chillies, fish sauce, lime juice, green beans, palm sugar, garlic and dried prawns. Roasted peanuts are often added to give this dish a nutty crunch as well.

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  • The Siam Niramit Show

    The Siam Niramit Show

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    While in Bangkok, why not watch an entertaining spectacle and engage in a delicious meal–all at once? This, and so much more, is what The Siam Niramit Show offers. Depicting the rich history of Siam, this artistic extravaganza is laden with special effects and beautifully elaborate costumes. You may also wish to arrive at the performance venue a little earlier to participate in some of the available pre-show activities, like making traditional Thai desserts.

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  • Wat Ratchanatdaram

    Wat Ratchanatdaram

    To See

    Also referred to as Wat Ratchanadda, this temple is best known for its unique design which sets it apart from other temples in Thailand. Its signature trait is its Loha Prasat (Metal Castle), which is topped by 37 spires that symbolize the 37 virtues of enlightenment in Buddhism. Its architecture was derived from the metal temples of ancient India and Sri Lanka that date back to over two millennia ago.

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  • Pad Thai

    Pad Thai

    To Eat

    Rice noodles, stir-fried with fish sauce, garlic, chilli flakes, palm sugar, tamarind, soy sauce, and a few additional ingredients. It is then served with peanuts and wedges of lime, birthing a dish that is literally a party of flavours and textures. This is the heart of pad thai, one of Thailand’s favourite street foods.

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  • Khlong

    Khlong

    To Do

    Trust us when we tell you that your trip to Bangkok will definitely involve an encounter with a khlong. Why? The city is simply filled with them! Khlongs are canals that snake from major rivers, such as the Chao Phraya. They are commonly used for transportation, as well as to host vast floating markets. An especially famous khlong is Bangkok’s Khlong Saen Saeb, which plays a vital role in the city’s public transport system.

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  • Bangkok’s Giant Swing

    Bangkok’s Giant Swing

    To See

    The grand red structure that is also known as the Giant Swing is one of the most prominent facets of Bangkok’s Wat Suthat. It stands with a height of 21.15 metres, and was once used during a traditional Hindu ceremony in which men would ride a swing that is attached to the structure’s crossbar, attempting to catch a bag of coins with their teeth.

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  • The Grand Palace

    The Grand Palace

    To See

    Once the home of the Thai royalty, the Grand Palace is a glorious display of Thailand’s unique architecture and approach to design. Its extensive compound is laid out in a manner that is reminiscent of the ancient kingdom of Ayutthaya, and is also the home to some of Bangkok’s most celebrated landmarks, such as the Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha).

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  • The Jim Thompson House

    The Jim Thompson House

    To See

    This complex once belonged to Jim Thompson, the American man who eventually became a reviving force of Thailand’s silk industry. It actually consists of six separate Thai-style houses that are made of teak, combined in 1959 to create a masterpiece that Thompson loved dearly. He resided here until his mysterious disappearance in Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands in 1967.

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  • Dinner Cruise

    Dinner Cruise

    To Do

    Cruising along the Chao Phraya River with a divine dinner is possibly the best way to see Bangkok’s legendary scenery at night. Indulge in a gratifying meal while the silhouettes of temples and iconic structures zoom past you on the left and right, with live music complementing your voyage in the background. Numerous providers of this service can be found throughout Bangkok.

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  • Royal Thai Air Force Museum

    Royal Thai Air Force Museum

    To Do

    The Royal Thai Air Force Museum is a site of much interest, especially for those who love either aviation or history. It takes you on a journey through time that is focused on Thailand’s world of flight, and is renowned for some of the rare treasures in its arresting collection of magnificent aircrafts, including a Curtiss Hawk III that is reportedly the last of its kind in the world.

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  • Wat Pho

    Wat Pho

    To See

    As the roof under which the reputed Reclining Buddha rests, this temple is one that you should not miss visiting during your trip to Bangkok. This Reclining Buddha spans 46 metres in length and 15 metres in height, after all, making it a true wonder by any standard. The temple is also an apt place to have a refreshing massage, at it is one of Thailand’s best massage schools.

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  • Tom Kha Gai

    Tom Kha Gai

    To Eat

    Tom kha gai–or chicken coconut soup–makes for an extremely satisfying dining experience with its silky and creamy texture. It boasts notes of ingredients like lemongrass, galangal and kaffir lime, making every spoonful of this dish utterly flavourful from start to finish. Its chicken component can be substituted with pork or seafood as well.

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  • Siam Square

    Siam Square

    To Shop

    Owned by Chulalongkorn University, this area has existed since the 1970s as a one-stop shopping and entertainment destination. It connects various shopping malls like Siam Paragon and MBK Center, and is also renowned for its nightlife scene, as well as its dining options. Put simply, for the people of Bangkok, Siam Square is the place to be if you want to know what’s trendy today.

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  • Khao Neeo Mamuang

    Khao Neeo Mamuang

    To Eat

    When it comes to Thai desserts, there’s nothing quite as famous as khao neeo mamuang. This platter of sticky rice, sweetened coconut milk and mango pieces is an especially refreshing treat in tropical climates, after all. Its easy preparation further enhances its appeal, making it suitable for enjoyment at any time of day.

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  • Siam City Park

    Siam City Park

    To Do

    Siam Park City is a good getaway from the buzz of Bangkok for you and your family, and will probably take up a whole day of your time with its fun attractions. These attractions are divided into five different zones, including a ‘Water Park’ that keeps the heat at bay in an exciting way and a ‘X-Zone’ that accommodates those who are after more thrilling rides.

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  • Kao Pad

    Kao Pad

    To Eat

    Considered as one of the most popular types of fried rice in the world, kao pad is a fairly simple dish that has a special place in the hearts of Thai people. It consists of rice that is stir-fried with pieces of meat and various seasonings, along with additional ingredients like eggs and onions. Thai Jasmine rice is normally used for this purpose, giving it an enchanting fragrance.

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  • Chinatown Market

    Chinatown Market

    To Shop

    From tea sets to traditional remedies to vegetables, Chinatown Market has all the right things to acquaint you with the Thai Chinese culture. Street food is especially abundant here, so do not be surprised if you find yourself leaving the market feeling extremely full. Sampeng Lane is an especially popular part of this market, and is one of the oldest parts of Chinatown.

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  • Vimanmek Mansion

    Vimanmek Mansion

    To See

    If its status as the world’s largest golden teakwood mansion does not impress you, its sheer beauty and magnificence in terms of architecture will. This is because of its unique design scheme, which combines Thai and European elements. Formerly a residence for King Rama V and members of his family, the Vimanmek Mansion currently stands as a museum of his personal effects, photographs and more.

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