What makes Bangkok a unique city

7 things you should definitely see, do and experience in Bangkok

The most popular sights in Bangkok include numerous important temples, colorful, lively markets, the towering Sykline and the Chao Phraya River with its khlongs (canals). Photos: Gudrun Brandenburg (3), phanuwatnandee, sola_sola, siamphoto, A.Jedynak (1 each, Fotolia.com)

Bangkok is a city full of sights and opportunities for numerous activities. In Bangkok you can visit unique temples and museums, stroll through colorful markets, enjoy great views in one of the numerous rooftop bars, take boat tours on the Chao Phraya, party and shop until you drop - and eat at every corner and at any time. There is something going on in Bangkok around the clock.

Tip: The best way to get around Bangkok is by skytrain, metro, tuk-tuk or mototaxi. These are the four fastest variants. Buses and taxis are often stuck in traffic jams for hours. You can also reach many sights in Bangkok by boat. The Grand Palace and the most important temples such as Wat Pho and Wat Arun are only a few meters from the boat docks on the Chao Phraya River.

Bangkok Top 7: The Best Sights, Places and Activities

1. Boat tour on the Chao Phraya River

Chao Phraya River in Bangkok

You can discover a lot on a boat tour on the Chao Phraya River and you can quickly reach some of Bangkok's most important sights. Hop on one of the local express boats on the banks of the Chao Phraya and drive a bit along the river. If you get off at Tha Tien or Tha Chang Pier, you walk only a few meters to the famous Grand Palace (former royal palace) or Wat Pho, one of the most important temples in Bangkok.

Both inexpensive local boats and more expensive tourist boats operate on the Chao Phraya. You can recognize the Local Boats by their orange, green or yellow flags. Trips with a local boat cost less than 0.50 euros. So for a few cents you can see half the city.

Tip: You can get good, inexpensive Thai food and fresh fruit in the cookshops at Tha Tien Pier. Like the Thais, sit down to eat at one of the small plastic tables, order Pad Thai or Satés, drink a smoothie or a Chang beer and enjoy the hustle and bustle around you.

2. Visit the temple

Wat Phra Kaeo, one of the most important temples in Bangkok. Photo: Noppasinw - Fotolia.com

Wat Phra Kaeo in the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun are among the most important and beautiful temples in Bangkok, but are only three of around 400 temples in the city. In any case, visit Wat Mahathat, Wat Saket (Temple of the Golden Mount), Wat Suthat and Wat Ratchanatdaram

By the way, Wat Pho is one of Thailand's most important training centers for traditional Thai massage. Tourists can also get a massage here.

Reclining Buddha in Wat Pho

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3. Viewing terraces and rooftop bars

View of Bangkok's skyline

There are numerous places in Bangkok where you can enjoy the view of large parts of the city. Provided that the usual clouds of haze don't hang over Thailand's busy capital. A good prospect spot is among others. the Bayoke II Tower. The office tower is located near Phetchaburi and Ratchaprarop Road and is 343 meters high. From the viewing terrace on the 85th floor you have a breathtaking view of almost all of Bangkok when the weather is nice.

In the evening, the best way to enjoy the panorama is with a drink in one of Bangkok's many rooftop bars. the Rooftop Bar in the Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit * and the 360º ThreeSixty Lounge in the Millennium Hilton Bangkok * on Chao Phraya. But there are dozens of others.

4. Stroll through markets

The whole of Bangkok is actually a whole, big market. The great thing is that you can find stalls selling all kinds of food, household items, clothing and souvenirs on almost every street in Bangkok. But there are also large markets in designated areas.

Market stall with fried fish, prawns and spring rolls

Be sure to visit the Chatuchak market. Chatuchak is the largest market in Bangkok and all of Thailand with over one square kilometer and over 10,000 stalls and small shops. In the Chatuchak market you can buy cheap clothes, but also books and handicrafts.

Other big markets in Bangkok are the Pratunam market with an amazing range of clothing and shoes and the night market on Silom Road with countless souvenir stands, fake branded clothes, sunglasses and watches.

Stand with sunglasses in the night market on Silom Road

The night market on Silom Road is purely a tourist market. The prices are often outrageously high. Therefore, you should act well. Most retailers hold a calculator in front of your nose when negotiating prices. Type in whatever amount you think is appropriate. Last but not least, you will get the items for a tenth or even less of the starting price.

The Thewet flower market is also impressive with masses of orchids, strelizia and many other colorful flowers.

5. Shopping malls in Bangkok

One of the most popular, but also most expensive shopping malls in Bangkok: the Siam Paragon

There is hardly any other city in the world where shopping is as much fun as in Bangkok. The classiest shopping malls and department stores in Bangkok are The Emporio, Siam Paragon, Siam Center, Siam Discovery Center and CentralWorld.

Cheaper than in the posh boutiques there you can buy, among other things. at the Mahboonkrong Center (MBK). In addition to clothing and shoes, you will also find smartphones, computers and all kinds of electronic items in the MBK.

Fully air-conditioned cinemas can be found in almost all shopping malls in Bangkok. The perfect place to relax and cool off on a shopping or sightseeing tour.

6. Khaosan Road

Always something going on: Khaosan Road, Bangkok's most popular backpacker mile

The favorite street of most backpackers in Bangkok is Khaosan Road. In the evening the street is a party and celebration mile. There are plenty of bars, massage and tattoo studios, food stalls, stalls, restaurants and clubs on Khaosan Road.

Khaosan Road is Bangkok's number one backpacker mile - and the first address if you are looking for an inexpensive room *.

Tip: You can also eat well and sit outside in Rambuttri Alley, a street parallel to Khaosan Road.

7. Celebrate Songkran and Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is one of the largest and most popular celebrations in Bangkok

If you want to be part of a real water fight, go to Songkran in Bangkok in April. At the Thai New Year celebrations, the Thais throw water around them. Hardly anyone stays dry at the festival.

Since many Chinese live in Bangkok, the Chinese New Year is also celebrated in the city. Chinese New Year is always on the first full moon day between January 21 and February 19.

Celebrate Chinese New Year like tens of thousands of Thai people in Chinatown on Yaowarat Road. The street, which is decorated with countless red lanterns on these days, is number one festival mile during the festivities - and closed to cars. Every few meters there is cooking and roasting, there are parades, live music, puppet shows, workshops and much more.

Tip: On Chinese New Year, numerous shops, department stores, shopping centers and restaurants in Bangkok offer New Year discounts.

More sights in Bangkok

There are of course many other attractions in Bangkok. You can also visit great museums like the Bangkok National Museum or the Royal Barge Museum, jog like the Thais through Lumphini Park in the morning or take a khlong tour on the Chao Phraya.

Places to avoid in Bangkok

If you don't want to spoil your mood in Bangkok, avoid the three red light districts and tourist sex miles Patpong, Soi Cowboy and Nana Plaza.

Tours around Bangkok

From Bangkok you can take many exciting tours, for example day trips to the Ayutthaya Historical Park or the floating market in Damnoen Saduak.

Shop assistants at the Damnoen Saduak floating market

Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya Historical Park

You should plan at least two days for a tour to the bridge on the Kwai. One of the most original accommodations on the River Kwai are the River Kwai Jungle Rafts *. The raft hotel with simple rooms is located in the middle of the river.

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