Best Things To Do In Bangkok Thailand

The Ultimate Travel Guide 2018

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Best Things To Do In Bangkok Thailand

The Ultimate Travel Guide 2019

Bangkok. Sin City. Sodom and Gomorrah.

Whatever you want to call it, you get the point.

The city that never sleeps, infamous for its debauchery has long been a major draw for many backpackers from around the world.

Thus, when visiting the Southeast Asia region, Bangkok is one of the first places that many travelers wish to experience and it is not hard to understand why.

In a city so large and diverse the question of “What to Do In Bangkok” has an almost infinite range of possibilities.

Furthermore, Bangkok is conveniently located in the center of Thailand, so travelers go north to Chiang Mai and Pai, or they can go south to the famous Thai islands such as Koh Phangan and Koh Phi Phi.

With that being said, it is definitely worth spending a couple days in the Thai capital city, but not much more than that, as there are much better places in Thailand to see.

Those couple of days are however guaranteed to be intense!

Continue reading this guide to learn all of the Best Things To Do In Bangkok as well as everything else you need to know!

Best Way Of Getting Around Bangkok

Make no mistake about it, Bangkok is one enormously huge city!

Contrary to a majority of other Thailand destinations, renting your own motorbike is not the recommended method of transportation here.

Fun Fact: Thailand has the second highest amount of road deaths in the entire world!

Although you can get away with safely riding a motorbike in the South of Thailand where the roads are much less congested, you may not fare so well in the “City of Angels.”

Especially if it is your first-time traveling Thailand and have never ridden a motorbike a day in your life.

Therefore, it’s probably safest if you stick with the public transportation methods such as trains, taxis and the beloved Tuk Tuk’s.

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Bangkok Public Trains

The Sky Train runs from 6:00 to 0:00 daily and typically arrives every 5 to 8 minutes.

Fares usually cost around 15 – 42 Baht per trip.

The Underground Trains operate from 6:00 to 0:00 as well and also arrive about every 5 to 8 minutes.

Fares for the Underground Train typically cost about 15 -42 Baht as well.

Bangkok Taxis

If you are traveling after hours or are just looking for a more direct route then a Bangkok Taxi a perfectly safe and affordable option.

Pro Tip

Thailand has recently banned popular rideshare services such as Uber and Grab because of competition with local Taxi services. Otherwise, these would have been our obvious go-to transportation.

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Although definitely not the safest, these 3-wheeled vehicles are without a doubt my favorite way to get around Bangkok.

I mean for starters in a city as accident prone as Bangkok, Tuk Tuks don’t even have seatbelts!

However, once you get over this one small detail, you will suddenly realize how wonderful these little 3-wheeled death mobiles can be!

In all seriousness though, you simply cannot visit Thailand without riding through Bangkok in its most iconic form of transportation at least once.

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What To Do In Bangkok?

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Grand Palace

The Grand Palace is at the top of the list for first-time visitors to Bangkok.

A trip to Thailand’s capital city would not be complete without visiting its most celebrated attraction.

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Ghost Tower

Anyone looking to experience one of the more unusual things to do in Bangkok will definitely want to look into visiting the Sathorn Unique Tower (aka “Ghost Tower.”)

Over the years Ghost Tower has been transformed from a potential beacon of the Bangkok skyline into a 607-foot looming dark spot over the city.

This abandoned skyscraper had become a popular yet dangerous attraction for backpackers looking for heart-pounding thrills.

This came to a crashing halt when the body of a Swedish backpacker was found hanging from the 43rd floor.

Since this time Ghost Tower has been strictly closed off to the public due to obvious safety concerns.

However, the “forbidden” title has only made the tower grow in popularity, enticing daring backpackers to attempt to climb it.

Must Read: Ghost Tower {How To Climb Bangkok’s Forsaken and Haunted Skyscraper}

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Wat Arun

Wat Arun, also known as the Temple Of Dawn is widely considered to be one of the most mesmerizing temples in Bangkok.

Majestically nestled along Chao Phraya River, Wat Arun is admired for its unique architecture as it and is considered to be the most photographed temple in all of Bangkok.

The temple is open from 8:00 – 18:00 and has an entrance fee of 100 TBH.


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Muay Thai Show

 This is a cultural and extremely entertaining experience.

Muay Thai has become popular all over the world, as many people have come from around the world to participate in Thai training camps.

We definitely recommend you go watch the professionals participate in Bangkok Muay Thai show.

It is very entertaining and is where this now-famous style of fighting originated.

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Night Markets

Thailand is definitely known for its food, so this is a must when visiting Bangkok.

In addition to the delicious street food, practice haggling for clothing and other merchandise that will redefine the term bargain shopping.

Golden Buddha

When in Thailand, you must do this right?

Check out this iconic monument, and learn a bit about Buddhism while you are there.

Best Things To Do In Bangkok At Night?

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Khao San Road

The naughtier side of Bangkok can be somewhat intimidating to approach at first, especially if it is your first time in Bangkok.

However, don’t let all the flashing lights and bombardment of ladyboy nightwalkers frighten you.

This is essentially the backpacker hub of Bangkok where the vast majority of travelers absolutely love to hang out.

Simply because there is never a shortage of nocturnal entertainment no matter what you are looking for on Khao San Road:

  • Back alley massage parlors’
  • Sinfully entertaining backpacker bars
  • Sketchy Ping Pong shows
  • Bargain shopping like you wouldn’t believe
  • Spontaneous scorpion/tarantula eating contests


This district is home to some of the classier nightlife in Bangkok and is highlighted by its assortment of elegant rooftop clubs.

When you have had your fill of Khao San Road (which will come quickly), this is definitely another one of the top things to do in Bangkok at night.

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Soi Cowboy

Soi Cowboy is a really popular part of Sukhumvit and is well known for its glaring neon-lit stripper bars.

When I think of the more hedonistic side of Bangkok, this is one of the first places that comes to mind.

Interestingly enough this district was featured in the party scenes from “The Hangover Part 2.”

Sky Bar

Perched 820 feet in the air, this iconic upscale rooftop bar offers the most stunning panoramic views of the entire city.

Suspended in high in the sky on the 63rd floor of the famous Dome State Tower, Sky Bar is legitimately one of the highest rooftop bars in the world.

Open from 18:00 – 1:00 daily, be sure to grab a drink or two from Sky Bar to enjoy a classier night out in Bangkok.

Ping Pong Show

Depending on who you ask the question of “what to do in Bangkok” to, this may or not get mentioned.

A Thai ping pong show is possibly the most disturbing sight that you will ever see, but it must be done!

Is it a magic show? Is it shock entertainment?

It is both these and at the same time none of these.

Some things cannot be explained, they just need to be seen.

And the Ping Pong Shows are just one of those things.

Where To Stay In Bangkok?

Bangkok is one of the most touristic cities on the planet, so it’s got everything in terms of accommodation.

However, Bangkok typically bunches all of the backpackers into one area of the city called Khao San Road, which is filled with hostels, dance bars, restaurants, and a variety of street shops.

When deciding the important question of where to stay in Bangkok, you will want to heavily consider accommodation near this area.

To make the decision a bit easier for you we have recommended some of the favorite places to stay in Bangkok below.

D&D Inn Khaosan

 68-70 Khaosan Rd, Khwaeng Talat Yot, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand

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The perfect choice for backpackers looking for an affordable yet centrally located hotel in the middle of Khao San road.

What We Love

  • Located right in the center of Khao San Road.
  • Has decent private rooms for a good price.
  • Does not allow ladyboys into the property.
  • Has a nice poolside bar.
  • Offers solid directions and advice on the best things to do in Bangkok.

Things To Consider

  • Can be quite noisy throughout the night

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Bodega Bangkok

120 15 Soi Sukhumvit 23, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand 

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Who needs Khao San Road when you have Bodega Party Hostel?

Bodega Party Hostel is a favorite among backpackers looking for the wildest hostel in Bangkok.

Although not located near Khao San Road, Bodega Party is just steps away from the infamous Soi Cowboy.

What We Love

  • Located near “Hangover 2” bar street.
  • Has an awesome bar with drinking games.
  • Great backpacker vibes.
  • Very fun and accommodating staff.
  • Is quite clean for a party hostel.


Things To Consider

  • Not located near Khao San Road.

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Bangkok FAQ’s

What Currency Do They Use In Thailand?

Thailand uses the currency of Thai Baht.  Click Here For USD conversion.

Must I Learn Thai In Order To Travel Thailand?

Although it is always good to learn some common phrases like Hello and Thank You, it not essential to become anywhere close to fluent.

Of course, it would make your journey much easier the more of the language you learn.

However, I have successfully traveled to Thailand for months at a time and have gotten by just fine only knowing a few phrases that I learned along the way.

When Is The Best Time To Visit Bangkok?

While Bangkok is always packed, especially during the high season from around November to March.

Although traveling to Bangkok around this time will is a good thing for the nightlife scene, it also makes visiting the top Bangkok tourist attractions a bit more troublesome.

Best Area To Stay In Bangkok For Nightlife?

Although we mentioned several nightlife options within this blog, we highly recommend staying near Khao San road.

This place is literally littered with things to do, that it practically makes it impossible to have a boring night out. 

Seriously though, Khao San Road is a dangerously wild time.  

Is Bangkok Safe For Solo Travelers?

Although Thailand has a prolific reputation for some less than reputable careers, Bangkok is considered quite safe for both male and female solo travelers.

Westerners, in particular, are typically treated with kindness and respect when visiting Thailand.

As long as you use common sense and don’t go galivanting through down too many dark alleyways with some sketchy guy you just met with a face tattoo in search of the “Magic Dragon” then chances are you will be just fine.

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