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5 Great Things to do in Bangkok, Thailand

Things to do in Bangkok -- Wat Pho Temple of the Reclining Buddha

Things to do in Bangkok

Looking for exciting things to do in Bangkok?  There’s plenty to keep you busy in this Asian metropolis.

Check out our list below, and if you have even more exciting things to do in Bangkok, let us know in the comments section below.

Things to do in Bangkok — #1: Wat Arun

Things to do in Bangkok -- Wat Arun

Wat Arun, which is also called Temple of the Dawn, lies on the west bank of the Chao Phraya river.  It was started in 1809, and is one of the central landmarks of the Bangkok skyline.  To save money in Thailand while getting there, take a river ferry for 10 Baht (around 30 cents) from the dock just a short walk from the next of our things to do in Bangkok…

Things to do in Bangkok — #2: The Grand Palace

Things to do in Bangkok -- Grand Palace

The Grand Palace is one of the must-see things to do in Bangkok.  It is the former residence of the King of Thailand, and it is marvelous.  Open from 8:00 until 4:00 daily, the cost is 350 Baht (about 12 US dollars).  Warning though — do not listen to the “official” looking people outside. They will tell you it is closed because of a special holiday.  They are only trying to get you to go on a scam tuk-tuk ride.  Also, no need to rent or buy pants from the ladies outside the Grand Palace — they are available for free inside.  Stand your ground, and just walk right in.  If it is closed, the guard in the army uniform will tell you so, and the gates will be closed. After your tour of the Grand Palace, it’s a short walk to the next of our things to do in Bangkok…

Things to do in Bangkok — #3: Wat Pho

Things to do in Bangkok -- Wat Pho Temple of the Reclining Buddha

Wat Pho is also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.  It’s only 100 baht to get in, and is open daily from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm. Wat Pho is so much more than just the famous reclining Buddha though.  Take a walk around the expansive temples grounds and look in awe at the thousands of images of Buddha.  This temple also has some bragging rights — it was the birthplace of Thai Massage. You’ll need one after lugging around your loot in the next of our things to do in Bangkok…

Things to do in Bangkok — #4: Chatuchak Weekend Market

Things to do in Bangkok -- Chatuchak weekend market

Of all the great budget tips for Thailand the most important is this: BARTER! It is expected especially here. You can get all kinds of souvenirs here to take to the folks back home. You can get anything here — clothing, food, jewelry, live (and dead) animals, pottery, and the list goes on. Allow half a day to explore the market, and remember, it’s only open on weekends.  Bus 53 and 54 will take you to the Chatuchak Weekend Market from the Khao San Road area, and it costs only 24 Baht. After all that shopping, you will have earned the next of our things to do in Bangkok…

Things to do in Bangkok — #5:  Get a Thai Massage

Things to do in Bangkok -- fish massage

Or any type of massage for that matter — neck massage, foot massage, oil massage, and yes, even fish massage — they are all readily available on almost every street corner in Bangkok.  Price and quality vary, so ask around — your hotel will be a great resource. If you’re so inclined, you might want to also check out a Ping Pong Show while you’re in Thailand.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Bangkok?