The 14 Best Things to Do in Bangkok in 2023
- 3-Hour Miracle Lounge Access
- King Power MahaNakhon SkyWalk Discounted Admission Ticket
- Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew Guided Walking Tour
- River Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya Princess
- City Highlights Temple and Market Walking Tour
- Ayutthaya Historical Park Small-Group Day Trip
- Pattaya Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Day Trip
- Erawan National Park & Kanchanaburi Group Tour
- Damnoen Saduak Market and Maeklong Railway Market
- Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour
- Ayutthaya Temples Small Group Tour with Lunch
- Ayutthaya & Ayothaya Floating Market Day Trip
- Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with 24, 48 or 72-Hour Validity
- Private Hotel Transfers
The 14 Best Things to Do in Bangkok in 2023
Thailand is a mesmerizing land of contrasts, where ancient temples and bustling cityscapes seamlessly coexist. With so much to see and do, choosing the right tours can be overwhelming. That’s why we have handpicked the top tours in Thailand, to help you make the most of your time in this captivating country. From exploring the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew to admiring the view from the King Power MahaNakhon SkyWalk, or getting up close with elephants at the Pattaya Ethical Elephant Sanctuary, we have something for everyone. Whether you prefer a private tour or a group experience, our selection of tours will give you an immersive and authentic glimpse into the heart of Thailand. So, let us be your guide as we take you on a journey through the must-see sights, sounds, and flavors of this stunning destination.
1. 3-Hour Miracle Lounge Access
Discover the ultimate airport experience with Miracle Lounge Access. Relax and recharge in a spacious lounge before your next flight. Enjoy unlimited food and beverages, including dishes from The Miracle Group Hotel chef, served 24/7. Recharge with a hot shower, catch up on work or watch TV, and enjoy free WiFi in a tranquil and comfortable setting. With access to lounges throughout the international departures terminal, including Concourse D’s open-air space, you’ll be able to choose the perfect lounge for you. Take advantage of endless alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, comfortable couches, and reading materials while you wait for your plane to board. And with 3 hours of lounge access, you’ll be able to make the most of your time before your next flight. To access the lounge, simply head to any of the lounges located at Concourses A, C, D, F, G, and G (Block 1) after your immigration. Children under 3 years of age can enter for free, while extra hours can be paid directly at the counter. Don’t settle for a boring wait at the airport. Upgrade your travel experience with Miracle Lounge Access and make your time between flights a relaxing and enjoyable part of your journey.
2. King Power MahaNakhon SkyWalk Discounted Admission Ticket
Soak in the breathtaking views of Bangkok from the top of King Power Mahanakhon Building with the Mahanakhon SkyWalk tour. With an observation deck towering at 314 meters, you’ll be transported to the highest rooftop bar in Thailand where you can savor drinks while taking in 360-degree views of the city. As you make your way to the top, immerse yourself in an interactive experience on the 74th floor with augmented reality and touch screens that bring Bangkok’s landmarks to life. Get ready to step out onto one of the world’s largest glass floors on the 78th floor, suspended 310 meters above the ground, for a truly unique and unforgettable experience. Conveniently located in the heart of Bangkok’s Silom district, the Mahanakhon SkyWalk is just a short 2-minute walk from BTS Chong Nonsi Station. Don’t forget to bring your passport or ID card for entry! The tour provider will email an e-ticket to your email after January 16th, 2023, so be sure to check both your inbox and spam folder for the email. Children between the ages of 3 and 15 can take advantage of the child rate. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the thrill and beauty of Bangkok from the top of King Power Mahanakhon Building!
3. Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew Guided Walking Tour
Discover the rich cultural heritage of Bangkok on this 2-hour walking tour that takes you to two of the city’s most iconic landmarks – the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew. With multiple starting times available, you can choose the time that best suits your schedule. Step back in time as you tour the Grand Palace, the former home of the royal family, and take in its stunning architecture and rich history. Admire the intricate details and magnificent sculptures that adorn this beautiful building. Next, visit Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. This sacred temple houses one of Thailand’s most revered statues – the Emerald Buddha. Marvel at the intricate craftsmanship and unique jade material used to create this masterpiece. Make sure to dress appropriately for the visit. All men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves, while women must wear long skirts or pants to cover their knees. Keep in mind that shoulders should be covered and clothes should not be see-through. Meeting point: Meet your guide at the Golden Place across from the entrance of the Grand Palace. Look for a guide wearing a shirt with the logo of the local partner on it. Your guide will wait a maximum of 10 minutes after the agreed upon starting time. Please keep in mind that heavy traffic can be expected in the mornings, so plan your travel accordingly. What to bring: Comfortable shoes, sunglasses, hat, and camera are recommended for your tour. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore Bangkok’s rich history and see some of its most iconic landmarks!
4. River Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya Princess
Embark on a breathtaking evening adventure on the Chao Phraya River. Enjoy a gourmet buffet dinner and live band performance as you cruise along the river and admire the illuminated temples and historic monuments of Bangkok. Board the Chao Phraya Princess at the Iconsiam Pier and take in the stunning views from the open-air upper deck as you sail down the river. Delight in an elegant international buffet dinner and be entertained by a live band playing hits from different eras. Meeting point Meet at Iconsiam Pier, which can be reached by taking the Krung Thonburi BTS Skytrain Station (exit no.1) and taking the shuttle boat (every 15 minutes), or the Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain Station (exit no.2) and taking the shuttle boat (every 10 minutes) to the Iconsiam Pier via Sathorn pier, or by taking a taxi. Important information What to bring: Passport or ID card Know before you go: Suitable for all ages, no refunds for no-shows or late arrivals, check-in mandatory 15-30 minutes before cruise departure time.
5. City Highlights Temple and Market Walking Tour
Embark on a journey to discover the heart and soul of Bangkok with a visit to its must-see attractions. Start the day with a visit to the Grand Palace, once the home of the kings of Siam, and now a place of worship and big ceremonies. Marvel at the intricate details and grandeur of the palace, and get a glimpse into the city’s rich cultural heritage. Next, head to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, where you can admire the brightly colored buildings, golden spires, and glittering mosaics. Learn about the history of the temple and its significance in Thai culture. Continue the tour with a visit to Wat Pho, the oldest and largest temple complex in Bangkok, and admire the beauty of the Reclining Buddha. Get a chance to learn the history of Wat Pho and its significance to the Thai people. The final stop is Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn. Admire the pagoda, colorful porcelain tiles, bell tower, and giant statues, and learn about its significance in Thai culture. The meeting point is at River City Bangkok, and participants are expected to arrive by 9:00 AM. Local transport will be provided to get to the attractions. Please note that the chapel is a national shrine, and proper attire is required with no bare shoulders and knees, or strapless-heel shoes. Shoes must also be removed before entering the temple buildings as a matter of respect.
6. Ayutthaya Historical Park Small-Group Day Trip
Explore the rich history of Ayutthaya, the ancient Thai kingdom, on a full-day tour from Bangkok. Immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of temples dating back to 1350 and learn about Buddhism, architecture, and religion with a knowledgeable tour guide. Start your journey with a visit to Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, once used as a summer residence for Thai kings. Marvel at the golden pagodas and serene pools, giving a glimpse of the region’s glorious past. Discover Wat Mahathat, where a decapitated Buddha head sits nestled between ancient tree roots, and Wat Mongkol Borpit, famous for its enormous seated Buddha statue. Visit Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, the most holy and important complex of the ancient Thai capital, and marvel at the towering stone chedis of Wat Chaiwatthanaram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meet the group at National Stadium BTS Station Exit 2, where your tour guide will be holding a TripGuru sign. Be sure to bring water, sunscreen, and cash, and wear clothes that cover your shoulders and knees (long-sleeved shirts and pants recommended). Sleeveless shirts and ripped pants or shorts are not allowed inside the temples. This tour offers free pickup from hotels in the following areas: Khao San Road, Narathiwas Ratnakarin, Sathorn Road (North and South), Pratunam, Wireless Road. The tour guide will meet you in your hotel lobby. Please note that visitors are required to cover up to enter the temples.
7. Pattaya Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Day Trip
Embark on an unforgettable adventure to interact with the gentle giants of Thailand on this half-day tour from Bangkok to Pattaya. Experience the thrill of assisting with the preparation of natural supplements for the elephants, and get the chance to bond with them during a fun-filled mud spa. Take a dip in the water and swim alongside these magnificent creatures, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Indulge in a delicious traditional Thai lunch with freshly cooked Pad Thai and seasonal fruits, as you relax and reflect on your unique experience with the elephants. Everything you need for the day, including hotel pickup and drop-off, is included. Simply bring along your passport, sunglasses, hat, and umbrella, and be ready for a pickup time between 5 AM and 5:30 AM, depending on your hotel’s location. Note that this tour strictly promotes sustainable tourism and does not offer elephant riding. So, come and join this adventure that combines adventure, culture, and social responsibility, all in one!
8. Erawan National Park & Kanchanaburi Group Tour
Embark on an unforgettable journey through Thailand’s rich history on this guided day tour from Bangkok. Explore Erawan National Park, the JEATH Museum, and the famous Bridge Over the River Kwai, made famous by the 1957 movie of the same name. Travel in comfort aboard an air-conditioned vehicle, well-maintained for your convenience. Join us at the National Stadium BTS Station Exit 2, where your knowledgeable tour guide will be waiting with a “TripGuru” sign. Capture every moment with your waterproof camera and bring along some cash to make the most of your experience. Please note that the exact pickup time from the meeting point may vary, so be sure to check your confirmation email for the updated schedule. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to delve into Thailand’s fascinating history and immerse yourself in its rich stories and cultural heritage. Book now!
9. Damnoen Saduak Market and Maeklong Railway Market
Discover the authentic and charming side of Thailand on this day trip from Bangkok. Explore two of the country’s most famous markets, the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and the Maeklong Railway Market. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and try local cuisine as you make your way through both markets at your own pace. With the option to book a shared group tour or a private guided experience, you will travel in comfort aboard an air-conditioned vehicle to your destinations. Start your journey with a visit to the Maeklong Railway Market, also known as Talad Rom Hup, where you can find the freshest seafood in Thailand. Afterwards, make your way to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, a unique shopping experience that takes place on the canals. Your journey starts with a meeting at the main entrance of the River City shopping mall. Don’t forget to pack comfortable shoes, sunglasses, a sun hat, and sunscreen to make the most of your day. Please note: The boat ride at Damnoen Saduak can be impacted by traffic. To enhance your experience, this tour does not include the boat ride on the canal, however, if conditions allow, your guide can assist you in arranging a boat ride for an additional fee.
10. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour
Embark on a day trip from Bangkok to experience the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. This is a unique opportunity to explore the maze of canals and see why it’s considered one of the most popular floating markets in Thailand. Before reaching the market, make a stop at a traditional Thai house where you can witness the making of coconut brown sugar by local residents. Get a chance to explore the surrounding area, home to a diverse array of animals living on the coconut plantation. When you arrive at the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, take a paddle boat ride through the small canals around the market area. Soak up the vibrant atmosphere, try local foods, and shop for souvenirs. Meeting Point: Meet at River City Bangkok. What to bring: Sunglasses, sun hat, and umbrella are recommended. Note: The tour does not include a long-tail boat ride inside the market, but it can be purchased directly from a local vendor for about 150 Baht for a 25-30 minute ride.
11. Ayutthaya Temples Small Group Tour with Lunch
Discover the rich history and culture of Ayutthaya, a former capital of Siam, on a full-day tour of its most impressive temples. With a knowledgeable guide, visit Wat Lokayasutha, known for its giant reclining Buddha image, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, a former royal palace temple, Wat Mahathat Ayutthaya, home to the famous Buddha head entwined in tree roots, and Wat Chaiwattanaram, a grand riverside temple. Embark on your journey from Bangkok or join the tour directly in Ayutthaya. Learn about the history of each temple and its significance as you wander through their magnificent grounds. Enjoy a delicious Thai lunch at a local restaurant and have the chance to taste the local cuisine. Please note that appropriate dress is required when visiting the temples. Cover your shoulders and knees and avoid ripped pants, tight pants, or shorts. All vehicles are equipped with hand sanitizer. Choose from two options: Group Tour with English and Thai speaking guide with a meeting point in Bangkok or Group Tour with meeting point in Ayutthaya. Bring a long-sleeved shirt and be prepared to admire the impressive architecture and rich history of Ayutthaya. Book your tour today!
12. Ayutthaya & Ayothaya Floating Market Day Trip
Embark on a journey through time and experience the grandeur of Thailand’s rich history with a tour of Ayutthaya. This day trip from Bangkok will take you to the Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, once a residence of Thai kings, and the Ayothaya Floating Market, a replica market featuring over 200 stalls. Discover the grand and beautiful Wat Phrasri Sanphet, the grandest temple in Ayutthaya, and marvel at the iconic Wat Mahathat, home to the stunning statue of the Buddha’s head entwined in a tree. With an expert guide to show you around, this is an experience you won’t want to miss. Meeting point for this tour is in front of Mc Donald’s at Robinson Mall Sukhumvit, near the BTS Asok station. Dress appropriately for the tour, with knee and shoulder-length clothing required in the Bang Pa-In Royal Palace. No shorts, mini skirts above the knee, sportswear, sleeveless shirts, torn pants, leggings, see-through clothing, or sandals are permitted. Please note that the itinerary is subject to change due to local circumstances. This is a group tour.
13. Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with 24, 48 or 72-Hour Validity
Discover Bangkok’s top attractions at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus pass. Choose between 24, 48, or 72-hour passes, and craft your own flexible itinerary to visit the city’s must-see historical, religious, and cultural sites, as well as modern lifestyle stops. Enjoy breathtaking views from the open-air or indoor seating of the double-decker bus. Benefit from an informative GPS audio guide available in 7 languages, with free earphones provided. Buses depart every 60 minutes from 9 AM until 3 PM, and the route takes approximately 3 to 3.5 hours. Explore popular destinations like Siam Paragon, MBK Center, Wat Pho, the Royal Grand Palace, ICONSIAM, the Patpong Night Market, and more. Simply bring your confirmation to the driver or staff at any of the 16 bus stops, where you will receive a ticket and hop on the bus. Please arrive at the bus stop 15 minutes before departure. Customer service is available at +66 64181 1234 via WhatsApp. The meeting point is at the Siam Paragon bus stop, in front of LOCK BOX Plus+ on the ground floor south gate, next to Bangkok Bank. Please note, the ticket is valid based on the time of redemption. The bus tours are fully narrated and the narration is triggered by GPS and pre-recorded in 7 languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin), Korean, German, French, and Thai. The bus does not run 24 hours a day.
14. Private Hotel Transfers
Unwind in luxury with a private transfer to and from Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok International Airport). Say goodbye to the stress of negotiating a taxi or navigating the public transport system with heavy bags. Your airport transfer will include a meet and greet from a licensed driver, top-of-the-range vehicle exclusively for you and your party, expressway fees, insurance, and complimentary bottled drinking water on board. Enjoy a seamless arrival or departure with our exclusive airport transfer service. Upon arrival, your driver will meet you at Gate 4 in the Arrivals Hall with a name-board and GetYourGuide logo, and assist with your luggage. In the case of any unexpected circumstances, the wait time will be extended for up to 90 minutes from the time your flight lands. For your departure transfer, your professional driver will meet you at your hotel, help with your luggage, and ensure you arrive at the airport comfortably and on time. With the COVID-19 virus in mind, extra hygiene measures have been taken with all vehicles, equipment, and passenger seats being thoroughly disinfected after each trip, and all cars being equipped with hand sanitizer. A registered and activated data SIM card can also be added on to your transfer, so you can pick it up conveniently upon arrival at the airport. Book now and make your airport transfer in Bangkok a seamless and luxurious experience.
A Guide to Bangkok: Things To Do in the City of Angels
Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and often referred to as the City of Angels, is one of the most vibrant and fascinating cities in all of Southeast Asia. Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok is home to over 8 million people, making it one of the most populous cities in the world. With its amazing mix of modernity and tradition, its numerous temples, bustling markets, and vibrant nightlife, Bangkok is a city unlike any other.
No matter what you’re looking for, Bangkok has something for everyone. From food and markets to temples and historical sites, there’s a wealth of things to do and see in the city. In this guide, we’ll take a look at some of the top things to do in Bangkok, so that you can make the most out of your trip.
A Brief History of Bangkok
Bangkok has been an important center of trade and commerce since it was founded in the late 18th century. A small trading post on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, it was initially called Thonburi before being renamed Bangkok in 1782. As its importance in the region grew, so did the city and its population.
In the 19th century, Bangkok emerged as an important center for education, culture, and politics. It was at this time that many of the city’s famous temples and palaces were built. The city also became an important port of call for European ships trading in Southeast Asia.
In the early 20th century, Bangkok underwent tremendous economic growth and development. It emerged as a major industrial and commercial hub, making it one of Southeast Asia’s most important cities. In the 21st century, Bangkok continues to be an important regional center of commerce and culture.
There’s so much to see and do in Bangkok, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Here are some of the top attractions and activities that should be on your list:
Visit Wat Pho
One of the most famous temples in Bangkok is Wat Pho. Located near the Grand Palace, Wat Pho is home to one of the largest reclining Buddha statues in Southeast Asia. The temple complex also houses an impressive collection of murals, sculptures, and other artwork. Wat Pho is a great place to learn about Thai culture and history.
Explore the Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is one of Bangkok’s most iconic landmarks. Built by King Rama I in 1782, the palace was once home to the Thai royal family. Today, it is a popular tourist attraction with beautiful architecture and impressive artwork. Be sure to dress appropriately when visiting as visitors are expected to dress modestly.
Wander Through Khaosan Road
Khaosan Road is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Bangkok. The area is home to numerous bars, restaurants, shops, and street vendors selling a variety of goods from jewelry to clothing. Khaosan Road is also a great place to sample some delicious street food and experience nightlife in Bangkok.
Take a Boat Tour
One of the best ways to explore Bangkok is by boat. There are many boat tours available that will take you along the city’s many canals, giving you a unique perspective on life in Bangkok. You can also take ferries to get around town or take a day trip to visit nearby attractions such as the Floating Market or Damnoen Saduak.
Experience Local Nightlife
Bangkok is well-known for its vibrant nightlife and there are numerous bars, clubs, pubs, and restaurants to explore. Whether you’re looking for live music, night markets, or rooftop bars, there’s something for everyone in Bangkok’s nightlife scene.
Popular Tours in Bangkok
For those looking for a more guided experience when visiting Bangkok, there are several popular tours that will help you explore the city’s unique attractions and get a deeper understanding of its culture and history.
Floating Market Tour
The Floating Market Tour is one of the most popular things to do in Bangkok. Take a leisurely boat ride down the canals of Bangkok and explore its bustling markets filled with vendors selling everything from fresh produce to souvenirs. You’ll also get to sample some local snacks and drinks such as fried insects or coconut ice cream!
Grand Palace Tour
The Grand Palace Tour offers visitors an insight into Thailand’s past and present. Explore the many rooms within the palace complex and learn about its long history as well as its role in modern-day Thailand. You’ll also get to see some amazing architecture and artwork as you walk through this impressive building.
Wat Pho Tour
This tour takes you through Wat Pho to learn about its history and explore its many temples and statues. You’ll get up close with one of Southeast Asia’s largest reclining Buddha statues as well as see some stunning murals and sculptures throughout the complex. You’ll also learn about traditional Thai massage techniques taught at Wat Pho.
From exploring ancient temples to experiencing vibrant nightlife, there’s something for everyone in Bangkok. Whether you’re looking for an exciting adventure or a relaxing holiday, you’ll find plenty of activities to keep you busy in this bustling city. Be sure to take advantage of some of the popular tours available if you want to explore further and get a better understanding of Bangkok’s culture and history!