The capital is home to over 400 ancient Buddhist temples and shrines, including the royal Grand Palace, where the Thai King once lived. It’s also home to the Wat Pho, the temple of the famous reclining Buddha.
Bangkok is often called the ‘Venice of the East’ in reference to the Chao Phraya River which flows through the city and into the Gulf of Thailand. A luxury or budget boat tour of this national symbol should definitely be on your itinerary.
This metropolis also offers unique retail experiences for shoppers on every budget and boasts Thailand’s largest shopping mall, Central World, and the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market.
Bangkok’s 5-star hotels are renowned for offering guests a profusion of lavish features to indulge in during their stays such as Jacuzzis, saunas, spas, Turkish steam baths, outdoor pools, poolside bars, tennis and squash courts, as well as fitness and wellness centres.
Most Bangkok 5-star hotels will of course present scenic views of the city or Chao Phraya River, and spacious rooms furnished with rich native or modern décors, en-suite bathrooms or wardrobes and sometimes a private balcony.
Visitors craving a ‘taste of Thailand’, will be able to sample an array of traditional and international foods, from the comfort of restaurants inside their hotel. Bangkok also offers a smorgasbord of food options from street vendors in Chinatown or from one of the several Michelin-star restaurants in the city.
Many hotels in Bangkok will also offer a buffet breakfast bar for guests, free internet, a concierge service and babysitting services, kids’ activities and dry cleaning as standard services.
1. Visit the Grand Palace
The palace is one of the most famous landmarks in the city and considered the spiritual heart of the Kingdom of Thailand. The Grand Palace is a complex of stunning historical buildings, including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha or ‘Wat Phra Kaew’ and manicured gardens spanning over 214,000 square metres.
2. Enjoy a boat trip on the Chao Phraya River
Take a scenic dinner cruise or boat tour around the ‘lifeblood’ of Bangkok and take in all the amazing sights along the way. Many tourist attractions are accessible from various stops along the waterway.
3. Indulge in some retail therapy
Bangkok is home to the largest ‘lifestyle’ shopping complex in Thailand, Central World. The shopping mall extends over eight storeys and features more than 500 stores including a Topshop, Miss Selfridge and Fred Perry, as well as designer boutiques, other fashion retailers, gadget stores, gourmet eateries and much more. It even has an ice-skating rink, hotel and office tower. Siam Paragon is another popular shopping centre in Bangkok’s central shopping district.
4. Relax and get pampered with a Thai massage
Bangkok is abound with exclusive spas and visitors to the city rarely hold back on relaxation. An hour massage can cost less than a meal in some parlours. But if you’re looking for an up-market experience, you should opt for luxurious spas which generally offer different massage, beauty, grooming and stress relief treatments performed by trained therapists in tranquil settings with sensory aromas.
5. Enjoy a drink on top of the city
Bangkok is renowned for its collection of stunning rooftop bars where you can grab a sundowner after a long day of sightseeing, lounge back and enjoy 360-degree views of the city. The Vertigo at the Banyan Tree Bangkok and Sky Bar rooftop at Lebua State Tower are popular options with tourists.