Things to Do

Your comprehensive guide of the best things to do in Bangkok

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Things to do in Siam

Hoping to eat, shop and do something fun all in one place? Siam, which encompasses Siam Paragon, Siam Center, Siam Square and the newly revamped Siam Discovery Center, is the one-stop destination for both locals and tourists looking for great restaurants, cool shops, engaging attractions and high-fashion boutiques. 

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Things to do in Thonglor

One of Bangkok's liveliest neighborhoods, Thonglor is a hotspot for lovely cafes, fashion shops and some of  the city's best restaurants. Eat, drink, dance or simply just shop — boredom will never be an issue in Thonglor. 

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Things to do in Charoen Krung

Known as one of the first roads built in European style backed in King Rama IV’s era, Charoen Krung is not only famous for its old charming architecture but also its richness of delicious street food, great dining places, fancy drinks and nostalgic shops. Why don’t you stop by for a lavish breakfast at On Lok Yun, then go for a furniture shopping spree at New Road Arts & Décor and end the night with some cocktails at Soy Sauce Factory. Whether you love nice cuisine, fun nightlife or some antique souvenirs, this old town is a perfect place for you.

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Things to do in Soi Nana Chinatown

Known as one of the coolest streets at the moment, Soi Nana Chinatown offers you wide range of nice cuisine, authentic drinks, art galleries and many more. Just a short distance of Charoen Krung Road, this small charming street transforms itself from a home of Chinese herbal shops into one of the most popular nightlife spots keeping the beauty of classical Thai architecture. From artsy Nahim Café & Handcraft to the hottest Tep Bar, we pick our favorite things you can do in Soi Nana Chinatown. 

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Things to do in Silom

As one of the busiest areas in Bangkok with offices, restaurants and shops, there are plenty of things you can do in Silom Road. Just go grab some bite at Everyday by Karmakamet, then enjoy your favorite books at Neison Hays Library before heading to Tapas for some drinks. Silom never sleeps and we sure you can find things you enjoy.  

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Sights and attractions in Bangkok

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Bangkok best attractions

We'll call it right now: Bangkok is one of the most vibrant cities in the world. A curious mix of old and new, and East meets West, Bangkok asaults the senses with its majestic sights, exotic destinations, flavorful cuisine and exhilarating nightlife. This city has some of the best restaurants in Asia, the grandest temples and the most energizing massages this side of the world. There are too many sights to be seen, food to be eaten, and merriment to be made. We zone in on the most memorable experiences this exuberant city has to offer. 

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Devasathan & the Giant Swing

Standing in City Hall square, the Giant Swing (Sao Ching Cha) was originally erected in 1784 as part of the adjacent Devasathan, a Brahmin compound of shrines to Shiva, Ganesha and Vishnu. The Brahmin priests based here still officiate at royal and other official ceremonies (although no longer at the Brahmin New Year rite). In the past, a ceremony, meant to celebrate an exploit of the god Shiva, would require four brave men to swing from this lofty red frame to grab at pouches of coins. However, due to fatal casualties, the ritual stopped in the 1930s. The poles were erected in 1919 by the Louis T Leonowens Company to honour of the son of Anna Leonowens (the contentious governess in The King and I and a teacher in the Siamese court of King Rama IV). In 2006, the rickety timbers were replaced by the structure you see today

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Wat Suthat

Looming behind the Giant Swing, Wat Suthat houses the awe-inducing, eight-meter Phra Sri Sakyamuni Buddha. (One of the largest surviving Sukhothai-era bronzes, this statue contains the ashes of King Rama VIII at its base.) Begun by Rama I in 1807, the temple took three reigns to complete. Rama II himself started the carving of its original teak doors (now in the National Museum).

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Wat Pho

This vast temple houses the magnificent Reclining Buddha. Made from brick and gilded plaster, it measures 46 meters by 15 meters and depicts the posture of the Buddha while entering nirvana. Wat Pho also has 99 stupas, two of which hold the remains of kings Rama II and III. The latter insitute Wat Pho as Siam's “first university” during his time – wall inscriptions give lessons in astrology, history, literature and, famously, massage pressure points. The temple remains a repository of traditional medicine and nuad paen boran (ancient massage), and, until now, accommodates a massage school in its premises.

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