Top 10 Things to do in Bangkok-Thailand

If Thailand’s your next destination, get ready to be spell bound. It is home to some of the most famous cities like Bangkok and Pattaya. And the pool of exotic islands that surround the main land are like the icing on the cake! Besides, the list of things to do in Thailand and places that you can visit is the one that’s never ending. Be it in terms of history, architecture, food, night life, culture or just a beach side vacation, Thailand will not disappoint you. Here is a list of 20 places and things to do that one just cannot miss in their itinerary when travelling to Bangkok, Thailand.

1. TUK -TUK : A three wheeled Experience

Take tuk-tuks, they’re great fun. Stay away from the ones that are waiting outside touristy spots as they might try to scam you. Always opt for tuk tuks you hail off the street. For longer journeys (air-conditioned) taxis are best – in polluted Bangkok your lungs will thank you. Always negotiate prices first or insist on the meter.

2.Get A Massage – It Is A Big Thing In Thailand

Get A Massage - It Is A Big Thing In Thailand

Thailand is famous for massages of all types and it is really worthwhile experiencing at least one massage when holidaying in Thailand. Whilst massage is available all over Thailand, in Bangkok there is more choice than anywhere else.

Thailand is famous for massages of all types and it is really worthwhile experiencing at least one massage when holidaying in Thailand. Whilst massage is available all over Thailand, in Bangkok there is more choice than anywhere else.

Massage Number 1: Soapy Massage

Soapy MassageThis type of massage can also be referred to as “sexy massage” as really there is only one goal if visiting this type of establishment. I only include it here so that those requiring a proper massage can avoid this style of place. These soapy massages tend to be fairly large places, often quite brightly lit outside and the shopfronts are closed, that is you can’t see in. There are many taxi and tuk-tuk touts that lurk on Bangkok’s streets trying to tempt people into this type of massage; if you require a proper massage then ignore these guys.

If anyone who is after a real massage accidentally enters a soapy location, you will know it as there will be a number of girls sitting behind a glass screen. If you see this, then it is time to turn around.

This lens is not the place to elaborate on this style of “massage”. Those that want to learn more should google “soapy massage bangkok”.

Massage Number 2: Thai Massage

Thai Massage

Thai massage is usually practiced in open-fronted shops or locations where you can see the massage in progress; this obviously means that nothing “naughty” is going to happen.

Thai massage tends to involve a lot of stretching and jerking around, and oftentimes joints are flexed against their natural movement. To me this style of massage is quite dangerous and painful – I have had one and hated it. However, some people swear by it and apparently if you have minor problems with your joints this can be quite soothing.

Massage Number 3: Oil Massage

Oil Massage thailand

This can be something of a grey area. Oil massage can be quite innocent, but it can also finish with a “happy ending”! To avoid this result you should look for a massage shop that has a glass front and where you can see people being massaged. This is not where the oil massage will take place as you must remove your clothes to get this style of massage, but it gives you a good idea as to the intentions of the masseurs. Avoid the places where a gaggle of ladies hang around outside the shop and call out to you – “massaaaaaage!” The type of place you want is somewhere where the staff are inside and it looks “polite”.

The oil massage will take place in a curtained booth, after you have had a shower. Scented oils are rubbed into your skin and the masseurs are usually very attentive, massaging all muscle groups for quite some time. This type of massage is very relaxing and typically costs around 600-800 baht for a couple of hours, 1 hour is usually the minimum.

All types of massage locations offer oil massage but it is only the glass-fronted establishments that will stop at the massage. There are many Japanese and Korean “massage and spa” places that look like genuine theraputic massage locations but where the masseuses tend to specialise in other areas.

Massage Number 4: Foot Massage

Foot Massage Thailand

This type of massage leaves no room for confusion as it is conducted out in the open, often in shopping centres and in shop fronts all over town. Foot massage is something I have never indulged in but my wife seems to love it and says it is very relaxing. You can tell foot massage locations very easily as you will see the massaging in progress and they display a large foot sign on the doors. You can see the famous foot massage at Wat Po in the photo here.

It is customary to tip the masseur after your session in all types of massage establishments. 50-100 baht will be gratefully received.

Massage Number 5: The Massage Chair

 The Massage Chair thailand

This type of massage involves nothing more than putting some coins into the massage chair, sitting back and enjoying the ride. Big,black massage chairs can be found in all sorts of places around town such as in bars and shopping centres. I have never tried it myself, but it looks pretty strange to see people lying in a big chair in the middle of a shopping mall, getting jiggled around. Still, they always seem to be relaxed so it may be worth a try.

3.TIGER TEMPLE: Take a Tiger Selfie!

TIGER TEMPLE: Take a Tiger Selfie!


Ever thought about taking a selfie with the big cat? Well everything is possible when you are in Thailand. The Tiger Temple, situated in Kanchanaburi, is a popular tourist attraction where tigers are being raised by the monks (no cages in sight!) You can watch the tigers doing their daily exercises and baby cubs being fed without any caged bars in between. If this doesn’t thrill you enough, then you can also go ahead and take a walk with the wild tigers. One of our favorite things to do in Thailand!

4. Visit the Bangkok National Museum

 Visit the Bangkok National Museum

If you like Asian arts and history, I recommend a visit to the national museum. The museum shows authentic Thai history chronologically, with terrific sculptures, mural paintings and even a royal carriage.

5.Chatuchak market (also known as Weekend mark)

Chatuchak market (also known as Weekend mark)


When I want to buy stuff for my home I normally go to Chatuchak market, which is also known as the Weekend market. This is a huge market with lots of variety, including restaurants, tattoo shops, animal shops and more. Many visitors do go here but it’s also where local people go to do everyday shopping, so it’s a great way to experience real local life.

6. Take a boat ride on the Chao Phraya river

Take a boat ride on the Chao Phraya river

If you want to see a different side of Bangkok, take a boat ride on the Chao Phraya river. The local boats only cost 14 baht, and are an awesome Bangkok experience! Along the river you will come across river side temples, luxurious hotels, but also self build wooden shacks and almost collapsed colonial buildings. You can also do a tour in a tourist boat, which allows you better views than in the packed local boats and costs around 40 baht. Personally I liked sharing the boat with the kids in school uniforms and locals who had just finished their daily shopping. You will find the boat stops (piers) on a map, or if you have an iPhone you can download the Chao Phraya app.

7.Enjoy views from a rooftop bar

Take a boat ride on the Chao Phraya river

Bangkok is famous for this. Try to get to a rooftop bar right before the sun sets: when it is clear, the views are spectaculair. The Skybar is probably the most famous, but it is terribly expensive and not the only one there is! Many big and luxurious hotels have one as well. I enjoyed the one on the Executive Lounge of the Amari Watergate Hotel (only access if you have one of the Executive rooms or the Corner Suite), and the views are absolutely amazing.

8.ELEPHANT SHOW: Caught In action!

.ELEPHANT SHOW: Caught In action

Elephant shows are a regular feature in most parts of Thailand such as Ayutthaya, Bangkok, Pattaya etc. These shows give you the chance to see the giant creature shooting hoops, dancing, kicking soccer balls into goals, playing harmonica, hula hooping, etc. You’ll be thrilled to watch this action packed elephant show presented in the most dramatic manner!

9.WAT PHRA KAEW & GRAND PALACE: Heart of Bangkok


Temple of The Emerald Buddha

Wat Phra Kaew, also known as The Temple of The Emerald Buddha, is located in a fairy tale compound consecrated in 1782, the first year of Bangkok rule. It represents royal history and architectural experimentation in a tasteful manner. But hold on! It has more than just history to it. The place is surrounded by a range of Thai street food vendors! Well where there’s food, everything else can wait!

10.Partying in RCA

RCA in Bangkok and Ratchadapisek Nightlife

Bangkok’s electrifying nightlife scene has been rated as one of the best in the world. Much has changed since the early days of go-go bars and clubs. While Soi Cowboy, Patpong and Nana slowly fade into the background, Khao San, RCA, Sukhumvit 11 and Thonglor have emerged as the most-happening places after sundown, where international DJs rock the house with their latest mixes.


7 Awesome Things to do in Bangkok, Thailand

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I am Sunil Singh, living in Nepal. I am a full-time travel blogger, photographer and content creator at and Writing about Adventure, Mountains, History. I focus on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations. Besides travel, I enjoy photography as well as playing Volleyball, Badminton or Swimming.

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