5 Unmissable Experiences in Bangkok
Bangkok has always been a top tourist destination. And with good reason, as the City of Smiles is filled with amazing attractions, flavourful dishes, and of course, some of the friendliest people in the world. With so many things to do, we’ve narrowed down the top 5 unmissable experiences in Bangkok, you must do in this exciting Thai city.
1 – Visiting the Wat Pho Temple
With their multi-tiered roofs, intricate details, and stunning gold elements, the temples in Thailand are hard to miss. These beautiful and sacred Buddhist structures are a must-see for every traveller. But with the country housing over 30,000 temples, it can be difficult to decide on which one to visit.
Thankfully, Bangkok is home to one of the most historic and grandest temple complexes, the Wat Pho. The main attraction of this temple is the golden Reclining Buddha. Not only is it over 43 metres long, but its feet are uniquely decorated with images made of mother-of-pearl. Visitors can also see marble interiors, colourful pavilions, and the Bodhi tree, which many believe is derived from the tree that enlightened Buddha.
2 – Treating Yourself to a Thai Massage
Since you’re already on a holiday, why not treat yourself to a spa day and have a world-renowned Thai massage? While a massage, in general, is very relaxing for anyone, a traditional Thai massage gives a different meaning to it as it boasts a myriad of health benefits. For example, it boosts energy levels, improves blood circulation, and enhances one’s flexibility.
Pamper yourself with a Thai massage by setting an appointment at the Oriental Spa at world renowned luxury hotel, the Mandarin Oriental. This hotel’s spa is world-class, as all their treatments are performed in a peaceful private spa suite with a private shower and steam facilities.
3 – Shopping at a Floating Market
From numerous street stalls to its many shopping centres, Thailand is one of the best places to go shopping in Asia. However, a trip to Thailand wouldn’t be complete without visiting one of their famous floating markets.
You can travel through the water canals of Bangkok’s Taling Chan weekend floating market for a taste of this cultural experience. During your Thai shopping adventure, you’ll encounter various shops that sell everything from clothes to tiny trinkets, and even food stalls along the way!
4 – Watching a Football Match
Along with the rest of the world, the people of Thailand have a serious case of football fever. Not only do they watch matches from major European leagues, but they also have their own thriving Thai Premier League. You’ll find that aside from the typical loud cheering, locals make the game more thrilling by placing bets online on their favourite teams.
If you’d like to try your hand at it too, check out the local football league schedules to plan your trip accordingly. Some top tips for betting online include doing research on teams you want to support and blocking out a day for a match. Catch a game at Port F.C.’s PAT Stadium to meet their fans, who call themselves the Khlong Toei Army, or watch at one of the city’s top sports bars such as the Sportsman to make new friends.
5 – Going on a Culinary Adventure
What would a trip to Bangkok be without going on a culinary excursion? Indeed, Thailand is considered to have one of the best cuisines in the world. Whether you’re walking down a night market or eating a prestigious restaurant, your taste buds are bounds to be satisfied.
You can take your foodie journey up a notch by taking a cooking class at Bangkok’s high-end restaurant, Blue Elephant. This way you’ll bring the flavours of Thailand home with you.
Where to Stay
The Siam Hotel
Bangkok is bustling with countless hotels to choose from, which is why it’s important to stay in one that has high standards and stunning services. After all, your hotel can make or break your visit. We recommend the stylish comforts of the Mandarin Oriental, the St. Regis Bangkok, and The Siam Hotel.