Top 7 things to do in Bangkok, Thailand

Top 7 things to do in Bangkok, Thailand

Adoration 4 Adventure’s top 7 things to do in and around Bangkok, Thailand.

Thailand is a magnet for travelers from all around the world, with stunning beaches, grandiose temples and exotic wildlife. Known as the “land of the smiles”, tourists feel at home in a country where English is commonplace along with westernized hotels, restaurant chains and bars at a fraction of western prices.

The “backpacking trail” is well-worn and most travelers will fly into Bangkok before heading to the north in search of dense forests and adventure sports or the south for its tranquil beaches and crazy full moon parties. Bangkok itself is a world-city brimming with culture and vibrancy – worth at least a week of your itinerary.

Here are my personal recommendations for the top things to do in and around Bangkok.

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7. Khao San Road, Bangkok

The reputation of Khao San Road precedes itself – featured in famous songs, travel guides and raging bachelor party trips. It is notoriously known as a “backpacker ghetto” teeming with tourists drinking Singha beer and buying knock off merchandise from street side market stalls.

Personally, I love Khao San Road and would recommend for all travelers to Bangkok to visit at least once. The alleyways surrounding Khao San will keep you amused for hours, browsing through the stalls or even just pulling up a chair at a street side bar to watch the city pass by.

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6. Lebua Hotel Sky Bar

Featured in the film, “The Hangover II”, Lebua Hotel provides one of the best views of Bangkok from the world’s highest rooftop bar, the Sky Bar (820 feet high). Be sure to trade your flip-flops for something a bit more flash and be prepared to shell out for at least one fancy cocktail in exchange for this incredible view.

Lebua Hotel Sky Bar. Photo credit - Lebua Hotel Sky Bar

Photo credit: Lebua Hotel Sky Bar

5. The Bridge on the River Kwai

Located two hours’ drive west from Bangkok, in Kanchanaburi, the Bridge on the River Kwai is any train lover or history buff’s dream come true. Take a scenic and enjoyable train ride on “Death Railway” by organizing a day trip from Bangkok. Or even better, spend a few days in Kanchanaburi and check out Elephant Nature Park while you are there.

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4. Elephant Nature Park

Elephant Nature Park is an animal sanctuary and rescue center with locations in Thailand and Cambodia, including recent projects starting up in Kanchanaburi.

Here you can admire rescued elephants from a respectable distance without the inhumane chains or riding. There are opportunities to visit and volunteer for this amazing organization that is making a real change to the animal tourism culture in Thailand.

Through education and awareness, more tourists are choosing to not ride on the back of an elephant to avoid supporting an industry of animal cruelty. Elephant Nature Park provides a sustainable and kind alternative to get to know these beautiful creatures, including the unforgettable experience of feeding and bathing them.

Elephant Nature Park

3. Wat Arun

Also known as Wat Chaeng and “The Temple of the Dawn”, Wat Arun is located on the Chao Praya River. Visitors can climb up a steep staircase to capture awe-inspiring views of the city and riverway.

It is worth noting that when visiting temples in South East Asia, strict dress codes are often enforced requiring shoulders and legs to be covered.

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2. Wat Pho

After exploring Wat Arun, catch a water taxi across to Wat Pho or the “Temple of the Reclining Buddha”. A golden Buddha so large that it is difficult to capture in one photo.

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1. The Grand Palace

A palace fit for royalty, the Grand Palace complex contains dazzling temples and regal architecture. Although teaming with tourists, this is one attraction that is worth pushing through the crowds for.

The Grand Palace, Bangkok


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Top 5 things to do in Dubai, U.A.E.

Top 5 things to do in Dubai, U.A.E.

Adoration 4 Adventure’s top 5 things to do in Dubai, U.A.E.

Dubai is known as one of the more cosmopolitan cities within the Middle East and is also becoming one of the most visited cities in the world. This can partly be attributed to the increased popularity of Emirates airline, which has its hub here, as well as the draw of vast wealth, luxury and opulence.

An economical and stress free option to see all the below sights, plus many more, would be to take a Big Bus tour of Dubai. On my recent visit, I used a 24 hour Dubai Day Tour which comes with a number of free extras, including the Creek Dhow Cruise.

Dubai is a great layover city with a lot to pack into a visit. I would recommend purchasing a forty-eight hour pass so you can experience the best the city has to offer.

5. Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque is arguably the most attractive mosque in the area and the only mosque that allows non-Muslim visitors inside its walls. Tourists will need to first visit the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU), next to the mosque, to sign up for the tour.

Jumeirah Moque - Dubai

4. The Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa is the “tallest artificial structure in the world” and a site to behold. Visitors are able to purchase tickets up to a viewing platform on the 148th level, however I believe the best views are from down below. A good spot to take photos of this mammoth building is at the Dubai Mall, which also hosts an indoor ski resort, aquarium and daily fountain show.

The Burj Khalifa - Dubai

3. Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach provides a long, sandy white beach against the Persian Gulf, with a 14km long corniche (artificial track) for walking and cycling. Home of the Burj al-Arab Hotel with its famous wind-sail like structure, there are many luxurious hotels in and around Jumeirah Beach.

Jumeirah Beach - Dubai

2. Dubai Museum

Delve into the history and culture with a visit to the Dubai museum, located next to the oldest existing building in the city, the Al Fahidi Fort. A visit to this museum will provide insight into the Muslim culture and history of the United Arab Emirates. A great experience for first time visitors.

Al Fahidi Fort - Dubai

1. Dubai Creek Cruise

A perfect way to end a busy and hot day in this oasis is a sunset cruise along Dubai Creek. There are many types of cruises available, including dinner and Dhow (traditional sailing vessel) cruises. A trip along the creek will provide views of the old and new parts of the city, all from the comfort of your seat with a drink in hand.

Dhow Cruise - Dubai


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