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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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