Things to do in Bangkok
There's plenty to keep any visitor to this busy city occupied. There are busy markets and shops to appeal to those looking to indulge in some retail therapy. Visitors can even take part in a group run or try some unusual new sports.
The island of Rattanakosin is known as the 'old town' of the city, as this is where many of the most famous and ancient monuments are to be found. The Grand Palace offers a whole day of exploring and is also home to Wat Phra Kaew, the most sacred of country's Buddhist temples, and the Emerald Buddha, a celebrated icon. Wat Arun is a particularly picturesque temple which can be reached via a short boat trip. Lumphini Park is an oasis of a calm in the midst of this active city, with plenty of greenery. Santichaiprakarn Park is built around an 18th Century temple and boasts some stunning views. It is also popular with locals, who come to practice street magic and other forms of entertainment.
As well as martial art Muay Thai, running is a very common sport in Bangkok. As well as affording visitors the chance to explore parts of the city that are only accessible by foot, running here is considered a social activity, so it's an opportunity to meet some new people. There are many running clubs available to join. Bangkok Bobble is a twist on five-a-side football in which players wear a large plastic 'bubble' over their heads and arms.
Rest and Relaxation
You'll find plenty of opportunities to indulge in a little bit of well earned pampering during your stay. You'll have the choice of a traditional Thai massage, often administered in the serene surroundings of a temple, or to try a range of rejuvenating treatments at a modern an upmarket spa. The Leyana Spa, Divana Spa and Mandara Spa are well known establishments, but most hotels in the city will also offer spa facilities. For a fun twist, you can ever take a course learning how to give a top notch Thai massage yourself!
Take a Tour
Guided tours are a great way to get your bearings and there are plethora of different options available. Tuk tuk tours are popular, allowing visitors to travel around by one of the country's iconic symbols. If you prefer a more active experience, you can choose from a range of different organised cycling tours in the city. A canal tour allows you to observe the city from the network of picturesque waterways, or take a nature tour on a zipline in the rainforest with Flight of the Gibbon.