The bustling streets of Bangkok have long attracted visitors en masse. Explore some of the famous Buddhist temples by day, and eat, shop, and play in the city's popular open-air markets by night
Thailand has a long and fascinating history that is reflected in the many attractions you can visit on a Bangkok holiday. Discover more about this vibrant country, experiencing mouth-watering food and a captivating atmosphere along the way.
A Home away from Home
Perhaps the best place to discover more about the country’s heritage is at the National Museum, in Rattanakosin. The collection here includes religious art, ceramics, furniture and other items from many different periods, providing an insight into how Thai people used to live.
The Kamthieng House Museum
is worth visiting for its architecture alone, a fine example of teakwood housing, around 160 years old. The house’s interior transports you back to traditional Thai village life, with objects on display such as a rice granary, and numerous charms and ornaments.
The floating markets are a must-see during your holiday in Bangkok and really captivate the senses with the array of sights, sounds, and smells they conjure. Boats piled high with exotic fruit and local snacks, freshly cooked, gently amble by at Amphawa, Bang Khu Wiang, and elsewhere along the riverside.
Back on dry land, there are the Chinatown markets, with a tempting selection of street stalls that really come alive after sunset. If you don’t feel brave enough to try the food on your own, take one of the night foodie walks where a guide will recommend lots of tasty stuff to sample.
A Taste of Thailand
There are plenty of good restaurants where you can enjoy Thai food, it’s making a decision that’s the hardest part. For something truly special, try Issaya Siamese Club, a hundred year old house that stands in a tranquil garden and serves outstanding culinary cuisine such as banana flower salad and coconut panacotta.
Seven Spoons is situated in more modest surroundings, in a tiny shophouse on a quiet street, with just four tables that are constantly busy. What attracts people here are the low prices and mouthwatering dishes on offer, including bacon wrapped pork fillet and roast aubergine stuffed with rice and barley pilaf. Try one of the fantastic cocktails while you’re here, such as the Seven Spoons, a fiery blend of rum, Martini Bianco, lime and galangal. It’s the perfect place if you’re on a cheap holiday in Bangkok and sticking to a budget.
From the largest malls to the smallest stalls, there are plenty of opportunities to shop on a Bangkok holiday. Sleek sophisticated malls such as MBK, Emporium, and Central World Plaza stock lots of shiny goods, with newer malls popping up all the time.
Technology fans will love Pantip Plaza, an electronics mall renowned as the place to find new and used computers, tablets, cameras, and other gadgets at cheap prices.
Fashionistas might prefer to head over Pratunam, a wholesale fashion district where you can pick up tomorrow’s trends for a bargain while on your Bangok city break.
For a taste of the highlife, the Sirocco Sky Bar sits on the roof of State Tower and is open to the air, with a dizzying view across the city’s skyline. There’s also a restaurant on one side, serving Mediterranean food, and a live band most evenings.