1. CHATUCHAK WEEKEND MARKET
- Opening hours
- Wednesdays and Thursdays: 07:00 – 18:00 (Plant sections only)
- Fridays: 18:00 – 24:00
- Saturdays and Sundays: 09:00 – 18:00
- Address: Kamphaeng Phet Road | Lat Yao, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900
- How to get there: Take BTS to Mo Chit station, or the underground to Chatuchak station and follow the stream of people
This is a must-go place when you want to go shopping in Bangkok. Being the biggest weekend market in the world, with 27 sections which offer you nearly everything you can think of. You can find many things to see, eat and buy, from clothing, accessories, housewares, decorations to delicious food and drinks, even pets.
The market is so large that you might need a map in order not to be lost in the crowd. Though, it would be more fun jumping in to explore on your own and enjoy the vibrant environment here. While walking along the street, you will have the chance to look at beautiful paintings made by local artists and enjoy the most well-known Thai dishes.
And if you can’t decide what to buy as gifts for family after traveling to Bangkok, there are many souvenirs available such as wood carvings, clay handicrafts, local souvenirs, wooden furniture, ceramic wares, handbags, shoes, jewelry, etc.
Below are the most commons things to buy at Chatuchak:
- Clothing & Accessories: soi 2-6, 10-26.
- Handicrafts: soi 8-11.
- Ceramics: soi 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 25.
- Furniture and Home Decoration: soi 1,3,4,7,8.
- Food and Beverage: soi 2, 3, 4, 23, 24, 26, 27.
- Plants and Gardening tools: soi 3, 4.
- Art and Gallery: soi 7.
- Pets and Pet Accessories: soi 8, 9, 11, 13.
- Books: soi 1, 27.
- Antiques and Collectibles: soi 1, 26.
- Miscellaneous and Used Clothing: soi 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 22, 25, 26.
If you are wondering where to eat typical Bangkok street food, Chinatown is the answer. On the first step into Chinatown, you see a food paradise with a lot of food stalls and small restaurants serving many kinds of dishes which represent Thai cuisine.
Also in Chinatown, you shouldn’t miss the most important Buddhist temple of Chinese, which is the center of big events such as Chinese New Year and Chinese Vegetarian Festival, called Wat Mangkon Kamalawat.
- Opening hours: All day, but best in the evening
- Address: Yaowarat Street
- How to get there: Take MRT subway to Hualamphong station or get on the Chao Phraya Express river boat, exit at Ratchawong pier.
3. KHAOSAN ROAD
It is an undeniable fact that Khaosan Road brings you joy and fun. Especially when you want to hang out with friends, there is always something to do here.
Khaosan Road is a walking street, where is the center of many fun activities for tourists from all over the world. You can imagine Khaosan as Bui Vien or Ta Hien street of Viet Nam. Coming to Khaosan, tourists can enjoy the atmosphere of day and night with restaurants, bars, discos and street food. The experience you have in Khaosan will be unforgettable.
Although this street is for travellers coming to visit, you still have to follow some basic rules of Thailand about the dress code, avoid pointing at people to stay away from trouble.
- Opening hours: All day, but best at night
- How to get there:
- By boat: From early in the morning till mid-night, the boat runs up and down the Chao Praya River so you can get on the boat at any time and be at Khaosan Road in half an hour.
- By BTS: There is no station close to Khaosan Road, but you can stop at National Stadium and take a taxi from here
- By bus: One of the cheapest way is taking a bus. Some bus numbers that stop close to Khaosan Road are the numbers 2, 3, 15, 53, 511 and 509. But not recommended in rush hour.How to get there:Address: Khaosan Road, Khwaeng Talat Yot, Phra Khanong.
4. SIAM AREA
This is the center of shopping in Bangkok, including the most popular shopping malls like MBK Center, Siam Paragon, Siam Center, Siam Discovery Center.
Siam Center and Siam Paragon are the greatest shopping destinations for both locals and tourists. You can not only buy things from both luxurious and common brands but you also see some exotic Thai stores selling Thai design products from clothing, accessories to beauty products that can be brought back home as gifts for your family. Besides, there are many restaurants ready to serve you some delicious food and drinks after a busy shopping trip and a big aquarium that every kids love to visit.
Siam Discovery offers you a great shopping experience and time of relax with the special museum Mdamame Tussauds and Ice Planet play ground.
- Opening hours: 10 a.m – 10 p.m
- Address: 991 Rama 1 Road, Puthumwan Bangkok
- How to get there: You can take the BTS to Siam station
5. CENTRAL WORLD
With more than 500 stores, 100 restaurants and cafes, this ultimate shopping mall is considered to be the biggest mall in Bangkok. Central World provides you with a great shopping experience for any age level, including kids’ zone, ice skating rink, beauty salons, bookstores, foodcourt, cinema and a wide range of restaurants and cafés.
- Opening hours: 10 a.m – 10 p.m
- Address: Ratchaprasong Intersection, opposite Gaysorn and Erawan
- How to get there: You can take the sky train to Siam station or Chit Lom, and a short distance walk
6. ASIATIQUE RIVER FRONT
Thailand is famous for many interesting night markets that attract tourists from all over the world, and one of them is Asiatique River Front. You can spend time going shopping around and eating delicious Thai food at the same time. The large market is divided into 4 areas for visitors to be more convenient when visiting. Thanks to the division and an overview map of the whole market, visitors will not be worry about getting lost or going back to the area that they’ve gone through. This is probably the most unique feature of this market that few places in Bangkok have.
But it is not all about Asiatique, there are also 2 entertainment venues: Calypsp Cabaret with the most attractive ladyboy shows in Bangkok and Joe Louis theater where you can enjoy the excellent Thai puppet shows. These shows always attract a lot of audiences to enjoy. There are many other interesting activities taking place here. Everything has combined and created Thailand’s famous Asiatique Bangkok night market.
- Opening hours: 17.00 – midnight
- Address: Chareonkrung Soi 74-76
- How to get there: By BTS, and from Saphan Taksin you get on the free shuttle at the end of the pier.
7. GRAND PALACE
This is a must-see sight when visiting Bangkok. Known as the city’s most famous landmark, Grand Palace is a place you wouldn’t want to miss. To people who are fans of history and architecture, the Grand Palace is beyond great. The buildings reflect the changes of Thai architecture through many different reigns of Thai kings. Some people said that the Grand Palace can be called the birthplace of Bangkok.
Within the walls of the Grand Palace, there are many stunning gold buildings worth seeing, but the most impressive is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha with the Buddha statue carved from solid jade.
One important thing to remember when visiting the Grand Palace is that you have to wear properly, no slippers, no shorts, no sleeveless shirts. Men have to wear long pants and woman have to cover legs to just above the knee, and your costumes shouldn’t have any negative symbols.
- Opening hours: Daily 8.30 – 15.30
- Address: Na Phra Lan Road, Old city
- How to get there: By BTS, you take the Silom Line to Saphan Taksin Station and then look for the dock of Chao Phraya Express Boat
- Entrance fee: 500 baht
8. DAMNOEN SADUAK FLOATING MARKET
If you are bored with the crowded shopping mall and large market, this floating market is a good advice to have an extremely new shopping experience.
This diverse market attracts tourists coming to buy souvenirs as well as discovering the beauty in life of Thai culture from the clear view on the canal boat. It is so exciting having an opportunity to watch plenty of rowing boats selling fruits and traditional dishes, and then having a bite of these dishes right on boat!
Every spot, every moment happening at Damnoen Saduak is so colorful and lively. If you are a photographer, it’s not difficult for you to take hundreds of beautiful pictures right away.
And don’t miss the tasty food served along the docks!
- Opening hours: 7.00 – 11.00
- Address: Damnoen Saduak 70130
- How to get there: From Bangkok’s Southern Bus terminal, you catch the bus number 78 and it will drop you about 1km from the market, you can take a taxi from here.
- Boat rentals: 200 – 800 baht.
9. SAFARI WORLD
Being popular among tourists traveling with family, Safari World is known as a comfortable and interesting place of entertainment and relaxation. Coming to Safari World, not only can you visit the zoo in the open space of Safari Park but you can also find the Marine Park as a traditional zoo with many shows available and plenty of food stalls and souvenir shops. Both areas offer you many hours of entertainment and recreation.
- Opening hours: 9.00 – 17.00. Here is the schedule of some popular shows in Safari World:
- Orangutan Boxing Show : 10:20
- Sea Lions Show : 11:00
- Elephant Show : 11:40
- Cowboy Stunt Show : 01:30
- Bird Show : 03:40
- Address: 99 Panyaintra Road, Samwatawantok, Klongsamwa
- How to get there: The number 26 bus from Victory Monument will take you to Kilometre 9 of Ram Indra Road. From there you can take a mini-bus service to Safari World. Or you can take a taxi to get there
- Ticket prices: Start from 550 baht (or you can buy the entry ticket or full service ticket at Klook at amazingly reasonable price)
10. ANCIENT CITY
Ancient City is a little park preserving Thai culture in the form of many historical places and buildings. Travellers coming to Ancient City have the chance to appreciate the continue of Thai history, culture and arts.
Come as soon as you can and stay until the sun goes down. You can spend the whole day here, walking around old buildings, monuments and enjoy the historical atmosphere. If you have more time, try visiting the traditional floating market and a Thai village to understand more about the customs of Thailand.
- Opening hours: 9.00 – 19.00
- Address: 296/1 Moo 7 Sukhumvit road, Bangpoo-Mai, Samut Prakan
- How to get there: You take the BTS to On-Nut station and take a taxi from there.
- Ticket price: Depends on time coming and ages
These are our collection of some places worth visiting in Bangkok. If you want some more unique places to spend your time, these cool rooftop bars and restaurants can also be good choices, don’t forget to check them out.