Bangkok tours are extremely invigorating which is why they are usually undertaken by truth-seeking backpackers.
The street food, Thai spa treatments, hushed ancient temples, spectacular monuments, floating markets and other tourist sites make for a great ‘eat, pray, love expedition.
Siddharta Gautama’s spirit is tangible in this Buddhist city, and it’s evident in the respect and friendliness that locals treat their visitors.
Bangkok bears the local name ‘Krung Thep’ which translates to City of Angels, and rightly so because spiritual landmarks fill this destination. Since it was the king’s responsibility to maintain Buddhism, Thailand’s old temples, palaces and monuments are constantly renovated.
Bangkok became a city in 1782 and King Rama I, founder of the Chakri Dynasty modeled it after the former capital with the Front Palace, Grand Palace, and royal temples.
At first, only the palaces and temples were built on land, other residences floated on bamboo rafts on rivers and canals until Rama IV constructed roads.
These waterways have earned Bangkok the nickname ‘Venice of the East’ even though most canals continue to be filled in with concrete high-rise buildings and shops.
There’s always plenty to do and see in Bangkok which is why it constantly features in many a travel bucket list.
If sightseeing is not your cup of tea and all you want is luxury and relaxation, Sukhumvit has the best of Bangkok’s posh hotels, spa, shopping malls, restaurants, and clubs.
- Grand Palace
- Erawan Shrine
- Wat Phra Kaeo
- Wat Pho
- Wat Benjamabophit
- Jim Thompson’s House
- Chao Phraya River
- Bam Kamthieng
- Suan Pakkad Palace Museum
- M.R Kukrit Heritage Home
- Siam Museum
- Democracy Monument
- Golden Mount Buddhist Temple
- 21m Giant Swing built by King Rama IV
- Breathtaking views of Bangkok from Vertigo’s rooftop open-air bar
- Learn vegetable and fruit-carving at Thai House, 22 km from central Bangkok
- Tour the Siam Ocean World aquarium
- Shop at MBK Centre
- Watch a Thai Boxing match at Lumphini Stadium
- Explore the nightlife at Khaosan road (popular with backpackers)
- Shop till you drop at Siam Square
- Enjoy seafood at Yaowarat Road
- Explore Chinatown bazaars
- Enjoy South East Asian art at Jim Thompson House
- Explore the floating markets of Damnoen Saduak
- Discover ancient canal ways built by King Rama the fourth
- Take a night time tuk-tuk tour of Bangkok
- Take a Thai massage lesson at Wat Pho
- Feed turtles at Wat Prayoon
- Visit Dusit Zoo
- Cycle around Muang Boran Ancient City
- Pedal boat at Lumphini Park
- Go ice skating at Central World Shopping Mall
Places to stay in Bangkok
- Riva Surya hotel
- The Unforgotten B&B
- Old Capital Bike Inn
- Pho Place
- Pattaya hotel
- Bangkok hotel
- The Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit
- Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok
- Siam Kempinski
- Holiday Inn Express Bangkok
- Banyan Tree Bangkok
- Amari Watergate Bangkok
- Shangri-La Hotel
- Miramar Hotel
- Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
- Shanghai Mansion Bangkok
- Hotel Muse
- Casa Nithra Bangkok
- The Bhuthorn Bed & Breakfast
When to schedule Bangkok tours
Tourist footfall is usually high between November and March.
April and May are the hottest months and it’s also the time that Bangkok celebrates the Thai New Year so you will be witness the festivities and cheer if you visit at this time.
If you want great deals on excursions and accommodation, plan your Bangkok tours from May to October.
Though there are many bouts of rain, tourists can indulge in shopping, visiting aquariums, temples and other indoor activities.
The cold months of December to February are perfect for excursions on foot and you won’t sweat much.
How to get to Bangkok
- By bus: Take the shuttle from the terminal to the transportation center and board a bus. This will probably cost about 35 Thai Baht. These buses are operational 24/7. You can also take an express airport bus from the airport which goes all the way to central Bangkok. They cost about 150 Thai Baht and tickets may be purchased at the airport bus counter. These buses are operational from 5:00 am to midnight.
- By taxi: There’s a taxi line at the first level after customs and immigration. You will be assigned to the next available driver by the clerk on duty and be dropped off at your destination in Bangkok in a few minutes. Unfortunately, you have to pay an additional 50 Thai Baht above the meter fare. If you’re traveling as a group, you can hire an airport limo bus although they cost considerably more than taxis.
- By airport rail link: This is the fastest and cheapest way to get to Bangkok from the airport. Board the train at the basement of the airport and alight at Makkasan Station, then take the City Line to Phayathai Station.
What to pack for tours to Bangkok
- Sun hat
- Insect repellent
- Knee length skirts, dresses & shorts
- Flat shoes
- Flip flops
- Rain jacket (if you travel between May & October)
- Warm weather clothes
- Day bag (for your valuables)
- Portable chargers
If the City of Angels is on your wish list, check out the Bangkok tours available or call an agent to customize your trip.