• Pete

Things to do in Bangkok (First Timer)

Congrats! You are coming to the right post and you are one step away to visit your dream place. Based on my experience, you should visit or experience these places if you visiting Bangkok for the first time.

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and one of the largest cities in the world! Bangkok offers travelers plenty of activities to do with tons of interesting temples, night markets, delicious Thai food, and some of the best nightlife in Asia. But if you are first time visiting Bangkok, here are must-see places or things to do!

Visiting Grand Palace

This is a top tourist spot in Thailand and everyone you know at least has been here. The grand place is a large complex of buildings in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. The Grand Palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam since 1782 but not anymore.

Typically, tourists spend approximately 1 to 2 hours exploring the majestic temple. You will be amazed by how every detail and effort to craft the temple and the surrounding area.

I suggest you book an online ticket at least 24 hours before your visiting time.

Entrance fees will be THB500

Location : Na Phra Lan Road, Phranakorn (Rattanakosin)

Opening Hours: 8.30 am to 3.30 pm.

How I get there: From Chong Nonsi BTS stop at Saphan Taksin station. Supposed to use the Choa Praya Express boat but end up charged with tourist price, of THB100 per pax.

Wat Pho - Reclining Buddha

You can walk to Wat Pho, the famous Reclining Buddha. directly south of the Grand Palace. From what I know, Wat Pho is one of the largest and oldest temples in Bangkok. It is known for its giant reclining Buddha which is 46 meters long and covered in gold.

Entrance Fee: THB200

Location:2 Sanam Chai Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

Opening Hours: 8.00 am to 5.30 pm

Wat Arun

After that, kindly visit another well know temple in Bangkok - Wat Arun which is on the west side or also known as the Temple of Dawn. After exploring Wat Pho, walk 200 meters to Tha Thein Pier or also known as Pier 8. There is a small boat service to bring you to the other side for about THB 3. We spend almost 1 hour. It is Instagramable perfect.

Address: 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok 10600, Thailand

Entry fee = 50 baht

Time: 8.00 am to 5.30 pm

Experiencing Floating Markets

Yes, like you saw in the pictures. Spend your time visiting and experiencing the famous floating market. Many people will visit Damnoen Saduak - the most popular floating market in Thailand. However, like me, I decided to go a bit further from Bangkok city and go to the lovely Amphawa Floating Market - 1 and a half hours from Bangkok. Amphawa Floating Markets are open on the weekends, Friday to Sunday and they open between 2 pm and 8 pm. Impossible to reach there by train, so either you join the tour (book via klook.com) or go via a minivan that departs from Mo Chit Van Terminal. Tickets start at 150 THB. My recommendation and based on my experience, choose an organized tour.

Address: Amphawa, Amphawa District, Samut Songkhram 75110, Thailand.