Five things to do in Bangkok
Sightseeing, experiences, breathtaking views... the Thai capital is brimming with opportunity.
Read on to discover five insider's tips for discovering the heart of the city and banking some incredible memories along the way.
Experience Bang Khu Wiang floating market at dawn
The one in Bang Khu Wiang opens between 4am and 8am, making it perfect for early risers. Since the market's located in the suburbs, it's best to take a taxi. Get ready to enjoy the ballet of distinctive pirogue boats, and all the market-goers bustling from stall to stall looking for the best fresh produce for their restaurants.
Take a stroll through Chatuchak Market
The perfect place to soak up Bangkok’s atmosphere, smells and colours, it's also a great spot for souvenir shopping. You can even get there by bus — a great way to explore a city if you're short on time.
Marvel at Bangkok’s temples and monuments
The city has a rich architectural history, and each site is worth a visit in its own right. But if your time is limited, you can admire a few of them by catching a water taxi on the Chao Phraya, the river that flows through Bangkok. You'll witness the city's huge diversity from a different perspective, and save precious time on your business trip.
Savour Bangkok’s street food
Wherever you go, you'll find stalls selling fresh fruit, steaming soups and authentic Pad Thai. Although cooked up on the street, you don't have to worry about your tummy: the ingredients are generally exceptionally fresh (something you'll already know if you've had time to visit Bang Khu Wiang Market).
If you'd like to savour some more refined dishes, Bangkok offers a huge range of restaurants, such as the gourmet Nahm which was ranked 5th best in Asia (and 28th best in the world) by online magazine The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
A jewel in the heart of Bangkok
With its elegantly decorated bedrooms, traditional Asian hospitality and integrated spa centre, the Banyan Tree Bangkok is a true haven of tranquillity. Don't forget to head up to its rooftop — one of the most spectacular experiences in Bangkok. Way up on the 61st floor, it offers an incredible panoramic view of the city below.