Bangkok, also known as the gate to Asia, offers everything a traveler´s heart can wish for. The capital of Thailand, the land of smiles, is a place you should have visited at least ones. Here are our 5 Must Do Things while visiting Bangkok.

Bangkok is a South-East Asian metropolis that most people know for its chaotic traffic, but not only that.

Bangkok is a South-East Asian metropolis that most people know for its chaotic traffic, drunken backpackers on Khao San Road and all the temples that the deeply Buddhist Thais value. We’re not saying that you shouldn’t pay a visit to the cheap roadside stalls on Khao San Road, check out the royal Grand Palace or do most of the things the travel guides tell you to. Instead, we wanted to give you the low-down on some of the Must-Do Things you just need to include on your bucket list when in Bangkok.

Skyline of Bangkok at night with a cloudy sky.
One night in Bangkok…. and you will love it.

1. Visit Pan Road

Pan Road, also referred to as Thanon Pan, is a street less-known, but for sure one of the most interesting. This narrow but eclectic alley that connects Silom and Sathom roads is most famous for being home to the grandest Hindu temple in Bangkok, Wat Khaek. It combines the traditional side of Bangkok with urban dining and shopping possibilities: After visiting Wat Khaek, you can stop by at some cool galleries before enjoying local and western delicacies at Printa Café and Le Blanc Bakery.

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People walking on the market stalls at Pan Road in Bangkok
Walking through Pan Road will give you a real Bangkok feeling.

2. Enjoy a dinner by the water at Bangkok Sea View

You should definitely take this long-tail boat ride to experience one of the most fascinating dinners ever: Hop on a boat at the pier on Rama 2 and enjoy cruising 20 minutes along the canals and by a mangroves forest to the middle of the Gulf of Thailand. The restaurant itself is a platform on wooden stilts, a sight that will leave you speechless. The restaurant serves delicious seafood for a very affordable price, so you will leave neither hungry nor out of money.

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The Seaview Restaurant build on poles in the South of Bangkok during the sunset
The Seaview Restaurant probably offers the most beautiful sunset in Bangkok.

3. Indulge in a traditional Thai Massage

Wherever you come from you have almost certainly heard of the legendary Thai Massages, developed by Buddhist monks some 2500 years ago. Maybe there’s even a Thai Massage parlour in your hometown. Nevertheless, you really must go to the roots of this practice to get the authentic feel. The experience of a Thai Massage will give you a new lease on life by making you feel invigorated as well as balanced. You can find massage parlours everywhere in Bangkok, so it’s best to do some research to find the best one.

Thai male hands massaging womens hand in a Bangkok massage temple.
Enjoy a great Thai Massage at one of the many massage temples.

4. Shop at Siam Paragon

This high-end shopper’s paradise, the sixth biggest shopping mall in Thailand, is a hugely popular shopping mall that houses over 250 shops, Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium, a huge multiplex cinema, an opera concert hall, a large bowling alley and plenty of restaurants to choose from. Various car manufacturers including Ferrari and Lamborghini also have showrooms within the complex, so unless you have deep pockets, you can at least window shop to your heart’s content.

View of the entrance to Siam Paragon with a fountain in front of it.
The biggest shopping Center in Bangkok, Siam Paragon.

5. Explore the Bangkok Nightlife

One night in Bangkok and the World’s your Oyster. The famous song written by Murray Head really manages to describe the Bangkok nightlife. It’s easy to get lost in the nighttime world of Bangkok with so many options available. Khao San Road is a must-experience if you wish to enjoy your drinks by the bucket in the midst of backpackers and clubbers can find the big names on Sukhumvit and Silom. Thonglor across the town from Khao San Road has new trendy bars opening up regularly. If you wish not to end up in the more notorious bars, stay away from areas such as Soi Cowboy and Patpong.

A girl holding up her hands forming a heart at a party
Partying in Bangkok is nothing compared to the rest of the world

Bangkok offers even more beautiful places and activities, which probably takes more than just a couple of weeks to explore. So what about spending a whole semester in this crazy, but beautiful city? Well, good news. Asia Exchange offers three different Universities you can choose from.
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