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Top 8 things to do in Bangkok that won't cost a cent

Top 8 things to do in Bangkok that won't cost a cent

Bangkok was formed as a small commercial center – a port city on the west bank of the legend Chao Phraya River 200 years ago. Nowadays, Bangkok has grown strongly, at a speed comparable to the grandeur and glory of the illustrious past. Especially tourism industry in Bangkok, Thailand is very favorable with the spectacular landscapes and diverse cultures such as glowing temples, stunning palaces, floating markets, colorful Chinatown neighborhood. Each of these landmarks implies a compelling story to tell. Here’s the top of 8 things tourists should do when traveling to Bangkok, Thailand.

1. The Grand Palace - Thailand Royal Palace

If anyone has ever been to Bangkok without visiting Thailand Royal Palace (Grand Palace) - one of the most famous places of the city, it would be a big regret after the trip. Grand Palace was built in 1782 and after 150 years the palace was officially open for tourists. They will be really overwhelmed with the beautiful architecture and sophisticated in every detail. This palace is considered as a pride of creativity and ingenuity of the Thais, hidden in the spiritual heart of the Thai Kingdom.

Top 8 things to do in Bangkok that won't cost a centPhoto by Clay Gilliland

2. Wat Arun In Bangkok, Thailand

Wat Arun Temple (also known as Wat Chaeng) is located in the west (Thonburi) on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Wat Arun is considered as one of the most beautiful temples in Bangkok, not only because of its riverside location but also because of its design different design from the other temples that tourists often visit in Bangkok. In Thailand, Wat Arun is also known as the Temple of Dawn - a part forming the top of the temple decorated colorfully and standing majestically on the water.

Wat Arun is almost directly opposite to Wat Pho. Hence, it is very easy to get there. From Taksin Sapphan marina, visitors can sail along the river and stop at the pier 8. A small shuttle boat will take you from one side of the river to the other at 3 baht only.

  • Entrance fee: 100 baht.
  • Opening time: 8: 30-17: 30

Top 8 things to do in Bangkok that won't cost a centPhoto by VasenkaPhotography

3. Floating Markets Bangkok, Thailand

Floating Markets are among the most popular tourist attractions of Bangkok. Today, the trade deals mostly with tourists on boats crowded with tropical fruits and vegetables, including fresh coconut to drink and local foods made from floating kitchens right on the boat .

Tourists visit the floating markets of Bangkok won’t worries about bargaining issues, just relax on the boat and enjoy the fun atmosphere. The popular floating market in Bangkok you cannot miss: Market Taling Chan, Bang Ku Wiang Market, Tha Ka and Damnoen Saduak.

Top 8 things to do in Bangkok that won't cost a cent

Photo by Colin Tsoi

4. Chinatown - China Town Bangkok, Thailand

In Bangkok, Chinatown is called Yaowarat. It has over 1 million Chinese people living here, usually 2nd or 3rd generation. In the day time, the streets are full of shops selling all kinds of products and at night, this place becomes the culinary paradise. Besides, there is also a solid gold Buddha statue which is the largest one in the world at Wat Traimit.

Top 8 things to do in Bangkok that won't cost a centPhoto by Ingmar Zahorsky

5. Buddhist Temple Located - Bangkok, Thailand Wat Pho

Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) is known as Wat Phra Chetuphon, located behind the Emerald Buddhist temples. That is one of the largest temple complexes in the city which is famous for a long reclining Buddha with the length of 46m and is covered in pure gold.

Top 8 things to do in Bangkok that won't cost a centPhoto by Allan Watt

From Grand Palace, visitors can easily travel about 10 minutes and walk to Wat Pho Temple. Although they come to this place to worship Buddha, they cannot ignore the excellent relaxing services around the temple. It is considered as a great place to relax with a traditional Thai-style massage with professional staff gathering here to please the most difficult travelers.

  • The fee to Wat Pho: 100 baht.
  • Opening times: 8h00 - 17h00

6. The Chao Phraya River & Waterways In Bangkok, Thailand

Chao Phraya is dubbed as "Venice of the East" on the west bank of Thonburi, Bangkok. Known for shimmering mysterious beauty, the Chao Phraya River is considered as one of the destinations tourists cannot miss when traveling to Bangkok.

At the time of King Rama I, the Chao Phraya River was one of the busiest canals of western traders. The trade exchange took place all day and night. Till this day, the River is for going fishing and is well-known as one of the favorite destinations for traders in the Far East.

Top 8 things to do in Bangkok that won't cost a centPhoto by Nagaraju Hanchanahal

7. Chatuchak weekend Market, Bangkok

Previously, a weekend market was only popular for the wholesale traders. Yet, Chatuchak has now opened for tourists as well. With the largest area in the world, Chatuchak market is a complete collection of various types of goods. This is where you can go shopping and do bargaining comfortably. Chatuchak Weekend Market has more than 8,000 booths.

Especially on a weekend, there is an average of over 200,000 visitors going to the market to shop and select favorite items. Seemingly, you can find everything you want in here. If you tend to spend a weekend in Bangkok, come to Chatuchak Weekend Market, and you will not be disappointed about that choice.

Top 8 things to do in Bangkok that won't cost a centPhoto by Mark Fischer

8. Soi Cowboy Red Light Bangkok, Thailand

Soi Cowboy is named after an African American cowboy who opened the first bar here in early 1970. This red light district has much more relaxing things to try than other neighborhood like Patpong or Nana Plaza. Flashing neon lights on a colorful street attract mainly of middle-aged foreigners, Japanese tourists and the Westerners, and of course lots of girls in sexy dresses.

Top 8 things to do in Bangkok that won't cost a centPhoto by Eustaquio Santimano

Soi Cowboy is located right next to the station 21, the new shopping center is very popular. Therefore, you just cross the road to reach there! Remember, you cannot see this place anywhere in the world.

Now you can understand clearly why Bangkok is known as the tourism center of Thailand. Therefore, if you would like to fly to Thailand, you’d better come, feel, and discover the secrets in Bangkok by yourself. It will definitely make you surprised and impressed .


My name’s Catherine, you can call me Kate. I love animals, writing and travelling.I started my Asian journey since 2003; and I have been nearly 20 countries so far. The more I go, the more I fall in love with this incredible continent. It has a unique beauty and distinctive culture that never fully explored. This’s why there are many countries I still keep coming back over and over again. I’m here to share with you my fun, sad or even scared memory on my backpacking trails. Hope it works on you!

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