Bangkok, best known for shopping, temples and islands to the world, is far beyond just a few lures. People who visit Bangkok for a few days enjoy its best attractions but the ones who stay here for a long time discover the hidden treasures of the city that goes beyond the regular ‘touristy’ attractions.
Today, we bring to you an exclusive list of 7 great things to do in Bangkok that proves that Bangkok is more than a crowded tourist place.
1. Visit the National Museum & the Museum of Siam
The best way to know a city is to visit its Museum. One trip to the museum will give you a sneak peak in to the past history and its journey to the present. And the best thing that a visit to the museum does is that you can relate to the attractions of the city and comprehend the ‘why’ in their existence.
The National Museum and the Siam museum in Bangkok gives a detailed insight on the Thai culture and traditions through its colossal collection of pre-recorded music, musical instruments, intricate and inspirational wooden carvings. The artifacts are interesting and the museum gives you just about enough information about Bangkok and its Thai culture.
If language is a problem, go there on Wednesdays and Thursdays in the morning 9.30am when they give English Tours.
2. Take a Cooking Class
An activity that won’t be included in any of the regular Bangkok Tour Packages, taking a cooking class can actually be one of the most interesting things to do here. Thai cooking is famous around the globe and taking a Thai cooking class benefits you in more ways than one. Not only do you learn how to cook delectable Thai dishes, you also get to know the history behind those dishes and their cultural importance.
Most of the Thai classes also take you to the Chatuchak weekend market to buy fresh veggies yourself. A trip to the Chatuchak weekend market is a sensory delight in all respects. You’ll be bowled by the gorgeously fresh vegetables and sure would want to buy all.
3. Daytrip to Ayutthaya
Just about one hour from the north of the city of Bangkok, Ayutthaya is a wonderful place to spend a day. Once a prosperous kingdom and a capital of Thailand for about 417 years, Ayutthaya goes back a long way in to the history of Thailand. Today the ancient city of Ayutthaya is lying in ruins but still serves to be a great spot for history lovers.
There are too many interesting things to do in Ayutthaya. Many pre-organized tours are also available from Bangkok that includes cruise and lunches too. While there’s no denying that they are super fun, taking a tuktuk ride or hiring a private taxi and going to Ayutthaya will be far more economical for a backpacker. You can see the 3 storey Dutch settlement that now serves as a museum complex. A small enclave of Ayutthaya also includes the Japanese village where they settled for a brief period of time. A small ruin of temple Wat Thammikarat is another great place to observe the intricately designed figurines and architectures that once were a beautiful landmark of the kingdom’s prosperity.
4. Take a food Tour
Coming to Bangkok and not taking a food tour is no less than a sin, after all, Bangkok is all about food, isn’t it? Even if you claim to be ‘I can eat everything’ tourist, the sheer variety of the food available in Bangkok is quite overwhelming.
Taking a professional food tour makes complete sense rather than you going all out and trying anything available and get too stuffed to eat the real thing. Guided by professional culinary trained, fully licensed tour guides that bring you closer to the city through its food and the culture, traditions and history attached to it. It’s an experience every foodie must take.
5. Damneon Saduak Floating market
Thailand is full of floating markets and every market is no less than an experience in itself. They may at times seem to be quite overcrowded, and messy but nevertheless, they are a great place to enjoy and have a great time buying and eating local made products at local prices.
Out of the so many floating markets, Khlong Lat Mayom and Thaling Chan are the most famous and tourists love to come here. If you are person who do not like too much crowd, then it’s advisable to go for an early morning market tour. Everything is fresh and not too crowded. The sumptuous aroma of the little snacks cooked by the boat ladies will make your mouth wet, and it’s hard to resist them.
6. Jim Thompson House
One of the most authentic places to visit in Bangkok belongs to an American. Yes, Jim Thompson was an art collector by passion and silk entrepreneur by profession. During his years of stay in Bangkok, not only he flourished his silk business but also collected some rare and amazing art collectibles from almost entire Thailand.
Jim Thompson’s home today is an exceptional museum of rare artifacts, collectibles and memories of Thailand’s glorious past. But beware of the eager sellers surrounding the jungle house. They might come and tell you the museum is closed and when you believe them and get disappointed, they’ll call you to explore their stalls of expensive souvenirs. So dont believe them until you check the museum yourself.
7. A Muay Thai fight is a must watch
A traditional Thai sport involving clinching and striking, the Muai Thai fight is a must have experience but not the matches organized to entertain tourists. The Muai Thai fight has to be seen only in its most authentic form. Head to the Rajadamnern stadium to see the actual Muai Thai match with a combat involving blood and punches that’ll make your heart skip a beat.
Bangkok is not a city to be compared with London, New York or Dubai. It does not have uncountable attractions, nor does it has the perfect city status. But still it is one of the most visited cities in the world for its simplistic charm and originality. Go ahead, and soak in the magnetism of this untainted city.