1. Cruise the Chao Praya River on a river taxi and enjoy the local scenery and culture. This is certainly a great way to see Bangkok and the river taxis cruise by the multiple terminals regularly. Be sure to be quick as the boats only stop briefly to let passengers on and off. If you’re not sure you can jump aboard quickly enough, then you can always book a more sedate tour from any of the great riverside hotels, like the Shangri La, the Royal Orchid Sheraton or the Peninsula.
2. If shopping is your pleasure, then you can’t go past the Weekend markets at Chatuchak/Jatujak. You’ll find imitation brand name items like clothing, accessories, jewelry and more here and it’s a great way to find some great Thai souvenirs as well.
3. Take a day out to visit the Grand Palace complex and immerse yourself in the former royal residence and surrounding glorious gilded buildings and temples. Inside the Wat Phra Kaew temple, you’ll find the stunning Emerald Buddha. The King of Thailand still conducts many royal rituals and ceremonies here, but the royal family resides elsewhere.
4. Treat yourself to a Thai massage and you’ll never regret it. Although a traditional Thai massage can be a little harsh for many people if you’re not used to it, but it’s definitely a great way to de-stress your body. If you’re not into the less-than-gentle manipulations, then try a foot massage instead.
5. Visit the Banyan spa retreat in the centre of the city and treat yourself to a relaxing one hour facial. If you have the time, book yourself in for the day and enjoy 7 hours of relaxing pampering that will really be worth the visit.
6. Set the alarm clock and cruise down the Floating Market. It’s about 80 kms outside of Bangkok, so ask at your hotel if they have a tour or bus available to get you there. Immerse yourself in this amazing cultural experience as you float through hundreds of vendors as they set up their wares for sale along the river. Local produce and plenty of great bargains can be found by weaving your way among the boats. This is where plenty of locals tend to shop too, so you know the prices are good.
7. The Bangkok night life and restaurants are just amazing. The stunning Thai cuisine is worth exploring and sampling as there’s so much variety to choose from. With plenty of entertainment to suit every possible taste, style and preference, there is so much to explore and enjoy here that you’ll be returning to your hotel in the early hours of the morning.
8. Stroll through the Ancient City. This is the largest outdoor museum in the world spanning a massive 280 acres and is an enormous replica of the famous buildings, monuments and temples you can find dotted throughout all of Thailand. This is an amazing day out you don’t want to miss.
9. Around 30 kilometers away from Bangkok is the Crocodile Farm and the Rose Garden. If you’re headed that way, try to do both at the same time. The Crocodile Farm is huge, filled with both fresh and salt-water crocodiles. They’ll put on a show for you if you’re not queasy about a crazy guy sticking his head in a croc’s mouth, or you can visit the other exhibits, such as gibbons, lions, elephants and snakes. There’s also a dinosaur museum that’s a bit of fun, containing life-sized replicas of dinosaurs.
10. We’ve saved the best for last. You haven’t visited Thailand unless you’ve been to see the Elephant Show. Some places put on a show where the elephants will dance for you, while others will let you take a trek through the jungles, where you’re expected to ‘wash’ your elephant in the river after your ride. This is a definite treat not to miss.