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First Timer's Guide To Bangkok, Thailand

6 Sep 2018

Noelle Ong

Klook Travel Curator

Things to do in Bangkok, Thailand

The capital of Thailand, Bangkok, is no stranger to us all. Known for having beautiful golden shrines and temples, floating markets, some of the cheapest and best Thai massage parlours as well us who can forget, delicious Thai food! Apart from shopping, there is so much more to see and do.

If it’s your first time in Bangkok, here are some Klook activities you cannot miss. Don’t forget to pick up these airport essentials before starting on your trip!

Klook Bangkok highlights

1. Let’s Relax Spa

Most of us go on a holiday simply to relax and rejuvenate. What better way to do that than a trip to the spa! Let’s Relax is renowned as one of the best value spas in Bangkok where you can relax in a clean and classy spa without breaking the bank. With a range of spa treatments from massages to scrubs, you’ll surely find something for your sore bodies.

With 9 different outlets across Bangkok, find the nearest one to you and you’re all set.

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2. SEA Life Bangkok

If you’re looking to escape the scorching Bangkok heat, head to SEA Life Bangkok Ocean World Aquarium and experience the world underwater. With over 30,000 different fish on display, check out the different sea creatures floating all around. Otters, penguins and even sharks are just some of the 400 over sea species on display.

Check out our guide to SEA Life to find out more!

Opening Hours: 10:00am-8:00pm, daily Address: B1-B2 Floor, Siam Paragon, 991 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand

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3. Safari World Bangkok

Escape from the bustle of Bangkok city with a visit to Safari World. Get up close and personal with lions, giraffes and even ostriches in a ride around the Safari. Delight in the tropical colors of exotic birds, ride on a river cruise, catch the White Tiger Show and so much more. With so much to do, you definitely can spend the whole day there.

For a completely hassle free experience, be sure to opt for the package that includes a 2 way transfer from Bangkok and a buffet lunch.

Opening hours: 9:00am-5:00pm, daily Address: 99 Panyaintra Road (Soi Ramindra 109), Samwatawantok, Bangkok 10510, Thailand

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4. Muay Thai Live: The Legend Lives

If you want to learn the story behind the ancient art of Muay Thai, the best way to do so is through Muay Thai Live, a jaw dropping show on stage. Watch as they encounter threatening villains, defeating them with sword fighting impressive acrobatics and mind blowing fight scenes.

This 90 minute show of old school fights has all the makings to be your favorite action film!

Showtime: 8:00pm-9:30pm, daily (closed Mondays)| Gates open at 7:30pm Address: The Stage at Asiatique The Riverfront, 2194 Charoenkrung Road, Bangkok 10120, Thailand

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5. Chao Phraya Princess Cruise

Sail down the beautiful Chao Phraya river on a scenic cruise! Take in some of Bangkok’s most famous sights like the Emerald Buddha Temple and Grand Palace. There is even a live singer on board to entertain you while you dine on a sumptuous buffet dinner of authentic Thai food.

Inclusive Of:

  • 2 hour cruise
  • International buffet dinner
  • Welcome drink
  • Live music

Meet up location: Chao Phraya Princess Cruise check in counter: Inside River City complex, beside Pier 1, next to River City Plaza: 3 Trok Rongnamkhaeng, Si Phaya Pier, Yota Road, Sampantawong, Bangkok 10100

Cruise time: 7pm to 9.30pm

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6. Thailand Floating Markets Day Tour

Thailand’s iconic floating markets are definitely a must see whilst in Bangkok. Step into the lives of the locals as you visit not one but three different local markets - Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Maeklong Railway Market and the weekend Amphawa Floating Market.

Our favorite is definitely the railway market! With trains running regularly, watch the locals pull in their stalls before setting up all over again all in a matter of seconds! It is truly a sight to behold.

Inclusive Of:

  • Join in tour
  • Air-conditioned vehicle with free WiFi on board
  • Professional licensed English/Chinese/Korean/Japanese guide
  • All admission fees
  • 60-minute electric boat ride at the floating market
  • Train experience
  • Bottled water
  • Insurance provided by operator
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7. Sompong Thai Cooking Class

Many of us travel to Thailand for the delicious Thai food and there’s no better way to immortalize memories of your trip than a Thai cooking class! Learn how to recreate your favorite Thai dishes at home with a step by step cooking class. Starting from choosing the right ingredients at the market to making your own curry paste from scratch, the best part is you get to feast on your own creations after!

Inclusive Of:

  • 3 savory dishes
  • 1 curry paste
  • 1 dessert
  • Recipe book
  • All ingredients for cooking class
  • Market tour (only for morning slot)
  • Thai herbal drink
  • Transfer from BTS Chong Nonsi to school
  • English speaking instructor
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8. Boxing King Muay Thai Class

After all that feasting on Pad Thai and Red Ruby, work it all off at a Muay Thai Class! Learn powerful self defence techniques from some of Thailand’s best instructors at Boxing King. Even if you’re a beginner with no prior experience, don’t fret, the instructors will adjust the class to suit the level of the students. Soon, you’ll be throwing punches, kicks and elbows like a pro!

Inclusive Of:

  • English speaking trainer
  • Boxing gloves
  • Wraps
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9. LINE Village Bangkok

If you’re a fan of the adorable LINE friends, you’ll definitely want to visit the world’s first LINE indoor attraction. Meet life sized versions of Cony, Sally, Choco, Moon and Brown! There are 23 different themed rooms that scream insta-worthy and the best part is there are friendly staff all around who can provide extra hands for those photos.

There is even a futuristic interactive room where you can experience LINE characters in virtual reality and play exclusive LINE games! Check out our guide to the LINE village for more details!

Opening hours: 10:00am-10:00pm, daily Address: Siam Square One Building (SQ) 338 Rama 1 Road, 1st Floor, Pathumwan, Bangkok, 10330

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10. Siam Niramit Bangkok

One of the best ways to learn about the culture and history of the country is by watching a show! Learn about the story of Siam through flying dancers, elaborate backdrops and heart thumping sound scores. Take a peek into the lives of locals in ancient times, watch village celebrations come alive and learn about the different beliefs of Thai culture all in an 80 minute spectacular show.

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Getting around Bangkok

Bangkok is notorious for having bad traffic jams, especially during the morning and evening rush hour. The best and most convenient way of getting around is thus via public transport! With both the BTS and MRT systems in place, going to Bangkok’s top attractions is not difficult.

If you hate queuing up, be warned that buying single trip tickets at the BTS stations can take awhile because of the long queues. Be sure to Klook your one day BTS pass to avoid those queues! If you’re a frequent traveller to Bangkok, the Rabbit card allows you to reload the card for multiple uses.

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Bangkok essentials

Upon arriving in Bangkok, the most hassle free way of getting to your hotel is with a private airport transfer, especially if you have plenty of luggage or you’re travelling in a big group! Klook your private airport transfer from BKK airport or DMK airport and the driver will be waiting for you at the arrival hall.

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Of course you’ll be needing your 4G SIM card for all those holiday moments. Whether it’s feasting on foodporn worthy Thai food or instagram worthy night markets or just showing off your Bangkok shopping haul, this unlimited data SIM card will come in handy!

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