Bangkok is a megacity set along the Chao Praya River, lit up by impressive temples and high-rise buildings. The capital boasts lots of tourist attractions, and if that’s what you’re looking for, you should jump straight to 12 Must-Dos in Bangkok. But if you’re looking for something different, continue reading as I list five unique things to do in Bangkok.
1. Climb the “Ghost Tower”
View from up Sathorn Unique Tower in Bangkok. Photo: Sabrina Iovino / justonewayticket.com
A reclining Buddha is a statue that represents Buddha during his last moments and entry into Nirvana and the end of all reincarnations (the cycle of death and rebirth). He is lying on the right side with his head resting on a cushion or relying on his right elbow, supporting his head with his hand.
The statues are often huge, and there is something exciting about them. Here are three big reclining Buddhas I have visited and the name of the temples that house them.
Wat Pho in Bangkok
When it comes to rooftop bars, Bangkok is probably the coolest city in the world! There are so many spectacular bars to choose from I can’t list them all. I have picked seven of the best rooftop bars in no particular order. Make sure to visit at least one of these on your Bangkok stay.
1. CHAR Bangkok
CHAR Bangkok is not by far the highest rooftop bar, but it certainly has the most spectacular skyline view of Bangkok.
Address: 26th floor at Hotel Indigo Bangkok 81 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330.
Bangkok is an amazing city at night boasting spectacular rooftop bars, impressive temples, neon signs, and colorful tuk-tuks slalom through the traffic. Below are just a few examples of what to photograph in Bangkok by night.
Drones are so popular now for both aerial video and photo capture, and you might be thinking about getting one when traveling in Thailand. If so, there is a Phantom store on the second floor at Siam Discovery Shopping Center in Bangkok. The guys working there were so knowledgeable and helpful I decided to blog about them.
I choose to go for the DJI Phantom 3 Professional 4K, and they helped me out with updating to the latest firmware, which took a while, so we asked if we could come back later. I also bought a Phantom backpack and asked if they could put the drone in the backpack instead of the original box ready for me to just put on my back and start the journey.
When we have traveled out of Bangkok to places like Ayutthaya and Damnoen Saduak, we have taken a minibus as it was the fastest option. But the drivers are pretty crazy, and after reading news about a horrible accident on the highway involving a minibus, we decided to go by train to Maeklong Railway Market. The journey, including a short ferry ride, takes about 2½ hours and cost only 23 baht.
Vertigo & Moon Bar, situated on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel, is the second highest rooftop bar in Bangkok after Sky Bar at Lebua. The fully open-air rooftop bar is one of the first and most famous rooftop bars in Bangkok. Located atop a five-star hotel, Vertigo & Moon Bar request that guests observe a smart casual dress code.
Wat Pho, or The Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is a temple complex located in Bangkok’s Old City on Rattanakosin Island just south of the Grand Palace. The complex has the largest collection of Buddha statues in Thailand with the massive reclining Buddha as the big attraction.
The temple is classed as the highest grade of the first-class royal temples in Thailand and was featured in world’s top 25 landmarks by TripAdvisors Travelers’ Choice Awards 2016. This place is the real deal!
The best rooftop bars aren’t necessarily the highest. CHAR in Bangkok is “only” 26 floors up at Hotel Indigo’s rooftop, but the views of Bangkok’s skyline is absolutely breathtaking – especially during sunset. CHAR is a pretty small rooftop bar but well designed with private lounges by the glass facade. The music was good, the drinks were good. We loved it here!
Yaowarat, or Chinatown as most tourists would call it, is a must-visit in Bangkok. It’s a good vibe here, especially at night between 6 p.m. and midnight when both locals and tourists can be seen everywhere along the Yaowarat Road munching one of the best street foods in the world (except Mondays as there are no stalls due to sidewalk cleaning).
We visited Chinatown after 10.00 p.m., and some of the neon signs were already turned off. You should, therefore, come here earlier because the long strip of neon signs are really cool and provides some great night photos.