Beyond Cheap Eats & Night Markets: 5 Unique Things to Do in Bangkok

Beyond Cheap Eats & Night Markets: 5 More Things to Do in Bangkok for a Unique Holiday

There’s so much more Bangkok has to offer!

With Thailand’s border restrictions set to be removed in May, who’s already planning their trip to Bangkok? We’re sure travellers are missing its bustling night markets and delicious street food so let’s not delay any longer. Bangkok is definitely a haven for wandering foodies looking to indulge in delectable local cuisines such as Thai green curry and oyster omelette.

But that’s not all the multifaceted metropolis has to offer! From shopping to vibrant nightlife, take a step off the beaten track and explore these five unique things that you must do when visiting Bangkok.

While most international flights arrive in the main Suvarnabhumi International Airport, did you know that Bangkok has another airport that is less crowded and nearer to the city centre? All AirAsia Singapore – Bangkok flights arrive at Don Mueang International Airport, where travellers can take the newly-opened SRT Dark Red Line to reach popular downtown districts like Chatuchak and Hua Lamphong in half an hour.

Yet to book your tickets to Thailand? Book with AirAsia to snag flights from as low as S$69!

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1. Shop till you drop at various shopping malls

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Thais love visiting their shopping malls and it’s pretty obvious why! Shopping malls in Bangkok are filled with amenities such as food courts and movie theatres that can keep visitors occupied for an entire day. 

Some of their malls even have unique themes such as the airport-themed Terminal 21. Every floor is centred around a different country, where you can snap pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge and ancient Greek pillars without even needing to travel to San Francisco or Greece. The shopping mall has over 600 retail shops and dining facilities, so you can easily lose track of time as you take your time to shop.

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One of the newest additions to Bangkok’s shopping scene is ICONSIAM, a mixed-use shopping destination located on the bank of the Chao Phraya River. Aside from being one of Asia’s largest shopping malls, the complex also houses a heritage museum and a riverside park as well.

Tired after a full day of shopping? If yes, you’d definitely appreciate it if your accommodation is located within a stone’s throw away from the malls! Book your hotel with AirAsia and you’ll be able to enjoy the best prices and enjoy fuss-free cancellation should any circumstances arise.

What’s even better is that AirAsia also offers a flight + hotel package via SNAP. This means that with a click, you can enjoy further discounts on both your tickets and the hotel. How nifty!

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2. Travel around in style on a fancy tuk-tuk

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Ditch your air-conditioned vans and ride around town on one of Thailand’s famous icons: the tuk-tuk! While these open-air taxis can be more commonly found plying along many tourist areas and markets, did you know that you can hire them as transportation for travels around Bangkok and neighbouring cities? 

This one-of-a-kind experience will certainly spice up your trip as you navigate around the various spots in Thailand while chilling onboard your very own private tuk-tuk.

3. Temple-hopping around the suburbs of Bangkok

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There are roughly four hundred temples in Bangkok and each of them is a masterpiece in itself. Travel around Bangkok and the surrounding districts to explore the different temples and their unique features. This includes visiting Thailand’s largest reclining Buddha in Wat Pho and viewing the tree trunk embedded with Buddha’s head in Ayutthaya’s Wat Mahathat. Appreciate the rich history of Buddhism in Thailand as you achieve inner peace while touring the temple grounds.

If you’re planning to take trips out of Bangkok to nearby cities such as Ayutthaya and Pattaya, you can book your hotels with AirAsia to earn points to offset future purchases!

Some hotels even offer luggage storage and 24-hour front desk service so you will be able to drop your bags off at the hotel before embarking on an exploration of your own.

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4. Rejuvenate and enjoy a therapeutic massage session

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Working from home got you all tensed up? No worries because you can rest your weary soul with some therapeutic massage. From traditional Thai massages to basic foot massages, the professional masseurs will work their magic and relieve your sore muscles. Thereafter, you can have a good night’s rest before carrying on your journey around Bangkok.

Did you know that some hotels even offer in-house spa and massage treatments? Choose from one of the many accommodations listed on AirAsia and you can enjoy a relaxing time without needing to set foot outside of the hotel.

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5. Experience Bangkok’s vibrant nightlife with a view

Bangkok is always bustling with activities even after sunset. Atop many skyscrapers lie unique cosy rooftop bars that provide panoramic views of the city skyline as visitors enjoy their al fresco dining experience. Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two or a friendly social gathering, the bar’s got you covered with live band performances and warm lighting for all to enjoy a lovely dinner.

From long-time favourites such as Sky Bar and Vertigo & Moon Bar to newer additions such as Spectrum Lounge and Bar, you can’t say you have truly experienced Bangkok’s nightlife until you’ve visited these amazing rooftop bars for their drinks and ambience.

So are you hyped up to visit the “Land of Smiles”? You’re just a click away to your next escapade with AirAsia!

With AirAsia’s SNAP, you can book affordable flights from as low as S$69 and hotels all in one go! Aside from irresistible promotions and discounts, SNAP also offers flexible cancellation policies so that you can travel without having to worry about last-minute delays and changes.

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Brought to you by AirAsia and Tourism Authority of Thailand Singapore Office.

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Jerald is always looking at aviation news and his favourite pastime is plane spotting. When he is taking a break, you'll find him either indulging in his Pokémon games or searching for his escape.