Explore the excitement and wonder of Thailand’s capital with incredible Bangkok experiences recommended by our Anantara Vacation Club team.

Bangkok as a vacation destination is about as exciting as it gets; luxury resort stay? Check! Upscale shopper’s paradise?  Check! Indigenous culture and modern-day adventure? Check! Incredible sky bars and spectacular restaurants? Check!

With so much to see and do, we gathered our Bangkok Team’s Top 3 recommendations to guide you to the real city gems away from the hubbub of the city.

Bangkok’s Top 3 Must-See Attractions

1. Temples and the Grand Palace

Glittering temples sparkling against the beautiful blue Bangkok skies should be on top of your must-visit list. They give you an insight into the fascinating culture of Thailand and are a welcome sanctuary from the chaos of the city.

Bangkok Grand Palace and Tuk Tuk

Our Recommendations:

  • Soak up the tranquil atmosphere of Wat Pho and marvel at the renowned Reclining Buddha, before taking a massage in the temple grounds.
  • Dip into a slice of India and the colourful world of Sri Mahamariamman, Bangkok’s main Hindu temple.
  • Visit the Grand Palace, home to royal residences and Wat Phra Kaew, with its jade stone statue; the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand.
  • Climb the canalside Golden Mount up to Wat Sakret, created using earth taken from the construction of the canals (klongs). With incredible murals and a row of bells to ring for good luck, look out at amazing, panoramic city views.
  • The largest seated gold Buddha statue in the world was hidden for over 200 years and only rediscovered by accident. Discover a fascinating history at Wat Tramit (Golden Buddha) in Bangkok’s must-visit Chinatown. It’s estimated the gold in the statue is worth over USD 250 million!
 2. Floating Markets and Pottery Island

Experience a sense of history at any of the floating markets outside the city and at a unique riverside island community within the capital, which come to life every weekend and where the traditional ways of life from yesteryear can be found.

Bangkok Floating Market

 Our Recommendations:

  • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market takes you 100 km from the city and into another world where you can experience nature and culture in a vibrant scene. Set off early as this is a morning market!
  • Close to Bangkok, Amphawa Floating Market is busy but still retains an authentic feel. Eat grilled seafood from boat barbecues; visit a zoo in a temple and a temple in a tree!
  • Closer still to the city is the floating market of Taling Chan, a charming day out with wonderful stalls selling anything and everything and boat trips on the klongs to visit a traditional wooden Thai school.
  • Worth a day trip, Koh Kret is Bangkok’s only island! Located on the Chao Phraya River, the small lanes and traditional earthenware pottery stalls feel a million miles away from the city.
3. River Cruises

The cool of the Chao Phraya River and the discovery of waterside communities along the klongs is a visual and cultural adventure where you can see the city from a totally different perspective and truly experience an iconic setting.

Anantara Cruise

Our Recommendations:

  • Take a cultural voyage of discovery aboard a restored antique rice barge with a river cruise to Ayutthaya, where the ruins of the ancient city of Siam are preserved in a unique historical park; a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
  • Glimpse life by the water and the real Thai culture of Bangkok with a tour of the city’s canals, with Bangkok Riverside’s Klong Guru. Have an authentic insight into the city’s rich riverside culture and heritage with interesting stops along the way, lunch and a puppet show at a waterside art gallery.
  • Savour a romantic evening of fine Thai cuisine aboard a 100-year-old teak barge with our Manhora Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya River looking out at the stunning city lights and floodlit cultural treasures of the city.
Bangkok Riverside’s Klong Guru

Anantara Bangkok Riverside’s Klong Guru

Whether you choose a standard room or a suite, your stay at Club Resort Anantara Vacation Club at Anantara Bangkok Sathorn , with its floor-to-ceiling windows, cityscape views and proximity to all the best attractions, will be the perfect place to call home during your time in Bangkok; or relax along the banks of the Chao Phraya River in an oasis of greenery at Club Escape Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa, featuring balconies from which you can admire serene river and garden views.bangkok temple

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