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Being the capital of Thailand, you would expect Bangkok to be popular, right? You would be correct. Bangkok is home to almost 13% of the country’s population, so it must be a fantastic place to live or to visit. Over eight million people spend every day in this big city of many cultures, which is also one of the world’s top tourist destinations. In fact, over 20 million people visit the city every year. Travel and Leisure magazine named it the World’s Best City four years in a row.
So, what is so great about Bangkok? It could be the royal palaces, dozens of incredible museums, and other historical attractions. But it may also be due to the dynamic nightlife of clubs, dining, and shopping. The Buddhist temples in the city draw in thousands of visitors a day, and the Thai cultural buildings and attractions bring in thousands more. You can take a boat trip or cruise on the Chao Phraya or Thonburi Canal or enjoy a guided tour around the city.
Besides the shopping, dining, and attractions in Bangkok, what else is there? Sports are popular here all year long as well. Some of the most popular are association football, which is played like the American soccer game, and Muay Thai, which is Thai boxing. Sepak takraw is a sort of kick volleyball that you can see all over the city. Golf, horseracing, and kickboxing are also popular sports to watch here.
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No matter what you do in Bangkok, be sure to grab your camera out of your luggage before leaving it with Bounce so you can remember and share your trip. We partner with all types of businesses in busy tourist spots to provide convenient storage wherever you go. No matter how many bags you have or how big they are, drop them off at a convenient Bounce location around the city before going off to explore.
The City of Bangkok has over two dozen museums to visit where you can learn more about the city. From brilliant collections of art to unique artifacts from thousands of years ago, the history of Thailand's culture, archaeology, zoology, and geology is spread out over the entire city for you to enjoy.
Bangkok National Museum: For the largest collection of artifacts and art in Thailand, head over to the Bangkok National Museum on Na Phra That Alley in Phra Nakhon. Located inside what used to be the 18th Century Wang Na Palace near the Grand Palace, there are 12 halls with relics from the Rattanakosin, Ayutthaya, and Sukhothai eras. You can see Chinese weapons, Khon masks, and a collection of funeral chariot carriages among all the many other items.
Samut Prakan Ancient City: This unique outdoor museum on Moo 7 Sukhumvit Road has over 300 acres of scaled-down replicas of monuments, national parks, and temples. You can rent a golf cart or bike to explore the whole park, but you will have to get out and walk down the boardwalk to get to the main attraction. The Sumeru Mountain in the middle of the water is a spectacular temple. The Thai people considered it to be the center of the universe. You can also see the Giant Swing, Old Sea Wall at Chachoengsao, and the Reclining Buddha. In fact, there are over 100 amazing replicas here to view.
Batcat Toy Museum: This museum on Srinagarindra Road is just fun for everyone. You can see all sorts of action figures like the very first Batman and different versions of Captain America. See Iron Man donning his suit, and more than 50,000 toys in glass shelves alongside costumes, magazines, and games.
Whether you are looking for some souvenirs unique to Bangkok or a local newspaper, you can find anything you can imagine in this massive city. Being the largest city and the capital of Thailand, it is the hub of the country. Many of the shops are large indoor malls, but there are many specialty boutiques and kiosks outdoors as well.
Central World: Bangkok’s largest mall has everything you need and then some in the middle of town. Even if you just want to go inside to enjoy the air conditioning, you will likely find yourself leaving with something. There are over 500 stores with both local and international brands, as well as handmade and one-of-a-kind gifts you won’t see anywhere else. If you cannot find it here, you probably won’t find it anywhere.
Lofty Bamboo: Speaking of handmade items, head over to Lofty Bamboo at the MBK Center, where you can find cool things made by Burmese and Thai tribal women. Clothing, purses, and accessories are just a few of the colorful and exceptionally well-made purchases you can leave with. And everything is budget-friendly with prices more affordable than you would expect for handcrafted objects.
Dasa Books: Looking for a specific book or just want to browse the shelves? You can spend hours digging through the second-hand items from books on Buddhism to bibliographies at Dasa Books. The store has over 18,000 books, including fiction bestsellers in English and European languages. The store is located on Sukhumvit Road across from the Miracle Mall.
Are you looking for some Thai food from a real Thai restaurant? You can definitely find plenty of those in Bangkok. But what if you are looking for a heaping plate of spaghetti? Well, they have that too. Burgers? Yep. Fancy French cuisine? Of course. And if you want some pizza or barbecue ribs, Bangkok has some of that here for you too.
Peppina: Speaking of pizza, you can get Neapolitan pizza with fresh cheese, spices, and tomatoes at Peppina on Sukhumvit Road. The dough is made with simple but locally fresh ingredients to make the crust soft as well as crisp and delicious. The secret is the filtered water, sea salt, and special seasonings that make their pizza the best in the city. Hard to believe you can get such awesome Neapolitan pizza in Bangkok, but it’s true.
Blue Elephant: If you are going to have original Thai food, get it from the experts at Blue Elephant on Thanon Sathon Tai. In a quaint old building, the ambiance of this restaurant is unique, and the food is even better. With authentic Thai food from centuries-old forgotten recipes as well as modern Thai food, Chef Nooror’s creations are well-known in Bangkok.
Hyde and Seek: You can eat indoors or out in this casual western-style eatery. Similar to a typical bar and grill, you can sit at the bar and enjoy a burger with your beer or have your food brought to you at one of the many comfortable tables. With American, European, and Asian cuisine to choose from, you will be amazed at the experience.
Let’s travel back in time, all the way back to the 15th Century. Thailand didn’t exist during this time period, but its predecessor Siam did. The kingdom of Ayutthaya rested at the heart of Siam – a sprawling settlement that was full of life. During the 15th Century, a small trading village cropped up along the Chao Phraya River. In time, this village was named Bangkok, which roughly means “island village by the river.” Over the centuries, even after the kingdom of Ayutthaya dissolved in the late 18th Century, Bangkok continued to play a pivotal role in Southeast Asian/ Indochinese history. When Siam’s name was formally changed to Thailand in the mid-1900s, Bangkok remained. In fact, Bangkok became Thailand’s capital city on December 13th, 1972. As one might expect, Bangkok has become a cornerstone of Thai culture, history, and everyday life.
In 2019, Bangkok reported a population size of more than 10 million citizens. Millions more visitors from around the globe visit Bangkok each year, as the city is also a cornerstone of Thailand’s tourism industry. If you’re planning a trip to Bangkok, we’d like to help you prepare by sharing the city’s crime stats with you. Our research suggests that Bangkok experiences very little criminal activity overall. However, theft, robberies, tourism fraud, and purse snatchings tend to occur more than any other crimes. To ensure a safe trip, use Bounce’s luggage storage services. For about $6 a day, we can protect your possessions. Our services are available Monday through Sunday – morning, noon, or night. Stow your gear and explore worry-free.
“What’s the best way to get around Bangkok?”
Trains and night buses are two of the best ways to commute through Bangkok. The “Big Mango” tends to get very crowded during the day, making walking, or even driving, less than ideal ways to travel long distances.
“Is public transportation in Bangkok safe?”
Bangkok’s public transportation is safe overall. However, you’ll have to keep an eye on your belongings during your commute. Thieves typically strike during crowded bus and train rides. Moreover, they tend to target people who simply aren’t minding their surroundings.
“What’s the best neighborhood to stay in Bangkok?”
Banglamphu is one of the best neighborhoods to stay in Bangkok. Some of the highest-rated hotels in the city can be found here. You’ll also be within walking distance of several Thai street restaurants.
“What are the best museums to visit in Bangkok?”
If you’re eager to learn more about Bangkok’s history, the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre should probably be one of the first places you visit. Art In Paradise is a brand new, 3D museum, while Ancient Siam is an ode to Thailand’s past.
“What’s the best time of year to visit Bangkok?”
It’s best to visit Thailand later in the year, during November. Visit during the summer, and you’ll have to deal with blistering heat and expensive plane tickets.
Where is the best places to stay and eat while in Bangkok?
The most popular restaurants to visit are Terminal 21, Vertigo Moon Bar, and Thip Samai Restaurant. Additionally, the highest ranked hotels within Bangkok are Baiyoke Sky Tower, Terminal 21, and The Berkeley Hotel Pratunam. When traveling on a budget, the best hostels in Bangkok are Full House Khaosan Hostel, Bed Station Hostel, and Yim Huai Khwang Hostel.
Where are the best parks and nature attractions in Bangkok?
Bangkok offers several scenic parks including Lumphini Park, Sanam Luang, and Dusit Palace.
Where can I store my luggage in Bangkok?
We've partnered with local Bangkok businesses around the city who offer a dedicated storage room or a designated area that's off limits for customers.
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