There's plenty to keep any visitor to this busy city occupied. There are busy markets and shops to appeal to those looking to indulge in some retail therapy. Visitors can even take part in a group run or try some unusual new sports.
The island of Rattanakosin is known as the 'old town' of the city where many of Thailand's most famous and ancient monuments can be found. The Grand Palace offers a whole day of exploring and is also home to Wat Phra Kaew, the most sacred of country's Buddhist temples, and the Emerald Buddha, a celebrated icon. Wat Arun is a particularly picturesque temple which can be reached via a short boat trip. Closer to the city centre is Lumphini Park, an oasis of calm with plenty of greenery. Santichaiprakarn Park is built around an 18th Century temple and boasts some stunning views. It is also popular with locals, who come to perform or marvel at street magic, busking, and other unique entertainment acts.
Muay Thai, Thailand's national sport, and running are very common sports in Bangkok. It affords visitors the chance to explore parts of the city that are only accessible by foot, as well as an opportunity to meet new people, as running here is considered a social activity! There are many running clubs here that welcome people of all backgrounds. Feeling something more out-of-the-box? Bangkok Bobble is a twist on five-a-side football in which players wear a large plastic 'bubble' over their heads and arms. Brace yourself for some heart-pumping (but very safe) action!
You'll find plenty of opportunities to indulge in some well-earned pampering during your stay. Choose from a traditional Thai massage, often administered in the serene surroundings of a temple, or a range of rejuvenating treatments at a modern upmarket spa. The Leyana Spa, Divana Spa and Mandara Spa are well known establishments, but most hotels in the city offer spa facilities as well. For a fun twist, you can even take a course learning how to give a top notch Thai massage yourself!
Guided tours are a great way to get your bearings and there are plenty of different options available. Tuk tuk tours are popular, allowing visitors to travel around on one of the country's iconic symbols. If you prefer a more active experience, take your pick from a range of different organised cycling tours in the city. Embark on a canal tour, which frames the city from a network of picturesque waterways, or take a nature tour on a zipline in the rainforest with Flight of the Gibbon.