By Epicure & Culture. This post was sponsored by Accor Hotels Group.
Bangkok is a popular destination among digital nomads, party animals and backpackers.
It is the pulsing heart of Thailand, where culture meets nightlife and sacred buildings blend with modern architecture. Whether you’re looking for unusual attractions or just want to immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine, there’s plenty to see and do in this vibrant city.
Recently, Accor Hotels Group asked us to help travelers explore Bangkok beyond the popular Grand Palace. From shopping for amulets at street markets to sipping some of the city’s best brews, we’ve picked out five of the best things to do in Bangkok.
PS: Want even more suggestions for travel in the city? Check out this first time in Bangkok travel guide by our friends over at Love and Road!
1. Visit The City’s Offbeat Markets
The latter is made up of stalls loaded with all sorts of totems and good-luck charms, including buddhas, phalluses, bone shards and real human hair. Each trinket carries a magical property, from warding off evil to bringing good health.
If you’d like to explore something that’s a bit less “strange”, head to the Rod Fair Market at Seacon Square. This open-air bazaar is packed with traders selling antiques and vintage collectibles at reasonable prices. The market is also a great place to sample local street food while sipping cheap cocktails paired with live music.
2. Explore An Airplane Graveyard
One of the most unique attractions in Bangkok is the airplane graveyard. The derelict planes have been turned into makeshift homes by three local families, who earn a living by charging an entrance fee to visitors. Valuable parts of the planes have been sold off and the exteriors are covered in graffiti. You are free to explore the wreckage, but remember to respect the residents’ privacy and space.At the Amulet Market in #Bangkok you can get bones & human hair as lucky charms. Click To Tweet
3. Indulge In The City’s Coffee Scene
There are plenty of places in Bangkok where you can enjoy a cup of coffee in quirky and stylish surroundings. Bangkok is a chaotic and fast-paced city, so at some point during your visit you might end up looking for a much-needed break from all the commotion. Bangkok’s independent coffee shops do not only offer refuge from the hubbub of the city, but many of them also serve a range of unique brews made with home-roasted coffee beans.
Learn more about Bangkok’s amazing coffee scene.
4. Get A Glimpse Of Local Life
Get away from the crowds and chaos of the city center and take a trip to Thonburi, where you can explore traditional river settlements on a long-tail boat. Located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, Thonburi is a neighborhood often overlooked by tourists. Watch locals navigating the khlongs — or the canals — on small boats, ferrying heaps of fruits and vegetables. Additionally, admire the gorgeous teak houses that line the riverbank while soaking up the tranquil atmosphere at one of the waterside cafes.Did you know that #Bangkok has a thriving #coffee scene? #travel #thailand Click To Tweet
5. Watch An Indie Film
Going to the movies is not something you’d think of putting on your itinerary; but when you’re in Bangkok, watching a film at the Scala Cinema is a must. Built in 1967, Scala Cinema has retained its impressive art-deco interior. Moreover, it’s one of the oldest single screen cinemas in Bangkok.
Everything about the cinema will make you feel like you’ve just traveled back to the golden age of film: the red-velvet seats, the vaulted ceiling, your seat number scrawled on the ticket and the ushers’ fancy uniform.
What are your favorite things to do in Bangkok beyond the Grand Palace? Please share in the comments below!
*A big thanks to Accor Hotels for sponsoring this post!
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