Bangkok might not be one of the first destinations that springs to mind when you’re considering somewhere to visit with your loved one, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find some great ways to have fun as a couple in the buzzing Thai capital. Whether you want to embrace the chaotic and frenzied fervour, find somewhere a little calmer and more relaxed, or try an assortment of romantic activities, you’re sure to be able to find plenty of ways to enjoy the City of Angels with your significant other.
Here are five ideas to get you started:
1. Visit Bang Krachao
Okay, so Bang Krachao (also sometimes spelt as Bang Kra Jao) isn’t actually within the province of Bangkok, but it is within the Bangkok Metropolitan Region. Located within the small province of Samut Prakan, this is the same province that is home to Bangkok’s major international airport – Suvarnabhumi Airport. So, it’s really not too far out!
A tranquil oasis amidst the city jungle, Bang Krachao is a fairly large island that was formed by a big loop in the Chao Phraya River and the creation of a cut-through canal. Often referred to as the lungs of Bangkok, Bang Krachao is a lovely patch of lush greenery, a place where you can still see the traditional ways of life, an island where the rest of the world seems to be forgotten, and a destination where time sometimes seems to stand still.
A great way to explore Bang Krachao is to rent a bicycle (readily available from several establishments) and go where your wheels lead you. You’ll cycle past banana plantations and dense patches of palm trees, as well as pretty gardens and orchards, and the chances of spotting an array of wildlife are high. Look out for large monitor lizards swimming through the water or creeping along the banks.
Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan Park and Botanical Garden is a nice spot to relax, and you can admire the views from the tower. Other attractions on the island include Mon temples and the weekend Bang Nam Phueng Floating Market.
2. Go temple hopping …
Bangkok boasts some truly superb temples, which, when visited in the right company, can take on a romantic air. Try and visit earlier on in the day to beat the bulk of the crowds to enjoy more of an atmospheric vibe.
Wat Phra Kaew, within the grounds of the Grand Palace, is the city’s most famous temple. Home to the most revered Buddha statue in Thailand, the Emerald Buddha, you and your partner can admire the stunning architecture, snap loads of pictures with beautiful backgrounds, and enjoy exploring one of Bangkok’s most iconic attractions together.
Wat Pho is another famous and highly-visited temple in Bangkok, known for its long reclining Buddha statue and for being the home of traditional Thai massage. Wandering around the riverside Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of the Dawn, can be very delightful, and Wat Saket (the Golden Mount) is another of Bangkok’s top temples.
There are lots more temples around the city too; places with just as much character but with fewer visitors. That’s not to say that they will be empty, but you can enjoy a more relaxed pace and more tranquil ambience. Some recommendations include Wat Ratchanaddaram with its attractive tiers and metal spires, the colourful Hindu temple of Sri Maha Mariamman Temple (also known as Wat Khaek), Wat Rakhang Khositaram (Temple of the Bells), Wat Benchamabophit (Marble Temple), and Wat Thepthidaram with its rather unusual depictions of devout female followers of the Lord Buddha.
3. … And then go bar hopping!
A hotbed of activity when night time falls, Bangkok has numerous excellent bars and clubs to suit all tastes. If you’re looking for somewhere super romantic, head to one of the city’s fabulous rooftop bars. Sky Bar at Lebua is Bangkok’s highest bar, providing gorgeous views of the Chao Phraya River and soaring skyscrapers.
The Thonglor area has many fine wine bars where you can unwind in a sophisticated setting whilst quaffing a delicious cocktail or popping the cork on a bottle of bubbly, and RCA (Royal City Avenue) is the perfect place for energetic couples who love to dance the night away.
You’ll also find many high-class restaurants where you can dine on delicious food from all over the world whilst gazing into each other’s eyes in the soft flickering candlelight … if that’s your thing! Alternatively, how about a dinner cruise along the river? Even exploring the bustling street food markets can be a wonderful way to discover Bangkok with your beloved.
Depending on what you and your partner are into, you could also pay a visit to Bangkok’s notorious red light districts of Patpong, Soi Cowboy, and Nana Plaza. There are even licensed places that offer the infamous soapy massages (body-to-body massages in a bathtub, usually with “extras”) for couples! (I don’t speak through experience!)
4. Laugh, giggle, and shriek with some theme park fun
Fun-loving couples will enjoy a day at Bangkok’s Dream World. Whilst it likely won’t be the best theme park that you’ve ever been to, it still provides a cheerful day out. There are diverse rides, such as the fast and furious Black Hole Coaster, the dizzying Tornado, and the relaxing Cable Car, as well as action-packed shows. You can even frolic in snow in Snow Town, a most-unusual Bangkok activity! The pretty gardens are particularly great for couples, with loads of cute statues and ornaments for some even cuter selfies of the pair of you.
If you’re after somewhere to cool down in the blazing-hot temperatures, head to Siam Park City. A large water park, its pools, slides, chutes, and fountains are almost certain to keep you busy. Other great options include observing a vibrant assortment of aquatic life at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, and watching many animals from across the globe at Safari World.
5. Wander through the colourful Pak Khlong Talad
Pak Khlong Talad (sometimes also spelt as Pak Khlong Talat / Dalad / Dalat) is a thriving flower market in the heart of Bangkok. Filled with colourful blossoms, some of which you may never have seen before, in every colour of the rainbow, soft aromas and heady scents waft through the air, enticing you to follow your nose for a closer look.
The main wholesale flower market in Bangkok, many restaurants, bars, florists, hotels, and other businesses purchase their cut flowers and floral arrangements from here. Interesting and pretty, why not treat your other half to a beautiful bouquet or posy?
Open 24-hours of the day, the market is at its liveliest in the early hours of the morning, between around 3.00am and 4.00am. Don’t worry if you don’t fancy heading out sightseeing at that time though, as it’s still well-worth visiting at other times.
Other ways for couples to enjoy Bangkok
A relaxing way to see a different side of Bangkok is to take a boat trip through the narrow khlongs (canals). Bangkok was once crossed by many waterways, and, although many central canals have now been filled in, the remaining sections offer an evocative glimpse into the Thailand of yesteryear. Traditional wooden houses are perched on stilts next to the water’s edge, with grand European-style mansions sitting in juxtaposition, fishermen bob on the waters in their small boats, and it feels like you’ve travelled a long way from the city hubbub.
There are many excellent spas around the city, a lot of which offer combined treatments for couples. Luxuriate in a steam bath together, enjoy a blissfully soothing (regular!) massage, and indulge in a tempting selection of treatments and techniques to feel really pampered and spoilt.
Stay in a luxurious world-class hotel, shop till you drop in high-end shopping centres and busy markets, catch a film at one of the city’s VIP cinemas, chill out in Lumpini Park, watch the sun rise or set over the soaring skyline … there are so many possibilities!
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