The capital of Thailand, Bangkok has recently become the most-visited city in the world, per annum, thanks to an inpouring of tourists fascinated by its temples, its climate and its culture, as well as a thriving nightlife that is renowned not just throughout Asia but worldwide. A popular destination for solo travellers, Bangkok has grown to provide plenty of tourist-friendly options for parties of one, so if you’ve ever wanted to check out this fascinating city, read on and learn the 10 best things to do alone in Bangkok.
The floating market on Damnoen Saduak’s famous khlong is a perfect place to pick up local foods and other mementos of the area. If you can visit this attraction and not partake in the popular noodles served from canoes on the canal, then you clearly have an iron will, but this is certainly a trip you should make anyway. The floating market is a part of the cultural landscape of Bangkok, and Thailand in general - and as well as the chance to see around the area, you can buy (at a very low price) a ticket to enter the covered market and enhance your tourist experience.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market 6-Hour Tour
Duration: 6 hour
Bangkok’s main waterway, the Chao Praya river, is an ideal space from which to view the city as day turns to night, and the city’s historical monuments and temples light up. During your cruise on this riverboat, you will be treated to a diverse buffet dinner cooked to perfection, having the chance to mingle with your fellow tourists and see Bangkok at its most beautiful. You will be welcomed onto the boat with a drink, and kept entertained by live music, while the cover charge also includes a pick-up from one of several local hotels.
Bangkok: 2-Hour Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya Princess
Duration: 2 hour
Famously busy and noisy, it may feel at times that Bangkok is a city where you can’t catch your breath. Often, that’s no bad thing, as the fun keeps coming, but if you want to take a more serene few hours we would recommend the Colors of Bangkok bike tour, which takes you through the quieter streets and stops off at a local kindergarten, a Buddhist temple and even at a sewing workshop. Dinner is laid on, at a quieter, more traditional restaurant, and the whole experience feels authentically Thai in a way many other tours might not.
Colors of Bangkok
Duration: 4 hours
Muay Thai, a form of boxing that includes striking with the arms and legs, is Thailand’s national martial art and one of its most renowned sports. Lumpinee is very much the home of Muay Thai as a spectator sport, and on paying in you will be entitled to witness a professional fight from a VIP seat, soaking in the atmosphere as up to 5,000 keen fans cheer their heroes through an absorbing sporting contest. VIP seats are at the ringside, so you will be very close to the action.
Muaythai Lumpinee Boxing Stadium - VIP Entrance Ticket
Duration: 3 hour
Anyone who has sampled Thai food will immediately ask the question “How do I get to the point where I can make this myself”. The recipes for traditional red or green curries, along with Pad Thai noodles and a range of other dishes, may seem intimidating before you try to cook them, but this communal cooking class will show you just how straightforward, and delicious, these meals can be when you make them yourself. The class starts early, as you learn about the ingredients before you are given the chance to go into the market and buy those products, including fruit, vegetables and edible flowers. At the end of the class, you then get the chance to eat the results of your labour, while you’ll also be regularly provided with snacks throughout the day.
Bangkok: Thai Cooking Class with Authentic Market Experience
Duration: 4 hour
A relaxing time away is, after all, the whole point of a holiday, and your stay in Bangkok should see you making time to enjoy a traditional massage at one of the city’s excellent spas. Treatments include foot spa, aromatherapy, traditional Thai and herbal massages, and more. After your treatment, you’ll surely feel refreshed and ready to take on another sightseeing tour in Bangkok.
[Limited-time Offer] Center Point Massage & Spa in Bangkok
If the pub crawl doesn’t sound like your kind of party, then worry not—there are some more sedate evening activities that you can enjoy. Take this tour of Bangkok’s temples and canals, viewed from a long-tail boat. You’ll disembark periodically to get a closer look at some of the key sites, which include the remarkable Wat Arun Temple (also known as the Temple of Dawn), and Bangkok’s bustling flower market where you will learn about flower arranging and take in the beautiful colours. The tour ends at 8pm, leaving plenty of time to go for a snack or have dinner in one of the many excellent local restaurants.
Bangkok Evening Discovery: Temples and Hidden Canals Tour
Duration: 4.5 hours
The Khao San Road is famed throughout Thailand and beyond as a must-visit thoroughfare for backpackers. This pub crawl entitles you to enjoy drinks in many of its bars for free, with local beers and shots among the popular options you’ll have the chance to sample. You’ll also be comped free entry into a club to end the night, make plenty of new friends and, not least, be provided with a free singlet to remember the night by.
Bangkok Nightlife: 4-Hour Khao San Road Pub Crawl
Duration: 4 hours
If you’re a foodie, then there really is no greater experience when visiting a new place than trying out its local delicacies. This wonderful tour takes you around the city, sampling the foods that keep Bangkok going on a daily basis. Six tasting stops along the way will take you to market stalls and restaurants, enjoying the spicy and the not-so-spicy side of the city. During the tour you’ll also have a chance to sample the best of local coffee and beer, while a well-informed English-speaking guide will show and tell you how the foods tie in with local culture.
Bangkok: Local’s Favorite Dishes Food Tour
Duration: 3 hour
As unique depictions of ancient and modern Thai culture go, you won’t find many more entertaining and beguiling that the Bangkok Siam Niramit show. This inclusive display of dancing, music and astonishing backdrops will have you enthralled for its 80-minute duration. The show also includes actual elephants, which are well worth looking out for. The show also educates the viewer about traditional, local Buddhist and Muslim traditions, and you’ll leave feeling educated and inspired.
Bangkok Siam Niramit Show Admission Ticket
Duration: 80 to 2.5 minute
Bangkok - a city of contrasts you're sure to love
Your break in Bangkok will be one of the best holidays you could possibly have, whatever your reasons for coming. There are so many things you can do here as a solo traveller, and whether you come here planning to meet new people, or just plough your own furrow, the options available make it possible to have fun while doing either. Your stay here will be memorable for all the right reasons, and the above options are just a few of the many things that make Bangkok thrilling.
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