Most travelers use Bangkok as a jumping-off point to explore the rest of Thailand and all of Southeast Asia. While a lot of people only see Khao San Road and the airport, there is so much more to see in Bangkok. As the capital city in the Land of Smiles, it is easy to get around and enjoy the places where the local Thai people live. Any seasoned traveler would be remiss to make it to Bangkok and not experience these top less known activities.
Walk with Sharks
Many visitors head for Tiger Kingdom but the real adventure seekers will head to Siam Ocean World and walk with the sharks. This aquarium is one of the largest in Southeast Asia and filled with all varieties of marine life. An underwater tunnel allows you to be surrounded by all the secrets of the ocean without having to don your swimsuit. Those that are truly brave can suit up and scuba dive with the most deadly predators in the ocean, sharks!
Meander through Buddhamonthon Park
Bangkok is such a large city, it is hard to imagine a huge park with a seemingly never-ending landscape but Buddhamonthon Park is not a mirage. Just outside of the hustle and bustle of the city, this massive green park is just what the doctor ordered when a traveler needs a break from the over 6 million Bangkok residents. Grab some yummy street food, find a good spot to sit, take a breath and relax for a while. If you close your eyes, you might forget you’re in such a big metropolitan city.
It is surprising to most visitors who walk along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok that they are in such a modern city. This old part of Bangkok is where many of the best hotels in Bangkok call home because it is so beautiful and serene. Starting at the Taksin Bridge, you’ll be wandering through many cultures. From a cathedral near the old European trading center to Bangrak Market to the Muslim village Haroon, this area is a culture seekers heaven.
Catch a Snake
The Bangkok Snake Farm will have you biting your nails as you watch trained professionals gather King Cobras with their bare hands. Don’t worry, they won’t actually have you try to catch one yourself. While this isn’t the only attraction at the Snake Farm, it is the most fascinating. The farm is a great place to learn more about these slithery reptiles that are less dangerous and more helpful than you may think.
Cruise the Bangkok Canals
Bangkok isn’t known as the “Venice of the East” for nothing. The canals and waterways weave their way throughout the city and are a common way for the local population to get around. Renting a boat allows you to move through the city and view more of the cultural aspect of Bangkok. The wooden stilted houses, floating kitchens and mobile shops are just a few of the sights you’ll encounter on this water adventure.