Bangkok, the ‘City of Angels’ is a fascinating city brimming with discoveries. Well known to be a shopping paradise, it comes as no surprise that this destination is a frequent visit for many Singaporeans. But apart from its famous night markets, aesthetic cafes and brightly lit shopping malls, the metropolis has much more to offer. From shrines and temples to museums and galleries, exciting nightlife and romantic cruises, Bangkok makes a perfect spot to begin a honeymoon adventure of Amazing Thailand. In this issue, let us take you on a journey to discover the Top Things to do on your Bangkok Honeymoon.
Read our #AmazingThailand series:
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- Top 16 Things to Do on your Phuket Honeymoon
- Top 17 Things to Do on your Krabi Honeymoon
In this issue, let us take you on a journey to discover the Top 16 Things to do on your Bangkok Honeymoon. First, let’s get started with a video we took on our trip to #AmazingThailand!
Top 16 Things to Do on your Bangkok Honeymoon
1. Experience a stylish & luxurious vacation at The Siam Hotel
During our visit to Bangkok, we had the pleasure of staying at a stylish sanctuary in one of the cultural districts of Bangkok, The Siam Hotel. Apart from its picture-perfect decor, luxurious furnishings, it was remarkable to be closely situated to the significant landmarks of Bangkok, such as the Grand Palace and Wat Arun. Located on the bank of Chao Phraya River, you are literally only steps away from a romantic sunset cruise. The hotel also brings you closer to the areas of Chinatown, Wat Arun and Dusit Zoo. The hotel houses a beautiful blend of Asian and Western influences in its building. Enjoy a posh and luxurious stay here for your Bangkok honeymoon, along with 24-hour personal butler service and free access to boat rides along the river. Be sure to stay tuned for our upcoming full review of The Siam Hotel.
2. Marvel at the wonder of the Grand Palace
No honeymoon to Bangkok is complete without a visit to the majestic Grand Palace. As the official residence of the Kings of Siam since 1782, you can expect the Grand Palace to be nothing short of remarkable. The Siam Hotel offers all guests complimentary boat rides that will take you past the Grand Palace, and you will see it glittering in gold under the night sky – a spectacular sight.
Thanks to a Grand Palace tour we booked via Klook, we got to step foot into the palace grounds to see its detailed architecture and soak up the grand ambience. In the Grand Palace, you will see Wat Phra Kaew, commonly known in English as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. After the palace tour, we crossed the river on a ferry and stopped by Wang Lang Market, for some local delights, before continuing on a sightseeing cruise along the Chao Phraya River on a traditional long boat that took us past the majestic Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), the Royal Thai Navy Dockyard, Royal Barges Museum and more! It was a quick and fun way to see Bangkok’s prime landmarks! See the tour here.
3. Go on a romantic sunset dinner cruise
Very often we try and squeeze as many activities as we can into a vacation. But for a honeymoon, the key is to slow down the pace, relax and enjoy each other’s company. A sunset dinner cruise is one of the best ways to do so and get away from the city’s bustle during your Bangkok honeymoon. This romantic sail will allow you to enjoy each other’s company while cruising along to see the beautiful sights of Bangkok over delicious food. During our trip, we went for the Loy Nava Dinner Cruise via Klook.
As we cruised in a traditional dhow boat along to see the city’s iconic landmarks, which included the Temple of Dawn, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Grand Palace, we enjoyed being served scrumptious Thai traditional and seafood dishes in an intimate setting. The atmosphere was romantic and quiet and we enjoyed conversation over dinner. The cruise was also accompanied by two sessions of traditional live dance and music. The tour includes a round-trip transfer to hotels within central Bangkok. See the full tour inclusions here. Another dinner cruise tour that we would recommend would be the Apsara Dinner Cruise by Banyan Tree.
4. Visit the floating markets of Bangkok
Shopping in Bangkok is not only done in shopping malls and street markets! Bangkok is home to floating markets where you take a traditional boat and cruise through a river to buy fresh and delicious foods from other boats. Here you can see vendors piling their boats high with tropical fruit and vegetables. Some even have a live kitchen right on their boat! Your Bangkok honeymoon will be filled with fun interacting with the locals in an authentic way. There are several floating markets in Bangkok, and on our trip, we went to the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. You can see other floating markets here. To enjoy the lively atmosphere without having to worry about haggling over prices or getting ripped off, book a floating market cruise tour via Klook.
5. Visit Wat Arun and the many temples of Bangkok
In Thailand, there are a total of 40,717 Buddhist temples (source). As Thailand’s capital city, it should come as no surprise that it is home to many ornate shrines and temples. For your Bangkok honeymoon, take a trip to visit some of the most beautiful temples and shrines in Thailand. Apart from the Grand Palace, one other famous temple to visit would be Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan, simply known as the Temple of Dawn. Situated opposite to the Grand Palace, simply board a boat from Saphan Taksin boat pier 8 to get across.
Other popular temples include the Wat Saket Ratcha Wora Maha Wihan in Pom Prap Sattru Phai district, the Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram in the Dusit district of Bangkok, also known as the marble temple and Wat Trimitr which features exhibitions. The golden Buddha at Wat Traimit weighs 5.5 tons and is worth a visit, along with the Giant Swing at Wat Suthat Thepphawararam, a royal temple of the first grade.
6. Shop till you drop at Bangkok’s lively street markets
Yes, the section that I’ve been waiting for! Nothing gets me more excited than lively night markets bustling with vibrant atmosphere and tons of things to buy and eat. For your Bangkok honeymoon, visiting the night markets is not to be missed. Bargaining is also a popular and highly addictive activity. Bangkok is home to some of the best and biggest markets in the world. Paying a visit to some of the most popular ones is not to be missed. Below are some of my favourites.
This market is the ultimate place to be at over the weekend. It houses over 15,000 booths selling almost anything and everything you can imagine – from clothes to food, to home furnishings, art and handicrafts, souvenirs and even pets… even if you are not big on shopping, Chatuchak market is still a great place to experience the bustling life of Bangkok. If you happen to be on a bigger shopping spree than expected, there are delivery services provided by TNT and DHL to ship your things home for you. Chatuchak is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 6 am to 6 pm – though when evening falls, some stalls set up a night market along the main streets, so you might want to hang around for that.
Pratunam means “water gate”. This wholesale market is Thailand’s largest clothing market. Here you can find clothing, shoes and fashion accessories at wholesale prices. But more than shopping, this market offers you a peek into the local way of life. You will see vendors sewing clothes, packing orders and carting trolleys. Before the malls came, this was what shopping used to be like. This market is located at the intersection of Ratchaprop and Petchburi roads (next to Amari Watergate Hotel). Look forward to small alleys of shops and tiny stalls along the sidewalks extending all the way to Baiyoke Towers I and Baiyoke Towers II on Ratchaprarop Soi 3. It opens 24 hours, but retail shops open from about 10 am to 11 pm.
Rot Fai Train Night Market
This bustling outdoor night market is newly located at Ratchadaphisek Road (the old market still exists at Srinakarin Train Market), is now one of the most hipster places to be at when in Bangkok. Reason for its popularity is because it is more conveniently located yet still remains the same artsy vibe. You can find shops selling antiques and vintage memorabilia, as well as bars and eateries here. It features cool and trendy finds and is open from 6 pm to 12 am, Thursday to Sunday. The market is located directly behind Cultural Centre MRT Underground Station.
There are plenty of new night markets popping up in Bangkok. Click here to find the latest.
7. Roam the backpackers’ streets at Khao Sarn Road
If you happen to be in love with cheap finds, the night markets are not the only place for you. Khao San Road, well-known to be the centre of the backpacking universe is a 1km strip that houses plenty of guesthouses, mid-range hotels, swanky internet cafes and bars, bookshops and more. This spot is popular when dusk falls as live music starts to ramp up here. The carefree atmosphere here is contagious and is unlike anywhere else in Bangkok.
8. Go on a cafe hopping adventure
Like we do not already know, one favourite chill-out activity among us millennials is cafe hopping. Not only do you get to spend a day during your Bangkok honeymoon in a cosy cafe enjoying hipster vibes with your loved one. you get to snap beautiful photos of its intricate decorations, unique furnishings, and beautifully plated food for your Instagram feed. Our romantic favourites would be Audrey Cafe & Bistro for its gorgeous decor and Chan & Yupa Tearoom for its bright and lively interiors. Bangkok is home to a growing list of unique cafes, check out the full list by foodie experts LadyIronChef, The Smart Local, Seth Lui.
9. Tantalise your taste buds with authentic Thai cuisine and learn how to make them
We find ourselves heading back to Thailand every year. I do suspect it is thanks to their tantalising cuisine that gets our taste buds excited just at the thought of it. My favourites are green and massaman curry, though of course Tom Yum Goong, comes a close second. When it comes to famous Thai dishes that you must-try, the list is endless. Check out the best places to eat Thai food in Bangkok, recommended by Nerd Nomads.
After countless of trips to Thailand, we decided it was time to learn how to make our own so that we could taste the authenticity even when we returned home. A cooking class is also a great bonding activity for a married couple and we highly recommend it for your Bangkok honeymoon. Sign up for the Bangkok Thai Cooking Academy Class via Klook to enjoy your own experience, under the guidance of an expert local chef. We even got to shop for our own fresh ingredients at a nearby local market before class!
10. Escape the heat in Bangkok’s shopping malls
Bangkok’s weather, similar to Singapore’s, can get pretty hot and humid at times. But not to worry, escaping from the heat is a lot easier than you think. Bangkok has more than enough shopping malls to suit your lifestyle and budget. You can choose to visit high-end Siam Paragon, an outdoor mall at Asiatique, cheaper finds at MBK, wholesale fashion at Platinum Fashion Mall, or find cutting-edge trends at Terminal 21. For more malls, click here.
11. Visit one of the largest aquariums in Southeast Asia
Sea Life Bangkok, one of the largest aquariums in Southeast Asia is home to hundreds of different marine species. Measuring approximately 10,000 sqm, exploring the aquarium might take you a couple of hours. Here you can see amazing marine creatures such as sharks, seahorses, turtles and penguins on your Bangkok honeymoon.
12. Visit the largest museum in Southeast Asia
For fans of ancient and contemporary history, head over to Bangkok National Museum housed in the former grounds of the 18th Century Wang Na Palace. As the largest museum in Southeast Asia, you can see the largest collection of Thai art and artefacts in the country. This museum is definitely worth a visit especially if you are visiting nearby Wat Phra Kaew or the Grand Palace. For those who prefer learning about art and culture, head over to Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, a contemporary arts centre in Bangkok, where you can enjoy art, music, theatre, film, design exhibitions and performances. If you are keen on learning more about the royal family, you can visit the King Prajadhipok Museum.
13. Scream your lungs out at Siam Park City or Dream World
For adrenaline junkies, you can’t do a Bangkok honeymoon without a few screams. Head over to Siam Park City or Dream World. Both amusement parks will ensure a full day’s entertainment (and screams), with plenty of rollercoaster rides and performances. Alternatively, you can head to Safari World to get up close and personal with the animals. Be sure to get your tickets in advance from Klook to skip the long queues! Click here for tickets to Siam Park City, here for Dream World and here for Safari World.
14. Check out the exciting nightlife scene at Patpong
This is where Thailand’s Go-Go culture all started. The term go-go bar refers to a nightclub or bar that features Go-go dancers. For your Bangkok honeymoon, experience the nightlife at Patpong, for it is quite a sight. Two parallel side-streets feature dozens of neon-lit strip bars and pole-dancing entertainment. It is exciting and a real eye-opener to be here. A fair warning though, be careful to not get ripped off in Patpong – most bars allow you to get in free as long as you order a drink (around 120 baht). Don’t enter bars that you are not interested in, the local might tell you ‘it’s free’ but it is not. Here is a guide by Silom Guide to help you navigate the streets of Patpong better. If you want to take it up a notch with dancing and clubbing, click here for a list of the best clubs in Bangkok.
If you prefer a classier experience, do consider going to the rooftop bars of Bangkok where you can sip cocktails, enjoy elegant atmospheres while soaking up the city skyline. We recommend visiting Vertigo at Banyan Tree. Click here for more recommendations by Hotels.com.
15. Pamper yourselves with a couples spa massage
Ask Matt and me what we love to do on our travels and we will tell you there is nothing we’d love more than to slow down the pace, enjoy a relaxing spa and come out feeling reborn. We would suggest the same for your Bangkok honeymoon, for you deserve to pamper yourself after all the hectic wedding planning. The spas in Bangkok allow you to melt away into a zone of peace and rejuvenation at a much cheaper price than back home. When in Bangkok, there is no way you should leave the city without getting a massage. From a quick hour massage to enjoying a full spa day, you can pick what suits your preference. Klook offers a treatment session by Oasia Spa that has several prime locations in the city. Check it out here.
16. Drive off to a romantic seaside retreat
After a visit to the bustling Bangkok, extend your honeymoon vacation with a 3-hour drive to Hua Hin. Hua Hin, located in the Southern province of Thailand was once a quiet village but in the 1920s grew into a fashionable seaside retreat. The atmosphere here is peaceful and serene, which explains why the Thai royal family built their summer palaces here! Popular for kitesurfing, water sports, and sunbathing, it is very easy to get to Hua Hin from Bangkok. Simply rent a car or hire a driver to take you to this seaside escape. We visited Hua Hin earlier this September, and it was indeed charming. Stay tuned for our upcoming Hua Hin guide!
Best time to visit Bangkok:
With its tropical climate, Bangkok is almost an all-year-round destination. We recommend you to visit during the low season from May to October. The peak season is between November and March. Though March to May is the hottest months of Bangkok, it is also when Bangkok celebrates the Thai New Year and you can look forward to much festivities and cheer. December to February is cooler with evening temperatures averaging around 20 degrees Celcius.
How to get to Bangkok from Singapore:
For our trip to Thailand, we flew by Thai Airways, the flag carrier airline of Thailand. The flight only takes approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. Do note that Bangkok has two international airports – Suvarnabhumi Airport, also known as Bangkok International Airport and Don Mueang International Airport when booking your tickets.
Where to stay in Bangkok:
Having been to Bangkok several times, staying at the Bangkok riverside was very refreshing. We found ourselves seldom stuck in traffic thanks to the complimentary boat rides offered by The Siam Hotel, which offered an easy way around. The scenic vies of the Chao Praya river was also a lovely touch. If you wish to visit the Grand Palace and Wat Arun, we do recommend staying at The Siam Hotel. Traveling to Asiatique was also made easy by the boat.
However, if you wish to be closer to the lively areas, we recommend Sukhumvit and Pratunam. Sukhumvit is within walking distance to good shopping and restaurants, whereas the Pratunam area (close to the Platinum mall) puts you close to the Siam area but at cheaper prices, with a more authentic feel with its markets and street food.
How to get your tours in Bangkok:
We discovered a must-have travel app! Klook offers a simple and convenient way to book your tours and tickets for must-see attractions and must-do activities in many popular destinations.
We used Klook to book all our tours and activities in Bangkok. The process was seamless and done in 3 quick steps.
- Visit Klook and search your destination.
- Klook recommends you activities based on what you are interested in, such as “48 hours in Bangkok”, “Away from the city”, “Performances and shows” and more. Click on any tour or activity that catches your eye, and you get a detailed breakdown of what to expect from the tour. The pricing is clearly stated on the website (no hidden charges), and even comes with a ‘best price guarantee’!
- The app shows you availabilities for you to make a reservation. Make yours and you get either an instant or 24-hour confirmation, which is emailed straight to your inbox. To redeem, simply flash your mobile coupon. No hassle dealing with print-outs, it is that easy.
What we loved so much about using Klook to book our travel experiences is that we could read reviews and experiences shared by fellow travelers about the tour. You get to make an informed decision before you sign up for the tour.
All tours listed on Klook are curated and verified by their team, no longer do you have to worry about untrustworthy agencies or unfair pricing.
Book tours prior to your travels
Klook really changes the way we are going to travel from now on. Booking our activities is now safe, secure, seamless, and can be all done prior to your trip. It was a refreshing feeling not having to worry about tours or pricing during our trip itself.
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