The city of Bangkok is one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Asia. The capital of Thailand is home to roughly 10 million citizens and filled with new and exciting things to see and do. Bangkok can trace its roots back to the 15th century, when Thailand was still known as Siam and had a ruling monarchy. These days, Bangkok is a bustling, crowded city that is filled with culture and history. There are Buddhist temples that are centuries old and a modern rapid transit system to whisk you around the city. Here are our picks for the 12 coolest things to see and do in Bangkok.
12. Local Zoos
Unfortunately, the most famous of the Bangkok zoos — the Dusit Zoo — has now been closed for good, pending a future relocation. Luckily, there’s still the Sriracha Tiger Zoo and SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World to check out. The former specialized in tigers (obviously), but also includes numerous other species to marvel at. It’s a bit outside the heart of the city (over an hour of driving), but definitely worth the trip.
If you don’t want to leave Bangkok at all, there’s SEA LIFE Ocean World. It’s one of the largest aquariums in Southeast Asia and is actually located two stories below one of Bangkok’s most famous shopping malls (which we’ll feature later in this article). This attraction features more than 30,000 aquatic species on display. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to watch a selection of live scheduled shows — shark feeding is a popular choice.