Those who know Bangkok well can agree on one thing, Bangkok is an exercise in sensory overload. This bustling Asian capitol is a conglomeration of contrasts with a constant barrage of sights, sounds and smells, where you never have to look far to decide what to do in Bangkok because boredom is never in the equation.
SO/ Bangkok is ideally situated to guide you with many top Bangkok activities, here are just a few of the delights that await you in the City of Angels.
Thailand’s unique and ancient massage technique is famous around the globe. Thai massage traces its influence to Indian Ayurvedic medical traditions, incorporating stretches and deep tissue massage with compressing, pulling and rocking the body while generally following the body’s energy lines to stimulate the internal organs.
At SO/ Bangkok’s renowned SO/ SPA our massage and healing specialists provide a range of Thai massage that will put your body on the path to wellness and bliss. Re-energize with a legendary Thai massage while overlooking magnificent views of Lumpini Park and the Bangkok skyline from our sophisticated SO/ SPA.
If you’re a food lover you’ll be in heaven in Bangkok, often cited as the best city in the world for its food, and especially its affordable and insanely delicious street food. Although found everywhere across the metropolis, some streets stand out as street food havens. Here are a few to get you started, and for more be sure to check out our Street Food Guide.
Tucked away in the quiet and green district of Dusit, down a road known as Nakhon Chaisi, is Ratchawat Market, a relaxed and laid back neighborhood chock full of street food. Don’t come to Charoen Krung and Bangrak on a full stomach, but do come. Take the BTS Skytrain to Saphan Taksin station and then just walk around the area with your nose leading the way.
Hidden in-between the modern shopping area of Siam and Victory Monument, within the Phaya Thai neighborhood, is Pectchaburi Soi 5. Though very close to Bangkok’s center, it’s a very local Thai market street. Sukhumvit Soi 38 is an oasis of affordable street food in the middle of Bangkok’s high-end Thong Lo clubbing district.
The classic TukTuk is one of the most recognizable icons of the Thai capital, so no list of what to do in Bangkok would be complete without a ride in one of these open-air three-wheelers. SO/ Bangkok has a TukTuk shuttle service to encourage guests to explore the vicinity of the hotel and immerse themselves in everyday Bangkok activities. Our complimentary TukTuk makes a loop around the vicinity with scheduled stops along Sathorn and Silom Roads as well as Saladaeng BTS Skytain station.
SO Tuk-Tuk departs every 30 minute from 8am – 6pm, with room for six passengers.
If your bucket list of Bangkok activities includes getting in shape, you’re in the right town. Muay Thai is Thai boxing and the national sport, it’s commonly referred to as “the art of eight limbs,” denoting the eight points of contact used – fists, elbows, knees, and shins. Bangkok is the best place in the world to learn Muay Thai, with the best fighters, the most experienced trainers and the most intense training camps.
Learn this martial art and how to punch like a pro with our SO Muay Thai classes every Thursday at SO/ FIT. You can learn the art of traditional Thai kickboxing while giving your body a full aerobic workout, and doing it all in SO/ FIT style.
Lumpini Park is a haven of tranquility in Bangkok’s hustle and bustle, where fresh air and shade offer city dwellers a break from the roaring traffic and hulking concrete towers. Named after the birthplace of the Lord Buddha, Lumpini Park is more than half a million square meters in size, and the habitat of various flora and fauna. Since the 1920s Lumpini Park has been a center of outdoor leisure activities for Bangkokians, who enjoy a jog, a light workout, aerobics or a leisurely stroll around its large artificial lake on shady paths.
The possibilities for what to do in Bangkok once the sun goes down are limitless. Bangkok nightlife runs the gamut, from swanky rooftop bars , lively nightclubs and hip cocktail bars to buzzing night markets and restaurants of every persuasion. Bangkok nightlife ranges from the party scene at Khao San Road to the trendy bars at Thonglor and nightclubs galore up and down Sukhumvit and Silom Roads.
For Bangkok nightlife on the street, check out Bangkok’s lively night markets. The best night markets in Bangkok offer a festival atmosphere with tons of local items and retro stuff to browse, as well as street food, bars and live music.
If your search of what to do in Bangkok needs a break from the ever buzzing streets, just look up and find relaxation at one of Bangkok’s rooftop bars. So which are the best rooftops in Bangkok? There are several worth checking out in this part of the city. But for stunning views of Lumpini Park, there’s only one – our own HI-SO Rooftop Bar on SO/ Bangkok’s 29th floor.