Bangkok may be known for its heavy traffic, but don’t let that keep you from touring the city’s landmarks. This carefully curated list of top Bangkok attractions close to your favourite Hilton hotels will help you explore more of the Thai capital, without wasting precious hours in its infamous traffic congestions. Experience these famed spots for a memorable adventure, sans the Bangkok jam.
Go street art hunting
Get off the beaten track and check out Bangkok’s underground art scene for a different kind of Bangkok attraction. This creative capital is sprinkled with stunning street art and multi-coloured murals. An amazing array of graffiti and installations by local and international artists line the narrow alleys between Chao Phraya River and Charoen Krung Road. For a perfect start to the two-hour art trail, take a short 15-minute drive from Millennium Hilton Bangkok to Saphan Taksin Pier, and walk along the river towards Pak Khlong Flower Market.
Visit the sleeping Buddha
Wat Pho, or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is a must-visit Bangkok attraction that’s a mere 15-minute drive from Millennium Hilton Bangkok. This 17th century temple houses a gilded reclining Buddha that stretches 46 metres wide and 15 metres high. It represents Buddha’s final illness before attaining parinirvana – spiritual enlightenment. Take your eyes off the main feature and check out the intricate details on the walls along the temple – you’ll notice colourful murals that tell the story of Buddha’s life. Tip: Gift your feet a 30-minute foot massage – the Thai Traditional Medical and Massage School is situated within the temple premise.
Go green in the middle of Bangkok
As the image at the top shows, you can easily escape the chaotic streets in Bangkok. Walk through Lumphini Park, located just seven minutes away from the newly opened DoubleTree by Hilton Bangkok Ploenchit. This sprawling green space is a slice of peace in the heart of the capital. Envisioned as a museum in the 1920s by King Rama VI, it was declared as the capital’s first park after World War I. It later served as a Japanese Army Camp in World War II. Look out for the park’s distinct species of birds and keep a watch on the ground – huge monitor lizards are often found bathing in the sun!
Cook up a Thai spread
Go beyond just eating street food around Bangkok, take them home with you by learning to cook at Siamese Cookery House. This kitchen for up to eight resides within a quaint 100-year-old house, located just 30 minutes from Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok. Sign up for one of three daily four-hour slots which include a tour the local market to pick out your ingredients. At 888 Baht, it’s a real bargain for a lifelong skill.
Bangkok’s biggest talisman bazaar, the Amulet Market, is a great place to buy totems, coins and charms. Put on your haggling hat at as you walk down the narrow alleys lined alongside Maharat road with stalls spilling sacred trinkets of all shapes and sizes. These collectibles can cost as low as 5 Baht to hundreds of Baht, depending on the make and finishing. Whether you’re looking for love, protection, or one to ward off evil and bring good luck, you’ll be able to find something to your liking. The market is only a 40-minute drive to DoubleTree by Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok.
With heaps more activities to discover without having to brave much of the city’s traffic, you are sure to be entertained in Bangkok, even if you’ve only got a few hours to spare. Ask your Hilton Concierge to help with directions and enjoy the journey.