16 Places to Visit in Bangkok! How to heal in Thailand to teach stressed out people

Bangkok, the capital city, is home to many of Southeast Asia’s top tourist and resort destinations, including Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, and Phuket. Among them, Bangkok is not only the center of tourism, but also the center of the economy, and one of the most important world cities in Southeast Asia.

Buddhist culture and temples for healing



Thailand, like Japan, is a Buddhist country. However, unlike Japan, Thailand is a Theravada Buddhist country (Japan is a Mahayana Buddhist country), and the temples are not the solemn wooden structures of Japan, but rather stone-built temples full of decorations, mainly goldwork, both inside and out, and many of the Buddha images are covered with gold leaf, creating a solemn atmosphere.


・You can learn about the culture and history of Thailand.
・Famous as a tourist attraction
Beautiful decorations.
・Easy to visit everywhere.

Recommended for people like

・Want to see temples that are always listed in guidebooks.
Want to be fascinated by the beautiful decorations and Buddha images.
・Interested in Thai culture

1. Wat Pho, overwhelmed by a huge Buddha image



Wat” means “temple” in Thai. Commonly known as Wat Pho, it is the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok and is also the royal temple of the Thai royal family.

The main attraction of this temple, also known as the Temple of Reclining Buddha, is the giant Reclining Buddha, which is 46 meters long and 15 meters high, covered entirely in gold leaf. The temple also has many other Buddha statues of various sizes, all of which are covered with gold leaf.

There is also a little-known Wat Pho School of Traditional Medicine inside the temple, which can be called the head temple of Thai massage, where you can get a massage.

Why don’t you enjoy this Buddha image that will surely excite you and get a massage to heal your tired body!


・The largest temple in Bangkok.
・The highlight of the temple is the 46-meter-long giant Reclining Buddha.
・There are many other Buddha images with gorgeous decorations.
・It is also the head temple of Thai traditional massage.

Recommended for people like

・People who want to visit temples that they cannot miss.
Interested in the giant Reclining Buddha.
Want to be healed by the massage of the head temple of Thai traditional massage.

2. Wat Arun where you can be healed by the river


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Photos are not enough! Wat Arun, seen from the Chao Phraya River, is a must-see when visiting Bangkok!

Whenever you pull yourself up to the banks of the Chao Phraya River to relax your body after the heat of Bangkok, you are sure to see the 75m long large chedi of this temple called Wat Arun.

The current pagoda was built around the 19th century, and it’s only because Bangkok escaped from many wars that we can still see it today, which makes me wish for peace.

As we approached Wat Arun, we noticed that the surface of the pagoda was decorated with fragments of pottery. This architectural style was influenced by Chinese art, which was widely used in those days. The tower can also be climbed. The view of Bangkok at sunset from the top of the pagoda is inexpressibly beautiful.




・The main attraction is the 75m long chedi.
・The beauty of the silhouette of the chedi with the setting sun in the background is definitely impressive.
・The view of the city of Bangkok from the chedi is also amazing.
・You can see Bangkok from the top.

Recommended for the following people

Want to see Wat Arun lit up by the setting sun.
・Want to take a boat ride across the Chao Phraya River!

3. Don’t miss the golden Buddha statue! Wat Traimit

The temple is located near the entrance to Yawalar Road (Chinatown), about a 15-minute walk from Phalangboln (Bangkok Central) Station.

The main attraction of this temple is the Buddha statue made of gold, which is said to be about 700 years old, 3 meters high and weighs 5.5 tons. Because of the golden Buddha image, the temple is crowded with tourists from all over Thailand and abroad every day.


・Closer to the center of Bangkok than the above two temples.
Golden Buddha image up to 3m high.

Recommended for the following people

・Want to see a golden Buddha statue
Easy to enjoy temple sightseeing
・Want to see the golden Buddha statue

Fun and Healing in Bangkok

4. Gourmet food and massage, all in one place! Khao San Road

It used to be one of the world’s leading backpacker towns, with many cheap lodgings and is said to be the place where backpackers from all over the world used to go. It is also called the “holy land of backpackers,” but nowadays it is visited by many people other than backpackers.

Even today, the 300-meter-long street is lined with hotels and guesthouses for backpackers, restaurants, Internet cafes, travel agencies, used bookstores, clothing stores, souvenir stores, and other stores necessary for travelers.

Travel agencies on Khao San Road also offer tours and travel arrangements for Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya, and other parts of Thailand, as well as neighboring countries such as Myanmar and Cambodia, and information on these is relatively easy to obtain.

Of course, even if you don’t have any business in those stores, there are many food stalls selling fresh fruit and beverages such as fresh squeezed oranges, pad thai, gaiyan, kebabs, etc., as well as massage parlors, creating a chaotic scene typical of Southeast Asia.

The location is far from the city center, so it is convenient to take a cab or tuk-tuk to get there.
Since there are countless guesthouses in Bangkok, it is more convenient to use guesthouses in the center of the city such as the Siam area and Silom Road for sightseeing and shopping, and it is also safer.

In recent years, due to the increase in the number of tourists, the prices have become 1.5 to 2 times higher than in other areas of Bangkok, so it would be better to go there with the idea of enjoying Asia easily, rather than for the reason of being “cheap” as in the past.


One of the world’s leading backpacker destinations.
・Tourists from all over the world, including Japan, Europe and the United States, visit Thailand.
・There are many travel agencies that can arrange tours to other parts of Thailand.
・It is relatively easy to arrange air tickets and bus tickets within Thailand and to Myanmar and Cambodia.
・A wide range of stores, including massage parlors, souvenir shops, restaurants and food stalls.
・There are many guesthouses and other relatively inexpensive accommodations.

Recommended for the following people

・Want to feel the chaotic atmosphere of Southeast Asia
・Want to make travel and ticket arrangements
Want to enjoy looking for souvenirs, gourmet food, and massages all at once.
・It’s a hassle to move between stores and explore.
・Want to stay in a guesthouse.

Want to have fun even after nightfall! Bars and Nightclubs

Bangkok is one of the most important world cities in Southeast Asia, attracting tourists from all over the world, including Europe, the United States, and Asia, especially Japan, China, and Korea. Inevitably, there is an increase in the number of bars and nightclubs in the downtown area, and it is becoming more and more crowded.

Nana Plaza and Patpong are all located in the center of Bangkok, so even if you miss the last train, you can easily go back to your hotel, and since there are many stores open until morning, you can play all night.

However, not only the downtown area, but also Bangkok at night is not a safe place, so it is not recommended to go out alone with women.

5. Drinking while looking down at the night view is exceptional! Rooftop Bar

Reference:Millennium Hilton Bangkok│BANGKOK.COM

Roof top bars are an essential part of a night out in Bangkok. Rooftop bars are bars on the top of the roof, or the roof of a building, where you can enjoy a drink while looking down on the jewel-like night view of Bangkok.

There are many rooftop bars in Bangkok. From department stores such as Central World, to hotels such as Marriott and Lebua, and even on the rooftops of buildings, there really are a variety of bars.

From casual to luxurious, there is a bar to suit your mood and atmosphere. There are many different types of bars, from casual to luxurious, so you can choose the one that best suits your mood and atmosphere. There is something special about enjoying a drink in a stylish space that is different from the bars on the ground. It will make your night in Bangkok a wonderful one.

Please stop by when you are in Bangkok.

Relieve your stress by shopping! Shopping

The best thing about Thailand is the low prices! Of course, this is true not only for the cheap stores in town, but also for the department stores!
For those of you who want to enjoy shopping there, I would like to introduce some of the best places to go and which stores to visit.


・You can buy everyday sundries, souvenirs, and brand-name goods such as clothing and accessories at lower prices than in Japan.
・The duty free procedure is relatively easy.
・English is spoken, so there is less anxiety.
・Tenants are located in department stores, so there is less concern about quality.

Recommended for the following people

・Want to buy brand-name products.
・Want to buy goods that are cheap and of guaranteed quality.
・Worried about shopping in Thai language

Siam District

This is one of the central districts in Bangkok where many large shopping centers such as Siam Paragon, Siam Square, MBK Center, etc. Both BTS lines run through the district, making it very accessible. Even if you don’t need to go to a shopping center, it is a great place to stop by.

6.Siam Paragon


A famous luxury department store that is always mentioned in guidebooks. It offers everything from fashion accessories, including brand-name stores, to household goods, restaurants, cafes, supermarkets, and food courts. The exterior of the store is also modern and conveys a stylish air. It will definitely help you find some souvenirs!

・Closed: No holidays
・Opening hours: 10:00~22:00
・Access: Directly connected to BTS Siam Station
・Official website:https://www.siamparagon.co.th/index.php

7.Siam center

It is located next to Siam Paragon and is very popular in Thailand, especially among young people. It offers a wide range of fashion items and many cafes. Events are often held on weekends, and it is recommended for those who want to shop and enjoy Thai sweets.

・Closed: No holidays
・Opening hours: 10:00~22:00
・Access: Directly connected to BTS Siam Station
・Official website:https://www.siamcenter.co.th/index.php

8.MBK Center (Mabungkulon Center)

A shopping center with a variety of tenants including Bangkok Tokyu Department Store. With a large number of tenants, you can enjoy shopping more easily than the above two stores.

In the food court, there are many stores that are well-known in Japan, so you can enjoy a meal with no worries, but there are also many other stores like Thai food stalls, so you can enjoy a variety of meals, which can be said to be a feature of MBK Center.

There are also grocery stores and supermarkets, making it a perfect shopping center for buying souvenirs.

・Closed: No holidays
・Opening hours: 10:00~22:00
・Access: Directly connected to National Stadium BTS station
・Official website:https://www.mbk-center.co.th/

Around Chitlom Station

9.Central World

It is one of the most famous luxury department stores in Thailand. However, even though it is a high-end department store, the prices vary greatly from store to store, so it is very easy to enter. It is a department store where you can find everything from shopping to dining to fun.

・Closed: No holidays
・Opening hours: 10:00~22:00
・Access: 5 minutes walk from BTS Chitlom station
・Official site:https://www.centralworld.co.th/index.php


10.Amarin Plaza

Although it is located in an upscale area, Amarin Plaza has an impression of being easy to enter for tourists. Inside, there are stores that tailor traditional Thai costumes and men’s suits and shirts, which are much cheaper than tailoring in Japan.

There are also Thai goods and a popular food court, recommended for those who want to enter without hesitation.

・Closed: No holidays
・Opening hours: 10:30~21:30
・Access: 3 minutes walk from BTS Chitlom station
・Official website:https://www.amarinplaza.com/en

Easy to shop. Convenience stores and supermarkets

What should I do about souvenirs for my workplace? There are a lot of people, so I can’t spend that much. But if you are greedy and want something unusual that you have never seen before, this is a must! In such cases, use local convenience stores and supermarkets.

Whether you are looking for a souvenir or buying a small snack or drink, supermarkets in department stores tend to be more expensive.

To be honest, you don’t want to spend a lot of money on souvenirs to give away, mineral water to buy, and snacks for when you get hungry! So here we will introduce you to the so-called ordinary convenience stores and supermarkets.

There are many souvenirs (snacks, seasonings, etc.) that are only available in that country, so I always stop by a supermarket when I go abroad.

11.convenience store

Convenience stores can be found everywhere in Bangkok. 7-Eleven is by far the most common among them.
They have a large selection of goods and can be used in the same way as Japanese convenience stores. They are open until late at night, and some are even open 24 hours a day.

You can find snacks such as sweets, bread, sandwiches, beverages, ice cream, and even small sundries such as toothbrushes, cotton swabs, and batteries.

12.Tops Market Robinson Store

This supermarket is located in the basement of Robinson Department Store near Asoke BTS station. I also bought souvenirs (limited edition Pritz) and seasonings (sweet chili sauce) at this store.

There are convenience stores everywhere in Bangkok, but I also bought mineral water and other items because it was cheaper than convenience stores. There are many other stores in this Tops Market, so you may want to look for one near where you are staying.

Other stores: Tops Market Store List│Official Website

・Closed: No holidays
・Business hours: Open 24 hours
・Access: 5 minutes walk from BTS Asoke Station
・Official website:https://topsmarket.tops.co.th/en/

Heal with a traditional Thai massage.

If you are visiting Thailand, you should definitely try traditional Thai traditional massage! Once you experience the charm of this massage, you will surely be captivated by it (I feel like getting a massage even while writing this article…).

By the way, if you ask me what is different from the traditional Thai massage I receive in Japan, it goes without saying that it is the low price! It’s natural because prices are different, but it’s cheap anyway! To be frank, the stores introduced below are more expensive than other massage parlors in Bangkok, but they are still cheap! You’ll be surprised!


You can get a massage at a much lower price than in Japan.
Some stores offer a 30-minute course, so you can fit it into your schedule.

Recommended for people like

Want to heal daily fatigue and stress.
・Interested in Thai massage.

13.Clean and safe! Arima Onsen

I’m not talking about the famous hot spring in Hyogo Prefecture. The name of the store is Arima Onsen. The name of the shop is Arima Onsen. Although it looks a little suspicious, it was the safest store among the several massage shops I visited in Bangkok.

When you get a massage, you have to change into the clothes provided, but this store seemed to have washed them properly, and the towels on the mats and pillows were changed every time. The price was 280 baht for an hour full body course. That’s about $9 in US dollars. That’s a surprisingly low price!

When receiving a massage, each person is separated by a partition, so even women can feel safe. Also, the person who gives the massage is a woman, so I think you can use the service with peace of mind.

The prices are written at the entrance of the store, and there is also a price list written in Japanese at the reception desk, so there is nothing to worry about. In addition to the full body massage, there are many other courses that you will want to take just by listening to them, such as oil massage, head spa, and foot massage.

・Closed: No holidays
・Opening hours: 9:00~22:00
・Official website:https://www.arimaonsenthailand.net/jp.htm
Get off at Sala Daeng station. Enter Thaniya Road and go straight. When you reach Surawong Road, turn right and go straight until you see Surawong Plaza Road on your left, then turn right. This area is a massage paradise, and Arima Onsen is located on the right side of the street.

Get off at Silom station. Go straight and use the stairs of BTS Sala Daeng station and exit from Sala Daeng station (exit 3) on the other side of the street. Go straight for a few meters until you see Thanya Road on your right, and turn there. From there it is the same as from the BTS.

Rides in Bangkok

Here are some rides that you should definitely take when you visit Bangkok. All of them are typical Thai rides and will surely be a memorial for you.

Don’t worry, there are other ways to get around, such as subways, cabs, and buses!

14. If you come to Thailand, you must take a tuk-tuk

When you think of Southeast Asia, you think of tuk tuks, and the tuk tuks in Thailand are probably the ones you think of the most, aren’t they?
They are reasonably priced and one of the best things about Thailand is riding a tuk-tuk while listening to the hustle and bustle of Bangkok.

To get on a tuk-tuk, first tell the driver where you want to go. Then you negotiate the price. There is no meter like in cabs, and there is no definite price, so if you can negotiate and accept the price, go ahead and use it.

The driver will almost always ask for a higher price, so we try to ask for a lower price (even half price). We repeat this process and lower the price until we are satisfied. Incidentally, the price range is around 50-100 baht ($1.50-$3.00), depending on the distance. If you don’t have the confidence to negotiate in English, a calculator is helpful. You can also negotiate by writing on a piece of paper.

Hold on to the handrails as it is dangerous while riding.

How about cruising by boat!

The Chao Phraya River runs north to south through the city of Bangkok. It is a large river and is used not only for passenger boats but also for cargo transport, with boats of all sizes passing by.

15. The Chao Phraya Express can take you anywhere

Boats on the Chao Phraya River are one of the most essential means of transportation in Bangkok. It’s very convenient and efficient when you want to visit spots along the Chao Phraya River such as Wat Pho and Khao San Road without getting caught in traffic jams!

When I got on the boat, I was surprised at how fast it was. It’s not the ocean, so it doesn’t shake that much, but it’s still impressive to see the water splashing around. You have to be very careful not to drop your luggage, camera, etc., but you also have to make sure you don’t fall off.

Fare is based on distance, from 13 baht (about $0.39). After you get on the boat, an attendant will come to collect your money, so tell him where you want to get off and pay. If you are planning to take the boat more than once in a day, the one day pass for 120 baht (about $3.60) is a good deal.

Please note that there are express and express boats, and there are some landing stages that do not stop. You can tell the type by the color of the flag (no flag: regular, orange: express, yellow: express). Be sure to pay attention to which type of train will stop at the pier you are getting off at.

Official website:https://www.chaophrayaexpressboat.com/en/home/index.asp

16.The ferry is the best way to get to Wat Arun!

To get to Wat Arun, with its large chedi, take a ferry from the Chao Phraya Express ferry pier next to it. It takes about five minutes to get to the other side of the river. It’s only 3 baht (about $0.09)! The fee is given before boarding the boat.

Enjoy Thai culture

The appeal of traveling to Thailand is that you can enjoy the Buddhist-centered culture and the spicy Thai food that uses a lot of chili sauce. And the low cost of living is something you won’t find in Japan or Europe. There are also many direct flights from various parts of Japan, and it takes only a few hours to get there, which is also very attractive.

I have introduced many things such as gourmet food, spas, shopping, and sightseeing, but there are many more attractions that I have not fully conveyed. Bangkok is not the only city in Thailand! There is also the World Heritage site of Ayutthaya, where you can ride elephants, the northern city of Chiang Mai, which has a different atmosphere from Bangkok, and the resort areas of Pattaya and Phuket.

Resorts such as Hawaii and Bali, and hot springs in Europe and Japan are also great, but you have to try Thailand for yourself to see its charms!

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