The Best Things for Couples to Do in Vibrant Bangkok

Grand Palace Bangkok at Sunrise

Discover Bangkok’s delicious street food scene, artistic hotspots, bustling markets and majestic temples with our ultimate guide to the best things for couples to do and see in ‘The City of Angels’.

As one of Southeast Asia’s premier travel destinations, Bangkok delights visitors with its vibrant energy and harmonious blend of old-world charm and contemporary allure. Ancient temples stand amidst modern skyscrapers, and lively markets blend with world-class dining establishments, offering various unique experiences.

As night falls, Bangkok undergoes a tempting transformation, with bustling clubs, cultural tours, and glamorous cabaret shows painting the city in a new light. Whether wandering through ancient temples or immersing in the vibrant nightlife, Bangkok invites couples to embark on an extraordinary journey filled with excitement and wonder.

Bangkok at night

With over 30 visits to Bangkok, we’ve discovered something new each time, deepening our love for this dynamic metropolis. This guide will reveal the top activities and attractions for couples seeking adventure, luxury, and romance, ensuring your time in Bangkok is nothing short of magical.

So, let’s dive in and uncover all the fantastic experiences awaiting you in Bangkok!

Adventures in Bangkok: Top Activities for Couples

The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew

Grand Palace Bangkok

No visit to Bangkok is complete without a visit to the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew. Located in the city’s heart, the Grand Palace is a majestic complex that was the home of Thai kings and the Royal Court for 150 years. Admire the intricate architecture of the throne and ceremonial halls, and be mesmerised by the sacred Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) within the palace grounds. The Emerald Buddha, carved from a single block of grey-green jasper, is a sight to behold and a symbol of Thailand’s religious devotion.

Chinatown: A True Culinary and Cultural Delight

Step into the vibrant atmosphere of Bangkok’s Chinatown, where every turn unveils a tale of centuries-old history and culture. Wander through its narrow market lanes, where gleaming gold shops and enticing street food stalls (renowned for some of Bangkok’s finest street food) await, enticing visitors with a blend of Thai and Chinese flavours.

As you navigate through the lively crowds, you’ll encounter a vibrant mix of locals shopping for fresh produce and traditional goods alongside curious foreigners immersing themselves in the area’s vibrant atmosphere. Yaowarat Road, Bangkok’s Chinatown hub, is adorned with vivid neon signs illuminating its bustling streets. Known as one of the best places in Bangkok for street food, it entices foodies with its diverse culinary offerings spread across its 1.5 km stretch and side streets. 

Sampeng Street Thailand Top view
Sampeng Street

Sampeng Lane is a bustling market located near Yaowarat Road. The lane is a narrow, covered, mostly pedestrianised street occasionally used by mopeds and pushcarts. The market offers various products, from clothing, jewellery, cosmetics, toys, trinkets, and delicious street food. The prices are very reasonable, making it an excellent destination for shoppers looking for a bargain.

Explore ancient temples adorned with golden Buddhas and Daoist shrines enveloped in incense, showcasing the area’s spiritual legacy. Whether you wander freely or opt for a guided tour, each corner of Bangkok’s Chinatown promises fresh and exhilarating discoveries amidst the lively atmosphere that will leave you craving more.

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Wat Arun: The Temple of Dawn

Wat Arun Bangkok
Wat arun and cruise ship in night time and floating lamp in yee peng festival under loy krathong day, Bangkok city, Thailand

Wat Arun, known as the Temple of Dawn, boasts a magnificent architectural presence along the Chao Phraya River. Its majestic spires and intricate detailing render it among Bangkok’s most striking temples. Ascend to the apex of the central prang for awe-inspiring vistas encompassing the river, Grand Palace, and Wat Pho. Wat Arun is celebrated for its stunning sunrise and sunset panoramas, which bathe the temple in a golden hue during these enchanting moments.

Lumphini Park: An Oasis in the City

Aerial View of Lumphini Park Bangkok with city in background

Nestled amidst the concrete jungle of Bangkok lies Lumphini Park, a green oasis that provides a peaceful retreat from the bustling city. Known as the “Central Park of Bangkok,” Lumphini Park is a sanctuary for those who enjoy nature and fitness activities. 

Take a relaxing walk along the meandering pathways, rent a paddle boat shaped like a swan and enjoy a ride on the calm lake, or participate in a yoga class underneath the shade of the trees. This serene park is an ideal location to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in nature.

Jim Thompson House: A Glimpse into Thai Silk and History

Jim Thompson House Bangkok
Jim Thompson House

Enter the enchanting world of Jim Thompson, a renowned American entrepreneur who played a vital role in reinvigorating Thailand’s silk industry. The Jim Thompson House, once his residence, is now a museum that displays his exquisite collection of antiques, artwork, and religious relics. Discover the traditional teak houses set amidst a verdant garden and learn about the history and artistry of Thai silk. The Jim Thompson House offers a captivating peek into the intersection of Thai culture, art, and history.

Chatuchak Weekend Market: Shop ’til You Drop

Chatuchak Weekend Markets bangkok

Prepare for the ultimate shopping experience at the Chatuchak Weekend Market, which is considered one of the largest outdoor markets worldwide. With over 15,000 stalls, this market is a treasure trove for shopaholics. You can find anything you need, from home décor, clothing, and accessories to trinkets. 

The market is divided into different lanes, categorised based on the types of goods they offer. You can lose yourself in the market’s maze, but you will discover unique treasures at every turn. Remember that haggling is part of the market culture, so wear comfortable shoes and bring your bargaining skills.

Wat Pho: Home to the Reclining Buddha

Wat Pho: Home to the Reclining Buddha

Wat Pho, also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is a must-visit for art and history enthusiasts. The main attraction of Wat Pho is the country’s largest reclining Buddha, a 150-foot-long sculpture covered in gold leaf—Marvel at the intricate details of the Buddha’s feet, adorned with mother-of-pearl illustrations. Explore the expansive temple complex, which houses Thailand’s most extensive collection of Buddha images. Wat Pho is a place of worship and a centre for traditional medicine and massage. Treat yourself to a traditional Thai massage and experience the healing powers of this ancient art.

Terminal 21: A Shopping Mall with a Twist

Experience the perfect blend of travel and shopping at Terminal 21, one of the world’s most unique concept shopping malls. Each floor of Terminal 21 is themed after a different city, including Paris, Tokyo, London, San Francisco, and Istanbul. Immerse yourself in these international destinations’ decor, cuisines, and ambience as you browse a mix of local and designer brands. Indulge in a shopping spree, enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many restaurants, or catch a movie at the cinema. Terminal 21 offers a truly immersive and exciting shopping experience.

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Manohra Dinner River Cruise: Romance on the Water

Manohra Cruises Bangkok

Step aboard the Manohra, an antique wooden rice barge, for a romantic dinner cruise along the Chao Phraya River. Indulge in a six-course gourmet meal as you glide past Bangkok’s iconic landmarks, bathed in the soft glow of twilight. Each dish is a culinary masterpiece, from gold leaf-topped curries to innovative interpretations of traditional Thai desserts. The warm service and intimate atmosphere create the perfect setting for a romantic evening on the water and memories that will last a lifetime.

Couples’ Spa Retreat: Pamper Yourselves in Paradise

Couple Spa

Escape the city chaos with a tranquil couples’ spa retreat in Bangkok. Luxury spas abound, offering a variety of rejuvenating treatments. However, you need not break the bank for relaxation; affordable massage shops line the streets of every neighbourhood. Enjoy a traditional Thai massage, which is well-known for its stretching and acupressure techniques. Delight in an aromatherapy massage or indulge in a couple’s facial. Let expert therapists dissolve your stress for a fraction of the price you’d pay in most other parts of the world, leaving you revitalised.

See the Siam of yesteryear with a Klong Tour

Klongs Bangkok

In Bangkok, often compared to Venice of the East, the remnants of its once-extensive canal system can still be explored in the Thonburi district. Here, the klongs branch off the Chao Phraya River, offering a serene escape from the city bustle. Traditional wooden houses on stilts provide a glimpse into the classic Thai lifestyle, best experienced on a leisurely longtail boat ride through the klongs.

You’ll see Bangkok’s old-world charm of traditional wooden houses, local schools, and numerous temples. The iconic Wat Arun, or the Temple of the Dawn, stands among these temples.

Phra Buddha Dhammakaya Thepmongkhon  Bangkok
Phra Buddha Dhammakaya Thepmongkhon

Don’t miss the towering Buddha statue at Wat Paknam Bhasi Charoen along Klong Dan’s banks. Officially known as Phra Buddha Dhammakaya Thepmongkhon, this 69-meter-tall statue represents various symbols of Buddhism. Despite pandemic-related delays, it was completed in 2021 after a four-year construction period.

There are several options for exploring Bangkok’s canals. We chose Wandering Siam and opted for a 2:30 pm tour, perfect for us as we missed being out in the mid-day sun and returned just before sunset.

Asiatique

Asiatique offers a unique fusion of two popular shopping experiences in Bangkok: a night bazaar and a mall. Located just a short distance from the Saphan Taksin BTS station, this former bustling trade port has been transformed into a vast warehouse complex featuring over 1,500 boutiques and 40 restaurants.

Opening its doors at 5 pm, Asiatique provides an enjoyable evening experience where visitors can leisurely explore the boutiques, shop for gifts, or treat themselves to something special. With a diverse selection of dining options available, satisfying your appetite is guaranteed. Nightly entertainment options include captivating performances such as Calypso ladyboy cabarets and traditional Thai puppet shows.

Warehouse 30

Located on Charenkrung Road, Warehouse 30 is a vibrant hub of creativity nestled within Bangkok’s bustling commercial scene. Developed by Duangrit Bunnag, this collection of renovated World War II-era warehouses offers a delightful departure from the city’s ubiquitous malls. Retaining the original charm of the warehouses with exposed beams and wooden flooring, Warehouse 30 now hosts a thriving community of local artists and designers. Visitors can explore dynamic exhibition spaces, browse charming boutiques, and relax in a cozy coffee shop. With its blend of history, creativity, and craftsmanship, Warehouse 30 promises an unforgettable shopping experience at the heart of Bangkok.

Couple’s Cooking Class: Spice Up Your Love

Are you looking to add some spice to your love life? Why not try a couples cooking class in Bangkok? Learn the art of Thai cuisine from expert chefs as you chop, stir, and season your way to a delicious meal. Discover the secrets of traditional Thai flavours and techniques, and create a feast together. From Green Curry to Mango Sticky Rice and Pad Thai, each dish in a Thai cooking class is a tribute to Thailand’s rich culinary heritage. There are plenty of places to enjoy a Thai cooking class in Bangkok, but one of the most famous is Blue Elephant, which runs morning and afternoon classes daily.

Rooftop Romance in Bangkok

For a truly memorable date night, head to one of Bangkok’s rooftop bars and soak in the breathtaking views of the city skyline. Sip on handcrafted cocktails as the sun sets over the horizon and the city lights come alive. Bangkok is famous for its rooftop bars, each offering its unique ambience and panoramic vistas – here are some of our favourites:

SOL & LUNA BKK 

This luxurious rooftop bar offers stunning 360-degree views of the city. Sip on signature cocktails like the Sunset in Honolulu and Salted Chili Pineapple Margarita while indulging in contemporary Asian cuisine. 

SEEN Restaurant & Bar 

SEEN Restaurant & Bar  Bangkok
SEEN Restaurant & Bar 

For a funky vibe and breathtaking views of the Chaopraya River, head to the Avani Riverside Hotel’s rooftop bar. With both indoor and outdoor seating, it’s the ideal spot for enjoying sunset cocktails and delectable dishes.

The Speakeasy Rooftop Bar at Hotel Muse

Speakeasy Terrace Hotel Muse Bangkok
Speakeasy Terrace Hotel Muse Bangkok

Transport yourself to the 1920s with its speakeasy ambience and extensive selection of premium gins and Cuban cigars, all while soaking in the stunning cityscape.

Banyan Tree Bangkok’s Vertigo and Moon Bar

Banyan Tree Vertigo bar

Renowned as one of the world’s top rooftop bars, you’ll elevate date night to new heights when you dine at Vertigo Restaurant or sip on creative cocktails at Moon Bar.

Lebua State Tower’s Sky Bar 

Sky Bar Lebua Bangkok

You’ll recognise this one from the movie Hangover 2. Offering panoramic vistas from the 63rd floor, indulge in their signature “Hangovertini” cocktail while enjoying the city lights. 

Best Restaurants & Bars for Couples in Bangkok

Le Normandie

Le Normandie  Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Located within the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Le Normandie has reigned as Bangkok’s premier destination for sophisticated French cuisine for over sixty years. Now under the guidance of renowned Chef Alain Roux from the three-MICHELIN-Starred Waterside Inn in Bray, UK, the restaurant offers elegant, classic French dishes crafted with refined techniques and exquisite flavour pairings. With its breathtaking views of the Chao Phraya River and intricate floral displays, Le Normandie provides an ideal backdrop for an unforgettable dining experience.

Mezzaluna 

Located on the 65th floor of the Tower Club at Lebua on Silom Road, Mezzaluna tantalises diners with a fusion of French and Japanese cuisine. Led by Chef Ryuki Kawasaki, the culinary team crafts a seven-course set menu featuring European delicacies and delightful surprises. Guests are treated to stunning views from the 65th floor of the Lebua at the State Tower Hotel. Before embarking on this gastronomic journey, begin with a cocktail at the Sky Bar for a complete dining experience.

Sühring 

Nestled within a picturesque 1970s villa, this upscale dining establishment exudes elegance, boasting a charming garden setting. Helmed by the Sühring twin brothers, the restaurant draws inspiration from cherished family recipes, expertly curated to showcase their culinary prowess. Each dish offers a nostalgic voyage through the brothers’ German upbringing, meticulously crafted with premium ingredients and artfully presented. Sühring delivers a refined dining affair, seamlessly blending European finesse with the dynamic essence of Bangkok.

Restaurant Gaa 

Housed in a traditional Thai building, enjoy a unique dining experience celebrating modern Indian flavours. Chef Garima Arora’s menu showcases dishes that combine traditional Indian cooking techniques with local ingredients, resulting in a delightful culinary journey. The restaurant’s interior, designed by Architectkidd, highlights the traditional Thai house’s characteristics, creating a warm and intimate atmosphere for diners.

Teens of Thailand

Nestled discreetly behind an Indian-style door in Chinatown, Teens of Thailand is a trendy gin bar epitomising the area’s newfound allure with its chic ambience. Custom cocktails are made with various gins and tonics, and daily specials are available on a chalkboard menu.

Fondly referred to as “Teens,” this hotspot has transformed Soi Nana into a sought-after destination, drawing hip locals, expats, and tourists alike. With just 15 seats, the cozy interior boasts retro Thai movie posters, a vintage piano, and eclectic decor.

Although food options are limited to roasted chestnuts, nearby Yaowarat Road beckons with its renowned street food scene, promising an authentic Bangkok experience to complement your visit to Teens of Thailand!

Tropic City 

This vibrant cocktail bar founded by Swedish bartending veterans Sebastian De La Cruz and Philip Stefanescu brings a taste of the tropics to Bangkok with its lively atmosphere and tropical-inspired decor – think Portuguese Azulejo tiles and floral themes. Their cocktails are crafted with simplicity and flavour in mind so that you can indulge in creative and delicious drinks. Get ready for dancing and fun all night long!

Unleash Your Adventurous Spirit in Bangkok

We hope our comprehensive Bangkok travel guide, tailored for couples seeking a range of experiences, has convinced you that this dynamic city offers myriad opportunities for adventure and romance. From delving into ancient history to savouring rooftop dining, Bangkok promises moments overflowing with excitement, romance and awe, requiring only a touch of foresight, planning, and an adventurous spirit. Bon voyage!

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