5 Unique Experiences to Have on a Staycation in Bangkok

By Camille Poire | ASIA

May 15
5 unique experiences to have on a staycation in bangkok

Are you tired of the same routine? Consider taking a break and embarking on a staycation in Bangkok, Thailand. With its vibrant culture, delicious cuisine, and unique experiences, Bangkok is the perfect place for a relaxing and enjoyable staycation. Several hotels offer Bangkok staycation packages that will make your trip unforgettable.

Here are five great ideas to shake up your routine in the Thai capital and make the most of your Bangkok staycation!


Explore Bangkok's Street Food Scene

The street food in Bangkok is a kaleidoscope of flavours and sensations that should not be missed. The city's street food, which includes dishes like the savoury pad thai and the spicy papaya salad, is an essential part of the local culture.

You can fully experience the vibrant street food culture of the city by taking a stroll down the well-known Yaowarat Road, commonly known as Chinatown in Bangkok. There are numerous street vendors dishing you a range of delectable and reasonably priced foods.

It will be difficult to resist the desire to sample everything, so make sure you arrive on an empty stomach. And if you're feeling adventurous, don't forget to sample some of the more unusual street food options, such as fried insects or durian fruit.

Read more: 5 Cities with The Best Street Foods In The World

woman selling thai street food in Bangkok

Relax with a Thai Massage

Thai massage is a must-try experience during a staycation in Bangkok. This traditional massage technique is known for its deep pressure and stretching techniques that help release tension and promote relaxation.

Bangkok offers a wide range of high-quality spas where you can indulge in a rejuvenating massage and other spa treatments. These spas often offer a variety of massage packages to cater to different needs and preferences.

Enjoy a luxurious and pampering experience at one of Bangkok's many top-notch spas, and leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Don't miss out on this ultimate relaxation experience during your staycation in Bangkok.

Visit Bangkok's Famous Temples

The temples of Bangkok are not just beautiful, but also rich in history and culture. Here are a few of Bangkok's well-known temples:

  • The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew - The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew are two of the most famous temples in Bangkok, located within the same complex. The Grand Palace was once the official residence of the Kings of Siam, while Wat Phra Kaew is home to the Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddhist statue in Thailand.
  • Wat Arun - Also known as the Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun is a stunning temple situated on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. Its distinctive feature is its towering central prang (Khmer-style tower), decorated with colorful glass and Chinese porcelain tiles.
  • Wat Pho - Located south of the Grand Palace, Wat Pho is known for its massive reclining Buddha statue, which measures 46 meters long and 15 meters high. The traditional Thai massage originated there, as well.
wat arun temple bangkok thailand

Walking around the grounds of these temples is an experience in itself, as you can feel the history and spirituality emanating from every corner. You may also come across local worshippers performing traditional rituals and offerings. Remember to remove your shoes as a sign of respect before entering the temples.

Take a Boat Tour of the Chao Phraya River

A boat tour along the Chao Phraya River is a must-try experience during a staycation in Bangkok. The city's lifeblood, this river has been instrumental in Bangkok's growth from its inception. It is the heart of the city.

Taking a boat tour is a unique way to experience the city, as it offers a different perspective of Bangkok's landmarks. You can see the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, and the Rama VIII Bridge, among others.

There are many different boat tours to choose from, ranging from private longtail boats to larger, guided tours that include stops at various attractions along the river. Or if you're on a budget and want to have a more local experience, you can simply hop on and off the public boats, which function as water buses, for a few Thai bahts.

Whichever way you decide to explore the riverbanks, this is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and experience the calm and tranquility of the river while enjoying the stunning views.

Learn How to Cook Thai Food

Thai cuisine is known for its bold flavors and fresh ingredients, and what better way to experience it than by learning how to cook it yourself? Many cooking schools in Bangkok offer classes where you can learn how to make traditional Thai dishes like green curry and tom yum soup.

You'll get to visit a local market to shop for ingredients and then learn how to prepare and cook the dishes yourself, before proudly enjoying the result. Not only is it likely to be one of the best meals you'll have in Thailand, but it's also a fun and engaging way to learn about and experience Thai culture and food.

Unique Experiences to Have on a Staycation in Bangkok take a thai cooking class


A staycation in Bangkok offers a unique and enjoyable experience that you won't find anywhere else. Bangkok has something for everyone with its vibrant culture, delicious food, and a wide range of activities.

Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20 offers a variety of packages for a memorable staycation, including special rates for Thai residents. So why not book your Bangkok staycation today and experience all this incredible city offers?

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About the Author

Hey, I'm Camille! I'm a 30-something "ex-French" girl turned world explorer. In 2013, I quit my life to travel the world - and I haven’t stopped since! I have lived in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, and Colombia, and have visited 50+ countries as a location-independent travel writer and affiliate marketer. I like sleeping in hammocks, riding scooters, eating all the foods, and scaring my mother trying adventure sports! I now share this journey with my nomadic boyfriend Mr B, with whom I recently bought a home base in the mountains of Bansko, Bulgaria.

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