Thailand is a romantic destination, no doubt about it. Secluded beaches, amazing nature, top hotels… The perfect getaway for lovebirds and honeymooners. An interesting fact is that most of the couples don’t spend much time in Bangkok, what is a shame. There are plenty of things to do in Bangkok for couples, attraction, places to visit, romantic hotels, restaurants… An infinity of options for all types couples and romantic holidays.
We already wrote a post dedicated to the romantic destinations in Thailand, cities, beaches and hotels that are perfect for a Thai honeymoon. Now it’s time to explore the romantic things to do in Bangkok, a city that we love and that I’m sure will surprise you.
Thailand’s capital is huge, there are so many attractions and things to do in Bangkok that a week wouldn’t be enough. If you have never been to Thailand before, read our super travel guide for first-time in Bangkok. There you will find tips to get around, best areas to stay, Bangkok famous attractions and even how to avoid scams. Because on this post we gonna focus on romantic things to do in Bangkok, attractions for couples and unique experiences.
Romantic things to do in Bangkok by day
A romantic trip is all about spending time together, sharing moments and experiences. Here are our favorite things do in Bangkok for couples, all them tested by us!
Longtail boat ride on Chaophraya River
A boat tour on the Chaophraya River is a must and with a little effort you can turn the traditional tour into a super romantic experience. Book a private longtail boat tour around 4PM, take with you a basket with wine, champagne or beers. Don’t forget to buy the traditional Phuang Malai Song Chai, a garland made of flowers to give to your soulmate showing respect and love. Tell the captain it is a romantic afternoon and that you want to stop by the river to appreciate the sunset. Believe me, the sunset in Bangkok is stunning and see it from the river is marvellous.
You can book the longtail tour online, at local tourism agency in Bangkok, at our hotel, or walk to the Saphan Taksim Pier and negotiate directly with the boat captain.
The Thai massage is worldwide famous for its therapeutical benefits, but let’s forget all the cracks and stretches. Take your lovely one to an indulgent and relaxing couple massage. There are several spas that offer couples massage, that you can choose from a full day treatment or few hours of bath and oil massage. The treatments can be very creative with milk bath, golden powder massage and holistic experiences. Book in advance and spend some relaxing time together.
Many romantic hotels in Bangkok have in-house Spa, talk with the reception and ask about the treatments. Of if you fancy going to proper Thai Spa we heard great things about Divana Spa.
Traditional Cooking Class
For me food is aphrodisiac, and I love to cook with Rob. In Bangkok there are many cooking classes where you can choose from trendy recipes to traditional Royal Cuisine. I recommend the Blue Elephant Cooking School where you can book a private class, or join the daily group activities. There you not only learn how to cook some of the most delicious Thai dishes, you also visit a local fresh market to buy the products and the Thai ingredients.
If your romantic trip to Bangkok is during the weekend, then you can’t miss the Sunday brunch at The Peninsula Hotel. The view from hotel is stunning, located on the banks of Chaophraya river the hotel has one of the most scrumptious brunches in Bangkok with oysters and champagne to start the day in the most romantic mood.
Your romantic getaway to Bangkok is during the week? Don’t panic! For weekdays my recommendation is the Claire Cafe at the Oriental Residence Bangkok. A French style bistro serving delicious breakfast, a creative drink menu and even romantic afternoon tea.
Stroll around Lumpini Park
Go for a holding hands walk at Lumpini Park. Located in the heart of the city, it’s a great break from the busy Bangkok. If you are early birds, head to the park before 8AM and you will witness the lively morning at Lumpini. Join one of the Tai Chi Chuan or yoga classes, or simply walk around the beautiful lakes and romantic bridges.
Pray for the God of Love
You are in Thailand and transcendental beliefs are everywhere, so why not take part of local tradition and guarantee long lasting love for you two? In the middle of shopping district, just beside the Central World Mall is the Trimurti Shrine. Known as the Shrine of Love, the place is famous among single, newly married and broken hearted.
To receive the blessing from the God Trimurti you must follow a ritual:
- have with you 9 red roses or a rose garland, 9 red incense sticks and 2 red candles, as you will be praying for a couple. Singles need only one red candle.
- then get down on your knees in front of the shrine and say the prayer that is written below it. Offer the roses to the God and place the candles and incense in the big pot.
The legend says that the best day/time for blessing is Thursday at 9:30AM or 9:30PM.
Go for a lovely ride at Bang Krachao
If you are an outdoorsy couple as us, you must go for a ride at Bang Krachao. It’s a green island in the middle of Chaophraya river, a few minutes aways from Bangkok city center. You can reach the island by metro + boat and enjoy a relaxing afternoon. Beside the boat pier there is a bicycle rent shop, get a bike, a map, buy some drinks and get lost in the middle of the green. A picnic in the park it’s also a good idea if you want to make the experience a bit more romantic!
Bangkok Nightlife for Couples
The ping pong shows, the girls bar and the cheap booze are some of the famous attractions of Bangkok nightlife, but don’t let this image put you away from exploring what Bangkok has to offer during evening time. Sunset cocktails, fine dine, picturesque bars, VIP movie theaters and funfairs are some of the romantic things to in Bangkok at nighttime. Here are our favorite romantic places in Bangkok:
Sunset at a rooftop bar
Bangkok has many rooftop bars and they are insanely high and beautiful. Watch the sunset from the top of the city is a must, but don’t get trapped by visiting only the super touristic rooftop bar. Lebua became really famous after the movie Hangover 2, the restaurant is stunning, but if you are going there only for sunset drinks it’s not the best option. On our last romantic trip to Bangkok we went to Octave Bar on the 45th floor of the Marriott Hotel and love it. A 360º view of Bangkok framed by golden sunsets. The crowd is a mix of expats, locals and some tourists, great cocktails and fair prices.
Another rooftop bar that is on our list of romantic places in Bangkok is Hi-So at So-Sofitel. Overlooking Lumpini Park you have gorgeous views, nice music and extravagant drinks. The place has a fashion touch, modern and intimate.
Fine Dine, romantic restaurants in Bangkok
The list of good and romantic restaurants in Bangkok is huge, you can choose from international cuisine to Thai specialties. For an out of ordinary romantic dinner in Bangkok I suggest to book a table at the Iron Ferries, a picturesque resto-bar with a unique design. Decorated as an ironsmith workshop, it has some dark alcoves, hidden tables and little iron fairies decorating the walls.
For Thai flavours the best bet is Nahm, an award-winning restaurant that mix traditional recipes, Thai street food with sophisticated taste and presentation. For French cuisine lovers, Savelberg restaurant is a great option. The Michelin-awarded Chef Henk Savelberg brought to Bangkok delicious recipes, an amazing wine menu and of course a super romantic dining atmosphere.
Funfair, food & drinks
Asiatique is another Bangkok attraction for couples. The open air shopping mall is a mix of good restaurants, local designers shops and a funfair. Located by the Chaophraya river it’s perfect for couples that want to eat and shop in only one place. After a few drinks go on the Ferris Wheel to see Bangkok from a vantage point. Don’t forget the romantic kiss when the wheel stops at the top.
Romantic nightclubs in Bangkok
If you want to stretch your night out and go for some drinks and dance, my suggestion is Maggie Choos Bar, at the basement of Novotel Silom. The sensual decor will take you back in time, to Shanghai on 1930’s. Definitely a unique and a bit kinky experience, place in Bangkok for couples.
A romantic movie date in Bangkok
Looking for something more relaxed to do with your lovebird? So go on a movie date at the super luxurious Embassy Diplomat theater. It’s the ultimate VIP cinema experience, where you can have you private sofa-bed, or a cocoon chair made with real leather, pillows and blankets. Not to mention the personal butler that serves champagne, wine and high-end snacks. Seriously, this is one of the most romantic things to do in Bangkok.
For a romantic experience in Bangkok you will need 2 or 3 days in town. And don’t forget to choose your hotel wisely, there are plenty of romantic hotels in Bangkok, pick one that suits your budget, your style of travelling and have fun.
When planning your romantic trip to Bangkok, you must add to your itinerary all the top attractions we listed on our Bangkok travel guide and the romantic suggestions above. I’m sure you don’t want to miss a thing in this bustling city. If you still have some spare time, then follow our travel tips to different things to do in Bangkok. As I told you before, we love Thailand and Bangkok, we never get tired of visiting it and writing about it.
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