Visiting Bangkok as a group can be a fun, exciting, and memorable experience. Of all group travel destinations, Bangkok is a vibrant and edgy place to visit. From its white sand beaches, to its dense jungles, and delicious food, this thriving capital of Thailand has plenty of activities for all types of groups. While some of the 4 and 5-star hotels provide group-friendly services and facilities with Free WiFI, shuttle services, and breathtaking city views, there is still so much to see and do for groups in Bangkok beyond the hotel grounds.
The best things to do with groups in Bangkok range from royal palaces and temples rich in history, amazing cycling tours, traditional and contemporary art galleries, fun filled safari rides, and outdoor markets to thrill any shopper. There are plenty of great group activities that fit any travel style, size, and budget. Here's the roundup of the top 10 activities for groups in the city of Bangkok.
- Ayutthaya Ancient Capital Tour with River Cruise
- Banyan Tree's Apsara Dinner Cruise
- Bridge on the River Kwai & Historic Railway Tour
- Thonburi Klongs & Grand Palace Morning Excursion
- Floating Markets Cycling & Boat Tour
- Private Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha & Reclining Buddha Morning Tour
- Siam Niramit Dinner Show
- Calypso Bangkok Cabaret Show
- Safari World & Marine Park Full-Day Tour With Buffet Lunch
- Muay Thai Live Performance
Former royal residence turned museum, the Grand Palace is Bangkok’s most famous landmark, especially for groups, and for plenty of good reasons. With its impressive architecture and attention to detail, the Grand Palace was not only the home of the King and his court, but also the entire administrative seat of government. A guided tour is highly recommended for group travelers to see everything and make sure to arrive early to avoid the afternoon crowds. Admission includes entry to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), Thailand's most sacred site, and the Central Court of the Grand Palace. It is important to adhere to the strict dress code in order to enter. There are free guided tours in English available at 10:00, 10:30, 1:30 and 2:00 pm or you can also rent an audio guide and be on your merry way. The route through the palace complex is pretty straightforward and easy to navigate through the temple and palace buildings. Groups can easily spend a half-day to a full-day exploring the grounds. Read More...
A shoppers delight, the Chatuchak Weekend Market offers a wide variety of products including household items, clothes, shoes, Thai silk, antiques, plants, food and more. This is a great place for groups because there is so much to see and do in and around the market which covers roughly 35 acres with over 15,000 stalls. It is the largest market in Thailand and in all of Southeast Asia and better yet, one of the cheapest weekend markets in the world. Especially if you know how to haggle, you can get quite a steal. For those taking the Skytrain, the best route to Chatuchak is to take it to the end terminal called Morchit which is exactly where the market is located. Most stalls are only open on Saturdays and Sundays and there are also maps available detailing the various sections if you are a first timer. Read More...
Bangkok by Bike is a cycling tour provided by Urban Adventures and is not only the best way to discover the city, but an amazing, unique activity for groups to consider. You will be able to bike past local villages and temples traveling through Bangkok's backstreets avoiding the traffic, passing alongside canals and houses. Groups can get to see a side of Bangkok very few ever get to experience. A local expert guide will fill in all the history and details of each place you pass including some iconic landmarks such as Wat Arun (also known as the Temple of the Dawn), a beautiful temple known for its intricate architectural design and historical significance, over the stunning Memorial Bridge, and to another impressive temple, Wat Suthat, home to the largest golden seated Buddha in Thailand. This half day adventure offers the best of everything for any type of group.
For groups, Wat Pho is a beautiful and historic temple to visit for all the right reasons. It is a favorite attraction among travelers known to many as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha and one of Bangkok’s oldest temples founded in the 17th century. From the majestic reclining Buddha statue made of gold-copper to the colorful mural paintings, it houses the biggest collection of Buddha images in Thailand. Visiting Wat Pho is a very affordable attraction which makes it a great group activity to consider. Plus for a reasonable fee, you can even get a massage at the temple. Wat Pho is actually the birthplace of traditional Thai massage and back in 1962, a traditional medicine and massage school was established here. Transportation wise, the BTS Skytrain is the perfect method of traveling as its easy, clean and affordable with daily passes available. Wat Pho is also next door to the Grand Palace complex, another great place for groups. Read More...
Standing 5 stories tall, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Bangkok is a great space for groups to come and experience the works of world-class artists in Thailand. Built in 2012, MOCA is home to a wide collection of paintings and sculptures that document the rich history of art in the city of Bangkok and beyond. Art-lovers will delight in exploring over 800 pieces of works on display in a comfortable and modern setting within each spacious room. Groups can appreciate and better understand the culture of Thailand as a whole. It takes at least 3 hours to explore the entire museum and there is even a lovely small café insider offering drinks and small bites. Read More...
If you’re looking for a wild adventure, Thailand’s most popular animal and Leisure Park, Safari World and the new Marine Park, offers a great variety of entertainment for groups. This park is divided into two sections: the drive-thru Safari Park and the Marine Park featuring a number of exciting shows. Safari Park gives groups a chance to closely encounter wild animals from Africa and Asia including rhinos, bears, zebras, giraffes and many kinds of tropical birds in a natural like setting. On the other hand, Marine Park offers a jungle cruise river ride, 7 exciting shows daily, and hundreds of thrilling exhibits featuring white tigers, sea lions, and crocodiles. Admission also includes 2 buffet restaurants that can comfortably seat up to 800 and 1,700 people, perfect for any groups who get hungry after an exciting day. Take a safari ride through the African wilderness, get up close with a dolphin as they somersault in mid-air, or experience an action-packed Wild West stunt show. Enjoy a fun day out for the whole group. Read More...
Immerse yourself in the real Thai rainforest with an unforgettable experience on a Rainforest Canopy Zipline Adventure. Bordered by the protected Chompoo Wildlife Sanctuary, groups on their Thai holiday can experience quite the adrenaline rush on the highest zipline in Thailand. Presented by Flight of the Gibbon, the Chonburi Zipline Tour is a full day adventure catered to small groups of 9. There are 24 platform stations where you can zipline from tree to tree including 2 hanging sky bridges and descents. Two expert guides are assigned for every group with a detailed safety briefing and equipment fitting. Admission also includes a traditional Thai meal and a free tram tour around Khao Kheow Open Safari Park. You have the opportunity to feed the wildlife and learn about the more than 8,000 animals that inhabit the area. Added bonus: Round-trip transportation from Bangkok in a luxury 9 person van.
For a memorable way to get a taste of the jungle, take wildlife day tour in Khao Yai National Park. Khao Yai is the spot for groups who enjoy the great outdoors. The tour includes hiking, safari drives, a and waterfall visit, lunch, snacks, and fruit. Your very own private tour guide can pick you up at your hotel or any other agreed-upon location. The day starts off with a scenic drive chasing all kinds of wildlife like gibbons, hornbills, and macaques and then head out on a jungle hike to learn more about all the animals and plants that live there including a waterfall view. The day ends with a Thai lunch and an afternoon ride back to your desired drop off location. The rate is cheaper per person with a group size of 8 or more (1600 THB verses 5400 THB), but it’s still a great bargain while in Bangkok nonetheless.
If you’re more of a history buff, planning a group activity to the Ayutthaya Ancient Temples is a once in a life time experience for a taste of ancient Thailand. The private day tour is very popular amongst large groups travelling together and for those who just want a bit more exclusivity. Included is your very own driver that can pick you up and drop you off at your hotel. There are three flexible transportation options for groups: by small taxi (up to 3 people), by large taxi (up to 5 people), or by minibus (up to 10 people). The tour includes a visit to Ayutthaya’s historic temples, wats and meditation centres. You’ll have plenty of time to explore each and every famous ruin and relic including Buddha’s head found in a large fig tree and a tall reclining Buddha at Wat Lokayasutharan. Halfway through, you can enjoy a Thai-style lunch before going back and exploring the rest of the ancient remains. After a visit, one can easily see why the Ayutthaya Ancient Temples are such a popular group destination.
Another great full day tour for groups visiting Bangkok is the Bangkok Floating Market Tour with Rose Garden. The tour can accommodate groups of 10-12 people with a minimum of 2. You can experience Thailand’s rural life and charming countryside all in one swoop at the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and the Thai Village Cultural Show at Rose Garden. The tour also takes you on journey through rice paddies and salt fields, visiting a farmhouse and watching the locals produce sugar from coconut, and then along fruit plantations to see traditional Thai houses. Shoppers and nature lovers will enjoy the chance to purchase local products, handmade crafts, and talk a walk through the botanical gardens. Afterwards, groups can feast on a buffet lunch provided by the Rose Garden Country Resort before heading back to the hotel. It’s a win-win activity for those looking for a good time.