Bangkok will not be a place you would choose to rest. It is such a busy city welcoming millions of visitors each year. Besides, I don't think you would travel to the other half of the world to rest.
This time, we just wanted to get away from the cold and snow and the easiest place to travel to is Bangkok. No visas required for us. So many choices in hotels. Many places to go to if you are restless and the choices are affordable.
But for us, this time, it was rest. We just finished a contract which lasted for 3 years and from there traveled to Spain and Portugal. Then, went home to Canada and from there, traveled to Florida. After that, we just wanted to rest while waiting for the next contract and knowing that the next assignment will be Asia, we just moved closer to where we will be next.
Bangkok did not disappoint us. 21 days of just taking it easy. It was rejuvenating. Think about this sometimes. Even in a busy city like Bangkok, you can easily find oasis of peace and quiet. It depends on your own goal. So, here are some of the more relaxing things to do in Bangkok:
1. Cruise the Chao Phraya. There are many pier areas you can explore at your leisure. You can enjoy your sightseeing of Bangkok without much traffic. You can spend some time in the temples along the river or try out Thai food in the many restaurants in the pier areas. Here's more on Cruising the Chao Phraya.
2. Pray in the shrines around the city. There are always people praying in these shrines which are often in the busiest intersections. Some pray from on top the BTS walkway if you want to avoid the crowd.
3. Have lunch in the Embassy Central. Then, stay awhile and enjoy the peace and quiet and almost empty space. You can easily reach it by BTS.
4. Enjoy a massage. Try foot massage first so you have an idea of what you're getting.