10 things to do during your time in Bangkok
This Thai capital has been ranked as the most visited city in the world. Famous for its amazing street food and stunning shrines this is a place you can’t miss! In this post I will talk about some of the popular things you are able to do and/or see during your time in Bangkok.
Things to see:
Khao San Road
This 1 km long strip is famous for its vibrant nightlife and food stalls. Particularly backpackers flock to this street to enjoy some cheap and cheerful street food with a chance to even try some fried grasshopper or scorpion. It’s a great place to spend an evening drinking cocktails, enjoying cheap massages and shopping for souvenirs.
There are quite a few floating markets to choose from. The most popular by far is Damnoen Saduak .This market is located 100km from the heart of Bangkok. Hundreds of vendors and purchasers are floating around in little boats to buy or sell goods. Being so vibrant and colorful it is no surprise this market is a top tourist attraction.
Wat Phra Kaew & The Grand Palace
Also known as the temple of the emerald buddha Wat Phra Kaew is a buddhist temple located within the grounds of The Grand Palace. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of this temple and the elaborate details on every inch of this magnificent site. This is the most sacred temple in Thailand so make sure you dress appropriately.
The Grand Palace is a huge complex of buildings in the heart of Bangkok. One can not visit Bangkok without visiting these sacred grounds. With more than 100 buildings that represent 200 years of royal history you will need to calculate in plenty of time to fully enjoy this site.
A famous sight in Bangkok is the Reclining buddha. This statue can be found at Wat Phra Chetuphon, South of The Grand Palace. This complex incorporates the largest reclining buddha and the largest buddha collection in Thailand, a sight you will never forget.
Things to do:
A cycling tour is a great way to get a feel of the city while seeing lots of places you otherwise might not have seen. Personally this was one of the highlights of my trip as it made me feel part of the city. During one of these tours you will often visit some local markets and temples while having a little exercise.
In Bangkok you have the choice to do a dinner cruise down the Chao Phraya river or a teak boat canal adventure. My personal favorite was a teak boat tour that takes you across the Chao Phraya river into little canals across local’s houses. This way you are able to catch a glimpse of the old Thai way of life and experience the culture.
Try the local food
Recently chosen as the best street food capital of the world this city has some great dishes to give a try like for example:
- Massaman curry
- Pad Thai
- Mango sticky rice
- Papaya salad
Famous from the movie ‘The hangover’ this bar has an excellent view over Bangkok’s skyline. Situated on the 64th floor of the State Tower this bar is the highest open-air bar in the world. Drinks are expensive but the view you get in return is priceless!
Thailand is famous for its amazing (and cheap!) Thai massages. When you are visiting the busy city Bangkok don’t forget to take some time to slow down and have a relaxing massage.
How do you like to spend your time in Bangkok? Have you got any other suggestions?