The huge and amazing metropolis Bangkok has a lot to offer, starting from an endless variety of shopping opportunities, party clubs and nightlife, to delicious food, unique restaurants and monks meditating in the holy temples.
In the last years the city grew a lot and became one of the most favorite places to visit. When you first arrive in Bangkok you may feel a bit lost. But after a while you get used to the busy lifestyle and if you always liked big cities, it is only a question of time when you will start to fall in love with this amazing town.
If you haven’t been yet, here are 6 amazing things that Bangkok has to offer that should convince you to visit at least once in your lifetime.
1) Endless Shopping Options
If you want to find some good and low-budget shops then the Khao San Road should be definitely on your to do list. It is a famous shopping and bar street popular with both tourists as well as the locals. Another good opportunity to shop is the famous and busy Chinatown. In this area you will find many tight streets filled with small shops which offer everything from souvenirs to Korean facial masks. For some modern clothes or stylish imitated sunglasses you should visit the Platinum Fashion Mall.
An insider tip is to catch the bus number 47 which stops directly in front of the mall and locals or also tourists can use it for free. Don´t forget to negotiate with the prices because as a tourist unfortunately you usually have to pay more. One of the most visited shopping centers is the MBK shopping center. But this shopping mall is huge and has many entrances and exits, so be aware not to get lost in it. Beware, if you are a real shopaholic, maybe it is better to avoid this last one.
2) A Real Food Paradise
Bangkok is well known for its variety of restaurants, food markets and small stands selling fresh fruits. Not only in Chinatown there are many small stands and restaurant selling delicious food and even grilled insects such as worms, cockroaches or scorpions but also in one of the several Food bazars in the city, as for example the “Banzaan Fresh Market” next to the famous Bangla Boxing Stadium. Another hidden insider tip is the small Christmas Market called “Winter Camp Market” in the MBK center of Bangkok. This one opens only during the winter time. They have a huge variety of Thai food from mouth watering grilled chicken to delicious fresh fruits and sweets. You should definitely try the sweet yellow Mango cut in pieces or one of the fresh pressed juices such as the guava juice or dragon fruit juice. And of course don’t forget to try once the popular Pad Thai noodles served with egg, vegetables, chicken or shrimps. One portion can cost 80 Baht, which is around 2 Euros.
You should definitely not miss to visit the big night market called “Asiatique”. Reachable by the ferry and it takes you around 30 minutes from the center to get there. In Asiatique you will find great chef serving you probably the best Thai food you ever tried in Bangkok while you can sit next to the open kitchen, watching them cooking your meal in front of you. Another highlight is the “Rambuttri Alley” visited by many tourists every night. There you find many good restaurants and locals but also small stands selling fresh fruit and freshly pressed tropical juices.
3) Magical Temples and Golden Palaces
One of the major highlights of Bangkok is the famous “Wat Po” temple where visitors can admire the big golden “reclining Buddha” – you definitely want to visit this. It is a great place to take some nice pictures. Afterwards don´t miss to see the “Wat Phra Kaeo & Royal Grand Palace with its huge golden temples and beautiful palaces. But be sure to wear long skirt or trousers that cover your ankles as well as a sweatshirt or pullover that covers your shoulders completely.
The entrance security is very strict and won´t let you in otherwise. The beautiful temple “Wat Suthat” should also be on your list as well as “The Golden Mount”. When climbing up to the Golden Mount by the stairs you will be mesmerized be the stunning view over Bangkok when arriving on the top. You should ring all the bells which you can find on the top of the mountain, that is said to bring you luck in your life (if you believe in that). Another highlight is the “Wat Suwannaram” Temple with a big golden Buddha. Don´t forget to take off your shoes before entering one of those temples. While doing your sightseeing be careful when crossing the busy streets. The cars usually don’t or almost never stop even if it´s green for the pedestrian, so look out when crossing the street.
4) Time to Relax
After all that sightseeing you definitely need some time to relax. What could be better than a nice and relaxing Thai massage. In almost every corner in Bangkok you can find cheap and nice places to try a complete body massage, head or foot massage. Don’t forget to negotiate with the sellers for the cheapest price. You can already have a complete Thai body massage for 1 hour for only 200 Baht, which is around 4 Euros and a really good price to escape from the noisy and busy city. After such a Thai massage you will feel like a completely reborn person. Another great opportunity to relax is one of the nice and beautiful parks in Bangkok as for example the “Lumpini Park”. There is a small lake in the middle of the park and you can also rent a boat and go on a romantic drive on the lake or just lie on the grass in the sun and enjoy the warm weather and the nice colourful flowers. The weather in Bangkok is pleasant most of the year and one of the reasons it attracts millions of visitors every year.
5) Night Out in Bangkok
The popular “Khao San Road” is famous for its several bars, pubs and clubs. Many tourists and natives stroll along there every night through the busy street. There will be go-go-Girls on the streets offering you a free drink or a massage or trying to invite you into one of the big clubs in the street. In the “Sukhumvit Soi Road” you will find the most famous club of the town called “Q Bar”. In this are there are many Cocktail bars, Rooftop-Bars and a restaurant perfect for every night owl. An insider tip is the “Sky bar” of the 5-star Lebua Hotel in the 64th floor, a classy and exalted lounge bar perfect for a glass of wine or cocktail to enjoy a stunning view over Bangkok. Especially at night it is amazing to watch the city from the 64th floor and admire thousands of lights sparkling down on the busy streets of the town. Jazz music and the very friendly staff will make your night as much enjoyable as possible. Dress code is smart casual.
6) From Bangkok to Phuket
Bankgok is close to the idyllic south of Thailand. A flight from Bangkok to Phuket takes you only around one hour and a half and if you book in advance you can get really cheap prices starting from around 30 Euros one way. From there you should go directly to Patong Beach, which is around 25 minutes away by car. The cheapest way to get from Phuket to Patong Beach is to install an application called “Grab”, this is a special taxi company but much cheaper than a normal taxi.
If you don’t want to spend too much money, there are also buses that go from Bangkok to Phuket as well. But the journey is very tough, the buses not the most modern in the world and it takes you around 15 hours to arrive. Enjoy the beautiful beach of Patong and the warm water and always pleasant weather day and night the whole year long. From Patong Beach there are many trips offered to go by boat to many beautiful islands. The James Bond island is very popular with tourists or you could try an elephant tour in the jungle as well. Don’t miss to visit the famous “Phi Phi Islands” and especially the paradise location of Maya Bay in Ko Phi Phi Lee. The only thing you just need to do is to relax on the beach and admire the stunning view over the sea and feel the freedom, just like Leonardo Di Caprio once did in the famous movie “The Beach”.