Bangkok is the craziest place we have ever been to. It’s an assault on the senses, combine that with the sweat, heat and billions of people - it’s a lot to handle. Having said that, Bangkok actually came to be a great place to explore. It’s not for everyone and it’s rather intense but the culture and the food make it an unforgettable experience. Tiring but unforgettable.
Altogether we stayed in Bangkok for a few weeks as it was the main hub for all our flights. Here are our top 11 things to do and places to visit that will make your trip amazing!
1. Khao San Road
It goes without saying, you’re in Bangkok, you go to Khao San Road. We’re not really party people but loved it! You can wander through the market stalls for hours, finding the classic traveller apparel, usually something covered in elephant print. Where else can you drink a cocktail, eat a Pad Thai and get a foot massage at the same time for under £5 - the stuff of dreams.
2. My House, Soi Rambuttri (next to Khao San Road)
My House guesthouse shows English films throughout the day. It’s a great place to go and chill out with comfy sofas. The veggie spring rolls and noodle soup are particularly good.
Asiatique is a large open-air mall in Bangkok, along the river. It has a great night market and some cool shops. Some parts are much more expensive but you can just go for the experience and not buy a lot. Siam India, an Indian restaurant in Asiatique has delicious food. We definitely recommend it if you find yourself there!
4. Game Over
Game Over lounge is a really popular cafe in Bangkok. You can find a number of options for different gamers ranging from Playstation 4 and Xbox One to board games and pool tables.
5. The Golden Mount (Wat Saket)
A Buddhist temple in the Pom Prep Sattru Phai district, it’s about a twenty-minute walk to the top. The walk is fairly easy but take some water with you as the heat makes you very thirsty. Once at the top, you get some great views of the city and there’s even wi-fi which allows for an epic FaceTime.
6. Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is one of the main attractions in Bangkok. It can get really busy so try and go earlier in the morning to avoid the crowds as much as possible. It’s one of the more expensive things to do, costing 500 baht (£11ish).
7. Wat Arun
On the Thonburi west of the Chao Phraya River, the Buddhist temple Wat Arun is a delightful temple to visit. The temple has existed since the seventeenth century.
8. Lumphini Park
Get the SkyTrain to Sala Daeng Station then walk over to the park. The park is huge and a welcome break from the craziness of Bangkok. There’s a lovely lake that you can sit near and if you’re lucky you might see a monitor lizard. We saw a monitor lizard and a tortoise which was very exciting!
9. BTS SkyTrain
The tickets for the BTS are the more expensive way get around Bangkok, with buses being the cheapest. A one day pass is 120 baht (£2.70) or you can buy a Standard Rabbit Card which you use a bit like an Oyster card. The card costs 150 baht (£3.35), you can then top it up as much as you need it. You should definitely use the BTS though, it’s the fastest way to get to some areas and the views of the city are great. One thing we loved was the air con, we ended up using the BTS a lot just to get a break from the heat.
10. Pak Khlong Market (Flower Market)
Bangkok is inundated with markets but the flower market is just beautiful. Walking through the stalls and being surrounded by fresh flowers is a wonderful experience. Despite not actually buying anything, we loved it and got some great photos.
11. Airplane Graveyard
The airplane graveyard can be found on Ramkhamhaeng Road in east Bangkok. For some reason there’s a field of old planes. Weird but cool. A family has moved in to the area and now charge tourists to go in and take photos. We just took photos from the fence and still got some good shots.
South east to Bangkok lies the city of Pattaya, be sure check out our Top Five Vegan Spots in Pattaya if you're in the area!