TOP THINGS TO DO IN BANGKOK
Planning to visit the hectic city of Bangkok?
Here is our rough guide on what to see and do during your stay!
Who knows how these huge planes made it there, but it makes for some great exploring! We spent at least a good hour looking around run-down graffitied planes that had most of its valuable assets stripped from them.
You will most likely be greeted by a group of young children playing soccer within the locked gate, don’t be fooled by their size, they know how to pull money out of your pockets! After a hilarious bartering episode and very little budging, they settled for 300baht for the two of us to enter and take photos. (Usually 200 per person)
What is Thailand without temples? We only managed to check off a few of these, but if the transport was easier from were we stayed we would have made the effort to tick more off! Here’s the list we created for ourselves to check out.
Tip: Check the links below to help choose which ones you would like to visit so you can narrow it down if you're on a time frame. Instagram can also be great for photography inspo at that location!
- Wat Pho
- Wat Arun
Although it is definitely not a must do, as you probably know Bangkok is well known for bargain shopping! So if you are in need of a new wardrobe or just some cheap goodies to get you through your travels then this is the place to do it.
There are many huge malls in Bangkok but here is a list of the most popular.
-Platinum Mall (Our favourite! We spent hours here. It is the cheapest place with the most variety, you’d hope so with six levels worth of shops and a surprisingly cheap food court!)
-Central Mall (The largest mall in Thailand, surely to keep you entertained for hours on end)
- And ofcoure the Chatuchak market below.
Tip: If your traveling long term so cant carry all the awesome clothes you couldn't help to buy like ourselves, you can easily send them home in a box at any Thai post office for a reasonable price. We got carried away shopping at the Platinum mall and ended up sending home a 9kg box to New Zealand for about 2240THB or $98NZ. Considering the amount of clothes we brought and the price compared to back home this was WELL worth doing.
Chatuchak weekend market (Jatujak) also known as JJ market is a paradise for anyone who loves a bargain. A journey through the labyrinth of alleyways will bring you to every kind of stall you can think of including trendy clothing, accessories, books, souvenirs, handicrafts, silk, furniture, and even pets at cheap prices. its easy to get lost in this crazy market so here's a map to help you find you way, if you don't have a lot of time to explore the whole market but know what your after you can look for the zone who want on the map and skip all areas you don't need to see.
AYUTTHAYA DAY TRIP
The ancient capital city of Thailand, Ayutthaya, was founded in 1350 when the country was named Siam. By the 1700s it was the largest city in the whole world, it had a million inhabitants and its perfect location between China, India and Malaysia made it the trading capital of Asia. This all came to an end in 1767 when Ayutthaya was invaded by the Burmese and almost completely burnt down.
To get to Ayutthaya you will need to get to Hua Lamphong train station, best bet is to take a metered taxi here. Tickets from Hua Lamphong station to Ayutthaya cost as little as 15 baht for third class seats, take note of what time the trains are running so you know what time to return back to the station. To get around the ancient city we recommend renting a Bicycle for the day for about 50THB, you can find bikes to rent when you get off the train.
CO VAN KESSEL BANGKOK- BIKE AROUND THE CITY
If you can deal with the Bangkok heat, then this is a great way to explore the city and all it has to offer. It takes you to a few sights as well as exploring the back streets and gives you a look into the fascinating lifestyle and culture of the Thai people. Its's also be a great way to meet other fellow travelers! There are options for different lengths tours and some including boat rides. You can check them out here.
This is a traditional Thai market where you will find fresh vegetables, fruit, and food located right on the train tracks. The train only passes through a few times a day directly through here, so vender owners have to move their produce and pull in the umbrellas!
The Maeklong Railway Market is about 80 kilometers outside of the city, located in the Samut Songkhram region. Depending on traffic it can take just over an hour to get there by car and if you dont have your own a Taxi will be Pricey! The most convenient way is to take the BTS Skytrain to station Victory Monument and grab a minibus from there, they leave as soon as one is filled. Be sure to look up the train timetable before heading out so that you do not miss it passing through the market.
ROOF TOP BARS
"Hangover skybar" at Lebua state tower - Offers great views of Bangkok's city skyline! Also famous for starring in the movie ‘The Hangover', it is a great way to take in the whole city. Dress well or you wont be aloud in and that means no backpack as well. Also be prepared to pay top dollar for drinks here. Location: 1055 State Tower, Silom Road. Best bet to get here is by taxi or take the MRT to Saphan Taksin , From there it’s only about a 10 minute walk.
“Above Eleven” at Fraser Suites Sukhumvit
A bit less fancy so Semi casual dress code is fine, but no flip flops or singlets. Drinks are a more reasonable price here and there is cover incase it rains. Location is at 38/8 Soi Sukhumvit 11, Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Vadhana. Take the MRT to Nana.
"Moon Bar“ at Banyan Tree Hotel
This bar offers a spectacular 360 degrees view over the city. The bar itself is rather small and for two cocktails you can expect to pay around 1300 THB. Because of the small space, the atmosphere is more lively than in other bars.
Dress code like almost everywhere is no flip-flops, shorts and sleeveless shirts for guys.
Location: 21/ S, 100 S Sathorn Rd, Yan Nawa, Sathon. Take the MRT to Lumphini.
TAKE A BOAT ALONG THE RIVER
You can get this from near the MBK center to the Airplane graveyard if you want a cheap transport option with some interesting sights such as the local houses built on stilts in the water. It is a great local method of public transport around the city and it is very cheap, unfortunately like a lot of places in Asia the water is very dirty and smelly.
WHERE TO STAY
Khao San Area - This is the go to area for cheep backpacker accommodation.
If you are in Bangkok and want to party, this is the place to go! You will find happy hour at bars day and night. If you don`t choose to stay in this area, it is still a fun place to visit. Have a cold drink at one of the many street pubs and watch the craziness unravel.
You will also find cheap local street food and markets stalls selling cheap and trendy clothes, shoes, and accessories in the busy streets in this area.
Be aware that it does get loud and hectic on Khao San Road in the night so its maybe not the best place if your looking for an early nights sleep. Also there is no sky-train or subway MRT in this area so you will have to take other forms of transport to venture out, like public bus, taxi or tuk-tuk.
Sukhumvit area - This is a great central area in Bangkok, within walking distance of many shopping malls and and all sorts of Different restaurants. It has both the sky-train and subway MRT so venturing out to further away tourist hot spots is easy! There are all ranges of accommodation here from Luxury 5-star to cheap hostels so its suitable for everyone.
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