What to do in Bangkok – Short Travel Guide

Wat Pho

What do do in Bangkok?

This short travel guide provides you suggestions to travel as a local and on a budget. Find out general info, must see sights, places to stay, discover where to eat as a local, where to go for the coolest nightlife and find out cheap transports to move around the city. Do not miss the best of Bangkok.


General info

City: Bangkok

Country: Thailand

Population: 15.280.925

Currency: Bath (1 USD=35,7 THB)

Language: Thai

Best period to go: hot all year, may rain during monsoon period from May to October (low season)

 


To do not miss

Temples

12115775_10205951718406983_8985186154849755110_n English lesson in a Buddhist temple in Bangkok (Wat Pho).

What to do in Bangkok? Temples of course! Bangkok is plenty of Buddhist temples (there are more than 400 temples around the city) most of them are concentrated  in the “Old Bangkok” and they are the symbols of the city.

Wat Pho. The Temple of the Reclining Buddha (15 meter high, 43 meter long) is covered with gold leaf and has huge feet decorated with mother-of-pearl.

Wat Arun. The most iconic temple of Bangkok.

Wat Phra Kaew or “The Temple of the Emerald Buddha”, is built within the grounds of the Grand Palace, is carved into a 66 cm tall block of Jade and is the most visited temple in Bangkok.

Wat Mahatat. It is one of the royal temples of the highest class in Bangkok, used for royal ceremonies and has also an important centre for the study of Buddhism and meditation

Markets

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Chatuchak Market

Bangkok will not disappoint you if you love markets. It is the shopping paradise and you can literally find everything here.

The most world famous shopping market in Bangkok is the weekend Chatuchak Market. Among the largest markets in the world, you can find everything buyable here, from cloths and furniture to food, books and souvenirs . Plan to spend a full day here, as there’s plenty to see, it has more than 8000 stalls, separated into 27 sections.

An hour and a half drive from Bangkok there are Tha Kha Floating Market and Mae Klong Market.

Tha Kha Floating Market . Authentic floating market with rowboats. You can find here fresh fruit, vegetables, local food and delicious sweets. The main buyers are natives and they are also in rowboats.

Mae Klong Market. Big market in Samut Songkram with a warm and placid atmosphere. Here, there are numerous stalls selling fresh food and Thai spices.

This market is unique because the vendors place their merchandise next to the railway and when the train approaches vendors quickly put their stalls and umbrellas away to let the train pass. Then when the train is gone, they put everything back to continue the market activities.

Chinatown: Yaowarat Road

12108998_10205951708046724_5307376711944683553_nChinatown, Bangkok.

Chinatown is one of the most authentic spots in the city. Do not miss the golden Buddha statue in Wat Traimit and walk around Yaowarat Road for the vibrant markets in Trok Issaranuphap and Sampeng Lane. Have a look at the beautiful Pak Klong Talad  Flower Market, just off the edge of Chinatown. Don’t leave Chinatown before try some food in a local restaurant.

 

Chinatown, Bangkok

Massages

Enjoy a massage and chose from different options. Local shops offer very good deals they are literally everywhere in the city.

Silom

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Silom by night, Bangkok.

It is the financial centre of the city but is also famous for fine hotels, restaurants and clubs.

Go to the Silom night market and walk around Lumphini park: a huge and quiet park, habitat of various flora and fauna, it is perfect to get some fresh air!

Siam

It is the centre of shopping in Bangkok.

Within Siam square, there is a wide range of shops and services, including restaurants, cafés, bars, clothing shops, cinemas, bookshops, hotels and banks . There are famous shopping centres, such as: MBK Centrer and Siam Discovery Centrer.

Sukhumvit

Modern and cosmopolitan district, with good hotels, poor on traditional tourist attactions, it’s perfect for last minute shopping, eating and nightlife.

Khao San Road

Very popular among backpackers, it’s a touristic area plenty of cheap hotels, bars and shops and has a vibrant nighlife.

 


Where to eat

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Street food, Siam Bangkok.

There are many good restaurants in Bangkok, but certainly the best way to get in touch with locals is try street food. The streets are plenty of food vendors. Noodles, rice, fish, meat, vegetables you have so many options to choose from at very cheap prices.

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Street food, Chinatown Bangkok

Where to stay

Khao San Road offer good deals and vibrant nighlife, but is not well connected to the rest of the city.

Nice hotels in Silom and Siam efficiently served by metro, trains and boats.

Good deals also in Sukhumvit and Chinatown for cheap and comfortable accommodations.


Night life

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Bar in Silom

Night clubs, rooftop and trendy bars, show and festivals, it is impossible to get bored in Bangkok. Go to Khao San Road, Silom and Sukhumvit to party all night.

 


Transports

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Tuk-tuk in Bangkok

Bangkok got a modern and efficient public transport system.

The Skytrain (BTS) and Underground (MRT) connect the main areas of the city.

River taxis and express boats can be used to reach many historic sites at the riverside.

Taxis are cheap, but the roads are always busy.

Tuk-tuks, are one of the big Bangkok attraction, are cheap and are still worth a ride at least once.

 


Bangkok is perfect if you are looking for…

Buddhist culture, markets, shopping, food and a vibrant nightlife.

 

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