I’ve visited Bangkok many, many, many times because it’s such a good transport hub. But, I never really loved the city itself, I just saw it as a convenient stopover on the way to other places.
All of that changed the last time I visited the city. I learned to love this chaotic metropolis for everything that it has to offer. It’s fascinating blend of sights, culture, shopping, food and so much more.
Explore the city’s cultural side.
Spend an afternoon visiting Wat Pho, also known as The Temple of the Reclining Buddha. One of Bangkok’s oldest temples, the complex is a maze of beautiful and intricate ceramic tiled chedis. Take your time to fully appreciate the beauty of the famed reclining Buddha, as well as wandering around the relaxing temple complex.
Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 17:00.
Cost: 100 baht entrance fee.
My tip: Remember to wear appropriate clothing. You should cover your shoulders and legs to at least knee length.
Go on a shopping spree at Chatuchak Weekend Market.
Chatuchak weekend market is probably one of the best shopping experiences you can have in Bangkok. With around 15,000 stalls you can buy almost anything you can imagine in this labyrinth of vendors! Try your hand at bargaining and get some unique pieces from the market.
There is also a great selection of local food and drinks to try out, at very cheap prices. Don’t miss this place if you are in Bangkok over a weekend.
Opening hours: 06:00 – 18:00 on Saturday and Sundays only.
Location: Take the sky train to Mo Chit and follow the crowds into the market.
My tip: Go early! This way you can do all of your shopping and then stop for lunch. You will be pleased you avoided walking around in the midday heat, as the market gets HOT.
Spend an evening in the sky.
Enjoying a sundowner at a rooftop bar has become a ‘must-do’ in Bangkok and there is a good reason why – seeing Bangkok’s skyline light up with beautiful colours during sunset is a spectacular view, not to be missed.
Vertigo and Moon Bar definitely lives up to the hype! Because of the location, you get amazing panoramic views of the surrounding skyscrapers, the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and the Chao Praya River. Additionally, the tiered layout is very clever, as it ensures there really isn’t a bad table in place.
Of course, the views are probably the main reason you’re going to be at a skybar. However, the thing that makes Moon bar stand out from the crowd is it’s relaxed vibe; with lounge music, great drinks and snacks – it’s the perfect place to chill.
Opening hours: 17:00 – 01:00.
Location: The Banyan Tree Hotel on Sathorn Road.
My tip: If you’re only wanting a drink at Moon Bar – get there early to score a table. If you are getting dinner at Vertigo, definitely make reservations. Also, don’t forget the dress code is smart casual, so you might want to dress up a little.
Check out Khao San Road.
Khao San Road, which now refers to a series of streets, is a backpacker haven in Bangkok. Here you’ll find endless restaurants, shops, bars, street food vendors day and night. It’s a great place to sit outside enjoying cheap food and drink whilst meeting other travellers. It’s also a popular place for locals at the weekend.
Whether you will love or hate Khao San Road, totally depends on your travel style. But it’s certainly worth experiencing the craziness at least once.
What are your favourite things to do in Bangkok? Let me know! I’m always interested in finding new places to visit.