Our feet are blistered, our legs are giving in, our minds are buzzing – Bangkok got the best of us, but we also got the best of Bangkok.
Bangkok really has everything for everybody – it is huge, chaotic, but also in a weird way quite charming – after spending 10 days there last month we decided to share below a few of our favorite things to do in Bangkok, “The City Of Angles”.
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5 Things To Do In Bangkok
Check Out The Local Food Markets
There are loads and loads of markets in and around Bangkok, and it’s great fun to visit them even if you’re not planning on buying anything.
Our favorite one is Thewhet Flower Market, a smallish flower and food market, and it really is a true cultural experience.
Although the flower market is quite nice, the food section is most interesting part.
Don’t be surprised if you’re the only tourist there, this is where locals come to buy their groceries, so soak up the atmosphere, take in the contrasting smells and sights, and just stroll around.
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Go Temple Sightseeing
There are so many temples in Bangkok, so it would take you forever to see all of them, but among many others these four are the temples you’ll absolutely love:
The Turtle Temple (Wat Prayoon)
was my favorite of them all, it was so different from all of the others.
What’s special about this place is the cave like mound surrounded by a large pool full of turtles.
The mound is covered with shrines, all from chedis to spirit houses and doll houses. Built for loved ones who have passed away. (email us if you want directions – since seems not many people know where this place is.)
The Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)
is known as the icon of Thailand. The detailed sides of the temple are so amazingly beautiful, and the view from the top is awesome – make sure you go as high as you can, even if you have a fear of heights – it really is worth it!
Also go there in the afternoon, as the sun will give it a smooth beautiful light. Stay until after sunset to take some awesome shots, and it’s also much nicer to visit when it’s cooler outside.
The Reclining Buddha (Wat Poh)
is a HUGE golden statue of a reclining Buddha. But don’t just leave after having seen it, stay around and check out some of the other 1000 buddhas within the temple area.
The Giant Standing Buddha
is another huge buddha, it’s a nice temple because it’s a little quieter and you can sit back and just admire the size of it in peace.
Note! I wouldn’t suggest you to see them all in one day, I tend to get templed out after only a few, so to really enjoy and appreciate them, take your time and spread it out over time...
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Shopping And Thai Boxing
Shopping can be an overwhelming experience in Bangkok, but that really is part of it – so go crazy and take a day running between these huge malls and update your wardrobe while snacking your way through the food courts.
MBK and Central World were our favorites. Spend a full day shopping, and if you go on a Wednesday you can finish the day with a nice, relaxing – thai boxing match outside MBK!
It’s free, it’s rough, it’s Thai…
Travel Around Bangkok By Boat
Bangkok can get horribly hot, and with 11 million people the streets are often jammed with cars and mopeds.
If you want to get away from the bustling street, or just want to find a quicker and more enjoyable way of getting around the city, head to the canals – this is also where you can also find many great Riverside Hotels.
Taking a boat down the Chao Phraya river is one of the most popular things to do in Bangkok, the waterways are also often the best way to get around the city, plus it’s really cheap.
We really enjoyed the boat ride to Siam Square from Golden Mount, and the orange boat line on the Chao Phraya river.
The first one takes you via a small canal behind people’s houses right into the center of Siam Square, all for just 9 baht.
The Orange Flag Express boat takes you to many of the most popular tourist attractions, and shows Bangkok from a different angle. The tickets cost 18 baht flat fee, and you can step off wherever you like.
Hang Out On Khao San Road’s Side Streets
Khao San Rd has become a tourist attraction in itself, and you will likely want to spend some time there, especially the area around Khao San Road.
The side streets have a little more laid back attitude and some really nice bars, restaurants and many Khaosan Hotels – you also might find that strolling around the smaller streets and corners is much more enjoyable than the actual Khao San Road itself.
You’ll find some great street vendors along the street, and some nice bars to sit down and have a drink and do some people watching.
There are so many more things to do in Bangkok, but I hope you enjoyed this quick mini guide and got an idea of what this city has to offer!
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