Everyone, and I mean, EVERYONE has got Thailand on their minds. Its capital, Bangkok, welcomes approximately 16 million visitors every year. Whether you’re there for a layover, a weekend, or a full week; here are some quintessential must-do’s that you simply can’t miss out on. These are the reasons why Bangkok will forever be bangin’!
1. EAT: Street food…it’s $1, why not!
It’s good, it’s only a dollar, so…why not! Thai cuisine is world famous for its explosion of flavors. When you find yourself hungry in the middle of street, grab a seat and sit down for a delicious meal. From Pad Thai to Pad See Ew, you literally can’t go wrong with anything you order!!
2. SEE: Check out Chinatown, it’s massive.
Bangkok’s super comprehensive Chinatown district runs from Odeon Circle, along Yaowarat Road. There are tons of shops, so much gold that even the largest gold Buddha statue can be found here. Walking upon the windy alleys, you’ll find more than enough options for a good meal.
3. DRINK: Bar hopping, rooftop-style!
Bangkok is full of cocktails in the sky. If there’s a roof, then there’s probably a bar. The views are pretty epic though, so check out our video below for recommendations on which bars to hit up! My favorite was at Hotel Muse’s The Speakeasy. (SEE ALSO: The 5 Best Clubs To Party It Up In Bangkok)
4. DO: Ride the MRT, so you stay sane.
If you don’t want to spend an hour in the car for 6 kilometers, then ride the Bangkok MRT!
5. EAT: At the Blue Elephant. It’s the BEST!
There’s only one restaurant in Bangkok that welcomes diplomats, presidents, celebrities, locals and travelers on a daily basis. And that’s Blue Elephant! Chef Nooror Somany Steppe’s innovative dishes combine traditional Thai cuisine with royal and modern approach. You’ll leave this place feeling completely heavenly.
6. SHOP: Shop for Thai silk!
It’s so soft and luxurious!!
7. SEE: Wat Arun – Temple of the Dawn
The beautiful Buddhist Temple, Temple of the Dawn, or Wat Arun, was originally built as a local shrine. Established as a royal palace, the temple was meant to house the Emerald Buddha. During the 19th century, King Rama II and afterwards King Rama III began and finished the construction of the 82-meter high tower. The gorgeous floral mosaics are actually broken Chinese porcelain.
8. DO: Ride the ferry
From Wat Arun to the Grand Palace, you can easily cross the Chao Phraya River. The ferry is convenient, with an entrance fee of 50 baht, it makes another perfect way to sightsee.
9. DO: The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is nothing short of a glistening, extravagant, spiritual estate. Situated in the heart of Bangkok, the palace has been home to the Kings since 1782. Today, it’s the location for numerous royal ceremonies, government and official events. Made up by many buildings, gardens, courtyards, pavilion; the palace is also the most popular tourist attraction in the city, so make sure you reserve a few hours in your schedule as the palace is massive, to say the least. (SEE ALSO: 5 Must-See’s In Old Bangkok Where Culture And History Converge)
10. DO: Scooter taxi to save time
If you’re like me, running late for the airport, normal taxis won’t cut it. So get on a scooter taxi, it’s also a great alternative way to see the city! (SEE ALSO: Bangkok Transportation Tips! The Best Ways To Get In & Around The City)
11. STAY: Metropole Bangkok
If you want a more intimate place to stay in Bangkok, check out Jetset Times for more recommendations. But on this trip, Metropole Bangkok was our home for a few days. This newly established apart-hotel is fantastic for savvy business travelers.
Photos: Wendy Hung
What’s your favorite thing to do in Bangkok? Share with us in the comments.