Bangkok is a vast city in Thailand with so much excitement and culture. With their gorgeous architectural temples, golden buddhas, and lively night scene, there’s something for everyone in Bangkok! For most travelers visiting Thailand, this city is typically just a stop over on the way to visit the mountains in the North or the Islands in the South. As a traveler trying to get the most out of your trip to this amazing country, I would say 2-3 days is a perfect amount of time to spend in Bangkok before setting off to your next Thai location. Here are some great things to do while you’re there!
Wat Pho is one of the largest temple complexes in the city and houses the famous reclining buddha. This buddha, made entirely of gold leaf, measures 150 feet long and 57 feet tall! It’s truly magical to see something of this stature in person and is a must for first time visitors to Bangkok. This area of the temple is sacred so please be prepared to remove your shoes and cover your arms. The surrounding area of this complex is covered with some of the most amazing architecture I’ve ever seen. Intricate buddha statues line the walls of the chapels, beautiful murals and artwork, and some of the most colorful buildings in the world! Walking distance from Wat Pho is the Grand Palace which houses Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha). The Grand Palace was also home to the Thai royal family for 150 years. Here are some links for more info on the Temples and Palace. Continue scrolling down for more pics and places to see!
Another adventure you must do in Bangkok is hire a Tuk Tuk! This is a traditional taxi in Bangkok and looks like something you’d see at an amusement park. It’s a great way to see the sights and experience the culture. And it’s very inexpensive! After you’ve spent a day exploring the temples, take a Tuk Tuk over to Khao San Road for an evening of food, fun, and drinks.
Khao San Road is famous for its Thai street food, bars, nightlife, restaurants, and cheap massages! The energy and liveliness of this area will have you spending hours here. Don’t be afraid to try the street food as it is delicious and will cost you about $1.50. And, of course, you’re more than welcome to try the fried insects that are considered a delicacy in Thailand. Sorry, I had to pass on that one. I don’t care how much protein is packed in those critters! Also, be sure to get a thai massage as it only costs 250 Thai Baht for an hour (this translates to $7 American dollars people)! As the sun goes down, the streets light up with colorful lights and lanterns. Post up at one of the outside bars or restaurants and enjoy some of the best people watching you’ll ever experience :-).
Another must while in Bangkok is the Chatuchak Weekend Market. If you’re serious about your markets, you may want to consider bringing an extra suitcase from home. You will no doubt fill it with all the incredible and inexpensive goodies you’ll find here. You’ll find everything from home decor, jewelry, clothing, and shoes to bed linens. Make sure you get a map at the entrance though. Otherwise, you’ll be terribly lost as this market covers streets upon streets. Be sure to enjoy the street food and delicious fresh fruit juices while there!
Last but not least, try to visit a floating market as this is a true tradition in Thailand. The most popular floating market is Damnoen Saduak. However, this particular market is a solid two hour drive from Bangkok. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time so we opted to go to a smaller floating market called Taling Chan which is located in Bangkok. The Thai women serve fruits, veggies, and fried fish straight from their boats. This is such a great way to spend an afternoon and experience the culture. Check out this link for more info on floating markets…
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