Holla, city of squala (had to throw in a Hangover II reference)! Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and port of arrival for many travelers who come to southeast Asia. Known for it’s large ornate shrines and vibrant street life, no wonder it is one of the most popular places to visit in all of Asia!
We had been wanting to visit this city for quite some time. The hustle and bustle of Thai culture, along with the amazing and surprisingly cheap cuisine (street vendors everywhere), makes it easy to see why millions of people visit every year. There’s something for everyone here!
Things To Do
There are many things to do in Bangkok. Unfortunately, we only had two days in this city before we moved on to the rest of Thailand. But we will list our favorite things we were able to do in our short period of time there!
The Grand Palace
A complex of ornate shrines and temples in the heart of Bangkok. It was the official residence of the Kings of Siam since 1782 all the way to 1925. Now it serves mainly as a tourist attraction and is sometimes used for ceremonial purposes, however, no member of the royal family has lived here since 1925. There are over 100 buildings on the ground with the main one being the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It is considered to be one of the most important temples in Thailand. Make sure to get here early as it gets very busy. They also have a strict dress code. No shorts, mini-skirts, see through clothing, sleeveless tops, or sandals. There are people on the streets outside of the palace selling cheap shawls that you can buy. We walked around the grounds for around 3 hours until it got too hot for us to be outside any longer.
The Temple of the Reclining Buddha. It is located behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and is a must see. It is one of the oldest and largest wats, or temples, in Thailand. The statue is over 46 meters long!
Khao San Road
For decades, Khao San Road has been the go-to destination for backpackers and budget travelers arriving in Bangkok for the first time. It is a hectic street that consists of bars, restaurants, nightclubs, Thai massage parlors, tacky tourist shops, and hostels. Everything here stays open very late, so it’s a good place to party after a day of sight-seeing. It also has many yummy street food vendors. We recommend eating at one of these as they are very cheap. You definitely need to check this place out while you are in Bangkok!
We decided to splurge a little one night and took a cheap cab to visit a couple of the many rooftop bars that Bangkok has to offer. Most of them have a dress code and are a little pricey, but it was worth it. The views of the Bangkok sky line were incredible! We went to Above Eleven Bangkok, which is on the rooftop of Fraser Suites, and Vertigo Moon Bar, which is on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Bangkok hotel. 61 floors!!
Where To Stay
There are hundreds of hotels, hostels, and Airbnb’s to choose from. They range from lavish penthouses to small and affordable rooms for you just to crash at. We decided to stay at a nice bed & breakfast that we found on Airbnb within walking distance of Khao San Road, as it was centrally located to everything. Here’s the link: Baan Dinso Ratchadamnoen.
We loved our stay in Bangkok! From visiting the beautiful temples, eating amazing street food, and partying on Khao San Road, it was very hard for us to leave. We wished we had more time to see everything the city had to offer, but we had to move on to the rest of Thailand.