Bangkok is a city of contrasts. It’s the capital of Thailand, but it has a distinctly different feel than the country’s other main cities, Chiang Mai and Phuket. Bangkok is one of the oldest cities in Southeast Asia, but it also has some of the most modern conveniences anywhere on earth. The result is an exciting mix that draws people from around the world to explore its countless attractions and incredible food scene—and makes it one of my favorite cities in all of Asia!
There are many ways to get around Bangkok. The skytrain and subway are the most popular modes of transportation, but renting a car or taking a taxi or tuk-tuk is also an option. Walking is another great way to explore this city on foot, especially if you’re looking for something more off-the-beaten path than what’s offered by other modes of transportation. If you want something more adventurous than walking but don’t have time for a boat tour or guided tour through the city’s parks, consider hopping onto one of Bangkok’s ferries instead!
Where to Stay
The city center is where you will find most of Bangkok’s hotels, but there are also some great options in the old city and new city.
- The city center has everything you need for your stay in Bangkok. It’s convenient for exploring all parts of the city, with plenty of restaurants and shopping nearby.
- If you want to be close to historic temples such as Wat Pho or Wat Arun, consider staying near Chinatown or Silom Road area. This part of town also offers easy access to popular attractions like Khao San Road (for travelers), Jim Thompson House (for history buffs), Siriraj Hospital Museum (if medical museums are your thing) and Patpong Night Market (if nightlife is more up your alley).
What to Eat
- Eat at street food stalls. The best way to experience Bangkok’s cuisine is by eating at the city’s many street food stalls. Most have menus written in Thai and English, but even if you don’t speak either language, it’s easy enough to point out what looks good and have them make it for you!
- Try Pad Thai. This noodle dish is a staple of Thai cuisine, consisting of stir-fried rice noodles with eggs and tamarind sauce on top–you’ll find it everywhere in Bangkok!
- Eat at a restaurant that has live music playing while you eat your meal (this will be common throughout Thailand). The live music adds an extra element of fun to dining out here; just make sure that if someone asks whether or not they can sit down next to you while they eat their meal, say yes!
The Top Things To Do in Bangkok
- The Grand Palace: This is an absolute must-see for anyone visiting Bangkok. It’s a blend of Thai and Western architecture, with ornate buildings and beautiful gardens to explore.
- Temple of the Emerald Buddha: Another popular site that can’t be missed, this temple houses one of Thailand’s most sacred statues: an 8th century Buddha statue made from jade. It’s said that if you rub its feet with your hand while making a wish, it will come true!
- Wat Pho & Wat Arun: These two temples are located right next door to each other in central Bangkok–and they’re both worth checking out! If you have time for only one, choose Wat Pho since it has some impressive sculptures inside (including many different Buddhas). However, if you want something bigger than just these two temples then consider heading over to Jim Thompson House instead; this former residence belonged to an American who helped rebuild Thailand after WW2 ended so he could live there during his retirement years until he died unexpectedly at age 60 due to complications related
Shopping in Bangkok
You can shop for Thai silk, antiques, handicrafts and other souvenirs at the markets or in shopping malls. Bangkok also has some of the best shopping in Asia–and it’s a great place to learn about local culture while you’re at it!
The city is a mix of old world Asian charm and modern conveniences.
Bangkok is one of the most popular destinations in Asia. It’s a vibrant city with an old world charm, and it sits right on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. The city has a rich history that can be seen in its architecture, culture, and cuisine. And while you’re there you’ll have plenty of fun things to do–you can shop like crazy or enjoy some delicious food.
Bangkok is a city of many faces, and it’s easy to get lost in the myriad of attractions, restaurants and shops. But if you keep these tips in mind, you’ll be able to navigate your way through Bangkok like a pro!