|Stepping into Bangkok where sensory overload hits you like a wave. A million different scents and noises overwhelm you, making this city 1 of the most electrifying destinations in the world. |
Whether you are eating street food, wandering through an ornate temple or trying to navigate streets crowded with tuk-tuks, Bangkok is packed with adventure.
|Time to travel to Thailand: November — February|
Bangkok’s Winter is its peak travel season, as the temperatures drop and make the humidity more bearable. But this also means crowds nearly double, clogging up the streets. Travel during months, November and February, for the same cool temperatures but fewer tourists.
Bringing together old and new, traditional and modern, chaos and serenity, Bangkok is a city of contrasts. Navigating these paradoxes can be confusing, but it is in the in-between that you will find the true Bangkok spirit.
Start with some traditional Thai experiences.
Hop in a canopied wooden boat and cruise the Chao Phraya River and you will get to see some of the most famous sites without having to brave the foot traffic.
Then head to the Museum of Siam for a look at what it means to be Thai. It’s your opportunity to get hands-on with this rich culture. When you’re ready for a break from the city, find your way to a Thai massage parlor. There’s no better way to unwind than by taking advantage of Thailand’s incredible signature massage services at stellar prices.
Train night Market Ratchada – Talatrodfai
Let’s Go to Market
Bangkok’s many markets are major tourist draws, and you’ll find plenty of people sharing advice on which markets to avoid. But take their tips in stride and make the decision for yourself. Yes, the more popular markets can get crowded, but they’re still worth the trip if you go with that expectation set.
Explore the overwhelming amount of souvenirs and handmade crafts at the Chatuchak Weekend Market, the largest weekend market in the world. Pick up fresh ingredients at Khlong Toei Market and flowers at Pak Klong Talad. When the sun goes down, sample fresh food under the colorful tents of the Ratchada Train Market.
If you’re up for a drive, check out one of Bangkok’s floating markets.
Bangkok’s many temples include sprawling, ornate complexes and quiet, hidden oases. Start at Wat Pho, one of the country’s largest Buddhist temples, which features a giant reclining Buddha that measures 46 meters long.
Next, explore Wat Arun, the stunning Temple of Dawn set along the Chao Phraya River, and Wat Prayoon, a bell-shaped pagoda.
There are plenty of other popular wats we could name, but some of the best spiritual spots can be found by wandering back alleys and following the incense
You will have difficulty escaping the crowds in Bangkok. The massive city holds few quiet corners. But if you want to explore some lesser-known destinations, you can still feel like you’re exploring off the beaten path.
Stroll the Soi Nana shophouses in Chinatown, getting off the main thoroughfare to discover low-key bars and galleries. Then take a breath in Lumpini Park, a sprawling green space that will give you a break from the urban hustle and bustle.
Find your way to the Thailand Creative and Design Center, where burgeoning creatives congregate in the former Grand Post Office Building. Shop around Papaya, a sprawling indoor antiques and furniture market.
For a little extra fun, go out of your way to reach the Airplane Graveyard or get your thrills in at Siam Park City, an amusement park with lots of roller coasters and family fun.
“The local people of Bangkok and Thailand in general are pretty wonderful. It’s called the Land of Smiles for a reason. People are friendly, respectful, and go out of their way to help you and serve you whenever they can. The customary greeting I’ve encountered is for locals to press their hands together at their chest with a slight bow saying hello, welcome, or thank you.”
More Bang for Your Buck
Forget everything you know about normal mealtimes. In Bangkok, you eat whenever and wherever you want.
Snacking on street food throughout the day will keep you satisfied without breaking the bank, and it’s a greatway to try the numerous foods that Thailand is famous for.
I am talking more than just pad thai.
You will find khanom bueang, tom yam, som tam, kuay teow and more. If you do want to treat yourself to a nice dinner, there are plenty of options. Le Du offers seasonal Thai favorites with a modern twist, while Issaya Siamese Club serves up exceptional cuisine in a stunning 100-year-old villa.
When the Sun goes down, find your way to a rooftop bar like Sky Bar at Lebua or Vertigo for stylish cocktails and stunning city views.
|Bedtime in Bangkok|
One of the best things about Bangkok being such a popular destination for visitors is that the accommodation options are plentiful and varied.
For pure luxury
A stay at The Siam Hotel or The Peninsula Hotel will have you feeling like royalty, while chic travelers might find the urban cool Hotel Josh more their style.
If you are traveling on a budget you can find clean rooms with amenities coming in between US$10–$30 at Sivalai Palace and Smile Society Boutique Hostel.
Note: The rules regarding Airbnb and short term rentals are complicated, so do a little research ahead of time to make sure you are traveling responsibly.
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