10 amazing things to do in Bangkok

If you’ve seen my recent posts or follow me on Instagram, you will know that I recently solo travelled to Thailand. The first place I went to was the one and only Bangkok and I had an amazing time. So here are ten things you have to do while you’re in Bangkok! Don’t forget to save the Bangkok bucket list challenge at the end of this post for lots of other fun things to do in Bangkok!

10 things to do in Bangkok:

1. Visit Wat Pho

Visiting Wat Pho is something you have to do while you are in Bangkok as it’s home to the infamous reclining Buddha. The temple of the reclining Buddha is an impressive sight to see – a 46-meter long gold statue! Leave your shoes at the door and walk around the whole statue. You can even buy a box of coins to put in the 108 bronze bowls for good luck. Whilst the reclining Buddha is definitely the highlight of Wat Pho, make sure you wander around the rest of the complex, there are lots of beautiful temples. Don’t forget to cover up your legs and shoulders before entering the site.

TIP: There are lots of people selling elephant pants and shawls outside of the temple if you don’t have anything to wear!

The Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho

The Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho

2. Visit The Grand Palace

Just 10 minutes away from Wat Pho is The Grand Palace, the home of the Thai king. This is a really popular tourist site, with hundreds of people visiting every day, but don’t worry the queues aren’t that bad and move really quickly. Once inside, the palace is beautiful and home to the Emerald Buddha. Whilst The Grand Palace is now only used for ceremonies and as a tourist trap, it is still a beautiful site to see when you’re in the busy city. The palace is quite expensive, costing 500 Thai Baht to enter (around £13), so make sure you factor this in if you’re on a budget. And don’t forget to cover up!

TIP: There are lots of people selling elephant pants and shawls outside of the temple if you don’t have anything to wear!

TIP: Get there early to beat the crowds 

The Grand Palace, Bangkok

The Grand Palace, Bangkok

3. Ride in a Tuk Tuk

When people think of Bangkok, they automatically think of Tuk Tuks – a fun, quick and easy way to get around some of the big cities in Thailand. Tuk Tuks are crazy, and something you should definitely experience in Thailand! They are often incredibly fast, speeding along the roads, with the drivers beeping their horns, ringing bells and even blasting music. They’re often cheaper than local taxis – but beware … these drivers can spot a tourist a mile off, and tuk-tuks have no meters. This means they will often hike up the price. The best thing to do is be clear where you’re going, haggle and agree on a price before you set off.

10 things to do in Bangkok, ride a tuk tuk in Bangkok

Ride a Tuk-Tuk in Bangkok

TIP: Do not get into the Tuk Tuk without agreeing on a price for your journey – Haggle and be firm! 

TIP: Download the ‘Grab’ app – it’s like Uber and is much cheaper than local taxi companies. 

4. Wander around Khao San Road

Khao San Road is infamous for its insane party nightlife and it’s something that you definitely have to do whilst in Bangkok! Drink out of buckets, eat a scorpion and do a bar crawl down Khao San. With so many bars and clubs in Bangkok, it is difficult to know where to go. Khao San is probably a good place to start with many backpackers choosing to go there. Do a bar crawl to experience lots of places in one night – these are often organised by a hostel or local tour operator! But don’t worry, believe it or not, you can go to Khao San Road sober. Wander around the street in the day time, get a massage, try the food, people watch and just take in your surroundings – this is a great way to throw yourself into Bangkok.

5. Visit the floating markets

Not too far from the city are the floating markets in Thailand. Hop on a longtail boat and float down the river to watch local tradespeople sell food, clothes, trinkets and more – all on the river itself! Get your haggle on and grab yourself some bargains and try some amazing food. As the markets are just outside of the city, I’d recommend going as early as possible before it gets busy and avoid a tour group – they will overcharge you – definitely do it yourself so you can save money and take your time!

TIP: Get there early to avoid the crowds!

6. Get a Thai massage

Whilst this isn’t specific to Bangkok, you definitely have to get a Thai massage when you are in Thailand. Don’t be fooled, these massages aren’t as relaxing as you think but they’re definitely worth the money … the word I’d use is “invigorating”. The tiny women who give the massages are a lot stronger than they look and they will soon be massaging you, pulling you and even cracking you! Whilst they may be a little uncomfortable, in the long run, you will certainly feel the benefits… I walked out of there feeling like a new woman! Don’t forget you can always ask them to be a little more gentle if the massage gets too much!

TIP: A lot of massage parlours will drop the price to get you to use there’s – haggle if you can! 

7. Get a boat down the Chao Phraya River

If you want to avoid walking, tuk-tuks and taxis, one way to see the sites is to get a water taxi down the Chao Phraya River to see some of the most popular tourist sites. This will be a much more peaceful experience than braving the infamous Bangkok traffic jams and you can get to The Grand Palace in no time. This is a great way to see lots of the city – from the busy tourist traps to the local housing – better yet, watch the sunset from a boat tour for an incredible view!

8. Try street food

One thing that you HAVE to do when you’re in Thailand, especially Bangkok, is trying the delicious food! Now, some of you might be a bit wary of this (especially if you’re a fussy eater like me), but honestly, the food is incredible. Street food is quick to grab when you’re on the go and incredibly budget-friendly … if you’re a backpacker this is probably what you will stick to so you can save those pennies. The Pad Thai is honestly incredible and if you go to Bangkok without trying it, you’re insane! You can even try street fruit which is absolutely amazing – pineapple and mango sticky rice … delicious! The food is terrific and a must-do in Bangkok!

TIP: If you’re concerned about eating the meat, stick to vegetable dishes.

TIP: If you don’t know what to choose, ask a local or follow the crowds – they’re normally right!

9. Explore the Weekend markets

The Chutachuk weekend markets are probably the most popular in Bangkok. With more than 15000 stalls and more than 200000 people visiting a day it can definitely be overwhelming. Luckily, there are lots of places were you can grab food and drink and rest for a while. As one of the biggest markets in the world, it’s definitely a must on your trip and a great place to grab some bargains. From Jewellery to food to pets, there is something for everyone at these markets.

10. Get a drink at the Sky Bar

If you’ve seen The Hangover 2, you will definitely know what the Sky Bar by Lebua is! Grab a drink and enjoy the views as the wolf pack did. Definitely visit here on a night out but be warned it’s pricey and extremely busy. Nevertheless, it’s a great place to see the beautiful Bangkok sunset … but maybe just stick to the one drink.

Bangkok is an incredible, bustling lively city and one you should definitely visit when you’re in Thailand. Spend a few days here to soak up the Thai culture, trying amazing food and seeing incredible sites!

Have you been to Bangkok, what did you do?

Thanks for reading,

Chlo x

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7 Comments

  1. January 5, 2020 / 9:31 am

    I’ve always wanted to visit Thailand and Bangkok is on my list too! I never knew how much there was to do and see, especially the palace and the temples. This post gave some really great advice and I found it so informative, thank you!
    Simply Chloe x

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      January 5, 2020 / 10:34 am

      Great, I hope that you get to go someday! x

  2. January 5, 2020 / 10:28 am

    Awesome post! I’d love to visit Bangkok one day <3 x

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      January 5, 2020 / 10:35 am

      I hope you get to go!

  3. January 5, 2020 / 2:39 pm

    Loved reading this post! The floating markets sound amazing xx

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      January 5, 2020 / 4:13 pm

      It’s so unique! x

  4. January 10, 2020 / 7:32 pm

    I didn’t think the weekend market was worth it, 99% of it is junk and there’s so much in a sea of vendors to find something genuine of good quality. I would also add Wat Arun to the list, it’s so cheap and less crowded than the Grand Palace but still spectacular. And also Soy Cowboy, makes for an interesting night out!

    Rachel || http://anotherstationanothermile.com

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