Bangkok

Nine Best Things to Do in Bangkok

We went to Bangkok 20 years ago; now, we’re revisiting Khaosan Road and the night market with the family and exploring new places.

We took a Tuk Tuk to explore Chinatown, one of Bangkok’s largest and most vibrant areas.

 

We spent time shopping and browsing the countless small streets and market stalls, where we found everything from traditional Chinese herbs to trendy fashion items. 

We sampled a variety of mouthwatering street foods, such as pad Thai and mango sticky rice.

 

Samphanthawong in Bangkok

Samphanthawong district is one of the 50 districts of Bangkok, Thailand. Regarded as Bangkok’s Chinatown, it is the smallest district in the area but has the highest population density in Bangkok.

 

Samphanthawong is a district that never sleeps. It is a vibrant and bustling hub that uniquely blends traditional Thai culture and the fast-paced rhythm of modern city life. This historic neighbourhood is home to some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including Chinatown, pulsating with energy that will excite any visitor. 

 We had a fantastic time enjoying the beautiful views of the Bangkok skyline on a river cruise. We saw iconic landmarks like the Grand Palace and Wat Arun. We also stopped on the other side to visit the large shopping mall, “Iconsiam,” and take a break from the heat.

Iconsiam

If you’re looking for a great shopping experience in Bangkok, ICONSIAM is the place to visit.

However, due to its size, navigation can be tricky. This luxury shopping complex is impressive, with various shops, restaurants, and outside bars. It’s a good choice if you want to escape the hot sun.

Paknam Phasi Charoen Temple

Wat Paknam is a royal temple in Bangkok’s Phasi Charoen district. 

The tallest and largest golden Buddha statue I’ve ever seen! You’ll see it right when you walk inside! 

 

If you can, I suggest wearing socks with your runners because the staircase is very hot when you walk on it to enter the temple!

When you visit, take the time to explore the temple grounds. Each view is a captivating experience in itself.

 

Admission is free.

Khaosan road

Twenty years ago, this street was a lively and budget-friendly spot for backpackers. It was filled with many shops, making it an excellent place for a stroll. I looked forward to finding a store with sterling silver beads for my jewelry-making project. 

Unfortunately, the store is gone, and the street has become quite crowded with traffic, making it look messy. I have to admit, the changes let me down.

Pak Khlong Talat (Flower Market)

Pak Khlong Talat is a market in Wang Burapha Phirom Subdistrict. Bangkok, Thailand, sells flowers, fruits, and vegetables. It is the primary flower market of Bangkok. It is on Chak Phet Road and adjacent side streets, close to Memorial Bridge.

 

The fragrance of the beautiful flowers was terrific. It’s a shame I couldn’t bring any home. It was a lovely stroll around the market, and we saw some unique Asian flowers.

Chatuchak Market.

Remember that Chatuchak Market is Bangkok’s largest night market. It’s only open on Saturdays and Sundays (with some sections open on Friday evenings). It’s a must-visit when you’re in Bangkok!

 

It’s a lot of fun to wander around, check out the unique and non-practical items, and eat the food they sell.

Just a heads up – the designer watches, purses, and bags are fake.

Wat Phra Kaew

When you arrive at the metro station, you know it is fit for a king ! sanam chai station

It is a long distance walking from the metro to the temple.

Numerous sellers around the Grand Palace and across the street will try to rent or sell you appropriate clothing at inflated prices and they are very pushy ( they will follow you!!).

Dress Code for Visiting Wat Phra Kaew

Proper dress is required to enter the Grand Palace, especially Wat Phra Kaew. The dress code is strictly enforced for visitors.

  • Knees and shoulders must be covered
  • No clingy, tight, or see-through clothing is allowed
  • No stretch/yoga pants
  • No sleeveless tops
  • No torn clothing or holes in jeans
  • No religious themes
  • No death-related themes
  • If you have any Buddhist or Hindu tattoos, find a way to cover them.

And

  • Remove your hat, headphones, and sunglasses
  • No chewing gum, snacking, or smoking
  • Be quiet and respectful
  • Don’t touch, point at, or turn your back to images of Buddha

Remember: Wat Phra Kaew is a sacred place.

Little zoo cafe at People market

Little Zoo Cafe at People’s Market is the only cafe in Bangkok where you can meet and play with meerkats, a very fat raccoon, foxes, and more! 

While it’s not cheap, the prices include a drink, cookie, and socks. It costs THB390 (approximately $12) for adults and THB120 (approximately $8) for kids. Plus, your visit helps take care of the animals.

Khlong Bang Luang Floating Market

Khlong Bang Luang Floating Market is a unique and vibrant attraction in Bangkok. Situated along the banks of the Khlong Bang Luang canal, this floating market offers a glimpse into Thailand’s traditional way of life. 

 

This market evolved into a cultural and artistic hotspot, attracting artists and artisans who showcased their talents in the form of traditional Thai arts and crafts.

 

Walk around; there is so much more to see.

My Favorite Restaurants

Breakfast Story

The prices are very affordable and everything is delicious. A Walking distance from our hotel.

Breakfast Story Sign
French Toast with berries

Chor-Ma-Lee

The food is fantastic, and so is the price. Located in the mall.

Chor-Ma-Lee

Le Paris

Good food.good price. A Walking distance from our hotel

croissant

**You might not think that eating at a restaurant in the shopping center has good food, but you’re wrong! The prices are ridiculously cheap, and everything is delicious. There are so many good places to eat there that it is hard to choose which one. Stroll around the mall, browse the menus, and decide where to eat!

The Place We Stay

CitiSmart Sukhumvit 18

The condo we rented was only a 5-minute walk from Asoke BTS and Sukhumvit MRT stations. The condo is within walking distance from many restaurants, bars and shopping malls like Terminal 21.

Plan And Book Your Trip

🏨Where to Stay: Condo for rent 

📲 E Sims: Airalo

🎫The thing to do: Tripadvisor- klook

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4 Responses

  1. What a beautiful article! Very informative and the pictures are stunning! I love the dress code part too 😄

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