I recently went to Bangkok on a short weekend getaway and had a fantastic time. It was my second time in Thailand, the first being in Phuket. With the 2 full days we had, it was just not enough, and im dying to go back for more again when i can.
If you are there on a limited time, but don’t want to try to cram everything into a few days, here are some highlights from me.
Visit some Temples
Bangkok has some wonderful temples (wats), and if you are short on time you can hit a few up nearby the city centre. Just remember to dress appropriately (cover your shoulders, no shorts) otherwise you may not be let in. The two i went to were near the Grand Palace (which we didnt see because it looked like there was a funeral going on), west of the city centre. You can take a taxi / Grabcar there for around 120 baht.
Wat Pho was the first one we visited. It is known for a reclining buddha statue. In addition to this, there are little market stalls for food and crafts, though this may only be on the weekends. The rest of the complex has smaller buddha statues as well as interesting shaped wats.
Wat Arun followed this. This one is located a short choppy ferry trip away (4 baht to cross the river) at the Tha Tien Ferry Terminal. Once there, you will see a massive temple structure, hopefully no longer under maintenance as I had seen. Shame though as it wouldve looked really pretty, particularly at night (Just google it). Similar sort of structures as Wat Pho, plus with the all important food markets 🙂
Grand Palace deserves a mention here, as its just above Wat Pho. I just didnt get a chance to see it because of the funeral procession, but do check it out!
Visit a Park
Bangkok can be pretty manic, but there are those quiet spots out there if you look for them. We visited Lumphini park, which was about a 20 minute walk from the Ploen Chit BTS (Or alternatively, change between the BTS and MRT to get to Lumphini MRT). Its a great place to have a jog, or rent a bike for a quick cycle. Theres also those two person pedal swan boat things you can rent for 40 baht for half an hour. Its just a nice park to wander around and chill really to get away from the noise.
Go Shopping at Markets
Bangkok is known as a great shopping city, but start by throwing your money at the markets. We visited Chatuchak Market up in Mo Chit (catch the BTS straight there) to grab not only some street food, but also cheap clothing. Because it was Songkran, alot of the stalls on the inner side of the market (this place is huge…) were closed, so we just stuck to the main roads where all the stalls were open. They have really good T-shirts here, not just the crappy branded replicas or Chang / Singha beer singlets. One of the retailers i managed to grab the business card of is http://www.enemiesstyle.com, which stock really cheap (Under $8AUD) designer looking tees.
Go Shopping in General
No need to say more here, but the Siam area is full of upmarket and cheap shopping malls to cover everything you need. Just some shops/food I visited include:
1. MBK Centre, Tokyu Hands
2. Siam Paragon – epic food court in the lobby, Nuer Koo beef noodles
3. Siam Discovery – LOFT, Pull&Bear
3. Central World – Kinokuniya, Laem Charoen Seafood
After all the tourist spots, there isnt a heap to do in Bangkok besides eat and shopping. Of course i cannot list a top X number of restaurants or stalls to visit, because I honestly havent explored as much as others have. This is just what i ate over 3 days 🙂