Things to do in Bangkok, Thailand

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

Wat Pho Temple, Bangkok

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.

Tuk Tuk @ Bangkok
Tuk Tuk @ Bangkok

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 Pho Temple, Bangkok
Wat Pho Temple, Bangkok

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 🙂

Ferry @ Wat Pho
Ferry @ Wat Pho

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

Lumphini Park
Lumphini 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

Chatuchak Market
Chatuchak Market

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.

Enemies Style @ Chatuchak Market
Enemies Style @ Chatuchak Market

Go Shopping in General

Siam Paragon @ Bangkok
Siam Paragon @ Bangkok

 

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

Eat Food

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 🙂

Beef Noodles @ Siam Paragon Food Court Basement
Beef Noodles @ Siam Paragon Food Court Basement
Beef Noodles @ Nuer Koo Siam Paragon
Beef Noodles @ Nuer Koo Siam Paragon
Calamari Curry and Scallops @ Bangkok Food Tours
Calamari Curry and Scallops @ Bangkok Food Tours
Tom Yum Goong Seafood Hot Pot @ Laem Charoen Seafood CentralWorld
Tom Yum Goong Seafood Hot Pot @ Laem Charoen Seafood CentralWorld
Mango Sticky Rice @ Bangkok Food Tours
Mango Sticky Rice @ Bangkok Food Tours