Like I said on my Instagram, Bangkok surprised me on so many levels. I heard tons of opinions about the city prior to visiting, and the majority of them weren’t too positive…But it only took me a day to fall in love with the place! Maybe the city isn’t for everyone and although I’m a passionate optimist when it comes to traveling to new places, I truly think it’s a place everyone could love as long as they witness the right sights!
For such a fast-paced, humongous city, Bangkok still has a very charming and cultural vibe with SO MUCH to do. From my own experience (as well as my lack of experience…you’ll see what I mean), I’ve weeded out the best activities to tackle when visiting this electrifying city!!
*Note: I recommend visiting during a weekend in order to complete this To Do list- many of the things listed are either only open on weekends or are simply just more fun on the weekend!
1. Visit the Chatutak/JJ Night Market
Being one of the biggest night markets in the world, Chatuchak Weekend Market is a must-see when in Bangkok! Unlike the other night markets, this place has a very laid-back, bohemian vibe and is packed with locals, not just the usual tourists you find at most night markets in Thailand!
Things you’ll find here: high-quality, stylish clothing for CHEAP prices, a vintage flea market with more clothing, antiques, etc., discounted electronics, great street food and cheap beer, & SO MUCH MORE. Seriously guys, anything you can imagine, they sell it here. They even had pet owls for sale! 😂
When you’re done shopping, you can relax at one of the many bars/restaurants located throughout the market!
2. Party on Khao San Road
If you’re looking to have a wild night out in Bangkok, this place should be your go-to. Packed with backpackers & tourists of all ages, you’re guaranteed to meet partiers from all over the world drinking out of buckets, eating fried insects (EW!!), and dancing at the jam-packed, cheap, crazy bars.
One bar got so crowded at one point, that people started spilling out onto the street where an enormous dance party erupted in the middle of Khao San Road lol 😆 It was a crazy sight to see and so much fun!!
3. Eat the Best Meal of Your Life at a Floating Market
Not matter which floating market you go to, they’re all outside of the city, so prepare to dedicate about half a day to this venture (and go on weekend, the only time they’re open)! There’s a couple large famous floating markets to visit like Damnoen and Amphawa, but I didn’t have time to taxi to either of these-they’re about 1 hour away without traffic, and there’s ALWAYS traffic in Bangkok.
That being said, I went to the closest floating market to the city, Taling Chan, which was absolutely incredible!! It may not be as big as the others, but it was equally as charming with AMAZING food! I had a delicious meal of fresh crab and papaya salad here, and it was seriously one of the best meals I’ve had in Thailand thus far.
If you have time, take a longtail boat tour after lunch around the canals to see Thai temples, fields of produce and orchards, and the lifestyle of the locals living along the river.
4. Have a Drink At a Rooftop Bar
Bangkok all lit up at night is beautiful sight to see, and there’s tons of rooftop bars with 360 degree views that allow you to do just that!
5. Shop in One of The World’s Largest Fashion Malls
Even if you’re not looking to shop during your visit to Bangkok, simply go to see the levels on levels of stores in this architecturally-stunning place!
*Note: My boyfriend and I went here on Valentines Day to see a movie in their “First Class Cinema Lounge,” but I guess we were at the wrong mall. Bangkok is famous for having these private suites where couples can watch movies on the big screen, all while laying on a sofa bed, being waited on by butlers, and drinking champagne! If anyone knows where to find this/has been, please let me know!! I hear it’s a really fun, luxurious experience, yet still affordable, so I definitely recommend going to one of these in Bangkok!
6. Experience Thai Culture & Religion At One Of The Many Temples
There are SO many temples to visit in Bangkok- you’ll see so yourself as you’re casually making your way around the city- but, I think the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) and the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) should be at the top of your list, as these are the most beautiful and iconic, in my opinion!
*Note: I didn’t get to see any temples myself (😢😢😢) because the only window of time we could go, we were TRICKED by scamming tuk tuk drivers that one temple was closed “due to Chinese New Year” and the other was an hour away. They will tell you these lies just to get you to agree to a lengthy & expensive tour with them. I was SO MAD when I returned home to my hotel and read about these scams online. I don’t want this to happen to anyone else, so I’ll be writing a guide on how to avoid rip offs/scams when visiting Bangkok later this week (A.K.A. everything I wish I knew before visiting!!). Stay tuned!
If you have any other sights/activities to add to my list, let me know in the comments section below! Thanks for reading 😊