Have you ever been to Bangkok?
Bangkok might not be the coolest place in Thailand to travel around in. The city suffers from chronic traffic jams and over population. It’s also a very hot and humid place to move around in. People here are not as friendly as other places in Thailand and you won’t find a beach!
Regardless. Bangkok is a big city, and just like any other big city there will be a lot to explore. Temples, markets, the people, the atmosphere, rivers, bars, shopping malls and skybars. The touristy things and the not-so touristy things.
In fact. Bangkok is the most visited city in the world!
It’s a city that must be experienced. For better and worse.
In this post I’ll tell you about some of my favorite daytime things to do in Bangkok.
Lets start with something simple.
Bangkok is famous for its food, and especially the street food. Literally all over Bangkok you will find an endless variety of street food stalls and restaurants in all shapes and sizes.
Thai food, Korean food, Japanese food, Chinese food and Western food.
Noodles, soups, seafood and rice dishes.
Simple street vendors, small family restaurants, big restaurants in the malls and the big famous chains.
All blended together in an endless myriad of sois, streets, markets and malls.
Not many cities worldwide can boast about the selection of food you’ll find in Bangkok.
Take the price into consideration then it gets even better! You can eat new and untried food for weeks in this city without running out of options.
The Big 3
The Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun is the biggest and most famous temples in Bangkok.
Another good thing is that all three of them are just next to each other so you can do all three of them in half a day (of course depending on how much time you spend in each temple studying the beautiful art and architecture).
There are already a ton of travel blogs out there who talk more about these temples so there is no need to reinvent the wheel. Do a quick Google search and you’ll find both location and opening times.
Note: There is a popular scam going on outside all three temples. A Thai guy who look like an official figure will tell you that the temple is closed today because of some special Buddha day. This is pure bullshit. The temple is always open for tourists.
The scammer will then offer you a cheap ride with his, or his friends tuktuk to see other temples. But in reality you will be escorted to different gem shops where they will push you to buy stuff.
Siriraj Medical Museum
This is one of the strangest, and most creepy, experiences I’ve had anywhere.
At Siriraj Medical Museum they use real stuffed humans on display for different purposes. I wont go into detail here as I’ve already made a post about this museum.
Not my favorite activity in the world, but man this city is good for shopping. Take the sky train to Siam station where you have no less then 6 malls within a 1 km radius.
Siam Discovery, Siam Center, Siam Paragon, CentralWorld, Siam Square One and MBK.
Take the sky train four stop down to Asoke and you have four more gigantic shopping malls!
My favorite malls are Fortune Town and MBK where you have several floors of electronics. Some shops also sell old retro stuff like Discman and Nokia 3310. Good stuff!
I actually got myself a Nokia 3210 just so I would play Snake. 😀
For a list of all malls in Bangkok check out this article.
You also have a ton of outdoor markets all over Bangkok that sells every imaginable item. Some of my favorites are:
Rod Fai Night Market 2
That first market – Rod Fai 2 – have a cool shop that makes t-shirts with your own print on. I got myself one t-shirt that says “I’m faster than you” on the back in Thai language. I use it when I go running in Chatuchat park.
Chill in the parks
A side effect of staying in Bangkok for too long is that you want to get the hell out. As I said in the beginning of this post – this place is messy, noisy and polluted.
If you for some reason have no opportunity to get out you could always visit one of the cities parks to see some green.
The two biggest parks are Lumphini and Chatuchak park. I love to go jogging in Chatuchak park on days it’s not too hot.
So there you have it. Some of my favorites things to do in Bangkok. Of course there are many more things to do here, like experiencing the famous nightlife in Bangkok.
You also have a ton of food markets around the city that is really worth experiencing. It’s nothing like you’ve ever seen in Europe. There are big food markets in both Huai Khwang and Klong Toei districts.
Have you been in Bangkok? What did you like?