This summer I was fortunate enough to travel around South East Asia and the first city we visited was Bangkok. As you might have seen in the blog I already did a Outfit Series in Bangkok. In this post I wanted to share some of the greatest things you can do in Bangkok. Of course Bangkok is a huge city with lots of things to do but I summarized the things I would do again and liked the most.
First of all I have to say that Bangkok really surprised me. I totally fell in love with the streets, the markets and the malls there 😉 It’s a great city and I think a lot of tourists never get to see it’s beauty because the only see the airport and then go directly to the beaches. If you do so you’ll for sure have a great vacation but I’ve always been more interested in the way people are living in different countries so me and my friend decided to stay a week in Bangkok and we never regretted it.
1. Terminal 21
Terminal 21 is a Shopping Mall with different areas from all over the world. The Mall is huge and you can easily spend the whole day there. They also have a huge food court where you can have all different kinds of food. They have a huge variety and it’s very cheap as well. Btw – Shrimp Pad Thai tastes amazing 😉
2. Chatuchak Weekend Market
Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the World’s largest markets and cover 27 acres in the northern part of Bangkok. You can easily get lost in there and spend the whole there getting lost in the small alleys. Try the fresh juices or have some coconut ice cream – you wont’t regret it 😉 Also, if you wanna bring home some souvenirs buy them here since they are a lot cheaper than on Khao San or other touristy places. Also they have a lot more variety and sizes.
When in Asia one thing you have to be prepared for is – bargaining. No matter if you wanna go in taxi or buy a Shirt on Chatuchak you always have to remember to bargain and don’t be afraid of it. If you don’t bargain it means that you are bad at doing business and that’s never a good thing 😉 In the beginning it’s quite awkward but you’ll get used to it.
4. Visit Wat Pho at sunset
Ok I have to admit this is a very touristy thing to do but it’s totally worth it! Especially if you go around sunset. The atmosphere is just breathtaking and since most of the tourists already left you will have the magical place almost to yourself and have time to chat with the monks there. You would be surprised how much they know about different countries and how much they want to learn about your country.
5. Have a Pad Thai & Sticky Rice with Mango
Ok, let’s talk food 😀 Asian food is one my favorites and I couldn’t try enough of all the different dishes and flavors while we where in Bangkok. But what everyone has to try while being there is Pad Thai and Sticky Rice with Mango. It’s absolutely delicious!
6. Cooking School
If you like Pad Thai and Sticky Rice with Mango as much as I do you should definitely go to a cooking class while you’re in Bangkok. We went to the Silom cooking school and it was a great experience. We had a class with people from Vietnam, Singapur, Malaysia and the United States. It’s a great intercultural experience and you get to know people from all over the world, let alone the food. You start the class by going to a local food market where you’ll get explained all the different vegetables and herbes they use. During classes you learn how to make an awesome Pad Thai at home and also some Dim Yong Kum and other tasty dishes. The cooking class was definitely one of my favorite things to do in Bangkok.
7. Klong Tour
If you a looking for a unique experience to explore parts of the city that you wouldn’t get to see otherwise I would very much recommend a Klong Tour. As always you have to bargain to get a good price. The tours are offered in various routes and if you can make the time I would recommend to take one of the longer ones, it’s definitely worth it if you want to explore some of the parts that are hidden to the usual tourist. Our tour also ended around sunset and we got to
8. China Town
When we were planning to go to China Town our taxi driver asked us: ‘Do you really wanna go there? Why?’ 😀 It doesn’t seem that it’s something special to the local people but I still would got there, especially during the night. The main street is filled up with various food stands and people are sitting on the street and have a late night dinner. The different smells and kinds of foods can be quite overwhelming, but in a good way.
9. Khao San Road
At least after Hangover 2 everyone and their mother knows about Khao San Road and if you wann ago out at night this is a great place to go. In the evenings the bars fill up, the street lights up in amazing colors and you’ll meet Backpackers from all around the world. During the day you can go to one of the amazing cafes.
10. Go to a Supermarket and try all the different Foods
One of the most fun parts if you’re European or American is to go to a supermarket and try the different foods and drinks. We found a lot of sweets and fresh food. I always like to go to supermarkets in foreign countries, there is always so much to see and be astonished about 😉
Hope you liked this travel post <3