Welcome to my journey to Bangkok! Find out what you absolutely must do in Bangkok. The decision to visit Bangkok happened relatively quickly. I was excited and unprepared at the same time. It was my first trip to Asia. Fortunately I had one whole month to explore the city and share the best of Bangkok with you. See my top 10 things list below:
1. Take the river cruise to visit Wat Arun, Wat Pho and Wat Phra Temples
All of them are architecturally and aesthetically amazing. And the atmosphere is so magical over there. Don’t hesitate to visit them.
2. Go to an infinity swimming pool
Even if your hotel doesn’t have one, don’t feel left out. Some other 4* and 5* hotels offer a daily pass for extra money. I visited swimming pool in SO Sofitel Bangkok and didn’t regret even for a minute the money I spent (around 1000 Baht). Everything looked just like in pictures of travel bloggers: amazing atmosphere, clean pool with the perfect view of Lumphini Park.
3. Lumphini Park is worth visiting too
You need to do it preferably in the evening for two reasons. First reason is that in the evening the weather is not too hot, so you will feel more comfortable to walk. And the second reason is that you have to see how much Thai people are into sport. I’ve never seen so many joggers of all ages in one place before (except marathons of course).
3. Try local food
Thai food is healthy and easy to cook. It was quite exotic for me too. So if you visit Thailand for the first time, I‘d recommend you to start with Pad Thai (noodles with shrimps) or Fried Rice With Shrimps. Most of the tourists like them.
Regarding desserts, you definitely should try Mango Sticky Rice, Fried Banana or Coconut Ice Cream.
4. Listen to live music at Shangri-La Hotel in the evening
Shangri-La is definitely one of the best hotels in the city. Despite their lobby lounge being very quiet at night, I loved the performance of their female singer, accompanied by a truly talented pianist. She had just such an incredible voice. This option will be good for you if you enjoy quiet place with relaxing music.
5. Take yoga class
Honestly, I didn’t like yoga that much before traveling to Thailand. But for some reason in Bangkok I felt like I wanted to try yoga desperately. So I gave in to my inner urge and searched for a nice cozy studio for myself. And the same day I found it. It had great teachers, modern design with all the needed facilities and amazing view from the room, where we were practicing.
6. Experience motorcycle taxi and tuk tuk
For me these two ways of moving across the city were absolutely new, probably that’s why I enjoyed them so much. By the way motorcycle taxi is a real time saver during rush hour, so if you want to get somewhere fast in the morning or evening, consider this option.
7. Have a Thai massage
The prices for massage in Bangkok are reasonable and the quality is very high. However, I should warn you that traditional Thai massage is a bit rough, so if you prefer a softer one, definitely inform the therapist in advance. Also I’d recommend a foot massage to relax you body and mind.
8. Touch the sky
Even if you aren’t into bars or drinking, the view of Bangkok at night is definitely worth visiting rooftop bars on the top of skyscrapers!
9. Visit street food market
I don’t recommend to eat food over there if you have a sensitive stomach. However local markets represent a real Thai life, which can be a contrast to luxury hotels and restaurants that’s why it is worth going there at least once.
10. Places to shop in Bangkok
If you like shopping and want to check out some latest clothing collections, head on to ICON Siam, EmQuartier or SiamParagon shopping malls. There is no shortage of shopping places in Bangkok as the city has a great number of shopping malls and markets to choose from, but those which I mentioned were the best for my taste. All of them have a big area for walking, unique and beautiful design, plenty of shops, where visitors can buy clothes from both local and international brands. I highly recommend visiting them if you like shopping or the weather is too hot to walk outside.
Let me know what you think of Bangkok and if you have any recommendations that I missed do let me know for my next trip.Perhaps we can add it here and even give your credit.