Bangkok is like no other city in the world—full of life, laughter, unique and kind people, endless fun, ancient history, and a rich culture with refined traditions. Bangkok is also a city that never sleeps.
And with all that it has to offer, it’s no wonder that Bangkok, or Krung Thep, as the locals like to call their city, is the number one most visited city in the world. However, Bangkok is sinking 2 to 2.5 centimeters per year from overdevelopment and rising sea levels, and scientists predict that the city will be underwater in the next 15 years. So if you’re planning to visit this turbo-charged city, we recommend booking your trip as soon as possible!
Ready to take on an adventure and get a feel for the real Bangkok away from the tourists? Then make sure to check out these hot spots—perfect for couples, groups and solo travelers.
One thing you cannot say no to when you’re in Bangkok is the food! Take your taste buds on a flavor journey by visiting the street food stalls right by Victory Monument. This area is a go-to spot for the locals, away from all the touristy crowds. Just make sure you come hungry!
To get there, walk over from the MRT station toward the Victory Monument on the elevated platform. Turn right at the fork, look down, and you will see all the stalls.
Wat Rong Khun
Visiting a Buddhist temple while in Thailand is an experience you don’t want to miss. But instead of going to Wat Arun, we recommend going to Wat Rong Khun, one of the most unique and quite gorgeous temples located in Chiang Rai. It’s a gloriously white with snakes and dragons coming out from the ground. It’s only been around since 1997, but it’s a site you shouldn’t miss. The best time to go there is 20 minutes before 5pm or early morning before 10am. Please note, this temple is outside the city, and the best way to get there is on Air Asia, which has the earliest and latest flights to Chiang Rai. The flight itself is only an hour and a half, and you can leave at 7:20am and return around 9:40pm (plus, the flights are usually really cheap). We know this is fairly out of the way, but it’s worth the trip!
However, if you’re looking to visit a unique temple within Bangkok, head over to Wat Saket. This temple dates back to the Ayutthaya era. The Golden Mount, a man-made hill with a golden chedi on the top, is where the sacred Buddha’s relics are preserved. This is also a perfect place to get a 360-degree panorama of the old district in Bangkok.
Baan Silapin Artist Village
Bangkok is well-known for its floating markets, but these markets can get very crowded with tourists during the day. We recommend going to Baan Silapin, an artist village that offers visitors puppet shows almost every day at 2pm, as well as coffee and art shops where you can find unique gifts to take back home with you.
Jim Thompson’s House
If you’re into art and architecture, then visiting Jim Thompson’s House is for you!
Jim Thompson was an American architect and businessman who boosted the silk industry in Thailand during the 1950s and 1960s. He disappeared from the Cameron Highlands in 1967 and was never found. During his life in Bangkok, he wanted a place to store all of his art pieces, so he built a mansion using parts of country homes, some of which were over 100 years old. The project took over a year to complete, but the result was a magnificent home that looks as though it has become one with the jungle (like a scene from the film Jumanji).
The house is now a museum and is one of our favorites for anyone looking to see a bit of history. If you decide on a tour, make sure to grab a delicious cup of coffee to enjoy in the lovely garden, afterward.
Once you’ve finished your day of walking and sightseeing, end your day at Smalls, a hip bar loved by locals and resident expats. You can enjoy a delightful drink made by a mixologist while winding through three levels of entertainment. With live music, happy and lively atmosphere, special and reasonably priced cocktails and a cozy rooftop to boot, Smalls can easily become a go-to spot for those who are staying in the city for a few days.
Bangkok has a lot to offer for all sorts of travelers, with history and modern-day lifestyle combined, it’s a destination that many in the world flock to. From temples and museums to bars, street food and floating markets, it’s a city that will keep you busy at all times.
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