Bangkok or Krung Thep, “City of Angels” was surprisingly amazing to me! I went to Bangkok without really knowing what to expect. I heard mixed reviews, some people hate it, and some people love it. Well, I absolutely fell in love with this vibrant city!
Bangkok can be very overwhelming. In a small article I’ll try to give you the highlights of it so you can have an idea of what to do and how to spend your days.
To do everyday in Bangkok – get a massage whenever you can!
General information about Bangkok:
When to visit: November to February is the best season to go to Bangkok as it’s cool and dry. Though I visited in March and it was good. Well temperature is pretty hot but everything is cheaper then! Just make sure you stay in a room with the AC.
Currency and money exchange: Bangkok uses Thai Baht (THB) 1 dollar gives you around 32 THB.
How to go from the airport to the city center:
- You can take an Uber / Grab Taxi and you will pay around 375 TBH
- Take a taxi – there’s a line for taxis, you get the ticket and it tells you which lane number to go to – that will also cost you around 400 TBH (you have to pay the toll stations which are around 25 TBH)
- The airport line then the SkyTrain to wherever destination you are going to.
Day 1 in Bangkok
Markets tour by night. We landed and chilled by the rooftop pool at Amara Bangkok until sunset. We then decided to explore the markets around Bangkok. Markets are everything to me! I love markets all around the world. I love to bargain (which can be exhausting) and I love to pick these pieces that you can only find in the different countries, they are all over my house and I love it!
Kao San Road night market:
Known as the backpackers area, it’s always pretty busy. You can find food, shops, live music, bars, and loud music. If you don’t like the music in one place you can just go to the next one. One thing I need to mention is it’s loud!
If you’re into it you can try to eat bugs. You will find stalls that sell all sort of insects. I’m not that adventurous, but if you are then go ahead!
Paptong night market:
Paptong is a street nestled in between Silom and Surawong roads. This one’s a cute little night market located right in the middle of the Red Light district of Bangkok. You can tour around for 30 minutes and you will be done. Expect to be greeted by people who want you to go into their strip clubs for all kind of different shows.
Don’t forget that in any of these markets, key word is bargaining!
You feel like you landed in China literally, you have to see it to believe it! It’s pretty impressive to be honest. From the food to the shop to the people.
Day 2 in Bangkok
Floating Market & Railway market
The railway market is located in Samut Songkram, 60 minutes outside of Bangkok and on the way to the floating market. About 10 minutes away from each other!
So what we did was we hired a private car to take us to the floating market and the railway market.
Damnoen Saduk is the floating market we went to, around an hour outside of Bangkok. The main action happens from 8 am till around 1 pm, it’s a morning market. To be honest it’s a market made for tourists, you can either rent a boat go around, but it gets crowded or you can just walk around. There are many bridges to cross over!
While you are there make sure you try the delicious treats that vendors sell out of their wooden boats.
The name Maeklong railway market literally means “umbrella pulldown market”
Everyday vendors come to sell their produce and goods within inches of the train tracks, and trains come through several times a day at specific hours. It’s a must to see the train come through if you make it to the market, it’s an amazing beautifully organized chaos.
All vendors pull out their umbrellas for the train to pass, it’s amazing to watch, everything moves so quickly. Within seconds of the train passing everything is back to full operation mode.
Very touristic indeed but beautiful too!
And we also grabbed the opportunity since we had a driver with us to head off to the Tree Temple. Wat Bang Koong. This Temple is impressive, it’s covered in tree roots!
On the way back to Bangkok we had the driver drop us off at the Chatuchak market. It’s a weekend market, and if you happen to be there on a weekend, it’s a MUST!
It’s the biggest market I’ve seen in my life, and probably the biggest in the world. In there you will find anything you can think of! It opens on saturdays and sundays from 6 am to 6 pm
Day 3 in Bangkok
The Grand Palace
In the morning but very early I suggest you go visit the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha). I didn’t enjoy it nor spent a lot of time in there as it was extremely crowded. I was amazed by the construction, it’s very beautiful, but if you go at a bad time it’s deadly! lol
To get there you need to take the BTS toward the Saphan Taksin Station which is on the Silom line. This is where you will catch the water taxi up the river toward the sites along the river.
Once at the ferry terminal look for the public water taxi line, It’s the boat with the orange flag. The fare is 15 Baht and comes every few minutes. (tip: the orange flag boat is the cheapest) Take the water taxi to the Wat Pho Stop.
It’s open from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm and the entrance fee is 500 Baht.
Everyone must be wearing pants, or at least you have to cover your legs as well as your shoulders.
Right after / or before depending on your route, visit Wat Pho – the reclining Buddha Temple.
It’s situated right next to the Grand Palace and it’s a must visit!
Opening hours: 8:30 to 6:30 pm
Entrance fee 100 Baht.
Where to eat in Bangkok
In the street: Do not hesitate and go ahead, the best street food I ever had. All along the markets, you will find people selling food, pad thai, fruits. Go ahead, be brave and eat, it’s DELICIOUS!
Above eleven: We went there on our second evening, and the views are pretty but it’s not the place I would recommend. After reading reviews, I believe you should go to Sky Bar or any other rooftop. This one is just very normal, and pretty expensive for what it is. Service is not impeccable either.
Hi-So Rooftop at So Sofitel: The service is impeccable, they are one of the nicest and super professional staff I’ve seen. And their outfits are so unconventional I loved it! Not only do you get a beautiful view of Bangkok incredible skyline, but also a view on the green immensity of Lumpini Park. It reminded me a little like a rooftop view around Central Park if you’ve been there, you’d know what I’m talking about. It’s a bar but you can order a nice selection of tapas that are delicious.
Transportation in Bangkok
This is my number one transportation, you have to bargain but it’s so much fun riding in a tuktuk. Not for a long distance though! We enjoyed taking tuktuks from market to markets.
Pink taxis are the cutest! Just make sure they turn on the meter. They have to to do so by the law though some don’t so they rip you off! Have your hotel order you a taxi and make sure they turn on the meter 🙂
We used the Skytrain to go back from Chatchuk Market, it gets crowded, but it’s fast and nice.
Hope you enjoy Bangkok as much as I did 🙂 If you have any more question don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.