Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand has such a buzzing resonance to it that the first thing that comes to mind, is a bustling cosmopolitan city filled with nightlife, pumping atmosphere and loads of street food! Bangkok is a great city to visit as a quick stopover to a different destination in the far East. In fact, you can explore this city in as little as 2 or 3 days.
1.First stop, shopping. Head over to MBK centre, Central World or Siam Paragon for all your shopping needs from mid to high end clothing, gadgets and electricals. These places are very easy to reach on the MRT/BTS skytrain and the MBK centre has a great food court that serves food from different cuisines.
2. End your shopping evening with a nice stroll to Baiyoke tower. You will pass by street markets and soak in the bustling atmosphere and. The great thing about Baiyoke tower is that it offers great skyscraper views for such a low price and is not over rated. The casual outside of the building near a street market, leads you to a hotel lobby, where you take an elevator up to the top floor. Soak in the views and take some pics with the amazing props and set up of an old tuk tuk, longtail boat, and other layouts including a hot air balloon!
Go up one further floor and have a drink whilst taking in the views. Your ticket may include the drink in the price.
3. The Most cheapest and efficient way to see the Chao Praya river is to take a hop on hop off boat trip from Saphan Taksin BTS station. Watch out for the more expensive ferry service which is right near it. You can see many of Bangkok’s tourist attractions from this boat ride. Time it well and you may be able to see more than you think. It’s worth getting off to see The Grand Palace, even if it is just to see the grounds. If you want to go inside too, there may be very long queues. Opposite the hop off place for the palace is a small temple where you can feed fish in the river. Take the commuter boat costing 2-4 thb to get to the other side. The flower market is also worth a stop. Time it well so you don’t miss out on the lovely colours and aromas here.
4. End your day by visiting Chatuchak weekend market. Bangkok’s biggest market spreading over 70 acres! You can find an array of clothing items, cheap knock offs, food and everything in between.
5. For evening, visit Benjakitti park. You will see many locals going for their evening jog. It’s such a nice atmosphere to lay by the grass and water staring at Bangkok’s skyline. I even saw a small tortoise amidst the grass!
6.Wake up early to get to Amphawa floating market. Be very weary of tourist traps here. Taxis will offer you a 200 THB trip to get you there but you will pay 2000 THB for the boat ride. It might be better to arrange with a group or your hotel. The later you go, the more souvenirs sellers you will see. It’s worth it to do your research and make it to the authentic Amphawa floating market.
6. End your day with a nice stroll in Lumpini park. This gem of grassland in the city is also home to monitor lizards. You might spot tiny ones in the grass. They are harmless. If you would like to see the bigger ones, hire a small rowing boat in the lake and go monitor lizard spotting!
Let me know if you have visited Bangkok before, and what you loved about it! Or if Bangkok is on your destination wishlist!