It is often described as the gateway to South East Asia. A sprawling metropolis, it can be difficult to figure out what to do in Bangkok, especially if it is only the first stop on your journey! Camboticket wants not to only to help you get to your destination, but to make sure you have a great time while you are there. Here is a top 5 list of things to do in Bangkok, which can be done in two or three days time!
Visit the Grand Palace and Wat Pho
The Grand Palace in Bangkok will probably be the most awe-inspiring thing you can do during your visit. The self-guided tour of the palace can take several hours, so plan on spending at minimum of a half-day, but we recommend you plan an entire day in the area, so you can also visit Wat Pho, within walking distance of the palace, as well as the National Museum.
A trip to Bangkok would not be complete without a great deal of retail therapy. The city is filled with shopping opportunities for travelers of all budget sizes, including malls, outdoor vendors, and small shops.
Should you only have time for one shopping adventure, the MBK mall located across from the Siam Plaza would be the mandatory stop as there are bargains to be found on everything including clothes, jewelry, and souvenirs of all size.
If you are in Bangkok on the weekend, a trip to the Chatuchak market for some open-air shopping is a definitive bucket list experience. Where else could you grab lunch, a pair of Levi jeans, a new pet, and then pick up a five-panel piece of artwork for your living room?
The other top tourist “must do” item in Bangkok is visiting the floating markets. Check out this guide on navigating Bangkok’s floating markets!
Street Food and Dining
Should you venture to Bangkok and fail to enjoy some of the delicious street food from any of the assorted vendors dotted along every major tourist area you will be missing out. It is not mandatory to take a leap of faith and sample a cooked scorpion or other oddities, but at a minimum, one must eat some BBQ, noodles, or one of the many soups – it is a given you will sample some Pad Thai. If you have never tried pomegranate juice, we would highly recommend you refresh your palate with one of the healthiest juices available (about 50-100 baht) from the street vendors.
Looking for more suggestions on dining? Check out this guide to eating, with options laid out by cuisine!
Khaosan Road – The Party That Never Stops
Every backpacker who travels through Bangkok will have a story (or three) about Khaosan Road. Described as “the center of the backpacker universe” in the famous book ‘The Beach‘ (which was made into a movie starring Leonardo Di Caprio), this area is a throwback to the old city before skyscrapers were prevalent throughout the greater Bangkok area. If you are looking for bargain rooms, affordable but quality dining, and dancing in the street, this is the place to be.
Khaosan road is a non-stop party full of tourists walking up and down the streets that are littered with street food vendors, pop up stalls selling trinkets and necessities, as well as bars and nightclubs as far as the eye can see. Be warned, this is a loud, raucous, and vibrant area full of travelers from all across the globe.
Nightlife – Clubs and Bars
Outside of Khaosan road, you can also find sports bars, fancy dance clubs, dive bars, KTV (karaoke), and everything in between littered throughout the city. Whatever your entertainment of choice, there is a venue to satiate your needs.
Should you want some more detailed information, we have included links to our most popular articles about Bangkok to accentuate your trip to the city of life.