Bangkok is undoubtedly the most well-known city in Thailand rivaled only with the famous southern islands of Ko Pi Pi and Ko Pha Ngan. It’s a sprawling metropolis where crossing the street takes a little bit of bravery just to cross the streets that are full of tuk-tuks, mopeds touting 3 or 4 people (including a baby!) and aggressive taxi drivers. The city is massive and while there are some historic landmarks that are a must-see, I recommend only spending 2 days in the city, especially for those with less time to spare
WHAT TO SEE – Historical Landmarks
The Grand Palace
You definitely want a few hours to walk around here and I recommend going as early as possible since it gets busy! Make sure to dress appropriately (no shorts, wear a skirt or pants that cover your knees and a shirt that covers your shoulders).
Wat Po – Temple of the Reclining Buddha
You definitely want a few hours to walk around here and I recommend going as early as possible since it gets busy. Make sure to dress appropriately (no shorts, wear a skirt or pants that cover your knees and a shirt that covers your shoulders) and bring a few coins for the “prayer bowls”
WHAT TO DO – Markets & Neighborhoods
This was one of my favorite markets that I went clothes shopping at during my stay. I still wear the dresses and silk scarves that I bought there. Be prepared to bargain as they are more used to seeing tourists.
This road is very popular with backpackers and tourists and contains a lot of fun bars and restaurants (both during the day and into the late night!). There are a lot of good restaurants and the peddles grilling insects (like my photo above) if you dare. I also was able to easily do all of my tourism planning around here, grab cash, get visas to other countries, shop, etc. Be CAREFUL at night and please, please watch your drink!!! There are prowlers on this street who will take advantage of you when you’re not looking, especially if you are a girl!
WHAT TO EAT – Restaurants & Bars
Siam Kempinski Hotel
Beautiful hotel, good place to get all fancy-pants and grab a drink
I’m not kidding. McDonalds adjusts their menu to match the local cuisine of each country it’s in. The chicken and rice dish was actually delicious! Sweet and sour on the side? Why not.