If you’re heading to the Thai capital we’re sure you’ll already have a few bucket list items to tick off and will have made some notes on where you want to visit, but if not, or if you need a little extra guidance, here’s our simplified list of where to go and what to do in Bangkok…
Temples – Wat Arun and Wat Pho
It wouldn’t be Thailand without temples and Wat Arun and Wat Pho were by far our favourites amongst the 400+ in the capital alone. Located along the river we recommend jumping on the Chao Phraya Express Boat (River Ferry) and paying 50 baht to reach Wat Arun and then just an extra 4 Baht for the local government boat to cross the river to Wat Pho.
Lebua State Tower (The Hangover Bar)
Any trip to Bangkok wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the world famous Lebua Skybar. Not only was it made famous by Bradley Cooper and the gang when filming The Hangover, but it gives the best views of the capital’s skyline and makes for an awesome place to watch the sunset.
Floating Market (Damnoen Saduak)
A two hour trip out west from the city centre takes you to the most popular floating market in Asia. A site for photo opportunists, foodies and those that just want to take a look into the life of the people along the river.
Khao San Road
If you want to see how much tourism has changed Thailand, head to Khao San Road. Another famous movie spot that Leonardo visited in the film ‘The Beach’, this single road in Bangkok has turned into backpacker heaven. Swamped with alcohol spots, elephant pants and every insect on a stick you can imagine it’s worth a visit even to just say you’ve seen it.
There are a few blogs and stories online about how people have managed to pay off the guards to get inside, although try as we might there was no budging them on this occasion. Although it was still interesting to take a look from the outside at how what was once planned to be one of the highest competing hotels in Bangkok, now just lies as a very eery and spooky concrete tower in the middle of the city.
The name says it all, we didn’t know about this place until one of our followers flicked us a DM on Instagram and it was right up our street. Like something from a computer game or movie scene the old abandoned aeroplanes make for an awesome playground/photo opportunity.
Malls in Bangkok are not hard to find and with so many international brands to choose from as well as local markets here are just a few that you may want to check out…
Platinum Mall – for six levels of local wholesale trading and plenty of male and female apparel at cheap prices.
Central World – The largest mall in Thailand and one of the largest in the world at 4.62 million sq ft, this will easily keep you entertained for a day of retail therapy.
Siam Paragon – One of the largest malls in the city is also your place for entertainment. From an IMAX cinema to the Siam Ocean World Aquarium, it has everything including the Thai Art Gallery, a bowling alley and a karaoke centre.