Did you know Bangkok is the most visited city in the world? Bangkok is a bustling city that can seem too intimidating to navigate and explore at first; it’s made up of several regions, all with their own individualities. However, with a little research and knowledge of the city, it’s a charming place with many local amenities. Here were my favourite things to do in Bangkok.
Eat the street food
I cannot stress this point enough – every stall you come by, and you will come by many, is unique. Try. ALL. The. Food. Thailand is famous for its use of spices (they love lemongrass, in particular) and everything we tried was different and delicious. Many stands offer tofu, barbequed on a stick, served with a tangy, spicy sauce – so delicious! I also recommend a dish they call ‘mango sticky rice’ – this consists of rice with coconut milk, and mango on the side. I cannot stress how good it was.
One thing I found particularly interesting was how portable the food stands are – the owners will attach the stand, often with chairs and tables, to their motorbike, and just drive around the city. Crazy!
Visit a sky Bar
Bangkok is massive, and viewed from high enough, has an incredibly beautiful skyline. Many hotels have rooftop bars where guests can sit outside and have a drink while enjoying the view. Drink prices will be higher here than other places (but about the same price as a drink in Canada), but you’re really paying for the view. This image was taken at Brewski’s in Sukhumvit; there are many sky bars around here, but we chose this one based on the good reviews and the lack of a dress code.
Party on Khao San Road
Famous for backpackers flocking here, Khao San Road is crazy and bustling every night of the week. Walk down this street and you’ll find vendors selling street food (including many, many scorpions), laughing gas balloons, street vendors with bags and clothes, and lots of offers for drink buckets. This is the street to come to if you’re interested in party culture, but you won’t find any authentic Thai culture here.
Visit China Town
China Town’s vibe is quite like other areas of Thailand in that you’ll find street vendors, street food, and bustling crowds. Here, however, you’ll find food and shops that tailor more towards Japanese and Chinese culture. On top of that, you can find literally anything you’d like to buy here.
Visit Soi Cowboy
If you’re feeling kind of adventurous, and are curious about the culture that arose after the American presence in Thailand, you can go visit Soi Cowboy. This is Bangkok’s most famous red light district, and much like Khao San Road, is bustling every night of the week. Drinks and such will be a little pricey down this alley, but it’s certainly a unique experience.
Have you been to Bangkok? What was your favourite part?