Bangkok is a massive city. I don’t think I quite appreciated its size until I was there. There are tons of things to do, and as such, this list is by no means exhaustive.
Here are the 5 things I would definitely make time for on a trip to Bangkok:
1 – The Grand Palace – now this has to be number 1 for me. The place is quite simply stunning – and the trees? they are super cool! From the mini Angkor Wat to the dozens of temples, you can wander for hours here and never get bored. A word of warning, it is a tourist trap and in the heat of the day it can become very uncomfortable being moved in a swarm of people. Get there when it opens for the best chance of a quieter visit and avoid public holidays where at all possible.
How to get there: Take the Chao Phraya Express boat To Ta Chang Pier, from here its a 10 minute walk to the gates of the Grand Palace.
Price: 500 baht
2 – Siriraj Medical Museum, Siriraj Hospital – this is a strange one, and probably not what you were expecting for number 2. But it is definitely worthy of its number 2 spot. For anyone intrigued by science, forensics, human anatomy, or wanting to learn more about the horrific disaster that was the Tsunami of 2004 then this is the place to go. The museum is full of specimens from parasites, to bones and bodies. A word of warning though, it is not for the faint hearted, and anyone slightly squeamish or easily upset should look it up online before planning a visit – its not referred to as
‘the museum of death’ or ‘Bangkoks creepiest museum’ for no reason!
How to get there: Take the Chao Phraya Express boat (orange flag) to Tha Wang Lang/Siriraj pier. Walk straight off the pier and the hospital will be in front of you. In the entrance of the hospital you will see signs for the museum, follow these and you will be at the entrance.
Price: 40 baht
3 – Vertigo and Moon rooftop bar – This roof top bar gives you magical views of the whole of Bangkok. Its quite expensive to buy food and drink here so I would recommend only getting one or two drinks but to get into the bar is totally free – although you will have to purchase something! To truly get the best from this experience I would recommend visiting at night, when the city is lit up, but I have heard the sunset views are amazing too so maybe stick around for both if you can afford it!
How to get there: Vertigo and Moon bar is located on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel, in the Thung Maha Mek region of Bangkok. I would recommend taking a taxi or tuk tuk here instead of trying to reach it by public transport
Price: FREE, but roughly 300 baht for a drink when on the rooftop
4 – Eat street food – the food is amazing here. Seriously when I arrived I was slightly nervous about eating from the small pop up restaurants the locals use on the street, but the food is so tasty, hot and also very affordable. Compared to the ‘tourist trap restaurants’ as I now like to refer to them, you pay about 20% of the cost for a much tastier meal. I tended to avoid meat in the first instance, and I would still advice this if you are concerned. By the end of my trip I was eating meat without a care in the world but this is something you can decide yourself when you are there.
How to get there: Its everywhere!
Price: roughly 30-40 baht a meal
5 – Wat Arun – so here we are number 5, located on the river bank, this huge temple is a massive tourist attraction. From the stunning interior, to the beautiful gardens surrounding it, and the view of the city you can see from climbing the steps on the outside of the temple, its easy to see why!
How to get there: Take the Chao Phraya Express boat from Tha Tien pier to Sapphan Taskin pier. From here you can take a river boat for 3 baht over to Wat Arun, which is located on the river bank.
Price: 50 baht
So thats it, my top 5 things to do in Bangkok! I hope you enjoy your visit.
If you have any questions or suggestions as always please comment below!