I was only in Bangkok for a few days, but managed to pack a lot in to my time there…I saw some great things and tried to experience everything that had been suggested to me, and more. So here’s my top tips on things to do when you’re in Bangkok:
1. Just walk everywhere (within reason). You’ll see things you hadn’t expected, and if you get a little lost, don’t worry, the locals are really friendly and always eager to help you out.
2. Ride in a tuk tuk at least once (then cherish your life when you get out!)…just make sure you lean when they go round corners at full speed to stop the thing from tipping over.
3. Visit the Grand Palace, it’s absolutely beautiful and well worth the 400 Baht you pay to get in. But don’t turn up in shorts and a vest like we did, you’ll either have to buy clothes from the stalls across the road, or wear the free (and very stylish) clothes they give you just inside the gates.
4. Take a trip on the underground trains…they are clean, air conditioned, easy to understand and they use these awesome little plastic tokens as tickets.
5. Go to a market, any market…just turn down a side street and you’ll find one selling everything from fabric, to phones, to jewelry to hello kitty bags and more.
6. Go to Khao San Road, one of the main tourist attractions in Bangkok. Ok, so a lot of the stuff you can by is a bit of a rip off (still way cheaper than England though, that’s for sure), but it’s a great place to just chill and soak up the atmosphere.
7. Eat street food…and no I don’t mean pick food up off the street and eat it, I mean get food from any of the vendors along pretty much every main street in Bangkok. You’re best bet is to go to the stalls that already have a queue of people, so you know it’s going to be good.
8. Stay at the Smile Society Boutique Hostel in Silom. It’s an awesome little place; clean and friendly, with a whole host of things going on nearby but out of the main busy tourist areas.
9. Get a Thai massage. It’s well worth the (small amount of) money and whatever type you go for, whether it be a foot massage, just your head and shoulders or a whole body massage, you definitely won’t regret it!
10. Buy a pair of Thai trousers, they’re light and airy, and are the most comfortable things you’ll ever wear. Honestly, you’ll never want to take them off!