Thailand is one of the coolest destinations in the world, and Bangkok is a place you can spend a week alone. You should check out these experiences if you will go to Bangkok.
Khao San Road
At one point or another, every single traveler will pass through Khao San Road. It’s kind of a mecca for backpackers, but it is not the real Thailand. It is, however, super fun, and it’s a great place to kind of get your bearings, meet other backpackers, and exchange tips so you can learn about cool things to do in other parts of the country.
It’s also a great place to do a little bit of people-watching while sampling local delicacies, like a deep-fried scorpion and a bucket of Thai whiskey.
A better introduction to Thailand is the Grand Palace, the official residence of the Thai Monarchy. You won’t understand how much the Thais appreciated and respected their king until you take a little tour around the ornate palace. This place is absolutely gorgeous. The Thai king passed away last year in 2016, but he was the longest-reigning monarch on earth, and Thai people loved him.
Thailand is a traditionally Buddhist country, and Bangkok, although it’s a crazy chaotic city, has tons of these really relaxing Thai temples right in the middle of town. One of the coolest one is Wat Pho, it has a reclining buddha that’s completely covered in gold. There’s also Wat Arun, which is known as the Temple of Dawn and, that has a really cool staircase you can climb up with a view of the city. At the temples, you can drop a coin for good luck.
Get a tattoo
One of the coolest things about the Thai monasteries is their traditional tattooing technique, which is basically using a piece of sharp bamboo that gets hammered into your skin. It takes a lot longer than a traditional tattoo, but supposedly the tattoos have spiritual meaning, and they also have protection against evil.
If you’re down for that, get a tattoo at Wat Bang Phra. The tattooing procedure is a sacred process. It involves prayers, blessings, and it’s called a “Sak Yant”, and the technique goes back 2,000 years.
Ride a Canal Boat
Bangkok has been called the Venice of the East because it’s built on the River Chao Phraya and is crisscrossed by canals. A lot of those canals have been filled in, and most people take these touristic tours on big longboats. But one of the best and cheapest ways to see the city is by simply hopping on a water taxi. The water taxis are super cheap, and it’s a great way to get a real flavor of what Bangkok is like for locals.
No trip to Thailand would be complete without witnessing a Muay Thai fight -this is the Thai national sport, and it really is something to behold. If you’re feeling inspired and you want to get sweaty, you can go to a Muay Thai gym and do classes. People actually move there to train Muay Thai.
This is like Acupressure, but the masseuses actually stand on your back and hold on to things in the rafters. So, It’s like you get the full body massage -kind of combines yoga with oil, with acupressure, and it cost 5 bucks an hour. You can even go to places where you can sit on the chair on the street and get a foot massage or you’re like drinking a beer, reading a book, journaling, whatever.
Thailand and Bangkok, in particular, is full of street food. One of the coolest ways to experience that is by going to a night market. Basically, when the sun goes down, the stalls come up, and Bangkok is a street food mecca, especially in the night markets. The selection of food is incredible; you can get bowls of noodles and Pad Thai for about a dollar, chicken skewers covered in peanut sauce, and if you’re really adventurous you can even try some local delicacies like crickets and cockroaches.
You can try the best dessert in the world: sticky rice with mango and coconut milk. But unfortunately, street food is under attack the local government is trying to shut it down, which would be a huge mistake because not only do two-thirds of Thais get their food from street food, but it’s what makes the city so cool.
Regardless there’re plenty of ways to dive into Thai cuisine. So, I am going to put some of the nicer restaurants in town -the white linen chef’s table style experience. Three restaurants have been named in the top 50 restaurants in all of Asia, including Gaggam, Nahm, and Eat Me. If you feel like a tasting menu, rather than street food, that option is there for you, as well.
But if that’s not your style, try a Thai cooking course, which will teach you between 3 to 5 traditional Thai meals, and it’s a great way to bring a slice of Thailand home with you. It’s not expensive, either.
One of the largest open-air weekend markets in the world. It’s over 27 acres big with more than 15,000 stalls selling everything from clothing, puppies, Justin Bieber t-shirts and weird phallic-shaped massage tools. Regardless, whatever you’re looking for, you can find it at Chatuchak Market.