Bangkok is a popular destination and often the first port of call for anyone who’s visiting Thailand for the first time.
The capital city never stops, with busy streets, constant traffic and famous nightlife all combining to create that unique Bangkok atmosphere.
It’s natural to want to see and do as much as you possibly can when you visit, especially once you get caught up in all the hustle and bustle, but it can be tricky to know where to start. To help you out, here are four things you can do to make the most of your time in Bangkok.
Get to know the city’s history
You can read about history and you can view photographs of notable buildings, but nothing compares to seeing an important site in person.
Luckily, Bangkok has a fascinating past and there’s plenty to explore, including the enormous dazzling Grand Palace, nearby Wat Po, with its giant reclining gold Buddha, and Jim Thompson House, the home of an American who moved to Thailand and disappeared without a trace in 1967.
These are popular destinations, so set off early in the morning to make the most of your time there before the large crowds descend.
Browse the markets
There’s a huge variety of markets in Bangkok. They can provide hours of entertainment, with stalls selling everything from antiques and homemade crafts to clothing and flowers, and are the ideal place for picking up any souvenirs or presents for people back home.
Make sure you haggle to get a bargain — aim for a 25–30% discount.
Sample the street food
Some of the most delicious food you’ll find in Bangkok is sold from stalls on the street. The pad Thai is the best you’ll find and even made it onto 1Cover’s list of foods worth travelling for.
The entire experience is one to be savoured — order your dish, watch it being prepared, then sit at one of the tables on the pavement, and watch the people pass by as you enjoy your meal.
Can’t decide what to have? A street food tour is perfect because it gives you the opportunity to try lots of different dishes, including those you might not have picked out if you were by yourself. You’ll also get the perspective of a local and gain a better understanding of the city’s culture.
Escape to a park
Green space is always appreciated all the more when you’re in a big, bustling city, and luckily Bangkok has some beautiful parks for you to enjoy after a busy day of sightseeing.
There’s something for everyone, whether you want to take a ride on a bike or paddle boat, use sports facilities like tennis courts and swimming pools, or simply sit back on the grass and relax.
Wherever you decide to head to in Bangkok, you’re sure to enjoy the history, culture and food, and return home with lifelong memories.