It took about five minutes for me to fall in love with Bangkok. I instantly became addicted to this city, it’s vibrant nightlife and it’s impressive restaurant scene. Never again will I think of Bangkok as just a “stop-over” city, as it’s now cemented itself on my list of favourite places! This quick guide to Bangkok includes everything you need to know:
WHERE TO STAY
- For a luxury stay there’s no where better than the W Bangkok. Their modern rooms and friendly staff make this a fun place to stay.
- For spacious suites with stunning views of the river check out Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok. The sunset views from your room and the free boat shuttle are both very romantic as well.
- To stay close to the action check out Villa Phra Sumen. They have great rooms and they’re walking distance to Khao San Road!
WHAT TO SEE & DO
- The best way to see Bangkok is with Expique’s Bangkok Night Lights tour! In four hours they take you to markets, temples, restaurants and more. You’ll see the best of Bangkok is one night with this tour.
- The temples are stunning in Bangkok, so be sure to check out a few. Wat Arun and Wat Pho are probably the most common.
- The Grand Palace is also a popular site, but make sure you visit first thing in the morning.
- Relax after all your sightseeing and indulge in a very cheap Thai massage!
- Check out the famous Khao San Road – especially at night when it really comes alive.
- There’s also plenty of shopping malls in Bangkok. To get your shopping fix check out CentralWorld for higher end stores and MBK for cheap asian bargains on everything from fake rolexes to iPhone cases.
WHERE TO EAT
- The most famous restaurant in Bangkok, and home of the best pad thai, is Thip Samai. They also have amazing orange juice!
- When you start craving Western food check out CHOMP! Cafe for great burgers, wraps and salads.
- For a taste of NYC check out BKK Bagel Bakery.
- Torihada Suriwong is an incredible Japanese restaurant in Patpong.
- Another favourite of mine is Nalin Kitchen – their cashew chicken stir fry is delish!
- For a good meal near Khaosan Road try Tom Yum Kung, Green House or Clandestino.
WHERE TO DRINK
- Stroll down Khao San Road and pick the bar that’s playing the best music. They’re are priced about the same and they’re all filled with travellers, expats and fun-loving people!
- Patpong and the “red light district” are two other areas with tons of bars and tourists.
- For something a little fancier check out Sky Bar at Lebua Hotel. You can’t beat the views!