The Ultimate Guide to Bangkok

For many years now I have considered Bangkok to be home, and while we do hop around more these days, it is never long before we’re back again to the city. At the same time, as like most locals, we rarely find ourselves in a hurry to get out to explore the many tourist attractions of Bangkok city. Simply because we can do it at any time. So, to help us piece together some of the best things to do in Bangkok, I have recruited the help of fellow travel bloggers who share some of their own recommendations for tourist attractions from their travels in Bangkok.

Where to Stay in Bangkok?

We actually live in the urban Sukhumvit area of Bangkok (Asoke BTS) so a visit to the riverside and the old town areas of the city is a bit like a full-day excursion. Therefore it’s normal for us to just book hotels and make a weekend or short holidays of the occasions. As Bangkok is obviously a massive city, meaning it will not be easy to just hop between the different sides of the city, and this goes more for peak travel times. So was I set to cover both sides of the city, and all the top things to do in Bangkok on this list, I would likely spend half my visit on each side of the city. Staying maybe on the modern riverside area of the old town to begin with (Bangkok Riverside Hotels here), and then move over to the lively Sukhumvit and Asoke area (Asoke hotels here) for Bangkok’s more modern, urban backdrops.

Anyway, with the help of fellow travel bloggers, I have shared all the best things to do in Bangkok, on each side of the city, as well as some further-flung excursions and tourist attractions in between. And for excursions outside of the city we have a great list of tourist attractions here>

The Old Town (Rattanakosin)

You will find both new and old backdrops in Rattanakosin (aka Rattanakosin Island) these days, however, this would be where most of the significant historical sites are found in Bangkok, and it would be by far the better area to explore on ground level with its traditional shophouse cultures, and mixed, multicultural temples and backstreets (Bangkok Old Town Hotels here). At the same time, there will be some newer and more contemporary tourist attractions in the touristy stretches of the Chao Phraya riverside, as well as in-and-around the notorious backpacker area of Khaosan Road.

Buddhist Monks at Grand Palace, Top 10 Bangkok Attractions, Experiences ThailandThe Grand Palace

By Christa Rolls of Expedition Wildlife: The Grand Palace is easily one of the most popular destinations in Bangkok, and the stunning complex of buildings, temples, and colonnades with ornate art and architecture is worth a visit. The Palace was the official residence of Siam and Thai royalty dating back to the 1700’s, and its beauty is jaw-dropping. Be sure to arrive early in the morning to beat the crowds, and bring lots of water along with you. Covering of shoulders and knees is also required for entry. 

Things to do in Bangkok Wat Pho Reclining Buddha The Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

By Eloise of My Favourite Escapes: Visiting Wat Pho is one of the most popular things to do in Bangkok. Only a few minutes’ walk away from the famous Grand Palace, Bangkok’s largest temple is on every Bangkok itinerary. All tourists want to see the impressive 46-meter long reclining Buddha. The rest of the temple is a lot more serene and quiet, yet fascinating. It’s also known to be the birthplace of traditional massage, so why not try it there? 

Wat Arun, Bangkok Dinner Cruise, Romantic Valentines, Southeast AsiaWat Arun (Temple of Dawn)

By Julianna Barnaby of The Discoveries Of: Wat Arun Ratchawararam (Wat Arun for short) is one of the must-see spots in Bangkok. This gorgeous temple is set in a beautiful location on the Chao Phraya River and is one of my favourite spots in Thailand. The temple, whose name translates as The Temple of the Dawn is pretty striking – a series of white structures decorated with intricate tiling in a number of colours. Get there early if you can, it looks absolutely spectacular in the first light of the day. 

Views from Wat Saket Golden Mount Things to do in Bangkok ThailandGolden Mount (Wat Saket)

By Patrick of the German Backpacker: If you’re looking for a less visited attraction in Bangkok head to the Golden Mount Temple (Wat Saket) located directly in the old Rattanakosin city centre. This golden temple is placed on a small hill and you’ll need to make your way to the top barefoot up the stairs. There’s a viewing platform on top with a big golden pagoda, from where you’ll have a great view of the city and the nearby temples.

Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall Things to do in Bangkok ThailandAnanta Samakhom Throne Hall

By Leo of Safari Nomad: Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall is a remarkable two-storey palace located within the Dusit Palace complex. The building was built to serve as a reception hall but today it serves as a museum and is occupied occasionally for state events. The interior is as marvellous as much as the exterior of this marble palace, blend Italian Renaissance and Neo-Classic styles. It is elegantly decorated with western-style paintings and murals. 

The National Museum in Old Town Rattanakosin Bangkok ThailandThe National Museum

By Danni of Live in 10 Countries: To dig deep into Thailand’s fascinating past, incredible history and future strengths – you need to check out The National Museum. It has some of the most ornate and beautiful temples in its gardens, plus a host of statues and curios inside. And it makes a perfect tranquil oasis after the heat and bustle of the city. Open Wednesday to Sunday, this is worth building into your layover or longer itinerary.

Yaowarat Road, Bangkok Chinatown, Eating Chinese Food, Southeast AsiaChinatown

By Noel Morata of Travel Photo Discovery: Bustling, colourful and chaotic, the city’s expansive Chinatown is full of hidden gems found in the hidden areas and courtyards in this wonderful neighbourhood. Part of the fun in exploring Chinatown is to check out all the amazing tropical fruits, local street foods and snacks and cheap fun souvenirs that you can find along the way. It’s fun to walk around the various markets and photograph the colourful street scenes like sidewalk barbers, beauticians and gold shops. (For more information and insight, check out my Bangkok Chinatown post here).

Fresh Bangkok Flower Market Things to do in Bangkok ThailandThe Flower Market

By Veronika Primm of Travel Geekery: If you’re looking at visiting an unusual market in Bangkok, the Flower market tops the list. I’m sure you haven’t seen this many flowers at one spot – ever! There are freshly cut flowers, wreaths being made of flowers and more. The market runs 24/7 and apparently, the vendors even sleep in their stalls. Come to the Flower market to admire the colourful flowers, as well as eat some unique street food, such as insects. 

Wat Traimit (Temple of the Golden Buddha) Things to do in Bangkok ThailandThe Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit)

By Verislav of the Global Castaway: One of the coolest and most underrated attractions in Bangkok is the Wat Traimit aka the Temple of the Golden Buddha!  Unlike other “golden” statues, this Buddha is truly made of gold, 5500 kilograms of gold to be exact! The statues story is quite a curious one too. While its origin is uncertain, what is known is that the golden Buddha was covered with a layer of stucco and coloured glass for almost 200 years. Hiding its real value, the cast was situated in a minor insignificant pagoda until one day the plaster was chipped off by mistake and the gold revealed. (Located near the Hua Lamphong Train Station / MRT). 

Siriraj Medical Museum Things to do in Bangkok ThailandSiriraj Medical Museum

By Ryan Victor of Passions and Places:  Bangkok may be filled with beautiful parks and ornate temples, but it’s a fascination with the macabre that attracts visitors to Siriraj Medical Museum, eerily located inside the hospital of the same name. This one’s definitely not for the faint of heart, with numerous preserved corpses and fractured skulls on display, along with stomach-churning diagrams showing the effects of tropical parasites. The museum was designed as a teaching tool for prospective doctors, but if you can get past the disturbing images, it’s pretty educational for tourists too. 

Thanon Khaosan Road at Night Things to do in Bangkok ThailandKhaosan Road

By Jenny of TraveLynn Family: Like moths to a flame, all travellers tend to find themselves drawn to the bright lights of Th Khao San at some point. This bustling street makes for some fascinating people-watching and certainly packs a lot into a few hundred metres: colourful hippy stalls, lively bars, food-vendors serving fried scorpion, cheap backpacker hostels. And if you’re visiting Bangkok with kids, you’ll find Thanon Khao San incredibly family friendly; many restaurants have high chairs and all are welcome to young kids (Khaosan Road hotels here). 

Soi Rambuttri in Old Town Bangkok, Things to do in BangkokSoi Rambuttri

Audrey Chalmers of Gumnuts Abroad: Soi Rambuttri is just a five-minute walk from backpacker mecca Khao San Road. But, oh what a difference one street can make. Rambuttri is a charming little soi with beautiful trees and a paved road far from the Bangkok madness. Here you’ll find authentic food, cool bars, markets, massage shops and even a Thai Boxing school. Take a stroll and pop into Wat Chana Songkran and see young monks at their lessons. Then plonk yourself down under a shady tree and watch the world go by.

The Riverside (Chao Phraya)

Many of the old town tourist attractions in Bangkok are in fact found on the Chao Phraya Riverside. At the same time, the Chao Phraya spans right through the city, and many tourist attractions are found either on its banks or not far from them. So most of the top places to visit in Bangkok are found by the local river taxis which travel right along the river to the not-so-far city of Nonthaburi which neighbours Bangkok (our Nonthaburi Guide). And there are some outside attractions worth checking out like the island of Koh Kret (our Ko Kret guide here). River taxis also connect to the convenient Skytrain (Silom line) at the Saphan Taksin Pier and Skytrain station. (Bangkok Riverside Hotels here).

Grand Palace, Best Areas of Bangkok Riverside, Chao Phraya River, ThailandChao Phraya River Taxis

By Hannah of Bold DestinationsChao Phraya is a tour company that offers tourists a Hop On and Hop Off Boat Tour for sightseeing. It is the fastest way to see all the main attractions of Bangkok without spending a fortune on transportation. The ticket is 180 baht (~ $5 USD), which sometimes can be lowered to 160 baht if your hostel/hotel has a partnership with Chao Phraya. The ticket includes UNLIMITED rides between 9:00 am – 5:30 pm. There are 9 main pier stops that give you access to attractions such as The Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Pho and more. INSIDER TIP: Purchase your ticket in Bangkok at one of the boat kiosks by a pier. It will be cheaper and you can get any discounts available that day. (Chao Phraya Pier Map Here).

Life onRiver Boat, Taling Chan Floating Market Bangkok, Southeast Asia the Canals

By Jurga of the Full Suitcase: If you are looking to discover a local side of Bangkok, I recommend taking a long-tail boat trip on the canals. There are many options, but probably the easiest to do in combination with visiting the Grand Palace and the Wat Arun is a boat trip through the historic Thonburi area. You’ll see stilt houses, ornate temples, local restaurants, and vendors selling pretty much everything you can imagine from their little wooden boats. On top of that, you’ll find an interesting mix of flora and fauna; if you look well you may even spot huge water lizards enjoying the sun at the waterside. Here you can find more information about visiting Bangkok canals. Not to be missed! 

Iconsiam Mall on Chao Phraya Riverside Things to do in Bangkok ThailandICONSIAM

By Leyla of Women on the Road: ICONSIAM is known as the “Mother of All Malls” and is the largest in Thailand. The best way to arrive is via free ferry from Sathorn Pier to shop in Thailand’s only Apple store and its only Takashimaya Japanese department store. Head for the enormous food court on the ground floor but if you have a yearning for sushi, Takashimaya’s basement has a takeaway – it’s a fraction of the price you’ll pay at establishments a few feet away. 

Calypso Ladyboy Cabaret at Asiatique Bangkok ThailandCalypso Cabaret (Asiatique)

Lyn & Steve Baker of A Hole in my Shoe: Offering a rich and ancient culture, Bangkok is an enchanting city on the Chao Praya River.  Chao Praya River is included in many sightseeing itineraries, alive with traditional long-tail boats, passenger ferries, cargo boats and on the left bank is Asiatique, a large open-air mall. Located at Asiatique is Calypso Cabaret, a cheesy ladyboy cabaret show with a setting reminiscent of Moulin Rouge. The ladyboys perform a vibrant song and dance show dressed to the nines in shimmering gowns, towering heels and feather headdresses. At Calypso you can enjoy a night of sequins and burlesque performed by talented transgender performers as they sing and dance their way through an energetic show for an hour and a half. 

Sky Bar at Lebua Hotel Top Attrraction in BangkokSky Bar at Lebua

By Stefania Guglielmi of Every Steph: Have you ever dreamt of feeling a bit like a celebrity, with a drink in your hand while you watch the sun setting over the skyline of Bangkok? Well, then you need to head to Sky Bar at Lebua, the highest open-air bar on the 63rd floor. It’s the bar of the famous movie “The Hangover” so you might recognize it. Even if you have only 2 or 3 days in Bangkok, this is something you really shouldn’t miss! 

The Author’s Lounge

By Jo of Beyond the Lamp Post: For an afternoon a world away from the hustle and bustle of the Bangkok streets, try afternoon tea in the Authors’ Lounge of the Mandarin Oriental. Named for the esteemed writers who have spent time in the hotel, including Joseph Conrad and Somerset Maugham, the Authors’ Lounge is one of the most beautiful spots in the city. Think high tea, with scones and sandwiches, and the option for an Oriental twist – just don’t forget the dress code.

The New City (Skytrain Lines)

Much of Bangkok’s tourism now is found along the convenient Skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT) lines which connect conveniently through the central CBD areas of Bangkok. This includes the nightlife and entertainment areas of Sukhumvit (hotels here), and Silom (hotels here) as well as the more built-up business districts around Sathorn (hotels here). Then there’s the big interchange area of Siam; which is central to Bangkok’s shopping Meccas of Siam and Pratunam, aka Ratchaprasong. Our guide to Bangkok’s Malls here). And I will try to map out all the things to do in Bangkok new city via the closest station to find them (Skytrain Map here).

Food With Views, Vertigo Rooftop Restaurant Bangkok Moon BarThe Moon Bar

By Emily Lush of Wander-Lush: There’s no better way to cap off a day in Bangkok than with drinks at one of the city’s rooftop bars. Bangkok boasts several dozen sky-high drinking holes; most are located around Lumphini, Sukhumvit and Silom—areas that all command spectacular views. My personal favourite is Moon Bar. Located 61 floors high atop the Banyan Tree Hotel, it has a great cocktail menu. Rooftop bars are extremely popular, so it’s a good idea to reserve a table or arrive before sundown to stake out a balcony seat. (Also check out our own write-up on the connecting Vertigo Rooftop Restaurant). (Surasak BTS Skytrain Station).

Lumpini Park, Top Boutique Hotels in Silom, Bangkok, ThailandLumpini Park

By Juozapas Žygas of Nomad Joseph: Lumpini Park is huge park in Bangkok. It is a good idea to have a stroll or jog around the park. You will probably spot the huge lizards there, don‘t be scared they are friendly! If you are interested in more adventurous walk around the park check out geocaching app – there might be some treasures hidden out there. Lumpini Park has many different playgrounds and exercise areas. Get some fresh air into your lungs which is produced by many huge trees in the park! (Lumpini MRT Station/Sala Daeng BTS Station). 

khlong-toey-market things to do in Bangkok ThailandKhlong Toey Market

By Dave of Dave’s Travel Pages: If you want to escape the malls and tourists and visit a truly local market in Bangkok, look no further than Khlong Toey Market. Here, you can see and buy lots of fresh fruit and veg at ridiculous prices. You will also marvel at semi-alive fish and probably cringe while looking at unidentifiable pieces of meat, bugs and other types of food. Tip: wear closed shoes and beware of the rats! Check out Dave’s Thailand Trip for more! (Khlong Toei MRT Station).

Jim Thompson House Top Attractions in Bangkok ThailandJim Thompson’s House

By Ania from The Travelling Twins: If you like to explore old places with eclectic collections of treasure.  If sagas of embarrassing failure followed by heroic success catch your heart.  If you enjoy antique culture and beautiful, creative architecture. Then this one is for you. Jim Thompson House tells the story of the reinvention of the Thai silk industry by a man who reinvented himself and his own career.  Jim Thompson then disappeared into the jungle without a trace, leaving this fascinating legacy. (National Stadium BTS Skytrain Station)

Excursions & Bits Between

Some of the more far-flung attractions can still be reached, at least in part, by the further stations of Bangkok’s Skytrain and Underground. Which I will try to highlight throughout. Otherwise, most excursions outside of main tourist areas will be best found by taxis. which really are cheap and plentiful in Bangkok (our Bangkok taxi guide here). I have rarely spent more than 200Baht on any taxi ride. But taxi times will of course depend on traffic, so, for the more adventurous, it may be best to use the local motorbike taxis. Which are attractions in themselves.

Busy Stalls, Eating at JJ Market Bangkok, Chatuchak Weekend ShoppingChatuchak (JJ) Weekend Market

By Priyanko Sarkar of the Constant Traveller: Held every weekend, Chatuchak is the biggest market in Asia with nearly 15,000 stalls ready to sell you anything you might want to buy – from clothing, handicrafts, arts and crafts, antiques, food items and even exotic pets like pythons. The market is actually divided into lanes called Soi to help shoppers navigate its vast labyrinth. Bring your entire luggage trolley like the locals do because there’s simply no way you’re leaving without buying a few things even if you consider yourself a hardy traveller! (Kamphaeng Phet MRT station / Mor Chit BTS Skytrain Station).

Or Tor Kor Market in Bangkok Things to do in Bangkok ThailandOr Tor Kor Market

By Soumya of Stories by Soumya: If you are a foodie or simply wish to do something unique in Bangkok, head to the Or Tor Kor market located right outside the Chatuchak weekend market. Ranked as one of the best fresh markets in the world by CNN Travel, Or Tor Kor will charm you with its variety of fresh fruits & vegetables, fine seafood, and exotic delights such as durian and pearl-white strawberries. You can also dig into some delicious Thai curries, sample a never-ending aisle of desserts, and carry home petite bags of Thai nam priks. (Kamphaeng Phet MRT station).

Views from Baiyoke Sky Tower Hotel Things to do in Bangkok ThailandThe Baiyoke Sky Tower

By Carly Mann of the Fearless Female Travels: The Baiyoke Sky Hotel’s panoramic viewing deck is a must-visit in Bangkok. From its prime location on the 77th floor you can see all of Bangkok, including the modern skyscrapers in the city center, the temples along the river and even the waters of the Gulf of Thailand. The viewing deck also has maps and interactive exhibits to help visitors understand what they are seeing. Check the hotel’s website for promotional rates that include a complimentary drink or even admission to the hotel’s famous “all-you-can-eat, all-fruit buffet”!

Cycling path bang krachao Things to do in Bangkok ThailandBang Krachao Island 

By Manouk Bob of a Bunch of Backpackers: In the heart of Bangkok, you can find Bang Krachao. Bang Krachao is a gorgeous green island with small villages, temples, parks, a market and wooden cycling paths. It’s the perfect place to escape hectic Bangkok. On the island, you can hire a bike, watch fireflies in the evening, stay in a treehouse and visit the temples. There are also some cosy cafes. You can get to the island by long tail boat from the Silom Business district. It’s one of Bangkok’s best kept ‘secrets’. Don’t miss it!

Airplane Graveyard Things to do in Bangkok ThailandThe Airplane Graveyard 

By Tim Kroeger of the Universal Traveller: As a long-time international traveller, I’ve spent a lot of time in aeroplanes. But even so, almost all of that time has been spent in just a fraction of the plane—the passenger cabin. That’s why a visit to Airplane Graveyard Bangkok was so exciting. This field holds several dilapidated plane carcasses, including a gargantuan Boeing 747. For just 200 Baht, you can spend an entire day exploring all the nooks and crannies of these flying machines. I sat in the pilot’s seat, crawled through the luggage bay, and even walked on the wings! 

Klong Lad Mayom Floating Market in Bangkok ThailandKlong Lad Mayom Floating Market

By Natalie Deduck of  Love and RoadA trip to Bangkok must have a visit to a floating market and you can choose to visit the famous ones or go local. Klong Lad Mayom is located at Bangkok outskirts and it’s open only on weekends. You’ll need a taxi or a tour guide to take you there, as it is quite far from public transportation and can be tricky to find the location. There you’ll find many shops and boats selling from fruits & veggies to delicious Thai dishes. For a small fee, you can go on a boat trip along the canals, passing by a local temple, an orchid farm, and old Thai houses. If it’s your first time in Bangkok I would recommend go to a busy floating market and to Klong Lad Mayom so you can spot the difference and have both experiences.

Museum of Contemporary Art Things to do in Bangkok ThailandMuseum of Contemporary Art

By Cristina of the Lazy Trotter: If you love art, you can’t skip a visit to the famous MOCA, the Museum Of Contemporary Art of Bangkok. The museum architecture itself is a work of art, characterized by white walls and a minimalist and contemporary design. Its permanent collection exhibits the works of contemporary Thai artists who address remarkable issues like religion, politics, corruption, prostitution, and the lost of traditional values within modern society. Take your time to truly dive into every work of art, you will love it. 

Changchui Market

By Henry Wu of the This life of Travel: In a city bustling with mega-malls, outdoor shopping areas, and pop up shops – sometimes it’s difficult to decide which new and upcoming scene is worth checking out. The new Changchui market in the Thonburi district is definitely one to consider making the trip for. The eccentric founder and owner of Flynow fashion brand – Somchai “Lim” Songwattana – named it Changchui which roughly translates to ‘So Careless’.  The name is derived from what he considers is the soul of Thailand – the careless, laid-back people of the country. The HUGE salvaged metal airplane sitting in the middle of the whole market is alone worth the trip here. The plane is named ‘Na-Oh’ after Noah’s Ark – as the future plan is to have it filled with stuffed animals while serving food inside. I also spotted a giant slide on the side – hopefully that’s what I think it is! 🙂

King Rama IX Park

By Ann of the Eco-Conscious Traveller: King Rama IX Park is the largest green space in the city and therefore a definite must if you want to escape the pollution for a few hours but also marvel at the wonderfully beautiful lake, structures and gardens at the park. The best way to get to the park is by taxi, ideally from Udom Suk BTS station. The park is huge at over 200 acres and there’s a French, Italian and American garden to visit. You’ll find lots of different stalls selling ice cream all around the park which you’ll definitely be in need of on a hot Bangkok day. King Rama IX is one of my favourite places to visit because it’s a lot less known to visitors to the city so it’s really like a hidden gem! Definitely recommended.

Things to do Along the Way

Having lived in Bangkok for a good many years now, it is still the simple day-to-day interactions that feel most meaningful in the city. As often the best things to do in Bangkok are free. Whether it’s people watching at the city’s many parks, or just poking around a local temple or shrines. As there’s just so much to keep you busy on the smallest of budgets. But I also love just how cheap Bangkok is, and, as a food lover I not only obsess over the local eats of the city, but just how cheap and widely available international cuisines are in Bangkok.

Fried Foods, Eating at JJ Market Bangkok, Chatuchak Weekend ShoppingStreet Food

Exploring street food will always be our favourite thing to do in Bangkok and Asia. At the same time, there is more to street food than just grabbing some bites to go from the nearest street cart. As much of Bangkok’s best street food is found at kerbside seating areas and small shophouse stalls where you really have to pull up a seat to truly make the most of the experience. And our personal preference in street eating is the Isaan barbecues (our Isaan food guided here); selling charcoal-grilled meats, spicy salads and soups, alongside additions of local greens and the Isaan staple sticky rice. Then there are the noodle soup stalls, and the made to order “ahan tam san” stalls, and we could really talk about street food all day long. (Here for our street food favourites).

Procession of Monks, Living Like a Local in Bangkok:Alms Offerings

By Wendy Werneth of The Nomadic Vegan: Every morning, around 6am, Buddhist monks wander the streets in search of alms. Local people give them food, toiletries and other practical items as a way of earning merit. You are welcome to join in the experience! You can often find the monks near markets, and some stallkeepers will even sell prepackaged baskets of gifts for them. Keep in mind that monks in Thailand generally eat a vegetarian or vegan diet, so it’s best not to give them animal products.

Massage Night Markets, Top 10 Attractions in Chiang Mai Province ThailandThai Massage

By Amber Hoffman of With Husband in TowHaving lived in Bangkok for almost two years there was one activity we managed to squeeze in almost every week. Although the city is known for its food and temples, Thai massage has to be right up there for unique experiences when exploring Bangkok. A Thai massage is much different than a typical western massage. Instead of massage oil and long strokes, Thai massage is interactive, with a lot of squeezing, kneading, stretching, and pulling. The Thai massage therapist ends up straddling, or sometimes even standing, on top of the guest. Although it’s possible to get a cheap Thai massage for only a few dollars all over the city, our favourite place is Dahra Spa, with two locations in Bangkok. For just a few Thai Baht more they do such a great job.

Spice Spoons Cooking Class, Anantara Vacation Club Mai Khao Phuket

Cooking Classes

By Lauren of The Down Lo: One of the best things about Thailand is the cuisine, and what better way to have an intimate culinary encounter than to take a cooking class? Bangkok has a number of places that let you play chef, but the best ones include a tour of the local markets. You’ll pick your own herbs and vegetables and learn to make some of the staple dishes like Pad Thai. Thai food has a unique balance of salty, hot, sour, and sweet so the experience is sure to be a delight for your taste buds. 

Mango Sticky Rice Dessert, Top 10 Isan Food, Northeastern ThailandThai Desserts

By Mariza of Hop on World: Bangkok seems to have it all; temples, museums, nightlife, gorgeous beaches within easy reach and lets not forget amazing FOOD! One of the highlights on my visit to Bangkok was without a doubt trying all the Thai desserts! And, if you have a sweet tooth, it might just be good enough reason to add it to your list of things to do in the city!  Thai people love desserts, so finding a treat to satisfy your sugar craving is never hard, especially in a city as bustling as Bangkok. Just wander along any street and you’re bound to find a vendor grilling up Banana pancakes (aka Thai roti) or another serving melt-in-the-mouth coconut ice cream. Banana leaf sticky rice and Thai jelly are other popular choices I recommend you try. But, whatever you do, don’t leave Bangkok without trying the mango sticky rice! It will change your life! 

Sak Yant Tattoos in Bangkok Temples. Things to do in BangkokSak Yant Tattoos

By Alice of Teacake Travels: Why not take home from Thailand, something which you will treasure forever? Thailand is well known for its monks giving Sak Yant tattoos: bamboo tattoos that are believed to carry great power, protection and magic for your life ahead! This is your chance to think about what you need in your life. Maybe it’s more money, more self-confidence or more love. I took the plunge and have been treasuring my tattoo ever since.

Pad Thai at Thip Samai Things to do in Bangkok ThailandPad Thai

By Jen Ruiz of Jen on a Jet Plane: Where can you find the best Pad Thai in Bangkok? If the crowds are any indication, the answer is at Pad Thai Thip Samai. This restaurant has a line that spans not only out the door, but down the block. They sell one thing and one thing only–Pad Thai. With a limited cash menu and staff cranking out this signature dish left and right, you’d think it would be disappointing. Quite the contrary — my shrimp Pad Thai was fresh, flavorful and finished in its entirety. We were served hand squeezed tangerine juice with pulp to boot, the perfect complement. 

Attractions in Nonthaburi, BangkokBike Tours

By Racheal Koh of Explorer Nations: Thai locals are proud of their food, so what’s a better way to discover these hidden gems with the Bangkok Food Hunting Bike Tours? Not only it’s suitable for all ages, but you’ll also get to discover the lesser-seen part of Bangkok with a professional to guide through the hidden alleyways and eventually feast on some authentic delicacies. If you love food and crave for some adventures, this activity is perfect for you. 

Eating Insects, Best Asian Street Food Eating Cheap in AsiaEating Bugs

By Gemma Armit of Two Scots Abroad: Sure everyone downs buckets in Bangkok but are you brave enough to try bugs? Food carts close to Koh San Road don’t sell your standard hot dogs and burgers that you may be accustomed to back home, they serve grasshoppers, crickets and queen ants! What better midnight snack than a scorpion? You can buy a bug lollypop from many of the vendors swinging by the bars to entice you with their sticks. We (Gemma and Craig) had the pleasure of trying a bag of flies. Chowing down the winged beasties was as pleasurable as you can imagine, with the wings flaking off in my mouth. A local stopped to watch and laugh then happily took the rest off our hands. He swallowed them down like a packet of chips/crisps! Don’t believe we dined on bugs? Here’s the proof

Ethos Vegan Food Restaurant on Khaosan Road Bangkok Thailand

Vegan Eats on Khaosan Road

By Ros Cuthbertson of the Frequent Traveller: We love hanging out in the vibrant Khaosan Road area of Bangkok. Khaosan Road is full of street markets, restaurants and bars, a fun place to stay when visiting Bangkok. In a laneway off Khaosan Road you will find Ethos Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant. Ethos is a small restaurant with a cosy atmosphere. Ethos has a choice of world cuisines on their menu. While there, we went Italian with spaghetti and “meatballs,” sampled local Thai green and red curries, and tried a Middle Eastern feast of falafel, salad, hummus and tahini served with pita bread. All dishes are fresh tasting and packed with 100% organic vegetables. Another great reason to visit Khaosan Road.

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