I was recently invited by the tourism of Thailand agency to visit Bangkok for the first time! I’ve been to Thailand before but never to Bangkok so I wanted to make the most out of my trip by visiting as many places as possible within 4 days. I had an absolute amazing time and I’m already planning my next trip to Thailand because once you’ve been to Thailand, you become addicted!
There’s so much to do in Bangkok from shopping, sight seeing to eating amazing local Thai food! I can talk for hours and hours about Bangkok and Thailand in general so I’ve lined up some of the must things to do and some of my favourite spots in Bangkok.
1. Floating Market
If you love good food, you’ll love the floating market. The floating market is approximately 1 hour and a half away from Bangkok city but I have to say, if you’re ever in Bangkok – you MUST visit the floating market, it’s so worth it! The food is absolutely amazing and it also gives you the opportunity to interact with the locals. From fresh spices, curry pastes to dry fruits – you’ll find it all at the floating market. And not to mention, everything is SO cheap!
Tip: You have to try the fresh coconut ice-cream (served in a coconut) and the coconut pancakes.
2. Wat Pho
Visiting temples is a must if you’re in Thailand. Wat Pho is one of the oldest temples in Thailand. The temple has the largest collection of Buddha’s including the 46 meters long Reclining Buddha. The temple is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage which is still taught and practiced at the temple.
Daily from 8 am to 5 pm (massage is available until 6pm)
3. Siam Kempinski Hotel
When you’re staying in Bangok, the Siam Kempinski hotel is the most convenient hotel to stay at. It’s located in the heart of Bangkok with easy acces to the sky train. It’s walking distance from many malls such as; Siam Center, Siam Paragon, Siam Square, Central World and MBK. It’s also 5 minutes walking distance from the Cultural Centre of Bangkok. The hotel has some of the best restaurants and the staff is very friendly, helpful and fluent in English.
– Large outdoor pool area – Spa & Fitness Center
– 4 restaurants – Wide range of breakfast buffet (international & local food)
– Free WIFI access – free buggy to Central World Mall & Siam Center
4. Watch a Muay Thai fight at Ratchadamnoen Stadium
Thailand, the land of beautiful islands, good food and… Muay Thai! Also known as; Thai boxing. It’s a sport that comes originally from Thailand and is still being practiced today. As someone who’s been doing Muay Thai for over 4 years now, it’s only natural for me to visit the stadiums and shop Muay Thai gear in bulk. Make sure you bargain when shopping for Muay Thai gear because some shops will exaggerate and charge ridiculous amounts that are way above the original price. Reasonable price for a Muay Thai short is between 250 – 500 BAHT (depending on the quality).
Tip: If you’ve flown with Thai Airways, make sure to save your boarding pass. This will give you a 50% discount to all Muay Thai fights at the Ratchadamnoen Stadium.
5. Amita Thai Cooking Class
If you’re a lover of Thai food (ahumm, who isn’t?) you must attend the Amati cooking class. It makes you appreciate Thai food even more and you’ll get to understand the ingredients and their approach to food and cooking. Chef Tam, the owner of the cooking school has her own little herb garden where she takes you through the herbs and explains the benefits of it. Not only from a nutrition perspective but also from a beauty perspective it’s very interesting and educational to learn about the benefits of certain herbs. Also, fresh ingredients are being used in the cooking class such as freshly grated coconut and coconut milk.
6. Golden Mountain (Wat Saket) & Royal Grand Palace
Wat Saket, known as the Golden Mountain is a handmade hill inside the Wat Saket compound. It has become one of the symbols and tourist attraction of Bangkok.
The Royal Grand Palace used to be the official residence of the royal Thai family until 1925. Now it has become one of the biggest tourist attractions in Thailand. However, many royal ceremonies are still being held at the palace through out the year.
7. Shopping at Siam Centre
After visiting Siam Center, I now feel ripped off when I’m shopping in Dubai… Siam Center is a mall that only sells local Thai designers. I must say, I was extremely impressed by the fashion talents Thailand has to offer. The items were AMAZING! And so affordable! Nowhere in Dubai you’ll ever find the same quality and designs for those rates. I’m not talking high end prices, I’m talking high street prices! From quirky, urban, sleek and sophisticated fashion, you’ll find it all in Siam Centre!
8. The Oasis Spa
To unwind and relax from the busy city life, you have to visit the Oasis Spa. The spa offers a full range of Thai massages, facials, body scrubs and much more. The spa has a huge exotic outdoor area and it’s very peaceful, it made me feel like I was in the middle of a peaceful jungle all over again.
9. Asiatique Night Market
The Asiatique was one of the many cute shopping spots I’ve visited in Bangkok. You’ll find everything from Thai souvenirs, flowy dresses to the coolest backpacks. The night market is also surrounded by many restaurants, a huge food court area, nail salons and there’s a live Muay Thai show… All in all, a cool place to visit.
10. Lebua Skybar
Last but not least, the Lebua sky bar is located on the 63rd floor which makes it one of the highest rooftop bars in the world. With an amazing view over skyline of Bangkok, you can relax and enjoy some of their best cocktails/mocktails. It’s one of the most popular sky bars, many Hollywood movies were shot there such as; The Hangover (part 2).