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Not gonna lie to you…there are an OBSCENE number of awesome places to go in Bangkok, Thailand.

So much so that you probably won’t have time to experience all of the fun things to do in Bangkok, especially if you plan on staying in this city for any length of time under a week.

But:

I wanna give you this list to inspire you, and help you plan the PERFECT Bangkok itinerary for YOU!

Because I’m not gonna lie:

During my first time in Bangkok, I was less than impressed with this magical metropolis.

I dunno:

It was just super noisy, dirty, chaotic, and it basically felt like everywhere I turned, someone was trying to scam me out of something.

And I 100% do NOT want you to leave Bangkok feeling that way.

Because I swear:

Bangkok really is an amazing city that is chocker box full of delicious food, fantastic coffee, amazing sites, and incredible people.

It just might be a bit difficult for you to see all of this awesome when a behemoth rat happens to wander your way while you’re walking down the street.

So:

To prepare for all of the epic Bangkok wonderfulness that awaits you, read this list of somewhat unusual things to do in Bangkok, use it well, make good choices, and have a STELLAR time exploring one of my FAVE cities in the world, the one and only, Bangkok (insert overly dramatic jazz hands here).

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***Not sure where to stay in Bangkok? I stayed at the Patumwan House and enjoyed it. I mean, is it the greatest hotel in Bangkok? No, but for just $40 per night, you get a comfy bed, a warm shower, and a spacious room that includes a small kitchenette (Perfect for storing all my snacks! HOORAY). Plus, this hotel is really well located and within walking distance of a ferry stop and Ratchathewi station, which sits along the Sukhumvit Line of the BTS. However, if you’re looking for something a bit swankier, then you can always try 103- Bed and Brews. Located right on the edge of Bangkok’s Chinatown, this small, exquisitely restored, 100-year-old building has just six large rooms that start at $40 per night. All of the rooms here are fully refurbished and include balconies, teak wood floors, and luxurious, antique furniture. What, still haven’t found the perfect place to stay in Bangkok? Then try the Prince Heritage Theatre Stay? I know the name is a bit weird but this hotel is close to the river (and Chinatown) and has rooms that start at just $32 per night. Set inside a fully refurbished, historic, Art Deco style cinema, this hotel has four spacious suites, as well as several, well-appointed dorm rooms that are perfect for anyone traveling to Bangkok on a budget.***

1. Visit Wat Pho and the ever Immortal Reclining Buddha

No trip to Bangkok would be complete without a visit to War Pho, the home of the famous. Reclining Buddha.
No trip to Bangkok would be complete without a visit to War Pho, the home of the famous. Reclining Buddha.

Not gonna lie guys:

This list of amazing places to go in Bangkok is gonna include a lot of temples.

And I do mean A LOT.

Because Thailand as a whole is a VERY Buddhist country.

So:

Be prepared to visit a ton of exquisite temples (AKA wats) while in Bangkok.

Also:

Before you visit any temples, be sure to dress appropriately and have both your shoulders and knees totally covered.

And yes guys, that includes you.

Also, try and wear a pair of comfortable slip-on shoes so that you can easily take your shoes off BEFORE entering any of the buidlings at Wat Pho.

But other than that:

Just sit back, relax, and marvel at the one and only, Reclining Buddha, which is a whopping fifteen meters tall and forty-six meter long (thank God those are not my personal, body measurements).

And added bonus?

The entire statue is actually covered in a dazzling amount of gold leaf that is stunning to behold when you get an up close and personal look at the statue.

However:

There is way more to Wat Pho than just the Reclining Buddha.

Because believe it or not:

This religious complex is also home to Thailand’s largest collection of Buddha images and was the site of the country’s first ever, public education center.

Pretty cool right? Take that Jeopardy! 

Now, once you’ve seen the awesomeness of the Reclining Buddha, do take some time to stroll through the enormous grounds here, which cover an 8 hectare area and includes several massage pavilions (Hell to the yes! Three cheers for a Thai massage) where you can indeed get a next level stellar message.

***PSST: To adequately see this entire temple, you will probably need at least an hour here since this place is HUGE. But, if you’re short on time, you can always hire a tour guide who will quickly take you through Wat Pho’s many highlights.***

Along the way:

You can also participate in a common public ritual in which you donate coins (representing alms) into 108 seperate, metal bowls that sit in a row along side the Reclining Buddha statue.

“Why the number 108?”, you may wonder.

Well, according to Buddhist doctrine, Buddha himself actually completed 108 positive actions before becoming perfect.

Therefore:

This little act of charity is designed to help get you on your way to Buddhist inspired greatness.

However:

I’m sure you’ll probably get there in way less time than that. (Lol. Just another way I try to get you to LOVE ME FORVER..and read my blog)

Address: 2 Sanam Chai Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

Admission Fee: 100 Baht (a little more than $3 USD)

How to Get There: The easiest way to get to Wat Pho is by boat. Just use the BTS SkyTrain and get off at Saphan Taksin station. From here, walk to Taksin Pier and take a Chao Phraya express boat to Tha Tien Pier (No. 9).

2. The Grand Palace

The Grand Palace's vibrant beauty makes it one of the best places to visit in Bangkok.
The Grand Palace’s vibrant beauty makes it one of the best places to visit in Bangkok.

Okay:

If you only do ONE thing in Bangkok, then this should be it.

However:

If you’re looking to do MORE than one thing while you’re in Bangkok, then you could easily pair a visit to the Grand Palace with a trip to Wat Pho since these two iconic, Bangkok attractions are literally right down the street from one another.

Now:

What most people don’t know about the Grand Palace (Phra Borom Maharatchawang) is that it’s actually an enormous complex of more than 100 buildings (done in old-Bangkok style) that span a grand total of 94.5-hectares.

Once the royal family’s permanent residence (hence the name):

The Grand Palace is now only used by the royal family during special ceremonial occasions, which means that you can basically visit the awesomeness of Wat Phra Kaew Temple (aka Temple of the Emerald Buddha) any time you want.

Because yes:

This exquisite temple actually sits inside The Grand Palace (Just be sure to dress appropriately and wear loose-fitting clothing that covers both your shoulders and knees since the dress code here is very strict).

However:

In addition to the temple, you could also explore the palace grounds and see the four remaining palace buildings that still stand here today, the largest of which is the Chakri Mahaprasat (Grand Palace Hall), which was completed in 1882.

Other Grand Palace highlights include the Ratanakosin-style Dusit Hall, which initially served as a venue for royal audiences and later as a royal funerary hall.

And if you have time:

Be sure to stop by Vivi the Coffee Place.

And no, that last part is NOT optional.

I mean, not only does this place practically sit right next door to the Grand Palace but from here, you can enjoy stunning views of Wat Arun (another fantastic temple that you NEED to visit) while devouring a delicious piece of RAINBOW crepe cake, complete with fresh strawberry sauce.

Yup:

You’re welcome.

Address: Na Phra Lan Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200

Admission Fee: 500 Baht (a little more than $16)

How to Get There: The easiest way to get to The Grand Palace is by boat. Just use the BTS SkyTrain and get off at Saphan Taksin station. From here, walk to Taksin Pier and take a Chao Phraya express boat to Tha Tien Pier (No. 9).

3. Wat Arun

Wat Arun is an iconic part of Bangkok's skyline and a must see for anyone visiting Bangkok for the first time.
Wat Arun is an iconic part of Bangkok’s skyline and a must see for anyone visiting Bangkok for the first time.

I swear:

There really will be something other than temples on this list of places to visit in Bangkok.

But until that time:

I give you the awe-inspiring wonder that is Wat Arun.

Built by King Taksin after the fall of Ayuthaya:

This temple is an impressive, 79 meters tall, is guarded by two magnificent, ever-watchful, mythical giants, and is named for Arun, the Indian god of dawn, to establish both the literal and symbolic founding of a new Ayuthaya.

Today:

This temple is one of the most iconic structures in all of Bangkok since it is covered in a dazzling array of ceramic tiles and colored porcelain, making this place a truly magnificent sight to behold when those tiles catch the light and sparkle in the sun during sunrise and sunset.

Another added bonus?

This temple is SUPER easy to visit since it is just a short ferry ride, across the river, from both The Grand Palace and Wat Pho.

Address: 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok 10600.

Admission Fee: 50 Baht (a little more than $1)

How to Get There: The easiest way to get to Wat Arun is by ferry. Just take a ferry across the river from Tha Tien Pier, for 4 Baht (one way).

4. Chatuchak Market

The vibrant glow of the massive, Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok.
The vibrant glow of the massive, Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok.

Hooray!

Finally, something on this list other than a temple. Even though the temples in Bangkok are pretty bangin’, but I digress.

So:

If you like shopping, even a little bit, then is the place for you since this weekend market (open on Saturdays and Sundays only) includes over 8,000 shopping stalls and covers an insane, 27 acres of land.

So yeah:

You really can find it all here; everything from clothes to shoes to bags to food to housewares, to that inflatable, rainbow, unicorn floatie that you always wanted (Kidding about the last one since I don’t think they actually have this.

And at local prices too.

So think cheap, but perhaps not necessarily high-quality since some of the things I bought here fell apart rather quickly.

However:

Because this market is bananas level awesome, it also attracts a ridiculous number of visitors per day (I think the actual stat is 200,000), so gird your loins and prepare for large crowds.

And if you yearn to shop, but hate crowds almost as much as I do, then try to arrive at 9:00 am, right when the market first opens.

But:

If that time of day is just a wee bit too early for you, then definitely stop by Behind the Bar first.

It’s this amazing, vintage-style, coffee shop that is just ten minutes away from the market and that serves up one hella good latte (Shout out to all my fellow coffee-loving, morning-loathing peeps out there).

Address: Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand

How to Get There: Just take the BTS (skytrain) to Mo Chit or take the MRT (metro) to Chatuchak (If you arrive in Bangkok during the weekend, you can always put your luggage in a storage locker and stop by on your way into Bangkok from the airport).

5. Jim Thompson House Museum

The beautiful, teak beauty of the Jim Thompson House Museum in Bangkok.
The beautiful, teak beauty of the Jim Thompson House Museum in Bangkok.

Honestly:

This is one of my all time FAVORITE things to do in Bangkok.

But:

That’s partly because I’m a total history nerd.

Therefore:

Anytime I find a historic home that I can visit, it feels as though I’ve won the mega-millions lottery.

Except for the fact that I don’t actually get any money and kind of have to spend it instead but whatever, that’s an issue for my accountant, not for this post.

So, let’s just say that:

Clearly, it really doesn’t take too much to make me happy.

Anyway:

Back to Jim Thompson’s House, which sits along one of the many Khlongs (canals) that snake through Bangkok.

It’s a lovely place to explore since its this little, jungly, oasis of greenery that offers visitors an excellent respite from the chaotic frenzy that is Bangkok.

It was also the former, uber-luxurious, teak home of the one and only, Jim Thompson.

And I bet you have no idea who that is? Am I right?

Well, I sure as hell didn’t know anything about him before I visited.

But:

After my tour through his super-luxe, former residence, I learned that Jim Thompson was in fact an American silk entrepreneur, and art collector, who settled in Thailand after World War II.

Yeah:

He basically traveled to Thailand as part of his military service and just never left because he fell madly in love with the culture and people of this amazing country (Can’t say I blame him since I too have epic amounts of love for this wonderful country).

Now:

In addition to single-handedly revitalizing the Thai silk industry, throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Thompson also collected parts of derelict Thai homes and reassembled them into one giant, posh AF mansion that still looks exactly as he left it in the 1960s.

There’s also a small but splendid Asian art collection in the main house, as well as a variety of Thompson’s personal belongings, that all give you insight into what his life was like and who he really was.

But you want to know the REALLY interesting part of his story?

The fact that while out for an afternoon walk in the Cameron Highlands, in 1967, Thompson mysteriously disappeared and was never heard from again.

That same year his sister was also murdered in the USA, fuelling various conspiracy theories about what could have happened to them.

So:

While we may not know much about his death, what we do know is that after that fateful day, Jim Thompson was NEVER seen or heard from again.

Creeptastic right?

I love Investigation Discovery type intrigue like that.

Now:

On a more practical note. once you arrive at the museum and purchase your ticket, you will then be added to the next available tour group since this museum is only accessible via tour.

Therefore:

Don’t feel like you have to get here super early (like right when they open at 9:00 am), in a vain attempt to beat the crowds (talk about a total fail on my part), since the first tour won’t leave until enough people have joined.

And while this mansion is super awesome (and the tour ultra-informative):

You’ll still move through this building relatively quickly and won’t need more than an hour to see this delightful home, and its associated gardens and ponds.

***If you have time either before or after your visit, be sure to stop by B-Story cafe near Ratchathewi Station. Not only are their iced lattes delicious, but they also have these amazing hot cappuccinos that are served with a tower of foam that looks just like a teddy bear! Aww! #TeddyBearsForTheWin***

Address: 6 Rama I Rd, Wang Mai, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Admission Fee: 200 Baht (or a little more than $6.50)

How to Get There: Just take the SkyTrain to National Stadium station since it will be about a five-minute walk to the museum from there.

6. Lumphini Park

Lumphini Park is the largest green space in Bangkok and a great place to go if you want escape the frenetic pace of the city.
Lumphini Park is the largest green space in Bangkok and a great place to go if you want escape the frenetic pace of the city.

I’m gonna be brutally honest here.

I wasn’t overly impressed by the beauty of Lumphini Park.

Don’t get me wrong:

It’s a nice enough park and covers an impressive, 58 hectares of space, but I’ve definitely seen much more exquisite green spaces in my time.

That being said though:

If you’re in the area and visiting Jim Thompson’s anyway, might as well stop by Lumphini Park and see it for yourself.

Because who knows:

This could all just be me.

I could be some insane, over-the-top, park snob who has incredibly high standards that can only be met by the overwhelming opulence and grandeur of places like Versailles.

Also, just to be 100% clear:

I’m not trying to imply that this park is bad because let’s be real, it’s basically on everyone’s list of top things to do in Bangkok for a reason.

But:

What I do think is that the real strength of this park is not in the beauty of its artificial lake, which is surrounded by expansive lawns, wooded areas, and walking paths, complete with ridiculously large monitor lizards that seem to appear out of nowhere (Yes, I definitely may have shrieked in horror a time or two), but in the ability of this place to give you a small glimpse into the lives of local people in Bangkok.

That’s why:

If you can, try and visit early morning, when hordes of Thai-Chinese residents are practicing t’ ai chi (or doing their best to mimic the poses) and when residents are doing the ever immortal, half-run half-walk version of jogging (Because yes, this really is the only type of physical activity that you can endure amidst the next level, oppressive humidity of Bangkok).

Also:

If you decide to visit the park late at night, do be careful since the borders of the park have been known to be frequented by male and female sex workers who are looking for buisness.

Address: Rama IV Rd, Lumphini, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

How to Get There: You can use the MRT underground and get off at either Lumpini or Silom Stations.

7. Wat Traimit (Golden Buddha)

The glistening, golden beauty of Wat Traimit in Bangkok.
The glistening, golden beauty of Wat Traimit in Bangkok.

And we’re back…to MORE temples!

But I pinkie promise that this one is EXTRA special and well worth your time.

First constructed in the ye olde 13th century:

This exquisite temple is located in Bangkok’s vibrant, Chinatown neighborhood and is home to a seriously impressive 3-meter tall, 5.5-ton, solid-gold Buddha.

Sculpted in the Sukhothai style (not that I really have any idea what that actually means but just go with it):

This stunning statue was actually re-discovered over 60 years ago when a stucco/plaster exterior piece of Wat Traimit was being moved and, accidently, fell from a crane, exposing the golden, Buddha statue within.

Experts, much more knowledgeable than I, theorize that the plaster covering was added to protect the Golden Buddha from Burmese invaders, who were about to siege Bangkok in either the late Sukhothai period or Ayuthaya period.

And now:

Since tourists just can’t seem to get enough of this statue’s awe-inspiring beauty (not that I can blame them), this Golden Buddha is housed in an imposing, four-story marble structure called Phra Maha Mandop, with the Yaowarat Chinatown Heritage Center on the 2nd floor (an engaging museum with multimedia exhibits on the history of Bangkok’s Chinatown and its residents) and the Phra Buddha Maha Suwanna Patimakorn Exhibition on the third floor (which includes a detailed exhibit on how the statue was made).

See:

Tons of super fun, ultra-nerdy learning to do!

HOORAY!

Address: 661 Charoen Krung Rd, Talat Noi, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100, Thailand

Admission Fee: 500 Baht (The price includes admission to Wat Phra Kaeo and the Royal Palace).

How to Get There: Just take the MRT underground train and exit at Hua Lamphong station. The temple will be a 500 meter walk from the station.

8. Joe Louis Thai Puppet Theater

The vibrant beauty and exquisite artistry of traditional, Thai puppetry.
The vibrant beauty and exquisite artistry of traditional, Thai puppetry.

Believe it or not:

I’ve actually seen this show twice!

And no:

It wasn’t because this show was THAT epic.

Even though it was a super cute experience and a great way to enjoy a dying aspect of traditional Thai culture (Yeah, sadly, this theater is home to one of Thailand’s last small puppetry troupes). 

No:

I actually saw this performance again because it had been ten years since the last time I saw the show and I had basically forgotten what the experience was really like.

Besides:

Who doesn’t love puppets?

Actually, scratch that.

I think puppets are super creepy about 99% of the time.

But:

Thankfully, that was not the case with this Thai puppetry performance, which was the winner of the Best Traditional Performance Award at the Tenth World Festival of Puppet Art in Prague.

Who knew?

That’s why, if you’re looking to immerse yourself in a one of a kind, Thai cultural experience, then the Joe Louis Theater is where it’s at.

Plus:

In addition to traditional Thai puppet performances, this theater also showcases a variety of Thai classical and contemporary dances, modern puppetry, and even both classical and contemporary selections of Thai music.

So:

Prepare to get your cultural swerve on and watch as puppets and handlers seamlessly dance together across the stage.

Because in this show:

Each puppet has a whopping three handlers, all of whom are very much a part of the show and not at all hidden from view.

Now sure:

The music was pre-recorded and some parts of the show were definitely a bit campy.

And yes:

The show definitely did not last a full hour, but whatever.

It was still a fun evening spent embracing my inner child and taking photos with random, super cool, Thai puppets.

Because yes:

Clearly, I needed photographic evidence to mark this incredibly auspicious occasion. LOL.

9. Bangkok National Museum

The architectural beauty of Bangkok's National Museum.
The architectural beauty of Bangkok’s National Museum.

Yeah:

I definitely didn’t expect too much from this museum when I visited.

But:

I am delighted to say that this place totally blew me out of the water and is easily one of the most fun things to do in Bangkok, especially if you like history.

I mean:

Some of the buildings were closed, and I still think I ended up spending a solid four hours here.

Crazy right?

That’s because Thailand’s National Museum features a variety of beautiful structures that were first built in 1782, as part of the palace of Rama I’s viceroy.

Later, in 1874:

Prince Wang Na. Rama V converted these buildings into a museum that showcases a wide variety of permanent exhibitions that are spread throughout several different buildings.

Some of the impressive exhibits here include the Gallery of Thai History (this gallery has some of the country’s most beautiful Buddha images and sculptures of Hindu gods), the history wing (this section features artifacts that move chronologically through Bangkok’s history and includes prehistoric, Sukhothai, Ayuthaya, and Bangkok era items, including King Ramkhamhaeng’s inscribed stone pillar, which some experts say is the oldest record of Thai writing in the world, King Taksin’s throne, and more), the decorative arts and ethnology exhibit (this section includes traditional musical instruments, ceramics, clothing, fans, woodcarving, weaponry, jewelry, and more.), the northern chariot hall (this building has a selection of ornate funeral chariots that were once used by former royal families), etc.

And in addition to the main exhibition halls:

You’ll also see the Bhuddhaisawan (Phutthaisawan) Chapel, a beautiful building that features some well-preserved murals, including one of the country’s most revered Buddha images, Phra Phuttha Sihing.

So:

Go now, learn about Bangkok’s amazingly dynamic history, and be the happy history herd that I know you are, deep, deep down inside.

Address: Na Phra That Alley, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

Admission Fee: 200 Baht (6.50 USD)

How to Get There: Depending on where you’re coming from, you can take bus number 59, 2, 201, and 183 to get here, among others. This museum is also really close to The Grand Palace and Wat Pho, so you could easily visit while you’re in the area.

10. Sathorn Unique Tower (AKA The Ghost Tower)

The stunning, panoramic views that you'll find at the top of Sathorn Unique Tower (AKA The Ghost Tower).
The stunning, panoramic views that you’ll find at the top of Sathorn Unique Tower (AKA The Ghost Tower).

So:

Sathorn Unique Tower is actually more commonly known as the ghost tower, a nickname that is incredibly accurate on a number of different levels.

Because:

Not only does this building sit on a former cemetery, but it was also abandoned in 1997 when construction abruptly stopped as a result of the Asian financial crisis.

Therefore:

Only about 75% of the building was actually completed since funding for the project basically dried up over night.

The result?

A partially finished building that intrepid millennials of today climb, for beautiful, panoramic views of the city from 47 floors in the air.

Now:

Did I do this myself?

Nope, not a chance.

Why?

Because you’re technically forbidden from entering this building and doing so would be breaking the law.

So:

While you can bribe a security guard (200 Baht should suffice) to let you in, you are technically trespassing.

And if caught:

You could be arrested, not that this will likely happen since many people have climbed this tower without issue.

But:

I feel like it would be incredibly irresponsible of me to condone something that is illegal since I try to be respectful of the country’s I visit by adhering to local laws.

Additionally:

There are also some very real safety concerns associated with climbing this tower since this building is unfinished and has holes, a lack of walls, and the potential for falling debris.

Therefore:

Be incredibly careful when climbing this tower because if you do get injured, you could be in serious trouble since what you are doing is technically illegal.

So:

If you do decide to visit this place of interest in Bangkok, definitely be prepared to do a lot of physical activity and pack plenty of water and snacks, in addition to wearing a sturdy pair of shoes.

Also:

Do let someone know where you’re going. This way, if something bad should happen, they can send someone to find you.

Okay, my mom-like lecture is over.

Sorry, but I really don’t want people to undertake this activity lightly since the potential consequences could be SEVERE (AKA serious injury or getting arrested).

#JustSayin’ #BeAResposibleTraveller

Address: Charoen Krung Rd, Yan Nawa, Sathon, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Admission Fee: Around 200 Baht (or more) to bribe the security guard.

How to Get There: Take the Silom Line of the BTS SkyTrain to
Saphan Taksin. The tower will be about a three-minute walk from the station.

11. YELO House

Located practically right next door to Jim Thompson’s House and Museum:

This sprawling warehouse space really does kind of sort of have it all since there is no less than an art gallery, cafe, co-working space, vintage clothing store, restaurant, and tattoo shop, all hidden inside.

Heck:

There’s even a super sweet street art mural outside that you can totally do an impromptu, Instagram photoshoot in front of.

And I pinkie promise:

I will in no way, shape, or form judge you since I too may have done one while I was here (Spoiler alert, I TOTALLY did but keep it on the DL because I want to maintain what little street cred that I have left). 

So:

Stop by, enjoy some of the newest art that is on display at their rotating art gallery, grab an espresso, and savor the caffeinated flavor while seated at their canalside cafe.

Because yes:

The only way that this his multi-function space could get any better is if it was tucked alongside one of Bangkok’s many, scenic khlongs (AKA canals)

And SURPRISE, it totally is!

Address: 20/2 Rama I Rd, Wang Mai, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

How to Get There: Take the BTS SkyTrain and get off at Ratchathewi Station. 

12. The Golden Mount (AKA Wat Saket)

A beautiful view of Bangkok's legendary, Golden Mount.
A beautiful view of Bangkok’s legendary, Golden Mount.

I know what you’re thinking:

And get your head out of the gutter because this isn’t THAT kind of mount. Or maybe I’m the only weirdo who actually thinks like that.

And yeah…things just got SUPER AWKWARD…Anyway, swiftly moving on.

So, SHOCKER, another temple made it on this list of mildly unusual things to do in Bangkok.

That’s why:

If you’re really not sure WAT to do next (sorry, I just had to), then head on over to the Golden Mount.

Sure:

The climb up the steps of this artificial hill is a bit steep, but the stunning, panoramic views of Bangkok from the summit make this hill well worth the climb.

Plus:

Along the way, you’ll be able to enjoy a variety of picturesque fountains, exquisite statues, and delightful shrubbery that is all INFINITELY cooler than I just made it sound.

And, fun little factoid for all of my fellow history nerds out there:

This hill was actually first created when a large stupa collapsed atop the area’s soft soil; soil that was simply unable to support the weight of the entire structure.

That’s why:

Thailand’s reining monarch decided to be super pragmatic and build a strong, mud-and-brick hill that could hold a small stupa on the summit.

Eventually:

King Rama V fell so in love with this temple and that he decided to add to the structure by placing a Buddha relic from India, within the stupa itself.

See:

Now you kind of sort of have to visit, so that you can see what all the kingly fuss is about.

And if you can:

Try and be WAY cooler than me (not that that is hard to do) and visit in November, when a festival is held here that includes a beautiful (so I’ve been told) candlelight procession up the Golden Mount.

Yup:

Told ya that this temple is WAT’S up. Okay, Okay, no more lame puns…FOR NOW!

***If you’re feeling a little hungry either before or after your visit, then stop by Eden’s. It’s this quaint AF, French-style cafe that serves great coffee, as well as a variety of different toasts, pastries, and sandwiches.***

Address: 344 Thanon Chakkraphatdi Phong, Ban Bat, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok 10100, Thailand

Admission Fee: 50 Baht (About $1.60)

How to Get There: Take a local ferry to Phanfa Bridge since the temple is a short walk from there.

13. Visit Bangkok’s Famous SkyBar

A beautiful, panoramic view of Bangkok at sunset, from SkyBar.
A beautiful, panoramic view of Bangkok at sunset, from SkyBar.

Now:

I have mixed feelings about Bangkok’s iconic SkyBar.

Because while the view is undoubtedly beautiful from atop the State Tower Building on Silom Road, it definitely didn’t change my life.

That’s also where my uber-mushy love fest with SkyBar ends.

Because not only is everything on the menu rediculously over-priced (just my humble opinion but it will cost you more than 700 Baht, or over $20  for one drink), but the experience also feels super-touristy since you’ll be hard pressed to find an actual Thai person anywhere in this swank AF bar.

Unless they’re a staff member, but I don’t think that really counts.

Plus:

There is a SUPER strict dress code that is just not all that appealing to a fashionally challenged human being like myself.

So:

if you do decide to visit SkyBar, which sits 63 stories up in the air, be prepared and dress accordingly,

This means that:

Ladies should wear a “smart casual” outfit that typically consists of a nice dress and a pair of shoes that are NOT flip flops (AKA sandals with a back).

While men, and I kind of feel sorry for them, must wear pants and a nice shirt since they cannot wear shorts or sleeveless shirts of any kind.

Guys must also wear closed toe shoes since they are not allowed to rock a pair of sandals either.

So yeah:

That was deifnitely not my fave part of the experience either.

Oh, and FYI:

You are also not allowed to have any outside food or drink with you at SkyBar.

Therefore:

That bottle of water that you were carrying around to help you combat Bangkok’s notoriously insane heat and humidity, yeah, they’ll confiscate that, forcing you to order a very un-cheap water from their menu (Don’t worry, they will give it back to you before you leave).

Upon arrival, you will also be quickly escorted to your table, where your waiter will then watch your every move like a hawk and impatiently wait for you to order from the menu.

However:

If at all possible, try to stand rather than sit at a table, since this is the best way to enjoy the lovely, panoramic views that you’ll find here.

Also:

DUH, visit during sunset so that you can get some epic shots of the dazzling array of colors that light up the sky  at this time of day (in addition to the city’s copious amounts of not-sodelightful smog).

Address: 1055 Si Lom, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand

How to Get There: Take the BTS SkyTrain to Saphan Taksin Station. From here, it’s just a 10-minute walk to SkyBar.

***If you’re looking for a rooftop bar experience that is a bit more budget-friendly, then check out Wanderlust Rooftop Bar in Thong Lo, where cocktails are a resonable, 200 Baht each.***

14. Papaya Design Furniture and Studio

The vintage/retro beauty of Papaya Design and Furniture Studio in Bangkok.
The vintage/retro beauty of Papaya Design Furniture and Studio in Bangkok.

I don’t know about you:

But my soul is about as quirky as they come.

That’s why:

Anytime i find a super cool, totally offbeat place, I just have to share with all two of my avid readers.

LOL. Kidding!

Clearly there are way more of you then that.

But:

What I’m NOT kidding about is how awesome Papaya Design Furniture and Studio is. 

See:

What started as a mere vintage furniture collection hobby, has now morphed into this incredible, totally bohemoth collection of 19th- and 20th-century artifacts that cover (literally) every inch of this giant warehouse.

So:

Meander back into yester-year, and through a virtual parardise of vintage goodies that include super nifty things like art-deco furniture, 1960s beer signage, superhero statues, Piaggio scooters, typewriters, movie projectors, love seats, Thai movie posters,  VHS players (see, they really did exist, along with cassettes), wall clocks, storefront mannequins, lampshades, rotary phones, and so, so, so much more.

Seriously:

Anything you can think of and this place probably has it, at least in one form or another.

And while many of the items here are TECHNICALLY for sale:

The owner of Papaya usualy just jacks up the price of his beloved treasures, thereby ensuring that his vinatge furniture collection will keep on growing.

And I’m not gonna lie:

I am 100% totally okay with that.

PS:

Be sure to photograph it up while you’re here since this place has become a beloved shooting location for some of Bangkok’s finest pro photographers (If anyone has ever been, this place kind of reminds me of God’s Own Junkyard in London).

Address: 306/1 Wang Thonglang, Khet Wang Thonglang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10310, Thailand

How to Get There: Take the BTS SkyTrain to Chatuchak Park Station and then board the number 8 bus. Ride the bus for about 20 stops (25 minutes) and Papaya will be a 2-minute walk away.

15. Watch a Muay Thai Match (AKA Thai Kickboxing)

Real talk?

I have zero desire to ever see a Muay Thai match. Not that there’s anything wrong with Muay Thai.

I just really don’t feel like paying to see two fully-grown men basically beat the living spit out of each other.

But, regardless of my personal feelings (Because it is 100% NOT all about me):

Muay Thai is still a huge part of Thai culture, which is why I decided to add it to this list of places to visit in Bangkok.

So:

If you’re into Muay Thai and martial arts in general, then you’ll be delighted to know that Bangkok is home to some of the biggest Muay Thai fights in all of Thailand.

No really!

Apparently, fights held elsewhere in the country are rediculously lame, uber-touristy versions of the manic violence and mayhem that you’ll encounter while at a Muay Thai match in Bangkok.

So:

If martial arts is something that interests you, then CLEARLY you’ll meed to attend a match while you’re in Bangkok.

And luckily for you:

I spoke with a few of my friends and got the inside scoop on how to procure yourself some FREE Muay Thai tickets.

But to do so:

You’ll have to be in Bangkok on a SUNDAY since that’s when channel 7 broadcasts a live fight for all of the violence loving, Bangkokians out there (I think I just made that term up but we’ll go with it).

So:

To get your tickets,  just make your way to the Channel 7 building, which is near(ish) to Chatuchak Weekend Market, at around 1:40 pm on a Sunday.

Trust me:

You’ll want to get there a little early because even though the broadcast starts at 2:00 pm (and the fight itself at 2:15 pm), this event is pretty popular and seats do fill up quickly. 

But:

The good news is that once you’re there, you basically just have to stand there and wait in line until you get escorted inside the stadium, to the foreigner section.

Easy peasy! And once the match finally does start:

Feel free to stay as long as you like, or leave whenever, since there are a bunch of different matches throughout the day that typically start with novice fighters and that eventually escalate to matches between more advanced fighters. 

Also:

Do keep your eyes on the audience since the atmosphere of the arena gets pretty electric as all of these intense, older, Thai men get into the fight and start making bets on the match’s final outcome.

Address: 998/1, 998/1 Chom Phon, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand

16. SkyWalk at King Power Mahanakhon

A beautiful, aerial view of Bangkok's iconic skyline.
A beautiful, aerial view of Bangkok’s iconic skyline.

Looking for unparalleled, ultra-swoon worthy views of Bangkok’s incredible skyline?

And all without paying over $20 for an alcoholic beverage of your choice (Yes, I’m looking at you SkyBar)?

If you’re emphatically nodding your head yes:

Then you’re gonna fall head over heels in love with the SkyWalk at King Power Mahanakhon!

Because this stellar AF, two-tiered viewpoint that is nestled atop Thailand’s tallest building, King Power Mahanakhon.

So:

Take the elevator up into the stratosphere and prepare yourself for a slightly terrifying walk along a glass-floored balcony that is a mere 78 stories in the air.

Yeah:

Clearly, this experience is not meant for anyone out there who is scared of heights.

But:

The good news is that once you’ve tackled your fears, and taken about a million photos that will make your Insta fandom SUPER jelly, then you can let loose and get your DRANK on at the open-air bar that sits just one floor above the skywalk of doom, I mean delight!

Whatever you do though:

Be sure to book your tickets WELL in advance since apparently, all the cool kids nowadays are really into epic, 360-degree views.

Address: 114 Naradhiwat Rajanagarindra Rd, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500.

Admission Fee: Tickets to the observatory on the 74th floor are 850 Baht ($28) while tickets to the rooftop on the 78th floor are 1050 Baht ($35).

How to Get There: Take the Silom Line of the BTS SkyTrain to Chong Nonsi and the King Power MahaNakhon Building will be about a three-minute walk away.

17. Taling Chan Floating Market

Taling Chan Floating Market in Bangkok, Thailand.
Taling Chan Floating Market in Bangkok, Thailand.

Yeah:

This is one of those places to go in Bangkok that I did NOT revisit during my second time in this amazing city.

Why?

Because the first time around, the entire experience was just SUPER disappointing.

I mean:

I don’t really know what I imagined but when I got there, the whole experience felt super forced and like the market was just there for the tourists.

Which I’m sure was probably the case.

But:

I’m still putting this market on my list of top places to go in Bangkok because you might feel totally differently about this place and absolutely love it.

Plus:

This place is a pretty popular Bangkok attraction and I want to give you the ability to decide for yourself if you want to visit or take a hard pass on this one.

But:

If THIS floating market doesn’t really sound like your cup of Thai tea, then you can always visit one of the other, less touristy, floating markets in Bangkok.

Personally:

I’ve heard good things about Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market, which is supposed to be a much more authentic market that is relatively devoid of tourists.

So:

If you do decide to visit a floating market, I would try and visit this one since you’ll find a few canals here that are brimming over with long-tail boats that serve as make-shift dining rooms, kitchens, and mini-markets, that sell everything from bananas to wide-brim hats (To get to this market, just hire a taxi for around 250 Baht since the ride will take about 35 minutes, depending on where you’re coming from).

How to Get There: I think the easiest way to get here is to hire a long-tail boat at any one of Bangkok’s large piers (You could also try booking a tour to one of the floating markets just outside of Bangkok).

18. Bangkok Art and Culture Center

The exquisite modern, circular architecture of the Bangkok Art and Culture Center.
The exquisite modern, circular architecture of the Bangkok Art and Culture Center.

This chic, white, exquisitely designed, modern building sits at the very heart of Bangkok’s vibrant, contemporary art scene.

Consisting of three, circular floors of modern art, that occupy an enormous, 3000 sq meters of gallery space:

This eclectic, modern art museum is home to a number of different, rotating exhibits, as well as several shops, private galleries, cafes, and even an art library, just in case you were worried that you might get a little bored (HA!).

However:

The real appeal of this veritable paradise for art lovers lies in its fantastic, rotating exhibits.

And since they do change frequently:

Be sure to visit their website before you visit, for the most up to date information on what is currently on display.

Added bonus?

Not only is this place free to enter (the crowd goes WILD), but you can also enjoy art from a variety of different disciplines here, including theater, film, design, painting, and photography.

Plus:

There are even these super neat, almost cartoon-like, enormous, white statues that flank both sides of the entrance, which are pretty RAD too!

Address: 939 Rama I Rd, Wang Mai, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330

How to Get There: Take the Silom Line of the BTS SkyTrain to Siam Station. The Art and Culture Center is literally RIGHT there.

19. Check out Bangkok’s Street Art Scene

Some of the amazing street art that you'll find in Bangkok while walking between  Saphan Taksin Pier to Pak Khlong Flower Market.
Some of the amazing street art that you’ll find in Bangkok while walking between Saphan Taksin Pier to Pak Khlong Flower Market.

Who knew Bangkok had this over the top, amazing, street art scene?

Not this chick right here!

But it’s definitely true since all of the walls along Bangkok’s many Khlongs (canals in English) are filled with street art murals of the most epic proportions.

So:

To see some of this street art fabulousness for yourself, you can do a couple of things.

Personally:

I would just hire a long-tail boat from one of Bangkok’s major piers and have the driver take me up through Bangkok’s extensive canal network since most of the sidewalks along the canals are basically covered in street art, with the area between Phanfa Bridge and
Sapan Hua Chang Pier showcasing some particularly exceptional street art pieces.

Plus:

If you do decide to exit at Sapan Hua Chang Pier, not only will you be right near the Jim Thompson House, but you’ll also be within walking distance of another great street art spot, Chalermla Graffiti Park.

Located right near Ratchathewi BTS station:

This fun and funky street art gallery has an amazing, hipster feel about it since it is resplendent with a variety of different eye-catching murals (that are constantly changing) that provide you with ample opportunities to Instagram it up like a total boss.

However:

If that’s still not enough street art for you (Because let’s be honest, can you ever really have enough street art?), then you can also try taking a self-guided street art walk from Saphan Taksin Pier to Pak Khlong Flower Market.

Just walk in the direction of the market, in between Chao Praya River and Charoen Krung Road, and you’ll find a ton of amazing murals, hidden in small alleys, that were done by a multitude of international artists.

In total:

The walk should take between an hour and an hour and a half, depending on how quickly you move, so be sure to bring plenty of water since dehydration is a very real concern with Bangkok’s seriously intense heat and humidity.

20. Take a Bike Tour of Bang Krachao

The exquisite natural beauty of Bang Krachao island in Bangkok.
The exquisite natural beauty of Bang Krachao island in Bangkok.

Want to visit an island in Thailand, but don’t really have time to go ALL the way south?

Then why not take a bike tour of Bang Krachao?

This man-made island sits in the middle of the Chao Praya River and is the perfect place to go if you want to get back into nature and escape the chaos of Bangkok.

During my four-hour tour of this enormous, lush-green island:

I enjoyed a fantastically fun bike, with stops at a mangrove conservation center, a shrine of the Hindu god Ganesh, a 250-year-old temple, and a local, weekend market.

And while you can easily visit Bang Krachao by yourself:

The benefit of having a tour guide is that you can quickly and easily navigate your way to all of the island’s many top attractions.

Because yes:

This island is huge and difficult to navigate when you have no idea where you’re going, especially since there are a ton of narrow bike paths here that have canals on either side of the path (I may have almost fallen in once or twice. But shh, don’t tell).

And:

If you book your tour during the weekend, you’ll also be able to stop at a local weekend market, where you can enjoy a variety of delectable, local snacks since your guide will take you to only the best vendors, selling delicious treats like coconut pancakes and mango sticky rice.

YUM!

Your guide will also, DUH, escort you to and from the island, making it super easy for you to make the most out of your time in Bangkok.

Address: 45 (Sub Soi Pannee 14), Soi Pridi Banomyong 26, Sukhumvit Soi 71, Wattana, Bangkok 10110,

Admission Fee: The tour costs $50.

How to Get There: Take the BTS SkyTrain to
Phra Khanong Station and walk about 25-minutes to the SpiceRoads Tour office.

Well, that’s all she wrote my dear travel-loving friends.

So tell me, what did you think of my epic picks for the 20 BEST places to go in Bangkok, Thailand?

Did your all-time fave Bangkok attraction make the cut?

Because if not, let me know in the comments below and I’ll check it out!

And if this post has left you jonesing for a wicked awesome trip to Thailand, then you know what to do, pin this post now and read it again later!

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