Bangkok is a maze. When you get in, it leads you through narrow alleys, temple gardens and a jumble of food stalls, markets and teeming crowds. Need suggestions that create some order in the chaos? We tip five things that you absolutely must do in Bangkok.
1. Sailing over the Chao Phraya
The Chao Phraya flows through Bangkok. Ideal to move from north to south and vice versa, but also for a pleasure trip where you can view the city from the water. You can get on and off at countless places and there are different routes. Depending on your route, you lose between 15 and 30 baht for the complete trip. A good alternative for the much more expensive tourist boats!
2. Chatuchak Market
Can you take a beating and have no fear of narrow spaces and large crowds? Be sure to visit the Chatuchak Market on Saturday or Sunday. This downright huge market is about everyone on the list of things to do in Bangkok, because it is known as the largest market in the world. Whether that is true or not: with 15,000 stalls and around 300,000 visitors a day, you can keep yourself here sweet. Say a day or two, three. The market is divided into categories, so if you are not interested in rodents, fried grasshoppers or lampshades, you can skip a significant part. Floor plans are available at the entrance recommendation!
Bangkok has a number of towering buildings with a bar or restaurant on the roof. Take enough Baht if you want to do this in Bangkok, because a beer is not cheap in these places, but the view of Bangkok by night is more than worth it. Pay attention to your outfit: on slippers and with a sleeveless shirt you will not enter most rooftop bars. You can countless of these bars in Bangkok, but to name a few: Vertigo and Moon bar at the Banyan Tree hotel, the Skybar at the Lebua State towerand Park Society at the Sofitel.
4. Take the Khlong
Forget about the crowded tourist attractions and expensive souveniers. For a look at the real Bangkok you travel to Thonburi, on the west bank of the river Chao Phraya. A Khlong, or a water taxi, brings you to this unknown part of Bangkok for no more than 15 Baht. The majority of tourists will not do this in Bangkok because it is not (yet!) Recommended in all travel guides and accommodations. That is why it is a must do, because you are not stumbling over Westerners in tourist Bangkok yet!
5. Shopping in Bangkok
After the Chatuchak Market, do you still have money and desire to do more shopping in Bangkok? Then there are also a number of huge malls where you can go. For some shop window shopping at the expensive brands, go to Siam Paragon . Here you will find rich Thai and tourists with a thick wallet. Somewhat less budget? Then go to Central World Plaza, Bangkok’s trendy shopping center. You get there the fastest by taking the Skytrain to Chit Lom.