Culture and landscapes, Buddhist temples, skyscrapers and crowded streets: all the things you must see and do in Bangkok if you have just a few days.
Arriving in Bangkok and feeling like inside a sauna? It can happen. The humid and warm climate of the Thai city par excellence takes your breath away in the true sense of the word. Roads crowded with cars of all types, the famous Tuc Tucs – the typical Thai taxis – buses, and even the sky train raised line, all immerses the tourist in the charm of the smog and bustle of the city that moves and lives 24 hours a day.
WAT PHO TEMPLAR COMPLEX
In the centre of the city stands the monumental Wat Pho complex, in the Phra Nakhon district, very close to the Royal Palace. In this complex of temples, you’ll remain entranced by the lying budda, forty-six meters by 15 of height, covered entirely by gold leaves. Wat Pho is also the place where the oldest Thai massage school was born.
Like New York, the metropolis of Bangkok has its green lung. It’s called Lumpini Park, and it’s a true oasis of relaxation for tourists, families, and jogging lovers. Located near the Silom district, Lumpini Park extends for 58 hectares. The name of the park has Nepalese origins; in fact, it derives from the birthplace of Buddha in Nepal. So, Bangkok is not only buildings, cars or temples: the green exists, and it’s inevitable to walk the streets of the park and enjoy the relaxation that it oozes.
In Thailand, there is not only Buddha to be revered. In fact, the citizens are also deeply devoted to their King. Since 1785, the Royal Palace has been the official residence of the monarch. The complex of buildings that extends into the capital of Bangkok is divided into four different sections: Internal Courtyard, External Courtyard, Central Courtyard, and Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, one of the most revered statues of the country.
KHAO SAN ROAD
Bangkok’s most colourful district, Khao San Road, is home to millions of backpackers. Long streets full of locals, small crowded shops, crazy street food: here you can eat insects just like you see in the movies, listen to music, and buy souvenirs and clothes. The Khao San district can be reached from anywhere in Bangkok but there are no metro or sky train connections.
This place is not only fun but also history: in Khao San, in fact, there is the famous monument of Democracy, four wings placed on a roundabout, very suggestive at sunset.
One of Bangkok’s most famous neighbourhoods is Silom. This is an area full of restaurants and shopping centres, such as the Silom Paragon. It is also close to Lumpini Park, and it’s connected to both the subway and the sky train. Here is also the outdoor market, from noon to midnight, where you can give vent to Thai shopping.
CHATUCHAK WEEKEND MARKET
Speaking of shopping, if you travel to Bangkok during the weekend, the idea of not getting lost in the Chatuchak Market, the largest market in Thailand, is unthinkable. Great low-cost deals where it’s easy to bargain with traders are waiting for you. Home decor, flowers, animals, accessories, clothes, and lots of street food and small bars and restaurants. Getting lost among the stalls is easy, but a way out is ultimately easily found.
FOOD IN BANGKOK
From starred restaurants to street food, from Thai to international cuisine: in Bangkok, you can experience a 360° gastronomy experience, both for the budget and for the variety of tastes.
Nahm is the starred restaurant of David Thompson, an Australian chef who has received a Michelin star for Thai cuisine in Bangkok. The experience here is like a trip to the villages kitchen, where refined culinary specialities meet with the elegance of the place.
27 โรงแรม เมโทรโพลิแทน S Sathorn Rd, Khwaeng Thung Maha Mek, Khet Sathon, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10210, Thailand
+66 2 625 3333
Italian owners and vegan cheese. This is the recipe of Barefood in Bangkok, suitable for all the lovers of plant food. The vegan cheese is something little heard of and still original. Savour it in Bangkok for a one of a kind experience.
26 Soi Sukhumvit 61, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
+66 98 924 6995
Street Food in Bangkok
Totally immersing yourself in the gastronomic culture of Bangkok is simple and immediate. In every corner of the city, there are kiosks and carts where you can buy typical Thai dishes at super-affordable prices. From the Papaya salad to the Khao Pad (Thai rice) to the wide selection of takeaway fresh fruit to eat while wandering in the streets of the city.
SLEEPING IN BANGKOK
From luxury hotels inside the skyscrapers of the city to apartments that can be booked on sites such as Airbnb and Hostels, where backpackers come and go at every hour of the day. Bangkok gives the opportunity to live different experiences depending on the type of trip you want to undertake.
SO Sofitel Bangkok
The interior of So Sofitel, Bangkok’s luxury hotel, is inspired by the five elements: Water, Earth, Wood, Metal and Fire. The city view from here is breathtaking and the technology is not far behind. In fact, each room is equipped with an Apple Mac Mini and an Ipad suite.
2 North Sathorn Road, Bangrak, Bangkrak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
+66 2 624 0000
Au Bon Hostel
For those who like to stay in the old part of Bangkok and spend a little less, you can choose the Au Bon Hostel, within walking distance of the city’s most famous temples. Staying here, you may also comfortably live the nightlife in Khao San, which is just a few meters away.
33-35 Boonsiri Road | San Chao Por Sua, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand