People often ask me, what is there to do in Bangkok? Over the years I find myself going back and forth to Bangkok for work and catching a concert (I prefer Bangkok over Singapore for many reasons especially the currency exchange) and I never ever get bored as there are always new things to try as well as going back to the places that I love. Here are the things I personally loved during my trips over the years that I would recommend you to try:
Watch Muay Thai Live! Show
Muay Thai Live! at Asiatique is a mild and theatrical version of actual Muay Thai fights so don’t expect blood, sweat and all things gory when you’re here. However, the stunts are not discounted and you’d be sure to enjoy a show of dancing, live stunst and crazy amount of abs at a fee.
More details and to book tickets – http://www.muaythailive.com/
Visit the Flower Market (Pak Khlong Talat)
Pak Khlong Talat was the biggest wholesale and retail area for fresh flowers in Bangkok. Vendors used to sell flowers at unbelievably cheap prices and customers include local residents and commercial corporates such as hotels. However, they have been relocated to these places – inside a private building at Pak Khlong Talad, the nearby Yodpiman Flowers Market and the Song Serm Kaset Thai Market a few minutes walk north as City Hall have cleared them out for better traffic flow.
Artbox Container Market
Artbox Container street market is one of the hippest, newest weekend market to hit Bangkok city. As it is a pop-up market, the dates varies and they do not happen permanently every weekend. Read our past article about this market HERE.
Visit a Cat Cafe
Bangkok have one of the best (and cleanest) cat cafes I have been to around the world. Cat lovers get to spend time catching up with friends or just play and feed cute felines in the cafe with no hourly rates at Caturday Cat Cafe. It does help that you buy their food, beverages and merchandises to help them sustain their business. Read our past article about this Caturday Cat Cafe HERE.
Eat More Desserts
One of the places that were highly recommended for desserts (and yes, we vouch for it) is After You Dessert Cafe. They have a few stores within the city and their desserts are top notch as well as instagrammable. Try their signature Shibuya Honey Toast, Milo Volcano Kakigori and Triple Chocolate Panookie to start with. Our only tip – make sure you have friends to share them with or risk a very full tummy but hey, who’s complaining? Visit their website here for more info.
Hang Out at Asiatique
Asiatique might not be located in the middle of the city but taking a water taxi is not something you get to do everyday. Hang out and have a drink at one of the riverfronts bars and restaurants before heading to the Muay Thai Live! show or just walk around to shop and get a souvenir before your trip home.
Take a ride on the Ferris Wheel at Asiatique
The ferris wheel might not be anything new to anyone who have been on them but the Asiatique Sky presented by Mekhong gives you a wonderful view of the Chao Praya river. For about THB300 a pop (adult), you get a few minutes ride while you soothe your feet from shopping at 5pm to midnight daily. More info HERE.
Visit the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre
If you love art-related things, you will enjoy BACC as they have galleries, exhibition spaces and also kitschy art and literature stores under one roof. I got a sketch portrait done by a local artist at a small fee and managed to grab a book by a local author as souvenir here. Visit their website for more info HERE.
Visit Pratunam Market
Pratunam area is bustling as early as the crack of dawn as street vendors, wholesalers, buyers and freight services start their businesses. Early bird catches the worm is true here as some goods fly out of the display shelves as soon as they are displayed. I’ve spotted some clothes seller from the stores in Platinum mall bargaining for their stocks here so if you want a cheaper alternative, Pratunam market is THE place to go. Just bear with the weather and heat and make sure you take care of your belongings.
Eat at a Beer Brewery
Tawandang German Brewery is one of those places where you’d be guaranteed to have a memorable meal. Sit and order a full-on Thai meal while sipping on freshly brewed German beer, made within the building itself. The best part about the dinner is actually the shows – they have a different one each night and they’d be sure to leave you either confused or entertained (usually the latter). A tip is to actually make reservations beforehand as it gets pretty full especially on weekends. For more information, please visit their website HERE.
Ride on a Tuk-Tuk
To be honest, I am not one that would recommend a Tuk-Tuk ride as they’re more expensive than the BTS or taxis but if it’s your first time in Bangkok then it is only apt that you go on it at least once. Just make sure you keep your belongings safe as there have been snatch theft cases where they snatch the bags of unsuspecting riders. Oh, and always, always haggle.
Eat Curry Crabs
If you’re already sick of eating endless bowls of Tom Yum or Gra Pow, try Curry Crab, a local dish of crabs served with a sweet egg sauce. Be sure to lap up all the egg and sauce with your Jasmine rice and other amazing Thai dishes too. We like the ones at Somboon seafood albeit being a little on the pricey side.
Party Cheap at Khao San road
Khao San road is known as the backpacking mecca of Bangkok. The best place to have drinks if you’re on a tight budget would always be near universities (uni town bars) or a backpacking districts. Here, you could get thai-style party buckets for as low as 200 baht here but be warned, these drinks can be potent (evident on those plastered faces of party-goers past midnight). If you’re the type that enjoys drunk-people watching (or just plain cheap with your drinks), head down to any of the open bars here, grab a seat and enjoy the chaos that is truly unique to Thailand. If you’re hungry there are plenty of food carts on this road selling fried insects, grilled meat or even pad thais. Just make sure you don’t get pressured into buying things you don’t want from the street vendors.
Roadside Thai Food
My favourite part of Bangkok would be exploring places for their street food – it’s cheap and cheerful. There are street food everywhere but my favorite spots would be around Siam at night, Pratunam Soi 19 around morning and lunch time and our usual joint under a “bridge” tucked at a corner of the walkpath between Central World to Platinum Mall. There’s also an outdoor food court section in Chatuchak weekend market as well as outside heading towards the Mo Chit BTS that serves pretty much all kinds of Thai food and I’m a sucker for the thai style fried omelette with crab meat and rice.
Try a 40 year-old Beef Soup at Wattana Panich
This place came to my attention after seeing it go viral on Facebook and coincidentally we were in Bangkok at the time. I dragged my friends and we took the BTS to Ekkamai and walked under the scorching hot sun for about 15minutes to get to this place. I was a skeptic right up til I had the soup – clear broth with very strong beefy taste, totally delicious if you like pho style soup.
Address: 336 Ekkamai 18 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
There you have it, some of my favorite things to do in Bangkok. Let me know if you have other suggestions by leaving a comment below!