1. Chatuchak (or Jatujak) Weekend Market
How we got there: We took the Skytrain to Mo Chit station and followed the large crowds of people! It was really close to the station, about 5 minutes walking.
Chatuchak Weekend Market is Thailand's largest and has some of the CHEAPEST prices on clothing, handicrafts, flowers, housewares, books, music and more. When you are tired of looking through the thousands of stalls, you can stop for a cheap bite to eat. We were in the dessert mood and got a frozen banana... which David later craved during the entire trip, and we never found again.
The market is open every Saturday and Sunday from early morning until 6PM. Haggling is the norm so expect to put up a bit of a fight if you would like the best deal. There is a beautiful park beside the market and it is perfect for taking a break from the crowds.
2. Take a boat on the Chao Phraya River
How we got there: We just headed down to one of the river's many piers.
Choose your boat: Ferries provide short trips across the river at various points, Express Boat River Taxis make longer journeys and stop at various piers along the river, and Long tail boats can be hired by individuals for specific journeys, or all day!
Although the boats are mainly used from getting from A to B, the ride itself was quite enjoyable and we spent a few hours on the River Taxis, looking out for temples and enjoying the breeze. The boats and extremely cheap and offer quite the experience. At one point, our boat got stuck in the thick vegetation (as seen in the photo above) so the captain had a rough time getting us to the pier.
3. Exercise and more in the Lumphini Park
How we got there: We took a taxi (always ask them to put on the meter) but you can get there by train as well.
To escape Bangkok's busy streets, simply visit Lumphini park. It has some great city views and is the perfect place to go for a run or get an aerobic dance workout. Likewise, you can rent a boat. It's free to enter the park.
4. Visit Bangkok's iconic temples and the Grand Palace
How we got there: We took the River Taxis to the temples, and walked the rest of the distance. Other temples we simply walked to from our hostel.
Temples we visited:
Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) and Grand Palace
Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun)
Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
Golden Mountain (Wat Saket)
Prices to enter the temple were between 100 and 400 baht. (USD $2.88 and $11.54)
5. Experience Bangkok's nightlife in the Red Light District and Khaosan Road
How we got there: We took a local bus to the Red Light District which was a bit sketchy. At one point we were the only passengers and the driver got off for their break, so... we were just sitting in the middle of no where on the bus, alone... and it took more than an hour... so basically, don't take the local bus. To get to Khaosan Road we walked from our hostel.
One of the nights we decided to check out the Red Light District. Imagine a street (called Cowboy Street) where there are lots of lights, clubs, girls and ladyboys with very little clothing on and people walking around. If you enter the ladyboy bar, be prepared to buy one of the girls a lady drink! If you like to party head to Khaosan Road for loud music and a party atmosphere. We mainly went in search of a cold Chang and a bit of shopping as well.
6. Enjoy the sights and smells of the Flower Market (Pak Khlong Talat)
How we got there: We were trying to go somewhere else, and stumbled upon the market!
The best smelling place in Bangkok is the Flower Market. Walking among such fresh flowers is a great way to escape from the smelly streets. There are all different kinds of flowers, fruits and vegetables for sale. Flowers are used daily in Thailand from decoration, to religious purposes to Muay Thai fights.
7. Eat something spicy in Chinatown
How we got there: We took and train and walked to Chinatown.
If you are looking for delicious Chinese food, go straight to Chinatown in Bangkok. There is a group of streets with outdoor stands cooking up flavorful, spicy and CHEAP dishes for lines of hungry customers. The street food in Bangkok was always amazing, but this meal especially was notable, and CHEAP!
8. Enjoy a spectacular sunset
How we got there: We got off the River Taxi at Maharaj Pier.
End your day with a beautiful sunset along the Chao Phraya River. We found this spot at the Majaraj Pier and took a moment to enjoy the golden hues before hunting down some street food for dinner.
Enjoy your trip to Bangkok! Leave a comment below with your favorite spot. Happy traveling!
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