Be Right There, BKK!

Bangkok

Thailand’s capital city sees millions of visitors every year; and a few days (and nights) in town prove why it’s one of the world’s most unique cities! Whenever I have first-time guests over, I do my best to immerse them into Bangkok’s best experiences. These often include temples, street markets, and the local nightlife. Check out my list to see the ultimate tourist guide to Krung Thep!

Updated 5 months ago

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Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)

วัดอรุณราชวราราม ราชวรมหาวิหาร

Bangkok, Thailand • Recommendation • 6 months ago

Wat Arun is a spectacular riverside temple famous for its intricate spires. There are five prangs (Khmer-style towers) in the compound, each encrusted with colorful pieces of Chinese ceramics and porcelain. Climb the central steeple to marvel at views of the winding Chao Phraya River and the Grand Palace across the bank.

+6628912185

158 Thanon Wang Doem, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Bangkok, Thailand

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The Grand Palace

พระบรมมหาราชวัง

Bangkok, Thailand • Recommendation • 6 months ago

The Grand Palace is a large complex that used to be the home of Thai kings, the Royal Court, and the government’s administrative seat. It’s composed of several impressive buildings, but Wat Phra Kaew is the most prominent. The temple houses The Emerald Buddha, the most important Buddhist image in the country. Learn about Thailand’s history and progress as you spend an afternoon (or an entire day) here. Dress appropriately—the Grand Palace employs a strict dress code!

Na Phra Lan Road, Old City (Rattanakosin), Bangkok, Thailand

ถนนหน้าพระลาน, เขตพระนคร ( รัตนโกสินทร์ )

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Chinatown - Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand • Recommendation •

Prepare to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of Bangkok’s Chinatown! The area boasts a variety of shops, street food hawkers, and a few Chinese temples. Visit in the afternoon to catch sight of locals trading gold and Thailand’s Chinese community paying their respects at the temples. Wait until the sun goes down to witness the district transform into a buzzing street food hub; and sample a wide spread of exotic fruits, inventive meals, and local desserts.

Yaowarat Road, Samphanthawong, Bangkok, Thailand

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Siam Paragon

Bangkok, Thailand • Recommendation •

Siam Paragon is a sprawling shopping mall with over 250 shops, a 16-screen cineplex, and Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium! It mostly carries international luxury brands, but there are also mid-range options for budget-conscious shoppers. After your spree, grab a seat at Paragon Gourmet Market, Siam Paragon’s dedicated food court, to enjoy a comprehensive selection of food and drinks from all over the world!

+6626108000

991 Rama 1 Road, Puthumwan Bangkok, Thailand

991 ถ.พระราม 1 แขวงปทุมวัน ปทุมวัน Bangkok 10330, Thailand

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Jim Thompson House

พิพิธภัณฑ์​บ้าน จิม ทอมป์สัน

Bangkok, Thailand • Recommendation •

Jim Thompson House is a beautiful garden-enclosed compound that consists of several traditional Thai teakwood homes transported from different parts of the country. It was originally owned by Jim Thompson, the “Thai Silk King” who founded the Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company. The American-born entrepreneur grew an impressive collection of local artworks, artefacts, and decor—all of which are displayed in the structures.

+6622167368

6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok, Thailand

6 ถนน พระรามที่ ๑ แขวง วังใหม่ เขต ปทุมวัน กรุงเทพมหานคร

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Wat Saket (Temple of the Golden Mount)

วัดสระเกศราชวรมหาวิหาร

Bangkok, Thailand • Recommendation • 6 months ago

Wat Saket is best known for the Golden Mount, an 80-meter high man-made hill crowned with a golden stupa. Before climbing 300 steps to get to the structure, notice the unusual cemetery at the base. Wat Saket used to be the capital crematorium; it became a dumping ground for around 600,000 plague victims! When you ascend to the top, visit the Buddha relic housed within the chedi and marvel at the panoramic vista of old Bangkok!

344 Ban Bat, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok, Thailand


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Hazel's Ice Cream Parlor and Fine Drinks

Bangkok, Thailand • Recommendation • 5 months ago

When Bangkok’s heat becomes too much to handle, find solace in Hazel’s Ice Cream Parlour. The shop is popular for its boozy concoctions, but there are also non-alcoholic options for the purists. They have teamed up with organic producer Farm to Table to create their own line of flavors such as Absinthe Cream, Bourbon Vanilla, and Rum Raisin. You may try it per scoop, but I suggest you indulge in a full-on sundae!

+66959189898

171 Chakkrapatipong Road, Bangkok, Thailand

ถนนจักรพรรดิพงษ์ เขตป้อมปราบศัตรูพ่าย กรุงเทพมหานคร

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Khao San Road

ถนนข้าวสาร

Bangkok, Thailand • Recommendation • 6 months ago

Khao San Road is a one-kilometer backpacker haven! The strip is lined with budget guesthouses, street markets, and hip bars. It exudes an “anything goes” vibe which welcomes budget travelers, young hipsters, and art students to converge and share stories over a few bottles of beer. Go out for a night of fun and sink yourself into the area’s eclectic energy!

Talat Yot, Khet Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand

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