Bangkok, Thailand is one of the famous cities in the Southeast Asia’s temple trail, and it’s no surprise that many visitors get overwhelmed or templed out during their stay. While the temples are one of the main draws of going to Bangkok, there is a wide range of activities you can also do to make […]
November 13, 2019
Bangkok, Thailand is one of the famous cities in the Southeast Asia’s temple trail, and it’s no surprise that many visitors get overwhelmed or templed out during their stay. While the temples are one of the main draws of going to Bangkok, there is a wide range of activities you can also do to make the most of your Bangkok trip.
Go cafe hopping at daytime, speakeasy hopping at nighttime
Bangkok’s coffee culture is slowly, but surely, making its global mark with a plethora of cafes serving the caffeine-hungry crowd. Check out local favorites such as Roast forcoffee with a side of hearty brunch options; or Rocket Coffee Bar for their all-day breakfast fare and artisanal coffee.
Come nighttime, visit hidden speakeasies for the latest addition in Bangkok’s nightlife scene. Havana Social has live Cuban music with other mainstays like cigars, rum and sandwiches; Teens of Thailand offers small batch liquours; while Rabbit Hole wows the crowd with craft cocktails.
Shop til you drop
You can’t go to Bangkok without checking out its epic malls and markets. Head to Siam for its treasure trove of luxurious malls such as Siam Paragon and CentralWorld or MBK and Platinum Fashion Mall for wholesale shopping. If you’re into outdoor markets, there’s Chatuchak on weekends or you can try the quirky Talad Rot Fai.
Visit Jim Thompson’s house
Jim Thompson is a legendary entrepreneur who helped revive Thailand’s silk industry, propelling it to worldwide recognition in the 1940s. His charming house has been converted to a museum, a shop and a restaurant, where you can learn more about his life and Thailand’s silk industry.
A walking tour around Chinatown
Yaowarat Road is home to Bangkok’s Chinese community, where their culture, traditions and ceremonies live on to this day. Expect lively markets and traditional shops selling curios like fermented tea leaves, vintage teapot sets and herbal remedies; plus some food stalls and restaurants passed from one generation to another.
Take a day trip out of the city
If you’re tired of the hustle and bustle of the city, opt for a day trip that will show you another side of Bangkok.Some options you can take: a canal cruise around Chao Phraya, a trip to the floating markets, or even a biking tour of Bang Krachao, considered to be the city’s “Green Lung”.
Watch a Muay Thai fight
If you happen to be in town on a Wednesday night, make your way to the MBK Fight Night held at MBK shopping center. The event is for free, so you can come and go as you please, but take note that it can get crowded and you need to be there early to secure a good viewing spot.
Check out the museums
Bangkok may not be winning awards or gaining global recognition for its museums, but they’re still worth a shot if you have the time. There’s Bangkok Art and Culture Center, considered to be the city’s hub for contemporary art, design, music and theatre; while Bangkok National Museum houses traditional art and artifacts.
Looking for something quirky and fun? National Museum of Royal Barges showcases beautiful Thai vessels used for auspicious ceremonies.
Feast on Thai cuisine
Getting hungry after all that exploring? Good thing you’re in one of the best food capitals in the world. Food is easily accessible any time of the day: street food stalls that offer satay and sticky rice on the go; mom-and-pop shops selling pad thai and fresh orange juice; mid-range brunch spots for your continental cravings; and upscale restaurants redefining Thai cuisine with global flavors.