Best things to do when you are in Bangkok

Let Singapore Airlines bring you to Bangkok with their ongoing promotional fares. And here’s a city guide for you when you are in Bangkok.

Eat local street food

There’s a never-ending list of food that you should definitely try when you are in Bangkok. For those who have been to Bangkok, check if you have already had them. If not, it’s time to travel for another round of street food in Bangkok.

  • Coconut Ice-cream

There is a place where I HIGHLY recommend for those who wants coconut ice-cream with high CP Value. With simply 35 baht. you will get a refreshing, rich and soft coconut ice cream with slices of coconut flesh and 2 toppings of YOUR choice (sticky rice, nata de coco, peanut, corn, atap seed, etc), Apart from those mentioned, the stall owner will also offer you a complimentary cup of fresh coconut juice to quench your thirst after much shopping under the scorching hot sun.

Note: Choose the one served in a coconut husk. 

Address: Chatuchak Weekend Market – Chatuchak, Bangkok 10210 (Close to the entrance of Section 2, near Kamphaeng Phet MRT station)

  • Kuay Jab (Known at Kuay Chap in Singapore)

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Slurp a bowl of noodle rolls in a clear pork bone soup, served with bits of the pig’s heart, tongue, liver, stomach, and slices of crispy pork belly with noodles and broth. If you are not a fan of eating organs, you can also opt for Kuay Jab with simply crispy pork belly! And guess what, IT’S ONLY 50 BAHT!

Address: Yaowarat Road, Soi 11 – right side right hand corner of Yaowarat Road and Soi 11 at night only (15 minutes walk from Hua Lamphong MRT station)

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  • Tom Yum Goong 

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A rich and buttery broth, together with wonderful aromatic aroma of lemongrass and galangal brings a sour, spicy yet pleasant tasting experience for you. In the bowl of Tom Yum Goong, you will also be served with freshwater shrimp, kaffir lime leaves, crushed Thai chilies, a few mushrooms, and coconut shoots. What’s more it’s only 140 BAHT!

Address: Thanon Kraisi (right in front of the big Banglamphu car park), Talad Yawd Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand (locatedoutside the car park garage, on Soi Kraisi)

  • Pad Thai

Taste the locals’ favourite Pad Thai at Thip Samai. Their signature egg Pad Thai(90 Baht) comes with a thin layer of omelet containing the moist and fresh noodles that are cooked over a charcoal fire. Prices ranges from 60 Baht to 300 Baht.

 

Address: 313 Maha Chai Road, Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200 Thailand

  • Thai Iced Milk Tea

One of my must-go place to get Thai Milk Tea is undoubtedly Cha Tra Mue! There are many outlets across Thailand.

In Singapore, there are also three Cha Tra Mue outlets (Far East Square, Tanjong Pagar MRT and Clifford Centre FoodFare)

Visit Buddhist Temples 

  • Wat ArunSee the God of Dawn, Aruna at Wat Arun. Wat Arun, situated on the bank of the Chao Phraya River, stands at 79 metres tall. It is covered in ceramic tiles and coloured porcelain looks majestic when you catch it at the right time. Wat Arun is also guarded by a pair of mythical giants that keep watch over the temple grounds. It’s best to visit early in the morning when the weather is good or catch the sunset at Wat Arun in the evening. There is a minimal entrance fee of 50 Baht and you are advised to dress appropriately.

Wat Arun\

Address: 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600, Thailand

  • Erawan Shrine(known in Thai as Saan Phra Phrom or Saan Thao Maha Phrom)

Located at one of the busiest sidewalks in Bangkok, the Erawan Shrine is Brahman Shrine which attracts both the locals and tourists. It is a four faced Brahma god and locals and tourists will flock there and lay floral garlands in the hope that their wishes will come true.

Erawan Shrine

Address: Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand (North-west of the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel. )

Shopping

  • Artbox Bangkok

The WILDLY popular Night Market in the container. Shop through the weekend market featuring local fashion brands and food trucks. You can also head down to hear music from local bands and do portrait drawing by talented artists.

The location of Artbox will change once every few months, so do check the location before heading down. You can check out their Official Facebook Page to stay up to date.

Get Out of town for Airplane Graveyard (What goes up must come down)

For plane enthusiasts, this is somewhere you definitely cannot miss. Check out the remnants of old abandoned airplanes (including Boeing 747) lie scattered across an empty field in the Hua Mak region of Bangkok. The entry fee is about 200 Baht.

 

Note: Go in covered shoes as there will be some metal scrapes on the floors and slippers will make you hard to walk around.

Address: 594 Ramkhamhaeng Road/Ramkamahaeng soi 103. 

Do some Night Shopping at Asiatique

A combination of a night bazaar and a mall, Asiatique transforms an international trade port to a place with over 1,500 boutiques and 40 restaurants housed under a huge replica warehouse complex. Spend your evening here shopping (window-shopping maybe) browsing the boutiques and perhaps get a gift for yourself picking up gifts or  for yourself or your loved one. Stay a little longer for interesting shows at Asiatique, there is a wide array of shows are performed nightly. Catch Bangkok’s celebrated ladyboy show Calypso ladyboy cabaret or even a classic Thai puppets performance by the Joe Louis Theatre.

Wondering how to get there? That’s easy, you can reach Asiatique by car, bus or by boat. There is a complimentary shuttle bus (Red bus number 15) from Siam Centre and stop right in front of Asiatique.

Take a complimentary 15-minute cruise from Sathorn Pier along the Chao Phraya River before reaching Asiatique. It operates between 4pm and 11pm, with 15 minutes interval.

Massage

  • Asia Herb Association– Set aside half day for a relaxing session at Asia Herb Association. They provide an affordable complete spa experience for each and every one of you in Bangkok for a short getaway. Do make an appointment beforehand to avoid long waiting time.

  • Let’s Relax Spa- For people who prefer gentle rubs that can send to slumber, Let’s Relax Spa would be right place for you.

  • So Spa Sofitel So Bangkok– SoSPA is an urban spa retreat blending French sophistication with Thai expertise. The unique, exclusive design features a secluded relaxation space, manicure and pedicure areas, sauna and steam rooms.

Recommendations: Turkish Hamman bath(THB 5,900/150 minutes), So Exhilarating Body Massage (THB 2,950/60 minutes), So Rejuvenating Facial (THB 3,200/60 minutes).

 

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