Here’s a city guide for you when you are in Bangkok, the bustling capital of Thailand.
Eat local street food
There’s a never-ending list of food that you should definitely try when you are in Bangkok. Even if you’ve been to this busy city, I’m pretty sure you haven’t tried all of them yet! I mean, there’s always room for round 2 right?
Come along as we take you on a food hunt for the must-try street food in Bangkok
1. Coconut Ice-cream
Only in Thailand can you find authentic traditional Coconut Ice Cream! With just 35 baht, you can enjoy a richly-flavoured coconut ice cream topped with slices of coconut flesh. You can also pick any 2 toppings of your choice to complement the rich taste of this wonderful and refreshing coconut ice cream. There is a wide variety of toppings offered but some of the more popular ones are sticky rice, nata de coco, peanut, corn and atap seed.
Tip: Choose the one served in a coconut husk.
The friendly stall owner also welcomes visitors with a complimentary cup of fresh coconut juice for the exhausted souls to quench their thirst after a day of activities under the scorching hot sun.
2. Kuay Jab (Known at Kuay Chap in Singapore)
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This famous dish consists of noodle rolls served in delicious pork bone broth, accompanied by bits of the pig’s heart, tongue, liver, stomach, and slices of crispy pork belly. If you do not fancy eating organs, you can always opt for the usual Kuay Jab with crispy pork belly!
But, the best thing is that this delectable cuisine is only 50 baht. What a steal!
Address: Yaowarat Road, Soi 11 – right-hand corner of Yaowarat Road and Soi 11 (15 minutes walk from Hua Lamphong MRT station)
3. Tom Yum Goong
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A rich and buttery broth, together with a wonderful aroma of lemongrass and galangal brings a sour and spicy yet pleasant tasting experience for you. Tom Yum Goong is served with freshwater shrimp, kaffir lime leaves, crushed Thai chillies, mushrooms, and coconut shoots. This flavoursome dish costs only 140 baht. So many tasty ingredients for just 140 baht? Definitely worth it!
Address: Thanon Kraisi (right in front of the big Banglamphu car park), Talad Yawd Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand
4. Pad Thai
Taste the locals’ favourite Pad Thai at Thip Samai. Their signature egg Pad Thai (90 Baht) comes with a thin layer of omelette containing the moist and fresh noodles that are cooked over a charcoal fire. Prices range between 60 Baht and 300 Baht, depending on the number of ingredients.
Address: 313 Maha Chai Road, Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200 Thailand
5. Thai Iced Milk Tea
When in Thailand, you have to try one of Thailand’s most famous street food – Thai Milk Tea! One of my favourite shops is undoubtedly Cha Tra Mue. Rest assured, there are many outlets across Thailand so milk tea lovers, time to indulge in this sweet treat!
Didn’t get a chance to try it in Thailand? Don’t worry as there are also three Cha Tra Mue outlets in Singapore which are located in Far East Square, Tanjong Pagar MRT and Clifford Centre Foodfare.
Visit Buddhist Temples
1. Wat Arun
See the God of Dawn, Aruna at Wat Arun which is situated on the bank of the Chao Phraya River. This majestic temple stands at 79 metres tall and is covered in ceramic tiles and coloured porcelain.
Wat Arun is guarded by a pair of mythical giants that keep watch over the temple grounds. The best times to visit are early in the morning when the weather is pretty cooling or in the evening when the sun begins to set.
There is a minimal entrance fee of 50 Baht and you are advised to dress appropriately.
Address: 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600, Thailand
2. 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 a popular attraction for both locals and tourists alike. It houses a four faced Brahma god and visitors flock there to lay floral garlands in hope that their wishes will come true.
Address: Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand (North-west of the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel. )
1. Artbox Thailand
Artbox, the wildly popular night market in a container. Shop through the weekend market featuring local fashion brands and food trucks. You can also head down to enjoy performances put up by local bands and 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) that lie scattered across an empty field in the Hua Mak region of Bangkok.
Tip: Go in covered shoes as there will be some metal scrapes on the floors and slippers will make you hard to walk around.
Entrance Fee: 200 Baht
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 browsing the boutiques and perhaps get a gift for yourself or your loved one.
There is a wide array of shows performed nightly so do stay a little longer and be entertained by the intriguing acts at the Asiatique. 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 that 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.
1. Asia Herb Association
Set aside half a day for a relaxing session at Asia Herb Association. They provide an affordable complete spa experience specially tailored to visitors’ needs. Do make an appointment beforehand to avoid long queuing time.
2. Let’s Relax Spa
For people who prefer gentle rubs, Let’s Relax Spa would be right place for you.
3. 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).
So what are you waiting for? Time to mark your calendars and book your flights to Bangkok.