We only had 3 days in Bangkok so we knew we had to make it count. My friend really wanted to take in the temples and see the city so we made that a priority and it was honestly amazing. It’s incredible how huge and detailed their statues are, and the level of respect that they have while in a holy place is really admirable. We stayed in the Skumvit area and loved how central everything was. Terminal 21 Mall was pretty much across the street, It was right on the BTS line, which we used every day to get around the city, and there is an abundance of restaurants and street food all over the place. We never went hungry in BKK and ended up really loving our time here. Check out my Bangkok travel guide below for the details on where we stayed, ate, drank, and what we did.
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Lamurr 41 hostel. We loved the area of this hotel so much! It was a 5 min walk to the BTS and there was a variety of a greet food, small family run stands, and nicer restaurants. This was also the most secure Hostel I have ever stayed in, so if you’re nervous about travelling or staying in a hostel this is the one for you. You need key access to get to every area of the hostel, even though it’s so tiny! Lol It really made us feel safe, as as two female travelers in a country we have never been to before, that was comforting.
Octave Sky bar – This place is unreal. Located on the 43rd floor of the Marriott hotel and about a 15 min walk from Lamurr 41 it’s the perfect place to take in a 360 degree unobstructed view of the country’s capital. There are a few other sky bars in Bangkok so pick what one looks most interesting to you, or is the closest!
Street food – There is street food everywhere in Bangkok and it’s all delicious and from what we saw, safe to eat. — tip: make sure everything is steaming or cooked in boiling water fresh in front of you when eating street food. Don’t eat anything that looks like it’s been sitting out or that you didn’t see cooked to ensure it’s safe. The last thing you want is to be sick in a city you may only have a few days in.
Broccoli Revolution – Even if you’re busy stopping in for a coffee, this spot is an absolute must have on our list. The food was delicious and their space is an absolute dream. Think gallery walls of vintage botanical prints, greenery hanging everywhere, exposed brick, and industrial furniture. I could have spent all day in there!
BTS Station Foods – Every BTS station has snacks and little shops within it. One of my favourite things to get after a long hot day in BKK was a taro milk tea with pearl. So amazing!
Others that were on our list that we didn’t make, or we given as recommendations include:
24 Owls By Sometimes
Audrey Cafe & Bistro
Ink & Lion
Koh San Road – a sea of endless bars, shops, street food, international restaurants, vendors, locals, and activity all day and all night.
Songkran Water Fight – If you’re here during Songkran this is a must! Celebrated each year between the 13th and 15th of April Songkran is the traditional Thai New Year festival and nobody is safe from getting wet. In the Buddhist religion it is believed that by sprinkling water your sins and bad luck will be washed away. Today that means a full on water fight that the whole country gets involved in.
Floating Market – Khlong Lat Mayom and Thaling Chan are the two most popular. Unfortunately this is only open on the weekends but it’s one of the main things we wanted to see. If you have flexibility with your itinerary, or are here for a weekend please check this out for my friend and I and tag me in all your pictures! @carissaemma on instagram. We’ll love ya forever. The receptionist at our hotel let us know that this gets crazy busy so go as early as you can to avoid crowds!
Wat Pho Reclining Buddha- Take a day trip and check out the reclining Buddha. It’s over 40 ft tall and I don’t even want to guess how long, and it’s so spectacular to see. To this day my friend is still in awe of it. While you’re there hop in a tuk tuk and enjoy China town for even more street food and little shops. The shopping here wasn’t great, honestly it wasn’t even good but it was a fun experience.
The Grand Palace – The Grand Palace is the most famous attraction in Bangkok. The palace at one time was the king’s home as well as the place where the government of Thailand carried out their work. It’s incredibly detailed and beautiful, and you can easily spend hours here.
Note: Be sure to wear clothes that cover your legs and shoulders; it’s considered disrespectful to wear revealing clothes. If you don’t, you can rent pants or shirts at the palace. At Wat Pho, they give them out for free.
Terminal 21 Mall – Most people would find it silly to spend time in a mall while traveling but this mall was truly something different. Malls in BKK aren’t just malls, they are social hubs with so much going on. The receptionist at the hostel recommended it to us and little did we know how crazy it would be. There are 6 floors with 6 different city / country themes and most of the mall is set up like a little market. Narrow winding “roads” and small unique shops made this a truly unique shopping experience. Having worked retail a good deal of my young adult life I love seeing how other countries use their malls and how they are set up. There are also restaurants everywhere so if you’re looking for a rainy day activity (which we did) this is perfect.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my guide to Bangkok. This is a huge city with so much to so and see, so if there is something you think should be on it, let me know! I would love to add it and give you the credit.
You can check out my main hub for Thailand travel guides HERE where you can find each city or island guide broken down.