Bangkok is capital of Thailand and it is popular as tourism city. A lot of tourists come here every year to relax and feel the real thai ambience. A city located in central of Indochina is totally amazing. You can see many objects around the city such as historical buildings, temples, market and people’s festival. If you are a backpacker, then Bangkok is right destination for you to enjoy. There are many ways to reach this city, such as by train, ship and plane of course. The last transportation is the most realistic for many.
If you are in Bangkok, then what to do and visit? Here I am going to suggest you some places I have ever visited. See the following objects here. I just listed the objects I have ever visited, so let’s check this out!
- Grand Palace
Who doesn’t know this place? Royal family lives here ad of course the architecture looks fascinating. Take a walk around the palace and you just need to be amazed of. Unfortunately, the entrance fee is quite expensive, which is 500 baht. I am sure you will be satisfied because the high price is totally paid for the great building of Thai royal family.
I forgot to wear jeans or something to cover my leg and that’s why i didn’t enter the palace 🙂
Remember, you mustn’t wear short for religious reason. So people should wear trousers or anything to make polite looking. If you wear shorts, the palace provides cover for your shorts. Don’t worry. It is totally free! Amazing, isn’t it?
2. Wat Pho
It is well known also as sleeping Buddha located next to Grand Palace. You can go on foot to this place for about 15 minutes. 100 baht is needed to enter this place so it is not expensive.
Remember to keep your politeness especially your outfit. The temple is not that big but it is also recommended to visit at day, because it is closed at night.
3. Wat Arun
Here is one of the most popular spot in Bangkok, located in the side of Chao Praya river. A small temple with only 50 baht as entrance fee, is quite recommended place to visit. Remember to come at day until 5 pm, because it will be closed at night.
How to go? Take a boat crossing the river with only 3 baht. I repeat, it is just ‘crossing’, not ‘going along’. The pier or small harbor is located near to the grand palace. For Indonesian, I would recommend to buy some shirts beside Wat Arun. Believe or not, Rupiah, Indonesian currency, is accepted here and the sellers are able to speak Indonesian. Incredible, isn’t it?
4. Siam Mall
Perhaps it looks like other malls but you may see the difference. What’s that? It is located in the intersection with BMT Mall on the other side. Besides, there are a lot of king’s photo in the mall. You will be surprised also (for moslem) if you can find small mosque to pray in the upper floor.
Shop many things here with low price or you may sightsee if you are person who don’t like shopping on trip.
Then how to reach the place? Take BTS (like MRT in Singapore) and stop exactly next to the mall. If you have more money, take tuktuk (rickshaw) as this vehicle is easy to find in the whole city, but of course the price must be more expensive.
5. Chatuchak Weekend Market.
If you like shopping, then it should be on your priority. Open only on weekend, you should make sure your schedule. Located before Don Mueang Airport, you can take bus from city center (democracy monument). In a simple way, just take any bus towards the airport. Remember, Don Mueang Aiport, not Suvarnabhumi!
What to do here? Shopping of course. Find anything you want to bring back such as souvenirs, shirt, until food ingredients. Everything is available here. Hungry? Get some mango sticky rice here. It is identically thai food with cheap price.
Even you will find thai merchant who are able to speak Indonesian inside this place. So there is no reason not to visit Chatucak especially when you flight back from Don Mueang Airport.
6. Vimanmek Mansion (Former Royal Family House)
The royal family lived here in the past but not for now. People visit only for tourist object. Moreover it looks like an european-style building in Bangkok. You may walk around the small square in front of the Mansion but seems you can’t enter (if i am not mistaken).
How to reach this place? I am not sure about the bus but tuk-tuk is good choice to take you here. Interested?
7. Khaosan Road
Voila! This is the most popular place for backpacker in Bangkok. As the icon in Bangkok, seems useless if you don’t visit this area, or even stay for a night. It is totally good choice for you who want to find hostel with shoestring budget. Book online or offline is not a problem.
The food? Pad Thai here is quite cheap and make you full. With only 50Baht, you will taste amazing Shrimp or Chicken Pad Thai. Besides, you may find other foods such as grilled seafood or fast food like McD and KFC.
Need to relax? Stay calm and do thai massage with only around 120 Baht per 30 minutes. I think it is worth as you will be better after getting massage by the specialist.
I suggest to stay here. Even there are no train or bus directly to Khaosan, you can take bus number 59 with yellow body from Don Mueang to Democracy Monument. Then go on foot to this area. Also, some bus drivers will understand as long as you ask them to take you next to Khaosan area.
So, are you not satisfied to those objects? There are Pratunam Floating Market, Erawan Temple and etc. Find others. But if you are at your first time. Just explore and go to the others. Are you ready? Go go go!