One city I’m excited to visit is Bangkok. Thailand is a country that many young backpackers quickly fall in love with quickly, but most people I have met either love or hate Bangkok. It’s a dirty, chaotic, and smelly city, but it’s also vibrant and rich in culture.
I plan to dedicate at least three days to exploring the best and the worst of Bangkok. I love history and culture, so if there’s a church or temple then I want to visit it. Since I’ll only have a few days to visit this vast city before I head to the islands for some diving, I created a Bangkok bucket list. Use this list for inspiration to plan your own trip to Bangkok.
Stay in a Five-Star Hotel
I’m a budget traveler. I mostly stay in hostels and guesthouses when I travel, but due to the cheap prices in Bangkok, I look forward to splurging a bit and staying somewhere luxurious. Hotel Indigo in downtown Bangkok provides stylish rooms and a stunning infinity pool that overlooks the city from the 24th floor. It’s also within walking distance of Lumphini Park. For under $100 per night, I look forward to treating myself at this hotel.
Visit the Grand Palace and Wat Pho
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The Grand Palace and neighboring Wat Pho are must-see attractions for me. Although I can’t go inside the Royal Palace, I’m excited to walk around the impressive grounds. Wat Pho is home to the famous reclining Buddha. If I have time, I’ll head across the river for great views of the city from the top of Wat Arun.
Tour Khao San Road
Khao San Road has been nicknamed the backpacker capital of the world due to its abundance of hostels, food stall, bars, and shops. It’s chaotic and dirty, but it’s a great place to meet fellow travelers.
Discover the Floating Markets
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I love discovering markets during my travels. They provide a great environment for meeting locals and discovering their culture through food, art, and smiles. I look forward to trying exotic fruits at one of the many floating markets in Bangkok.
Relax in Lumphini Park
Lumphini Park is within walking distance of Hotel Indigo, making it the perfect afternoon destination for relaxing and enjoying a picnic. This park has been likened to New York City’s Central Park, and it’s a fun place to people-watch and read a book in good weather.
Fill My Belly on a Food Tour
I love Thai food, and taking a food tour or a cooking class is high on my Thailand bucket list. I’ve heard great things about Bangkok Food Tours. I’m excited to discover traditional Thai food that goes beyond pad Thai and spring rolls. Yum!
Bangkok has a lot to offer any traveler. As a first-time Southeast Asia traveler, I can’t wait to dip my toes into this vibrant city.
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