Bangkok is a city of contrasts: skyscrapers are adjacent to metal and wooden barracks, narrow streets intersect with multi-level highways, beggars are driving their carts by passing Porshe. For six months in Asia, you get used to it, and you react calmly.
I highly recommend visiting Bangkok for at least a couple of days instead of non-stop transit. Bangkok provides an opportunity to feel the spirit of Asia and Thailand, to see how people live. It seems to be alive, with its own history and culture, there is something to see, many things will be very unusual for a European. Yes, this is not a resort where everything is clean and comfortable, but it's worth it.
The content of the article
- one What to see in Bangkok within 1-2-3 days
- 2 Bangkok walks
- 3 Attractions Map
What to see in Bangkok within 1-2-3 days
On one's own
For an inexperienced traveler (or who has very little time), it will be enough to walk in the Khao San Road area and see the sights around it, there are several interesting temples. This will take you one day. But, I will list everything where I have been, enough for a total of 2-4 days, choose what suits you best.
Temples near Khaosan Road
- Temple of the reclining buddha. It is called Wat Pho and is famous for the huge reclining Buddha (46 m long).
- Dawn temple. Wat Arun - a very beautiful temple right on the river bank,
it offers a view of the river and the nearest shore.
- Temple of the Golden Mountain. Wat Saket is not the most famous temple, but it has a very pleasant atmosphere. Located on a hill and from the roof of the temple overlooks the city blocks around.
- Royal Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The most famous attraction in Bangkok and the most tourist.
- Temple of the Golden Buddha. Wat Traimitt - in it you will see a golden figure of a seated Buddha. Nice and beautiful place. Chinatown is located nearby, it also makes sense to go there if you have time.
Observation points are located on the roofs of skyscrapers, which are more than in the capital. These are usually restaurants or bars. I have visited three of the most famous.
- The observation deck of the Bayoke Sky hotel on the 84th floor. The most famous and popular observation deck. View of the whole city. It makes sense to look not only at the daytime view, but also at the nighttime view. There are 2 areas: behind the glass and in the open air (but behind the net).
- Verigo restaurant and bar on the 61st floor. A pleasant place where you can not only look at the city, but also sit with a glass of something or eat. One of the best viewing restaurants in Bangkok in my opinion.
- Observation deck of the Lebois hotel on the 63rd floor. The place became famous after the filming of the movie stag party, so there is just a crowd.
- Aquarium Siam Ocean World. One of the best oceanariums in Asia.
- Dusit Zoo. Nice zoo in the city center. You can feed the giraffe and sheep.
- Lumpini city park with lizards. This park is really suitable for everyone, there you can just walk and relax in the shade of trees, and lizards will be a bonus. In the evenings in this park they do gymnastics and jogging, you can join.
- Walk along the river channels of Bangkok. Follow the link for instructions on how to make a small excursion for yourself and ride a river tram along the klongs. I highly recommend it, you will get an interesting experience. In this way, it is convenient to get from Khaosan to the center of Bangkok with skyscrapers.
- Madame Tussauds with wax figures. Located very close to the aquarium.
- Island Bike in Bangkok. A popular place among Thais. You can take a break from the city and have a good time.
- Temple of the Giant Phallus. Not an ordinary attraction, moreover, it is located on the territory of the hotel. We'll have to try a little to find.
Russian-speaking individual excursions
For those who want to more fully immerse themselves in the atmosphere of Bangkok, I would recommend using the author's excursions. In my opinion, individual excursions are much more interesting than organized excursions with their large number of people and a hackneyed program. Moreover, with a private guide, you can always agree on a convenient time and day for you..
Look below the selected author's excursions, perhaps something will suit you, especially take a closer look at the excursion «The many faces of Bangkok».
Excursions in Bangkok
Somehow it so happened that I do not really like megacities. More precisely, not the cities themselves, but traffic jams, a crowd of people, so-so ecology. On the other hand, of course, it's great to live in a place where there are a lot of opportunities for leisure, study and work, where there is good internet and civilization..
With similar thoughts about big cities, I went to Bangkok for the very first time. The idea of him in some ways was justified, in some ways not. It's stuffy, a lot of people, but, for example, I liked that near every metro they sell freshly chopped papaya and pineapples. If I lived and worked here in the office, then in the morning I would have breakfast on my way to work, beauty! Later, I lived in Bangkok for six months and it sunk into my soul, I don't even know why. But now I am happy to come there to visit.
I gave links to the main attractions of the city in the first half of the post, I examined them during all my visits and now you can choose where to go for you. But when we arrived there for the first time, we only managed to walk around the city center. It seems to me that when there is only 1 day, then you should not saturate it with sights to the maximum, you should try to leave time just for a walk in order to have time to feel at least a little the atmosphere of the city. Below are photos from that walk.
Khaosan Road in Bangkok
For one night we decided to stay on Khaosan Road, this is the backpacker street in the center of the city, a transit point where many foreigners stop. There is all the party and fun, the place is cult. All cheap (and not so) guesthouses are located on Khao San and the neighboring streets. And in the evening, the global market unfolds, bringing noise and rubbish with it. By the way, Khaosan Road is a bit like Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, only that more shopping street.
It is definitely worth staying at Khao San once, but for a longer stay or other times, I would rather look for other areas. And such a moment, it is not necessary to look for a guesthouse right on Khaosan, it is better to walk through the neighboring ones, there is less noisy and there is more choice. Or, if you want to find a hotel and settle nearby, choose conveniently on RoomGuru, it is a convenient service where you can compare hotel prices in different booking systems. Last time I stayed at Rajata, a good hotel on a quiet street and it takes about 10 minutes to go to the whole movement, no more.
Skyscrapers and barracks
Canals and river trams
In the center of Bangkok
Attractions in Bangkok