This is one of Bangkok’s world-famous landmarks and it’s one of my favorite temples in Southeast Asia because of its intricate design and fine craftsmanship. It’s also the highest-rated temple in the world according to my research.
If you wish to climb the steps, be careful since it’s very steep. If you pay attention, you’ll notice that it’s decorated with Chinese porcelain, colorful glasses, and sculptures of soldiers and animals.
I suggest that you visit during sunset and take a boat around the Chao Phraya river because the temple looks stunning especially when they lit it up at night. However, if you want to avoid the crowd, then you should plan your visit early in the morning around 8:30-9ish.
Wat Arun Operating Hours: 8AM -05:30PM
Entrance Fee: 50 Baht
2.) Shop Until You Drop at Bangkok’s Shopping malls
If there’s one thing I can do whatever the weather in Bangkok is, and that would be shopping. The city offers many items that are good in quality and budget-friendly.
If you want to buy wholesale items, I suggest you go to Platinum Fashion Mall or Pan Tip Plaza. You gotta learn how to bargain and when I say bargain, you gotta do it hard -but be reasonable of course.
If you want to treat yourself and you have a lot of cash to splurge, Siam Paragon is a great shopping mall for high-end fashion brands like Louis Vuitton, Rolex, Prada, etc. you name it, they have it all!
Once you get tired of shopping, experience the VIP Cinema called the Nokia Ultrascreen. For 700 baht you’ll get an electric recliner chair, a blanket, and some snacks.
Siam Paragon Operating Hours: 10AM – 10PM
3.) Eat Street Food at Chinatown Market
Bangkok’s Chinatown is home to the world’s largest Chinese communities outside of China. It’s noisy, vibrant, and lively!
You can find Thailand’s most flavourful and unexpected dishes there! It’s advisable to visit around sunset since Yaowarat street comes alive at night.
It’s a famous tourist attraction and it’s nice to take pictures of the colorful neon billboard signs for Instagram posts.
You’ll see a lot of strange desserts like sesame dumplings and toasted bread rolls packed with sweet fillings.
Some foodies don’t mind waiting in line for 30 minutes or more because they know it’s gonna be worth it. They said if there’s a long queue outside the restaurant, chances are the food is going to be amazing.
Avoid going there on Mondays since some food stalls are closed because they’re open all week and Monday is their only rest day.
Yaowarat Rd Market Hours: 9AM until Midnight
4.) Asiatique The Riverfront
Asiatique is an awesome place to shop, it’s a combination of night bazaar and a shopping center. There’s also an amusement park with Merry-go-rounds, Ferris wheel, and other rides. Asiatique is divided into 4 zones:
Chareonkrung District: This area is where you’ll find small boutique shops selling Thai souvenirs, jewelry, handmade items, and clothes.
The Waterfront District: This area is for popular for food lovers since you’ll find different cuisines from Thai to Italian, and Korean to Chinese foods. Pick a table with the view of the city and the riverfront.
The Factory District: In this sector, you’ll find a bunch of chic fashion shops and gadget stores like Apple iStudio.
The Town Square District: This area is popular for outdoor events and cocktail bars. They also have countless cafes with decent Thai food that’s reasonably priced.
Asiatique the Riverfront Hours: 4PM – 12AM
5.) Experience Real Thai Cuisine
If you want to sample the best Thai dishes at affordable prices, then you have to go where the locals eat.
Want to taste authentic tom yum, green curry and somtum? Then you gotta expect fire! But if you’re not a fan of spicy food, you can always go for their delectable desserts.
Fancy Thai restaurants that charge 300 Bhat per serving is for moneyed tourists. If you want a memorable meal that’s highly rated and a crowd’s favorite, then you should try tasty local dishes.
KT is a digital nomad who quit her job, bought a ticket somewhere, got a tan, fell in love with mother nature and she would never return to the normal life that society dictates. You can also connect with her on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @pinaynomad