Top Things you MUST experience in BANGKOK

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Thailand and its beautiful islands have always been one of my dream destinations. When I finally decided to pack my bag, I started the trip with two of my best friends for three weeks.
In our route around the country we decided to spend two and a half days to explore the capital, Bangkok. After that, we would continue our way north. We visited many places, but in this post I want to show you those we liked the most so you can consider them for your next adventure.

Llevaba mucho tiempo soñando con Tailandia y con sus playas paradisíacas hasta que por fin me decidí a hacer la mochila y viajar con mis amigas durante tres semanas por el país.
Después de haber planificado toda nuestra ruta, decidimos dedicar dos días y medio a la capital, Bangkok. Luego seguiríamos nuestro camino por el país. Visitamos muchos lugares, pero en este post os explico los que más nos gustaron para que los tengáis en cuenta en vuestra próxima aventura.

1. Khao San Road

Khao San, The street that never sleeps
Khao San Road, Bangkok

Once you enter in this street you’ll feel you are in another world. The backpacker atmosphere is amazing and there’s people anytime. We loved it and decided to stay in the same street, but if what you’re looking for is to get away from the noise, it’s better to find another area.
Do not forget to go wild partying, drink some buckets, taste a scorpion (and take a picture) and meet backpackers from all over the world.

Una vez entres en esta calle sentirás que estás en otro mundo. El ambiente mochilero es increíble y hay gente a todas horas. A nosotras nos gustó y nos alojamos en la misma calle, pero si lo que prefieres es más relax y alejarte del ruido, es mejor buscar otra zona.
Aun así, no olvides pasar aquí una noche de fiesta loca, bébete unos buckets, cómprate algún insecto frito (no olvides la foto) y conoce mochileros de todas las partes del mundo.

Scorpion, Bangkok
Khao San Road, Bangkok

2. Take a Tuk Tuk ride

Tuk Tuk rides will surely be one of the most memorable moments of your trip around Thailand. They are everywhere and traveling from one place to another is quite an experience. Remember negotiating the price before the ride to avoid surprises.

Los viajes en Tuk Tuk serán seguramente uno de los momentos más memorables de tu viaje por Tailandia. Están por todos lados y viajar de un lugar a otro es toda una experiencia. Recordad negociar el precio antes para evitar sorpresas 🙂

Tuk Tuk ride, Bangkok, Thailand
Tuk Tuk, Bangkok

3. Get a Thai Massage

Enjoying a good Thai massage will surely be on your list of experiences to live in Thailand. We did one the same day we got to Bangkok and we liked it so much that we had to repeat it in other parts of the country. Highly recommended.

Disfrutar de un buen masaje tailandés estará seguramente en vuestra lista de experiencias que vivir en Tailandia. Nosotras nos hicimos uno el mismo día en que pisamos Bangkok, y más adelante lo repetimos en otros puntos del país.

4. Longtail boat around Canals 

Longtail boat, Chao Phraya and canals, Bangkok
Longtail boat, Chao Phraya and canals, Bangkok

In Bangkok we enjoyed our first long tail ride and so we have really special memories. Right on the other side of Chao Phraya River and the huge skyscrapers of the financial district lies a big network of canals where you can witness the day to day life of hundreds of people. The contrast to the frenetic pace of the rest of the city makes it a really interesting experience.

En Bangkok disfrutamos de nuestro primer viaje en long tail y por ello lo recordamos de forma especial. Al otro lado del Rio Chao Phraya y de los rascacielos del distrito financiero se encuentra una gran red de canales donde podréis presenciar el día a día de cientos de personas. El contraste con el ritmo del resto de la ciudad lo hace una experiencia muy interesante.

5. Visit Temples

Wat Pho, Temple of Reclining Buddha, Bangkok
Wat Pho, Temple of Reclining Buddha, Bangkok

As in all Thailand, Bangkok is full of Buddhist temples. The most important are the Grand Palace, Wat Arun and Wat Pho, the Temple of Reclining Buddha. We could only visit the latter but we enjoyed every second of our visit to the complex.

Como toda Tailandia, Bangkok está llena de templos budistas. Los más importantes son el Grand Palace, Wat Arun y Wat Pho, el templo del Buda Reclinado. Éste es el único que pudimos ver debido a problemas de última hora. Aun así, disfrutamos mucho la visita y nos encantó recorrer todas las zonas.

Wat Pho, Temple of Reclining Buddha, Bangkok
Wat Pho, Temple of Reclining Buddha, Bangkok

6. Enjoy the views on a Rooftop Bar

To say goodbye to Bangkok there’s nothing like going to a rooftop and enjoying the amazing views of the city while having a drink. We went to the Vertigo & Moon Bar which is situated at the top of the Banyan Tree Bangkok. We loved the experience and it was the best way to end our trip. 

Para decir adiós a Bangkok no hay nada como subirse a un rooftop y disfrutar de las vistas de la ciudad mientras te tomas una copa. Nosotras subimos al Vertigo & Moon Bar del Hotel Banyan Tree Bangkok y nos encantó la experiencia. Sin duda, la mejor forma de despedirse.

Enjoying the views from the skyscraper
Vertigo & Moon Bar, Bangkok

I hope you liked this post and the experiences lived during my days in Bangkok. It’s one of the most important cities in South East Asia and I recommend everyone to visit at least once.
Have you ever been to Bangkok? Would you add another idea to the list? Let me know in the comments below.

Espero que os haya gustado este post y las experiencias vividas durante mis días en Bangkok. Es una de las ciudades más importantes del Sudeste Asiático y que animo a todo el mundo a visitar.
¿Has visitado alguna vez la ciudad? ¿Añadirías alguna idea más a la lista? Compártelo en los comentarios.

 

Additional info:

Cameras: Gopro Hero 4 & iPhone 6s

Stay: Dang Derm Hotel. Aprox. price: 1480THB/night

Things to do in Bangkok

17 comentarios

  1. You have some really cool pictures! We’re heading to Bangkok in a couple of months so your post has been super useful. Those views from the rooftop bar are incredible! Looks like you had a great time, Bangkok looks so fun!

    1. Hi Rosie, so glad to hear that. I hope you have an amazing trip and visit as many places as you can. Thanks for your comment 😉

  2. Amazing place and great tips. Thai massage and long tail boat would definitely be on my to do list. Thailand is one of the places I would love to visit so will remember your tips when we visit one day. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you Grace! Loved both Thai massages and the rides with long tail boat. I totally recommend it for your trip! Have a good day 😉

  3. Bangkok looks like a really fun place to visit. I’d love to explore the temples– they are so gorgeous. Thai massage would be on the top of my list, too.

    1. It’s really fun to visit Bangkok!! I loved every second there! Visiting temples is a great idea to spend the day in the city. Hope you liked the post 😉

  4. You had me at thai massage! I love the things you shared with us in this article. I might want to stay a bit further from the hustle and bustle for most of the time, but for going out staying in the middle of it sounds perfect. I am not too sure about the scorpion though haha! That’s probably one thing I can never even try, not even a little bit.

    1. Thanks for your message Kreete. Sometimes I prefer to stay away from the noise and there are beautiful areas in Bangkok, but as we were on a friend’s trip we chose to be in Khao San and join the party 🙂 The scorpion thing was funny, we bought one but we couldn’t eat it! haha

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    I love the temples in Bangkok… they are so peaceful if you in the evenings, after the tourists have left. The Tuk tuk ride is so much fun… reminds me of home in India. But my fav part … the massages… ultimate relaxation !

  6. We have heard a lot about the tuk-tuk ride and exploring the city with tuk-tuk sounds like one fun ride. A ride exploring the network of canals experiencing the slow pace of life in Thailand sounds interesting too. Buddhist temples are always on top of the list so visiting the Grand Palace and Wat Pho is unmissable.

  7. Loads of cool info and it looks like there is so much to do! The rooftop view looks beautiful but I don’t know so much about eating bugs haha!

    The temples also look crazy beautiful 🙂

  8. I have tried most of these except getting a Thai massage (I know, bummer) and the rooftop bar! I definitely should go back to Thailand soon! So many fun things to see or do!

  9. I’ve never been to Thailand- but living in India means I’ve seen beautiful temples and experienced many a “tuk-tuk ride”. In India, we call them Auto-rides.

  10. Having just returned from Thailand, I am actually really proud to say that I managed to hit up all of these things during my time in Bangkok. Khao San Road is certainly a great spot to people watching and while there is still some sleaziness there, most of the sex trade seems to have moved to Pattaya which makes the street far more pleasant to talk down and infinitely more family-friendly. Wat Pho was certainly incredible and a non-negotiable aspect of any visit to the city

  11. I’ve been living in SE Asia for my whole life and Bangkok is only 2hours away from where I live, but sadly I’ve never been to Bangkok at all. Now I realized I have to make sure to go there as soon as possible.
    Thank you for sharing this!

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  12. Sorry for the inconveniences buuut… our tuk-tuk guid was the responsible for our ‘no-visit’ to the Royal Palace, not me 😛

    1. jajaja bueno, yo puse problemas de última hora. Sin especificar 😉

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