Probably this has been blogged to death but Bangkok is unique in its own way and therefore, deserves another mention again. Of the things we did there, here are my top 10 picks.
1. Visit the train market in Maeklong
The train market in Maeklong is uniquely one and the only market that runs around a rail track. The stall setup is so close to the track that each time a train passes through, these traders have to re-position their goods a bit further from the track to avoid getting crushed by the train. It’s dangerous but at the same time, it is exciting. It’s getting crowded due to tourists but, it still guarantees an exhilarating fun. Maeklong is about an hour’s drive from Bangkok.
2. T&K Seafood at Chinatown is the bomb!
Never ever leave Bangkok without a meal at T&K Seafood. Their fresh grilled prawn is so fresh and good that we actually considered going back there on the next day.
3. Make yourself drunk at the Sky Bar, Lebua State Tower
This place shot to stardom thanks to the movie The Hangover 2, but even without any connection to the movie, this place still exudes its own charm. Situated at the 63rd floor, it offers stunning view of surrounding Bangkok. Great hangout place for sure, but do adhere to the strict dress code. 🙂
4. Eat at Bangkok’s best som tam at Siam Square
I believe we were subconsciously led to this place by floggers around the world and the next thing we know is, hey the food here rocks!
5. Mango Tango Foxtrot Alpha Omega.. It’s dessert time again!
Mango Tango is just two steps away from the famous som tam place and the mango we tried is out of this world. Why is it so delicious? I have no idea…
6. Asiatique, the “hottest” mall in Bangkok
Probably one of the most unique malls in Bangkok (apart from Terminal 21) with its own Ferris wheel, but at the same time, I really hope they can install more air chillers to counter the hot weather. We were drenched from all the sweat while browsing around, hence making our visit short. Still, one of the best places to visit at least once and don’t forget to take the free water taxi shuttle.
7. When in Bangkok, do what tourists do – and visit the Grand Palace
Since this is my first visit, I make it a point to visit some of the national landmarks. Few things though – exorbitant charges for entrance fee, hot weather and grouchy tourists. Just do what tourists do.
8. Zen zone at Wat Po
After escaping from the rowdy tourists at Grand Palace, we cautiously walked to Wat Po, located not very far away from The Grand Palace. It turns out that Wat Po is the complete opposite of what we expected. The reclining Buddha gave us some calming effects and we even rested at one of the praying halls.
9. It’s caffeine time at Dean and Deluca
Before headed back, we decided to splurge a bit and dined at Dean and Deluca. It was a decision we never regretted and it’s definitely a great place to hang out.
10. Say goodbye to Bangkok and vow to come back again the following year!
We left with a heavy heart and vowed to come back again! What a great city!
If you have been to Bangkok, share with us of the things you did and tell us why! We’d love to hear from you!