A South-East Asian metropolis that offers everything a traveller’s heart can wish for

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand, the land of smiles, and a place you should have visited at least once in your life. Most people know Bangkok for its chaotic traffic, drunken backpackers on Khao San Road and all the temples that the deeply Buddhist Thais value. We’re not saying that you shouldn’t pay a visit to the cheap roadside stalls on Khao San Road, check out the royal Grand Palace or do most of the things the travel guides tell you to. Instead, we wanted to give you the low-down on some of the Must-Do Things you just need to include on your bucket list when you’re in Bangkok.

1. Pan Road

People are walking in a small shopping street in Thailand.
Walking through Pan Road will give you a real Bangkok feeling. Photo by Evan Krause / CC BY

Pan Road, also referred to as Thanon Pan, is a street less-known, but for sure one of the most interesting. This narrow but eclectic alley that connects Silom and Sathom roads is most famous for being home to the grandest Hindu temple in Bangkok, Wat Khaek. It combines the traditional side of Bangkok with urban dining and shopping possibilities: After visiting Wat Khaek, you can stop by at some cool galleries before enjoying local and western delicacies at Printa Café and Le Blanc Bakery.

2. Bangkok Sea View Restaurant

A picture made from a sailing boat of another boat in a river in Bangkok.
Go for an original way of transport to your dinner by taking the boat! Photo by Sebastian Pichler / CC BY

You should definitely take this long-tail boat ride to experience one of the most fascinating dinners ever: Hop on a boat at the pier on Rama 2 and enjoy cruising 20 minutes along the canals and by a mangroves forest to the middle of the Gulf of Thailand. The restaurant itself is a platform on wooden stilts, a sight that will leave you speechless. The restaurant serves delicious seafood for a very affordable price, so you will leave neither hungry nor out of money.

3. Thai Massage

A person is getting a Thai Massage in a small open beach cottage at a beach near Bangkok.
Kill two birds with one stone: Thai Massage and a day at the beach! Photo by Spinheike / CC BY

Wherever you come from you have almost certainly heard of the legendary Thai Massages, developed by Buddhist monks some 2500 years ago. Maybe there’s even a Thai Massage parlour in your hometown. Nevertheless, you really must go to the roots of this practice to get the authentic feel. The experience of a Thai Massage will give you a new lease on life by making you feel invigorated as well as balanced. You can find massage parlours everywhere in Bangkok, so it’s best to do some research to find the best one.

4. Siam Paragon Mall

A little octopus is swimming in a aquarium in Thailand.
Spot this little guy in the largest aquarium of Southeast Asia. Photo by Sharonang / CC BY

This high-end shopper’s paradise, the sixth biggest shopping mall in Thailand, is a hugely popular shopping mall that houses over 250 shops, Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium, a huge multiplex cinema, an opera concert hall, a large bowling alley and plenty of restaurants to choose from. Various car manufacturers including Ferrari and Lamborghini also have showrooms within the complex, so unless you have deep pockets, you can at least window shop to your heart’s content.

You might also be interested in: Chatuchak – A Must Do While In Bangkok!

5. Bangkok Nightlife

A view of illuminated buildings and a river during nighttime in Bangkok.
A view from the building where they filmed The Hangover movie! Picture by Braden Jarvis / CC BY

One night in Bangkok and the World’s your Oyster. The famous song written by Murray Head really manages to describe the Bangkok nightlife. It’s easy to get lost in the nighttime world of Bangkok with so many options available. Khao San Road is a must-experience if you wish to enjoy your drinks by the bucket in the midst of backpackers and clubbers can find the big names on Sukhumvit and Silom. Thonglor across the town from Khao San Road has new trendy bars opening up regularly. If you wish not to end up in the more notorious bars, stay away from areas such as Soi Cowboy and Patpong.

Bangkok offers many more beautiful places and activities, which probably take you more than just a couple of weeks to explore. So what about spending a whole semester in this crazy, but beautiful city?

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This article was written by our former intern Valentin.

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