Top 5 Things to do in Bangkok for First Timers

After a successful response to my previous post about Bangkok, I decided to share with you the top 5 things to do in Bangkok. Our visit to the city was for 5 days and I had an itinerary planned long before visiting so we wouldn’t miss out on the top places to see. 

These are places/activities you CANNOT miss and must cover at least a few if your stay is short. Most of them must be heard before as Bangkok has become quite a destination for tourists. If you would like more suggestions, do send me an email 🙂

Top 5 Things to do in Bangkok:

  • Visit Chatuchak Weekend Market

Bangkok is famous for its markets, where you can haggle and get cheap deals on food and clothes. The popular one among them is the Chatuchak Market. Only on the weekends and showcasing around 8,000 stalls, even a 4-5 hour walk won’t let you complete the place.

I booked our trip especially keeping in mind the weekend so I visit the market and I have to say, no regrets at all.

Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, Thailand

  • Try street side food and fresh fruits. If you’re adventurous, there are a lot of places that you can try silkworms from 😉

If you’re walking around the city, you will notice lots of stalls selling fresh fruit juices. These cost hardly a dollar and you can get to try some pretty good combinations. Also, do not forget to try Durian, known as the smelliest fruit in the world but also the tastiest! If you aren’t a risk taker, you can get durian chips which are a dehydrated version minus some smell.

Visiting China Town or Khao San Road will expose you to some crazy street side food, some of which are almost alive when eaten.

READ: Budget Bangkok itinerary for 4 days

  • Floating Market

The Floating Market is something which should absolutely not be missed from the places to see in Bangkok. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is located around an hour and a half away from the main city, but we managed to hire a private cab that cost AED 300 approx. for the boat ride as well.

The trip promises a 2-hour boat ride where you can stop for pictures and shopping plus a 10-minute stop at two temples and a Coconut Sugar Factory. 

Holding Coconut Ice Cream in BangkokBangkok Tour Guide with Elephant

Thailand is a land of fresh produce, you get to see that a lot on the boats passing by at the Floating Market. Beware of the side stalls that sell you souvenirs, always ask for half the price they tell you! We got tricked into paying AED 60 for something that just cost AED 15 in a local mall 🙁

Tourist attractions are the places to avoid if you’re shopping for something to take back home, you can find the same at local shops that sell for cheap.

  • Temples

The major religion practiced in Thailand is Buddhism. There are plenty of temples to see in Bangkok but we visited select ones due to a shortage of time. The famous temples are the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, and Wat Pho. There are praised for the architecture, and the serene atmosphere makes you want to stay in for long.

Wat Pho, Things to do in Bangkok

Our favorite was the Wat Pho which holds the Reclining Buddha inside. The entrance fee for each is 100 Baht (AED 10 approx). Also to be appreciated are the murals on the walls depicting stories from the country’s past.

Note: Wear decent/respectful clothing while visiting the temples. Also, carry a bag to keep your shoes as it is not allowed to wear shoes inside the temple.

  • Nightlife or a day out of the city (Phuket or Pattaya)

Please make sure you are not a person with seasickness or else your trip to Phuket or Pattaya will be a fail like ours! And if you don’t suffer from that, you’ll be on your way to enjoying some water activities like underwater diving, paragliding, and snorkeling. The prices are pretty cheap compared to Dubai so you won’t be spending much from your pocket.

Also, the blue waters are quite a view. You have to visit it personally to appreciate.

If you’re up for nightlife, Khao San Road is a popular place for bars and clubs in the wee hours of the night. Also famous is China Town which becomes a bustling place as soon as the sun sets.

Get your guide to Hua Hin here.

  • Bonus: Visit the malls.

You can find better deals here than in most markets in Bangkok. Skip the souvenir shopping and head to Pratunam mall where you can buy the exact stuff at half the price, without bargaining!

Halal food in Bangkok

The best and cheapest way to travel in Bangkok is to use the BTS station. It’s what the locals do and you can experience the real feel of the city. Take the BTS to Siam station. This is where Siam Paragon Mall is located. MBK, Platinum Mall, and Central World are also located nearby if you are in the mood for window shopping.

So there it is guys! A guide on the top 5 things to do in Bangkok if you’re short on time. I loved the feeling of exploring a new country and can’t wait to book my next vacation!

What’s your favorite thing to do in Bangkok? Do let me know! 

Until then, happy eating and traveling! xx

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