City Guide: Bangkok
Bangkok is without any doubt one of the most fascinating cities in Asia. In this City Guide we’ll explain what you need to see and why visiting is so enjoyable!
While Bangkok might be one of the most touristic cities in Asia, it still feels very local and not all that Western. So, if it’s your first time in Bangkok be aware of typical Asian traffic with long traffic jams, enjoy the diverse street life with lots of fascinating street food and don’t be surprised about the humid temperatures. If you have that in mind and follow our tips for the most interesting places to visit, I’m sure you’ll have an amazing time in the city!
Lumpini Park Bangkok
Taking into account that humidity in Bangkok is very high, one of the places you definitely should to go is the Lumpini Park. Compared to Jakarta or Kuala Lumpur, getting there is relatively easy as there are sidewalks in Bangkok.
So, we strolled through Lumpini Park Bangkok. Admittedly, a beautiful park, but it was already a bit too warm. Yet, that’s something you can’t escape when visiting Bangkok.
Street Life Bangkok
The Street Life in Bangkok is one of the highlights when strolling through Thailand’s capital.
Kitchens most literally on the street, smells everywhere. Great for everyone who loves street food and wants to see the real Bangkok.
River Cruise Bangkok
What you actually want to do when visiting Bangkok is seeing temples. On our way, we first took the skytrain next to the Victory Monument Bangkok and then checked out Siam Square.
Depending on where you are and where you want to go, taking a boat is the fastest way which is why the services are also used by locals.
The thing is that there are two options: The touristic, expensive one or the other for locals. Most likely, it is simply not necessary to buy a tourist day pass, but the sad thing is that many buy it even when they happen to just take a single ride.
The Wat Arun is similarly to the Wat Pho one of the most prominent sites to be founds along the Chao Phraya River. The Wat Arun, a Buddhist temple, is found on the Western side of the river. You can easily reach the temple by boat and also transfer between the two temples.
It is one of the most ancient and important monuments and Bangkok and is totally beautiful to explore and walk along. Getting here is easy by either exiting a river cruise or taking a quick ferry form the other side of the river.
Wat Pho Bangkok
Wat is Thai and means temple. So, Pho is the short name of the temple we visited. If you are coming from Europe, you will find it pretty unfair that you have to pay at all or double the amount of locals if you want to enter anything.
We gained some great impressions from Buddhism and really enjoyed this kind of religious place. Stay tuned as we will most probably release a special about Wat Pho Bangkok! When visiting Wat Pho, you should definitely catch a glance of the Laying Buddha, which is one of the highlights.
You might have a tough time taking a picture, but it’s totally worth seeing in person.
Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo
Visiting the Grand Palace is quite a challenge as it is the most popular touristic site in Bangkok. This means that from early in the morning there will be massive queues standing outside waiting to buy a ticket and get in. Therefore, on our last day, we decided to have an early breakfast at the lounge of the Intercontinental and then took an Uber to the Palace. We got there just before 8 am and competed with the others who’d be the first to reach the ticket selling offices. As most visitors are part of a group, they usually have to wait after entering the main get which gives you just those couple one or two extra minutes you need to beat the crowds!
We bought our tickets and were among the first people to enter the premises. When visiting the Grand Palace, you actually first visit the Wat Phra Kaeo temple of the Emerald Buddha. As we had seen the other two temples, Wat Arun and Wat Pho the day beforehand, we weren’t too fussed about exploring yet another temple in too much depth.
We quickly walked around and had a peak around and then made our way to the Grand Palace!
And believe me, rushing through the temple was so worth it, because we were the very first people that day seeing the temples which meant lots of beautiful pictures taken without any tourists on them..yay!
You cannot actually enter any of the buildings as they are still in use, but it’s still quite cool to see them from the outside. I particularly like the mix of architecture made out of traditional Thai architecture (in particular the golden tops) and the 19th-century European style. Absolutely beautiful!
Wat Saket aka Golden Mount Bangkok
What definitely was worth our time and effort was Wat Saket, better known as Golden Mount.
After having paid a small entrance fee and having gotten a ticket, you are ready to climb up all the way!
The atmosphere is just so peaceful and the views definitely make up for the small effort of climbing stairs!
Random photos of Bangkok
I thought we should also share our impressions we gained on the way back even though we don’t dedicate this a chapter.
Overall impressions of Bangkok
Without any doubt, Bangkok is one of the fascinating cities in all of Asia. There’s hardly any place in the world, which comes with so many interesting religious sights, beautiful temples and such a diverse street life. If you go to Asia, visiting Bangkok definitely is a must, but I’d also recommend doing a day trip to beautiful Ayutthaya not far away!
Do you have any questions about Bangkok? Feel free to ask or share your impressions in the comments!