25 Things to do in Bangkok, Thailand Travel Guide

Alright guys, welcome to the Big Mango! Yeah, we’re here in Bangkok, Thailand. And if you’ve been traveling in Southeast
Asia for a while or backpacking chances are you’re going to pass through Bangkok (กรุงเทพมหานคร)
at some point in time. At least a few times. We’ve been here in Bangkok many times before
so we feel like we’ve gotten to know the city a little better each time and with this video
we’re going to show you 25 things to do in Bangkok, Thailand (ราชอาณาจักรไทย). Let’s check it out. In this video we visit the Grand Palace and
plenty of wats, enjoy street food and then have drinks at a rooftop bar, weave our way
through crowded markets and take our time visiting museums. We tried to see and do as much as we could
with our time here, so consider this a little taste of what Bangkok has to offer. Now let’s get started! So we are currently visiting the Grand Palace
(พระบรมมหาราชวัง) and this is the most iconic sight in all of
Bangkok (กรุงเทพมหานคร) and for good reason. It is breathtaking. Like seriously if you look at the details,
the little mosaics, the mirrors, the gold. It is impressive and it is huge so we’re going
to give you a quick tour. Actually, it is going to be a long tour so
stick around. The Grand Palace (พระบรมมหาราชวัง)
was once the residence of the Kings of Siam, and while the current monarchy resides in
Dusit Palace, the Grand Palace is still used for official events and functions. There is a strict dress code in order to visit,
so dress modestly; that means no bare legs or shoulders for both men and women. It’s also a good idea to carry your passport
as security can be tight; we were asked for ours. Within the grounds of the Grand Palace, you’ll
also find Wat Phra Kaew (วัดพระแก้ว). This Wat houses the Emerald Buddha, which
is a figure of a seated Buddha said to have originated in India. Unfortunately, no video or photography is
allowed, but be sure to visit if you’re already there. Alright so we just avoided the tourist boat
which was going to cost us 100 Baht. Right, so there is a lot of tourist boat options
but if you want to travel like a local you’re going to take the Chao Phraya Express Boat
(เจ้าพระยา). And this is something you absolutely have
to do in Bangkok (กรุงเทพมหานคร). It is just such an iconic experience. Yeah. So we can’t wait to take a ride. And tickets are only 14 Baht per person. That is right. Let’s get on. We’re heading to Wat Arun. The Chao Phraya (เจ้าพระยา)
is a major river which flows through Bangkok (กรุงเทพมหานคร)
and then continues its downward journey to the Gulf of Thailand (ราชอาณาจักรไทย). Many tourist attractions sit along the river’s
edge, so depending on where you’re going, taking the Chao Phraya Express (เจ้าพระยา)
can be one of the most efficient ways to get around. It’s also quite the experience as you’re
guaranteed to see all sorts of vessels competing for space on the water. Alright, so I got sprayed a couple of times
with that chocolate colored water on the Chao Phraya (เจ้าพระยา) but we’re
now at Wat Arun (วัดอรุณ). Sam is befriending the cats and we’re going
to go visit the temple. Aw. Aw. Hi. Hi. Oh, look at your eyes. You have green eyes. So Wat Arun (วัดอรุณ)is currently
under restoration which means there is a lot of scaffolding around the main structure. However, you can still climb up so we’re looking
for the steps and then we’re going to head up. Hopefully get some better views. Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn,
is said to be most beautiful when the sun casts its first light. We clearly weren’t up that early, but we
agree that it’s a beautiful temple, and what really sets it apart are the porcelain
decorations against an all white background. So unfortunately this is as far up as we can
go. We were only able to climb one story and then
all the entrances are blocked off because of the construction. But I mean you do still get sort of a cool
perspective. So it is a Sunday here in Bangkok (กรุงเทพมหานคร)
and today we’re visiting one of the most popular markets in all of Bangkok. We’re going to Chatuchak (จตุจักร). Yeah. Woo hoo. It is a massive market. It is open only on the weekends and we’re
going to get to eat a lot of Thai street food today. So come join us. That is the plan. We are now officially entering the market
and it is packed. We’re here around noon and it is just full
of people. And this is just the entrance. Ah! Chatuchak (จตุจักร), also called
JJ Market (Jatujak), is huge! It has over 8,000 stalls, and it is divided
into 27 sections – each specializing in something different be it books and antiques, or clothes
and home decor. We focused on street food, and after wandering
for a few hours, we still left feeling like we had barely put a dent on the map. And since we’re talking about Thai street
food (อาหารไทย), a few of our personal favourites are banana roti, mango
sticky rice, and coconut ice cream! So we finally stumbled upon a stand that was
making roti and we got my favorite. Banana egg and I think it is condensed milk
and chocolate as well. Yeah. Oh, it looks so good. It’s got it all on this one. It is freshly made. Man, we love Thai banana pancakes. This is like quintessential Thai street food. It is so sweet. Oh my gosh. I’m loving it. Isn’t that good? Really really loving it. We’ve really had a sweet tooth today. Hahaha. We have. Sammy boy is going big. Going big. Going for a huge slice of mango. Lots of rice. That is one bite for a big boy. Oh man. It is so good. This is one of those Thai desserts that no
matter how much I’ve ate for the day I could like be totally stuffed and I’m still got
a bit of room for this. There is always room for sticky rice. It is just that good. It is just that good. Love that stuff. And if you’re coming here I mean at 50 Baht
it is really cheap and I highly recommend trying this. You can have it on the street, you can have
it in restaurants. You can have it just about anywhere. This is a classic Thai dessert. So not too far from Chatuchak Market you also
have Chatuchak Park (สวนจตุจักร). And this appears to be a very popular place
on the weekend with blue skies, the sun is out. So we’re just enjoying a quick stroll here. Cause why not. It is nearby. At the park, you can rent straw mats for a
picnic, hire a paddle boat, or just enjoy a leisurely stroll. So this morning we’re going to be visiting
the Jim Thompson House and Museum. And Jim Thompson was an architect and businessman
from the United States and he helped revive the Thai silk trade here. So we’re going to be touring his home which
is now a museum. It is a guided tour. And yeah it should be cool. So that was a pretty cool guided tour but
we’re not allowed to film inside the home but I can tell you that the gardens are beautiful
and Jim Thompson was an avid art collector so you get to see pieces from all over Southeast
Asia. From Cambodia, from Myanmar. Different parts of Thailand (ราชอาณาจักรไทย). Um, and the furniture is pretty intricate. It is pretty spectacular I have to say. So if you enjoy that kind of thing this museum
is definitely worth visiting. So being the homebodies that we are tonight
we were thinking ‘eh’ let’s just stay in the hotel and not do much. And also being the budget travelers that we
are then we were like maybe let’s just have drinks on our pool on the rooftop. It is on the ninth floor. The views will be nice. But no we were like we need to get out of
this rut. We need to do something exciting. So we’re at Cloud 47. It is a casual rooftop bar in Bangkok (กรุงเทพมหานคร)
and we’re here for drinks. And the views are just insane up here. Yeah. So worth it. I’ve got a cold Chang in my hand. A pint of Chang. It was all worth it. It was only like a ten minute walk from our
hotel. Yeah, pretty cool. Pretty awesome. And what else are you having aside from Chang? Because there is something else you always
enjoy drinking. This is my dessert. Baileys for dessert. Baileys. Yep. And I have a Mai Thai. There are lots of rooftop bars in Bangkok,
perhaps none more famous than Sky Bar at Lebua, where they filmed part of The Hangover 2. That being said, we appreciated Cloud 47’s
casual feel and the fact that they have a relaxed dress code. Alright, what is the plan? Tell us. So next up we’re visiting Wat Saket (วัดสระเกศราชวรมหาวิหาร). It is also known as the Golden Mount and the
special thing about this temple is you get some amazing views of Bangkok from the top. We’ve been here before. We can’t wait to go back again. Let’s start climbing. This climb is actually quite refreshing. We’re in the shade the whole time. It is very lush. We’ve got little waterfalls and streams trickling
through. There is mist blowing at tired hikers. So it is pretty cool. We hope you’re not feeling too templed out
yet, because we still have a few more to show you. Next up is Wat Po (วัดโพธิ์),
better known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Inside you’ll find a Buddha stretched out
46 meters in length, which is quite the site to behold. This temple is also famed as the birthplace
of traditional Thai massage, and the art is still taught there. So transportation is a big thing here in Bangkok
and next up we’re going to be riding the boat down the canals and I can already smell that
water. Oh man, it is like rotten eggs and anyways. The water is black. Check it out. So Sam, if you were to fall into the canals
what would be your plan of action? I don’t think I would make it out. I would just disintegrate in the water. Another thing you need to make time for while
in Bangkok is riding the water taxis, which zip through the city’s canals avoiding heavy
traffic. The service is fast and cheap, but the water
is beyond dirty, so you’ll want to keep your mouth shut and pull up the plastic sheets
so you don’t get sprayed in the face. Another cool place to visit in Bangkok (กรุงเทพมหานคร)
is Pak Klong (ปากคลองตลาด), which is the biggest fresh flower market in
the city. Apparently it’s most active between midnight
and dawn when fresh flowers are delivered and buyers get their stock, but that would
have been a bit too early for us. So there are lots of flower shops in this
area but then you also have the actual market which is like a huge warehouse with hundreds
of different booths and all of these different flowers. So we’ve finally found that. We thought we had seen the market but really
we were just looking at the little shops. Next up is Chinatown (ถนนเยาวราช
– 耀華力路), which sits along Yaowarat Road (ถนนเยาวราช – 耀華力路). The red paper lanterns and dim sum restaurants
will let you know you’ve arrived. One of the most popular sites here is Wat
Traimit (พรพุทธมหาสุวรรณปฏิมากร), also known as the Temple of the Golden Buddha. This temple is home to the largest buddha
made out of solid gold in the world. The statue is 3 meters tall and weighs a whopping
five and a half tonnes. Sadly, we couldn’t get this on video either. So we just finished visiting the Golden Buddha
(พรพุทธมหาสุวรรณปฏิมากร) and I saw the signs for no flash photography
but I completely missed the thing about video. Yeah. And Sam found out the hard way. Yeah because I have my microphone on so I
had to delete all the clips so we can’t show you the Golden Buddha but it is impressive
and we can recommend coming here to see it in person. So if you’re in Bangkok (กรุงเทพมหานคร)
and your aim is to go shopping you need to come to Siam Station because it is literally
surrounded by malls. You have MBK (มาบุญครอง),
Central World (เซ็นทรัลเวิลด์), Siam Discovery, Siam Centre (สยามสแควร์)
and Siam Paragon. So it is like shopping Mecca. It is insane. We’re going to show you some clips from all
of the malls right now. It is a little bit overwhelming. Whether you want to watch a movie, shop for
clothes, or grab a bite at a restaurant, this is a great place to do so. Just across from Central World, you’ll find
the Erawan Shrine (ศาลท้าวมหาพรหม), which is another prominent site in Bangkok. This hindu shrine houses a statue of Phra
Phrom, the Thai representation of the Hindu god of creation Brahma, and you can often
catch Thai dance troupes performing in the background. If you enjoy museums, another place you should
make time for is the National Museum (พิพิธภัณฑสถานแห่งชาติ พระนคร), which has exhibits focused
on Thai art and history. No cameras were allowed inside, but we spent
at least a solid hour exploring the various galleries. Okay Sam, so we just finished visiting the
National Gallery. Tell us about it. Yeah, it is a massive massive grounds. And there is so many different like sections
to the museum. Lots of galleries. Lots of different galleries and we couldn’t
film inside but we filmed a little bit outside just to give you an idea of how big it is. And it is also really close to the Grand Palace. Yeah, literally within walking distance. So on a day that you’re going to go visit
the Grand Palace and Wat Po you can also come and visit this museum as well. Early morning escapades. Where are we? Yeah, we’re visiting Lumphini Park (สวนลุมพินี)
and this is a really awesome park because Bangkok does have a reputation of being a
bit of concrete jungle. Oh yes. And that is well earned. But this is like a nice oasis within the city. And it is just such a nice park. You can come from four thirty in the morning
to nine PM at night. And it is just so nice to get a green escape
here in the city. Let’s go check it out. Another place we visited was the Democracy
Monument (อนุสาวรีย์ประชาธิปไตย) which was commissioned in 1939 to commemorate
the 1932 Siamese coup d’état which led to the establishment of a constitutional monarchy. So what are we doing Audrey? Riding a tuk-tuk (ตุ๊ก ๆ). Hop in. Also, it wouldn’t be a proper trip to Bangkok
(กรุงเทพมหานคร) without hopping in at least one tuk tuk (ตุ๊ก
ๆ). This is a fun way to zip around the city in
a form of transportation you may have never tried before. It turns out we’re staying two blocks away
from a Unicorn Cafe. Unicorn Cafe. Sam is like awrrr. Whatever. Why am I being dragged here. Pure magic. So this right here is the menu. How are we going to choose. And this smaller one is the recommended items. So yeah, what do you think Sam? That is more food than we were expecting. The food actually does look good. And we’re sharing our cupcakes with our unicorns. Yum yum yum. Haha. Wow. Someone is really having a good time. So we just finished having lunch at the Unicorn
Cafe and that was a lot of fun. What did you think? Yeah, it was pretty cool. I mean it is the atmosphere you go for. I’d say the food was okay. It was decent. Yeah, we enjoyed the mains but the desserts
were a little so so. We weren’t completely sold on the icing but
we had a lot of fun playing with the unicorns. They were dancing. We shared our food. So yeah, if you’re in Bangkok definitely check
it out. So getting around in Bangkok. Yeah, there is a lot of different ways to
get around. One of our favorite ways is by Sky Train (รถไฟฟ้า). It is just so efficient. It is air conditioned inside and we just got
our Rabbit Card which allows us just to scan in and out. We can top up the money whenever we want. And that’s a wrap for our visit to Bangkok
(กรุงเทพมหานคร). We hope you enjoyed this travel guide and
that it gave you a few ideas of things to do, places to visit, and foods to eat on your
trip. As always, if you have any other suggestions
of things to do in Bangkok, feel free to share those with fellow travellers in the comments
below. Happy travels and until next time!


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