A QUICK GUIDE TO BANGKOK

Yay, guys! As I know that many tend to visit Bangkok very shortly on the way to other destinations in Thailand, e.g. while backpacking or as a layover, I thought I was just quickly gonna list some of the things that you absolutely can’t miss while in the city. Here we go:

Grand Palace A complex of the most breathtaking buildings that were the official residence of the Kings of Siam from 1782 to 1925. Even though late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his successor reside(d) elsewhere the premises are still used for official events and royal ceremonies.

Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) The first of six temples in Thailand classed as the highest grade of royal temples. It was rebuilt on a former temple site by King Rama I who used it as one of his main temples and has some of his ashes enshrined on the site. The inscriptions placed in the temple for public instructions has been recognised by UNESCO in its Memory of the World Programme.

Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) and the Ordination Hall A Buddhist temple located by the Chao Phraya River that reflects the first sunlight in the morning. The name derives from the Hindu god Aruna that is often personified as the radiation from the rising sun.

Jim Thompson House A museum hosting the art collection of American architect Jim Thompson who moved to Bangkok after the Second World War. One of few buildings that remain from the era in a traditional Thai architecture with guided tours that offer an insight into the customs of that time. Fun fact is that JFK’s little brother once dined here in the living room. Outside the house, in the jungle like garden, is a great restaurant located by a pond with koi fish (one of my personal favourites in BKK)

A floating market Where goods are sold from boats. In the past areas near the rivers where the most populated and the waterways served as means of transportation that became the centre of economical activity. Nowadays, the floating markets mostly serve as tourist attractions.

Helena S. de Ilenczfalva

56 Comments

  1. I love the pictures <3 I miss Thailand so much, I think it's one of my fav countries I have been so far <3

    Carmelatte

  2. There are so many things to do in Bangkok but you nailed some of the best ! Great article 🙂

    • Tack så mycket, Christina! Kan verkligen rekommendera ett besök! :) x

  3. great blog!!this would sure help me on my 3 days stay on bangkok on decemeber. I just want to ask, what would you advice to get a hotel near the airport? or near sky train? thanks! xo

    • Thank you for your comment, Rane! The hotels I’ve stayed at, i.e. Banyan Tree, Well Hotel and Millenium Hilton, are all approximately 30-40 minutes from the airport (depending on traffic) and also very close to the Sky Trains. Can really recommend all three of those! :) x

  4. Although ive spend many days in Bangkok, i have not seen all the sights yet, so thanks for sharing these sights.
    I have to see Jim Thompson house sometime!
    x

    • Thank you, Stephanie! Jim Thompson house is beautiful! Wasn’t allowed to take photos of the interior unfortunately but it was so gorgeous!! x

  5. Hi
    Have 4 days in bangkok in Jan, staying in the Shangri-la, will be doing some of your trips thanks for the help. Would love to try street food but scared sick of getting sick !!
    Any top tips apart from seeing them cook in front of you ?

    Mike

    • Hi Mike, thank you for your comment! :) In terms of street food I would always follow the locals. If they eat there, so can I! :) x

  6. Which one of the floating markets would you recommend if you only have time to visit one?
    Thanks,
    Jolene

    • Hi Jolene, I believe Damnoen Sadauk is the most popular and also the one that is featured in all those movies. If you’re looking for something more central I’d recommend Taling Chan that is smaller but at the same time not as crowded. :) x

    • Thank you very much, sweetest T-J! You really should, it’s a really cool city! :) x

  7. Jag älskar verkligen din blogg och din instagram :) in cause you did not understand what i said in Swedish: I really love your blog and your instagram! :

  8. Hi Helena, I really like your channels. You make me wanna come back to Bangkok again. Nice trip, good photo’s quality

  9. Sehr schöner Post. Vielen Dank fürs Teilen <3
    Thailand war bestimmt eine tolle Erfahrung! :)

  10. It looks like such a beautiful amazing trip, Asia is such another part of the world, with such a different culture… Love to see that, you captured it well in your pictures :)

    • Thank you, dear Yara! Asia really is different in many respects and many of the Asians have a completely different mentality than us from the West, but that’s part of what makes travelling to other countries so exciting I think! :) x

  11. This look amazing!! I got stuck in Europe but maybe it´s time to explore a bit further. Great article!

    • Thank you, dear! I love Europe but of course there are a lot of beautiful locations on other continents as well! :) x

    • Thank you, Joleen! Having just come home I really miss Thailand too! :)x

    • Tack, Kim! Det tycker jag verkligen du ska göra! ;) Asien är lätt min favoritvärldsdel! :) x

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