Hello, Southeast Asia! I’ve been wanting to take this trip for almost two years now but it never worked out. Well after two years of planning and dreaming, I finally did it! As soon as you step out of the airplane you can tell this city is going to be an interesting adventure.
Traveling for 24hrs was not easy… I expected to be very tired after traveling for so long, but truth is the excitement got me and as soon as we checked-in to the hotel we decided to go out and explore. Here are Bangkok’s must-do activities:
1) “Would you like to ride the Tuk-Tuk?”
As soon as we arrived, we tried to go to the Grand Palace but it was closed already.While wondering around Bangkok’s chaotic center, we decided to ride a Tuk-Tuk to the hotel.
What’s a Tuk-Tuk? Tuk-Tuks are Thailand’s primary method of public transportation. A motorcyclist with a passenger cabin that can take you from point A to point B in half the time.Tip # 1: Do not believe anything the locals tell you! They seem like they want to help you, but they actually want your money haha They will tell you anything so they can make a few extra bucks Lol.
2) Visit the bridge over the River Kwai
Quick visit, but very interesting history. Did you know that around 180,000 prisoners worked to build this bridge during World War II? From these 180,000 prisoners, 7,000 of them died due to lack of medical attention. And did you know this railway goes all the way until China?
3) Monks daily To-Do list: Eat, Pray, Teach, Pray again, Feed the Tigers, Sleep, Repeat.
Literally this is all they do! haha Monks are very respected in their culture, but truth is some of them join just so they can be fed, have somewhere to live and to be given everything they want haha (Shh.. don’t tell) Click here to read more about them.
Tip # 3: Interacting with Monks is absolutely prohibited. (Aka do not ask them for a picture or you’ll get yelled at in Thai HAHA I wonder what he said..?)
4) When in Thailand, play with Tigers!
Tiger Temple was one of my favorite (and scariest) activities in Bangkok.
Tip # 6: Tigers bite. (Even when they are only 1-month old)
5) Elephants are always fun!
Feeding, bathing and playing with Apple was a great experience. Yes, her name is Apple like the fruit haha
Tip # 5: Mmm… nothing. This experience is just perfection.
6) Damnoen Saduak Floating Market: the perfect place to buy all your souvenirs
Define Floating Market: All items placed on a canoe and/or small motorized boat are available for purchase. From souvenirs to art pieces and Thailand’s famous hats to delicious treats, this place has it all!Tip # 6: When shopping at the Floating Market, divide the actual price of the item into half and negotiate with the vendor.
7) The Grand Palace
This is undoubtedly, Bangkok’s main treasure. You cannot visit Bangkok and not go to the Grand Palace.
Tip # 7: Make sure you are dressed appropriately! To be able to enter the temples, shoulders should be covered, long pants are required and expect to take off your shoes (But do not leave them outside the temple, take them with you or you might never see them again haha)
8) Visit the Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha
The Reclining Buddha is so big that taking a “good picture” seems impossible. It measures 46 meters long and is covered in gold leaf.
Tip # 8: There’s a perfect spot to take a picture with the entire Buddha at the end of the hall.