Bangkok is a bustlin’ commercial city. It’s busy. It’s not the cleanest of places. The heat and humidity can be overwhelming. The traffic is insane. Every hour is basically rush hour, and it can be quite difficult to navigate. It sure ain’t everyone’s favorite city in Thailand. To be real it wasn’t mine either, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy my three days here. It’s a wild place to be, but also a whole lot of fun and beautiful in its own way.
It’s also the most ideal destination in Southeast Asia to head to if you’re ballin’ on a budget.
See how I spent 72 hours in Bangkok down below!
There is an overwhelming amount of temples in Thailand. Every single one is beautiful, but I was honestly pretty content with just visiting the main one – The Grand Palace. The exquisite intricacies of the gold detailing had me in awe.
My advice for any temple visits in Thailand is to go as early as you can. It’s best to go in the mornings right when the door opens for tourists. Otherwise, you’ll be one out of a million tourists swarming around. It’s also not as scorching hot in the mornings. I made a mistake and went during the afternoon, and it was unbearably hot and uncomfortably crowded. The two factors combined made me want to just hurry up and leave after a quick look around.
The thai sun sure as hell doesn’t play.
One thing to note is that your knees and shoulders must be fully covered in order to enter the temple. Men, ya’ll too! There were so many tourists flocking over to the shops in front of the palace to buy long sleeve tops and pants/skirts, and I was sadly one of them.
Be sure to come prepared!
Visiting the floating market was quite the experience. I mean, where else would you be able to see a man cookin’ up some pad thai on a boat?
The Weekend Market
This bustling city has no shortage of street food stalls and markets. The Weekend Market was surely wild and crowded. It can be pretty overwhelming at first, but I think it’s still worth checking out – especially if you want to get souvenirs for your loved ones and good street food.
I purchased a handmade leather passport holder for my sis and I with our names engraved on it for 100 Baht each. That’s 6 USD.
I’ve mentioned this in my Chiang Mai guide, but I’ll say it again. Thailand has the best street food and it’s all super affordable. Depending on the area, you can eat good for 3 bucks!!! Here are some photos of the food I managed to take a photo of prior to devouring it.
- Pad Thai and Papaya Salad – I ate this these two dishes at least once or twice a week. It’s probably the most basic Thai dish you can eat, but they’re both undeniably my favorite.
- Banana Roti!! – Again, this is pretty basic but also one of my favorites. Roti is a wheat flour pan-fried bread with Muslim origins. In Thailand, they usually top it off with a generous amount of sugar and condensed milk but I stopped the man at the food stall before he could dump it all on top. Thai people love their sweets so I always made sure to ask for little or no sugar whenever I ordered a drink or dessert.
- Coconut Ice cream – Topped with mangoes and peanuts sprinkled on top is one of the most satisfying desserts you can find here.
- Fresh Fruit – Make sure to say yes to all the fresh fruits in Thailand. I stuffed my face with endless amounts of mangosteen, papaya, and dragon fruit knowing that I won’t be able to come by these exotic fruits for so cheap anywhere else.
I personally am not so much of a fan of shopping while traveling because I like to travel light. If you’re a shopper, be sure to check out Siam Square/Paragon.
Khao San Road
Khao San Road is a clusterf*ck of booze and music. This is where all the backpackers go to party, and it’s the place to find fried scorpions if you dare to try.
Did you even go to Bangkok if you didn’t ride a tuk tuk?