41 Things to Do in Bangkok (Part 2: OLD City #1-15)
Bangkok is a city that backpackers and solo travelers find comfort with. The city is a surprising blend of both, old world and new world charm, with elegant urban design mixed with aged tradition.
In this video post I’ll be sharing what you can do in Bangkok Old City, or what I like to call, Historical Bangkok.
41 Things to Do in Bangkok (Part 2: OLD City #1-15)
You’ll find Old Bangkok, the historical heart of a larger city. With wats, buddhas and traditional ways. Here’s part one of a two part video showing you just some of the things you can do when you’re there.
This is a two part video with tips and cultural insight.
1. Chao Phraya Express Boat
A ride on the Chao Phraya commuter Ferry is a must. It’s a scenic ride of river houses on stilts, and the Chao Phraya River traffic. You can buy a 100baht all-day express ticket on the Chao Phraya Express to all the popular spots, or buy local tickets.
2. Amulet Market
Not far from the Bangkok National Museum, is the amulet market, where talismans are said to protect its possessor from death. It’s courted by serious collectors, monks, and people in dangerous professions. Some of them are quite valuable to the wearer and you’ll find some Thai proud of their collection.
3. Wat Arun – Temple of the Dawn
One of the sights easily seen from the river is Wat Arun (or Temple of Dawn), an impressively decorative Khmer-style wat . Walk up the stairs and you can admire the Bangkok and the Chao Phraya River.
4. Wat Pho & Traditional Thai Massage
Wat Pho is also Thailand`s main school for traditional Thai medicine and massage. A perfect spot to experienc eauthentic Thai massage. Ticket price: 100 Baht = 3 usd
5. Reclining Buddha
Wat Pho is also the home of the giant reclining Buddha. It’s got a few Buddha altars spread out. One of my favorite is a complex that house sitting Buddha statues that go on in continuity.
6. Wat Pho at Night
At night, most wats are illuminated with light and they cast a beautiful glow. Wat Pho is absolutely stunning at night.
7. Bangkok Tours
Want something to do at night? A wonderfully unique and fun way to see and experience historical Bangkok at night is to take a night tuk-tuk tour. Sights, nightlife, food and cultural insight, you you can experience the beauty/ action of Bangkok when the sun goes down. To see more day tours in Bangkok, check here or you can research local agents when you get there.
8. Flower Market
Pak Klong Talat Flower Market is Bangkok’s largest 24 hour flower market , where flower dealers from all over Thailand come to sell their flowers. Roaming the streets here is a colourful and fragrant experience. Main selling and trading however, happens at 2am, so if you want to see the market in full swing, get ready to beat the sun.
9. Best Pad Thai at Thip Samai
Thip Samai restaurant has Thai lining up for what’s said to be the best pad thai in Bangkok. The menu selection is small and easy to choose from and the pad thai is made fresh daily.
Address: 313 Maha Chai Road Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon (Address in Thai: 313 ถ.มหาไชย สำราษราษฎร์ พระนคร กรุงเทพฯ 10200).
10. Wat Saket (The Golden Mount)
Here’s I’ve got a lotus flower, candle, incense, and a paper with gold leaf on it, which I will place on the Buddha at the end. Admission: 20 baht.
11. Rice cream Sandwich
What do you think of coconut ice cream, sticky rice and baby mung bean on top of a hot dog bun? I found a vendor outside the Golden Mount.
12. Khao San Road
If you wanna know where the backpackers hang out it’s Khao San Road. This area houses everything for backpackers from bars, street food, budget tours, and Thai tourist clothes. Anything goes here as it’s the decadent traveler road. As a place geared for backpackers, you’ll can find vendors selling popular goods from used Lonely Planet books, knock off name brand backpacks and luggage, bathing suits and Thai fishermen pants. You might even try your hand at eating a deep fried scorpion. Location: N13 Phra At it Pier (Last boat leaves around 6:30 or 7p)
13. Floating Markets – Taling Chan Floating Markets
If seafood is your thing then one of the best daytrips from Bangkok is to visit one of Bangkok’s floating market, head out to Taling Chan Floating Market. Open only on weekends this floating market is small (and nowhere as crowded as Damnoen Saduak Floating Market), but worth a visit. Seafood vendors grill up fish, prawns and oyster shells from boats floating on the river. You can also take a 2.5 or 3 hour khlong tour from the docks.
Getting There: Take bus numbers 79 or 83, which cross the Chao Praya River to the Thonburi side of Bangkok. The market is located near the front of Taling Chan District Office.
14. Khlong tours from Taling Chan
While you’re at Taling Chan, don’t miss the khlong tour. It’s a 2.5 hour tour of the neighboring canals and you’ll see wats, houses on stilts and perhaps even giant monitor lizards. There’s also a 3 hour tour at 120 baht, which takes you to more places.
15. Merit Making
Popular belief of Thai Buddhists is merit making, the act of releasing a captive being in order to gain good merit or karma. Whether its a turtle, bird, fish, each has a symbolic meaning.
Keep an eye out for the 41 Best Things to Do in Bangkok (Part II: Downtown Bangkok). Many more surprises there on getting the most out of your trip!
Where to Stay in Old Bangkok
Many budget travelers and Southeast Asia backpackers staying on the old side of Bangkok, stay at Khao San Road. Khao San Road is a backpacker’s haunt of bars, souvenir shops, massage shops, tour agents and restaurants. It’s a bit of a dive and hotels and hostels
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