The most well-known city in Asia, Bangkok is one of the busiest cities in Southeast Asia with its high population and its famous tourist attractions all over places. It is a recognized destination for people all over the world to visit. 2/3 of Asian people said that Bangkok is the best place to do shopping, get delicious food, nightlife, a day tour, and even careers. It also is best known as the stop for flight connecting.
Wat Chanasongkhram Ratchaworamahawiharn
I just can’t wait to explore in the early morning after I got a lovely hot chocolate from Tales Khaosan Café and tasty breakfast from a local restaurant, just right in front of the café. I wandered around and found the temple nearby called Wat Chanasongkhram, not too many tourists though, a little bit crowded at the inside but most are local Thai people doing their worship and praying.
The monument is in the middle of traffic roundabout on Ratchadamnoen Avenue of Dino Road and is always surrounded by vehicles but there is traffic stop in the middle as well, which you can get the perfect shot for a picture.
Wat Saket ( Golden Mount )
It looks just like next to the monument but it might take five to ten minutes’ walk and it only has two ways to get in the mountain area. I thought I was at the entrance but I wasn’t, it was an exit path for local monks and nuns and of course, tourists can actually enter or exit as well. The opening hour is 09-05 PM with 50 BT ticket prices.
With its 344 steps to go, it was just being on a hike on the hill. There’s a lot of small and big bells hanging all over the place, banging by the wind, just like a musical orchestra that you can actually listen to its beautiful echo. You then can also bang the bell and make a wish. On the top of the temple where people can request or find their present or future answer from the sacred oracle lots (called Kau Cim or Chi-Chi sticks also known as Oracle of Guan Yin in Buddhist tradition). Everyone tried and I did too.
Taste the Food
I stayed for such a long time, just sat down seeing the view of the city and taking a lovely breeze. It was mid-morning already so I left the temple and that’s when I found a lovely local restaurant near the mountain. I got this delicious meal at a local restaurant.
Wat Pho ( Temple of Reclining Buddha )
Hopped on a Thai tuk-tuk for a about 5 minutes drive from The Golden Mount to Wat Pho (also spelled Wat Po). The temple was absolutely packed with tourists during the day. Opening hour is 8:00-17:00 pm and the ticket was 100 BT for 2018 price. Wat Pho is known as the oldest and biggest temple in Bangkok with its beautifully designed, the sparkling decorations from Chinese ceramic on every chedi (Stupas). There were just too many locals and tourists queuing to get inside the temple. It might take a little while for the visit.
Grand Palace (Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang)
There so many taxies and tuk-tuk waiting outside Wat Pho, don’t get on it, the Palace might look a little bit far but it’s just right next to each other. It only takes about five minutes to walk from Wat Pho. Make sure you wear long pants and cover the top.
Khao San Road
Walking from the Grand Palace to Khao San Road took around twenty minutes but you come for adventures and exploring. It looks a bit quiet during the day time and comes alive in the evening. This area is known as backpackers street, for the budget traveler, it has so many cheapest accommodations and travel deals in Bangkok.
Let’s go for a Ride
Joining the bicycle tour (Bangkok Night Life Tour) is one of the best ways to explore Bangkok city. The tour starts at 6 pm and will be finished by 10 pm. We took small trails and alley straight to the riverfront which we got the best experienced local life living along the way.
The first stop was at Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), the recognizable temple of Thailand’s landmark. It opens daily from 8:30 – 17:30 with 100 BT for the entrance fee. The temple can be visited after the dark without a ticket, you can still get inside but you’re not allowed to go up of the temple. I would suggest in the evening because it usually lights up with gleamy golden in Bangkok twilight.
The second stop was at Pak Khlong Market (flower market). This market is open 24 hours and it gets busier at the dawn when retailers and whole sellers come to get the flower from the boats and trucks. Having a cold drink and snack while exploring inside the market, full of flowers, vegetables, fruits, and snacks but most basically flowers. There are so many street foods just outside the market. Everyone just grabs what they like or what they have never tried before. Thai food is more likely spicy and They said: ” If it’s not spicy then it’s not Thai food”.
Our last stop was at Wat Pho (Temple of the reclining buddha). It is officially named Wat Phra Chettuphon Vimolmangklararm. We have visited so many unknown places, the hidden gem, the incredible experience with local life living, and an absolutely beautiful history telling by the tour guide.
Go Explore Beyond the City
Bangkok Canal Boat & Bike Tour is another way to see the outside of the city of Bangkok. The tour starts10 am and finished in the late afternoon. Visited the local market, shops along the way, and only cycling through the narrow paths by the local houses. Having a short break in the cafe with a tasty cake, wonderful drink, and a lovely owner. Thanusingha Bakery House, the Portuguese Cake Bakery, how they use the ordinary traditional Portuguese style to bake a delicious cake and not too many tourists know this place, it’s the hidden gem. Map
Wat Kampangbangjak Banglongloung
There are two pagodas name exactly the same, told by the tour guide. Only this place that lines up with restaurants comes with balconies facing the Canal, watching the boat tour, feeding river fish, and enjoy a lovely meal. Map and while waiting for the meal, I bought lots of fish’s food and feed them. It was nearly 3 pm that we have to jumped on the boat ride along the Canal. Surprisingly, we got to see giant lizards sleeping just right outside of the backyard of the house and even nearby the bushes. The boat riding was fun, watching local people living by the river, the wild fish, lizards and we finally get back to the city for short cycling to end the tour.
Night Market at Asiatique Riverfront
Bangkok has so many night market, each of them is very gorgeous and alive. I chose this market because it’s the closest one where I was staying. It has the largest open mall, restaurant all over the place and a huge playground, notably, it has a massive dock facing the Chao Phraya River. I had a lovely barbecue of Thai food, sat close by the dock. I would recommend getting a taxi during the night time, much more convenient and safe.
Don’t really want it to End!
I didn’t realize today is today, it’s time to pack and get ready to go back home. Three nights and four days in Bangkok were definitely enjoyable.