Bangkok

Bangkok is dirty, crowded, busy, and loud. But I love it. It's like nowhere I've ever been and somewhere I always want to return to. I've been 5+ times at this point. Hopefully many more to come.


Other
Favorite

Baipai Thai Cooking School

They pick you up at your hotel and bring you back after for no extra charge. You cook in outdoor kitchens in a suburb of Bangkok. It's amazing. Do this.

Sightseeing

Jim Thompson House Museum

The Jim Thompson house is a nice place to visit. I didn't go until my 5th time to Bangkok, but it gives an interesting perspective about an american who made an enormous contribution to the Thai culture. The house is beautiful and the story of Jim Thompson is fun to hear.

Sightseeing
Favorite

Khaosan Road

If you're a backpacker or have ever been one, this is a must do just to check it off your list. Possibly the most famous backpacker road in the world, this is a crazy, touristy, annoying street packed to the rafters with backpackers. BUT, it's famous. Worth walking down and grabbing a beer at a street cafe just to people watch.

Sleeping

Shanti Lodge Bangkok

If you are a backpacker or budget traveler, this is the best place in Thailand to stay. It's cheap ($2-12/night) but very very basic. The best part is the kitchen. I've still never had better pad thai in my life. Everything that comes out of the kitchen is delicious.

Eating
Favorite

Shanti Lodge Restaurant

Even if you decide to stay in a nicer hotel (which is understandable), go eat here. You'll be surprised on how low key it is, but the food is outstanding.

The Pad Thai is still the best I've ever had. The Shanti Delight is amazing. It's all good. Mmmmm..

Sightseeing
Favorite

Wat Arun Ratchavararam

Wat Arun is cool because it's one of the oldest temples in Bangkok and quite different looking than the rest. Worth a trip, and it'll get you on a cross river ferry, which is always fun.

Sightseeing
Favorite

Wat Phra Chetuphon (Wat Pho)

This is where the giant reclining Buddha is. You'll see photos of it everywhere so you should go see it for yourself. Easy to fit in on your trip to the grand palace and Wat Arun

Baipai Thai Cooking School

They pick you up at your hotel and bring you back after for no extra charge. You cook in outdoor kitchens in a suburb of Bangkok. It's amazing. Do this.

Jim Thompson House Museum

The Jim Thompson house is a nice place to visit. I didn't go until my 5th time to Bangkok, but it gives an interesting perspective about an american who made an enormous contribution to the Thai culture. The house is beautiful and the story of Jim Thompson is fun to hear.

Khaosan Road

If you're a backpacker or have ever been one, this is a must do just to check it off your list. Possibly the most famous backpacker road in the world, this is a crazy, touristy, annoying street packed to the rafters with backpackers. BUT, it's famous. Worth walking down and grabbing a beer at a street cafe just to people watch.

Shanti Lodge Bangkok

If you are a backpacker or budget traveler, this is the best place in Thailand to stay. It's cheap ($2-12/night) but very very basic. The best part is the kitchen. I've still never had better pad thai in my life. Everything that comes out of the kitchen is delicious.

Shanti Lodge Restaurant

Even if you decide to stay in a nicer hotel (which is understandable), go eat here. You'll be surprised on how low key it is, but the food is outstanding.

The Pad Thai is still the best I've ever had. The Shanti Delight is amazing. It's all good. Mmmmm..

Wat Arun Ratchavararam

Wat Arun is cool because it's one of the oldest temples in Bangkok and quite different looking than the rest. Worth a trip, and it'll get you on a cross river ferry, which is always fun.

Wat Phra Chetuphon (Wat Pho)

This is where the giant reclining Buddha is. You'll see photos of it everywhere so you should go see it for yourself. Easy to fit in on your trip to the grand palace and Wat Arun