Bangkok would have to be one of my favourite cities in the world. From temples, to shopping, to lady boy cabarets, the city offers something for everyone. I could people watch for hours on end hustling and bustling on Khao San Road. Senses are always awakened by the pungent street smells rising from the humid pavements, and navigating through the busy streets often becomes a game of dodgems (mind your head), as you count the near misses from the seriously low electricity cables. No matter how dirty the city is, there’s just something about it that always leaves me wanting more.
This was my third time in Bangkok and having visited the major tourist attractions on previous occasions, it was nice to spend my final two days in Thailand as more of a local. Hailing from Melbourne, expats Georgie & Joseph kindly allowed me to stay in their apartment in Sukhumvit. From travelling on the Sky Train to strolling through Lumphini Park, it was great to get their recommendations on things to do in Bangkok. But one excursion that was non negotiable on my itinerary was a visit to one of my favourite places in the world, Moon Bar at the Banyan Tree hotel. Another place where hours seem to disappear, hypnostised by the mesmerising view and the city lights. So what do two expats recommend you should do when you’re visiting Bangkok, here are some of their top suggestions:
- Wat Arun. A Buddhist temple in Bangkok Yai district.
- Namh Restaurant. Voted as one of the worlds top 50 restaurants, Australian-born chef David Thompson produces some of the best Thai cuisine in Asia. Sadly I missed out eating here as my cab driver couldn’t find it!
- Opposite Mess Hall. Enjoy cocktails and asian inspired tapas.
- Sky Bar at Lebua State Tower or Moon Bar at Banyan Tree Hotel. The prices are worth the views.
- Coffee at Roots. Open Saturdays & Sundays from 12pm.
- Breakfast at Rocket. Located in Sathorn.
- Late late night drinks at Wong’s Place. Best after 2AM.
- Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
- Khlong boat tour. Another great way to see the city.
- Bangkok flower market. Best experienced at night.
- People watching on Khao San Road.
- A walk around Lumphini Park (late afternoon is best)
- Chatuchak weekend market.
- Any of the walks in 22 Walks in Bangkok book.