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What to do & see in Bangkok

Bangkok is a large city, and it can be daunting to try and decide where to go when you’re there. If it’s your first time, you’ll want to hit some of the sites but also partake in some quintessential experiences.

Here are my recommendations.


Thailand is a constitutional monarchy. One of the first things you’ll notice as you make your way into the city is all of the large pictures of the King and the Royal Family.

The royal residence is open to the public (until 3 pm every day) and it’s the most visited of Bangkok’s tourist spots. Rightfully so: everything is adorned in gold. I’ve seen my fair share of palaces but this one may have been the most grand. Before you go, be sure to cover shoulders and knees or you won’t be allowed inside.


A popular temple across the river named after the Hindu God Aruna. The temple was built before 1656 CE and is picturesque with its blue and white accents, a change from all hte gold that adorns the city. There’s also a few smaller temples on the grounds, as well as a garden and statues.

As pretty as Wat Arun is during the day, its best to see at night. Head to Amorosa before sunset. The rooftop of this five-story establishment is perfect to enjoy a cocktail and Thai sunset. In December, the sun sets between 6p and 6:30 p. Get to the bar around 5 p to grab a table at the front.

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36-38 Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand


Wat Pho is yet another temple south of the Grand Palace and directly across the river from Wat Arun. The highlight at Wat Pho for most people is the reclining Buddha, a gold statue that lays at 15 meters tall and 46 meters long.

Don’t overlook the rest of what the Wat has to offer. The other temples, building and statues are beautiful and unlike anything else you’ll see in Bangkok.


This is just fun and the true Thai way to travel around the city. Tuk Tuks are motorbikes that have carriages built around them to offer extra seating. It’s usually just a few American dollars to get from place to place (again you can barter), and it’s better than boring enclosed taxi.


The river is a passage to authentic Thai life. You get to see how so many people live and explore the city from a new point of view. Plus, a breezy boat ride will be a lovely break from the humidity.

I happened on a group of people who offer boat tours, so unfortunately I have no advice there. But ask around, I’m sure someone can point you in the right direction.

cc: Sabrina Russello


This park seems to be the place to go for an evening workout. There are makeshift outdoor gyms in several locations throughout the park. The walking path hugs a large pond as most parks do. On the map it shows a snake farm at one edge of the park, but I I avoided that altogether.


That’s it. Just do it.


If nothing else, you should spend a drink’s worth of time at Soi Cowboy to people watch. This area is a few blocks of real estate lined with bars. It’s also known as the red light district of Bangkok.

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