what to do in bangkok by Duangkamon Perybey
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What to do in Bangkok?

What to do in Bangkok? This is the standard question that nearly every tourist asks upon landing here, eager to explore for 1-3 days before heading north or south, depending on their interests and the season.

As a Thai native who has spent most of my life in Thailand, with stints in the USA, Malaysia, and Germany, as well as frequent global travels, I’ve often been approached by foreign friends seeking advice on Thailand—where to go, what to do, what to eat, and when to visit. With my extensive experience traveling across the country, I feel compelled to start writing about travel in Thailand, offering recommendations on destinations, accommodations, and dining experiences. So, if you’ve stumbled upon this blog, congratulations! You’re entitled to free consultation if you’re considering a trip to Thailand—be it the north, south, east, or west, as I’ve traversed most of them. Thailand boasts 77 provinces, and I’ve explored 76 of them, with Buengkan being the sole exception, though I plan to visit soon.

Born in Bangkok but raised in Ayutthaya until the age of 15, I’ve been exploring Thailand since childhood, thanks to my father’s job, which took us to countless destinations. Throughout my teenage years, in addition to indulging in literature and cinema, my friends and I engaged in various activities like trekking, camping, hitchhiking, and city tours. Later, as a travel and lifestyle editor, I had the privilege of extensively traveling within Thailand, often sponsored by car companies, which enabled me to discover remote corners of the country and neighboring nations. So, not only can I provide insights on what to do in Bangkok, but I can also suggest novel experiences for those looking to rediscover Thailand.

Now, embarking on my first piece about my homeland, let’s start with Bangkok. What to do in Bangkok? The simple answer: EAT and EAT some more. Of course, that’s a jest, but it’s rooted in truth. Food stalls adorn every corner, and 24-hour minimarts ensure you’ll never go hungry in Bangkok—or anywhere in Thailand, for that matter. Even if you’re short on funds, fret not; Thai hospitality ensures that no one goes hungry in our country.

As for what to do in Bangkok, the options are abundant, whether you’re here for a day, a week, or even a month. I could outline daily itineraries detailing where to go and what to eat, but let’s start with the top 10 must-visit places, or shall we say, temples:

  1. Wat Phra Kaew
  2. Wat Pho
  3. Bangkok’s City Pillar Shrine (also known as San Lak Muang)
  4. Wat Arun
  5. Wat Benchamabophit Dusitwanaram
  6. Wat Ratchabophit
  7. Wat Rakhang
  8. Wat Ratchanatdaram
  9. Wat Saket
  10. Wat Suthat Thepwararam

Next up: where to eat. However, I must warn you to be specific in your inquiries. Are you seeking street food, fine dining, Michelin-starred cuisine, or perhaps a meal with a breathtaking view? Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about travel, hotels, or restaurants in Thailand at editor@idonothingbutlove.

Featured Photo from Alejandro Cartagena 🇲🇽🏳‍🌈 on Unsplash

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