There are plenty of things to do in the Big Mango on a visit there. However, you really have to narrow down what you wish to do because there is too much to fit in everything on a single visit.
Here are some ideas for things to do in Bangkok during a vacation.
Sizing Up the Bangkok Road Challenge
Driving or riding in Bangkok is not like driving in any other part of the world. Unless you’ve had the experience of attempting to ride through the congested streets of Delhi, there’s little else that rivals the traffic jams. Even in an expensive taxi, you’ll get stuck in traffic for hours on end. It’s no joke!
Instead, you should rent a motorbike Bangkok to cover your stay. It’s much quicker to whip through the gaps between the cars and use the motorbike lanes to weave through traffic quickly. It’s no surprise that motorbike taxi services like Grab are faster than going by car. You’ll also avoid getting in adventurous taxis trying to offer fixed price rides with no meter. By having your own ride, the tuk-tuk drivers leave you alone too; truly a blessing in itself.
See the Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is a significant place to visit while in Bangkok. You don’t want to leave without having spent time there. It covers a surprising 214,000 square meters, so you won’t be able to see it all. You don’t have to be Buddhist to enjoy seeing the Grand Palace because it has interesting Siam architecture to enjoy plus excellent walking areas too.
Beware of the touts outside. Plenty of unscrupulous people will try to tell you that the Palace is closed that day. This is so they can take you to gem stores and other places where they receive a kickback from the store owner. Don’t fall for any of that. There’s just an entrance fee to get into the Palace and nothing beyond that. It’s rarely ever closed either.
Boat Ride on the Chao Phraya River
The Chao Phraya River runs across the city and is used as transport. There are numerous ports along the way with tuk-tuks and taxis waiting to transport you away to the populated part of the city nearby.
Instead of battling the rush hour traffic into the center of town to visit MBK or another shopping center, or to go to Chinatown, it’s much easier to go at least part of the way by boat and then hop on a BTS Skytrain or MRT rail line to complete your journey. You’ll see more of the city and it’s an enjoyable way to pass some time too.
You also have the option of selecting a night boat ride. These are catered with a meal and drinks laid on. It’s popular both with groups and also as a romantic evening with a partner.
Visiting Chinatown is convenient because it’s right on the river too. You can take a boat down from other parts of Bangkok and get transport into Chinatown proper. There are many excellent seafood restaurants. The area is being urbanized currently with many older restaurants being pushed out. It’s a good time to see Chinatown before it changes beyond recognition.
You never quite know what you’ll experience when in Bangkok. But that’s the joy of every visit there. Choose the right form of transportation and pack as much in as possible.