More Than Partying: What more is there to see in Bangkok? [Part 1]
When you hear the word Bangkok, you’re probably thinking of these two things: Party and Backpackers. While it’s true that Bangkok is a backpacker’s haven and the parties here are insane, there’s so much more to this city than drinking & dancing till dawn.
A friend once asked me this:
“I’m done with partying. Yes, it’s fun; but there’s no scarcity of parties back home. What more is there for me to discover in this city?”
I thought I’d share the tips I told her in this blog as well. This is Part I of this series, which will cover the things you should see if you’re staying in Bangkok for three days or less!
1. Start with the tourist / city tour.
Whenever I travel, I dedicate a day or two to see all the tourist spots. There’s just something cool about personally seeing these structures that we only knew of from books and the internet!
I recommend taking the Chao Phraya Hop on and Hop Off Tourist Boat so you can cross the city’s famous landmarks off your bucket list. In one day, you can visit and see the following:
- River City
- Flower Market
- Wat Arun
- What Pho
- Grand Palace
- Thonburi Railway
- Khao San Road
2. Check out the Hipster Area – Ari Neighborhood.
Why Ari? Because it’s honestly the hottest neighborhood right now. Many dub it as the “Hipster Area” because every corner is a small cafe / restaurant with a unique personality. If you’re tired of the same restaurants and you want cafes that are intimate and run by small business owners, then Ari is the place to be.
My personal recommendation is a place called Paper Butter. A review on this place plus five other must-see restaurants is coming up on this blog soon, but trust me when I say this: the food is as great as the ambiance of the place.
Now you might be asking, are there any affordable places to stay at in Ari? Absolutely! I chose to stay at The Yard because it’s affordable and…
- …it’s near all the new restaurants I want to eat at.
- …it’s only 7-mins away from the train making it very accessible to all the other areas in Bangkok.
- …the community is great! Beers and fun chit chat vs smelly parties? I chose the former, please! The Yard will give you just that.
Click here to see a tour of The Yard >>
3. Food Trip, anyone?
There’s nothing like getting to know a city through food. This is why I recommend also trying out the city’s famous street foods. Here are the areas with the most concentration of street foods:
- Bang Khun Non
- Little Arabia
- Nang Loeng (fairly close to Democracy Monument)
- Petchaburi Soi 5
- Ramkamhaeng (opposite Ramkamhaeng University)
- Silom Soi 20
- Soi Ari
- Soi Rambuttri (near the 7-Eleven)
- Sukhimvit Soi 33
- Talat Phlu
- Victory Monument
That concludes Part I of this series! Staying for more than three days? Then there’s enough time to explore more of this majestic place! Stay tuned for the next part.