As the major hub for getting anywhere in South East Asia, Bangkok is a lively metropolitan city, with all the conveniences of any Western city. Getting to each destination is easy and there are always so many options for things to do.
While most travellers I meet don’t have positive feedback about Bangkok, I for one love the city! There’s nothing more welcoming to me than well-connected subway lines. And Bangkok has a metro line, as well as two skytrain lines. It’s so easy to get around.
There’re so many things to do in the city, it’s impossible for anyone to get bored. I decided to take Bangkok slowly and didn’t over-plan my days with sights after sights.
Located away from the central core of the city, the Grand Palace can be a bit of a trek to get to. It’s a flat 500 baht fee to get in and it closes by 3pm.
Personally, I didn’t think it was grand nor impressive. My experience was also greatly hindered by the loads and loads of tour groups present at the same time. At least now it’s off my Bangkok checklist.
Jim Thompson House
Located close to the National Stadium BTS line, this former private home only cost 150 baht to visit. With the purchase of your ticket, a tour around the property is also included.
I enjoyed this sight and learning about Jim Thompson. It was also a welcome change in scenery and pace, where the entire property is surrounded by trees and backs onto a small canal. A little bit of a peaceful oasis in the centre of the city.
Ferry Ride Along Chao Phraya River
A great way to experience Bangkok’s waterfront. I decided to take the ferry from the central pier at Saphan Taksin, which is also a BTS skytrain stop, all the way to the end of the line. I paid 15 baht to take the orange line and the ferry ride to the end took about 2 hours. There’s so much to see on the way, like Wats, the Memorial Bridge and the Holy Rosary Church.
I got off at Nonthaburi (N30), the last stop and was happily surprised to see a large food and clothing market.
But enough about sights, let’s get to the good stuff. Bangkok is a heaven for shoppers! You can get pretty much anything, but what concerned me the most was apparel. Malls and markets are everywhere, at nearly every metro and skytrain stop.
Platinum Fashion Mall
Located off Chit Lom BTS skytrain station, this is an indoor mall that specializes in whole sale clothing and accessories.
Pratu Nam Market
Across the major street from Platinum Fashion Mall, this market is also a wholesale market. The big difference from Platinum is that it’s all outdoors on sidewalks.
Between Chit Lom and Siam BTS skytrain station. This is the largest shopping complex in Bangkok. Stores here are pretty standard, you get everything you’d get at home.
At Sukhumvit Metro station or Asok BTS skytrain station, this newly built mall is a fun way to spend an afternoon. Each floor has a different city theme, with stores selling brands and styles from that particular city.
Right at Phrom Phong, the Emporium offers stores and products of the higher end. Most stores are luxury designer brands, but the food court and grocery store offers a delicious array of baked goods and desserts.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
As the name suggests, this market is open on Saturdays and Sundays. Located close to Mo Chit BTS station, this market sells everything you can imagine. Just don’t expect the vendors to sway in their prices much though.