Where to shop for food in Chinatown Bangkok
Bangkok travel guide
One of the most beautiful temples in Bangkok: Wat Arun at night
Buddha statues in the Temple of the Reclining Buddha: Wat Pho
Rooftop restaurants and bars are the big hit in Bangkok: Dinner with a view over the city in Vertigo
Typically Bangkok: Tuk Tuks
The Chao Phraya: artery of the city. The most beautiful hotels and the most important sights are located directly on the river
Definitely try it in Bangkok: Street food at a cookshop - the best food in the world
Markets are part of the shopping experience in Bangkok. The largest is the Chatuchak Weekend Market
Bangkok, the city of angels
Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, the city of temples, skyscrapers, tuk tuks, luxury shopping malls, markets, food stalls, rooftop bars and gourmet restaurants.
A single melting pot of opposites and life pulsates at every time and at every corner. With this perfect mix, Bangkok is one of the most exciting and interesting cities in Southeast Asia. The official Thai name for Bangkok is "Krung Thep": City of Angels.
The 10 best Bangkok attractions:
Practical top 10 list
City of contrasts:
Bangkok is chaotic, Bangkok is fascinating. You either hate or love this city. Bangkok is hot, stuffy, full of cars, full of people, full of sounds and smells. On the other hand, life pulsates everywhere, the food stalls offer delicious specialties on every corner, the air-conditioned Skytrain floats over the streets of the city without traffic jams. This mixture in particular is so appealing and Bangkok would not be Bangkok if it were different.
The traffic chaos has surprisingly subsided a little in the last few years. In the past, all the streets were mercilessly clogged and it took forever to get from the airport to the city. Today there is the Skytrain and the subway, which have helped ease the burden. There are still traffic jams at the important transport hubs, but they are much more relaxed than before. The whole city has changed massively in the last 20 years. The bustling shopping centers had to give way for the most part to the high-gloss malls, luxury hotels are opening in chord in Bangkok and skyscrapers and rooftop bars are increasingly shaping the image of the new Bangkok. This is one side of Bangkok. On the other hand, there are still the small alleys, the markets, quaint food stalls, the vast network of streets, the backpacker area around Khaosan Road and, last but not least, the beautiful temples in the old town.
Quiet and noise
In the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaeo, Wat Arun and Wat Pho in the old town you will find complete peace (apart from the murmuring of tourists). However, if you step out of the white walls of the Grand Palace, the traffic noise of Bangkok awaits you again.
It is particularly crowded at traffic hubs such as Silom Road or Sukhumvit Road. Every few meters along the main roads there are concrete pillars and elevated concrete structures. This is Bangkok's Skytrain System. The photo shows the traffic under the Siam Skytrain Station. The big shopping malls are bustling here.
New and old
A wide variety of architectural styles come together in Bangkok. If you come from Bangkok Airport, you can see the skyline of Bangkok from afar with the skyscrapers, some of which are still under construction.
In the old town of Bangkok, on the other hand, you can admire the most beautiful temple complexes in Thailand, such as Wat Pho, the oldest temple in Bangkok from the 16th century.
The people - poor and rich
14 million people live in Bangkok. A unique melting pot between rich and poor, modern and traditional, western and Asian. I have never seen such diversity in any other city. On Silom Road, the economic center of the city, you can watch women in suits and fancy dress who eat on plastic chairs at simple food stalls during their lunch break. Or light an incense stick at the Erawan Shrine. If you get lost in the small streets off the main streets, they too Soi are called, you are suddenly in a different world. Simple housing and less western conditions. Partly also poverty - only a few steps away from the proud business, shopping and hotel luxury buildings.
Simple food stall or gourmet restaurant
Restaurant and food stall tips
Where to eat in Bangkok
You can hardly dine as varied and good as in Bangkok in any other city in the world. No matter whether you can afford the expensive rooftop noble restaurants like the "Sirocco" on the Lebua State Tower or the Vertigo Moon Bar and Grill restaurant on the Banyan Tree Hotel, or eat a simple and inexpensive noodle soup at a street stall.
In Bangkok, eating is an experience everywhere and a meal at a cookshop is definitely not to be missed. There is no better food anywhere.
Modern Skytrain or Tuk Tuk with a two-stroke engine
Local transport in Bangkok
How do you get from A to B?
With the Skytrain you float air-conditioned over the traffic jams of Bangkok. One of the most modern means of transport in the world.
With the tuk tuk you are right in the middle of the chaos. Both modes of transport are worth an experience.
Alternatively, you can always take a taxi and the prices are moderate. However, there are plenty of taxi drivers trying to drive to tourist traps.
If you want to get to the old town quickly and at the same time want to experience a great view of the skyline of Bangkok, you can get there quickly and cheaply with one of the many express boats.
Shopping deluxe or a la Bangkok
Shopping tips in Bangkok
Where is the best place to shop and what?
The shopping centers are lined up at the "Siam" Skytrain station. "MBK", "Central World", "Paragon" or Siam Center. There you can buy Prada, Gucci and Co.
At night markets such as the Patpong Night Market, however, the same models can be found as copies at a fraction of the original prices. There is almost nothing that cannot be bought as a copy in Bangkok. The motto here is to act and not to be angry about the poor quality. A fake Rolex watch sometimes only lasts a year and clothing copies are often poorly sewn.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
The best market in Bangkok is Chatuchak Market, which takes place on weekends in the northern part of Bangkok.
The Chao Phraya River and the Khlongs
Bangkok was once also called the "Venice of the East" because the city mainly consisted of waterways, the khlongs and life took place there. In the meantime, many khlongs have been filled in and roads built over. However, the Chao Phraya River continues to play an important role in Bangkok's transportation system. The express boats take you to the most important sights such as Chinatown, the Grand Palace, Wat Po and Wat Arun without traffic jams. One of the two Skystrain lines ends at Sathorn Pier. There you can transfer directly to the boats.
You should save yourself the expensive khlong tours and rather make a detour to one of the last khlongs in Bangkok, which is behind the Jim Thompson house.
The well-known floating markets are two hours outside of Bangkok.
One night in Bangkok
Nightlife in Bangkok
Tips for going out
With the chrome bar palaces of Patpong, Soi Cowboy and Nana, Bangkok has become world-famous as a red-light paradise. A visit to Bangkok's nightlife in Patpong or Soi Cowboy is also an experience for tourists. Patpong is more like a tourist night market than a notorious red light district and is populated every evening by male and female tourists and even children of all nations. More and more music bars and restaurants are opening up here, so you almost have to look for the red light bars.
Of course, Bangkok also has something to offer for high demands. All you have to do is visit one of the many rooftop bars. Our recommendation: The highest bar in the world - the Skybar on the Lebua State Tower.
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I'm Kristin, I've loved Thailand and Thai food since my first trip over 20 years ago. Since then I have been traveling to Thailand several times a year, with a focus on Bangkok and southern Thailand. Thousands of photos, many tips and recipes have come together on the many trips that are available here at Leckerbisschen.de.
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