How bad is the traffic in Bangkok
Bangkok - My love-hate-love sightseeing tips
Bangkok is that for many Gateway to Southeast Asia. Some love it, others want to leave as soon as possible. In the 80 million metropolis they bounce Contrasts of Thai society like nowhere else. Giant frozen malls are in the direct vicinity of small, local food stalls. Luxury meets poverty. It's hot, it's terribly humid ...
On my third visit to the Capital of Thailand I actually managed to delight myself with the monster Bangkok. In this article, I'll tell you how I did it and how you can approach your first visit in a relaxed manner.
Sightseeing in Bangkok - go or no go?
In all honesty, I hardly feel like going to Bangkok at all Sightseeing. City tours are generally rarely relaxed and in Bangkok there are often jet lag, the unfamiliar heat and the extreme humidity. That is why I would like to recommend visiting Bangkok at the end of a trip rather than right at the beginning.
Since I knew exactly that this was the way things were going for me in Bangkok, I took it easy this time too and only partially checked out the big must-dos. Then I prefer to stroll in the streets and let myself drift. That's why my Bangkok recommendations look a little different:
My Bangkok recommendations for a relaxed city break
Throw yourself into the Bangkok traffic and get out alive!
You never get around the traffic in Bangkok. At first glance everything is loud, dirty and completely chaotic! Pedestrian crossings? Nothing! But try not to let yourself be stressed and take the traffic as a challenge. Find your way through the hustle and bustle. Instead of the Skytrain or the Metro, despite the heat, you should now and then walk and discover at least the part of the city in which you are staying. Treat yourself to a tuktuk or a wild ride with the moped drivers and soak up the excitement!
Bangkok by day is not Bangkok by night. You dare!
On the busy Silom Road is one of many inconspicuous banks that have at least 30 floors. I don't even look up, everything here is inconspicuous and rushes past it quickly. But when I come back here in the evening, there are tables and chairs everywhere. A kind of pop-up restaurant has taken up position directly in front of the bank's closed doors. Cooking takes place in a small pulling cart, the menu is written in Thai and English on a display.
Bangkok by day looks completely different from Bangkok by night! One of the most important lessons I learned in Southeast Asia. After nightfall, the streets are suddenly full of vendors and food stalls. A fact that makes it extremely exciting to be discovered.
Of course, you can also enjoy Bangkok at night on one of the many sky bars. But find out in advance whether there is a dress code so that you are not thrown out again because of your flip-flops. My friend Sabine's insider tip from seayousoon is called Vertigo and Moon Bar in the Banyan Tree Hotel. According to Bine, they have the best-decorated coconut ever.
Treat yourself to Thai street food!
It doesn't really matter where you are in Thailand: Eat street food. Anyway, one of the topmost basic rules when traveling to Southeast Asia is that the food always tastes best where it either looks shabbiest or where many locals eat. Especially people who have never been to Southeast Asia often still dare to go to the food stands. Be it because communication usually takes place via hands and feet or because you are afraid that your stomach will not play along. But it's worth it. Food that is prepared right in front of your eyes is often much more delicious than the food in star restaurants that promise you authentic Thai food. Regardless of whether it is Pad Thai, Mango Sticky Rice or Tom Kha Gai - when it comes to eating, clichés are needed.
Stroll or jog through the Lumphini Park!
The noisy and hectic big city overwhelms you or the jetlag strikes? You don't have to flee Bangkok directly to find peace. My little oasis of calm is the Lumphini Park. Directly at the BTS station Sala Daeng or Metrostration Lumphini you are surrounded within seconds by a silence that is only "disturbed" by lively birdsong. A relaxed walk in the park. Perhaps you will sit down by one of the lakes and watch the lizards that sneak along the shore from time to time or simply enjoy the reflecting skyline.
If the jetlag does not let you sleep and you live in the immediate vicinity, you can also join the joggers in the early morning. On this good 3-kilometer lap, however, you should start before sunrise, otherwise the heat and humidity will be unbearable.
Full speed ahead on a ferry ride on the Chao Phraya
Another option to escape the stress of the metropolis is definitely a ferry ride on the Chao Phraya. This large mnvepgnegnengkegnlen for a good 14 Baht, you don't even have to know where you want to go. Simply get on board, enjoy the swaying ups and downs, speed across the river and soak up the passing city. A trip on the ferries is exciting, but also terrifying. Especially when you are out and about in the evening and the river is much less agitated, you will always see the masses of rubbish floating in the Chao Phraya.
The ferries are also a great alternative to the refrigerator trains to change the side of the river or to get to more distant sights.
Roam the alleys around Khao San Road
Yes, most of you probably know Khao San Road. It is the famous backpacker street in Thailand. Here you get everything that Klichee screams: bucket-white alcohol, fried insects, wide-cut Chang Beer T-shirts and you can book your dream trip to the Thai islands directly. Especially at night there is always a great party here. But this street has something that attracts me. And if it's not directly Khao San Road, it's the many small streets around it. I also had my first hostel here and know one or two good food stalls that are worthwhile.
Conclusion: The Khao San Road should be seen.
Photo credit: Shutterstock
Like a huge anthill with countless, unmanageable alleys, entrances to stalls, food stalls and places where you can buy every imaginable odds and ends - this is Chinatown. The first Chinese merchants settled here as early as 1780, and today thousands of their descendants live here. Chinatown is a huge labyrinth full of energy, strange discoveries and maybe a little bit of adventure, because you just have to dare to come here and get involved in this slightly crazy world - and find out again without a scooter running over you.
Sightseeing tips from travel blog friends
This is where my Bangkok recommendations stop. But especially on my third visit, I finally felt more comfortable and decided to do more sightseeing for the next visit. I get inspiration from the following blogs:
Home is Where Your Bag Is:20 things to do in Bangkok
Fascination Southeast Asia:Bangkok Guide: Information, tips, sights, hotels and more
A Daily Travelmate:Bangkok sights - my personal highlights at a glance
22places:Rod Fai Train Market - A very special night market in Bangkok
Pink Compass:Bangkok - My 8 personal highlights & savings tips!
Good Morning World:Bangkok's landmarks
How are you? Big love in Bangkok or a love-hate relationship?
What is your insider tip in Bangkok?
Photo credit teaser image: Bangkok cityscape by Shutterstock
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