When to go?
To be honest, it doesn’t really matter it will be freaking hot anyways 😉 However, the best time to go is from November to February, that’s when the temperature is lowest aka 30 C degrees instead of 40 C degrees, and it doesn’t rain. It is important to keep in mind, that even though weather is the best during this time, it’s also Thailand’s main tourist season, which means that there will be people everywhere
Where to stay?
I stayed in a couple of different hotels in Bangkok, and my favourite was Terminal 21 Hotel (mainly because of the awesome rooftop pool). The hotel is located on top of Terminal 21 (shopping centre), and there are a lot of good restaurants in the mall and outside, plus it has direct access to BTS (metro). Ares of Bangkok that I would recommend to look into is either near Siam Paragon/ MBK (Bangkok’s main shopping area) or near Lumpini Park (the biggest park in central Bangkok).
What to see and do?
Here are my 10 top things to do/see in Bangkok
1. Grand Palace
2. Wat Pho
3. Wat Saket
4. Siam Square- Siam Paragon (shopping area)
5. Lumpini Park
6. Gigant Swing – Old town of Bangkok
7. Khaosan Road
8. Yaowarta Road (China town)
9. Erawan Shrine- Central World
10. Chatuchak market
When you go sightseeing remember to always take a long skirt/pants with you, and a t-shirt that covers up your shoulders (scarf to cover up your shoulders in case of Grand Palace is not enough). In some places (temples and Grand Palace) polite clothing is required.
Where to eat?
Above Riva (amazing view of Grand Palace and Wat Pho), Coffe Beans by Dao, Cafe Chilli, Jae-O and Siam Paragon (shopping centre with tons of restaurants, and a lot of them are really good, in Asia it’s way more normal to find good restaurants in shopping centres).
Where to see the best view of Bangkok’s skyline?
Banyan Tree, So Sofitel (the one next to Lumpini Park) and Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
Where to party?
Route 66 (my fav), Demo, Ce La Vi, and obviously Khaosan Road (Bangkok’s backpackers/ party street, warning, it does get trashy, so you will need a lot of buckets to get you through the night, but it can be fun 😉 )
What to be aware of?
Many people don’t like Bangkok, and I don’t blame them, Bangkok can be very overwhelming at first. It’s a very big city, it’s very crowded, it’s always super hot, and it can get a bit messy, but I can assure you, it is an amazing city! There is so much to do and see in Bangkok! and this city definitely has its own unique vibe and atmosphere! So just try to relax and accept Bangkok for what it is. Traffic will probably make you nuts, and taxi drivers will probably try to rip you off, but if you try to just take it easy, it will be all right, it’s worth it 😉
One day trip from Bangkok?
If you’re in Bangkok and you feel like you need some time away from the city, a day trip to Ayutthaya is a great solution. Ayutthaya is located only 50 km away from Bangkok, you can take a taxi (shouldn’t be more than 1000 bath one way) or train from Bangkok’s Central station (it costs 30 bath, and takes 1,5 hour). Ayutthaya is known for its past as Thailand’s old capital and many beautiful ancient temples. Back in the days in 16th century Ayutthaya’s beauty and development used to be compared to Paris! At Ayutthaya Central train station you can rent a tuk-tuk (about 400-600 bath for half a day), which will take you around all the historical sites. Definitely a really nice day trip, and very different surroundings to busy Bangkok.
Grand PalaceRooftop pool of Terminal 21 Erawan Shrine next to Central World View from So Sofitel of Lumpini Park and Bangkok’s skyline