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5 Unique Things You Cannot Miss in Bangkok

A compiled list of what to do in Bangkok..

Bangkok is a fascinating, exciting and incredible city to visit. Apart from all the tourist places in Bangkok such as Kaosan Road, the Kings Palace and more, the city offers plenty of activities. Let us guide you to discover the 5 best things to do in the city of angels!

Big skyscrapers with lights during night. Bangkok is also known as the city of angels! Photo by Ragnar Vorel / CC BY

1. Eat street food

New York is known for its Skyscrapers, Paris for the Eiffel tower, and Bangkok will stay in your mind for its street food culture. You can find small food stands nearly everywhere, no matter where you are, and it is something you should try. As a former street food lover, I recommend you to not say yes when asked if you want it spicy.

A person is cooking food in a big panStreet food in Bangkok provides convenient, delicious and cheap meals. Photo by Clem Onojeghuo / CC BY

2. Take a motorcycle taxi

Did you ever thought riding a taxi can be fun? Well, in Bangkok it can be. Other than in Europe, motorbikes are the most used way of transportation in Asia. In Thailand’s capital you can recognize the motorcycle taxi drivers with their orange jackets and you can find them everywhere. Keep in mind that bargaining is a must in Asia, so get your negotiation skills ready.

Night traffic in Bangkok

3. Take part in a water fight during Songkran

Songkran, the water festival was one of my personal highlights. Unfortunately, the festivities only take place once a year from the 13th until the 15th of April. During this time everyone arms themself with a water gun or a bucket and everyone gets attacked on the streets. No matter if you are in a car, on a bike or just walking on the sidewalk – no one is safe!

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4. Visit Wat Arun Temple

There are more than 31,000 Buddhist temples spread out across Thailand and the Wat Arun temple is one that you have to see. The temple is named after Aruna, the God of Dawn. This beautiful temple is situated on the bank of the Chao Phraya River. The tower is covered in ceramic tiles and colored porcelain, which makes it an incredible sight when you catch the temple in the right light. The temple itself is guarded by a pair of mythical giants that keep watch over the temple grounds.

A big temple close to the water.

5. Explore the Bangkok Nightlife

“One night in Bangkok and the Worlds your Oyster” is a famous song written by Murray Head and it describes Bangkok’s nightlife really good. In Bangkok all different areas offer different music, themes and attractions. Bangkok’s nightlife is nothing compared to Europe and therefore, remember to be careful to not end up in the wrong establishment. From Kao Sun Road to Soy Cowboy, there is always some place to party in the city of angels.

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This article was written by our former intern Valentin.

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