I haven’t been to Thailand since college. My friends and I decided to take a trip at the end of our senior year to make some memories before our graduation. At that time, we’ve skipped Bangkok and went directly to Phuket. So technically this was my first time in Bangkok.
Considering prices of all commodities being extremely low, compared to the U.S or Japan, it wasn’t what I used to remember. Back in the day, we used to have an hour massage for like $2! Had a table of full fresh seafood and I remember paying like $4 per person! It was like heaven to some poor college students who didn’t have much to splurge. This wasn’t the case anymore in Bangkok. Plus my impressions of Thailand was purely based on my experiences from Phuket, and it was a very long, long time ago!
I was very impressed the way traditional and modern cultures intertwined. Vibrant markets full of fresh fruits, seafood, and flowers, new fashion trends, and influences brought everywhere from fashion capitals of London, Tokyo, Austrailia, the city is full of exuberances, new and old cultures that are about to burst. Here is a small list of places to go.
1. Wat Arun: Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan or Wat Arun is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok Yai district of Bangkok, Thailand, on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River. 158 Wang Doem Rd, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600, Thailand
2. Wat Po: Wat Pho, also spelled Wat Po, is a Buddhist temple complex in the Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok, Thailand. It is on Rattanakosin Island, directly south of the Grand Palace. 2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Subdistrict, Pranakorn District, Bangkok 10200, Thailand.
3. Siam Center: is a shopping center near Siam BTS station.
4. Pak Khlong Market: 116 Chakphet Rd, Khwaeng Wang Burapha Phirom, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
I absolutely do not recommend going to the Floating Market. It is nothing like the pictures from the brochure. They sell a bunch of crappy things you can buy from the night market, do not waste your time and money going to the Floating Market.