1. Wang Lang Market
Wang Lang Market is an awesome place to grab a quick bite at a vendor or to find fresh local food to prepare back at your hotel or hostel.
2. Chatuchak Weekend Market
This is a bit of a tourist trap, with plenty of food and collectibles on sale every weekend. If you’re easily tempted to pull your wallet out and don’t want to burn your budget, stay away!
3. Klong Toey Market
This place has so much fresh, delicious local food! Better prices are hard to find anywhere in all of Thailand.
4. Taling Chan Floating Market
This place is really cool. Plenty of fresh food and you can grab a ready-made meal while floating down the Khlong Chak Phra canal. There are others, but this one is my fave. Grab a bowl of fishy soup or some fresh-picked plantains.
5. Pratunam Market
Yet another awesome place to pick up some local produce, fresh caught fish, or freshly-killed livestock. There’s plenty of vendors selling ready made spicy Thai dishes too.
6. MBK Shopping Mall
One of the most hectic shopping malls is MBK. Check out one of the performances while you shop, or grab something American to eat from the McDonalds. It’s a great way to experience the comings-and-goings of Thai culture too.
7. Or Tor Kor Market
Visiting markets is one of my personal favorites activities in Bangkok, and Or Tor Kor is amazing.
8. Dusit Zoo
The Dusit Zoo is one of the most fun things to do in Bangkok if you are with children or if you’d like to see what dwells in the greenery on either side of the river Kwai from the comfort of the city.
9. Lumpini Park
Think of Lumpini Park like you would Central Park in Manhattan. There’s locals putting on dancing shows, vendors selling delicious snacks and people just relaxing and chilling out.
10. Grand Palace / Wat Phra Kaew
The most revered architectural attractions in Bangkok. See how Thai royalty lived for over two hundred years.
11. Wat Pho
Home of the reclining Buddha and the birthplace of the traditional Thai massage.
12. Wat Arun
Wat Arun is the temple of dawn, located on the the Chao Phraya River. Really mysterious and rich in history.
13. Wat Saket
Bangkok’s Golden Mountain Temple with great views.
14. Erawan Museum
A giant three headed elephant-shaped temple and museum.
15. Vimanmek Mansion
The largest golden teak wood mansion in the world. Total awesomeness!
16. Khao San Road
Bangkok’s popular nightlife and all-round party hotspot.
17. Silom and Patpong
Silom at night turns into a market with Patpong street, home to many go-go bars and tacky touristy merchandise.
18. Victory Monument
This is a sword-shaped monument that commemorates the victory Thailand had over the French colonials in the 1940’s. It’s also a great place to grab a rickshaw or bus, and have some traditional Thai noodle soup.
19. Eat Durian
Durian, also known as the king of fruits, is creamy and sweet, and it’s the best fruit in the world.
Pahurat is home to Bangkok’s Indian immigrants. Eat traditional curry dishes and shop for Indian clothing, jewelry, etc.
21. Pak Klong Talad
The largest flower market in Bangkok is a great place to see colorful and exotic flowers all day long.
This is one of the biggest hubs for local activity found anywhere in the city. Check out the Sampeng Market or sit down at a street-side cafe and watch the busy day unfold.
Main Image: “Around and Around We Go” by Mike Behnken