If you have Bangkok on your bucket list, let my restless feet help you get the most out of your adventure ;)
1. Food trip!
Bangkok dishes are to die for. I personally loved Pad Thai and Mango Sticky Rice. I would go back just to have them again.
I bet you won't like my next photos. Haha. FRIED INSECTS AND BUGS! Don't let these pics fool you. They're actually tasty, for real!
2. Roam around Khaosan Road
Khaosan is prolly my most favorite road. There's something about it that just makes me wanna go back again and again. Khaosan is the center of backpacking in Southeast Asia. You'll see people of different races, all unite in one road to explore what Bangkok has to offer.
3. Visit the famous floating markets.
Your trip to Bangkok wouldn't be complete if you miss these floating markets. There are a couple of them but we chose to explore Damnoen Saduak. This is the best known floating market for ages. You can book for boat tours at a price range of 800-1000 baht (Php 1,100 - Php 1,400 or $23-$28). Always remember to haggle.
4. Play with the gentle giants!
This is one of the highlights of our Bangkok travel. I fell in love with these baby beasts the moment I laid my eyes on them. It was a 2-hour travel to their haven but the playful elephants made it all worth it.
5. Experience the authentic Thai massage.
All of our massage parlors in the Philippines offer their Thai strokes. And we all love it, that's for sure. Imagine getting the signature massage in the most authentic way possible. Ah, it must be heaven. In Khaosan, you will see a bunch of therapists along the road, with their comfy massage beds enticing you to relax after your long walk. Don't worry, they can do it with your clothes on ;)
6. Shop 'til you drop!
You can shop for Thai goodies anywhere but you cannot get any cheaper prices than what Soi Rambuttri has. Soi Rambuttri is a more peaceful and affordable version of Khaosan Road. It is called a hidden gem because only a few people know about the place, despite the fact that it's just a few blocks away from Khaosan.
7. Relive the history through Bangkok National Museum.
Now let's go to the hustle-free part. My husband isn't the restless-like-Keren type of traveler, so when we had our honeymoon trip, I made sure he doesn't sacrifice his comfort over mine. So we decided to walk down Bangkok's memory lane by visiting the city's national museum. Entrance fee is 200 baht per head and they had 15 rooms with a whole lot of sub-rooms showcasing Thailand's history and art.
8. Watch a free cultural show at the National Theater.
Fan of broadways and live shows? Check out Bangkok's rich culture through their scheduled free shows in The National Theater just a few steps away from the museum. Thai mask dance drama can be witnessed every first weekend of the month.
9. Relax at Phra Sumen Fort & Santi Chai Prakan Park
If you are fond of parks and gardens, head your way to Santi Chai Prakan Park. It's a public park by the Chao Phraya River which suits everyone's budget since entrance fees are not collected. What I personally like about the park is the excellent view of the nearby Rama VIII Bridge. Yeah, I'm a sucker for bridges maybe because of my wildest dream of getting to the Brooklyn Bridge (NY).
Phra Sumen Fort is also another attraction in this park. This is an octagonal bunker built in 1783 to defend the city against possible naval invasion. It is one of the two fortresses left standing over the past centuries.
So there you go! If you are on your way to this captivating city, I hope you grab all the chances of adventures out there. Feel free to share your experiences in the comment section below! ;)