Be Right There, BKK!


Thailand’s capital city sees millions of visitors every year; and a few days (and nights) in town prove why it’s one of the world’s most unique cities! Whenever I have first-time guests over, I do my best to immerse them into Bangkok’s best experiences. These often include temples, street markets, and the local nightlife. Check out my list to see the ultimate tourist guide to Krung Thep!

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Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)

วัดอรุณราชวราราม ราชวรมหาวิหาร

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Wat Arun is a spectacular riverside temple famous for its intricate spires. There are five prangs (Khmer-style towers) in the compound, each encrusted with colorful pieces of Chinese ceramics and porcelain. Climb the central steeple to marvel at views of the winding Chao Phraya River and the Grand Palace across the bank.

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The Grand Palace


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The Grand Palace is a large complex that used to be the home of Thai kings, the Royal Court, and the government’s administrative seat. It’s composed of several impressive buildings, but Wat Phra Kaew is the most prominent. The temple houses The Emerald Buddha, the most important Buddhist image in the country. Learn about Thailand’s history and progress as you spend an afternoon (or an entire day) here. Dress appropriately—the Grand Palace employs a strict dress code!

  • Na Phra Lan Road, Old City (Rattanakosin), Bangkok, Thailand
    ถนนหน้าพระลาน, เขตพระนคร ( รัตนโกสินทร์ )

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Wat Saket (Temple of the Golden Mount)


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Wat Saket is best known for the Golden Mount, an 80-meter high man-made hill crowned with a golden stupa. Before climbing 300 steps to get to the structure, notice the unusual cemetery at the base. Wat Saket used to be the capital crematorium; it became a dumping ground for around 600,000 plague victims! When you ascend to the top, visit the Buddha relic housed within the chedi and marvel at the panoramic vista of old Bangkok!

  • 344 Ban Bat, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok, Thailand

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Hazel's Ice Cream Parlor and Fine Drinks

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When Bangkok’s heat becomes too much to handle, find solace in Hazel’s Ice Cream Parlour. The shop is popular for its boozy concoctions, but there are also non-alcoholic options for the purists. They have teamed up with organic producer Farm to Table to create their own line of flavors such as Absinthe Cream, Bourbon Vanilla, and Rum Raisin. You may try it per scoop, but I suggest you indulge in a full-on sundae!

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Khao San Road


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Khao San Road is a one-kilometer backpacker haven! The strip is lined with budget guesthouses, street markets, and hip bars. It exudes an “anything goes” vibe which welcomes budget travelers, young hipsters, and art students to converge and share stories over a few bottles of beer. Go out for a night of fun and sink yourself into the area’s eclectic energy!

  • Talat Yot, Khet Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand

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