Locals know best, so a while ago I asked my Bangkok friends -Patch, Miki and Puy- to give their three favorite places in Bangkok. Patch and Miki I met during my internship at the Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok and Puy is a friend of Patch. Below you can find the tips these three lovely young Bangkokians gave me and I also added my three favorite places in Bangkok.
Thanks Miki, Patch and Puy!!
Patch (25 years, Bangkok, works in business development)
“It is my home town which is located in the outskirts of Bangkok. This area is recognized as a green area of Bangkok. There are no skyscrapers like in downtown, but rice fields and farms instead. It is something that most people do not think of, when they think of Bangkok, but it is what the Bangkokians are calling for: ‘nature…”
The Chao Phraya River
“The Chao Phraya river is in one of the longest rivers in Thailand and flows through the heart of Bangkok. When I have to go to the river side area I always take the public boat. This way I can escape the Bangkok traffic and enjoy seeing the historical places and beautiful old architecture along the river side.”
BoB travel tip: Take a longtail boat or a ferry along the Chao Praya river.
Baiyoke Tower II
“The Baiyoke Tower 2 is the tallest building in Thailand. I love seeing the whole scenery of Bangkok from the observatory at the 84th floor. From this spot, I can see the natural and man-made side of the city, the modern and old buildings, and the luxury and poor houses.”
Puy (26 years, Bangkok, works at a private company)
Phra Nakhon District
“Phra Nakhon is the central district of Bangkok, including the Rattanakosin Island which is the historical area and bordered by the Chao Phraya river. It is one of the best spots! It attracts tourists because there are many significant landmarks. The most important temples and museums are situated here.”
BoB travel tip: Don’t miss the Wat Pho, Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Khao San Road in this district!
“Siam is considered to be the heart of Bangkok. It is a shopping and entertainment area, including Siam Square, Siam Paragon, Siam Center/Discovery and Central world. This is the place where you can see the fashion of Bangkokians, big shopping zones, teenagers and tutoring schools!”
“It is not hard to guess from the name ‘Yaowarat’ – China town in Bangkok. It is the place for the Chinese community, with plenty of street markets, gold shops and of course, its famous food street. The best time to visit this street is in the evening/night.”
Miki (26 years, Bangkok, works in health care)
The RAMA VIII Bridge
“It is one of the bridges crossing over the Chao Phraya river. However, with its splendid design and a great point of Chao Phraya river’s view, it has become a great visiting place.”
“It is the most popular place for teenagers to gather up. Also, it is a place with most updated fashion style to shop for.”
“It is the first hospital that was established in Thailand. Every little spot in the hospital contains its own story. Also, I am so fond of the place because it is where I went for my medical schools.”
BoB travel tip: Visit the highly interesting Medical Museum at the Siriraj Hospital. The entrance is 200 THB.
Manouk (29 years, loves Bangkok, works in health care)
Wang Lang market
The Wang Lang market is a small market right across the Siriraj hospital and on the banks of the Chao Praya river. It’s a lively market full of food and house hold goods. It also has some pretty good street food and some of Bangkoks best curries. It’s unlikely you will find other tourists at this market. Simply take a ferry to Tha Wang Lang to get there.
Bang Krachao is a gorgeous small island located in the Chao Praya river. It’s my favorite green oasis in Bangkok’s city centre and on this island you will find small villages, cycling paths, temples and of course loads of green. The island can be easily reached by MRT.
One of the most beautiful sky bars in Bangkok (and maybe the world!). Have a cocktail and enjoy the stunning views over the city. There is a strict dress code at Lebua, so don’t show up with your backpacker flip flops and full moon party tank top.
And now I’m curious: What is your favorite place in Bangkok? Your must-go tip?