If you ask most of your friends around you, you’d find one thing in common. Most of them, including yourself, have probably done a short trip in Bangkok at least once in their lifetime. In fact, Bangkok is among top three destinations Malaysians visited end of year 2016, says Expedia. (Shockingly, some of us may have been to Bangkok more times than heading to say East Malaysia, but I digress…)
Whilst you probably believe you know Bangkok like the back of your head, with your must-go tourist haunts including Chatukchak, Platinum Mall (especially for the die hard shoppers!), however we hope to share 5 new things to do during your short trip in Bangkok, with contributions from some of the well-travelled writers on the net!
1. Changchui for the art fanatics
One personal favourite from your truly is ChangChui in Thonburi district, the latest addition to Bangkok’s thriving night market scene.
Think fashion apparel stalls, concept cafes, food trucks, a vintage cinema for the film buffs and a music store. The creative co-working space looks more like a page in a fairy tale book than the usual boisterous Thai night markets you are used to seeing in Bangkok. Did I mention there is a big plane in the middle of it all?
The concept of the market is creating a space where new artists and designers can showcase their work at a fraction of the usual price. Chang Chui is also very interesting because is all made by reused structures – sincerely applaud their efforts at sustainability living!
2. Visit Chinatown for the hustle and bustle!
Breathing Travel says this about Chinatown: “You haven’t been to Bangkok if you haven’t visited Chinatown. The area is less developed than the rest of Bangkok, you see less foreign faces and a lack of English-speaking people and air-conditioned places are to be expected.
In the heart of the quarter lies Yaowarat Road with many small alleys and lanes branching off. Put down your Bangkok map and get lost between shops selling gold, clothing, electronics or antiques. There are many temples, shrines and old shophouses scattered across the area as well. Once the sun sets, the street turns into a massive food market with flickering neon lights of Chinese characters over your head.”
Wish to try some exotic foods? Well you’ve come to the right place, so make sure you fit this into your short trip in Bangkok!
3. Sample Street Food at a Trendy “Train Market”
Quoting a passage from Marriott Traveller: “Most travelers head to popular Chatuchak Weekend Market to shop (more on that in a second) and sample street food, but if you want to rub elbows with Thai hipsters as you chow down, head to the so-called “Train Market,” also known as Ratchada Night Market, located near the Thailand Cultural Centre station of the MRT underground. In addition to delicious street eats, the Train Market is a hip place to throw back Singha beer or, yes, to shop for trendy souvenirs and clothing.”
4. Temples Run By Night
One thing you can squeeze in your short trip in Bangkok is to visit some of the most beautiful temples, including Wat Pho, at night! That’s right, they are all open at night so you won’t need to compromise your shopping time in the day anymore – rejoice all you shoppers! You can’t go in to see some of the popular touristy sights, like the Reclining Buddha, however you’d be able to take your time to enjoy the rest of the temple’s beauty and take beautiful pictures without the presence of sea of tourists. Mind you, a guard may follow you around to make sure that you are not causing trouble, but it is completely allowed – take it as having your own personal bodyguard!
5. Learn the art of Thai Massage!
Speaking of Wat Pho. Did you think that Thai massage was invented at Wat Pho? Yes everyone loves to get a Thai message, but perhaps while you’re at it, you may want to consider learning the art of Thai massage? Massage classes at Wat Pho Thai Massage School is especially great for couples looking for an unforgettable experience, and one skillset you can take back home after your short trip in Bangkok! During the class, you and your partner (or you and an instructor if you’re heading to Bangkok on a solo basis) will take turns practising a series of Thai massages techniques on each other. Talk about making your short trip in Bangkok worthwhile!
6. Visit Channel 7 Boxing Stadium for some Muay Thai live action!
Muay Thai is Thailand’s national sport with a long and proud tradition. Here, they have Muay Thai fights every Sunday afternoon, so you can experience the thrill of the fight for yourself. Atmosphere is great and we hear it is super fun to watch locals during the top-tier fights. To enjoy the fights, you should get there at around 12:15 pm. There’s a grandstand specially for tourists opposite the entrance where you can sit. Best part, it is absolutely free! A must go during your short trip in Bangkok!
There you have it. We hope we have enlightened you with 6 new things to do during your short trip in Bangkok and have provided you enough bullets to impress your travel companions with! We do have another cheeky suggestion – we are certain you’d win brownie points by demonstrating preparedness before the trip, through obtaining a group travel insurance for you and your travel companions 😉
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