ultimate bangkok travel guide

ultimate bangkok travel guide

Ultimate Bangkok Travel Guide

Visiting Bangkok soon? Check out detailed Bangkok Travel Guide in this blog before heading to the destination. There are so many things to do, places to shop, and of course food to savour. It can be overwhelming at first, but here are some top tips and see my best picks from my previous trips to Bangkok. 

Ultimate Bangkok Travel Guide Content:
1. Things to Do in Bangkok
2. Where to Shop in Bangkok
3. Bangkok Food Guide
a.Bangkok Street Food
b.Bangkok Restaurant
c.Bangkok Coffee Shop
d.Bangkok Best Bar
4. Where to stay in Bangkok

ultimate bangkok travel guide

Things to Do in Bangkok

Wat Arun and Wat Pho

Two of most well known temples in Bangkok, these two places are a must visit for cultural excursion. Wat Pho is known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha and is located at the south of the Grand Palace. It is one of the largest temple complex in the city. On the other hand, Wat Arun known as the Temple of Dawn is located across the river. You can take a boat that stops at pier 8 Sappan Takshin Boat Pier. The entry is 50 baht and is open from 08.30 to 17.30 daily. See more information and photos about Wat Arun in this post.
158 Thanon Wang Doem, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok 

The Grand palace 

The Grand Palace isa great place to see more history about the Thai Kingdom. It was built in 1782, and has been a home to Thai King, Royal Court and Government for 150 years. The grand palace consist of a complex of different buildings. You can also find one of the most important temple in Bangkok, the Temple of Emerald Buddha. Ticket costs 500 baht. Remember to dress properly and wear enclosed shoes.
1 Na Phra Lan Rd

Asiatique The Riverfront

Asiatique is a fun complex of Bangkok Riverside shopping, night market, and playground. Located facing the Chao Praya River, it is one of the must visited spot spot for friends and family. We visited the Asiatique when we stayed at the Riverfront area, just a stone throw away (10 min walking distance) from Chatrium Riverside. We were fascinated by the ferris wheel, a great way to see Bangkok from above. Ticket costs 400 baht. There are a lot of food and snacks as well. Opens from 17.00 - midnight. Easiest way to get there is by Grab/ Taxi/ BTS to Saphan Taksin Station then take Shuttle Boat from Sathorn Pier.
2194 Charoen Krung Rd

The Commons

This open air concept mall draws a lot of people since it is opened. The sort of picnic in an eco friendly building is a one of a kind theme in this busy city. Find various local boutiques, florist, coffee shops, and restaurant. Our favourite is Roast cafe located on top of the building (see the food guide)
335 (Thonglor 17), 55 Sukhumvit Rd. Nearest BTS Thong Lo

Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre

A modern and contemporary place for exhibition, the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre showcases different artists on rotational exhibition. Located just across the famous MBK and nearby National Stadium, it is a must visit for the art goers. There are also numerous art shops and cafes inside. Nearest BTS National Stadium

Where to Shop in Bangkok

Bangkok is a heaven for shopping! From street market to indoor malls, there are something for every budget. See the list below on some of the famous market in Bangkok that you have to visit. 

Famous Market in Bangkok

These famous market in Bangkok is a must visit if you are looking for fashion, home decor, food. There is always a mesmerising thing about the market in Bangkok. They are lively, crowded, and is a mix of modern and traditional background of a market. I personally love the night market the most.

  • Platinum Fashion Mall Pratunam area
222 Phetchaburi Rd, Khwaeng Thanon. Nearest BTS Chit Lom

  • Chatuchak Weekend Market
Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Khwaeng Chatuchak. Nearest BTS Mo Chit
Friday (6 pm to 12 am) Saturday and Sunday (6 am to 6 pm)

  • Chang Chui Plane Night Market
An upbeat scene of art, music, and shopping, Chang Chui Market is a hipster market wirth visiting. Sirindhorn Road. Opens 16.00 - 23.00 Tuesday to Sunday. 

  • Rod Fai Train Night Market Srinakarin
Soi 51 Srinakarin Khwaeng Nong Bon, Khet Prawet, 10250. Behind Seacon Square.
Opens 17.00- 00.00

  • Talad Neon Night Market
Famous for its instagrammable food, Talad Neon is a mix of food, shopping and fun fair. Think of the Ramadan Bazaar in Singapore. Located downtown, this market is arguably one of the most famous in social media at the moment. Petchaburi Road Pratunam. Opens wed - sun starting from 4pm until midnight

  • Pak Khlong Talat Floral Market
116 Chakkraphet Rd, Khwaeng Wang Burapha Phirom, Khet Phra Nakhon, 10200
This is the famous flower market in Bangkok. Find glorious orchids, marigold, and all sorts of flowers.

  • Lhong 1919
248 Chiang Mai Road, Bangkok Riverside. Nearest BTS Saphan Taksin
An old warehouse and chinese mansion turned into a shopping complex, Lhong 1919 is a one of a kind experience in Bangkok. Find Local brands from homewares,  candles (like Karma Kamet) and other apparel brands.


Aside from traditional market and food stalls, Bangkok is also filled with malls especially in the Central area. You can find various brands from mid-range to high end labels. Don't forget to visit their famous department store, Central. 

  • Siam Square
Siam Square is known as one of the famous Bangkok Shopping places. Siam itself comprises of both old and new, modern and rather conventional shops all at once. Read the complete Shopping Guide to Siam Square in this post
Nearest BTS Siam

  • The Central Embassy
Nearest BTS Phloen Chit

  • Em Quartier
Nearest BTS Phrom Phong

Bangkok Food Guide

A. Bangkok Street Food

  • Palladium Night Market

One of the oldest night market in Bangkok, located at the Pratunam area, Palladium Night Market serves everything from clothes, trinkets, to food, and snacks.

  • Khaosan Road

Famous among backpackers, Khaosan Road is fully alive at night. With rows of food, bars, and massage parlours, Khaosan is definitely of the liveliest spots in the city. If you fancy some out of ordinary picks (like fried insects) you can find them here.

  • Chinatown / Yaowarat

Hua Seng Hong Restaurant

Went here as i passed by their stall and saw the row of dim sum. We had no expectation, but their dim sum turns out to be amazing! We ordered the lava dimsum, siew mai, har gau, also duck rice and noodle. The duck was tender and rich and the noodle has a very nice springy texture with balanced seasoning. The place is full air conditioned, a nice place in the midst of busy hot Chinatown.

Lek and Rut Seafood

It is a nice place for an affordable seafood dining. We went here for dinner and ordered fresh oysters, grill prawns, and garlic seared morning glory. Oysters are succulent and delicious, so as their prawns. Like the other traditional food stalls in Chinatown area, it is located at a road junction and the seats are outdoor. Service was fuss free and food was served immediately.

  • Street Food in Thong Lor

Honestly, we found this while walking outside of our hotel, finding a place for late lunch. Apparently, this hidden gem noodle stall is just across! Love how cheap it is and it has quite a big portion! (can choose small or big)
Thonglor Area, across Akyra Thonglor hotel.

  • Pad Thai Thipsamai

This restaurant is a Michelin Bib Gourmand spot, serving the iconic Thai dish, Pad Thai. Expect to queue especially during dinner hour.
313-315 Maha Chai Rd, Khwaeng Samran Rat, Khet Phra Nakhon, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10200

  • Ran Jay Fai Com Chien

This restaurant is a local and tourist favourite. The 1 Michelin Star spot serves crab curry, crab omelette and congee with affordable price.
327 Maha Chai Rd, Khwaeng Samran Rat, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200

  • Pe Aor Tom Yum

Arguibly one of the best Tom Yum in Bangkok, Pe Hor is a must visit. First of all, the place is not the easiest to find. We stopped at the main road, then walked into the narrow lane of houses and all. Fortunately this is one of the best Tom Yum we have ever tasted! A balance mix of sweet, sour, and salty makes this heartwarming dish a number one on our list.
68/51 Soi Phetchaburi 5, Khwaeng Thung Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, 10400

B. Bangkok Restaurant

  • Soul Food Mahanakorn (Thai)
This restaurant receives Michelin Bib Gourmand 2018. Offering no fuss Thai cuisine in good value, it is a truly homey restaurant where you want to have a good dining experience and chill night. The restaurant also has a mini bar if you want to sip a glass of cocktail or two after dining.
56 Sukhumvit Soi 55, Thong Lor

  • Nobu (Japanese)
Thong Lor is blessed with many Japanese restaurants and they are all packed. Seems like a lot of Japanese stay in this area. Nevertheless, Nobu is our favourite. This mid price restaurant offers fresh sashimi, as well as simple yet delectable sushi.
414 Sukhumvit Soi 55, Thong Lor

  • Din Tai Fung (Chinese)
This international chain dim-sum restaurant is a go to place for no fuss chinese food. As usual, we ordered the various dims like xiao long bao, har gau, siew mai, and many more.
Central World 7th floor. Nearest BTS Chit Lom.

C. Bangkok Coffee Shop

Bangkok is filled with lovely coffee shops from rustic to minimalist to modern vibes. The city is big in the third wave coffee scene and you can find these coffee shops at every corner of the city. These are some of my favourite coffee shops in Bangkok.

  • Toby's
75, Sukhumvit 38 Alley

  • Hands and Heart

33, Sukhumvit 38 Alley

  • Roast
The Commons. 335 (Thonglor 17), 55 Sukhumvit Rd. Nearest BTS Thong Lo

  • Rocket Coffeebar
147 Soi Sueksa Witthaya 2, Silom. Nearest BTS Chong Nonsi

  • Casa Lapin X26
51, Sukhumvit 26 Alley. Nearest BTS Phrom Phong

  • Shuga Dessert Bar
27 The Residence at 61 Building, Shukumvut 61 Alley, 10110. Nearest BTS Ekkamai

  • Forrest Bake
224/3 Soi Ma Seuk Sukhumvit 22

  • Ampersand Gelato
Central World 7th floor. Nearest BTS Chit Lom.

D. Bangkok Best Bar

  • Vesper
0/15 Convent Rd, Khwaeng Silom

  • Evil Man Blues
72, 55 Sukhumvit Alley. Nearest BTS Thong Lo

  • The Iron Fairies
394, 55 Sukhumvit Alley. Nearest BTS Thong Lo

  • Seen Space
Thong Lor soi 13
A curated space of several bar and restaurants. Order the oysters from Belon and draft beer from Brew Pub across.

  • Vertigo and Moon Bar at Banyan Tree
21/100 Sathon Tai Rd, Silom
Opening hour starts from 5pm till late.

  • Sky Bar the Dome at Lebua
1055 Si Lom, Khwaeng Silom
Opening hour starts from 5pm till late.

Where to Stay in Bangkok

Anantara Siam Bangkok

Stayed here for the yearly World Gourmet Festival, you can check my full review of Anantara Siam Bangkok here. It is located right at the heart of Bangkok at Ratchadamri road, Pathum Wan area, just five minutes to Ratchadamri BTS station (Silom Line). The hotel has eight dining options including Biscotti for Italian cuisine, Madison, Spice Market for Thai food, and Shintaro for Japanese.

Chatrium Hotel Bangkok Riverside

Perhaps the most convenient hotel if you intend to visit the Asiatique as It is located 10 mins walk from the place. The hotel itself is like an ensuite apartment. It has living room, kitchen, balcony, one bedroom and ensuite bathroom with bathtub. I personally love it as it gives a different approach of staying in Bangkok. The balcony is facing the river, so you can enjoy the view.

Pan Pacific Service Suite Bangkok (now Akyra Thonglor)

Located in one of the hip and high end neighbourhood in Bangkok, this hotel is great choice if you want to explore the Thong Lor area. It was personally my favourite hotel, but apparently I just found out that they have changed to Akira Thonglor. 

Happy Three Hotel

The minimalist designed hotel is located centrally in Central area, a 10 min walk to Siam Square. The room is equipped with wooden furnitures and has a little balcony. 

Luxx Hotel XL

Perhaps my other favourite hotel for staying in Bangkok. It is located in Langsuan area which is quiet and not really a bustling tourist spot. The Japanese zen inspired hotel has quite a huge room compared to those in Bangkok. The interior is filled with wooden furniture and parquet, very warm and cozy. The hotel also has a swimming pool downstairs.

Tints of Blue Residence

Located right in the heart of the city, 10 minutes away from Asok BTS, this quaint boutique hotel is convenient and fuss free. The hotel also has a mini gym and swimming pool at the roof top, a great choice if you want to relax in the city.

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  1. I wish I can visit Bangkok soon! It's always been in my bucket list T.T


  2. really like going to bangkok! thank you for the post

  3. This is really a nice and complete travel guide! This reminds me so much of my great time in Thailand! I love this!


  4. Wow thanks for this comprehensive guide. I honestly have no idea where to begin, I've always wanted to go night markets though, and street food, but definitely not fried insects hahahaha!

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  5. Nice post
    and very helpful
    Thanks for the Bangkok travel tips.
    Those foods look so delish.


  6. Such a great travel guide babe :) xx


  7. Wow! These photos are really amazing!
    Thanks for the useful post

  8. Wonderful pictures!
    Have a nice week-end!
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  9. Wow, this is awesome! Bangkok is on my bucketlist. I always hear that the food is amazing!


  10. Bangkok is definitely the heaven of amazing street foods and shopping, thank you so much for sharing <3



  11. Wow. This is super detailed and thorough! Thanks for sharing :)

    Have a blessed week ahead.

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  12. It's definitely one of the most colorful cities you can visit in Asia. Food is amazing too! Great guide dear, thanks for sharing!

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  13. Oh very cute photos darling
    Thanks for share


  14. Wow amazing pictures and pointers darling, we had a stop over in Bangkok for one night so didn't get to venture out but would love to explore it!

    How awful for you darling, so sorry for all the losses. Hopefully as time goes on it gets better, wishing you all the best.


  15. Wow this must have taken you ages, it's such a comprehensive travel guide! xo

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  16. Really made me want to visit Bangkok! Great post and loving the pictures!

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