Days in Bangkok are often dedicated to temple hopping, market meandering and street food strolling. But what about the nights? If the buckets and beats of Khao San Road sound a little intense but a sunset river cruise sounds like a snooze, there might be another option for evening entertainment – seeing a match of Thailand’s national sport, Muay Thai.
Bangkok, like all the world’s great metropolises, can be hard to wrap one’s head around. It’s a diverse, sprawling, pulsing city, and it’s almost impossible to know how to tackle it. But on a recent trip to Thailand’s capital, I discovered a good place to get a (very early) start – Viator’s Exclusive Morning Buddhist Almsgiving, Grand Palace and Flower Market Tour.
Three wheels, bright paint, and flashing lights – nothing says Bangkok like the thousands of tuk-tuks that cruise the streets of the city. The front end looks similar to a motorcycle with handle bars for the driver to steer, but the back has a wide padded bench to carry passengers around the city. These quintessentially Bangkok vehicles are the best way to get around and see the sights. On our first night we jumped aboard our three wheeled transport and we were off to see the city as part of the Bangkok Night Food, Temples, and Markets by tuk-tuk tour.
“Lord Buddha, he da man,” our guide shared as we pulled into the last stop on our trip, winking at us, the smile never waning from his face. It had been one of the sweatiest days yet, but with great company and a highly entertaining tour guide, it marked the end of another great day on our Thailand adventure.
You certainly won’t be stuck for things to do in Bangkok’s Chinatown. Offering a variety of food and shopping options, along with several attractions, a wander through the sois in and around the main thoroughfare of Yaowarat is colorful, tasty – hectic at times – but never boring. From temples and markets to food stalls and gold shops, here’s what not to miss if you’re heading down to Bangkok’s Chinatown.