My very first solo trip abroad was in Bangkong, Thailand. I was a little worried at first, but I soon found that traveling alone was one of the best things I’d ever done. I quickly discovered that Bangkok is a great destination to travel to, either solo or otherwise. Solo travel in Bangkok is affordable, safe, easy, and fun!
Accommodation: I had a wonderful stay at Baan Dinso 2! I am so grateful for the welcome gifts that they gave me. This hotel is near the famous KHAO SAN ROAD. Hotel has clean rooms and facilities. And their food was delicious. As a solo traveler, I would not think twice to pay more for my safety than get cheap only to be in the middle of a less desirable location.
Some tips: Save information on your phone before arriving on your accommodation (picture of hotel, landmark near your accommodation, hotel address and phone number).
So, here is my list of things to do in Bangkok:
1. Step Back In Time Through A Temple Or Palace Visit
The Grand Palace: An iconic landmark in Bangkok, this palace must be on every tourist and citizens’ list. Being known as one of the most beautiful palaces worldwide that still continues to amaze the visitors, the stunning architecture represents the creativity and craftsmanship of the Thai People. If you are in Bangkok, You just have to spend a day admiring the Grand Palace! Its really beautiful.
Next to the Grand Palace is another of Bangkok’s breathtaking attractions.
Wat Pho – The Temple Of The Reclining Buddha: There are many temples in Bangkok but my favorite is Wat Pho, The Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Wat Pho is one of the Bangkok’s oldest temple and it existed before Bangkok was established as the capital by King Rama.
Some tips: Dress Appropriately – No sleeveless and shorts or dress that show your knees. Bring sunscreen, water, and a cap or a hat as it can get very hot and humid in Bangkok.
2. Eat Street food
Eating Thai street food is one of my favorite things to do in Bangkok. Thailand is home to many different kinds of street food. You can find delicious Thai street food everywhere you go. Almost every corner, you can find these street stalls selling popular street foods like pad thai, mango sticky rice, fruits, curry, or even fried insects. The pad thai, coconut ice cream, and mango sticky rice were my favorites! Thailand was the country with the most delicious fruits I have ever tasted. When looking for a good street food stall to eat at a good indicator is to see where the locals are eating. Eating street food in Bangkok is not only cheap, but it’s also tasty and delicious. Make sure you try Thai street food!
If you’re after something a little more relaxed, Kanchanaburi is the perfect place for you. Kachanaburi is located just outside of Bangkok and you can really experience Thailand here in the beautiful mountainous scenery. You can take a train along the famous Death Railway, built by prisoners of war during World War II, and see the Bridge over the River Kwai. And also you’ll be able to take a ride through the jungle, help wash the elephants in the river and float down the river on traditional bamboo rafts.
Tours: Either from Bangkok, or once in Kanchanaburi, you can organise tours everywhere, as day trips or half-day trips to all the places I’ve listed above. Don’t worry, when you’re in the Bangkok, you’ll see so many places offering these tours. They normally start around 1,000THB – 1,900THB per person per tour.
4. Visit Floating Market
Another great day trip from Bangkok is the much famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. A visit to this market will give you a real insight into Thai culture. The surroundings of floating markets often show ancient communities by riverside; traditional houses, fresh markets, and long-tail boats. The market itself is great, everything you’d expect it to be. Another paradise for food lovers. It’s a fun day trip with loads of awesome photo opportunities!
5. Go Shopping
Many tourists come to Bangkok specifically to shop because it’s still much cheaper than other countries so people often try to take advantage of that and get some serious shopping done. Bangkok is one of the best shopping cities I’ve visited. So don’t miss out as the city has something to offer every type of shopper. Platinum Fashion Mall is known for its abundance of stylish yet affordable clothing stores. This was probably one of my favorite shopping places in Bangkok. For a more glamorous shopping experience, Siam Paragon is a shopping center with plenty of branded stores, eateries and a cinema for the perfect solo day out. MBK is a great choice, if you’re after souvenirs. Chatuchak Weekend Market is definitely my favorite! Chatuchak probably has everything you need from stylish clothes, souvenirs, delicious food to accessories and etc. I really love the trendy clothes that they are selling there! It’s really cheap too!
6. See the Elephants
It would not be a trip to Bangkok without seeing an elephant. There are so many Elephant Camp near Bangkok. But I liked the Somnuk Elephant Camp in Kachanaburi because the elephants are treated wonderfully there. You will trek through the jungle, then be able to feed and bathe elephant after. If you don’t want to ride the elephant, you can try other activities such as feeding and interacting with them, it all depends on what you want, but most of the elephant has to work for their food.
7. Ride a Tuk-Tuk
Tuk-tuk is the best way to travel short distance places in Bangkok, Especially during peak hours as a tuk-tuk can move freely through traffic jam like no other vehicle can.
8. Have a Thai Massage
Throughout the years, Thai massage has become a popular treatment in almost every spa across the world. And I want to experience a traditional Thai massage done as well as you would in the country where it originated. I make it a point to have a Thai massage every single day if possible! After all that walking and sightseeing, your muscles will need it. Every place you visit on your Thailand trip will be sure to have many massage parlours and spa.
If you need any advice for your own Bangkok trip, feel free to ask me! Just comment below. Happy Travels!