Before arriving in Bangkok people had told me how gross and dirty the city was, they told me how there were old western men with incredibly young Thai girls, they told me how people would try to convince you to get a massage and constantly ask you to get into their Tuk Tuks.
And although these things were true, I found that the city had a certain charm. The people in the city were relatively helpful, the food was delicious and it was nice to walk around the city browsing the various clothes and street vendors.
Things to see and do:
The Golden Mount- worth going just to see views of the city
The Grand Palace- TOURIST TRAP. I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re on a budget.
Wat Pho- An amazing Temple with a reeling Buddha
Wat Arun- A pretty Temple
Getting a water taxi on Chao Phraya River- it’s only 4 Baht and you need it to get to Wat Arun
Khao San Road- Classic backpacker party street
Check out the weekend market- Awesome food and souvenirs
Jim Thompsons house- For some history into the Silk trade.
Scams to Note:
Always agree on a price with the Tuk Tuk driver before you get in.
Always get a meter taxi and make sure that they switch the metre on.
Bizarrely, the scam in Bangkok is to tell people that they’re a teacher, pretend to be helpful by telling tourists that places like the temples and palace are closed when they’re not. And then telling you to go elsewhere or on a very expensive canal boat ride. Bizarre!
The highlights of being in Bangkok were meeting some incredibly amazing people, catching up with a friend that I had met in Frankfurt the year prior, eating delicious food and just enjoying what the city had to offer.
But in all honesty 3 days in Bangkok was enough to see everything that I wanted to and I soon found myself on a night bus to Phuket.