The ultimate guide to exploring Bangkok: Asia’s best shopping haven

In this post, I will share with you the ultimate guide to exploring Bangkok!

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Every time without fail, I will do major shopping in Bangkok! In this post, I will share with you the ultimate guide to exploring Bangkok! This will include top places in Bangkok and more.  If you would like to read my previous Bangkok blog post….

I’ve been visiting Bangkok since as young as I can remember! But it seems like every time I visit, there is always something new. It just makes me wanna come back and keep exploring the amazing city of Bangkok!

So, sit back, relax and I hope you enjoy my very own Bangkok travel guide!

Ultimate Guide To Exploring Bangkok: Where To Stay?

During this trip, I stayed at Mandarin Hotel. With a great location, why wouldn’t Mandarin Hotel be your top choice? Situated in the heart of Metro Bangkok, the hotel is within easy proximity to the top places in Bangkok. It’ll be easy to shop at places like MBK Shopping Center, Siam Paragon, Central World and other major shopping centers in Bangkok.

The best part? Mandarin Hotel is a 5 minute walk to the MRT subway Samyan station. You will have no difficulties exploring Thailand’s capital city.

Let’s not forget the numerous facilities that Mandarin Hotel has….

Restaurants in Mandarin Hotel

The are two restaurants within the hotel: Rodchana Restaurant and Krua Luang Restaurant. The Rodchana Restaurant serves breakfast buffet with a great selection of international favourites. Krua Luang Restaurant is Mandarin Hotel’s signature dining venue, with a variety of taste from buffet to a la carte. In addition, the restaurant serve Thai and International buffet for both lunch and dinner.

Besides the restaurants, Mandarin Hotel also houses Let’s Relax Spa, a fitness center, an outdoor swimming pool and function rooms of various sizes.

Let’s Relax Spa

Designed in a contemporary style, Let’s Relax Spa offers a perfect setting for guests to relax and rejuvenate. Guests of Mandarin Hotel can pamper themselves after a long day of shopping and exploring Bangkok.

Function Rooms

The function rooms at Mandarin Hotel are perfect for all kinds of conference, reception, parties and weddings. They have various sizes and accommodates from 15 to 1200 people!

 

Ultimate Guide To Exploring Bangkok: Cafes You Have To Visit

Baker X Florist

This is by far the best cafe I’ve been to in Bangkok! If you do not have it in your ultimate guide to Bangkok , DO include it! Stepping into the cafe, I was mesmerised by the beautiful rustic decor. Expect a cosy space channelling industrial and Moroccan vibes in a greenhouse-like environment.

What differentiates this cafe from others? Not only does the interior look amazing, but the food tastes good too! I’ve been to too many cafes where they focus so much on the aesthetic of the place and food, that they completely forgot about the quality of the food. The burger and pasta were one of the best I’ve ever eaten! No kidding!

Kay’s Boutique Breakfast

Kay’s Boutique is the second cafe you’ll have to include in your ultimate guide to exploring Bangkok! Before I planned on visiting Bangkok, my Instagram feed was flooded with pictures of Kay’s Boutique instagrammable floral walls! As such, I knew I had to visit this cafe!

We arrived at the exact opening time, 6:30am, to avoid the crowd. Did you know that Kay’s Boutique works with K Maison hotel? The cafe is situated right opposite the hotel. As such, hotel guests go to the cafe for their breakfasts.

Big Dog cafe

There are over 30 dos at Big Dog Cafe! And right after leaving the cafe, I had almost 200 photos with the cuties! The cafe divides the dogs into five slots/groups. During each slot, new pups will come out to play for about 30 minutes or so. The first slot was more of the smaller breeds. As different groups of dogs came, the bigger the breeds! There were Tibetan Mastiff, Malamutes, wolf dogs and more!

Trust me, you’ll get a lifetime’s worth of puppy love here! You won’t want to leave after that! Just be mindful of the instructions given by the staff. Some dogs might not like to be touched and these instructions are best heeded. In addition, I would suggest that if you do plan on going to this cafe when exploring Bangkok, make a booking, to ensure you’ve got a spot. Also, be there 15 minutes in advance.

Thongyoy Cafe

Last but not least, I’m sharing with you another current fave cafe of mine: Thongyoy Cafe!

One of the most photogenic cafes in Bangkok, Thongyou Cafe is know for it’s floral aesthetics! In additional to that, its cute and delicious traditional Thai desserts.

Thai fashion designer and influencer Thongyoy Phaesuwan decided to transform her showroom into a cafe that fuses her passion for fashion, her admiration of Thai culture and her dream vacation in Madagascar in an uncommon blend of traditional Thai fare, modern accents and a fun, tropical vibe.

Such an instagrammable cafe is definitely a hit with tourists exploring Bangkok!

Ultimate Guide To Exploring Bangkok: Top Places To Visit

Grand Palace

Exploring Bangkok’s Grand Palace is something you definitely must do when exploring Bangkok! Do note that the Grand Palace is always full of tourists no matter what time of the day. We went exactly at opening time and there were already so many tourists and tour groups.

It was built in 1782 and for 150 years the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government. The Thai Kings stopped living in the palace around the turn of the 20th century, but the palace complex is still used to mark all kinds of other ceremonial and auspicious happenings.

 Visitors must be properly dressed before being allowed entry to the Grand Palace. Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves. If you’re wearing sandals or flip-flops you must wear socks.

Women must be similarly modestly dressed. No see-through clothes, bare shoulders, knees and ankles must be covered.

The Grand Palace opens from 8.30am to 3.30pm.

Entrance fee is 500 Baht per person which is quite steep for Bangkok, but definitely worth going once.

 

Wat Arun

Wat Arun, known as the Temple of Dawn, is easily one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok!

We took a boat from the boat pier over to Wat Arun, which is only a few bahts. Do be careful of tuk tuk drivers bringing you to another location to take the boat. They will rip you off , 200 Baht there!

Given the beauty of the architecture and the fine craftsmanship, it’s not surprising that Wat Arun is considered by many as one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand.

I’ve been told that it’s so beautiful at the temple during sunset. However, we went in the day. Hopefully the next time round, we’ll get to see it during sunset.

 

Wat Benchamobophit

Wat Benchamobophit also known as The Marble Temple, was built in 1899.

The official name of the temple is Wat Benchamabophit Dusitwanaram, which means “the Monastery of the fifth King near Dusit Palace”, the fifth King being King Chulalongkorn the Great (Rama V).

The ubosot (the ordination hall of a Wat) of the marble temple was designed by Prince Narisara Nuvativongse, half brother of King Chulalongkorn. It is build from carrara marble imported from Italy. Hence, the name marble temple.

The entrance is marked by four impressive marble pillars, and even the large courtyard is made of shiny white marble.

The temple is a magnificent example of the Bangkok architectural style with its multi tiered roofs, elegant chofahs (a Thai architectural decorative ornament that adorns the top at the end of Wat) at the top end of the roof and the beautiful gold carvings. The white marble and the golden decorated windows give the ubosot a delightful appearance, especially in the sunlight.

Without a doubt, this temple is one of the reasons Bangkok is known as Temple City.

The temple is open daily from 8 am until 5:30 pm.

Please be mindful to dress appropriately, since this is one of the temples of highest importance in the country.

 

 Ultimate Guide To Exploring Bangkok: Best Places To Shop

Platinum Mall

Now you can’t deny that Bangkok is a shopping haven and every shopaholic’s dream come true! Every time, without fail, I go crazy shopping in Bangkok! My go-to places are Platinum Mall and Chatuchuk.

You’ll want to save one whole day shopping at Platinum. With over 2000 stalls, you’ll be spoilt for choices. I was there for half a day and was only able to cover 2 out of the 6 storeys. But I’m pretty proud to say I scored like 20 pieces of new clothings!

One of the reasons why Platinum Mall and Chatuchuk are so popular with tourists is also because you can bargain to bring the prices lower.

I would definitely say my bargaining skills have improved a lot after this trip….

Right outside Platinum Mall, there are food stalls that open in the evening. The food prices range from 50 Baht to 250 Baht. It may not be cheaper than some of the food at Platinum’s food court. However, the Tom Yum soup and Grilled Chicken with Melted Cheese was so good! I literally ate them every night for dinner! I even ordered take away so that I could eat it in the airport on the day we left!

Chatuchuk

Opened during the weekends, Chatuchuk is a market I always go when visiting Bangkok.

Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok was once only popular among wholesalers and traders, but it has eventually reached landmark status as a must-visit place for tourists visiting Bangkok.

Chatuchak is home to more than 8,000 market stalls. On a typical weekend, more than 200,000 visitors go there to shop. So if you have one weekend in Bangkok, squeeze in a day trip to Chatuchak Weekend Market and you won’t be disappointed.

Also, there is a new Chatuchuk Mall right next to the outdoor market. So more shopping for me!

I bought over 50 pieces of clothes at Chatuchuk with 6000 Baht! Pretty good deal to me!

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When you are at Chatuchuk, don’t forget to try out the coconut ice cream! By far the best coconut ice cream I have ever eaten! In addition, you cannot miss the famous duck noodles at Chatuchuk! We went 5 minutes before opening time and there was no queue. It gets really crowded as the market gets busier. No pic for the duck noodles as I was so hungry (I purposely didn’t eat breakfast for this) that I forgot to take a pic…

Ayutthaya Day Tour

The Historic City of Ayutthaya, founded in 1350, was the second capital of the Siamese Kingdom.  It flourished from the 14th to the 18th centuries, during which time it grew to be one of the world’s largest and most cosmopolitan urban areas and a center of global diplomacy and commerce. Ayutthaya was strategically located on an island surrounded by three rivers connecting the city to the sea. This site was chosen because it was located above the tidal bore of the Gulf of Siam as it existed at that time, thus preventing attack of the city by the sea-going warships of other nations. The location also helped to protect the city from seasonal flooding.

The city was attacked and razed by the Burmese army in 1767 who burned the city to the ground and forced the inhabitants to abandon the city. The city was never rebuilt in the same location and remains known today as an extensive archaeological site.

We took a day trip there with a tour group for $40 per person.

I would definitely recommend including it in your Bangkok travel guide!

 

I hope you guys enjoyed my ultimate guide to exploring Bangkok! Stay tuned for the next post…

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Xx,

Nic

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