The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration deserves a medal. Ask me why? Well they put together a list of things to do while on Khaosan Road. And if you’re anything like me and get overwhelmed by all the information on the internet, this is perfect! I added a few things to the list that are my own. Hope this is helpful if you’re ever on Khaosan Road.
Please watch my vlogs by the way. They aren’t the greatest quality, and I’m still new at it, but it would make me happy!
- VISIT WAT CHANA SONGKHRAM
In case you haven’t noticed already, ‘Wat’ means ‘temple’. Wat Chana Songkhram is literally across the road from Khaosan Road. While it is one of the smaller less famous temples, it is worth visiting to get a glimpse into Buddhism and the magnificence that Buddhist temples are. It is also one of the few free temples to visit in Bangkok.
Most temples require that you be decently dressed to visit them. This means covering your shoulders, your knees and sometimes ankles.
Check out Khaosan MuseumRIDE A TUKTUK
I didn’t visit the musem because of time constraints, but I reckon riding a tuktuk is a fun way to get around the city and have a local experience. I’ve ridden tuktuks before in Nairobi, but this ride was still fun!
- ENJOY REAL THAI FOOD
This has got to be my favourite thing about Thailand. That the food is healthy, easily available and dirt cheap, makes it a country that has won my heart!
Freshly made pad thai, coconuts and all sorts of coconut products, tropical fruit, insects (a delicacy) and even the smelly durian fruit, Thailand has good food in plenty.
I ate pork crackling without knowing what it was. I felt really guilty because I was vegetarian at the time. Oh well.
On a serious note though, I would never eat durian. I don’t care how great it tastes, or how authentic a South East Asian fruit it is. It smells like rotting carcass. I’m not even lying. Even my hotel had a policy that anyone that ate durian in the hotel would be fined 2000 baht!
- GET A TATTOO
I didn’t get a real tattoo, but I couldn’t pass on the henna tattoo!
- RELAX WITH A THAI MASSAGE
After a day of walking and touring in the blistering Bangkok heat, a Thai foot massage was welcome. Any massage really! And they’re cheap too. If I lived in Thailand, I would get a massage every day! NO LIE.
- BUY SILVER AND HANDCRAFTS
This made perfect gifts and souvenirs. I didn’t buy any real silver, but I did buy bracelets, anklets, keyrings etc
- ROCK THE NIGHT OUT
Of course this had to be done. I was very careful however, because I was on my own. I think anyone partying or revelling in a foreign city, or anywhere actually, should be extra careful and safe. The night-scene can result in some scary stories.
- MAKE A NEW FRIEND
See this post for a story about someone I met on Khaosan Road. But I think if you leave without making a friend (or at least making good conversation that you will remember forever), that will be a shame.
- DRINK A LOCAL BEER
Honestly, I never ever drank beer before this trip. But I figured that drinking the local beer is part of the experience in any new country. And now I actually don’t mind how beer tastes. The popular beers in Bangkok are Chang, Singha and Leo. I don’t really have a favourite, but Leo was smoothest.
- SHOP! SHOP! SHOP!
Thailand is one of the world’s homes of textile. There are tonnes of nice clothes for cheap. Souvenir T-shirts for gifts, typical tourist wear, and trendy pieces are all available for really good prices. My regret was that I didn’t shop enough. My backpack was a limitation.
I know I say this a lot, but thank you for reading!