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Best Bangkok Travel Guide 2020

Bangkok, Thailand: famous for its chaotic streets, cheap and delicious street food, wild nightlife, and never-ending traffic.

It’s a city most travelers either love or hate. I used to hate it when I first traveled to Bangkok but, when I got to know it more, I changed my mind.

When I moved to Bangkok in 2006, I fell madly in love with it.

Most travelers just pass through here when they backpack or travel around Thailand. But there’s a lot to see and do in Bangkok.

People hate the city because they don’t know it.

When you look beyond the chaos and peel back Bangkok’s layers, the city comes alive with endless things to do, see, explore, eat, and drink.

It’s a city that opens itself up to those who are willing to get past all the temples and backpacker bars.

This Bangkok travel guide shows you there’s more to Thailand’s “City of Angels” than you think by helping you plan the trip of a lifetime.

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Other Things to See and Do in Bangkok

1. The Royal Elephant Museum

Elephants have long played a significant role in the lives of the Thai people. The museum is located within the parliament compound and is a visual testament to the value of the largest land animal and to the beliefs surrounding its participation in religious ceremonies. The museum is open to the public every day from 9:30am to 4pm and is free with a ticket to the Grand Palace (or 100 THB/$3.15 USD when purchased separately).

2. Visit the Floating Market

The floating market is just outside of Bangkok, and while it exists nowadays mostly for tourists, I still like visiting. The tours that come here are about half a day and leave early in the morning. It’s not a great place to shop, but the area is good for photography and eating, which are two things I love a lot!

3. Temple hop

Bangkok is full of history, temples, and Thai ruins. There are about ten main temples in the city, and you can easily just hire a guy to take you to all of them in one day. They all have different architectural structures and layouts. It will take about five hours to see them all. If you don’t have that much time, aside from the Grand Palace and Wat Po, make sure you check out Wat Arun, The Temple of the Dawn.

4. Shop ’til you drop

Bangkok has so many malls that in the center alone, I can count 12 in a four-block radius. Bangkok has everything you could ever need and at great prices. Make sure you check out Siam Paragon (for designer clothes), Terminal 21 (to see the stunning internationally-themed decor), Platinum (for cheap, trendy clothes), Pantip (for cheap electronics), and MBK (for cheap knockoffs).

5. Hang out on Khao San Road

Khao San Road is the infamous backpacker/tourist street in Bangkok. All travel roads lead in and out of here. However, it is more than just a transit hub for travelers. Here, you can find nightlife, great food, great shopping stalls, tons of people watching, and activity all day and all night. Here’s a video.

6. Visit the Temple of the Golden Mount

Only a short distance from Khao San Road, The Temple of the Golden Mount features an enormous chedi (a mound-like structure containing Buddhist relics). This is one of my favorite temples in the city because of its beautiful golden temple, stunning setting, and wonderful views of the city from the top. Entry is free.

7. Take a day trip to Ayutthaya

Close to Bangkok, you’ll find the old capital, which is home

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