For­get the tourist guides. Dis­cover what the Thai cap­i­tal has to of­fer be­yond its world-fa­mous tem­ples and sprawl­ing shop­ping spots so you can ex­pe­ri­ence life in the land of Smiles.

Cosmopolitan (Philippines) - - Live It Up -

Bangkok draws trav­el­ers in with its in­tri­cately de­tailed tem­ples and daz­zlingly de­signed palaces that have stood glo­ri­ous for cen­turies, of­fer­ing a breath­tak­ing glimpse into the Thai­land of yore. Of course, there's also the mad shop­ping that can be had there, with hag­glers’ havens like the

Chatuchak Week­end Mar­ket

crawl­ing with the cheap­est of the cheap trea­sures. Then, there are the famed nightspots like back­packer cap­i­tal and red light district must-vis­its for their wild, messy, noisy ap-

Road Soi Cow­boy,

oc­to­ber 2016

Khao San

peal. But what if you’re done with the dives and want to see this big, vi­brant city in a fresh new light, or want to pass on the guide­books al­to­gether and just chill, lo­cal-style?

Cosmo rounds up the sights to scope be­yond the tem­ples and palaces and ex­pe­ri­ences be­yond bar­gain­hunt­ing and he­do­nism, and lists the non-ne­go­tiables you just have to squeeze into your trip. Once you’ve truly ex­plored Bangkok’s myr­iad life­style op­tions, you’ll leave it with more love for this ex­cit­ing, in­trigu­ing, and ex­hil­a­rat­ing Asian me­trop­o­lis.

FOOD TRIP STOPS

Rough it out and feast on the fare from street food carts, which are ev­ery­where in Bangkok and that hawk ev­ery­thing from Pad Thai and fried ev­ery­thing to milk tea and co­conut ice cream. Not only is Thai street food tasty, it’s su­per easy on the pocket, too. A word of warn­ing, though: Bangkok weather is like Manila's, so pre­pare to sweat while eat­ing street­side.

For a wide se­lec­tion of noms, head to the food court of shop­ping mall and one of the big­gest food courts in Bangkok. Go dizzy travers­ing the many stalls ped­dling not just Thai, but

Pier 21, Ter­mi­nal 21

A street per­former

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