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.
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,
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