Bangkok is a city steeped in culture — with grand temples, street food markets, shopping and so much more. After living in Bangkok for a few months post-graduation, I can truly say this city has so much to offer. Whether it’s your first or fifth time, you’ll always find something new and exciting to experience. Here are my top five things to make the most of your trip in Bangkok.

Explore the temples in Bangkok

From the Grand Palace to Wat Arun, this city is filled with temples. Visiting somewhere like the Grand Palace will set you back 500 Baht which is around $15 USD. This is quite pricey for something in Thailand because Southeast Asia is known for being extra affordable, however it’s worth it to spend the money to see it. Some of the other temples I’d recommend checking out are Wat Pho, Wat Saket, Wat Traimit, Loha Prasat, Wat Mahatat, Wat Suthat, Wat Benja and Wat Prayoon. One thing to note is that when entering these temples, women will need to have shoulders and knees covered so make sure to bring appropriate clothing (however, should you forget, some temples have shawls and wraps to offer you).

Indulge in shopping in Bangkok’s MBK mall

Bangkok is filled with some amazing shops like MBK, which is the largest shopping mall in the city with 8 floors. This mall has 2000 shops, restaurants and service outlets which means it’s a place you could spend hours in. It’s smart to leave room in your suitcase when you first come to Thailand and make MBK mall one of your first stops. With everything from tops, dresses, shoes, jewelry, technology and so much more, you’ll leave with a full suitcase of goodies. If you’re looking for a more traditional mall then head over to Siam Paragon, Central World or Terminal 21.

View the city from the Sky Bars

One of my favourite things to do while in Bangkok is to check out one of the many sky bars located in some of Bangkok’s most popular hotels. If you’re looking for one that’s less busy yet still very unique, I would check out Red Sky Bar located on top of Central World. There’s a 360 degree view of the city and this bar has some of the most unique cocktails I’ve seen. From a peach bellini poured over a sphere of ice to a cocktail served in a tiny shopping cart — this place is an experience like no other. If you’re a fan of the movie ‘The Hangover’ then grabbing a cocktail at Lebua might be your jam. One thing to note is that it is very busy and unless you’re having a pricey dinner, you will be stuck on a smaller deck that is just meant for people having cocktails. Octave is another great option and is one that’s less busy than the rest.

Khao San Road

When people think Bangkok, often their minds go to a backpacking party area. This is Khao San Road — a nightlife party paradise with cheap alcohol-filled buckets, $2 pad thais, foot massages and a whole lot more. There are also a ton of hostels and guest houses near here if you’re looking for super cheap accommodation.

Thai Massages

Thailand is the land of cheap massages and will go for as little as $10 an hour. You can go for a regular oil massage or a traditional Thai massage. But be warned these Thai massages can be intense and may leave you sore if you aren’t used to them. These massage places can be found all over the city and popping into any side street will lead you to any of these relaxing spots

That is it for my top things to do in Bangkok. This city is so much fun and this really just scratches the surface of what there is to do here. I’d recommend spending around two to three days here when first arriving in Thailand — and trust me you won’t regret it. Follow along on Instagram to see past photos from this trip.

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Laura Reid blends both information and entertainment into humorous skit videos to provide people with solutions to everyday problems. Her Youtube videos often follow her around the world as she travels to different countries. Find her on Instagram @laurareidd.