My time in Bangkok didn't go as planned... actually to be fair, I didn't have anything planned for Bangkok, so I suppose it followed that pretty well.
Halfway through my first day in the city I got attacked - and I mean ATTACKED - by mosquitos. Seriously, my legs are so spotted they look like a Zooey Deschanel dress. After that happened, I spent the rest of my time in the city being paranoid that I had Dengue Fever or Malaria.
Before all of that happened, I started doing a fair amount of research on Bangkok... in fact, this is research I was doing when the mosquitos feasted on my legs. As it turns out, there is a plethora of amazing blog posts on Bangkok.
Backpackers don't give Bangkok a chance - everyone I spoke to hated it and told me not to spend anytime there. However, I knew this couldn't be true. It is a massive city. Obviously it would have some amazing parts. I sought to find these and avoid the tourist sights completely.
I didn't explore Bangkok enough to feel confident writing about the city (thanks a lot, mosquitos), but luckily there are a lot of fabulous people who have said more than I ever could! Check out these posts if you want to avoid Khaosan Road and really see Bangkok....
11 GREAT BLOG POSTS ON THINGS TO DO IN BANGKOK:
BLOG: Eating Thai Food
DESC: YEP this is one of those fantastic expat blogs, but with a focus on food (which makes it even better, in my opinion). Mark also has a wonderful Thai wife, Ying, who obviously knows a ton about Thai food. Check out Eating Thai Food for food tips ANYWHERE in Thailand - thank you Mark!
BLOG: What's on Sukhumvit's
POST: "These Are The 7 Best Street Food Haunts On Sukhumvit"
DESC: What food to look out for in the Sukhumvit area of Bangkok (which known for fabulous street food).
BLOG: Daniel Food Diary
POST: "10 Best Cafes At Bangkok Thonglor"
DESC: I stayed in Thonglor and I highly suggest it to other backpackers who want to stay away from Khaosan Road. It is right on the SkyTrain, so it easy to get anywhere else in the city. It is also not crowded with tourists, and extremely hip (so many cafes, shops, and restaurants). This posts describes some of these cafes.
BLOG: Thanis Lum
POST: "Bangkok Food Guide: Best Must Try Cafes in Bangkok"
DESC: Best Cafes in Bangkok at large.
BLOG: Jemma Wei
POST: "#1920 | BANGKOK: THONG LOR AREA GUIDE"
POST: "#1918| MOCHA MONDAYS: BANGKOK SPECIAL"
POST: "#1914| JEMMA FOR AIRBNB: DREAM APARTMENTS IN BANGKOK"
DESC: Everything this girl writes, every picture she takes... #goals. Just go check it out, you wont be disappointed.
BLOG: Tieland to Thailand
POST: Here is a link to their shortlist on Bangkok area of Thailand, but in reality, this is the blog you should use the entire time you're in Thailand. It is one of those perfect expat blogs that can guide you through an entire country.
BLOG: The Culture Trip
POST: "The 7 Best Shopping Malls In Bangkok"
DESC: I have a friend who lived in Bangkok for a year, and before I arrived I asked him for advice on what to see. The only tip he had was, "checkout the malls, they are insane." Fair enough.
I ended up only making it to the Terminal 21 mall, but this one experience was enough to confirm what he said (see: vibrating toilet seats and every floor themed a different country). I didn't buy anything (see: I am very poor), but exploring was a great way to spend an afternoon (in aircon, none the less). Unsurprisingly, the Culture Trip threw together a great post on all the different malls in Bangkok. Find one near you and check it out!
BLOG: Tasty Thailand
POST: "Chinatown is the Place for Bangkok’s Best Food and Cheapest Shopping"
DESC: I think the title says it all. I was really excited to visit Chinatown in Bangkok, and it didn't disappoint. Easiest way to get there: Take the blue MRT line to terminal station Hua Lamphong and walk the 10 mins into Chinatown.
BONUS: The entire "Tasty Thailand" blog is full of great posts/tips on Bangkok, so check that out!
POST: "Top 16 Bangkok Street Food Sanctuaries (Are You Ready to Eat?)"
DESC: Once again, I think the title says it all.
I hope you have a great time in Bangkok... and remember: BUG SPRAY. BUG SPRAY. BUG SPRAY.
If I find anymore posts Ill throw them up.