Thailand’s busy capital is a melting pot for the colours and beauty of both the East and West. Walking around the city, you’ll see a combination of modern innovations and ancient landmarks, stunning temples and bright palaces surrounded by the world’s greatest street food. BagWise contributors recently spent a few weeks spinning around Bangkok on the back of motorcycles, on Klong boats down the dirty Venice-like canals, and almost lost our bags squeezing through side streets on the back of roaring Tuk Tuks, loving every second of the chaotic city.
Not only is it an adventurer's paradise for tourists and explorers, it is the people of Bangkok that celebrate life on a daily basis, showing their expressions through colour and vibrancy. Everywhere you go you will see Monks passing through the streets in vibrant orange colours, accepting donations from Buddhist Thais.There are stalls set up on the roadside that cook up delightful dishes of spicy goodness ready for people who wish to make offerings to monks just before work or school. Thais believe that making such offerings will give them good karma for the day.
A couple of unmissable places recommended by BagWise are:
The Green Lung - Not a lot of people know that Bangkok has a very small island right in the middle. It's know as the 'Green Lung' because unlike the rest of Bangkok is very green and untouched. Take a short boat ride to reach the island, then hire bikes on the other side and cycle round the local community, stopping at local markets, parks and lakes on the way.
Wat Arun - The temple of dawn is the most breath taking temple. Right on the river side, it is a sight that everyone should experience when coming to Bangkok.
The friendly atmosphere and welcoming smiles are everywhere to be seen and light up the entire city giving it an admirable personality. People are everywhere, hustle and bustle, mixed with market smells and the eternal sunshine is an experience of a lifetime, but the one thing that stood out the most for us was the food. If you want to eat like a true local in Bangkok, then you have to try traditional street food dish, Somtam. Made from unripe papaya and other local ingredients, the dish combines the five main tastes of local cuisine: sour lime, hot chili, salty, savory fish sauce and sweetness added by palm sugar. The ingredients are mixed and pounded in a mortar and put onto a dish for you to eat at the side of the road.
2 other local dishes you should not miss if you ever get lost in Bangkok are:
Larb Moo - (Pork Salad) - Traditional Thai salad from the Issan region, fresh with herbs, spices and crispy minced pork.
Khao Niaow Ma Muang - (Sticky Rice with Mango - Delicious Thai dessert, sticky rice with freshly cut mango with seeds and coconut milk.
And the 2 local cheap eats BagWise has chosen for you:
Ari Market - Here you will find very authentic Thai food, from BBQ fish to Thai salads here you will find the most spectacular dishes.
Larb Bpet Yasothon - This is a huge popular Isaan street food restaurant in Silom that opens in the late afternoon, and by evening they are packed full of office workers in suits devouring affordable and delicious street food.
Every market we came across had a never ending streams of material, colours and flag especially local market ChatuChak - Asia’s biggest outdoor market. A hit with the local Thai’s and the BagWise team, this place was hard for us to leave. If it wasn’t for our Kletterwerks backpacks we would not have enough hands to rummage through all the goods of display.
The combination of Bangkok’s colours and the stylishness of its people are a magnet for fashion designers and trendsetters. Youthfulness and fun are at the soul of this remarkable city and have captured our attention here at BagWise. A brilliant way of showing off fabulous new styles, outrageous colours, and even adding the benefits of practicality is of course bags.