Every year many thousands of foreign visitors either visit or pass through Bangkok, and most will be busy with the typical tourist attractions like visiting the Golden Buddha, shopping in Khao San Road, and possibly taking a stroll through the infamous evening entertainment area of Patpong. While those places are very popular and definitely worth a look if they appeal, there’s so much more that Bangkok has to offer those who choose to veer away from the standard guide book recommendations and selling focused bus tours.
Even with just a few days to explore and enjoy this fascinating capital city it is possible to get glimpses of what lays beneath the façade, and experience a more authentic Bangkok than you would have otherwise.
1 – Cruise the River
The Chao Phraya River is popular with visitors and worth a visit, but by choosing to get on a regular water taxi as the locals do, you get to avoid the expensive organized tourist tours.
2 – Explore the Suburbs
At the edge of Bangkok, you can find Koh Kret Island, a place with fields and stilt houses but no cars at all. Locally made pottery would make a great souvenir or keepsake.