One of the best things about Bangkok is the variety you’ll find in the different neighborhoods.
Start in the Old City, home to many of Bangkok’s biggest attractions. This is where you’ll find Wat Pho, the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Saket, Wat Suthat, the National Museum, and much more.
Across the river is Thonburi, where you’ll find Wat Arun, the Royal Barge Museum, and several floating markets.
Just north of the Old City is Banglamphu, which includes Khao San Road, a popular destination for backpackers due to the abundance of cheap international food, bars, and budget lodging.
Outside of Khao San Road, Banglamphu is also where you can see attractions like the Democracy Monument, the October 14 Memorial, and Wat Bowonniwet.
For a less touristy experience, head to Chinatown, on Yaowarat Road.
You can see Wat Traimit and many other temples and shrines in this neighborhood, but it’s also the best place in Bangkok for Chinese cuisine, and the street markets are bustling with locals.
Meanwhile, Silom, the financial district, has Lumphini Park, several museums and temples, and antique shopping opportunities.
Silom is a good place for people-watching in the daytime, but it’s most famous for its nightlife–this is where you’ll find the red-light district Patpong.
But if all you want to do is shop, head to Pathumwan, which has the most popular malls and high-end boutiques.
Bangkok is an exciting place to visit and there’s so much to see and do.