What to do in Bangkok on a budget?

What to do in Bangkok on a budget?


Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of Thailand. It is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon or simply Krung Thep. The city occupies 1,568
Bangkok is one of the most popular travel destinations for tourists on a budget. For decades, Bangkok has been a mecca for backpackers seeking 24-hour fun. According to Forbes, Bangkok was the world’s most visited city in 2016. The Thailand capital city attracted 21.5 million people who all stayed at least one night in accommodation.

The Thai capital has a number of amazing tourist attractions. Luckily, all of them, or nearly all, can be seen on a budget. Travellers to Bangkok do not have to be flush with cash to tour the city’s great landmarks.

Bangkok is still cheap for travellers looking for an unforgettable holiday. From accommodation to food, local travel to nights out, Bangkok delivers a great escape at a low price.

Top 10 things to do in Bangkok

Wat Arun - Top 10 things to do in Bangkok

Wat Arun

Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan (Thai: วัดอรุณราชวราราม ราชวรมหาวิหาร) or Wat Arun (Thai pronunciation: [wát ʔarun], “Temple of Dawn”) is a

Wat Arun

Travellers on a budget should always plan their itinerary well in advance to save money. Bangkok is full of great landmarks and sites to explore. While all are available to see from the outside for free, there are some that charge visitors money to explore from within.

Wat Arun is one of the sites that will cost travellers money to enter. The famous Buddhist temple costs 50 baht (approximately $1.60 US) to tour. Located next to the Chao Phraya River, visitors can explore Wat Arun and the Grand Palace back to back. The temple is so famous in Thailand that it is on the country’s currency.

Grand Palace Bangkok - Top 10 things to do in Bangkok

Grand Palace

The Grand Palace (Thai: พระบรมมหาราชวังRTGS: Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang[1]) are a complex of buildings at the heart of Bangkok, Thailand.

Grand Palace

Situated opposite Wat Arun, visitors can tour the palace and the Buddhist temple on the same day. Budget Bangkok travellers may have to choose between visiting the palace at Wat Arun as it costs 500 baht (approximately $16 US) to enter.

The Thai royal palace was built in the 18th century and it is still the residence of the country’s royal family. The Grand Palace is mostly just used for special ceremonies today, however. Visitors will see gorgeous ornate statues, exhibits, and temples inside the palace.

Wat Pho - Top 10 things to do in Bangkok

Wat Pho

Wat Pho (Thai: วัดโพธิ์, IPA: [wát pʰoː]), also spelled Wat Po, is a Buddhist temple complex in the Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok, Thailand. It is on

Wat Pho

Wat Pho is the oldest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Built by King Rama I, the temple is known all over for its reclining Buddha. Visitors can see Wat Pho for 100 baht (approximately $3 US). It is well worth it for the chance to explore the giant relaxing Buddha.

Not only can travellers see the ornate reclining Buddha statue, but they can get a foot massage. The temple is home to a traditional Thai medical school.

Terminal 21 - Top 10 things to do in Bangkok

Terminal 21

Travellers in need of a rest, and some Wi-Fi, can find it at Terminal 21. The giant shopping mall has multiple levels with each having a different theme from a region of the world. Travellers can find food, a cinema, and shops at Terminal 21. It is a great place to relax after venturing across the city to see all of the great tourist sites.

Chinatown, Bangkok

Bangkok’s Chinatown is one of the largest Chinatowns in the world.


Chinatown is filled with great, low priced Chinese restaurants. When the sun goes down, Chinatown really comes to life as people descend on the area. Chinatown gets packed and it can be quite chaotic, but exploring it offers plenty of great gifts.

Khao San Road - Top 10 things to do in Bangkok

Khaosan Road

Khaosan Road or Khao San Road (Thai: ถนนข้าวสารpronounced [tʰā.nǒn kʰâ(ː)w sǎːn]) is a short (410 meter long) street in central Bangkok, Thailand constructed in 1892 during the reign of Rama V.

Khao San Road

Budget travellers shouldn’t miss the chance to explore Bangkok’s infamous Khao San Road. The area is filled with backpackers who travel to Bangkok for a good time. Travellers will find guesthouses, food stalls, clothing shops, and bars throughout the district.

Khao San Road can feel like a non-stop party thanks to the crowds. It truly is a must-visit part of the capital, at least once, to experience the backpacker scene. It is the hub for all backpackers and budget travellers traversing southeast Asia. The 24-hour party atmosphere is a unique experience found in few other countries around the globe.

Jim Thompson House

The Jim Thompson House is a museum in central Bangkok, Thailand, housing the art collection of American businessman and architect Jim Thompson, the museum

Jim Thompson House

American entrepreneur Jim Thompson moved to Thailand following World War II. The silk merchant built a beautiful traditional Thai house which still stands today. Thompson wasn’t just an entrepreneur. He was also a spy, and in 1967, he disappeared while on a visit to Malaysia.

Thompson’s home has been transformed into a museum showcasing his life and business. Visitors can explore the house for 100 baht (approximately $3 US) and find out more about the entrepreneur and his career.

Lumpini Park - Top 10 things to do in Bangkok

Lumphini Park

Lumphini Park (also Lumpini or Lumpinee, Thai: สวนลุมพินี) is a 360 rai (57.6-hectare (142-acre)) park in Bangkok, Thailand.

Lumpini Park

Bangkok is a chaotic city with people, automobiles, and motorbikes zooming by at all hours. Visitors can get a break from the hectic city at Lumpini Park. It is a greenspace that gives travellers a chance to their breath.

The park is a full of green grassy knolls and paths to stroll. Travellers looking for a venue for an early morning run can find it at Lumpini as it opens at 5 a.m. Visitors can also explore the park when the sun goes down after work as it remains open until 9 p.m.

Street Food - Top 10 things to do in Bangkok

Thai cuisine

Thai cuisine (Thai: อาหารไทยRTGS: ahan thaipronounced [ʔāː.hǎːn tʰāj]) is the national cuisine of Thailand.

Street Food

Bangkok is well-known for its delicious street food. Visitors can find a variety of food stalls throughout the city offering traditional Thai cuisine and modern fusion dishes.

The best part of Bangkok’s street food is it is cheap. Locals love to dine on the city’s food stalls, which not only means they are budget-friendly, but they are tasty. As travellers know, if locals eat at a restaurant or food stall, it must be good.

Soi Cowboy - Top 10 things to do in Bangkok

Soi Cowboy

Soi Cowboy is a short (150 meter long) street in Bangkok, Thailand, with some 40, mostly go-go bars. It caters mainly to tourists and expatriates.

Soi Cowboy

Bangkok has been called the Amsterdam of Asia. Soi Cowboy is the centre of Bangkok’s red-light district. It was founded in the 1970s by a real-life American cowboy who traveled to Bangkok.

Unlike Amsterdam, Soi Cowboy has bars running along the street with girls situated all around. While it is the red-light district, most people simply enjoy exploring Soi Cowboy and having drinks with friends. In addition to serving drinks, many of the bars feature dancers throughout the night.

Bangkok is a haven for budget travellers to explore. It is a beautiful city that provides visitors with choice. Whether it is low priced food or cheap accommodation, budget travellers will find everything they need for a great trip in Bangkok.

Are there any other places you would recommended when visiting Bangkok? Or if you are ready to take a trip, please visit this page for cheap flights and hotels to Bangkok.

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