Top Backpacking Destinations Ranking: 8/10
Bangkok is often the landing point for many backpackers as they fly over to Asia to begin an extended trip and soak up everything Asia has to offer. And what a baptism of fire! Bangkok is an attack on the senses and a huge culture change from other shores.
Whilst it can be daunting when you first land and are confronted with tuk tuks, street food and men-women, once you acclimatise it is hard not to have a good time. The first destination for most backpackers will be Khao San Road which is a hub of activity, strewn with street food sellers, market stalls and backpacker hostels. Make sure you try the pad thai, it’s hard to find better street food anywhere in the world.
Once you’ve soaked up all the sights, sounds and smells of Khao San Road (which might take a while!) there’s plenty more to keep you busy. Hop in a tuk tuk and speed over to see the Grand Palace and the many stunning temples in the city. Wat Phra Kaew, the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand will stun you with its lavish gold designs whilst hidden away in amongst the temple maze of Wat Pho is a giant golden buddha which will take your breath away.