Bangkok is the capital and most populated city of Thailand, which means it can be quite hectic. Unfortunately we literally had only one day in Bangkok, so we didn’t have a huge amount of time to explore, but we did discover some nice (and free!) places to visit.
Pak Khlong Talat, or the Flower Market, is a beautiful, colourful feast for the senses. It’s nearby many of the tourist attractions like Wat Pho (the temple of the Reclining Buddha, which is spectacular, but has a small admission fee), so is well worth a look.
While you’re in this area, a really nice cafe to get an affordable lunch is Home Cafe Tha Tien. The Thai Pork and Chicken and Cashew is delicious (approx. $3-5) – and there’s free wifi.
Also in the heart of the touristy area is Tha Maharaj, a nice mall by the ferry from which most of the museums are accessible where you can find stores, restaurants and a nice big sign to take a photo with.
There are some fascinating street vendors in the area, and the Amulet Market is free to visit (although some of its wares have quite hefty price tags!)
A short walk away, we visited the Siriraj Cultural Museum and Medical Museum (these attractions are charged for, but there’s a discount for visiting both). The medical museum was one of the most interesting (and confronting) things we have encountered in our travels, and gives you a great appreciation for the fragility of life, the number of things that can go wrong with the human body, and the difficult task of working in medicine. Even if you decide not to go in, the surrounds of the cultural museum, where you can learn quite a lot about Thai culture, are set on the riverside and quite beautiful, and well worth a look.