“Bangkok has us now”
I absolutely loved our time spent in Bangkok!
We stayed at one hotel the entire stay in Bangkok. I would highly recommend
doing this because the city is so huge that it’s nice to get acclimated to one area. There are many ways to get around the city so you can still see and explore the whole city.
We stayed at the Prince Palace Hotel which we thought was a great location! It was literally in the middle of a giant market called the Bobae Market. We could step out of our hotel and step right in to the busy market filled with delicious street food and beautiful handmade goods! Many taxis and tuk tuks surrounded the market so it was very easy to find transportation.
The first day we filled with temple hopping. I even read blogs before going on our trip warning that you get “templed out quickly” which is exactly what happened to us. In the future, I would space them out and just go to one or two each day. We went to Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of Emerald Buddha), Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), the Golden Mount, and Wat Benchamabophit (the Marble Temple).
General rule with temples is to BE RESPECTFUL! Males should have at least their knees covered and woman should have their knees and shoulders covered when entering a temple. I ended up buying a beautiful silk scarf from the market and a beautiful long skirt (only $3 USD each!) and had them in my purse so I could throw them on when needed. The temples also provide clothing that visitors can borrow.
We realized the first day when it comes to tuk tuks you want to know the exact location of where you are going! Check out my Tips for Tuk Tuks!
You’ll also realize that Bangkok has a unique smell. Just embrace it. It’ll follow you everywhere.
The second day we took it a little more easy. From walking down the sidewalks for hours next to traffic and riding around in tuk tuks the day before, the pollution and smog really got to me. I felt really congested and tired.
We took it slow that morning and enjoyed exploring the Bobae market. Afterwards, we decided to go to the Siam Paragon Mall that we drove passed the day before. This is a very upscale mall! Gucci, Chanel, Mercedes Benz, etc. They also have an aquarium you can visit on the bottom floor of the mall. We were thinking of checking it out but the lines were long and it was a little pricey for us – 900 baht. I was a little hesitant paying to see any type of animal in Thailand, it seems that the animal welfare standards do not really exist in this country unfortunately. I was also warned to NOT go to the Bangkok Zoo due to horrible conditions.
After wandering around the mall for a bit, we decided to go to the Sky Tower Hotel which is shown in the movie The Hangover 2. Unfortunately, we were not aware that there is a dress code to go to the Sky Tower bar so we were not able to go have a drink where Chow and the boys did in the movie. If you are wanting to go be aware that they want you to “dress smart” as in no shorts, no flip flops, and no shoulders showing!
Chinatown. Every major city needs a Chinatown, right? Well Bangkok is no different. This Chinatown is PACKED full of people! Very crowded markets and yes, motorbikes still ride through the markets even when you are walking shoulder-to-shoulder in the crowd. One thing we noticed were lots of shark fins were being sold for food. Huge cultural difference here!
Market day! We decided that we wanted to drive to the outskirts of the city to experience the Floating Market and the Railroad Market. We got a taxi because it was an hour and a half drive to the Floating Market. The Railroad Market is on the way back to the city. We were able to get the taxi ride, there and back, for 1500 baht. It was nice having a taxi wait for us at the markets because they’re a little harder to come by out there and I’m sure if you had to wave one down we would have ended up spending twice the amount that we did.
Once we got back to the city we had the taxi driver drop us off at Koh San Road which is one of my favorite areas in Bangkok! A must see! So many different restaurants to choose from, lots of shopping, great massage parlors, delicious street food, entertainment…the whole package! This is where we had the taxi drop us off for the day. And yes, I was feeling a little adventurous and ate a scorpion!
And what’s a trip to Bangkok without seeing a red light district? I know there are some controversy about going to a red light district in general but we wanted to experience it! There are 2 main ones that we had heard of: Patpong and Soi Cowboy. We decided on Soi Cowboy because it was in the direction of our hotel from where we were. It was…..wild and confusing but actually was a lot of fun! Lady drinks, go go dancers, and lady boys, OH MY!
Bangkok is wild with endless things to see! I enjoyed Bangkok ten times more than I thought I would! I actually wish we were able to stay longer to see more of the city but I guess that just makes a great excuse to come back to Thailand again one day!