Next Stop, Bangkok
Bangkok was a bit of a culture shock for me. I’ve been to 3rd world countries before, but not one quite like this. The division of economic wealth sitting so closely together was humbling as well as eyeopening. Our hotel, the Anantara Sathorn Bangkok, was about an hour from the airport and was simply beautiful. We got an amazing deal on our two bedroom suite for an astonishing $140 a night!! It’s crazy how far your money can take you in Bangkok especially when coming from Tokyo. The hotel property had a nice pool, decent gym, good breakfast buffet
Oddly enough when we looked up best rooftop lounges in Bangkok, our
I spent one day exploring alone and found myself in areas I would not want to be at after dark. At no point did I feel unsafe, just fully aware that I stood out as a tourist and a possible target for scamming. Knowing the weather would be of extreme heat and humidity, I packed as if I was going to Miami and quickly discovered this was also a great way to stand out. Locals dress very conservatively consisting of long pants or skirts, loose blouses and t-shirts. My distressed cutoff shorts and crop tops didn’t mesh well. Much of this has to do with the respect of visiting temples which Thailand has plenty of. I was able to stop at one of many street vendors to buy a sarong to cover my mid-drift and legs.
The Grand Palace
Opulent, colorful, eclectic and most defiantly grand are the perfect words to describe this place. It was also very crowded. I did not go as a group on a guided tour, and unless you want to be told about the history while there, I do not recommend it. The groups are large and herded around. I can imagine it would also be hard to hear what the guide is saying. Being solo I was able to go in corners and halls where a private pic was possible. I recommend going right when they open,
Another alternative, just as beautiful but not as big is the Wat Pho. Home to the reclining Buddha which for the life of me I couldn’t seem to find! It most defiantly doesn’t have a lack of other Buddhas though. The entrance fee was 100 Baht ($2.60 USD) and came with a free bottle of water. It was a 10 min walk from the Grand Palace.
Khao San Road
If you are wanting to party or do some good people watching, Khao San Road is a must. Khao San is the most popular backpacker stop in Bangkok. You will mostly see tourist heavily drinking, shopping at street vendors or eating a scorpion and random insects.
We went at night and the street was shoulder to shoulder. Music is blasting from outdoor bars lining the street with hosts trying to convince you to
In order to get home from Khao San a taxi ride would be at least 30 min. The traffic had died down a bit because of the time, therefore this was a perfect opportunity to take a
Also known as Ancient City, this is a museum park occupying over 200 acres, in the shape of Thailand. I did not know that when we visited but when I google how to spell it, I learned the shape!
Ancient Siam is dubbed as the world’s largest outdoor museum. The grounds feature 116 structures of Thailand’s famous monuments and architectural attractions. The grounds of Ancient Siam correspond roughly with the shape of the kingdom, with the monuments lying at their correct positions geographically. Some of the buildings are life-size replicas of existing or former sites, while others are scaled down. -Wikipedia
It was about
When leaving Khao San Rd we walked past a restaurant where the line was out the door with locals. Not even really being hungry we had to stop and check it out. Men were on the sidewalk in a outdoor kitchen making huge woks full of pad Thai. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g293916-d3710114-Reviews-Pad_Thai_Thip_Samai-Bangkok.html
Rated 4 stars out of 1,900 reviews on Trip Advisor. Our food was excellent! Pad Thai done right. Defiantly worth the wait with a very friendly staff.
If you’ve never had papaya salad you have to find a street vendor for this one. It’s tangy, fresh and very very spicy. I ask for no spice because I simply can’t handle it. Luckily for me, all of the street food I ate the entire time (which was almost daily) never made me sick. Fruit, meat, salad and pad thai all from street vendors was the best food. No one wears gloves but I like to live on the edge.
To watch all the behind the scenes of Bangkok watch my highlights here https://www.instagram.com/s/aGlnaGxpZ2h0OjE4MDQ2NzYxODA4MDUwMTc0/?utm_source=ig_story_highlights_share&igshid=c4jlsyj0uqgn
Next up, Phuket
That was so fun to read and the pics are great! So helpful for anyone thinking of traveling there. Informative and entertaining at the same time….my kind of read!