The first day
Our flight got in really early, so we were in well need of a nap, after the 12 hour journey! We checked into the Landmark Bangkok, on Sukhumvit Road, a lovely hotel, very central close to Nana and Asok BTS stations. I cannot speak highly enough of the BTS system – its on time, easy to use, convenient to get around the city and air conditioned!
After a quick nap, we decided to explore and walked to Terminal 21, which was nearby – a shopping complex with a great food court. The design of the mall is cool – each floor is a themed by a different country. The food court is really cheap and a must visit. You will need to buy a card from there and top it up, to pay for the food. I opted for a pad Thai, seeing as it was my first meal in Thailand!
We then walked to the Erawan Shrine (which houses a statue of Phra Phrom, the Thai representation of Brahma, the Hindu god of creation). Lots of people there were asking for blessings and ladies in traditional Thai attire danced and sang for each of them. I recommend seeing this. From here we walked to Lumpini Park. We hired a pedalo boat around the lake, which was really pleasant. The park is filled with joggers by evening and people doing yoga and dance exercises to music! It is also well-known for monitor lizards (unfortunately I didn’t spot any) so look out for them! It was fun pedalling around the lake, under the moonlight, as evening started approaching.
After dinner on Sukhumvit Road near our hotel, we went for a foot massage. And it was well worth it – my feet had swelled like balloons from the long flight and all the walking. And the massage was only about £7!
Day 2 – Temple Run
Today was dedicated to the temples. After breakfast and a nice early start, we took a train and boat (along the Chao Phraya River) to Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn). Remember, you are required to cover your legs, below your knees and shoulders (no vests) when visiting the temples in Thailand. They do offer cover ups if you need. Wat Arun’s colours and detailing are amazing. Make sure you climb up the steps for some good pictures within the steps, it feels like a maze! Also take a hat – it gets very hat! (we visited in March).
Back on the boat and across the river, we headed to Wat Pho (the temple of the Reclining Buddha). This was just as breathtaking as Wat Arun! Every single temple in Thailand is a gem and will not fail to amaze you. The golden reclining Buddha is huge – 150ft long and 50ft tall. I would advise to take shoes which are easy to slip on and off, as you are required to remove them outside the temples.
To our disappointment, we then learnt that the Grand Palace was closed (it shuts at 3.30pm. So I recommend you plan your day around this, when seeing the temples). It was a shame as we really wanted to see it on this day! So we decided to grab some lunch near Wat Pho – papaya salad! So refreshing, tangy and yummy. Goes down a treat, in the Thai heat.
No trip to Thailand is complete without a visit to a night market! So that evening we headed for dinner at the Ratchada Night Bazaar. Walk around, have some street food and look at the creepy crawlies on offer to eat! Remember, Bangkok is a 24/7 city and everything is open till late. So of course we had another massage to end the night.
The last day
The last day was sad – we were loving Bangkok! We decided to head to Khao San Road (the vibe is very different during the day, so it depends what you’re looking for). We had lunch and a wander around – there are lots of souvenir shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. We then headed back to Sukhumvit Road for a full body massage this time (£12!).
In the evening we wanted to visit a rooftop bar – there are lots of good ones in Bangkok. We found one (Octave Rooftop Bar) after some quick searching online – the beauty of it? We turned up, no reservation required! The atmosphere and vibe was buzzing, the music was good and the view was serene (and it wasn’t super crowded, so service was quick). This really did top the trip off nicely, as we sat sipping drinks under the moonlight, before our next exciting stop in Thailand!