ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK & The World’s Your Oyster…You know the song…

Bangkok is a MUST, at least once, for everyone…for me, this was my second time and I saw even more and liked it even more than the first time around!

 How To Get Around…

Taxi: It’s always best to arrange transport with your accommodation, as taxi drivers in Bangkok can be a bit sketchy. Most taxi drivers don’t use meters and just bargain a price with you once you tell them your destination. They LOVE to take advantage of tourists, or offer a really cheap price and make a ‘stop’ along the way at a shop to get you to buy something. BE CAREFUL WITH THIS! Ask the taxi driver to use a meter upon entering the vehicle, and if they refused, get out, unless you’ve negotiated a reasonable price.

The journey from Suvarnabhumi Bangkok Airport to downtown Bangkok is about 30 minutesA taxi will cost you about 300-350 Baht ($9-10USD)

 Tuk Tuk: The Bangkok mode of transport and SO much fun to ride in!

Walking: Wear proprer walking shoes, as you’ll be on foot a LOT!

Where To Stay…

   

Anantara Bangkok Sathorn:

If you’re looking for a more affordable accommodation, but still 4 star class, then this is the place for you, although it’s situated a bit outside the city. A 2 bedroom suite (HUGE!) with 2 balconies was about $100USD per night. Tip: get the room service breakfast, at about $10USD per person, it’s basically two meals in one and oh so delicious!

Anantara Bangkok Sathorn Website

Anantara Riverside Bangkok:

This is a better option if you’d like to stay more inside the city. It’s about $100USD per night for the standard room.

Anantara Bangkok Riverside Website

Smart Suites:

More budget friendly at $35, this place has excellent reviews on TripAdvisor

Smart Suites Website

What To Do…

    

Although Bangkok offers MANY temples and incredible things to see, the top three MUST SEES are:

The Grand Palace:

Cost: 500 Baht ($14USD)

Hours: 8:30am-3:30pm

Length of Stay: 2+ Hours

Bangkok’s famous palace complex, built in 1782…it’s been called the ‘Vatican City’ of Asia. Be SURE to wear long pants/shirt to all of these temples (or carry them along and put them on prior to entering), as covering up is required/respectful. Sarong’s are not accepted as cover ups for ladies’ shoulders, so bring a shirt, otherwise you’ll have to buy one.

Grand Palace Info

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Was Pho):

Cost: $100 Baht ($3USD)

Hours: 8am-5pm (lunch break from 12-1)

Length of Stay: 1+ Hours

One of the oldest and largest Buddhist temples in Thailand, measuring more than 150 feet in length. Take a Tuk Tuk from the Grand Palace for about 100 Baht ($3USD) in 10 minutes.

Wat Pho Info

Temple of the Dawn (Was Arun):

Cost: $100 Baht ($3USD)

Hours: 8:30am-5:30pm

Length of Stay: 1-2+ Hours

Wat Arun is almost directly opposite Way Pho, so it is very easy to get to. From Sapphan Taksin boat pier, take a boat on the Chao Phraya River that stops at pier 8, then take a small shuttle boat from one side of the river to the other for only $3 Baht. You can also go via Tuk Tuk. TIP: Go at Sunset (even though it’s called Temple of the Dawn)!

Wat Arun Info

Chatuchak Weekend Market:

Cost: Free!

Hours: Sat/Sun 9am-6pm, Fri 6pm-12am

Length of Stay: 1-2+ Hours

A MUST visit market! It houses over 8,000 stalls of souvenirs, clothes, art, antiques and other various goodies!

Chatuchak Market Info

Khaosan Road:

Cost: Free!

Hours: Always open, especially late night

Length of Stay: 1-2+ Hours

Khaosan is a half-mile long, mini street, with vendors selling crazy street foods, souvenirs, cool bars/restaurants and clubs. TIP: Go after dark!

Khao San Road Info

Where To Shop…

 

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Bangkok is known for its temples, food and shopping! There is no shortage of malls and markets in this town!

Central World Plaza, Siam:

Hours: 10am-10pm

This mall is the largest in Thailand. You’ll find trendy fashion brands here.

Central World Plaza Website

Siam Paragon, Siam:

Hours: 10am-10pm

The super LUX mega-mall of Bangkok

Siam Paragon Website

Terminal 21:

Hours: 10am-10pm

Cool concept of different world cities, all under one roof.

Terminal 21 Website

Rooftop Bars…

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Bangkok has NO shortage of bars, but here are a few that are the most well known…

Sky Bar Lebua State Tower:

Hours 6pm-1am

63 stories high, this bar became super popular after the movie ‘The Hangover II’ was filmed here.

Sky Bar Lebua Website

Octave Rooftop Bar at Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit:

Hours: 5pm-2am

Out FAVORITE! We range in 2016 here and it was incredible (see blow for more details)! The views of the city are insane!

Octave Bar Website

Red Sky Centara Grand at Central World:

Hours: 5pm-1am

Conveniently located in town, with great views of the city (no river views here)

Red Sky Centara Website

Where To Eat…

Nara Thai (Central World Plaza-7th Floor):

Nara Thai Info

After You Dessert Café:

This is a MUST when visiting Bangkok. Fortunately, there are multiple locations all around the city. The apple crumble with vanilla ice cream, as well as the chocolate lava cookie is TO DIE FOR! The wait is LONG, so try to go at non-peak hours or get take away.

After You Cafe Info

Cabbages and Condoms:

An awesome restaurant, experience and cause. The founder wanted to highlight a wide range of social issues, such as sexual health, with a catchy twist. All the decor is made of condoms (no joke), so it’s probably not suited for young ones. Money from your meal is used to support development programs initiated by the PDA.

Cabbages & Condoms Info

Thai Food Favorites:

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Thai food is DELICIOUS, but beware, it’s spicy! You can always ask for no spice or little spice. The best Thai dishes are Gaeng Keow Wan Kai (Green Chicken Curry), Pad Thai (Thai Style Fried Noodles), Gaeng Daeng (Red Curry), Som Tum (Spicy Green Papaya Salad), Tom Cha Kai (Chicken in Coconut Soup-my favorite!), Pad Krapow moo Saap (Fired Basil and Pork), and Yam Nua (Spicy Beef Salad).

Spa…

If you’re in need of some cheap pampering, then Bangkok is the place to be. There are massage places/spas all over the city. Be sure to read up on the place before going, or get a recommendation from your accommodation. We had massages at the Anantara, which were amazing!

New Years Eve:

For NYE, there are MANY options around Bangkok, but rooftop ticketed parties are the way to go! We chose Octave Rooftop Bar, located at the top of Bangkok Marriott Sukhumvit. Entry was $80USD per person, which included a small bottle of Moet. The 360 views of the city were epic, although the fireworks were totally disappointing.

Custom Clothing:

Bangkok is THE spot to go for custom, tailor made clothing. Be SURE to find a reputable tailor the first day you arrive, as it takes time to sew them. Normally, in Singapore, a custom tailor made shirt is about $120. In Bangkok, it’s less than $20. Below is a pic of the boys in their custom cashmere suits. Such handsome men I got to hang out with for the weekend 😉

Things To Note…

The local currency is the Thai Baht.

Negotiate everything you can, especially in markets and with taxis/tuk tuk drivers.

Carry a name card with your accommodation name/address to show drivers.

Be careful of scammers…they are everywhere!

Watch your purse, bag, wallet while in large crowds.

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