I’ve decided in 2014 to go on a trip in Thailand which involved Bangkok and Phuket for 14 days.
The catch was that…it was awesomely cheap!
I paid for it 2 months before I got there, so I had plenty of time to save up some cash as also to have fun there.
Thailand was a pristine location where I could visit, enjoy a strong massage and beautiful beaches.
But I didn’t want to go to Phuket!
I read a lot about Phuket and it didn’t seem to be what I was looking for so I started doing some research and I found out about a website of a Romanian traveler that left 7 years ago in Thailand and had some awesome tips about what to see.
So, without hesitation, I contacted him and asked about what should I see in Thailand. The answer was Trang/Krabi region which was more authentic and has a lot of nice islands to discover.
I went to Bangkok firstly where I stayed at the Nasa Vegas Hotel which was pretty cool and had a good location near the City Line for the metro that was a direct link to the airport and the main central line. It was a giant hotel with rooms starting at 12$/night. So DEAL!
The first day we arrived there we were kinda jet lagged so we ended up walking for 12 hours visiting Wat Arun temple, markets, China Town and just getting the city’s vibe.
We stayed for 4 days in Bangkok and it was blazing HOT. Humidity was up in the sky and we walked very much outside every day because we had to visit the Golden Buddha, Grand Palace, Khao San Road, Lumphini Park, Erawan Shrine, Chatuchak market, Wat Pho, floating market and the Asiana market. Of course, we had to discover the malls, markets and sky bars.
One of the best Papaya salads I had was in a mall near the river from the court food.
Here is a list of the main things not to miss out while in Bangkok:
- Pad Thai on Khao San Road
- Above Eleven sky bar (after 10 pm)
- Ocean Urban Lounge & Boutique Resort
- Massage in the city center
- Soy Cowboy fun in the night time
- Muse Hotel – gorgeous pool at the 19th floor
- Tuk tuk ride
- Chatuchak Weekend market
- Asiana market
- A river dinner on a boat
- Bayoki Sky tower for its last revolving floor
- China Town
- Malls and markets
- Suk Soi 11 – expat hotspot with great restaurants: Moghul Room, Charlie Brown, Cheap Charlie, Suk 11
- Food tour where I really recommend you to take a look at Migrationology
Bangkok is a never ending resource of food, things to do and things to buy.
You won’t get bored even if you stay 2 weeks, but around 4-5 days is more than enough to see the main highlights and to eat a LOT (the good part is that you won’t gain too much weight if you walk around a lot and visit).
But if you’re in Bangkok, you’ll have to take Air Asia to an island nearby or even Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore or Bali.
Check my related posts about options around Bangkok here.