Bangkok – Summer 2016 – Travel Guide
If you’re lucky enough to be traveling to Thailand this summer, you’ll most likely be flying into the Kingdom’s capital. Whether you’ve been warned to get in and get out as fast as possible or told it’s the most magical place on earth, Bangkok certainly isn’t to everyone’s taste! However, I loved it and found a few places that were definitely worth sharing, other than the usual Khaosan Road and 100 baht buckets.
Where to stay?
If you’re not looking for a hostel or want to start (or end) your Thai trip in style and comfort – this is the only place to stay! With a rooftop pool, amazing interiors, a spa and a gym, this was my favorite place by far. It’s actually situated on a quaint street beside the canal with loads of great food options within a 2-minutee walk.
Rambuttri is the happy medium between a hostel and a hotel, so you’re not thrown into Bangkok like Leo in the Beach, but also don’t have a high price to pay. There’s no need to completely slum it in the city, and I’d even come here just for the pool access and buffet breakfast in the mornings!
Where to drink?
Look out over Bangkok from the 63rd floor while sipping a Hangovertini just like Leslie Chow, with live jazz and the heat of the city making this an even more extraordinary experience. Make sure you dress to impress, the usual backpacker attire won’t make the cut at the door!
Where to eat?
As possibly the World’s No. 1 Pad Thai fan (I’m obsessed!) I’m slightly biased with my food recommendations, but when in Thailand you might as well make the most of the delicious local, street food. For 35 baht (€1) you can have a tasty noodle dish cooked up in front of you. Make sure you get a watermelon shake to wash it down!
What to do?
It can almost be guaranteed that a local crook will attempt to convince you that the Palace is currently closed at whatever time it is you arrive (don’t believe them!) and that you need to buy different clothes to enter as you’re not dressed appropriately (you can borrow some inside the Palace for free). Once you get past all of that, you’ll find yourself inside the breathtaking Grand Palace, surrounded by Buddhist temples, statues and gold monuments.
Although it’s a little outside of Bangkok, organizing a visit is incredibly easy and can be done with any of the hundreds of tourist agencies around Bangkok (make sure to shop around for the cheapest price). After a bus ride, you’ll enjoy bargaining in a market while in a little wooden boat captained by a little old Thai lady. Get ready for an early start with this, but know that you’ll be met with fresh mango and rice picking hats on arrival.
Take a stroll through the maze of passageways that combine to bring a multitude of colours, tastes and smells in one of the most bustling areas of Bangkok. Surprisingly tourist free, you’ll know that you are definitely in Asia when passing under the bright yellow and red signs.