After an eleven-hour flight from London, we landed in Bangkok at mid-day and we headed straight to the Hilton Millennium where we were staying for the next three nights. It isn’t in the most charming area of Bangkok but the view from the bedrooms is insane and well worth it!
Bangkok is often overlooked by tourists in favour the tropical islands as it hasn’t the best reputation but there are many reasons to visit and we absolutely loved our time there!
To celebrate our first night in the Land of Smiles we headed to the rooftop for some cocktails (Thailand is heaven for cocktails aficionados). We then went to The Never Ending Summer, which is walking distance to the hotel, for the most delicious dinner!
Still euphoric to be in Thailand and completely jet lagged, our final stop that night was at Maggie Choo for some jazz and more cocktails! The place is surreal and well worth the trip if you like a little bit of partying.
On day two of our stay in Bangkok, we headed by boat to Wat Pho.
It is good to note that boats are a very efficient way to travel to the most touristic sites of Bangkok. You avoid the dreadful Bangkok traffic, it is cheap as chips and they stop about 100 meters from all the main sites!
Wat Pho is just beautiful, it is a huge temple complex in the centre of Bangkok. The architecture is breathtaking and the Reclining Buddha is the biggest statue I have ever seen.
Get lost in the parks and people watch while sipping on A LOT of water.
Be aware that there is a strict dress code when visiting temples and official sites in Thailand, not too much leg or shoulder on display, please! The Thais are very organised and tourist-friendly and all sites will provide appropriate clothing if needed. It makes for very interesting outfits of the day!
After wandering in the Buddhist sanctuary, we headed out to get lost in the little streets of Chinatown.
A lot of people warned me about Bangkok’s smell. I was told it was very strong and quite fishy. Well… During the 3 days we spent there, I can only remember of once where there was a very bad street odour. Yes it smells of food, yes it is very warm and humid, but no you won’t faint or gag when walking around the less touristy streets. So go ahead, don’t be scared and explore!
After checking a few landmarks off the list like the Giant Swing and some beautiful squares, we headed to Wat Arun (by boat) for another beautiful exploration.
On our third and final day, we visited the Grand Palace which is grand, to say the least. Rooms after rooms of wonders and manicured gardens, everything shines and sparkles in this place. It also really highlight the importance of the Royal Family for Thais, they have so much love and respect for them.
Going from luxurious estates to rougher surroundings, we headed to Khaosan Road for a little bit of shopping and some food.
It was a wonderful three days in Bangkok and I would absolutely recommend visiting the city. One regret for us was not to have enough time to visit the floating markets…
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