Friday 20th – Monday 23rd November
So I’m doing a little tour around South East Asia and first stop was Bangkok!
We landed surprisingly fresh after an overnight flight from London and after a 2hr taxi ride through Bangkok rush hour we arrived at our hotel, Eastin Grand Hotel. We picked the hotel due to the excellent Trip Advisor reviews, ranked #9 of 790 hotels.
After check in we wandered through the bustling streets of Bangkok and stumbled across a street food place. No idea what it was called but it was pretty good. The 60bat large bottles of Chang certainly helped.
Up bright and early we caught the Chao Phraya Express Boat (15bat – pay on board) to the Grand Palace. We arrived at 9am as we’d heard the crowds can busy later in the day and the heat can be over bearing.
After hearing from a friend that he got taken to the “Fake Grand Palace” by scammer who told him the Grand Palace was closed luckily we didn’t have any trouble. Outside they have a loud speaker blaring out “the grand palace is not closed” so I’m not sure how he got tricked.
We took the short walk to Wat Pho to see the reclining Buddha and more temples. Compared to Grand Palace I enjoyed Wat Pho a lot more. The reclining Buddha was cool but the temples around it were awesome. Probably the best thing we did.
For lunch we visited one of the most popular Thai restaurants, Siam House, for Pad Thai(50bat) and more ice cold beer!
In the evening we headed to Ban Chiang which was amazing. Lovely restaurant and excellent Thai food.
After our meal we decided to checkout the famous Bangkok nightlife. Firstly we headed to the Sky Bar made famous by The Hangover 2. Safe to say, it’s one of the worst bars I’ve been to. The view is ok, but drinks are so expensive and everyone crammed in like sardines. Thailand has it’s share of scams but this bar is probably the biggest scam of them all!
After that we met some friends at a Craft beer pub for a drink(just the one as a beer was 400bat) and headed over to the very odd, Nana district. Very strange bars and what you would expect from Bangkok’s darker side. After walking around and grabbing a beer in the quieter bars we left.
A little hungover we headed to the Bangkok shopping district, Siam Paragon, for some AC and relaxation. Whilst we were there we had some spicy Chicken Wings and all was well in the world again.
Feeling revitalised we went for a stroll around Lumphini park which is one of the few green spaces in this crazy city.
Back at the hotel we had a swim in the infinity pool for awesome views of Bangkok and a cool down from the heat.
Our last night we made a reservation at a Thai restaurant, Tealicious. An English guy called Tom runs this with his Thai family. Amazing food again, cheap beers and lovely setting. It seems you can’t have a bad meal in Bangkok!
To finish the night we decided to try another rooftop, Moon Bar at the Banyan hotel. WOW! This one was awesome. A 360 degree view, a live Jazz Band and lovely cocktails. This was so much better than the more famous Sky Bar.
That’s it for Bangkok, amazing vibrant city. I’ll definitely be coming back to eat well and party the night away again!