Everyone has a list of countries they want to visit in their lifetime and as I am trying to complete 30 countries by 30 I have become one of those people who has a list to check off.
Surprisingly, Bangkok was never one of them but when we included it in our itinerary for our Thailand trip I didn’t know how much FUN we would have and all the amazing experiences.
Sharing my travel guide + pictures so you all can have as much fun and memories as we did.
First things first, U.S. Citizens do not need a visa to visit Thailand, however, Indian Citizens (which my hubby is) do. The easiest way to get a visa if you are an Indian citizen is the on arrival visa which costs 1000 Thai Baht (at of February 2017). On arrival visa is time-consuming with so many people trying to get one and a crazy line but it’s not a painful process. Just be sure to fill out your paperwork correctly and if you can’t get the correct size photo made or are just confused in general, there is a photo booth that snaps a picture of you that you can immediately print and slap on to your application. There is also a VIP lane but I don’t think it was worth it unless you are in a crazy hurry.
Just be sure to fill out your paperwork correctly and if you can’t get the correct size photo made or are just confused in general, there is a photo booth that snaps a picture of you that you can immediately print and slap on to your application. There is also a VIP lane but I don’t think it was worth it unless you are in a crazy hurry.
As for accommodations, hubby and I stayed at Amari Watergate. You can read all about our stay here.
Getting around was super easy, we either took a tuk-tuk everywhere or a taxi. The subway and skytrain (“BTS”) are also great and very easy to ride. As a foreigner, you are likely to get overcharged every time. Just walk up to the driver, tell him where you want to go and haggle the price.
There is so much to do in Bangkok and I didn’t know this at the time of booking our trip and research but one of the things people love to do in Bangkok is shop, shop, and shop some more. Seriously, the amount of shops and malls Bangkok has is nuts!
Grand Palace is very beautiful but a super crowded place with tons of tourists arriving in huge buses. We loved every bit of architecture richness and all the intricate designs. However, it was extremely hot and humid and Thai culture requests you to be completely covered so that made the heat unbearable. When going to any temple, you have to make sure you are not wearing a sleeveless and your knees are not exposed. No halters, tube tops, or anything of that nature and no shorts!
Wat Pho temple is the temple which houses the reclining Buddha. Another gorgeous temple. The attention to detail in all the structures and statues is mind blowing!
Around Wat Pho there are some great places to grab a bite to eat or just sip a cold smoothie to cool down. Well we were starving like Marvin and thankfully, quickly stumbled upon this amazing Thai place which had great vegetarian food.
After a bomb lunch, we took a ferry over to Wat Arun across the river. The funny part is that it is literally across the river. The shortest boat ride you can imagine. Wat Arun is currently under construction so there is not much to see.
There is a weekend market that goes on called Chatuchak. HUGE market with all kinds of shops and stalls of food. After shopping till we dropped, we took the skytrain (“BTS”) to the train station almost close to our hotel and then rode on a tuk tuk the remaining distance.
Damoen floating marketing was our stop the next morning. The drive from downtown Bangkok/our hotel took a good 1 hour and 15 minutes. You have to hire a private taxi as the tuks tuks cannot go on the highway.
We also paid a visit to Ananta Samakom throne hall which has gorgeous artifacts that are just surreal. The artwork is so intricate and beautiful. There are no photos allowed inside the throne hall so it will live in our memories.
Note that you are REQUIRED to wear a skirt or a maxi dress. If you are not, you will be required to purchase a sarong. I was wearing long, flowing pants but that didn’t make the cut.
In every city and country, there is a china town and you sure bet we went to visit! This Chinatown was insanely busy and reminded me of my hubbys hometown market, Aminabad Lucknow, India.
We spent an evening at Asiatique with one of hubby’s coworkers. Asiatique is a waterfront area with tons of shops and restaurants.
Hubby and I LOVED this place. We had dinner at Baan Khanitha.
This was the best Thai food I ever had. I couldn’t get enough. Service was also very good and I am super big on great service.
There is an AIR CONDITIONED Ferris wheel too. Can you believe that?! Nuts! We were so intrigued that we hopped on for a ride.
We celebrated our Anniversary by dining at The Deck by Arun Residence. Right next to the river with a wonderful view of Wat Arun across the river. You can hear the splash of waves on the rocks and also see dinner cruises going by. Perfect spot for a romantic dinner.
We finished the night at Vertigo and Moon Bar at Banyan Hotel. The bar is on the 59th floor and has a breathtaking view. Lots of stairs so watch your step!
Bangkok is now a city I can’t wait to visit again!