Bangkok marked the beginning and will also mark the end of our trip to Thailand (as we’re flying from here to Siem Reap on 02.02), as it does for many travellers.
Mike especially liked Bangkok, he says one of his favourite things is the many ways to get around, from tuktuks and scooter taxis to boats, busses, taxis and the skytrain. I found Bangkok with all the hustle and bustle quite hard work, where even getting a taxi somewhere requires 20 minutes, lots of looking at Google maps, and talking to at least six different taxi drivers.
We both really enjoyed visiting Khaosan Road at night, nibbling on a few sticks of meat, and watching the carnage unfold. All backpacker stereotypes can be found here, as well as scorpions on sticks, cocktails by the bucketloads (literally) and any kind of ping pong show your heart may desire.We also really enjoyed a visit to the rooftop bar Cloud 47 which shows Bangkok in all its big-city glory.
Our Bangkok highlights:
The Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun, is one of the most iconic sights in Bangkok along the river. Unfortunately the main part of the temple was covered in scaffolding when we were there, but the temple still looks amazing. The park by the temple on the river is also very nice.
Taling Chang floating market
On our first visit to Bangkok we stayed in an AirBnB a bit outside the town centre, which meant taking a taxi every time we were going somewhere. On the plus side, we lived quite close to a floating market which was really cool. There was loads of new and exiting food to try from the stalls and the boats, lots and lots of catfish in the river to feed, and mini turtles to admire. We also went on a little boat trip down the river to a local temple on a longtail boat.
Lumphini park is an incredible park in the centre of Bangkok, easy to reach with the skytrain. We spent a whole afternoon here, first relaxing by the lake, watching the turtles and spotting lots of 2 meter long giant lizards called water monitors. A lady shared her bread with us, and we fed the turtles and a massive school of catfish from the bridge, a proper feeding frenzy!
As the afternoon went on, the park filled up with people doing their evening exercise. Young and old were running laps around the park and exercising on the outdoors gym. At least 200 ladies and a few men partook in an aerobics class with 3 instructors in front, everyone was doing their thing and there was a great sense of community. At 6 o’clock the King’s anthem played, and the whole park froze, standing respectfully while it finished playing.
Experiencing Lumphini park in the evening was without doubt my favourite part of being in Bangkok, the atmosphere is amazing and the park is an incredible spot to catch a feeling of one of the great things the city has to offer.