Bangkok is a city that polarises opinions – some people love the hustle and bustle of it and for others it can be too much. Personally, I love Bangkok. I’ve visited many times and spent a lot of time in the city. What I particularly like is that there’s never a shortage of weird and wonderful things to keep one amused.
I had a few days to kill in the city and it just so happened that my good Dutch friend, Thys, was in the country, so we had a much needed catch up. Naturally we kicked off with some food!
Thys had a great lunch recommendation – Markintiny in Silom. From the outside, it looks quite nondescript and like the sort of place you might not look twice at, but the food was utterly delicious. We ordered up a mini smorgasbord of Thai dishes (all veg).
Next it was time for a dose of culture. We headed over to what are probably Bangkok’s top attractions, the Grand Palace (which I have written about before) and Wat Pho, the ‘Temple of the Reclining Buddha’. I can’t recommend enough that you check them out at least once when you are in the city.
The impressive pagodas reach up several meters into the air and are painstakingly adorned with intricate details, meaning they look just as impressive up close as they do from afar.
When in Thailand, it goes without saying that you must indulge in some Thai massage, which is exactly what we decided to do at a fantastic place called the Wat Pho Thai Traditional Massage School. Another one of Thy’s winning recommendations!
Finally, we rounded the day off with a leisurely walk around some of the rest of the city.
The next day it was back to cold and rainy Blighty for me. If you visit Bangkok and are looking for some recommendations for things to see and do, here are some of my suggestions, all of which I’ve written about :
- Grand Palace
- Muay Thai Tournament
- Khaosan Road
- Nighttime Flower Market
- Temple of Dawn
- Sky Bar at the Lebua State Tower
- Floating Market