15 February 2019

12 hours in...Bangkok

24 hours in...Bangkok Travel Guide
My last work trip of 2018 took me to Bangkok. I had never set foot in Thailand before, so wasn’t sure what to expect. 

As I was out there for work, I obviously didn’t see as much as you would if you’re there for fun but, I knew I’d have a little downtime. If you’re on a tight timeline like I was, I would say your best mode of transport is by air train, tuk tuk or river boats — we were lucky enough to have a guide and driver (very fancy, I know, but very reasonably priced) but, I have to admit some of the free time we had to explore, was spent stuck in traffic! Traffic in Bangkok is like none other, and I thought New York and Paris was bad... Bangkok is insane, and seems to be 24/7, so avoid where possible!
24 hours in...Bangkok by Laura Lewis
24 hours in...Bangkok by Laura Lewis
24 hours in...Bangkok by Laura Lewis
We had roughly 12 hours, split over a couple of days to explore what we could of the city. This amount of time does give you a totally doable agenda in Bangkok, but I would highly recommend prioritising a few key things to see, do and experience. Keep in mind that Bangkok is very humid, something I thought I’d already experienced back home in the Summer, but left me sweating in places I didn’t think you could, plus add in a little jetlag and it can definitely take it out of you.

The Grand Palace is a must see when in Bangkok. Rather than being a single structure, the Grand Palace is made up of numerous buildings, halls, pavilions set around open lawns, gardens and courtyards. The buildings within the grounds are totally mind-blowing, adorned in gold, sparkling gems and tiles that give you total bathroom floor goals. 
24 hours in...Bangkok by Laura Lewis
24 hours in...Bangkok by Laura Lewis
24 hours in...Bangkok by Laura Lewis
We also visited Wat Pho — home of the reclining Buddha (46 m long!) and the birthplace of the Thai massage, which you can have during your visit for the price of a coffee here in the UK. 

On our last day, we jumped in a tuk tuk to Wat Traimit, home of the Golden Buddha — a solid gold Buddha that has a crazy story behind it, followed by a few hours walking round MBK, a shopping mall with hundreds of stalls and stores in selling everything and anything you can think of — it has so much to offer, as well as a food hall selling very cheap, delicious Thai food — more authentic than the designer handbags and shoes on sale downstairs, plus air conditioning, so a nice break from the humidity outside.
24 hours in...Bangkok by Laura Lewis
24 hours in...Bangkok by Laura Lewis
24 hours in...Bangkok by Laura Lewis
24 hours in...Bangkok by Laura Lewis
24 hours in...Bangkok by Laura Lewis
24 hours in...Bangkok by Laura Lewis
24 hours in...Bangkok by Laura Lewis
24 hours in...Bangkok by Laura Lewis
24 hours in...Bangkok by Laura Lewis
24 hours in...Bangkok by Laura Lewis
24 hours in...Bangkok by Laura Lewis
24 hours in...Bangkok by Laura Lewis
24 hours in...Bangkok by Laura Lewis
Another thing to experience are the night markets in Bangkok. Our hotel was around a 15-minute walk from one of the big, popular ones, and so we were able to spend a couple of nights walking round picking up some shopping, and sampling some Thai street food and drinks, which was honestly my favourite thing I experienced whilst out there. 
24 hours in...Bangkok by Laura Lewis
24 hours in...Bangkok by Laura Lewis
24 hours in...Bangkok by Laura Lewis
24 hours in...Bangkok by Laura Lewis
Bangkok was an experience in itself, and honestly I was surprised at how much I liked the city. The locals were so welcoming, the food was amazing and the sightseeing was breathtaking. The traffic and humidity totally blew my mind, but all in all, Bangkok was a city I look forward to visiting again one day, and exploring more.

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