I ♥ BKK

Bangkok was the first stop on our three week honeymoon. We had a room booked for a few nights in the big city to kick off the trip. We are city people, frequently vacation in bigger cities in the U.S. like New York City, one of our personal favorites. So we figured we could fill a few days with the sights, sounds, and smells of Bangkok. What we didn’t plan on is liking it as much as we did.

Khao San Road

This road is the quintessential backpacker road, it is more of an area of town than a single road. This is the place for deals of fun tourists T-shirts $3.33usd, cheap eats 0.33-$1, 1 hr full body massages $8, 1 hr foot massage $5, and the re-sale of what looks to be stolen/pawned backpacker gear. This is also a fun place to hangout at night. At bars you pay about double store prices, but its a good place to meet and hangout with travelers. You could always choose the VIP lounge outside the 7-11, they literally have a patio with seating.

Public Transport

The MRT and BTS in Bangkok are an easy way to get around and avoid the slightly more expensive taxis. In most areas buses run routes and with a little knowledge you can get around dirt cheap. On three of the four times we took the bus it was free. Not sure why it was free, but we didn’t complain about our wooden floor bus.  Ferry boats operate where the subway doesn’t, they do up and down the river from dock to dock.

Can you spot us?!?!?

On the river boat ferry

Temples

We are not huge museum enthusiasts but we fill a day with visiting the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. The detail put into the buildings is just incredible. It was definitely cool to see all of the ornate temples and giant figures. If we were to do it again we would probably miss the Grand Palace and opt for the cheaper Wat Pho $6.50 for two. Another bonus of Wat Pho is the giant “Reclining Buddha”, the 120′ (43m) long golden statue. You will get a similar experience while avoiding the high cost ($26 for two people) to walk the Palace grounds for an hour. I am convinced that you could skip paying at either of these sights. They were collecting money but if you just played dumb you could walk right in. Most temples have a dress code, shoulders must be covered, and pants.  Some temples provided us with sarongs for free, others like the Grand Palace I had to purchase what I call “Temple Pants” for $3usd. As we walked through the Grand Palace I felt deceived and ridiculous with elephant print pants on, as I clearly saw a young girls butt cheek hanging out of her shorts…..

Got to love “Temple Attire” in 110 degree heat!

Street Food!

Saving the best for last, by far our favorite activity in Bangkok was eating. The endless array of fresh fruits, spicy soups, and tasty meals. On our first full day we took a food tour of the city, where we tried nearly everything we walked by. Some things were questionable, but most were great. Wash it all down with a Chang from the convenience store, does it get any better?

Adam & Naga our guide, about to eat pig face sandwich

 

Fresh authentic Pad Thai!!!

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19 thoughts on “I ♥ BKK

  1. Hi there,

    I think you mean the ‘Reclining Buddha’!

    Only westerners would ignore the dress code at the Grand Palace, you did the right thing.

    • You are correct on the name, I used ‘sleeping’ Buddha because many people while on our trip used it instead of saying Reclining, I think for ease. I will change it as to not confuse anyone.

      You are right on the dress code I wish more people would realize that its disrespectful to not follow an easy custom like this one. It just still gives us westerner’s a black eye.

  2. My friend and I will be in Bangkok in three weeks and would love to do a food tour. How do we set one up? Do you recommend a guide? Thanks!

  3. I wasn’t a big fan of Khao San Rd. Of course, I also don’t like crowds or hawkers much. I stayed closer to Sumen Fort, which was much quieter but still lively enough for some fun. The fruit vendors were the best–I think it was less than a dollar for a large bag of fruit (the rose apples were the best).
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    • It really was an amazing honeymoon. Totally different than the standard beach all-inclusive for a week! You must go to Thailand for a few weeks on your RTW. We plan on being in and out of Thailand often on our RTW trip. Maybe our paths will cross and we can explore it together!
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  4. I’ve been to Thailand (officially) four times, and there also have been times when I’ve ridden the bus in BKK for free – probably because no one got around to collecting my fee.

    While no one is neutral about Khao San Road, I loved the place – provided that I didn’t spend too much time there. To me, it’s like a miniature New York City – a place that never sleeps.
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