I was lucky enough to spend a few days in Bangkok last month and had an incredible time there. Initially I wasn’t really sure what to expect, having seen The Hangover Part II I wasn’t really sure if it would be my kind of scene. I started looking in to things to do there and found that there was so much choice that I’d definitely like to revisit to tick a few more things off my bucket list. We stayed at the COMO Metropolitan, Bangkok which was located within easy walk to the train station and not too far from all of the attractions we wanted to see.
Wat Arun | Temple of Dawn
An absolutely beautiful Temple that was definitely worth visiting. We had to catch a boat (which was an experience in itself) to take us across the River. The amount of work that has gone into the temple is breathtaking, every inch has been decorated.
Etiquette – When visiting the temples there are certain things that you should or shouldn’t do. To avoid offending locals remember the following things:
- Remove your shoes before entering the main place of worship, hats too.
- It is disrespectful to point your feet towards the Buddha.
- Make sure you’re not wearing short shorts and that shoulders are covered (you can usually buy shawls nearby or hire one at the temples).
Wat Pho | Temple of Reclining Buddha
Lumpini park was a 10 minute walk from our hotel and was the perfect place to take a walk and enjoy a coconut milk ice cream away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Look our for the giant monitor lizards!
Wonderful Pearl | Luxury River Cruise & Dining Experience
Admittedly one of the most random experiences of the trip but wonderful all the same, from an Elvis tribute act, traditional Thai dancers and Karaoke (It turns out Ricky Martin and the YMCA are still pretty big hits out there). There was so much choice to eat on board the Wonderful Pearl and it was incredible to see the temples and so many other beautiful landmarks lit up at night as we cruised along the river. A must if you are visiting Bangkok!
Floating River Markets
Ok – so just to warn you we were totally ripped off. I’m pretty sure we paid more to hire the boat for 1hour 30 then we’d paid for the luxury river cruise the night before. Having said that it was an incredible experience and the thing I’d been wanting to do the most during our visit so I don’t regret it – How often do you get a chance to see people selling their wares out of boats in the river. Just be prepared to take a fair bit of cash with you even if you don’t intend buying any of the goods from the sellers. We went to the Damnoen Saduak Floating River Market as it was recommended by our hotel and is less touristy than a lot of the others, but there are other floating markets about which may be cheaper. If we’d had time I would have liked to visit the flower market too.
Nahm has been voted one of the worlds best restaurants every year since 2012 and was conveniently located in the COMO Metropolitan so of course we had to give it a go. With such a big reputation I was worried that it wasn’t going to live up to our expectations but it totally did. The food and service were second to none. As you know I have a massive sweet tooth and the thought of noodles or rice for dessert seemed a little bizarre but the Sweet Thai wafers with poached persimmon and golden duck egg noodles were sooo good. If you want authentic Thai food during your stay make sure you make a reservation at Nahm!
Have you been to Bangkok before? Which places would you recommend visiting?