Friday, February 19, 2016

41 Hours in Bangkok

On our way to Australia we decided to stop over in Bangkok for two nights. I don't think either of us knew exactly what to expect, but after our time in Vietnam and Cambodia we were excited to see more of Southeast Asia. Of course two nights and one day was barely enough time to scratch the surface, but in a week of vacation it was all we could spare.

I think we would agree the food was the highlight for both of us. Honestly, every place we've gone in Southeast Asia I've been incredibly jealous of the food. That's probably ridiculous to say considering how many Japanese dishes I like, but I find myself thinking it every time.

During our time we were able to meet up with a Thai friend who lives in Bangkok, visit the Grand Palace and another temple complex - Wat Pho, drink several Thai iced coffees, lounge at the hotel pool, visit a rooftop bar on the 66th floor, take several boat rides across the river, and eat pad thai on the street. Definitely a whirlwind, but we hit a bunch of highlights.

When I blog about our trips I like to leave as many travel tips for others as I can, and while I don't have that many this time I think I can sum them up quite concisely.

1. Wat Pho was much more enjoyable and much less crowded than The Grand Palace.

2. This was the hardest time we've had with taxis. It seems helpful to have the address written in Thai AND the phone number of where your going in case the taxi driver doesn't know where the address is.

3. Traffic is supposed to be terribly congested and frustrating, but on the weekend it's much more manageable.

The city was so full of color and flowers. Unfortunately it was pretty rainy and gray while we were there, so I'm afraid the photos didn't quite capture the vibrance. But here they are all the same.


At the Grand Palace

At Wat Pho
I wish I could buy mangos on the street in Tokyo
Afternoon relaxation at the Peninsula pool
Dinner at Thip Samai
This orange juice was so fresh and amazing!
Pad Thai
Lebua Skybar - 66 floors up