I thought I’d raise some selected Bangkok tips & recommendations I haven’t shared yet. You can find the previous Bangkok articles here.
A hotel with a rooftop pool
A choice that elevates both your overnighting experience and holiday spirit. We stayed at Adelphi Suites Bangkok in the Sukhumvit area. A swim in the pool above the rooftops both kick-started the day in the morning and provided a soothing moment in the evening before heading out into the night.
We tried Tailor on Ten on 93 Sukhumvit Soi 8. It is high-end. The service is very professional and the craftsmanship is first-class. You can really feel the difference between prime quality and above average. They have an online store and once you have had your measurements taken at the tailor, the sizes will be saved in the web shop. Book an appointment in advance, if you want to visit the tailor.
The Temple of the Reclining Buddha
The Wat Pho temple complex houses many Buddha images and the most impressive one of them is the 46 metre-long reclining Buddha. Even the soles of the feet are around three metres high. On the other side of the Buddha there is a row of 108 bowls for coins. They also teach and give Thai massage at the temple. The temple was clearly a popular visiting destination but not too busy. Remember to wear clothing that covers your shoulders and knees.
Our original plan actually was to visit the Grand Palace and we took a tuk-tuk there in the day. My travel companion queued to the Textile Museum in order to rent pants of full length for the palace visit. After a 30 minute wait we were ready to head for the ticket office. But, not so fast, it turned out. I had a big scarf that covered my arms and shoulders but the person working at the counter lifted it, shrook her haid and waved that more clothing was needed. Since another half-hour wait wasn’t too tempting, we went our way.
There’s absolutely no point in skipping snack time as the street gastro is so fresh and juicy, be it fruit or seafood. Or insects, but my first and so far last insect tasting/ testing was on a street festival in Seoul a few years back and I think I’ll leave it at that for now. But, mangos, watermelon, pineapple and the fruit of the sea were all tasty.
A convenient way to get around. Many of the attractions are close to the river. We took a boat from the Reclining Buddha to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The price is very cheap, around 15 baht. The river bus ride gives a different angle to the city. It’s a good idea to have a look at the map, to follow the route and learn the name of your stop, because it’s not too difficult to miss the intended pier. But definitely recommendable: a scenic boat trip through Bangkok for less than one euro.
Really, it’s worth the visit. I must admit, based on what I had read, I expected it to be nice, but I didn’t anticipate that it would be as interesting as it was. Jim Thompson was an American entrepreneur who brought silk to the Western market. He disappeared all of a sudden in 1967. His house represents traditional Thai architecture and houses fine interior design and beautiful art works. One curiosity was a labyrinth for mice; pastime a of the old times, supposedly. Maybe the big turtles in the pond know what happened to Mr. Thompson…
Hmmmm, what else? Definitely visit the buzzling China Town and have a tasty lunch, snack or dinner, or all three, there. For going to places catch a tuk-tuk, the three-wheel moped taxi. State your destination clearly right in the start; if the tuk-tuk/taxi-driver says that China Town is closed on that particular day, he just might not be telling the truth. The Skytrain or BTS is a really fast, effective and effortless way to get to places and to avoid the traffic jams.
Take with you a water bottle, a little patience and a lot of lust for adventure and you’re set to go. Take in the lively bustle of Bangkok.