Somewhere along the way in our 3 weeks in Thailand, Bangkok stole my heart. I was as surprised as you are! I’ve never considered myself a city girl. Smog, yuck! Crowds, go away! Chaos, you’re not welcome here!
But… wait a minute…
Smog isn’t so bad. Not when you can walk down the street for this atmosphere at dinner.
Crowds can be tolerable, I suppose, when they deliver markets and more street food.
And chaos, as it turns out, is a welcome addition to my life.
The contrast in Bangkok is undeniable yet incredible. Broken down apartment buildings right next to tall, shimmering hotel buildings. Smells of garbage and sewage right after walking past meat glistening and searing on a grill.
The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it. – Rudyard Kipling
Then the Grand Palace and so many temples just round it off perfectly.
And this is why I travel. To explore new worlds, learn their culture, eat their food and in turn learn about myself. Bangkok changed me unexpectedly, helped me grow and for that I will always be grateful. I love this city.
Would we go back? ABSOLUTELY! In a heartbeat.
Would we stay there again? Definitely, wonderful owners, great location, very affordable. Pook and Nui, our hosts, were so friendly and helpful. I simply can’t thank them enough for their hospitality and smiles in such a big city.
Getting there: We flew into both Don Mueang and Survarnabhumi and took a taxi to the main city. We were too late each time to take the airport express train. The trains up north were under construction, so we weren’t able to use this mode of transportation either.
Tips: 1. Get a Thai massage. 2. Be VERY wary of Thais that speak great english near the major tourist attractions. 99% of the time they are trying to scam you. They will tell you the attractions are closed. They aren’t. Just keep walking.
Looking for accommodations in Bangkok?
There are over 1500 options on Agoda alone. I’ve done the hard work for you and selected a few of my favorites to meet all budgets.
Fantastic small, family run B&B located just a few blocks away from the Chao Praya, you can use the river taxi to get around. Being tucked away in a residential area means you’ll get a taste for local life. Highly recommend!
Price Range: $35-45/night
This guesthouse was made from a small Thai home on a small quiet soi (street), but is very close to the hip Sukhumvit Road. Street food heaven, I might have to stay here next time.
Price Range: $160-250/night
If you’re looking for luxury with a great location, this is it. Situated right on the Chao Praya, with it’s own dedicated river taxi, this gorgeous hotel has a great location. With a price tag to match.
Price Range: $360-430/night
Great location right on the Chao Praya, but the best part here in THE VIEW. Many of the rooms look right onto the river with a view of Wat Arun.
Price Range: $90-100/night
Have you ever fallen for a city? Looking for everything else we did in Thailand? Check out our Thailand Roundup!
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