Bangkok was BARMY. We didn’t really know what to expect when we arrived – we’d been told by so many people to get away from the city as soon as we could that we had a negative impression of the place before we’d even stepped foot on Thai soil. But I’m glad we went because we loved it from the moment we arrived…
The girls outside our hostel, Lub D Siam Square – I cannot recommend this place enough. For about £12/each per night (in a four person girls only dorm) you get comfy beds, a cinema room, a ton of computers with free internet access, helpful English speaking staff, a huge girls only bathroom with loads of showers, sinks and so on, and the whole place is spotless. Needless to say, we were pretty happy.
Our first Thai food – Pad Thai, of course.
When getting to grips with Bangkok, we thought: what better way to see the city, than by hiring a boat? I think this might have been the best £5 we spent in the whole trip. The contrast between the buildings was phenomenal and we encountered some rather interesting creatures…. spot one below!
Our guide then thought it would be hilarious to crank up the speed a notch or nine…
Before showing us a couple more sights and taking us back safely(ish) to port.
We were then lucky enough to catch this super amazing sunset from the skytrain station… Phwoar.
Next stop: Sukhumvit to meet my old friend Mr Laino for dinner. We’d been recommended a restaurant called ‘Cabbages and Condoms’. We really weren’t sure what to expect, but it certainly wasn’t this…
The food was pretty amazing too.
Mango sticky rice. I was hooked at ‘mango’.
We loved Cabbages and Condoms so much we swung by again on our way home. Plus, it’s all for a good cause – the profits all go to projects tackling economic and social issues in rural Thailand.
Later that night we headed over to the Khao San Road, a popular backpacker’s destination in Bangkok. This is THE place to get your tattoos, drink your buckets and buy t shirts you’ll never wear again. We headed over on the ferry, which costs 150 baht (about £3.50) for a day pass – an absolute bargain!
We wandered around, soaking in the atmosphere…
Which was evidently thirsty work.
Having consumed our fair share of lurid cocktails with equally lurid names, we hitched a tuk tuk over to the flower market. At 4am.
Luckily, this was flower delivery time…. (okay it wasn’t luck, we planned it that way!)
Every Thai person there had a giggle at us constantly gasping at all the flowers. I don’t think they get many tourists there, particularly at 4am. I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Bangkok, it was truly stunning.
Next on the list, Wat Po… rocking the green there, ladies.
The rest of our time in Bangkok was filled with shopping for fabrics in the Indian textile market, hopping around to various temples and shrines, eating our weight in Thai food, and playing with puppies.
Bangkok, you were awesome. We will be back.