Bangkok is certainly not for the faint of heart. The traffic, smell, red light districts and markets can certainly make Bangkok an overwhelming place to visit. We were warned about many of these things before our visit hence the two day stay. While it certainly wasn’t our favorite destination in Thailand, we did enjoy our time there.
We landed late in the evening following a stopover in Dubai so we opted to head strait to our hotel, the Millennium Hilton Bangkok. Most restaurants were closed so we had dinner at Prime located in the hotel. The food was quite good and the view was amazing.
The next morning we had breakfast in the executive lounge with an amazing view of the Chao Phraya River followed by a day of sightseeing. We visited Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), The Grand Palace and the The Chakri Group. The crowds were absolutely insane as it got later and later in the day so we decided to take a break from seeing the templates and decided to visit the Jim Thompson House. We had lunch in the café before taking the walking tour. I must say, the property was beautiful.
Next, we headed for a stroll through Chinatown and one of the main Flower Markets before heading to the airport to catch our evening flight to Chiang Mai.
After a week in Chiang Main and a week in Krabi, we spent another day in Bangkok. We flew in and out in the same day so we planned to make the most of our time in the city. We dropped our luggage off at the Double Tree (an amazing perk of being a Diamond member) and headed straight to the Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum is an easy stop from the airport and is well worth a visit. We were introduced to so many Thailand artists including Thawan Duchanee, hands down our favorite artist on display in the museum. The museum was filled with vibrant and interesting pieces.
Next, we headed to the Chatuchak Weekend Market. To be honest, this is one and only place that made me feel a little overwhelmed while in Thailand. Don’t get me wrong, the market was great. But, somehow we found ourselves in the ‘animal’ section of the market which didn’t quite sit right with me. I mean, who wants to buy a skunk and while were there so many puppies for sale? We quickly made our way back to one of the main streets and the stench and weirdness dissipated.
We worked up quite an appetite and were in desperate need of a good meal. We decided to go to Tsu, Japanese restaurant in the J.W. Marriott hotel. The food was AMAZING! It is hands down the best sushi restaurant I have been too. We sipped sake, enjoyed Hamachi and tried fish cheek for the first time.
Next, we headed to Brewski Craft Beer Rooftop Bar to take in the amazing view of the Bangkok skyline. We took a quick stroll down Soi Cowboy before heading to Checkin99 for some blues music.
After a few drinks, we headed back to the Double Tree to pick up our stuff before heading back to the airport for our second stopover in Dubai.
We would recommend spending some time in Bangkok as part of a Thailand itinerary however, you don’t need to spend too much time in the city to appreciate what it has to offer. It’s a great place to kick-off or end a Thailand adventure.