After two successful layover-trips to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, I decided to experience one night in Bangkok as my final destination before returning back home to Norway. My initial plan was to stay for three days, but after I got hospitalised in Myanmar I decided to re-book my tickets and hurry home to mama. Ten months away from home and I could hear her count down the seconds from the other side of the world.
But before that, my main focus was to get the most out of my one day in Bangkok before my direct flight to Oslo.
things i managed to do during my one day in bangkok:
- Temple of Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
- The Grand Palace - Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)
- The Giant Swing (Sao Ching Cha)
- Night city skyline viewing from Sky Bar Rooftop at Lebua
- Asiatique The Riverfront
- Tuk-tuk ride around central, including a pitstop Chinatown
- Free river cruising/ sightseeing on Chao Phraya River
- Window shop at Siam Paragon (I rarely visit a mall when I travel, but I met my friend here and while at it she showed me some of the best sweet stores, mehe.) We also had lunch here.
- Free shuttle boat to Asiatique The Riverfront. An upscale night market full of souvenirs, foods and drinks.
- Ibis Bangkok Sathorn (850 baht per/ night)
- Pad thai w/ king prawns
- Papaya salad
- Coconut ice-cream (yums!!)
- Mango ice-cream
- Sweet sticky rice with mango
When time at the destination is so limited, my personal advice is to do as much research ahead as possible of the places you want to visit. And if you're a foodie like me it wouldn't hurt to know in advance some of the "must-try's". So what I do first is I usually message a couple of friends who's a native, in this case Thai. I'd ask for advice on things to see and do, and practical information such as transportation methods, best and safest locations to stay as a female solo-traveller because there are too many places in Bangkok I wouldn't want to spend the night alone. Based on my friend's advice I ended up staying in a hotel in Sathorn area, which is very central and close to the main attractions - lively, yet calm. Very happy with that decision. And of course - I'm sure all these informations can be found online as well, but I always love me some local tips and tricks.
Next I was really lucky that one of my other friends was in Bangkok that day and free to meet up for a few hours. Such a relief to have someone who could show me around and help me coordinate. Things like figuring out the public transport saved me so much time, and I got to experience more for less! The free shuttle boat to Asiatique later in the evening was such a good shout too. Definitely something I would've missed otherwise.
The last thing my friend and I did together before I went solo was a tuk-tuk ride around the city - starting from Wat Pho and ending up somewhere near the Central pier, passing by Chinatown, the Grand Palace and The Great Swing included. From the Central pier I took the most scenic boat ride to Asiatique, where I managed to grab some souvenirs to bring home - and once again fill my tummy with mango ice-cream. As it got pretty late (11pm) and pitch dark, I guess it would've been sensible for me to take a taxi back to the hotel. But my kind of sensible was to get a two-hours thai massage for 800 baht. So there I was by myself, at this really amazing zen-spa getting a full-body sports message till 1am. He-he!! Love Bangkok.
By the time my appointment was over, I realised I only had five more hours until I had to be on a taxi on my way to the airport. Yolo-ing hard as I often do during layover travels, I decided to head over to Sky Bar rooftop at Lebua State Tower. This place was featured in The Hangover II - coincidently a movie I had just watched on the plane the day before. My experience at the Sky Bar was another interesting one, so I'm going to save it for another post. แล้วพบกันใหม่!