We decided to catch a flight to Bangkok instead of the coach journey, while it was a little more expensive, it was worth it when considering how much time we saved. Once in bangkok, we caught a taxi from the airport to our hotel, Green House Bangkok costing us 250 baht. Our hotel itself was on the road parallel to Koah San road so close enough to the restaurants but not too close to the bars.
We spent our first day wandering around the city taking in what Koah San road had to offer including its many drink deals. We then headed to a Thai restaurant for dinner before going on to a live comedy show. There was a mixture of comedians from different backgrounds including canada, australia, thailand and Ireland. It was and great night, all of them really funny and well worth seeing. After, we decided to head out for a few drinks, ending up at a cocktail bar where it’s dance floor was in the street. It was a great start to our time in Bangkok.
The next day we woke up very worse for wear. Neither of us could move let alone keep our eyes open. We had to head to the train station to book our tickets to Chiang Mai. The walk itself was really interesting, passing through loads of Bangkok’s back streets, passing markets, homes, and factories along the way. Whilst on our journey we were stopped by a monk who asked of our destination and where we were from, he then gave us a bracelet each before leaving. After booking our train tickets, we were both too hungover for the 40 minute walk back so grabbed a taxi for 250 baht before passing out in our beds. We then took a wander down the streets near to our hotel to look for a restaurant, after looking at several menus it became apparent they were all run by the same company, all with the same menu – a bit annoying!
Our next day was spent sight seeing around Bangkok visiting the Grand Palace, the Golden Mountain and the Reclining Buddha. There was a lot of walking involved but it was worth while. Each temple was different to the next but all were beautiful. The golden mountain was a spur of the moment decision but I really recommend it as you get great views over the city. We then headed to an Indian restaurant for dinner which was further up our road. The food was incredible and a nice change, well worth visiting.
Our train didn’t leave until 6pm on our last day so we decided to jump in an taxi for 200 baht and head to Chatuchak market. I can honestly say this was the best market I have ever been to. It’s one of the world’s largest markets, being over 3km in length selling everything from food to clothes to furniture to suitcases, they have everything you could ever need at really low prices.
We then caught a taxi back to the hotel before jumping in a tuk tuk headed for the train station for 150 baht. Once in the station, we grabbed some dinner at the canteen meeting a lovely Dutch lady and her little boy. After chatting a while, it was time for us to head onto our train ready for our overnight journey. This was our first train journey in asia and it went without a fault. The beds were comfy, spacious and it was a great way to travel the country.
Next stop chiang mai.