Bangkok

Bangkok

Our Bangkok Itinerary Through The Lens

by Andrew | Published on August 21, 2017

Day 1

Arrival @ The Landmark Hotel


We flew to Bangkok, good opportunity to visit the neighbouring countries. It fair to say our base country was Thailand from there we kind of branched out to other countries like Cambodia, Malaysia and of course Koh Samui.On Arrival we chose to stay @ The Landmark Hotel with swimming pool. Elegant, centrally located, good service, excellent breakfast. Overall we were satisfied with it.We arrived around 6.00 am at Bangkok and decided to have some breakfast at the hotel at the terrace until our room was ready. And oh the ice cream is recommended especially in this heat!

Beautiful scenery of the Capital of Thailand

What you notice about this city straight away is the intense humid and pollution mixed with the constant vibrancy of a city which make this city unique in it own way.

Exploring the capital


With our luggage now tucked away in our room, we set out to explore the capital. Best part of any holiday if you ask me.We arrived in Thailand at the end of May. Very hot and (I cannot emphasise this enough) very humid. Apparently it was the raining season according to the locals, but it barely rained in my opinion.

exploring Bangkok and its busy roads
Tuktuk the typical affordable transportation in Thailands capital
point shape of the top houses to scare bad spirits away

The city boasts quite some interesting sights. That feeling sensation of now you are in a new environment is overwhelming and one of the first things that grab your attention is the distinctive architecture, most buildings with sharp end of the triangular roofs in some places. Apparently, they were built on that particular shape because it scares bad spirits away. An interesting little fact we thought, don’t take our word for it.

Time for some summer gear shopping, we took the local underground ride to one of the nearby main shopping centres to see what’s on offer.

I don’t think I have ever seen a crowded and compact shopping mall as this, you need a compass just to find your way around here, easy to get lost, a bit a like a maze. Be prepared to haggle here though your negotiation skills will take you far. The unspoken rule here is only make an eye contact with a store attendant if intend to buy. Other it automatically presume that you are interested in buying.We finally emerge from the chaotic maze with handful bags and considerable empty pockets.

We spend a considerable amount of time buying stuff, more than we expected. Our purchase included sweets and souvenirs, from chai tea (which Ana loved) to some more summer clothes.

Golden Mount Wat Saket


After a quick lunch, and off we go again. What better way to walk of the lunch by exploring the city some more on foot. Ana thought she knew where she was going but she didn’t. I wasnt going to argue and it paid off (almost by coincide) we came across the Golden Mount Wat Saket Just an hour before it closed, which was perfect as there was no queue and we could enjoy it much more.

 line of bongs at Wat Saket in Thailand
Quick tip here: go a few hours before they close. It opens from 9.00 to 17.00. There is a small entrance fee but no dress code is required.
Ding Dong Andrew checking the sound of the bells at the quiet temple of the Golden Mount in Thailand
prayers leaving the golden temple in Thailand

You may also want to avoid it during worshipping in November as this is a sacred pilgrimage place. It gets so packed that you would literally struggle to make your way to the top,Phu Khao Thong (or the Golden Mount) is an artificial hill inside the Wat Saket compound. The initial construction, under King Rama III (early XIX century) supposed to be bigger, more magnificent, but it collapsed. It wasn’t until the end of the century that the Wat was completed under King Rama V.

The 318 steps were more than worth it! plus they were well-paved which made it more pleasant.

 Ana leaving wat saket at dawn

Our second tip: Try and you visit the landmarks during day time, preferably before 5pm if you are considering visiting.

Even though it was getting dark, you don’t take note very much when you are on holiday. In our case we want to see as much as possible.

the sharp golden summit of the golden mountain seen from far away

Giant Swing, Sao Ching Cha


As we kept walking on the streets of Bangkok, we came across the Giant Swing, Sao Ching Cha.The name is quite descriptive. It is actually a “giant red swing” of over 21 metres heigh. What you may not know is that it is also a religious structure. First built in 1784, has been seriously damaged until its replacement in 2004 by golden teak crafted swing.

exploring the city at night and discovering local celebrations in Bangkok
Sao Ching Cha in the dark night of Thailand

Day 2

Arrival @ Radisson Blue Bangkok


Since we adopted Bangkok as our base camp via the wedding in Kuh Samui, we travelled around Asia for a couple of weeks and came back to Bangkok before we departed home for London.

Radisson Blue Bangkok was the choice for our second visit to Bangkok in two weeks. We would put this place on the same par as the Landmark, Not a lot to choose between this two in my humble opinion.The only exception was that we did not have breakfast at the hotel, so can’t really same much about that. Apart from that, service was very good, the hotel is quite elegant, rooms were of good standard for a 4 star hotel and the swimming was really cool. One of the best things was that the swimming pool at both the Landmark and the Radisson were empty for some reason. Could have something to do with the time of the year who knows.

Travelling like a local in Thailand

Another of getting around the city apart from Taxi is the local taxi commonly known as Tuk Tuks. Before going back home, we had to try the Tuk Tuks – It is quite an experience – I would recommend it if you are good at haggling (always negotiate the price before you jump on). And hold tight once you are onboard, guaranteed to have the ride of your life, who needs a roller coaster ride when you’ve got Tuk Tuks:).

The Grand Palace


We took another Tuk Tuk ride to The Grand Palace – The most important buddhist temple in Thailand. If you have time while here, this is truly a must see in Bangkok. The Palace used to be the residence of the King of Siam (later Thailand), the Royal Court and the administrative branch of government. Today, the Palace is still in use for royal events and religious ceremonies.

laying golden buddha in Thailand
 Standing in front of the monkey demons in the temple of the emerald Buddha
enjoying beautiful colours of the most important buddhist temple in Thailand
beautiful and extremely well preserve golden bell and temples of the former king of Siam residence

There is a fee to access the compound (500 bath) and a dress code: shoulders and legs must be covered, just in case you prefer to carry your own clothes. It opens from 8:30 to 15:30 so don’t leave it late.

Red and Green demons guardians at the door of one of the entrance to the grand palace
Andrew and the monkey demons at the entrance fo the grand palace
some peacefulness on the busy grand palace of thailand on a hot day
Ana trying to pose amongst hundreds of tourists visiting the grand palace

Little interesting fact, the Palace was initially made out of wood due to a shortage in funds and materials and replace by marsony over the course of the following years.

Spectacular Buddhist scriptures' details at Phra Mondop
another spectacular building at the grand palace compound
Andrew amazed at one of the Masterpieces of classical Thai architecture
Carved stone statues at the grand palace of thailand

Wat Intharawihan the Standing Buddha Temple


We went on another mini Tuk Tuk tour around Bangkok. Word of caution here: Don’t get caught in the traps or tricks some of these Tuk Tuk operators employ. Run away as far as you can if they offer to take you on some kind of city tour, otherwise you will be taking around through various business and shops you have no interest in and be persuaded to buy something or to donate money of some kind – And we just happened to bethe latest victims – Eventually we stopped at a Shirt factory which we had no interest in and after that we were taken to Wat Intharawihan the Standing Buddha Temple. Famous for its 32 metres standing Buddha statue, it is been dominating the skyline since 1927. It is believed that she blesses the devotees with success. It’s a free admission and opened from 8.30 to 20.00.After that, our Tuk Tuk driver was upset and left us stranded because we refused to go along with their crafty little scheme any longer. No worries, we flagged a licensed taxi back to the hotel once we found our way back to the main road.

Ana and the standing buddha dominating the skyline
Chilling in the shadow of a thai temple
beautiful temple door at Standing Buddha Temple
unmissable religious local on its orange rope
Andrew giving the last glance to Wat Intharawihan

We think the two days are enough to see the landmarks in Bangkok, if you organise your time well. However, if you are planning to stay longer, and into shopping, restaurants and local celebrations on the street. Nochance you will get bored in this vibrant city.

Thanks For Reading.

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– Andrew

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