Waiting to cross a 7 lane street in the centre of Bangkok with a perfect iced Americano in my hand I think to myself "I do really love this city". You don't here many other travellers utter those words when you speak to them though. Instead you more likely to hear one of below statements a couple of minutes in to the conversation:
Maybe I shouldn't be to judgmental since there are many first time backpackers starting off in Bangkok and guess it can be a bit overwhelming if you haven't been to a big, crazy Asian city before! Look, I try to be understanding but to be honest, if you don't like a place then just move on to a place you will like and don't hang around just because you have a list of things you want to cross off. Me on the other hand will still love it here and here are a few things that can be done when in Bangkok.
Shop Until You Drop
So this use to be my pastime when I visited Bangkok in the past but since I'm now on kind of a budget and have no space in my bag this was a no no this time around!!! There was one thing I had to get when there though and that was new sandals so I had a very good reason to browse around all the different malls of this city. Must say I was pretty proud of myself that I only bought what i set out to buy...
Centre World in the Siam area has always been a favourite but this time I also came across Terminal 21in Sukhumvit and will defiantly return when on a proper shopping round:)
Watch The Sunset
Always have to watch at least one sunset when in a place, so this time the sunset took me to a little cafe across the river from Wat Arun. Conditions might not have been perfect with Wat Arun being under construction and covered with scaffolding and with the sky being very hazy and kind of covered by clouds. Still it was a pretty good sunset so with better conditions I could imagine it would have been an incredible one! If ever up for this then I recommend to head to Vivi the Coffee place.
Eat Until You Can't Eat Anymore
You will never go hungry in Bangkok, food is literally everywhere. You have everything from high class restaurants with cuisine from all over the world to local very cheap eats and of course there is the delicious street food, the choice is endless. The meal above doesn't really look to tempting but it was so delicious. Was a while I did a food post so stay tuned because this requires a separate post I believe!
Cruise Down The River
Bangkok has a great transport network and part of this network are the water taxis. Except for using it to get from A to B, it is also a nice and very cheap way to just board one boat, sit back, relax and watch the city from the river. One plus is that you also have great people watching opportunities on the boats. A one way ticket will cost you THB 14/ USD 0.40/ EUR 0.35.
Have Your Clothes Mended
One thing I noticed having a limited wardrobe for the last nearly 9 months means that clothes actually breaks. I also noticed the different ways clothes break. Cheaper stuff normally gets a hole in them while the more expensive stuff eventually breaks at the seams. It's things like this you analyse when not working for a long time!!!
So when in Bangkok I took the opportunity to have a couple of my most worn items fixed by this lovely lady sitting with her sewing machine on a street corner in Silom. The cost THB 40/ USD 1.15/ EUR 1 didn't exactly bankrupt me...
Check Out The Royal Palace
The crowd above are all people that just flooded out from the Royal Palace, this is my personal nightmare. Not people but visiting sites I'm not really interested in with way to many people around. I did play a good tourist for one of my days though so decided that at least I should get a glimpse of the Palace. Maybe didn't get a view of the full Palace in the end but at least I've seen the roofs of the buildings from a park across the street!
Visit Wat Saket
On my day on being a good tourist I also visited a temple and that temple was Wat Saket. One reason behind doing this temple is that it's less visited so knew it wouldn't be crowded but my biggest reason for choosing this one is that it's up on a hill so there is a good view over Bangkok. I guess being up on a hill also makes it less visited, people are so lazy now days! You will have to climb 344 steps or I would say its more like 172 steps since it's these annoying half steps so you take two at the time. The view from the temple is really good though so worth it! They charge a whopping THB 20/ USD 60/ EUR 50.
Where I Stayed:
Lub D in Silom THB 600/ USD 14/ EUR 12.50
Lamurr in Sukhumvit THB 510/ USD 17/ EUR 15
I decided that it was time for a career break. So handed in my notice to the company who I worked with for the last ten years. It's time to pack my bag and depart from Amsterdam which been my home town for the last 4.5 years. -"Amsterdam, it's not you it's me and I need a break!". Read more
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