Bangkok

BANGKOK, THAILAND

25 - 30 January / 14 - 16 February 2016

 

We have been enough lucky to have not just one honeymoon, but two! Our first honeymoon was in Puglia (Italy) and if you a curious to get some impressions from there so just visit the Puglia photo gallery. After long looking for which country to choose for our second honeymoon we decided to explore THAILAND, a destination that was getting really popular during the last years.

If you like to discover more about the second part of our honeymoon follow our photo-story! We started our trip from Bergen (Norway) on monday 25th of January 2016 and decided to travel with Etihad airways via Abu Dhabi to Bangkok. The trip was going very well and we got the best price rate available during that period.

We stayed from the 26th to the 30th of January in Bangkok. 5 nights and 4 full days. Plus one more full day/night at the end of our trip. I have heard many people telling us that 4+ days in Bangkok are too many and that the city is very stressful. I have to admit that I really enjoyed the 4 days there and I think that they were too few to discover all the different areas and possibilities the city has. So i totally recommend to stay there some days, because the more you experience the more you want to get to know about Bangkok's lifestyle.

3 key IMPRESSIONS about Bangkok:

  1. It's moving: Everything is in a flow, changing in a fast way. You really hear the city's heartbeat while walking around. It's amazing. Bangkok is a growing city expanding and getting more and more modern. At the same time you get all the best from the traditions, temples and religious rituals that are still going on in every corner.
  2. It's huge: The city is very extended and it takes time to move from one place to the next one, especially because of the traffic jam. So take your time and be patient. Use your legs (if you can) and the public transport. Move as the locals do and you will save a lot of time.
  3. It's a place of big eater: People are cooking and eating everywhere and at any time of day and night. You smell food everywhere and this can be quite nauseate if you are not used to. If you are hungry you don't need to look around for long to find your next meal!

We found the accomodations online from Bergen and we have been totally happy with our choices:

I can totally raccomand both of this boutique hotel. Really nice places with all you need to enjoy your staying in Bangkok.

 

BANGKOK - DAY 1 - 27.01.2016

Our first day in the city was full packed with the "classical" sightseeing. First we enjoyed a very "not classical" thai breakfast (= cappuccino & cornetto) in the hall of The house of Phraya. The hall has big glass windows and we could see for the first time Bangkok's street life while enjoying our cappuccino. Outside the flow of life was very busy with people working in local street market. People selling and buying all kind of food. My favourit stand was the one with the flowers lady. She was standing outside The House of Phraya everyday working with flower composition and selling them with a big smile on her face. She gave me a deep sense of relaxation and peace even if the street was busy and crowded she was calmly working at her flowers and smiling for all day.

From The House of Phraya the best way to move around is with the river boat. The Sathorn Pier (which is the closes to the hotel) can be reached easily as it is located directly in front of Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain Station. From there we went off to the Tha Tien Pier.

Our first day in short:

  • River boat: from Sathorn pier to Tha Tien pier;
  • The Grand Place: is a complex of several important buidings and it has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) since 1782;
  • Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha): which is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple (wat) in Thailand;
  • Tuk-Tuk: our first trip with the local tuk-tuk from Wat Phra Kaew to Vimanmek Mansion;
  • Vimanmek Mansion: is a former royal palace in Bangkok. It is also known as Vimanmek Palace. It is in the Dusit Palace complex, near Dusit Zoo in Dusit District;
  • Chomp! The comfort cafe: dinner time at this great place in Samsen 1 Alley.

BANGKOK - DAY 2 - 28.01.2016

We woke-up very tired from our first day in Bangkok. It takes some time to get acclimatized to a new place. We moved again from The House of Phraya with the river boat which is travelling very often from the Sathorn Pier (in front of the Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain Station). We went off to Ratchawong Pier. From there it's a very short walk to Chinatown, one of the busiest places in town.

Our second day in short:

  • River boat: from Sathorn Pier to Ratchawong Pier;
  • Chinatown: exploring all the main streets and sights;
  • Sampeng Lane (Soi Wanit 1): a part of Chinatown full packed with stands selling all kinds of stuff, especially lots of different textiles.
  • Wat Traimit - Temple of the Golden Buddha: At one end of Chinatown, we visited the unremarkable temple of Wat Traimit, sits the world's largest solid gold Buddha image. Made of about 83% pure gold and weighing in at five and a half tons, the 15-foot tall seated image is worth millions of dollars at today's gold prices.
  • SPA Burasari (Shanghai Mansion Boutique Hotel): we had a very special treat at Burasari Spa with a package of 2 hours and 1/2 with different treatments (10" feet wash, 40" body scrub, 70" oil massage, 15" face massage, 15" feet massage). That was like heaven!

 


BANGKOK/AYUTTHAYA - DAY 3 - 29.01.2016

Our 3rd was actually not in Bangkok, but in Ayutthaya which is located ca 64 km north of Bangkok. Founded c. 1350, Ayutthaya became the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. It was destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th century. Its remains, characterized by the prang (reliquary towers) and gigantic monasteries, give an idea of its past splendour. The ruins of the old city are preserved in the Ayutthaya historical park, which is recognised internationally as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We had an amzing bike tour with "Ayutthaya boat and travel". The tour we have taken is Back Roads to Bang Pa-In: "28 kms cycling to explore local villages - Summer Palace Tour and Long-Tail Boat. We have been travelling by bicycle from Ayutthaya on quiet village roads alongside the historic Chao Phraya River, witnessing the cultural diversity of this region as we stop in local community villages along the way to learn about the lives and day-to-day activities of the Thai people."

Our third day in short:


BANGKOK - DAY 4 - 30.01.2016

Wake-up at 6 am for our last day in Bangkok before moving to the north of Thailand. It's hard life to be an explorer! Sunday: day of markets in Bangkok! We didn't want to miss this experience and personally I love to walk in markets. The all city of Bangkok is actually a big market.

We visited early morning the Chatuchak Weekend Market that "is one of the world's largest weekend markets covers area of 70 rai (27 Acres) altogether divided into 27 Sections, contains more than 15,000 booths selling goods from every part of Thailand." We have been exploring this huge market until 2 pm. It's amazing the quantity of stuff you can find at this market!!! The part I didn't really like was the one with alive animals keeped in cages!!!

From there we moved to the Flower Market (Pak Khlong Talat), which is the biggest wholesale and retail of fresh flowers market in Bangkok. The flower market is placed 10 km south from the Chatuchak Market and this time we decided to take a taxi, even if it took plenty of time because of the traffic jam.

In the second part of the afternoon we decided to go back to our B&B The House of Phraya Jasaen and take a bit of really needed rest. The best is that the B&B offers as well thai massages this made the afternoon even more relaxing.

In the evening we explored a little teast of Bangkok's night life trying to reach by taxi the club called Brown Sugar The Jazz Boutique. The streets of Bangkok never gets quite and we have been stuck in a huge traffic jam so we decided to get out of the taxi in Democracy Monument where was actually going on the Festival of Lights. Such a nice surprice!

The way back to our B&B (just 6 km from Brown Sugar) was quite hard since we could not find a taxi driver able to speak in english. They just refused to even try to understand where to bring us, even if we had a clear map and name of the street written in thai language. At the end, with the help of the app maps.me (very usefull app!!!), we guided a taxi driver to our B&B.

Our forth day in Bangkok:


BANGKOK - DAY 5 (last day in thailand) - 15.02.2016

This was our last day in Thailand after visiting other places like Chang Mai, Khao Sok and Ko Phra Thong. We spend our last night (14th of February) in Bangkok in the K MAISON BOUTIQUE HOTEL. We got a very nice Valentine's gift from the hotel: we been upgraded to the MARABLE SUITE for the same price of the Classic Silk room! The Marable suite is 71 sq.m. and it was such a pleasure to spend our last night in Bangkok with a bit of extra comfort and luxury. We can totally raccomand this buotique hotel, every single detail is taken care of from an amazing staff.

The last day was spend with some shopping in one of this big shopping mall: MBK Center (National Stadium BTS). After we visited the Jim Thompson House, "it is a complex of various old Thai structures that the American businessman Jim Thompson collected from all parts of Thailand in the 1950s and 1960s." (by Wikipedia). After the quite interesting and long visit in the Jim Thompson house we did a refreshing stop to a nearby cafe Cafe At Ease. The cafe is serving delicious cakes and many different tea kind.

The closing part of our last day in Thailand was spend visiting the headquarters of DIAKRIT, a company offering different service, like photo-retouch, 2/3D floor plan and similar, for the real estate industry in scandinavia. I work as interior photograher in Bergen and I deliver my photos to DIAKRIT for the part of photo-retouch. It was very interesting to get to see and speak with the people supporting every day our job over there. The DIAKRIT office was super organized and have a great location in Bangkok.

Our last day in Bangkok and end of our Thailand honeymoon in short: