Bangkok is definitely worth a visit! Especially when you are a Thai food lover like me. You can easily spend a few days there. Or a whole week. But make sure you use your time better than I did…
Where to stay in Bangkok?
There are some fantastic places to stay in Bangkok and – depending on the season – it can be a really cheap luxury stay in one of the best hotels. I had the luck to get a really nice room in the Peninsula Hotel, I even received a complimentary upgrade to their Junior Suite like Deluxe Room with a fantastic view from the 30th floor. The hotel is a fantastic place to spend some time, it is a cool place to have Dinner near the river at their outdoor restaurant. Or you can just relax by the pool.
After some really busy days in Hong Kong I needed one day off, so I spent it in my room and at the pool. In the evening I took a walk around the neighborhood and finally had a wonderful dinner in their Thiptara Restaurant, which offers Thai cuisine in a very unique setting. I know, it is a real shame, that I wasted one whole day. I promise, I will do better next time…
At least some sightseeing
My second day was spent in the city. I took a taxi ride to the famous Wat Arum temple on the west side of the river. From there I took the ferry crossing to the heart of Bangkok.
After a quick lunch at a local restaurant with a very good and spicy (just like I love it) Phat Thai I continued my visit at the Wat Pho Temple near the royal palace featuring the famous Lying Buddha.
The architecture and detailing is absolutely amazing. You can spend a whole week visiting temples in and around Bangkok.
Unfortunately the royal palace and the Wat Phra Kaew were closing early due to the ongoing mourning and mourning ceremonies for the King Bhumibol Adulyadej. So I returned to the hotel after walk around the center of Bangkok. I spent an hour or so at the pool and then went to dinner and finally to bed.
It was a very short visit, but sure I come back to Thailand! To see the whole Bangkok and maybe relax on one of the wonderful beaches in Thailand afterwards.