Asian Escapades: Bangkok (Thailand)

Bangkok has the perfect mix of sights and socialising. Not only do you have a marvellous array of temples (called “wats”) ,that are beautifully decorated with gold and intricate designs, but you can also find a lot of life in the many cafes, bars, restaurants and clubs. In sum, Bangkok serves you perfectly well for the day and the night! Here are the highlights of my 3-4 days in Bangkok.

Khao San Road

Khao San Road is the night hotspot of Bangkok. Its vast array of market and food stalls is an absolute delight for visitors. Okay, maybe apart from some of the fried insects they sell! You will be spoilt for choice if you want to get some patterned summer trousers, gimmick t-shirts or bags. As you walk down the street, you will also spot the numerous restaurants and bars, most of which have live music, and trust me, it’s all the classics and pop favourites! For someone with that exact music taste, having dinner or a drink was made even more enjoyable!

THE WATS OF BANGKOK

Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Whereas it is forbidden to take a picture of the emerald Buddha, you can still capture many other beautiful holy structures in the complex before visiting the Grand Palace itself. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is the most sacred site in Thailand. I’ve never seen so much gold in my life!

 

The Grand Palace

Despite its 500 baht entry fee, a visit to Bangkok would be incomplete without visiting The Grand Palace, the official residence of the Kings of Siam (later Thailand) since 1782. Its opulence and scale is surely fit for a king!

Wat Pho

Wat Pho is famous for its colossal, reclining Buddha. At an enormous length of 46 metres, it is massive! In fact, the temple complex houses the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand. About cool fact about Wat Pho? It is where the Thai massage started!

Wat Arun

It only cost us approximately 20 cents to cross the river to Wat Arun. If you don’t want to pay the entrance fee, then you can still see a fair amount of it. There are smaller temples, and some lovely gardens! Try to do what I couldn’t and see it at night – it lights up and looks heavenly!

The Golden Mount

Trust me, all of the steps are worth it! It is magical on the way up (as you pass waterfalls and lovely trees), and you won’t be disappointed at the top either. That is where you can get a view of Bangkok in all its glory!

Those were the highlights of my Bangkok trip! Next up, Cambodia!

Until then,

From Sophia with Love x

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