Once we said our goodbyes to Cambodia it was time for some touristy downtime in Thailand. As we didn’t have much time before our flight back home to London we decided to spend a few days in The city of angels, the great city, the residence of the Emerald Buddha, the impregnable city (of Ayutthaya) of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarn – also known as Bangkok! As we haven’t had a holiday for a while I was really looking forward to some hardcore Bangkok sightseeing!

I’d never been to Thailand before but as soon as we landed in Bangkok, I noticed the city was very different to Phnom Penh. The airport was massive and filled with designer shops, and instead tuk tuks we had the choice of taking a bus, taxi or even a train to the city center. I hadn’t seen trains in over a year as they don’t operate in Cambodia, and I hadn’t realized before how massive Bangkok actually was. All these impressions, the lights, the noise, the cars, tuk tuks, mopeds and the millions of people were a bit hard to take in at first. I just wasn’t used to this hustle and bustle anymore, having spent a year in the relative peace and quiet of the charming Phnom Penh. And then I saw Mc Donald’s. Pah. The epitome of capitalism and personification of greed and unhealthiness. So what was the first thing I did? I bought a filthy cheeseburger. Yep, I know. Shame on me, but I just couldn’t resists this Western temptation which reminded me so much of home.

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We were only going to be in Bangkok for two days and as we were quite tired from work, we decided to do some Bangkok sightseeing on one day and relax by the hotel pool with a little Thai massage the next. The weather was nice and cloudy, which meant that we were actually able to walk everywhere. Walk! We hadn’t done any walking in 12 months as it was just far too hot in Cambodia to do any of that. Two minutes of walking meant that you were drenched in sweat. Luckily in Thailand the tropical cyclone Gaemi was on our side and provided us with a bit of cool air and the odd rainshower. We saw the usual touristy things, such as the Royal Palace, Wat Arun and Wat Pho.

Wat Arun is also called the Temple of Dawn (whoever she is) and is on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. You can only reach it by taking a boat across the river. The temple itself is really steep and the steps up it are therefore very steep too. After some huffing and puffing and a few cramps we reached the top and had amazing views over the Bangkok skyline – a definite highlight of our little Bangkok sightseeing trip.

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Wat Pho is home to the famous reclining Buddha and is one of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok. The reclining golden Buddha is 15m high and 43m long. He illustrates the passing of the Buddha into nirvana and was quite an impressive site. It is a definite must on a Bangkok sightseeing tour I think.

No visit to Bangkok would be the same without going to the (in)famous Khao San road. Made famous by the book and later film, ‘The Beach’, it is now still the place for backpackers to hang-out in cheap hostels, eat cheap food, buy souveniers, get Bamboo tatoos (ouch!), massages and party. But being as old as we are, which is ancient compared to those ubiquitous gap yah students (apologies to those early twenty somethings who are paying for their trips around the world with their own hard-earned income), we opted only for a bit of shopping and dinner, and left the partying to the youngsters.

Where to stay:

There is an endless amount of hotels to choose from in Bangkok, whether you prefer budget, mid-range, or luxury hotels. For me, it is the luxury hotels that really stand out in Bangkok though. The S31 Sukhumvit Hotel in the heart of Bangkok for example is a luxury hotel with many suites overlooking the pretty Bangkok skyline. The Nasa Vegas Hotel is a four-star hotel with gorgeous rooms, perfect for relaxation after a busy day of sightseeing. The Grand Swiss Bangkok is a contemporary hotel in downtown Bangkok with great facilities such as fitness centre or a pool – just in case you went a bit heavy on the Pad Thai.

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The Grand Swiss Bangkok

All in all I actually liked Bangkok and would like to go back to discover it a bit more and do some more Bangkok sightseeing one day…

Have you done sightseeing in Bangkok? What are your favourite sights?

About Tammyonthemove

Tammy & Chris are a couple hailing from Germany and England, meaning between them they are efficient and polite, but unable to talk about football. Find out why they stopped pushing pens around the British civil service to travel the world on their blog.

4 Thoughts on “In the city of Angels – Bangkok Sightseeing

  1. Next time you come to Thailand, come up to the north to Chiang Mai. Lots to do, see and experience. 🙂

  2. I would love to go to northern Thailand. It has been on my bucket list for a very long time. Maybe I’ll manage to pop over this year. If I do I’ll let you guys know. 🙂

  3. Bangkok is definitely an intense and vibrant city and it has lots of goods and bad things. One of the best things I recall is shopping: you can find ANYTHING in this city!

    Chiang Mai was much more laid-back and definitely my favorite place in Thailand!
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    • Tammyonthemove on April 7, 2016 at 2:38 pm said:

      I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Chiang Mai yet, but would love to go as I have heard a lot of good things about it.

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