Bangkok for most people is considered a short stop-over on the way to somewhere with a beach. This was definitely the case for us as we only gave ourselves 24 hours to explore the city.
We booked to stay in Pathumwan Princess Hotel because of its central location, it was a 5 minute walk from Siam Paragon – one of the biggest malls in Asia.
We arrived to our hotel in the evening, dropped our suitcases and went off for something to eat. We ended up eating in a Thai restaurant next to our hotel, called Baan Khun Mae – it was amaaazing. But unfortunately I did not take any pictures of the food.
The next morning we woke up bright and early to get a few hours of shopping done before heading to do some real sightseeing.
One of my favourite things to do when I go to Bangkok is to go shopping because you don’t have your regular high street stores, there are loads of different boutiques and markets.
We over did it a bit with the shopping, spending much more time than planned so we had to quickly jump in a tuktuk back to the hotel to check out (2 hours late).
After organising everything at the hotel, we got in a taxi to go to the Grand Palace. However, the roads were packed so the taxi driver suggested that we drive 5 minutes away to get onto a boat and do the tour that way. So after a couple of minutes discussing what we should do we decided to just go with it.
So there we were getting into a dodgy wooden boat all to ourselves thinking what the hell have we gotten ourselves into. But I must say I was so glad we did it.
The boat first stopped at Wat Prayoonwongsawat (yes, I did have to google the spelling) for 30 minutes and then it took you to the Grand Palace.
It turned out to be so much quicker and convenient getting the boat because the traffic in Bangkok is a nightmare. So I would highly recommend doing it that way.
After walking around the first temple, we strolled around the gardens and found another temple at the back.
This temple was slightly different because you were able to walk inside, there was so much detail everywhere you looked it was amazing.
After looking around for half an hour our boat came to pick us up to take us to the Grand Palace. I was super excited to see the Grand Palace because everybody I spoke to said how incredible it was.
So once we got off the boat we walked about 10 minutes to the main entrance and bought our tickets. You have to be careful that you comply with the dress code because otherwise they make you wear some smelly old clothes.
As expected, all the temples were insane and it was a lot bigger than I imagined. It’s so hard to tell from these pictures how beautiful it actually was, but you get the gist.
Luckily it was a bit overcast because it was very crowded so I can imagine it being quite uncomfortable on a sunny day, especially because you have to cover up.
After an hour or so of looking around we jumped in a taxi back to the hotel as we had an hour till our taxi was arriving to get us to Hua Hin.
Bangkok overall was so much fun for the short time we were there – I was shocked at the amount you could do in one day if you wake up early enough.
For anyone going to Bangkok for the first time, I would suggest staying there for two days so you have enough time to see everything properly. But any longer than 2-3 days might just get a bit hectic as it’s a super busy city and you never really feel relaxed.