little known ways to spend a day in the exotic capital..
My friends and I had been planning this trip for about two months and when the day finally came, all I could think was,”woohoo! Bangkok, here we come!”.
It was my first time going to Thailand so I was mad excited. I arrived at Suvharnabumi airport at 5:00pm; my friends were arriving later in the night so I had to find my own way to the hostel, bummer right?
It must be said, arriving in a foreign country alone for the first time can be a bit scary, but it’s a good thing that Thai people are so friendly and the public transport system is safe and convenient. I took the sky train which costs 45 baht, (1$) to Rachapthewi station and from there took a cab 65 baht (2$) to my hostel.
This hostel cost about 10$ for the night; for budget travellers this is a great price.
Bangkok nightlife is pretty cool, most of it is to be found along Khaosan road, which was a five-minute walk from my quaint hostel. The city bursts to life when the sun-sets, and hour after hour people from all walks of life trickle in to get a taste of what it has to offer; street clothes shopping, street food and lots of bars and restaurants.
10 minutes to midnight the street is at full capacity. Music can be heard blaring from all the clubs and people can be seen positively gyrating to the beats, while others stuff their faces with delicacies like coconut ice cream, mango and sticky rice, or fresh fruits juices and buckets of liquor (yes I said buckets).
Khaosan is basically the centre of backpacking and people come here to party and get belligerent, but if that isn’t your thing, there are so much more for you to do in Bangkok.
We decided to take a little day trip to two famous temples in the heart of Bangkok, we were staying at the Bed Station Hostel at the time so getting to the canal was pretty simple, just a ten minute walk!
A cheap (3 Baht) ferry ride up the canal, which is only a 15 minute long trip to get to the revered Temples. To enter any Buddhist Temple one has to dress modestly. It’s smart to carry along a sarong to cover up, so as to avoid the embarrassment of having to go outside to purchase one from the local vendors, (trust me on this guys).
Wat Pho is extremely beautiful and attracts quite a number of tourists, it is mostly known for being the home of the City’s largest Reclining Buddha. The architecture is pretty impressive, as is the standard of all Buddhist temples across Thailand. Entrance price is only 100 baht (3$)
Frequent cross-river ferries run over to Wat Arun , the entrance fee is about 50 Baht(2$). This Temple at the time was under renovation so we couldn’t climb up its most prominent attraction, The Phrang tower, but were still treated to some pretty stunning structures within the compound.
There are many other fascinating things one could do while in the city;
- Visit the floating markets right on the outskirts of town, they’re full of fresh juicy tropical fruits and vegetables.
- Splurge within the MBK shopping market, which is situated right in the heart of the city.
- Day trip to The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew.
- Visit the numerous night markets all over the city, it’s a street food paradise offering fresh herbs, spicy chillies and zesty lime flavoured dishes.
So there you have it, hope you enjoyed this first travel post, feel free to leave a comment and share to help other students grab their backpacks and get out there, it’s cheaper than you think!