Bangkok has become one of my favourite Asian cities. Always vibrant, sassy and fun, mysterious and exciting. It is a city that never sleeps. And it has so much to offer; from beautiful temples to amazing street food, rooftop bars and night markets.
The first thing to know about Bangkok is that the traffic is horrendous, so you should better stay out of it. The best option is to base yourself somewhere near the Sky Train (yes, an actual sky train), which works great especially when there’s 99% humidity.
This is my personal travel guide for a three day vacation in the wonderful capital of Thailand, Bangkok.
To begin with, a floating market is “a market that is located next to a body of water and vendors sell things directly out of their boats”. The market I visited is at Damnoen Saduak which is located about 1.5 hours from Bangkok and is the most popular and touristic floating market in Thailand. A wise suggestion for you is to visit the market after 11am to avoid traffic congestion both on the highways and the market.
You should definitely indulge in the ridiculously good handmade coconut ice cream on the way. Also, dare to try local fruit like Durian and dragon fruit as well as the traditional delight which is coconut rice with mango!
The Maeklong Railway is a “1,000 mm railway that runs for nearly 67 kilometres between Wongwian Yai, Bangkok and Samut Songkhram in central Thailand.”
The railway became famous for its route through the Maeklong Railway Market while it is one of the largest fresh seafood markets in Thailand. “Whenever a train approaches, the shop fronts are moved back from the rails, to be replaced once the train has passed.”
Bangkok City Centre
Thailand’s capital, is a sprawling metropolis known for its ornate shrines and vibrant street life. You don’t want to miss a chance to walk around the city. You are strongly recommended to get on a fun “Tuk Tuk” ride.
Red Light Districts
Soi Cowboy is a short street with some 40, mostly go-go, bars. It caters mainly to tourists and expatriates and is the place was the movie “The Hangover” was filmed. The district itself is a sightseeing.
Long Tail Boat Ride
The Chao Phraya is a major river in Thailand, with its low alluvial plain forming the centre of the country. It flows through Bangkok and then into the Gulf of Thailand. You should definitely get a chance to take a ride with a long tail boat.
Wat Pho is a large landmark temple in the center of the city and features a giant reclining Buddha, historic art & statues.
Ayutthaya is a city in Thailand, about 80 km north of Bangkok. “It was capital of the Kingdom of Siam, and a prosperous international trading port, from 1350 until razed by the Burmese in 1767.”
The historic city is considered a world heritage by UNESCO.
Wat Chaiwatthanaram is a Buddhist temple in the city of Ayutthaya Historical Park, on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. It is one of Ayutthaya’s best known temples.
The Reclining Buddha.
Wat Mahathat was one of the most interesting sights. It had rows of headless buddhas and this buddha-head wrapped in a tree trunk. A sight so fascinating.
Tropical fruit and food tasting
Lucky enough, we joined the Khao Yai National Park Full Day Tour through Expedia.
Walking around a local food market and tasting exotic food; from dragon fruit to curry sauce.
Further inland, we took an ox-cart ride enjoying some great views of the lush green forests and the wild Thai nature.
Let baby monkeys touch your GoPro
We were lucky enough to bump into monkeys on the road to Khao Yai National Park!
Explore Khao Yai National Park’s flora & fauna
Upon arriving at Khao Yai National Park, we went on jungle trekking towards the Hew Narok Waterfall (which was dry due to the warm temperatures).
The Elephants are symbols often considered sacred and symbolise royalty in Thailand as well as good luck.
We were surrounded by lush greenery during the hike.
Elephant trekking in the forest
A perfect ending to the day and to our trip to Bangkok was completed with Elephant Trekking at the Jungle Resort near Khao Yai National Park!
And of course, after trekking it’s reward time! Feeding the elephants was seriously exciting; their trunk works like a vacuum!
P.S. If you’ve been to Bangkok and have any extra tidbits or recommendations, I would love love love to hear!