When going to Thailand, the vast majority of us start our journey from Bangkok. Certainly, before the trip, we ask ourselves such questions as where to stay, what is worth visiting, how much time will be needed for how to get around, etc. I try to gather as much information as possible about the place where I plan to go in the near future. This was also the case in Bangkok and throughout Thailand.
1. Bangkok – where to stay?
Of course, it’s best to stay as close to the tourist attractions as possible, but in Bangkok, these attractions are “scattered” all over the city, so it’s hard to find the perfect place to stay.
We stayed at the Navalai River Resort. I really recommend this hotel despite the high price (at the moment, i.e. May 3, 2012, the price of a double room is about PLN 300 per night). Clean, good food, and most importantly great location. If someone is effectively deterred by the price (we went a bit crazy), you can easily find a much cheaper hotel in the area.
A huge advantage of the hotel is that it is located by the river and right in front of it there is a river stop from which you can quickly (no traffic jams icon smile Bangkok where to stay and what to visit? ) and for ridiculously low prices get to many places.
The location of the hotel also allows you to quickly get to many tourist attractions using taxis or tuk-tuks, which are very popular in Thailand.
2. Bangkok – what is worth visiting and how much time is needed for it?
It is difficult to say exactly how much time you need to visit Bangkok.
It depends on many factors, and the most important of them is certainly how many attractions we want to visit, how far apart they are, and whether, for example, we are fascinated by monuments and like to read about them, touch them, etc. icon smile Bangkok where to stay and what to visit?
Two whole days were enough for us and we visited attractions such as:
- Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Phra Keo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
- Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)
- Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)
- Chinatown (Chinese Quarter on Yaowarat Road)
- Khao San Road (Mecca for backpackers)
- Baiyoke Sky Hotel (Thailand’s tallest hotel)
Wat Pho Temple of the Reclining Buddha Bangkok where to stay and what is worth visiting?
The view from Baiyoke Sky Hotel was truly stunning. The hotel has 85 floors and is 304 m high, and with the antenna, it is 328 m. There is a restaurant on the 83rd floor and a revolving observation deck one floor above.
That was pretty much all we had to do in Bangkok except for one occasion when we were literally forced to watch a show called ” Ping Pong Show “. I wrote forced because the tout was so pushy that we finally decided to see the whole show. Of course, we knew what it was about because before leaving I read everything I could about Bangkok and the whole of Thailand.
For those unfamiliar with the subject, ” Ping Pong Show ” is a show where naked women (we also had a guy made into a woman.. yuck icon smile Bangkok where to stay and what to visit? ) dance in front of the audience and perform some tricks, e.g. putting a ping pong ball into their fishing harbor and through appropriate tensing muscles launching it… e.g. in us. Later, my back hurt from dodging :). Additional “tricks” were opening a bottle with a cap with you-know-what, etc. In general, it all looked quite funny.
Finally, I would like to add that it is worth asking someone from the staff of the hotel where we live to write down the name of the hotel in Thai on a piece of paper. It happened to us several times that the taxi driver or tuk-tuk driver did not know which hotel to go to. Only one intelligent Chinese tuk-tuk driver wrote down the name of our hotel in Thai on a piece of paper and later there were no problems.
Although Bangkok is a very dirty and crowded city, it has something about it that I would love to stay there for a few more days.