Bangkok, start of our South East Asia adventure

 

Royal Place Complex in Bangkok

After 2 days in cold and windy Warsaw we boarded the plane to Bangkok with  one connection in Doha (Qatar).  We landed in Bangkok early in the morning.  To get to our hotel we decided to take the train to the city (express train to Makkasan station and from there MRT train to Lumpini station.  It was an easy  60 minute ride. Our hotel Aetas  was located just couple hundred yards from the MRT station. We were so happy to learn the room was ready for us this early in the morning (9am).

Our hotel Aetas Bangkok  was new and modern with a 9th floor swimming pool overlooking the city.   The room was large and super clean.   The breakfast ( included in our room rate) offered fantastic choices for everyone.

 

Pool at our hotel (Aetas Lumpini) in Bangkok
Pool at our hotel (Aetas Lumpini) in Bangkok

 

After a short nap it was the time to start exploring  Bangkok. The City of Angels  has lots of things to offer:  fantastic markets, great food, crazy nightlife, noises and smells…  As we were exploring the city was growing on us … We were blown away by this thriving metropolis!

Lumpini Park in Bangkok
Lumpini Park in Bangkok – rare open public space , trees and playgrounds in the hart of the city.
Longboat seen from water taxi
Longboat seen from water taxi

There a few “must-see” places in Bangkok, without the doubt Royal Palace is one of them. The palace was constructed in 1782 and Thai kings lived here for over 150 years. It is no longer the residence of the king and it’s open to the public for visit. It is a magical display of Thai craftsmanship.

Royal Palace gardens
Royal Palace gardens
Royal Place complex
Royal Place complex
Royal Palace complex
Royal Palace complex
Royal Palace Complex
Royal Palace Complex

Another seriously impressive site (next to Royal Palace) is Wat Pho, home of the giant golden reclining Buddha. Wat Pho complex also features many gardens lined with  stupas and Buddha statues.

Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho

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You can find many Golden Buddhas at Wat Pho
You can find many Golden Buddhas at Wat Pho

 

Street food in Bangkok on Silom street

Visit to Bangkok wouldn’t be completed  without shopping either at the Night Markets or at the Shopping Malls.  These malls were Huge!  Even though we didn’t buy anything, simple because we wouldn’t have any place in our backpacks, but it was a great experience.

Food and Drinks

There are many food choices in Bangkok.  We love spicy food therefore there are many varieties to choose from.   We  tried street food and it was very tasty.   Nothing can complete the meal like a good local beer Chang or Singh.    We never paid more for our meal than 200 THB and for beer around 100 THB

Transportation

There are multiple ways to get around Bangkok using public transportation. We took Express train from the Airport to MRT underground (35 THB/pp). We also used the Skytrain (BTS), underground (MRT) rail systems to visit shopping, business areas of the city (20 to 40 THB/pp depending on the destination). To get to Royal Palace we took river boat (15 THB/pp) that  can be used to get to many historic sites at the riverside. Taxis are cheap to get get around, but make sure to get one with the meter, plus the traffic is very unpredictable).