I stayed at Siam@Siam Design Hotel Bangkok for 2 nights. The hotel is a five-minute walk from National Park BTS Skytrain Station, which made it easy getting to and from Suvarnabhumi airport, as well as around Bangkok.
The rooms were super comfortable and clean, just what I needed after 16 hours of travelling!
Included in my room rate was the breakfast buffet, which was also really good.
The hotel has a lovely rooftop infinity pool which overlooked the cityscape, and was an oasis from the crazy city below.
Bangkok 2015 was my first taste of Asia, and also the start of my two and a half week adventure with my best friend, Lucy. We took the Bangkok Airport Link to our hotel and checked-in to our room. We spent the afternoon at the hotel’s rooftop infinity pool as we were both tired from the long flight, but didn’t want to suffer from jet lag.
In the evening, we had dinner at a restaurant called Cabbages and Condoms. Despite the potentially off-putting name, it was a really nice place to eat with a good message behind it – the idea of the restaurant is to promote a better understanding and acceptance of family planning, and to generate income support to various development activities of the Population and Community Development Association (PDA). As this was my first proper meal in Thailand, I had to try out the Thai Green Curry, washed down with a piña colada. The bill was brought out to us accompanied by some free condoms!
After a well needed sleep, it was my first and only full day in Bangkok. I started the day off by riding around the crazy streets in a tuk tuk, and the breeze was very much appreciated!
I visited various temples, including the Wat Pho which features a giant reclining Buddha that measures 46 metres long and is covered in gold leaf. Entrance to the temple is 100 baht each, and you can visit any time between 8am – 5pm.
I took a long tail boat on the Chao Phraya River
I also visited the city’s most famous landmark – Grand Palace. The Grand Palace was built in 1782, and was home of the Thai King for 150 years. Within the palace complex, there are several impressive buildings including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha – Wat Phra Kaew. Entrance to the Grand Palace is 500 baht each, and a strict dress code applies so make sure you are modestly dressed before entering.
I took a walk down the famous Khao San Road, although it was pretty tame in the daytime. I can imagine it being a different story once the sun goes down.
I ended the day with dinner at the hotel, and cocktails on our rooftop bar.
Up next: Chiang Mai
Check out what I got up to in Bangkok 2016 here.