A wedding in the northeast region of Thailand took my husband and I on an adventure to explore a new (to us!) part of Asia. We arrived in Bangkok shortly after the big flood of 2011, however little of the city appeared damaged and life seemed to be continuing as normal. In an effort to see as much as possible, we’re known for staying on our feet for the duration of a trip and our time in Bangkok was no exception. We visited the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, and Wat Pho.
We spent two days learning the layout of the city and riding the BTS Skytrain, which I highly recommend. The Bangkok Loft Inn is a nice, inexpensive hotel for budget travelers while for those wanting to splurge I recommend the newer Hansar Hotel. Both accommodations are near BTS stations for easy transportation. For eats, one can’t go wrong with Thai street food or the food court at Siam Paragon. For a trendier (and a bit more expensive) meal, head to Eat Me or Long Table.
Overall, soak in the culture and amazing architecture and statues. Listen to the monks and chimes at the Grand Palace, enjoy authentic Thai food, and take photos!
Bangkok Loft Inn
55 Somdet Phra Chao Taksin Rd.,
Bangyeerua, Thonburi, Bangkok
3 Soi Mahadlekluang2, Rajdamri Road
Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok
Thai people are a truly kind and welcoming group, but watch out for the tuk tuk drivers! Drivers are paid gas money by local shops to take you to them, despite your true destination! These side detours include Thai tailors, jewelry shops, and trinket stores. I recommend always settling on the fare amount before taking a taxi (or be sure the meter is working!).
Kallie Buckmaster is a wife, mother, and film photographer. She hails from Florida and is newly based in Seattle. You can often find her traveling around the world with her array of film cameras.