My first trip to Thailand was to visit the famous Phuket. It was always a part of my beach bucket together with Maldives and Bali. But i have to go back to Thailand because i have to visit the capital which i heard and read to be a very vibrant and colorful city. I was quite excited for this trip, oh well, i am always excited to any trips, but among other reasons, it is my first time to see the newly opened Terminal 2 of Mactan-Cebu International Airport and it was massive and impressive.
It was also my first time supposedly to see the Mabuhay Lounge of Philippine Airlines but it was closed for maintenance and it was fortunate for us to have access at Plaza Premium Lounge.
It was a very pleasant experience at Plaza Premium Lounge. The food was great, the place was huge, seats are very comfy, there is a children’s section and there are sleeping chairs. There are three sections so travelers has enough space to relax while waiting for boarding.
Premier Elite members also has a an access to immigration priority lane both in Cebu and upon arrival in Bangkok. It was an easy breezy trip.
On that note, here are the Top 10 things that i suggest you do if you are going to Bangkok:
1.) Get a glimpse of Maeklong Train Market.
It may seem like a normal “palengke” or market but what is special about this is that this is a market along an active railway line.
The train will pass by 8 times a day with the following time table:
From Maeklong Station: 6:20AM, 9:00AM, 11:30 AM and 3:30PM.
Arriving at Maeklong Station: 8:30AM, 11:10AM, 2:30PM and 5:40 PM.
There are a lot of tourists when we arrive, so it is better to go a little further from the entrance or passage way for less crowd. We positioned ourselves at the cafe with a great view where you need to order a coffee or any drink.
You can also ride the train for a different kind of experience where you will feel like a celebrity, all people will take a photo and video of you and the train.
2.) Check out the floating market.
From Maeklong Train Market to Floating Market. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is the largest and the most famous floating market in Bangkok. It is an hour travel from Bangkok and the most convenient way to get there is by joining a tour. It is also advisable to go there early to avoid too much heat. We were lucky to have a nice weather when we went there. It was a bit gloomy but good thing that it did not rain that day.
Fee to ride the boat was not included in the tour so we paid 150 Baht at the ticket counter.
I actually went here for the experience but did not shop since i heard that items in this area is quite expensive.
3.) Eat authentic Thai Food.
Here are my favorite Thai restaurants in Bangkok:
a.) Krua Apsorn
Krua Apsorn is a restaurant that only locals and foodies in-the-know head to.
Address: 169 Dinso Rd, Khwaeng Wat Bowon Niwet, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
b.) Thip Samai
This is the home of the best Pad Thai in Bangkok which makes it the best in the world. Also known as Ghost Gate or Pratu Pee. We went there around 5pm but the queue was very long. We waited for 30-45 minutes to be seated.
The wait was worth it! It truly is the best Pad Thai in the world and don’t forget to order their fresh orange juice perfect with their Pad Thai.
Address: 313 315 Maha Chai Rd, Khwaeng Samran Rat, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
c.) Nhong Rim Klong
Want to experience canal-side dining? Well this place is a must visit for any foodie who wants to experience authentic and delicious Thai meal. The canal by the way doesn’t have any smell so you can enjoy the meal fully. One of the best meals i ever tasted in my life!
Address: Ekkamai 21 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
4.) Walk around the temples.
I only visited 3 temples in Bangkok and i must say that the Grand Palace is a must-visit temple.
Grand Palace is made up of numerous buildings, halls, pavilions set around open lawns, gardens and courtyards.
A visit to the Grand Palace is very easily combined with two other Bangkok highlights. Adjoining the Palace is the Wat Pho, the temple of the Reclining Buddha.
Right across from Wat Pho on the other side of the Chao Phraya river stands the large Wat Arun, also known as “The temple of Dawn”.
5.) Have a taste of Thai refreshments.
Local Thai Milk Tea
Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew Coffee
6.) Shop & Dine at Chatuchak Weekend Market.
Mostly, i just dined here since i only had a little time to explore this place but this place is so big and has a wide array of choices for clothes, home effects, accessories, foot wear, eye wear and almost anything that you can imagine.
7.) Buy Thai products at the grocery.
8.) Jog around Lumphini Park
It is a 57 hectare park at the heart of Bangkok. It is a place where locals as well as tourists run, bike and do exercise.
9.) Stroll around Khao San Road.
Described as the centerof the backpacking universe, this street is full of restaurants, hotels, shops, internet cafes, bars, restaurants, massage parlors, travel agents, bookshops, market stalls, tattoo shops and much, much more.
10.) Spend an evening at Asiatique
Asiatique is a perfect combination of night market and a mall. A lot of restaurants and dining options here.
Thank you Bry for the reco.
Bangkok is truly one city that i would want to come back. The food, place and the culture is just extraordinary. A few days is not enough to explore this beautiful city.