Unlike visting Hongkong, Singapore and Seoul, there is something about Bangkok that gives me the vibes of visiting Manila. I know it's only my first time visiting this place yet the city's resemblance to the Philippines' scenario isn't much of a difference (traffic and more).
One of things I like about Bangkok is its airports. Their are two ways to get to the city by air and these are through Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports. If I could describe these airports quickly, it's like this: Suvarnabhumi has some fancy architecture and houses a massive duty free shop while Don Mueang is hard to reach as it has no airport rail link transpo (nevertheless, I still love the place). The thing about these two airports is that I find their names hard to pronounce (I even had to look up their spellings, hahaha). I remember asking the driver to take us to Don Mueang wherein I had a hard time pronouncing it so I had to let him read our itinerary instead (haha).
We love making impromptu plans so for our first day, we opted to enjoy some dinner cruise down the Chao Phraya River. It was fun y'know cause the Filipino host/singer invited me to sing (so I sang, lol) and we get to experience some cabaret onboard too.
Any trip to Bangkok isn't complete without doing some shopping spree. In fact, there are lotsa clothes everywhere! The range goes on from cheap sidewalk finds to luxury clothes.
What's good about most of Bangkok's shopping malls is that most of them are linked to a BTS station like Siam station (for Siam Discovery, Siam Center and Paragon) or Phrom Phong station (for EmQuartier and Emporium).
For accommodation, we chose to stay at Baiyoke Sky Tower, Thailand's tallest hotel, that boasts an overlooking view of Thailand (and also a glass elevator and a revolving roof deck). I'm so relieved that the hotel's location is near to Ratchaprarop station. In fact, as we arrived, opted to take the airport rail link to our hotel (that's Suvarnabhumi to Ratchaprarop).
We stayed in Bangkok for three days then flew to Phuket for a three-day stay in Mai Khao. Afterwards, we went back to Bangkok and stayed for another two days before heading back to Manila.
On our last day, we decided to visit Asiatique. To reach Asiatique, take the train to Saphan Taksin then follow the signs to the ferry port. Hop on the free ferry ride to Asiatique. P.S.: the best time to visit the riverfront is around 5 pm (just in time for the golden hour).
First things first: food fest!
Bangkok may not be one of my favorite cities yet... but there are things about this city that you should be amazed of. Like people driving on the left side of the street, the shrines they have in every establishment, how much they adore their king, how malls are extra extra here and the way they grill food here (lol).
How 'bout you? Have you been in Bangkok? What are the memorable things you've experienced here? Let me know!