This is my first time in Thailand I have always wanted to visit but have never got around to it. So we started off with the capital Bangkok. From the moment, you hop of the plane the humidity hits you in the face and doesn’t let up until you get the hotel. The airport is huge……. 4 stories high, even though we had been told that getting through customs could take up to an hour, we got through in 10 mins and we had things to declare! it took longer to find the right baggage carousel.
This city is nuts, there appears to be no driving rules whatsoever, but in their defence they do know how to merge lanes with precision!
After spending all day flying, we just checked into our hotel, had some food and went for a little stroll down the street and that was it for that day 1, as we had a tour booked early the next day at 7 am.
We had a private tour booked for the day. Our guide Ms Nadia met us in the lobby of the hotel. We visited the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaeo, Wat Pho with the reclining Buddha, the flower market, and a nice long tail boat tour to see the local life in the ‘Venice of the East’… The tour was great and showed us not only all of the popular temples but also gave us much needed instruction around using Bangkok’s public transport, which the guide showed us how to use and what to expect to pay. We went with a company called BKK Tours The tour guide was great her knowledge of all of the thai temples/history was more than we had expected and she is pretty handy and taking photo as well.
That night we head off to the Patong night markets. There are so many market stalls selling just about anything you can think of from fake Oakley sunnies to tasters. You can barter with the stall owners. we started by halving what ever they started at. Once you come across the stalls selling adult toys and viagra is about the time the harassment starts at every 2nd step…. “u want ping pong show”
We are off to the Floating markets with a different tour company that i would not recommend at all. The floating markets were great as it showed how the Thai people used to trade their goods.
The floating market boats are piled high with tropical fruit and vegetables, fresh and ready-to-drink coconut juice and local food cooked from floating kitchens located right on the boat.
The humidity in Bangkok is so ridiculous that you sweat just standing still!
We spend the afternoon at the hotel swimming pool!
Day 4 was another day off traveling off to Phuket this time.