The decision to spend time in Bangkok and not fly straight to Phuket was a last minute one but one of my better ones!
I had been to Bangkok once before, nearly 14 years ago but for only 24 hours. It was a short stop over to meet my backpacking buddy before our Vietnam and Cambodia adventures. We were staying near the infamous Khao San Road and my memories are of a very busy day, walking down this road and then finding an even busier pub to watch The Arsenal play the Thai favourites, and our rivals at the time; Manchester United… no need to mention the outcome of that game!
This trip was very different; we arrived on Christmas day, a bit weary after an 11-hour flight, not forgetting the jet-lag, but things soon improved when we checked into the newly opened, Siam Hotel.
First things first; we instantly booked into the spa for the two and a half hour Jet-lag Recovery Treatment.
That seemed to be the ticket but Christmas dinner was a bit of a hazy blur. The next day we were still in our jet-lag haze and didn’t move far from the hotel, but that was not a bad thing, as just a 15-minute walk was a hidden gem, a great place for excellent home cooked Thai food, fit for royals but served in a kitchen. (More on this to come, in my Hidden Gems).
Bangkok is a vast, wondrous city and you really need to know someone to see the real city. We were lucky that we had a friend who’s working and living there. This was even more helpful as Bangkok was experiencing a civil uprising, albeit at the time, peaceful, but the demonstrations meant travelling by road was not an option.
So, our first night out involved a boat, a sky train and a motorbike taxi… and what a great chance to mingle with people and really see the city.
And the night… well , my friend happened to know the best bag shop in town… Two bags purchased, cocktails drunk and fabulous Japanese food eaten (well, we were going to be eating a lot of Thai food)!
I was hooked, and already decided to extend our return trip…
Next Up: My Thai – Island life