I have a soft spot for Bangkok. So in this post, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favourite pics of this amazing city and who knows, maybe inspire some of you to go sample a little spice over there.
I first lived in Bangkok for a year in 2008 and then regularly returned on holidays with friends, every time to discover more.
In terms of places to stay, I personally love Chinatown. The above pic was taken from the beautiful Sino-Portuguese Airbnb I stayed in on my last trip in 2016. It’s conveniently located near Hua Lamphong MRT station, at the heart of Chinatown. I loved how Pupe decorated this old family house mixing painted wood, metals and paper features – a real step back in time, with air con!
Another place I loved to stay at is Victoria Monument. The area is located North-East of the city, on the Sky train. If you venture away from the main roundabout and malls above, through the streets towards the Chao Praya river, you get a real sense of Bangkok’s local day to day hustle and bustle. For a little adrenaline or if I am too hot to walk, I’d hail and hop onto the back of one of those tiny green buses flying past.
With the heat and humidity, I find it hard to eat big meals, but grazing all day long definitely works! Noodle soups any time of the day, barbecue meat skewers, fresh pineapple, spicy green mango…I love how every bit of street corner offers new smells and flavours.
I’ll note here that I have never been ill in Bangkok. Following very basic rules – i.e. if it looks or smells dodgy don’t eat it – kept me pretty safe.
Some of my favourite Thai delicacies – which I think taste best in Bangkok:
- Spicy papaya salad (Som Tam), barbecue chicken and sticky rice
- Clear noodle soup with unidentified fish balls and lots of leaves and herbs
- Spicy Tom Yum Kung soup with prawns
- Sour green mango served with salt and chilli
- Pork Dim Sums and sticky rice
- Iced coffee
Bangkok is definitely busy, smoky and dirty – after all it is a big city – so just like in London or Paris, I like to retreat from the noise and find a little quiet. Here are some of my favourite picks of a more peaceful Bangkok:
Wat Arun – my favourite temple, tucked away from the crowds in the old Bangkok, it offers great views over the river and is beautiful at dusk.
Pak Klong Talad night flower market.
Random quiet side streets.
Hidden Queens garden – Con Van Kessel cycle tours’ local guides know Bangkok on the back of their hands. They took us through some of the more residential areas on dutch bikes, a beautiful and peaceful way to glide through the city.
Have you been to Bangkok?