If you’re seen my IG for the past two weeks, it’s full of my glorious adventure in Thailand. This was an amazing experience full of super fun highs and unfortunate sick lows. I was out of my comfort zone. It was completely nerve-racking and scary, but the only way to get over the fear and is to let your guard down and go for it. Who knew this city boy could rough it up with the fish in the ocean, sleep with the mosquitos on a secluded island and quest through the ruins of ancient temples?
It’s embarrassing to admit but this trip was my first time outside of North America. Sad, but true. And now there’s no stopping my adventures. Here we go!
The photos in this post were from my first day exploring Bangkok. We visited the Wat Pho which is the temple of the leaning Buddha. We watched the sunset over the Wat Arun. We took in the city by exploring gorgeous views on building rooftops.
I spent a few days in Bangkok and I learned a few things:
1. Taxi drivers are sketchy AF. They overcharge for you trip and you have negotiate with them for a fair rate since they do not turn on the meter. They also have an ulterior motive for taking you to places. They will try to convince you to go to specific places because they get a kick-back from the tourist location if they bring people. The worst is when they just bring you there and do not even take you to where you wanted to go. That happened to me and we were forced to go into a tailor just to appease the taxi driver. We went in so we could get on with our way. After that experience we opened the Uber app and prayed it worked. AND IT DID. LESSON: Take UBER! It’s cheaper by a few hundred baht and you can put in your destination to make sure you are heading in the right direction.
2. Head outside of Bangkok. Don’t just explore the city, check out the Bang Pa-in Royal Palace and different ancient temples. They are beautiful! You will open mouther in awe. Hands down of my favorite days in Bangkok was getting a private tour guide to take us to these gorgeous places. LESSON: Explore outside of Bangkok and take it all in.
3. Find a rooftop and take in the city. There’s a restaurant called Vertigo (which was one of the best restaurants I ate at in Thailand) that allows you eat a delectable meal literally on a rooftop that over looks the whole city. It is breathtaking. Since it’s not covered, you can see everything from the stars in the sky to the buildings surrounding Bangkok to the cities in the distance. LESSON: Spend your evening at Vertigo even if it’s just for a drink at the bar.
4. Take a Tuk Tuk short distances. Tuk Tuks are scary fun. They are great for short distances but if you’re going a long distance, take an Uber. We decided to be adventurous and take a Tuk Tuk and that was a wrong decision. It went down creepy alleys, went the opposite direction on a one way road and made sharp turns. I was scared. We thankfully arrived safe to our destination. But a lesson was learned. LESSON: Look up where you have to go before you jump into a Tuk Tuk.
5. Shop ’til you drop. CentralWorld is one of the largest malls in the world and you can do a lot of damage to your bank account. They have everything you could possibly want. You’ll leave with new clothing from new brands that will become your new addiction. LESSON: Just say yes to shopping.
Top 3 favorite restaurants in Bangkok:
1. Eat Me – Hands down my best meal in Bangkok. I had a 3 course meal with drinks for only 1500 baht aka $45. I had black truffle shaving in my risotto. Let’s just leave it at that. Just imagine the glorious taste. Beyond yum.
2. Scarlett Wine Bar – If you’re looking for Thai tapas with a glass wine and an amazing view, Scarlett is where to head. I had a perfectly spiced chicken. I’m salivating thinking about it.
3. Vertigo – The sights outshine the food but the food is still delicious. It’s a little expensive but the views are worth it.
MORE TO COME!