Tuktuks, Temples, and Travel in Bangkok
Music by YOUNGOHM - ธารารัตน์ (Thararat)
Bangkok is a beautiful, bustling city with a population of 9.27 million. There is something for everyone here, outstanding buddhist architecture, wide flowing river, food, night life and vintage markets. All sprinkled with quick moving tuk tuks and hustling people. I fell in love with the colors and friendly people.
Here are a few of my favorite places that are worth seeing if you ever end up in Bangkok.
A must see and hard to miss when in Bangkok. Most are still in use today but open their doors to curious tourist such as myself to explore their grandeur. Tip though, remember to stay covered both shoulders and the knees to show respect for their religious and sacred places. In the time I was there I wasn’t able to see everything but enjoyed Wat Arun Ratchawararam, Golden Mountain temple, and Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho),Huge Standing Buddha (Wat Intharawihan).
The Chatuchak Weekend Market
If you love going to vintage shops and finding gems like I do then you will love this weekend market. Easy access from the BTS Skytrain you will have a great time weaving in and out of the packed shops. There is even an app you can download to navigate to your desired stands called Chatuchak Guide.
Jim Thompson House
In central Bangkok, this house complex has been a museum for 50 years. Originally created from 6 other traditional Thai style homes that businessman and architect Jim Thompson combine to form his home in 1959. Following his relocation to Bangkok and the establishment of the Thai Silk Company Limited in 1948, Thompson also became a major collector of Southeast Asian art, which is displayed throughout the home for your view pleasure. The restaurant is also lovely and delicious!
Although I had to be careful of what I ate in Bangkok (most dishes had shrimp, allergy alert!) but I loved going to check out Bangkok’s Chinatown (Yaowarat). There is a cute trendy bar in chinatown that came highly recommended to me called Tep Bar that frequently has live Thai music while you sip on your tasty mixed drink. Cheers! There was a lot more to see and eat as you can read on BK magazine so when you travel to Bangkok see what is going on that weekend.
Things to Note
A few things to keep in mind when traveling in Bangkok. Tuk Tuk drivers like to get a good price out of a tourist so always try to barter for a better price. The water market is fun but over prices and too far from the city. I would only recommend if you have some time to kill. It’s mostly just a tourist trap.
Til next time :) <3 Harbor Hood Blog by Kate Brandy
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