Our 72 hours in Bangkok was actually broken up in to 2 36-hour. This glorious city was my first and last stop in Thailand and in Asia. I left Thailand knowing that I would be back. Part of my soul is definitely Southeast Asia.
72 Hours in Bangkok
After making our way through customs (which took a very long time) we opted to take a taxi from the airport to our hotel. In hindsight, we should have just taken pubic transportation but as I will talk about later, they do it right in Bangkok.
We stayed at the Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit and it was AMAZING! I can’t tell you enough how happy I was to have chosen this hotel to stay in after the craziness of getting married and travel all the way around the world.
We checked in, asked the bellhop where to get lunch, showered…so necessary…and headed out for our first adventure in Asia!
Our first meal in Asia was at Tamnanthai which was a short walk from our hotel.
We ordered a steamed shrimp appetizer to enjoy before our entrees which included roasted duck with white rice and crispy pork and kale with fried rice. I also ordered a watermelon juice which was fantastic. All of this food came to 738 baht which is roughly $21 USD. This was actually one of our most expensive meals Bangkok!
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We knew this was a must during our 72 hours in Bangkok. There are a ton of rooftop bars and as luck would have it, our hotel had one of its own! SL and I headed up after a quick nap and enjoyed a couple rounds of drinks while taking in the Bangkok skyline. Drinks were on par with what we pay in the states but well worth it as the view is spectacular.
I ordered a red wine flight while SL got an Old Fashion and a beer.
We discussed with the concierge the best way to plan our day around what we wanted to do. I knew we wanted to:
- Take the river taxi
- Visit the Grand Palace
- See Wat Pho (where the Reclining Buddha is, well, reclining)
We took public transportation over to the water taxi and it was easy as can be. Once we got to the taxi, we paid our (small) fee, boarded and took our seat.
You guys, this place is too much for words.
It is absolutely stunning and only 500 baht (just under $14) for entry.
Wat Pho is home to the Reclining Buddha and it is just that, a gigantic Buddha that is reclining.
We got a lot done in our first 36 hours in Bangkok and I left really excited to come back to this city.
Bangkok, round 2
SL and I landed back in Bangkok after to amazing weeks exploring Thailand, Singapore and Bali. Sad that our honeymoon was ending but excited to have 36 more hours in Bangkok. We landed late afternoon and opted to stay at the Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport right at the, you guessed it, airport. This hotel is awesome because you are given 24 hours from when you check in to when you have to check out. SCORE!
After dropping our bags in our room we headed right to the MRT (no taxis for us, lesson learned) and headed into city proper.
Street Food – Sukhumvit Soi 38
OMG – BEST MEAL EVER! Here is what we ordered:
- Octopus with a yummy green sauce
- Some sort of shellfish with the most delicious brownish sauce I have ever had, ever.
- A hot bowl of deliciousness (broth, noodles, dumplings, crispy pork, and bok choy)
- 3 skewers – Chicken, sausage and something else
- SL – 2 beers, EHL – lime juice of some sort
And all of this came to a grand total of about $5 USD. I kid you not! We seriously ROLLED out of there. There was so many booths to choose from but unfortunately our stomachs weren’t large enough to try them all.
Instead of hopping on the MRT right there, we opted to walk a few stops to see the sights and try to walk off some of what we ate. Eventually we did hop on the MRT and headed back to our airport hotel and settled into the bar for our last round of drinks of our epic (EPIC) honeymoon.
Whenever I visit new cities and I always intrigued by their Chinatowns, Bangkok’s Chinatown was no different. We took the MRT from our airport hotel to Chinatown with only one real plan in mind, visit The Golden Buddha Temple. Other than that we just wanted to stroll around.
After a couple missteps (which lead us to finding a dumpling lady and eating lots of yummy dumplings) we found The Golden Buddha Temple. To our surprise, there was a full museum there are well. We paid the entrance fee for both the temple area and museum and headed to the museum first.
I am so glad we did because we learned so much before even seeing the highlight, the actual Golden Buddha. We learned the history of not only the Buddha but of how Bangkok’s Chinatown came to be. I was fascinated!
After leaving the temple we randomly stumbled upon the Vegetarian Festival. There were EPIC numbers of people and EPIC numbers of food stands selling everything from noodles to bean pancakes to sweets and everything was of course vegetarian.
Despite eating a bunch of dumplings an hour or so earlier, SL and I opted to stock up on delishousness to bring back to the hotel to eat (before heading to the airport). We got:
- (more) Dumplings
- Bean pancakes
Again, SO MUCH FOOD and it was all under $5 USD.
Winding down our 72 Hours in Bangkok
Spending just 72 hours in Bangkok didn’t feel like enough. This is a city I could see myself spending an extended period of time in at some point in my future. Hopefully my husband will come along!