My First Few Days Travelling: Bangkok 

China town in Bangkok
China Town, Bangkok

So I’ve been in Thailand for just under a week now! It’s day 5. I started off in Bangkok where I spent a first few days alone before joining an organised tour. Here’s what I’ve been getting up to so far.

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Day 1 in Bangkok: 

I was staying in the bustling China Town area of Bangkok. Just stepping out of my hotel, which was on the main road there was so much to see and do! I started the day exploring and getting my bearings.

King's Birthday celebration arch in Bangkok
King’s Birthday Celebration Arch
Street vendors in Bangkok

I had a wander around a few of the markets in Bangkok. You can literally buy anything and everything!

Fresh crab in Bangkok
Fresh crab anyone?
Street fruit in Bangkok
Have you smelt this?
Street food
My first street food meal

It was far too hot to stay outdoors so I went back to my hotel and had a quick workout – in the gym with the best views!

Quick work out in Bangkok
Gym with views over Bangkok

Now I’d read about the 24-hour flower market but didn’t really know what to expect. I turned up and saw pavements and trees completely decorated with real fresh flowers. It was like nothing I had seen before. Mom if you’re reading this, you would LOVE this place!

24 hour flower market in Bangkok

Day 2 

After all the walking around the previous day it was time to enjoy a relaxing break at the hotel’s poolside!

Sunbathing on the hotel rooftop
Sunbathing from my hotel rooftop in Bangkok

I then headed over to the MBK centre – one of my friends had suggested I go check it out – it’s great if you want to grab yourself a few bargains! For me though, as a backpacker just starting out I can’t carry any extra weight, so buying any thing was totally off limits.

I had a browse around before heading over to the shopping mall at Siam square which is right next door and where all the designer and branded shops are. It’s one of the brightest, whitest and cleanest shopping malls around.

Siam Square shopping mall
Designer shopping Mall at Siam Square
Shoe Heaven at MBK shopping centre
Think I’m in 👠 heaven
Yummy ice cream dessert

Although prices aren’t so cheap and you can get pretty much the same things in the U.K. for the same price.
Just outside the shopping mall you’ll find more street markets – I went during the evening and there was a great atmosphere. People were singing, eating and shopping!

Night food
Market stalls
Bags at the night market
Night market outside MBK centre in Bangkok
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I ended my day with my first ever ride in a tuk-tuk. Yes, they are as dangerous and bumpy as people say they are!

Day 3: 

So the third and final day by myself before I met up with the tour group a little later in the evening. I thought I’d go and explore one of Bangkok’s floating markets. The trouble is they are quite far away from the city. I didn’t want to do a full day tour and needed to get back in time to meet my tour group in the evening.

So I opted to go to Amphawa market by taxi which I picked up outside my hotel. I paid 1000 Thai Bhat for the driver to take me there, wait and bring me back to my hotel. It roughly works out around £22. It is quite an expensive option, but it’s the easiest mode of transport if you’re not after a full tour day. And if you’re sharing a taxi with others you can split the fare so it doesn’t work out too bad.

Amphawa floating market just outside of Bangkok
Fresh fish for sale

It’s a busy market but it’s not touristy AT ALL.

If you want to experience a typical Thai floating market I was told this is the one to go to as its most popular with Thais who come here for seafood lunches al fresco overlooking the river.

Everyone getting their lunch
Market stalls

You can also pick up a variety of food from the markets.
It’s busiest at lunchtime! Obviously, I couldn’t go all that way and not try the typical Thai style al fresco dining. Barbecued shrimps by the river it was!  5 cost me 200 Thai Bhat – so just over £2. They were huge!

Shrimps for lunch

But it’s not just the great food people flock here for. You can have a wander through the markets on foot, or take a boat ride along the canal.

floating market just a short trip outside of Bangkok
floating market

To get to the floating market…

If you do decide to travel by taxi, I’d say be careful as my driver tried to take me to another floating market. He stopped off at what looked like a taxi station. It’s here that tourists are brought and told to pay for a ticket to Damnoen Saduak floating market. They’ll also try to offer you tickets for other things including elephant rides animal shows. I said I wasn’t interested and this wasn’t the market I wanted to go to. I told my driver to take me to Amphawa which he was more than happy to do. So just be careful and have your wits about you as it’s easy to get ripped off!

But after a nice trip to Amphawa market my driver took me back to my hotel, I picked up my bags and then went to meet the tour group for what was to become a super fun night at Khao San Road… but you can read all about that in my next a post, Southern Thailand in 8 days with G Adventures.

Maya
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