Bangkok, Thailand was our last destination in our Indochina trip. Amid the planning of this trip, Thailand was the one we were looking forward to visit the most. We were so excited to visit their tourist destinations and to try their authentic dishes. However, couple of days before our trip, shockingly, a bombing took place at one of the shrines in Bangkok, killing and injuring a number of people. So we were having second thoughts even up to our last day in Siem Reap about whether to still fly to Bangkok or not. A big thanks to our Airbnb host, Nutt, who kept on updating us about the happenings in Bangkok and promptly replying to all our concerns. Sadly, we haven’t had the chance to meet and thank him personally. So being travelers at heart, we pushed through with our itinerary. We just prayed hard for a safe trip.
One can get from Siem Reap to Bangkok by air or overland. Luckily, we got a discounted flight via AirAsia. So we just spent 40 minutes for the travel time instead of 8-10 hours via bus.
Tip #1: Watch for seat sales going to Bangkok from Siem Reap. We got ours from AirAsia.
Tip #2: If you are trying to get from Siem Reap to Bangkok overland, the estimated travel time is 8-10 hours. Also, please have time to read this post: How to get from Siem Reap to Bangkok (and vice versa).
We arrived in Bangkok at 4:20PM. And first things first, after we passed through the immigration, we looked for money exchange booths at Don Mueang International Airport. We exchanged for some Thai Bahts just enough to pay for the taxi going to our accommodation.
Tip #3: Don Mueang International Airport has a taxi bay with an authorized operator inside the airport. All you need to do is to give the address to the operator.
Tip #4: Have a copy of your address/destination in Thai alphabet. Some Thais specially the old ones cannot read words in English Alphabet. In our case, Nutt gave us instructions in Thai alphabet on how to get to his apartment. We just gave it to the taxi operator and driver.
Tip #5: Get the phone number of your host just in case you get lost.
Tip #6: You can also ride a bus going to your accommodation. Special bus called A1 parks at the provided area within the airport. For more details, kindly check our itinerary below.
We stayed in “Rhythm Ratchada” apartment, which locates right at “Ratchadapisek” MRT station. We were impressed that the unit was so much similar as described in the following Airbnb photos. Even the view from the 30th floor and the swimming pool at 32nd floor next to the rooftop garden were simply amazing. Although it was quite far from the central, commuting had never been an issue for us since MRT was just right at the entrance.
We would definitely recommend this unit, it’s like a home away from home. You can check for Nutt’s listings in Airbnb for more choices of accommodations.
Tip #6: Choose an accommodation that is near MRT (Bangkok subway) or BTS (Bangkok skytrain).
A visit to Bangkok would not be complete without seeing their grandiose temples. They have always been part of the capital’s heart and soul. And when is the best time to visit these temples? In the morning! The earlier the better! It is cooler and less crowded. Hence, we started exploring Bangkok at 8:00AM by visiting three of their famous temples. They were so accessible because of this hop-on-hop-off tourist boat ride called Chao Phraya Express boat. Kindly check our itinerary below for more details on how to get to some of these Bangkok’s temples.
Tip #7: Best time to visit Bangkok’s temples is in the morning.
Tip #8: Best way to visit Bangkok’s temples is via Chao Phraya Express.
Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha)
Entrance to the temple costs 100 Thai Baht and you can visit any time between 08:00 and 17:00.
The Grand Palace
It is undoubtedly Bangkok’s most famous landmark. It is the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government. Entrance to the palace costs 500 Thai Baht and you can visit any time between 08:30 and 15:30. The palace is just 10 minutes walk from Wat Pho. The following are some of the must-sees inside the Grand Palace.
Wat Phra Kaew (the Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
Tip #9: A strict dress codes applies in Grand Palace. The following clothes are strictly NOT allowed as outer garments for both ladies and gentlemen: (Reference: http://www.tourismthailand.org/)
- Shorts, mini-skirts, short skirts, tight fitting trousers, and tights
- See-through shirts and blouses, as well as culottes or quarter length trousers
- Sleeveless shirts or vests
Sandals (without ankle or heel straps)
- Rolled-up-sleeved shirts
- Sweatshirts and sweatpants, wind-cheaters, pajamas and fisherman trousers
When we visited Grand Palace, I was wearing appropriate clothes but unfortunately Vier wasn’t. He was wearing shorts because it was so hot that time. Hence, he was not allowed to enter the palace until he changed into his borrowed long pants.
Tip #10: If you are wearing inappropriate clothes, you can borrow a shirt or long pants or long traditional skirt for free by contacting the royal staff in the first building on the right side after entering the main gate.
However, you have to leave a deposit, which will be returned to you when all the items are returned. Just brace yourself for a long line. Thus, it is best to follow the above-listed guidelines to avoid wasting time waiting to borrow the clothes. Reference: http://tourwithtong.com/
Royal Reception Halls
Want to find out what else we did in Thailand? Just click the following links. 😉
- Amazing Ayutthaya at Night
- Discovering Damnoen Saduak District
- Experience Bangkok Night Lights via Tuk-tuk
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