A Few Days in Bangkok
We often use Bangkok as a base when we travel in Southeast Asia and recently found ourselves in the city again on our trip to Western Australia. As usual, we stayed in the excellent Marriott Sukhumvit in the Thonglor neighborhood. Bangkok is a massive sprawling metropolis and getting around can be a challenge. The BTS Skytrain and the river boats are always a nice way to beat the traffic. We had a limited time and of course wanted to devote most of our time to eating but we did manage to squeeze in a few attractions using public transportation.
Located along the Chao Praya river, Wat Pho is a fascinating temple complex well worth a visit. Wat Pho is most famous for the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. The gold-leafed Buddha is an impressive size (46 meters long) reclining in a beautiful temple. Take some time to wander around the grounds as it is a beautiful, relaxing space and you feel far away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
If you find yourself in Bangkok on a weekend, there is one place you must head to and that is the Chatuchak Weekend Market. This market is absolutely massive with over 8,000 stalls selling everything possibly imaginable. Whatever you are looking for, chances are you will find it here. Plan on spending at least a few hours here and don’t forget to try the delicious food on offer from the various stalls!
Bangkok’s Chinatown is an assault on the senses. It is one of the older areas of Bangkok and definitely less touristy than other popular neighborhoods. The main thoroughfare through the area is Yaowarat Road, which is packed with food stalls, Chinese pharmacies, and gold shops. The side streets are filled with market vendors as well. It is interesting to walk through the area and watch the city life all around you. It is also worth visiting if you are hungry as it is famous for street food as well as authentic Chinese restaurants!
Once the sun went down, we headed to Asiatique directly on the river. Asiatique is a repurposed former river port that is now a large market and entertainment area. You can come here to browse the market stalls and find souvenirs or relax in one of the many restaurants and bars with outdoor seating directly on the river. It is a sprawling complex with truly something for everyone and the views can’t be beat. Make sure to head there in the evening, as it doesn’t open until 5 PM.