My experience in Bangkok was crazy wonderful. I was only there for two short days with my friend but we ended up having a really great time. When we first arrived, we realized we had accidentally booked a pretty sketchy hotel, and ended up going to a different place. The place we went to also turned out to be pretty unsettling, so we ended up a third place called Pridi Hostel. In this article, I’ll fill you in on why I loved Pridi Hostel, and most importantly, how you can make the most of 2 days in Bangkok.
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After all our trouble with hotels and hostels, we were fortunate enough to find Pridi. Pridi Hostel was amazing. The staff were super friendly and helpful and the rooms and bathrooms were gorgeous. It ended up being cheaper than the sketchy place we stayed in the first night too. I would definitely recommend staying at Pridi Hostel while you are in Bangkok, as long as you’re someone who enjoys hostels. If not, I would suggest you check out this web page to find a hotel that better suits your tastes.
Before we jump into all the wonderful things you should do and see in Bangkok, please keep in mind that traffic is absolutely insane. You need to be extremely cautious when crossing the road, and if you’re going to take a motorcycle taxi, make sure you ask for and wear a helmet. My friend Carley unfortunately got into a car accident during our stay in Bangkok while she was on a motorcycle taxi. Luckily she was okay and just twisted her ankle, but it could have been a lot worse, so please stay safe. I would recommend taking tuk tuks over motorcycle taxis if you can. Bangkok also has a sky train as well. Make sure you check out this article from Culture Trip that has key tips for navigating Bangkok’s transportation system.
The number one thing you MUST do in Bangkok, in my humble opinion, is to visit the magnificent King’s Palace. For some reason I thought it would be this one big and beautiful building but I was wrong. It was dozens of huge and gorgeous buildings all glittering with gold and colorful flowers and statues. Everything was so extremely detailed and painted so ornately that it was a bit overwhelming. It was also super crowded there as it has become a massive tourist attraction. The thing with tourist attractions like the King’s Palace is that even though it’s so crowded it’s still definitely worth seeing.
Unfortunately, we ended up needing to catch a train and couldn’t make it to one of Bangkok’s floating markets. Don’t make the mistake we did! Make sure you check out one of the many beautiful floating markets Bangkok has to offer. You can read this article on 12 of Bangkok’s Floating Markets so you can find the one that’s closest to where you are staying.
Since I wrote this post way back in 2014, I honestly don’t remember which roof top bar we ended up at, only that we ended up at one at some point. There are tons of rooftop bars to choose from in Bangkok, and I would highly recommend checking one of them out because the views are simply breathtaking. The Sala Rattanakosin rooftop bar features a view of the beautiful Wat Arun, which is also worth a visit if you have the time.
In the evening we met up with a friend who is a lawyer in Bangkok. He took us out to a beautiful Thai restaurant called Monsoon. I don’t remember what all the foods we ate were called but we had a salmon curry that was delicious and some other Thai noodle dishes and salads that were terrific as well. Monsoon ended up being one of my absolute favorite restaurants we visited in all of Thailand!
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You will most likely need to take a water taxi in order to get to one of your many destinations within the sprawling city. We ended up taking a water taxi on the beautiful Chao Phraya River in order to get to and from the King’s Palace.
Before coming to Thailand, I think I had only been to one Hard Rock Cafe in my entire life. I really enjoyed Bangkok’s Hard Rock Cafe and would recommend visiting in the evening. Of course, you can also try Thai beers at restaurants or other bars. Some other bars in Bangkok you should check out are listed in this article.
April is the founder and main author for Just Leaving Footprints. She has written for numerous blogs and publications such as Explore Magazine and Snow Pak. April loves writing about sustainable tourism, and promoting other sustainable travelers on her Facebook Group and Instagram Community, Ladies for Sustainable Travel. Currently, April is living and teaching English in Mexico City with her husband Arturo and they don’t plan on stopping their travels anytime soon.
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