Most of you who follow me on my social media platforms know that last summer I spent a couple of weeks travelling around Thailand. I can honestly say that it was one of the best experiences of my life, so much so that it has inspired me to write this blog. I was only in the country for 2 weeks and I was adamant to see as much as I could in that short space of time. I planned ahead in advance of my trip, decided on an itinerary, and booked all my internal flights and accommodation before I left. I know lots of people prefer not to be stuck to a schedule but I found it was the best option for me to ensure I got to visit as many places as possible!
This is the first of a three part blog post, starting with the city of Bangkok.
Where to stay
I stayed close to the famous Koh Saan road at The Suneta Hostel on my first night in Bangkok. The hostel was pretty basic but we were able to rent a private room with A/C and the staff were really helpful. On the very last night of our trip, before flying back to the UK, we stayed in Sukumvit at the Park Plaza hotel. This area of Bangkok is far more central with better transport links, restaurants, and things to do. Although I would recommend visiting Koh Saan road for the experience, there isn’t much to do apart from drinking and partying in the bars.
Where to eat
Sustaina is an organic restaurant which offers Japanese and thai inspired vegetarian and seafood dishes made from locally sourced ingredients Harmony Life Organic farm up in Pak Chong. The quality, taste and presentation of the dishes at Sustaina cannot be faulted but do expect to pay a little extra in comparison to surrounding restaurants in Bangkok. Before you leave, make sure to browse the farm shop downstairs!
Smith refers to an expert craftsman, and this restaurant reflects that theme in both their food and interior. The restaurant is located In a warehouse and decorated in an industrial ironsmith style, with lots of rough metal, dimmed lighting and waiters dressed in leather aprons. All their produce, meat and fish are humanely, organically and locally sourced whenever possible which was what initially drew me to this restaurant. I choose the Smoked Salmon with lime-crème fraiche froth, Mushrooms & summer Corn which lived up to its mouth-watering title!
What to do
Gramcery Park, Above Eleven
One of my most memorable experiences in Thailand was sipping a cocktail on a rooftop bar on the 34th floor of a sky-rise building in Bangkok. There’s a few of these roof-top bars but I visited Gramercy Park which takes its inspiration from a New York park of the same name . The bar has a chilled garden vibe and features lots of bright furniture and graffiti by local artists. However, nothing competes with the skyline views that you get from this place!
Bangkok has lots of different malls and shopping outlets which are all clustered together within a small area. It is easy to either walk, or take the sky train between them. There are lots to choose from suitable for every different budget from more expensive stores such as Chanel to more affordable stores like H&M. Terminal 21 was one of my favourites which we visited as each floor is designed as a city, one is London, another is Paris, Rome, Tokyo, Istanbul, San Fransisco and Hollywood. It also has an awesome food market on the lower ground floor where you can pick up really good quality meat and fresh produce. I had a salad made up here to take with me for the airport!
Stay tuned for part 2 and part 3 when I take you through a guide of Chiang Mai, Koh Tao, Koh Samui and Koh phagnan.