Wow! These past three weeks have flown by as I have been traveling around the amazing Southeast Asia. This experience has been beyond incredible and I am so excited to share some of the highlights with you on the blog! While traveling, I went to Bangkok, Thailand; Chang Mai, Thailand; Luang Prabang, Laos; Siem Reap, Cambodia; Halong, Vietnam; and finally, Ha Noi, Vietnam. I loved visiting each country as they were all similar, but they all had their own unique and special aspects to make them different! To share all about my trip, I will be writing a Southeast Asian Series about all my favorite things we did, ate, and stayed!
Today I am sharing the first city we flew into, Bangkok. Bangkok was so much fun to see as it is the largest city in all of Thailand. Here you can really see what the city life in Southeast Asia is all about as you drive through the busy streets with markets, people on scooters, dogs, and all sorts of fun sights to see!
Massages: On the first night after a very long flight from LAX, my group and I were so tired so a nice massage really hit the spot. All over Southeast Asia, you can find massages and spas almost anywhere. They are amazingly affordable, refreshing, and relaxing. This massage in particular felt so good after sitting for hours as I really felt they “stretched you out” more than your typical massage.
James Fashion: Thailand is known for their tailors. This was one activity the whole group loved as we brought photos of some our favorite pieces from magazines and had them personally made! I had a beautiful dress made that I cannot wait to share on the blog! Many other girls had beautiful coats, rompers, skirts, and shirts made; and even the guys had suits made!
Asiatique Sky: The London Eye of Bangkok! Go on this large ferris wheel for a breathtaking view of the city and river while shopping around the night market, grabbing dinner, and make sure not to miss the ice cream! This market is full of amazing ice cream shops everywhere!
MBK Mall: This unique experience is definitely one of a kind. This mall has 8 floors of over 2,000 shops where you can buy anything from clothes, accessories, handbags, jewelry, shoes, technology, furniture, for very cheap prices. Here you never know what you might find. Be prepared to bargain, some can get the price down up to 40%!
Siam Discovery Mall: In this upscale shopping mall you are sure to find a wide variety of furniture, fashion, and technology all organized by floor for a truly unique shopping experience!
Siam Center: This area is great to check out for some trendy, chic stores from both America and Thailand! Get some one of a kind Thai pieces people in America will totally envy along with Thailand’s largest Forever 21, Steve Madden, Nike, and Haviannas
Sia Paragon: Here you can find you upscale luxury brands including Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs, Rolex, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, YSL, Prada, and so many more along with Zara, Gap, H&M, and even restaurants, a movie theater, and so much more!
Mambo Cabaret Show: For a true sight to see, check out the “Lady Boys” show as these dancers preform to hit songs from all over the world! This show truly gives you a sense of their culture for a very reasonable price and ensured entertainment.
Wat Arun/Temple of The Dawn: This breathtaking historical sight is a must-see while in Bangkok. The amazing architecture, art, and beauty will amaze you as well as being a great place to take photos and get some locally made souvenirs. This temple is arguably one of the most stunning in all of Bangkok and is situated perfectly on the river.
Canal Tour: Take a tour down the canal and see the history of the beginning of Bangkok. Down the Chao Phraya River you will see amazing culture and riverside homes to really give you a sense of the town.
Grand Palace & Temple of The Emerald Buddha: A very popular destination for tourists in the heart of Bangkok, you will see many beautifully built buildings with several different architectural styles. This temple is known as the most beautiful and important Buddhist temple in all of Thailand.
The Reclining Buddha: Another amazing tourist sight to see!
Chatuchak Market Shopping: One of the largest markets in the world, the Chatuchak Market is opened in Bangkok every Saturday and Sunday. Divided into 27 sections separated by categories, there’s about nothing you can’t find here!
Muay Thai Fight: This is a definite must see as 6 sets of Boxers compete in the televised Sunday boxing matches. I loved this experience as you really got to see a unique aspect of their culture and a unique style of fighting!
The Princess Terrace: This restaurant on the water has an amazing atmosphere with wifi, air conditioning, as well as great food and service. While here, my group and I ordered family style and enjoyed pad thai, fried rice, some fish, chicken, and even a little fruity desert! Here you can really experience what Thai cuisine is al about.
Stay & Relax:
Millenium Hilton Bangkok: This was a hotel I would definitely recommend and stay in again and again! The rooms were beautiful and very big, the workout room was quite impressive, and the food in the restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner was amazing! This hotel did a great job of providing a variety of local as well as western food options. Not to mention the infinity pool that will take your breathe away..unfortunately we did not have enough free time to utilize the beautiful pool but if you find yourself in Bangkok, I would highly recommend taking some time to check it out. Another great feature of this hotel was it was on the water, providing amazing views and amenities. Right out from the spa was a convenient dock where we were able to board Bangkok Boat tours as well as a cruise dinner one night!
Until next time…be on the lookout for more from my trip!
For more great tips and references of Bangkok..check out the Crazy Tourist here!
Have you ever been to Asia? Comment below and share your experiences! I’d love to hear.