We spent four days wandering through the massive metropolis that is Bangkok, soaking up everything the city had to offer. Our first stop was the Grand Palace. The Grand Palace is an architectural masterpiece, with beautiful mosaic patterns, statues, and stupas everywhere you look. There’s quite a lengthy history to this massive national attraction, so if you care to read about that, click the link and wikipedia can tell you about it way more accurately than I can.
The next day we went on a Klong Boat Tour, which took us through the different canals of the city. Sweeping views of the city, fish sightings, and the spray of the cool water in the hot hot weather made this one of my favorite things we did in BKK. I definitely recommend a river tour for anyone coming to the city. A lady will even canoe up to your boat and sell you a cold Singha, the perfect beverage for rolling on the river.
For dinner we went to a four star restaurant in Sathorn District called the Blue Elephant. The Blue Elephant offers cooking courses, but after a full day of adventure in the sun, we were much more interested in having the chefs delight us with their culinary skills, instead of trying our hand at it. Although there are certainly cheaper restaurants in BKK, if you’re looking for top of the line Thai food, a hot towel, and complimentary drinks from the kitchen, then this is the spot. Be sure to make a reservation, and dress appropriately.
To conclude the night, we ascended to the 64th floor of the Banyan Tree hotel, where they have a rooftop bar that overlooks all of BKK. The views are phenomenal, and the vibe is classy and tasteful. The prices are as high as the building itself however, so I would recommend sipping drinks, unless you want to break into the retirement fund.
Our first four days in Bangkok was a wonderful introduction to Thailand. From Bangkok we headed to the beach town of Hua Hin to start our TESOL Course with XploreAsia. Stay tuned for more awesome international adventuring.