Updated: Nov 23, 2020
Bangkok is an incredible city, worth to be seen at least once in a lifetime. For many travelers, it represents the start of their SEA journey.
An amazing city, chaotic, full of dust, undefined smells, nationalities and, certainly controversial. This is a city that or either you love it, or you hate it, but for sure Bangkok will never leave you indifferent.
I landed in 1980 in Bangkok, and I stopped to eat ten times between the airport and the hotel. It was all lemongrass and ginger and chilies. - Jean Gorges
I landed in Bangkok on a very hot December afternoon, together with my 2 kids. Being tired from the long journey was certainly outclassed by the great emotion of finally being at the main entrance door of Asia.
We grabbed a taxi provided by our hotel in the city and there the journey started.
I loved every single meter to the hotel, seeing how the vibration of the city were surrounding us and anticipating new, exciting adventures.
Sleeping in Bangkok
I have done an accurate research before booking an hotel, since I was travelling with my 2 kids and in Bangkok I would have met my mother. So I could not book anything that could have been too "dirty", noisy or full of backpackers. I was searching for a good compromise between position, price and quality, and I found two great hotel that hosted us on our stay, for the firs 3 nights and for the last night on the way back of our Thailand journey.
Conveniently located in the hearth of the old city, this boutique hotel represent the perfect place to start your journey in Bangkok.
At a walking distance from the famous Kao San Road, the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and all the main historical sites in the old town of Bangkok. Definetly worthed.
The other hotel where I had the great ppleasure to sleep, was the Siam Champs Elyséesi: a stunning boutique hotel, also conveniently located in the Old City, with a great mix between the asian hospitality and french style.
The level of service and cure in the details of the hotels and rooms is simply superb.
What to do if you are visiting Bangkok for the first time
Plan your days, make an itinerary and get lost.
Bangkok has so much to offer that visiting all in a few days is practicaly impossible.
But you can always have at list a glimpse of this city, by visiting some of the most iconic places of Bangkok
8 Places that you cannot miss if you visit Bangkok
Wat Pho: this place is magical, and gave me some good and incredible vibration. Buddist themple, home of the majestic reclining Buddha statue. If you visit Bangkok, this temple canno be missed.
Wat Saket: known as well as The Golden Mountain, is an ancient temple in the heart of Bangkpk old city. Best time to visit is during sunset, when all the city is magically under your feet.
The Grand Palace: complex of buildings that has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam. At the time that I've visited was unfortunatlly incredible busy, impossible to admire all of its beauty but a must see for sure.
Khao San Road: chaotic and touristic, with all over street food, clubs and markets. Good option for a dinner if your hotel is in the area.
Chinatown: One of the largest in the world, is literally a city in the city. Here, besides all the street markets (som in very narrow roads), you can also admire the Golden Buddha in the Wat Traimit temple. I litterally loved it.
The Chao Praya river: It crosses the city of Bangkok, and with a ferry you can scroll around Bangkok and admire the city temples.
The Amulet Market: a little hidden treasure, small streets and lots of amulets and stories for those who loves a bit of mystic athmosphere.
The Flower Market: colorfull, happy place. A completly different market, nice to visit.