I fell in love with Bangkok the moment I arrived. I truly could see myself living here. Especially after travelling through India for 5 weeks – Bangkok appeared super clean, super quiet (just gives you an idea of the sensory overload in India) and super organised.
We stayed for 10 days and discovered some pretty cool things to do:
1. Walk Bangkok at Night
I love to walk around in cities, as opposed to using Public Transport. During our week in Bangkok, we walked for an average of 3-6 hours every day and as a result discovered all the below recommendations. One night, I wasn’t tired and I decided at 11pm to wander around. Having just arrived from India, I noticed one thing: I FELT SAFE.
At no point, did I feel uncomfortable walking around – even at night (I do, however, always carry my safety whistle – just in case). Whilst wandering around in the dark, I walked past some incredible live music, got to see how locals interact with each other, bought unusual things in supermarkets (at midnight) and got a pretty cool first impression of the city. And I got to do some night photography. Big LIKE!
2. Eat a Scorpio in Khao San Road
Ok. Khao San Road is crazy. It reminds me of Mallorca, Ibiza and Kuta Beach: young backpackers getting drunk and partying to LOUD music. If that is what you fancy, GO for it. But, I discovered Khao San Road is much more than that: You can buy some pretty cool accessories, clothes, sunglasses for cheap (don’t expect any real brands here…) and eat some delicious food for little money.
AND…you can try bugs and other crawly disgusting crunchy things, such as scorpios and tarantulas (ewww!). Hey, you only live once. Might as well make it totally out-of-the-ordinary, right?
3. Join a free Exercising Class
One day we wandered to Lumphini park and were drawn by the loud music blaring out of a few speakers dotted around. As we approached this part of the park, hundreds of people assembled and started doing Aerobics. How cool is that? We stood there watching them and even tried to follow some moves. I love how these classes are for free – everyday at 6.30am and at 5.20pm.
Just head to the ‘Smiling Pagoda’ near the kid’s playground – you will hear the loud music in advance of the start. It’s a fun way to get to know locals and to shed some weight from all the yummy street food you indulged in. Classes are in Thai – but really easy to follow. Plus, you get to listen to some really old tunes which will make you laugh, such as ‘I’m a Barbie girl!’.
4. Visit a Cat Cafe
Well, I LOVE cats. And camels (as I discovered in India). But that is besides the point. Anyways, Purr Cat Cafe not only offers you hours of cuteness overload with the many adorable feline sweethearts wandering around in their gigantic puddy cat playground purposely built for them, no – they also have some unbelievably tasty cakes and drinks on offer.
Bring some toys to play with the cats – if you want to treat them! The place also sells cute cat-themed merchandise in their shop – if you really want to overdose on some feline love. I was impressed about the beautiful design of the place and their attention to detail: even their water bottles are branded with their hand-painted purr cat cafe sketched branding. Check it out, here, for instructions on how to get there.
5. Go to a Ladyboy-only Club
We literally stumbled into this road and thought “you know what…let’s go check this out”. We were curious. And a little tipsy as we had celebrated Ben’s Birthday that night. However, we were not disappointed! The Ladyboys are gorgeous! They are also really really friendly and always up for a chat (it helps to slide a banknote into their slips to get their attention) and happy to answer any questions you may have about how they manage to make themselves look so unbelievably gorgeous!
I promise you: you will have a blast. How about taking yourself out of your comfort zone? In fact, I think, if you are curious about strip clubs in Thailand, don’t bother going to any other. I thought this place had class – whereas the other establishments were trashy and just too over the top for us. The one we visited, is situated here.
6. Eat an Octopus on a stick at Soi 38
OMG. I can’t even begin to tell you how good the food is at Sukhumvit Soi 38. Try the Duck-Noodle soup and for dessert, the Mango with Sticky Rice. TO DIE FOR! I only spotted a few tourists in this street, making the experience even more Thai! Oh, and also try the cheap meat/fish-on-a-stick, sold at the stand right when you walk into Soi 38!
Fancy trying an octopus tentacle on a stick while wandering around the streets of Bangkok? Bet it’s not something you would do back at home, right? Prices: Roughly 50 – 120 Baht for a meal. Not only delicious – but also very cheap. Take the Sky train to Thong Lo to get there.
7. Go to Apoteka for Burgers & Blues
A bit more of an upmarket place (a beer is roughly 150 Baht) but worth it! The Burgers are so good! Try the pulled pork or the angus beef option. I also indulged in a Amaretto Cocktail. There are two Blues bands playing every evening and they are incredible! We sat there for hours listening to B.B King and Eric Clapton classics.
What a good way to spend an evening! Honestly, even if you are not into Blues, you will definitely enjoy the outstanding vocals from these guys. They are situated here.
8. Buy random things in a supermarket
I love getting lost in supermarkets and look at the many products which are foreign to me. This has developed into some kind of personal to-do whenever I am in a new country. In Bangkok, I discovered collagen and sleep shot drinks (which I tried both) and dried Seaweed (delicious! especially the Korean BBQ flavour). There are so many cool things to try. Just go for it! Embrace the unknown.
What’s the worst that could happen, right?
9. Try Bubble Tea
I’m obsessed with Bubble Tea! I’ve had one every single day during my time in Bangkok. You will see them dotted all over Bangkok – it is hard to miss. My favourite: Taro with Bubble. I also tried Green tea lychee, Milk tea and Jasmine Green tea. You can also choose different ‘bubbles’ such as Aloe Vera, Pudding (yummy!), Collagen (to make it a beauty drink).
Make sure to tell them when you order if you DON’T want any sugar. Thai people love sugar in their drinks and food – if you don’t say anything, they will add at least 1 heaped spoon of sugar into your healthy Bubble Tea.
10. Stay in a serviced Apartment
We treated ourselves to two nights in a serviced apartment. Why? Because, we missed having a kitchen to cook in, a comfortable bed to sleep in, a lounge with a sofa, a balcony, a washing machine – you name it. Plus, cooking for yourself occasionally, means you save loads of money, especially in a city like Bangkok which is not cheap.
The feeling of coming home to something that remotely reminds you of home, is priceless. It’s worth it and I will do this again and again in future. I highly recommend this place which also has a rooftop pool and a gym. And their beds are the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in!