Bangkok – the City of Angels. Bangkok has a reputation to be either loved or hated, many travellers hate it when they arrive, but once they’ve left and explored more of Thailand they appreciate its unique view. Duncan and I were happy we had only booked two days – but I’m sure we will appreciate it after a few more stops.
After a 14 hour flight Duncan and I arrived in Bangkok and decided to visit the famous Khao San Road. Unfortunately, it being 10am all other travellers were tucked up in bed so we were targeted by many many sales men. Not a great first impression. However once we managed to check in, shower, and rest, we popped back for some food and had a much better time!
Most of our time we spent was up and down Khao San Road – we were a bit scared of getting a Tuk Tuk anywhere! However, opposite Khao San Road is a beautiful street named Soi Ram Butri with wonderful fairy lights and more stalls and shops. Both Duncan and I had a number of massages – back and shoulder, foot and a traditional Thai massage – as they were only 150 baht (£3) for 30 mins. Traditional Thai massage are very different from any massage I’ve ever had before. They use their bodies to move yours, it hurts a bit, but wow it feels amazing. Anyone visiting Bangkok must have one.
On our last day in Bangkok we decided to risk it and get a Tuk Tuk to Wat Pho. Tuk Tuks are actually totally fine… well until they try to charging us nearly 3 times the cost for the journey back. Wat Pho is home to one of the many famous reclining Buddhas. The temple was very beautiful and we spent a few hours walking around the many buildings.
Overall Bangkok was definitely an experience.
After our brief stint in Bangkok we joined our hop-on and off tour group and started our journey to Chiang Mai. During this trip we stopped off in Ayutthaya to pop on a long-boat and visit some temples. We even saw three alligators during our trip along the river.
We had a wonderful tour by a local guide provided by ‘Stray‘. She told us about the temple previously being the King’s home and after his death it became a temple and took us to see a huge 19 meter high Buddha statue.
In the evening we boarded a sleeper train to Chiang Mai…. starting to feel like proper backpackers now.