November 2, 2012

Bangkok - Thailand

Hi lovelies after spending 10 amazing days in Thailand I am back home.

My husband and I spent 3 nights in Bangkok, 6 nights in Koh Samui and 1 additional day at Bangkok airport hotel thanks to a bad case of suspected food poisoning.

Having never been to Asia I wasn't too sure what to expect,  prior to the trip images of the Hangover 2  would often come too mind. We purchased a package from deals.com.au so we didn't have a choice when it came to selecting the hotel. In Bangkok we stayed at the new Sofitel So near Lumpini park.

The Sofitel So was fantastic, the hotel design was magnificant with different 'element' themes spread over the floors. I loved the staff uniforms designed by Monsieur Christian Lacroix, the Red Oven where breakfast was served was delicious, the rooftop bar had great cocktails and an amazing view, the pool area was great and the staff were extremely friendly, they even picked us up from the airport in a BMW with gourmet chocolates, iced tea and water to enjoy.

Sofitel So pool
Red Oven

 Below are some places we visited and some tips if you are planning on visiting Bangkok:

At the temple of the Emerald Buddha
  • Chatuchak Markets - A weekend market which is one of the largest markets in the world, you can find almost anything here from pets to massages, clothes to food, bags to mobile phone covers, craft items to baskets the list goes on. We arrived early in the morning before it got too busy and too hot. We spent at least 3 hours purchasing many items as well as enjoying a 30min foot massage which cost approximately 150baht ($5AUD).
  • MBK shopping centre - A large shopping centre which sells affordable clothes, luggage, bags,jewellery, suits and food. We purchased several suits from one of the many tailors in MBK, I also treated my finger and toe nails to a french manicure which was extremely cheap.
  • Cabbages and Condoms - A restaurant which promotes and provides an understanding on the use of condoms. The restaurant is quite quirky with various displays made from condoms, family planning information and some funny safe sex posters. The food was great and relatively cheap.
  • Temple of Emerald Buddha - Located within the grand palace grounds is an amazing temple, our taxi driver dropped us off on the side of the grounds where we were greeted by a number of people telling us the temple was closed, this is a scam it is open you just have to find the right enterance which isn't too hard if you follow the crowd. You will need to cover up, if you are not wearing suitable clothing i.e. short shorts or singlet tops you can hire some clothes outside the gates. We were approached by a man who offered to taking us on a tour around the grounds he didn't charge much and was very friendly and knowledgeable.
  • Siam Paragon - Another shopping centre, here you will find many designer stores such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Rolex etc, there is also Zara, Gap and Coach which are a little more affordable.
  • Tuk Tuk/Taxis - When it came to transportation we opted for taxis over the skytrain, taxi's are relatively cheap, a 15 min trip if the meter is on will cost approximately 150baht, you can either negotiate a price or ask the driver to use the meter. Tuk Tuk's are more expensive, however it is worth trying a Tuk Tuk at least once, they are slower than taxi's so you may not want to travel too far in a Tuk Tuk.
  • Lumpini Park - A beautiful green park, we didn't have time to go to the park but could see it from our hotel room, you can hire bikes and ride around the park. We constantly saw people running around the park and doing tai chi in the morning.
  • Money exchange - You shouldn't have any problems finding a place to exchange money, they seemed to be everywhere, we found the rate at the airport wasn't as great as the rate on the street.
Cabbages and Condoms
At the temple of the Emerald Buddha