Bangkok

‘F#$k it, Bangkok has you!’

 

Bangkok is a must visit city. Loud, crowded and exciting. It is exactly like a Thai curry, a bit of sweet, salty, sour and spicy. It is a nine-hour flight from Sydney, now serviced 4 times daily.

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Australia has a visa on arrival arrangement with Thailand and this process is completed swiftly at immigration – no forms or payment required. The airport, at 01:00 is about a 30-40 minute taxi ride from the airport. I would suggest arranging a transfer to prevent harassment from the local taxi drivers.

We have stayed at two hotels over the years. Banyan Tree and W Hotel. The Banyan Tree, book here, is a lovely hotel, excellent service and a well equipped business lounge. The W Hotel, book here, is a bit newer, louder and has a nice pool, exciting rooms and an excellent breakfast.

 

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Good Food is located a short walk from each hotel at Baan Khanitha Restaurant and Gallery.

A number of sites should be visited whilst in Bangkok. The temples and Palace are perhaps best visited on a day long tour and they included the Wat Phra Knew (Emerald Buddha), Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha) and Wat Arun amongst others. The following site is an excellent resource and I have included the map below.

Jim Thompson, the individual responsible for reviving the world-famous Thai silk has a house which is worth a visit. It is a quiet sanctuary not far from the large shopping precinct of MBK, Silom Centre and more. The other place which is on the ‘must do’ list is the weekend markets at Chatuchak – the worlds largest market covering 27 acres. Everything you could possible want is to be found here but it is only open on weekends.

 

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