I know… this is long overdue. I was supposed to post this last year since I went there almost a year ago. But as what they say, better late than never.
So I was able to visit Thailand thrice (twice last 2014 and last year summer), and I think the most exciting trip was the time when we celebrated Songkran.
From Wikipedia: The Songkran festival (Thai: สงกรานต์, pronounced [sǒŋ.krāːn], listen) is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year’s Day from 13 to 15 April. The word “Songkran” comes from the Sanskrit word saṃkrānti (Devanāgarī: संक्रांति), literally “astrological passage”, meaning transformation or change. It coincides with the rising of Aries on the astrological chart, the New Year of many calendars of South and Southeast Asia. The festive occasion is in keeping with the Buddhist/Hindu solar calendar.
Songkran is like a typical water festival (like in PH) but on a wider scale. Wider, meaning the entire country! We spent 2 days soaked in water and thankfully I never got sick.
Check out my youtube video here!
Even without Songkran, you can see a lot of cool and interesting places even in Bangkok alone. And what’s best is that everything in Bangkok is CHEAP! With the exception of airline tickets, you can enjoy your stay in Bangkok without sacrificing a lot of money!
There are only 4 important things that you need to do when in Bangkok: Shop, Sight See, Eat and Drink (like alcohol.lol).
Shop: Head out to Siam Area and you’ll be drowned by their malls which are just close to each other: Siam Mall (3), MBK, The Palladium, Central World and Platinum Fashion Mall. Each mall caters to specific markets. Siam Paragon, Center and Discovery (which are connected to each other) are for the high end and middle class. Same goes with Central World. MBK offers a lot of great options for souvenirs. The Palladium and Platinum Malls are for those who want to score for great deals (but you have to be careful with imitations).
Another great option is to head out to Chatuchak where it becomes a shopper’s jungle at night!
Sight See: Basically, all temples look the same (for me). But if you want to do temple hopping, then your best option is to ride a boat and cruise along Chao Praya river. There are ferry stops at Wat Arun and Wat Po (both temples are just sitting across each other). You can also check out The Grand Palace which is located right beside Wat Pho.
Eat: Don’t eat at fancy restaurants. Eat like a local! Basically you can find a lot of street side eats anywhere. But if you want the total Thai food experience, then check out these two options: Chatuchak and Ramkamhaeng Park. Both are night markets serving wide array of Thai food choices.
Drink: Khao San is your best option! Just go there, drink and be merry khap!
Where to stay: For our first 2 trips, we stayed at a friends’ place. Although we also tried staying at Hua Lamphong Hostel. Cheap and clean hostel with all the basic things you required from a hotel. Located right beside Hua Lamphong Subway station. Just a feedback though, their elevator is a bit slow so you have to be extra patient with it.