What do you do if you only have two days in Bangkok?
YSJ –> YYZ: 2 Hours
YYZ –> PEK: 13 Hours
PEK –> BKK: 4 Hours
Time Change: 11 Hours
And so worth it! Especially since I had slept 10 hours on the second haul…
After a 45 minute cab ride and some twisting and turning down little side streets, we found our hostel, and it was time to get some sleep.
Woke up nice and early for a free breakfast, which was delicious! The orange juice was smooth and sweet, and the fruit was freshly cut.
We wandered around to find our way back through the side roads, through little restaurants and markets, and finally emerged out onto a main road, where we hailed a cab.
I had read about a many different floating markets we could visit, some sounded quite touristy, and others were quite far away, so we decided on Talin Chan, which was only about 10km away.
Once we pulled up we noticed there was actually a very large local market we could walk through before getting to the floating market, which was an added bonus! The smell of spices filled the air as we walked through the main entrance.
After slowly sauntering towards the other side, we found tons of boats lined up cooking incredible food!
After exploring, grabbing some snacks, and taking some photos, it was time to head to our next destination.
Grand Palace & Wat Pho
There was no doubt in our mind that we were in the right place. High white walls surround the entire palace, officers stand guard on all sides, and a huge crowd funneled at the main entrance.
As most know, you can’t visit a temple with your knees or shoulders exposed, so I was wearing a long skirt and had a scarf to place around my shoulders, and Nick had long shorts and a t-shirt on. Despite this, we were denied more than once…
Attempt Number 1: Nick’s knees were exposed, so we had go to purchase pants.
Attempt Number 2: My scarf covering my shoulders was not acceptable, off to buy a shirt.
Attempt Number 3: Success!
The funny thing is that all the vendors nearby sell elephant pants and shirts, so EVERYONE inside the palace was decked out in elephant clothing – I have to say it was one of my favorite parts.
As soon as we got in, we were amazed by the detail and time it must have taken to build such a temple consisting of not only one masterpiece, but many.
End of Day 1 – We grabbed some ice cream and headed to find some supper, still jet lagged, it was time to get some rest!
4 a.m = RISE AND SHINE!! – Not actually, but it was difficult to sleep still being on Atlantic Canada time so I was wide awake, but I tried to force myself to go back to sleep for a bit.
Today we really wanted to get lost! The perfect place to get lost in Bangkok is in the small side streets of China Town.
China town was amazing, there was lots to see and buy! We also took our first tuktuk here. I highly recommend it if you want to stay around town.
Oh, and I almost forgot – on our way over, we accidentally stumbled through the amulet market, which a was pretty cool mistake!
We were very satisfied with our two days, especially with the tiredness we weer experiencing mid-afternoon.
Our flight out to Phuket was at 7 p.m., so unfortunately, we had to head to the airport!
For Next Time:
We agreed that if we had more time we would have likely ventured outside the main city. If we had one more evening, we would have gone to check out the sky-bar.