Sail Chao Phraya River
Chao Phraya River is a great wait to get from A to B and still be able to soak up the sights that Bangkok has to offer.We found taking the Express Boat to be the cheapest way to travel up and down the river; make sure to get on one that the locals use (they may be more rickety, but that adds to the atmosphere)! Depending on when you are travelling and where you are travelling to tickets cost between 8-31 baht; this is an incredibly cheap way to enjoy a sail down Chao Phraya. However, if you want a more luxurious experience then there are different tour operators offering a variety of river cruises. Each one will vary, but most are extremely well priced and although they are a lot more expensive that the Express Boat, many cruises will include dinner. Chao Phraya allows for great views, as many temples are situated along the river bank; Wat Arun is one of these temples and has an amazing structure.
The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is a beautiful building and there is so much to see within the Palace complex. Before you enter the complex you will need to make sure that you are wearing the appropriate attire; shoulders, midriffs and legs must be covered. The good news is that you can borrow clothes from the Palace if you do not have suitable clothing on, which means that you don’t have to worry about being covered up the entire day. The Grand Palace is the official residence of the King and his family, which means that it is exceptionally well kept and a real pleasure to walk around the grounds, taking in all the fantastic architecture and vibrant colours.
This is one of the largest temples in Bangkok, so be sure to set aside enough time to explore thoroughly; it is also one of the oldest temples, so it holds a lot of history. We were not required to cover our legs in Wat Pho until we entered the Temple of The Reclining Buddha, where I had to put on a robe. This temple holds the city’s largest reclining Buddha and also the largest selection of Buddha pictures in Thailand. Again there are amazing structures to be seen here, as well as wonderful colours. Although temples in Bangkok are popular tourist attractions it’s important to remember that they are a place of worship, so always be respectful when you are exploring.
As I stated earlier, Wat Arun is an incredible temple to see as it has a fantastic design. This was possibly my favourite temple because you can climb to the top and take in the fantastic views of the city. The steps are located on the outside of the temple and are extremely steep, but if you can brave the climb then the views are definitely worth it! From the top you can see both the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. One of the other things that I loved about Wat Arun is the intricate detail that has been put into the architecture. Again, you need to cover up when entering the temple but there are clothes to borrow at the entrance.
Silom Thai Cooking School
Silom Thai Cooking School was definitely a highlight of our time in Bangkok. After we initially booked the wrong date and realised that the date we wanted was full, we contacted the school and they offered to open up especially for us that evening! Your teacher will meet you and walk you to the school where he will talk you through the ingredients and preparation before you begin to cook your own Thai food. You will make around 5 different dishes and each one is as delicious as the last; it is excellent value for money. My personal favourites were the Tom Yum Goong and the Pad Thai. The staff are extremely skilled and passionate about Thai food, it’s a pleasure to watch. From start to finish Silom Thai Cooking School, and our teacher Jay, went over and above our expectations!
Tuk Tuk Ride
The number one rule when taking a tuk tuk ride is to always agree on a price before the journey begins. Because many tourists take tuk tuk rides, drivers will try and make as much money as possible by bumping up the price. Walking is my favourite way to explore a city as I feel that you get the chance to see more, but I knew that I needed to have the tuk tuk experience before I left Bangkok. The driving in Bangkok is a bit crazy anyway, so it is a lot worse in a small tuk tuk! It was a lot of fun travelling in this small vehicle but only for a short time, I definitely wouldn’t recommend taking a long journey in one.
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