3 Days In Bangkok
Check out my video mashup of our trip to Bangkok on my YouTube Channel HERE!
Exact Location: Ari Neighborhood
Accommodations: The Yard Hostel
Kyle and I were extremely overwhelmed after arriving in Bangkok so The Yard Hostel was the perfect place to stay. Off the beaten path in the Ari Neighborhood, The Yard is walking distance to lots of cool places to eat and shop. Street food was everywhere but being our first city in Thailand we stuck to what we knew wouldn’t give us any trouble.
When we arrived at The Yard, we immediately went to our room titled “The Grandfather” and passed out from the long day of travel. When we woke up it was 8:30pm and we were starving! What we didn’t realize is on Monday nights everything closes at 9pm. Luckily, we stumbled on the one restaurant that was open until 10pm and we jumped on it.
Butcher Beef & Beer was a very trendy looking spot where you cook your own meat on a grill in the center of your table. It was delicious and the people working were so sweet. I highly recommend the Thai Marinated Pork. Incredible.
Day 2 was insane. Temples and Madness.
We started our day with a coffee from Coffee No.9 which was like striking gold after trying the horrible airplane coffee. Never again. Airplane coffee tastes like if plastic and gasoline had a strange love child. Enough of my rant. This coffee was FANTASTIC. I had to try “Thai Style” which was sweetened with Condensed Milk and happines and Kyle had a regular Iced Latte.
Then, we were off to The Grand Palace. I have never seen a place so crowded in my life but it also may have been the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.
TEMPLE VISITING 101
Men should wear a nice shirt and long shorts or pants. Women must cover their shoulders and knees. They usually have something for you to drape over your shoulders as you enter the temple if you forget. You will not be let in to see Buddha if you are not dressed properly.
DO NOT TOUCH. I can’t tell you how many tourists I saw touching things that would be clearly marked Do Not Touch. This is still a place of worship and it should be treated with respect.
Wear shoes you can easily slip on and off. You will have to take your shoes off to enter the temples.
It doesn’t hurt to grab a tour guide! They are walking around everywhere and will probably spot you before you even know what to do with your life. It does cost you but we had a lovely English speaking woman give us a great private tour. We would have been overwhelmed otherwise.
Be wary of scams. If someone tells you the temple is closed but they will take you to another one….DO NOT GO WITH THEM. We were approached 2-3 times and lucky for us a security guard flagged us down and helped us find our way.
After our tour, our guide brought us to a friend who does a boat tour to the other temples. What we didn’t know is we were in for a wild ride. Sooner than you could say Singha Beer we were being pulled through a crowd of thousands of people to the front of the line for the boats. STRESS. We didn’t know what was happening.
The guy had me by the wrist swatting at groups of tourists to move out of the way. When we finally got to the front of the line we were told to sit on a bench. We waited for a few minutes, watching groups of 20-30 people get on their long boats. We kept asking if the next one was ours and finally he pointed to the right and said “That’s Your Boat”.
We were then given a PRIVATE BOAT TOUR of the river and were dropped off at the next temple. Did we have a moment of “and this is where we die”…absolutely, but once that thought left our heads, it was a really cool moment that we will remember forever. We of course fell for the tourist trap of the boat stops here and it’s 10THB to feed the fish and here buy a souvenir off this ladies floating shop…but it was a freaking blast.
Wat Pho, The Temple of the Reclining Buddha was absolutely stunning and far less busy than The Grand Palace. We had a great time wandering around and seeing all the breathtakingly beautiful architecture.
After a long day at the temples, we were starving. Lucky for us….I had something up my sleeve. A longtime friend of my dad was in town at the same time I was and she happens to be an incredible chef and her family is also from Thailand.
Chef Uno Immanivong, owner of hit Dallas restaurant Chino Chinatown and her new spot at Legacy Hall Red Stix, is one of the coolest chicks around. She didn’t hesitate to meet us for a bite and show us the ropes! Uno brought along her sister Liz and they both have been dying to try food from this street vendor by their hotel. Once we sat down and ordered Nam (Water), they went to town on the menu and started ordering everything extremely fast and in Thai. Kyle and I were sitting there wondering “WHAT THE HECK ARE WE ABOUT TO EAT?”
They ordered 2 orders of Som Tum (Green Papaya Salad), Laab Moo, Chicken Thighs, Pad Thai (not pictured), and Sticky Rice! It was incredible. The Som Tum and Laab were my favorites. We also learned the locals eat Sticky Rice with their fingers, you dip it in just about anything, and “Mai Ped” (Less Spicy) would become our new favorite phrase.
We spent most of our time in Bangkok wandering around the Ari Neighborhood and it was a great spot for foodie moments, but our #1 favorite had been right at our home base the whole time. Literally, connected to our hostel. They also have another location in a plaza down the road.
Paper Butter & The Burger was nothing short of outstanding.
Our hostel told us that most Westerners say they have the best burger they’ve ever had. I had to say…..I agree wholeheartedly. The Chiang Mai Spicy Burger is a MUST TRY. I dreamed about it the rest of our trip. It’s a pork burger with Thai chili’s served on a Charcoal Bun with caramelized onions, cheese, & lettuce.
We spent our last night listening to the rain from our hostel trying to figure out how to get to the bus station and take a van to our next city in the morning. It was crazy to think our adventure was only just beginning.
Up next, Kanchanaburi.
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