72 Hours in Bangkok

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I only spent about 3 days in Bangkok before heading off to Bali. I spent way too much time shopping because the malls in Bangkok are insane. An extra day would have been ideal to do more sightseeing but overall I still had a great time in Bangkok.

Sights

Wat Pho
It is also known as the temple of the Reclining Buddha. It is a Buddhist Temple located in the Phra Nakon district. It is also thought to be the birthplace of traditional Thai Massage. It’s located near the Grand Palace.

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Shopping

Chatuchak Weekend Market
Where do I even begin. This market is massive and you could spend days going through the entire market. Everything you can imagine is sold here. If shopping isn’t your thing, you can also just come to eat at one of the many stalls that offer traditional street food. I bought a tank top for a few dollars. I went on a Sunday and it was extremely crowded. I would recommend it just to see what it’s like but if you don’t like crowds, you might find yourself feeling overwhelmed.

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Khao San Road
Tourist central which includes countless bars, restaurants, shops, clubs, and massage parlors can be found here. There are also hostels and hotels on Khao San Road. This is where you go if you want to go out and experience the Bangkok nightlife. There are also many places where you can try street food which can be anything from Pad Thai to fried bananas. My personal favorite was the coconut ice cream. Some girls from my hostel invited me out for a night out  and we had a nice time. We were seated near some ladyboys who provided free endless entertainment.  A ladyboy is a male who dresses as and carries out the identity of a woman. Check out the video!

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Sky Bar at the Lebua Hotel
I had an app which ranked the best bars in Bangkok and Skybar was on the list so I knew I had to go check it out. Skybar is a rooftop bar / restaurant on the 64th floor. My new friend Genie and I had dinner at a restaurant near our hostel and then headed to Skybar. We took the elevator all the way to the 64th floor and were told that I was fine but Genie couldn’t enter because she had on flip flops. Luckily the hotel was down the street from our hostel so it was a quick fix. We finally made it back without incident. Most people were definitely dressed up. The view was absolutely breathtaking from ever angle. The drinks were definitely overpriced at about 22$ so I had one drink which I nursed all night.

Hostel Recommendation

Lub D Bangkok- located in the Silom area. Many restaurants, markets, hotels, and shops nearby. The hostel was very clean and the staff were very friendly. There are computers available for use as well as laundry facilities. There is also a bar where you can buy small snacks. There is a lounge on the first floor where you can meet other travelers. Bathrooms are shared but not co-ed.

Price $14 bed- 6 Female Dorm

Recap

Although my time in Bangkok was brief, I had a great time. I met two amazing girls at my hostel. I learned that solo trips are the best. I found Thai people to be very friendly and welcoming. There is a great public transportation system that is very easy to use. I would like to go back to Thailand to see what else it has to offer and to resume my love affair with Bangkok.

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