Bangkok, Thailand is known as Land of Smiles because Thais are generally smiling a lot. Bangkok is also one of the great cities that have diverse range of culture, shopping and great food. The best part is that that there is always cheap air ticket available from time to time. All you need is to keep a lookout on any promotions and deals.I am sharing how I utilise my weekend trip to Bangkok, Thailand. I will either take flight from Singapore to Bangkok on Friday night after work or early flight on Saturday morning since I am trying to save leave. My friends will meet me at Bangkok straight as they are taking Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok flights.
How to Travel Around in Bangkok
The mode of transportation will be their tuk-tuk, metro train, taxi or uber. The traffic can be very bad most of the time. So, I would suggest taking public transport and saving some money for shopping instead.
Where to Stay in Bangkok
There are quite a list of hostel, boutique hotels and luxury hotels to explore. It is all depends on your budget. Find the accommodation place near to the places you want to venture to save time as weekend is precious. I stayed at Doubletree by Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok before and I love the location of the place because it is just a walking distance from EmQuartier Shopping Center, Terminal 21 Shopping mall.
Either you enjoy hotel’s complimentary breakfast or head down to the streets for their local breakfast. Alternatively, check out On Lok Yun for their traditional and classic breakfast. On Lok Yun is located within Chinatown area and it is quite a distance away from BTS Station. I would suggest taking a cab to the location.
On Lok Yun
Address: 72 Charoen Krung Road, Talat Noi, Samphanthawong
Opening Hours: Daily 5:30AM – 4:00PM
Head over to Pratunam famous chicken rice shop – Kaithong Pratunam Chicken Rice (Go-Ang Kaomunkai Pratunam) for a lunch break after shopping spree at Platinum mall. Their Hainanese-style chicken rice is known as Khao Mun Gai is local’s all-time favourite foods. This famous chicken rice shop can be easily spotted with staffs decked in pink T-shirt and their bright pink signage.
Go-Ang Kaomunkai Pratunam(水门海南鸡饭)
Phetchaburi Soi 30 ,
New Petchaburi Road
Opening Hours: 5:30AM – 3:00PM | 5:00PM – 2:00AM
Tea Break/ Café Visit
There are many interesting cafes in Bangkok and ever changing trending items. If you are a matcha lover just like me, I would recommend you to visit this hidden gem place called Peace Oriental Teahouse. It is few minutes walk away from Rocket Coffee Bar. You can hop two cafes at one area. The teahouse offers interesting matcha desserts and tea. There is an open counter where you can see the staff in action. The staffs here are well-equiped with art of tea and willing to share with customers.
和 ピース Peace – Oriental Teahouse
Address: 47 Sukhumvit 49
Monday- Friday 7:00AM – 9:00PM
Saturday- Sunday 10:00AM-9:00PM
Having street food for dinner would be a great idea to have a taste of Thailand. Their traditional Thai delicacies including Pad Thai is available everywhere. You also get to experience eating at the roadside stall watching the street vendor cooking them up in front of your eyes.
Night/ Weekend Market
Bangkok is also known for its Night Market. There is quite a list of Night Markets to explore in Bangkok. The famous ones including Artbox, Asiatique The Riverfront, Rod Fai (Train Market) at Ratchada location and many more. Each night market has its own uniqueness. For example, Asiatique The Riverfront located along the famed Chao Praya River has an awesome view where tourists and locals can catch the sunset. There are plenty of hipster restaurants and bars to check out.
Another must mention market is Chatuchak. This is a must-visit place for first time visitor to Bangkok. This is the most visited market in Bangkok. Chatuchak opens every Friday evening and weekend.
Apart from shopping spree, these are the places that I would recommend you guys to explore and try out. If shopping is not your thing, visit their Thai Temple of the Golden Buddha. Weekend is forever seems to be short but a short weekend escape away is pretty much fun. I would do it again if there are good flight deals.