On our way to Koh Samui for our honeymoon, we stopped in Bangkok for a few days. I am so glad we did, because even just a few days in this city was spectacular. It is a big, hot mess and I loved it. There is a lot going on in Bangkok; from the traffic, to people, to hustle & bustle of the city and to the trash, down power-lines and over-head public transportation, it is non-stop 24/7. Sensation overload coming at you from every angle. Not the mention the humidity. So, literally it is a big, hot mess.
We stayed in Siam Square at the Aetas Bangkok. This area is also home to SE Asia’s largest mall; combine this with it being the city’s financial district and you have a lot of disposable income being splurged. The shopping center was unlike anything I had ever seen before; 6-stories & 4 wings, endless designer boutiques and $250,000 cars on the top level (how?!).
We ventured into the original Siam Square, a winding maze of open-air stalls selling goods ranging from clothing to technology. This was my favorite spot during our time in Bangkok. I picked up an adorable romper that I am yet to rock in PDX…
Thailand is known for it’s amazing food, whether from a street vendor or 5-start restaurant. True fact: I didn’t enjoy eating Thai food in the states before we visited Thailand. Although it’s not the same here, I have officially been converted to a thai food lover. Simple, good & local ingredients paired with ancient-old recipes makes for…you guessed it, mouth-watering food. One of our favorite places we discovered was Hyde & Seek, which I would highly recommend for artisan cocktails. Their Siam Sunray is wonderfully refreshing after a day of sight seeing.
We wandered, got lost, people-watched and indulged in out-of-this-world food and we only saw a fraction of the city. We’ll be back someday, Bangkok!
Have you been to Bangkok before? I’d love to hear other’s experiences as I am sure they are all vastly different, but equally amazing.