Bangkok, Thailand!

Have you been to Bangkok, Thailand?

Bangkok was the last leg of our Indochina trip. When we arrived there, most people were still mourning for the death of their king, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and I believe they still are, up to this writing. Their king is highly revered by locals. When we were there we saw so many people dressed in black, some of them are from other places in Thailand, to pay their last respects for the king.

The Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho in Bangkok Thailand
Wat Pho - Temple of the Reclining Buddha
Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand and is one of the most famous destinations in the world. Bangkok is home to many multinational companies and Thailand is best known for its delicious (spicy) food. Aside from being known notoriously for its red light districts, Bangkok, in contrast is also known for its Buddhist temples.

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HOW TO GET THERE

BY AIR
As Bangkok is one of the most popular destinations in the world, most major airlines have a direct flight to and from the city. If your city of origin does not have a direct flight to and from Bangkok, try a connecting flight via your country's capital city. Try these airlines, Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Air Asia, Jetstar Asia, Tigerair, Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Cambodia Airlines, Vietnam AirlinesMalaysia Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Korean Air, Japan Airlines, ANA, Vanilla Air, Air India, etc.

BY BUS
As mentioned above, Bangkok was the last leg of our Indochina trip. We arrived there via a Nattakan Direct bus from Siem Reap. You can purchase a ticket via Bookmebus.com. Travel time is more than 8 hours. Please take note that Nattakan direct bus is way higher than the regular bus companies but we used it because it was our first time in Bangkok and we opted for convenience vs the price. Find out how we travel overland from Ho Chi Minh City to Phomn Pehn to Siem Reap to Bangkok in 11 Days .

Nattakan Direct Bus from Siem Reap to Bangkok and vice versa
This is the Nattakan Direct Bus we took from Siem Reap to Bangkok. It's way higher but pretty convenient, it has a toilet inside. You can book online via Bookmebus.com
GETTING AROUND
You can get around Bangkok by tuktuk, taxi or via BTS Skytrain. We didn't get the chance to use the latter. I will certainly use it when I get back.

WHERE TO STAY

There are many places to stay in Bangkok but I can highly recommend At Smile House. They have a very friendly staff, nice accommodation, nice location and the tourist attractions (enumerated below, except for MBK Center) are just a walking distance from the property and 7 Eleven is just a few steps away. Aside from that, if you are too lazy to walk your way to Khaosan Road, you can relax and unwind at their bar, they have a live band and a pool table. Find other places to stay in Bangkok, Thailand here or here.
 At Smile House in Bangkok Thailand
At Smile House

With the friendly At Smile House Staff in Bangkok Thailand
With the very friendly and  accommodating staff of At Smile House. 
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS/THINGS TO DO IN BANGKOK

There are many things you can see, visit and do in Bangkok, Thailand and listed below are just some of the many.

GRAND PALACE
Entrance: 500 Baht | Opens Daily
Grand Palace in Bangkok Thailand

WAT PHO/TEMPLE OF THE RECLINING BUDDHA
Entrance: 100 Baht | Opens Daily: 8:30am to 6:30pm
Inside Wat Pho in Bangkok Thailand
Inside Wat Pho, Temple of the Reclining (Sleeping) Buddha. Wat Pho is just a walking distance from the Grand Palace. There is also another temple fronting the Grand Palace, don't know what it is but I took picture of it, though.
KHAOSAN ROAD
Fun at Khaosan Road with the friendly Thai people
With the friendly people we met in Khaosan Road. Most tourists spend their night there. 
PAD THAI
Pad Thai shrimp
When in Bangkok or Thailand for that matter, Pad Thai is a must try. Learnt it from Mark Wiens of Migrationology.com, one of my favorite travel/food bloggers. You can find this aplenty in Khao San Road. (50 Baht). Thai Food has always been my favorite food and being there tasting them is an affirmation. Glad there are Thai restaurants in Cebu.
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FRIED RICE
Thai Fride Rice at Thanon Tanao Road in Bangkok Thailand
Thai Fried Rice is also another must try, this is Fried Rice - Shrimp and this just taste so good. We love the eatery nearby our guesthouse, the restaurant can be found at Thanon Tanao, just very near the street sign.
With the accommodating owner of a restaurant close to Thanon Tanon marker
With the very accommodating owner of the restaurant. May you live longer uncle. As mentioned above, his eatery is situated just very close to the Thanon Tanao marker.
MBK CENTER/SIAM CENTER/SIAM DISCOVERY
MBK Center in Bangkok Thailand
MBK Center is not a walking distance from where we stay. We get there via tuktuk, one of the main transport systems in Bangkok. Malls nearby are Siam Discovery and Siam Center. 

Nice taxi driver who doesn't understand English in Bangkok Thailand
By the way, we arrived in Bangkok at Mo Chit  BusTerminal and this taxi driver approached us there. When you see him there, hire him, he's a nice guy but he doesn't understand English, just communicate with a smile (lol) and give him your hotel's address.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

ASEAN passport holders are visa-free in Thailand. If you are from other countries, click here.

How about you? Have you been to Bangkok? Or have you been to any places in Thailand? How was your experience? 


BUS TICKET: You can book your ticket from Siem Reap to Bangkok or vice versa or any other Indochina destinations via Bookmebus.com. IMPORTANT: When booking, always double check the date and time, the destination and the boarding and drop-off points.

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