It’s 7:30am and I’ve already sweat through my t-shirt. Welcome to Bangkok.
Thankful for a brief break from the torrential rain that’s plagued our trip to Southeast Asia, we got up early to take advantage of the blue skies and see the Grand Palace and all the glittering Wats. The Palace is a massive complex and the hordes of tourists gave me flashbacks to visiting the Vatican. But the gleaming gold and colored mirrors sparkling in the morning sun was absolutely spectacular, and I wish we had more time to explore all the nooks and crannies of this beautiful, sweltering place.
With more rain forecasted for the afternoon, we zipped through the palace, neighboring Wat Pho, and a boat ride across the river to Wat Arun. After the morning crowds at the Grand Palace, both Wat Pho & Arun felt like a breath of fresh air, so peaceful and seemingly empty by comparison.
After spending our first days in the historic center of Bangkok, we moved out to the trendy Thonglor neighborhood and spent a day exploring all of the fun bars and restaurants. Putting my heavy DSLR away for the end of the trip, I captured the Thonglor food scene on my Google Pixel 2.
Ayutthaya UNESCO Historical Park - about 90 min north of Bangkok
The Deck by Arun - go at dusk for stunning night views of Wat Arun
Bā hào - delicious cocktails + Chinese-Thai fusion
Teens of Thailand - craft cocktails
Tep Bar - craft cocktails and Thai snacks
Paste Bangkok - Michelin-starred Thai
Supanniga Eating Room - Thai comfort food in an upscale setting
Thaipioka - inventive, unique and delicious cocktails and small plates
Rabbit Hole - Speakeasy-style space with tasty cocktails
Sumi Tei Yakiniku - beautiful space and delicious A5 wagyu beef!
Just a Drink Maybe - Gin bar with extensive cocktail list
Bo.lan - modern Thai dishes