Heya again bloggerverse! I’m finally posting my last travel piece. This was supposed to happen weeks ago, I know, but campus basically got in the way aaand well, here goes…
We basically had 1.25 days in Bangkok. Which was insufficient obviously, but we made the most of it. New York may be the city that never sleeps, but Bangkok is the city that never stops shopping. That afternoon, we arrived at our hotel, which was stunning! *inserts views here*
The plan was to visit the Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World. After arriving at the Siam Paragon, and seeing all the shops, we ditched that idea. We ended up exploring the ‘mall’ and it was amazing! Mind blowing even! The Siam Paragon is adjacent to the Siam Centre, where I found my first Sephora, it was a mere pop up but it was still such a special experience. I bought my current favourite mascara: gifted by tarte, and all was right with the world. We explored the centre a lot more as I limped along, the food court there is magnificent. And I realise that I’m probably going to run out of adjectives to use in this post. Anyway, we struggled to decide on what to eat and ended up getting McDonalds. I know right? I did get to try Ben and Jerry’s ice cream tho. Unfortunately they did not have the dark belgian chocolate flavour (any Salaam Namaste fans out there?).
After our flight and shopping adventure we were exhausted. Our hotel was within walking distance, but I was at the point of tears with how sore my leg was post parasailing. We caught a cab and hit our beds, preparing to get the most out of the next day.
We had a bright and early start on our one full day in Bangkok, Tour East Asia provided us with an introductory tour to the city, during which, we visited three of the Buddhist temples. I constantly marveled at the incredible attention to detail, in every temple. Intricate patterns adorned the walls, and every bit of decoration was done by hand, yes it probably took forever to construct, but it was so worth it. Amidst the tourists snapping selfies and the tour guides yapping, the locals are there, paying their respects, and it just feels like a place of worship.
These blew me away. They’re so beautiful.
Visiting the temples was an amazing experience. The tour was done by 10am and we had the entire day to do only 1 thing! SHOPPING!!!!! Everything is already way cheaper than in Phuket, and you get to negotiate a better price, to be honest, even your options are better in Bangkok. They had a much better selection of clothes and bags and everything. Our hotel had a morning market on the ground and lower ground floors of the building. My dad visited a tailor and ended up getting a suit made, it was delivered to by 11pm. Talk about great service. After picking up a few things in there, we took a lunch break and then, explored the markets surrounding our hotel. The Centara Watergate Pavilion is the best place to stay to shop, everything is within walking distance. The high I got from shopping numbed the pain in my knee. I climbed up the billion stairs to get to the walkover bridge like a slow old granny, but I did get there eventually.
It was hot and sweaty but so much fun, everything was so pretty! And pretty cheap. My mum and I went a tad bit crazy but we eventually got tired and headed back to the hotel for supper, which was when we explored the rooftop bar and caught those sick views in the first set of pictures. Unashamedly, we went back downstairs and explored in a different direction, the night markets had opened so we had to go check them out. And I’m so glad we did, I got the cutest top, click that link to check it out on my instagram (PLUG PLUG PLUG!).
This is from the night market right outside the hotel.
On the way to the next market, I managed to snap these super cool long exposures.
If someone gave me the opportunity to go back to Bangkok, I’d take it in a heartbeat. I barely got to see a quarter of the city, and probably even less of the markets. Markets beat malls any day in my books!
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