Post # 1
Fi and I want to do our honeymoon in thailand for two weeks. We are facing a dilemma on the timeline. We are using our points for the hotels/resorts so that part is paid for. The only issue is flight expense since flying to bangkok would be much cheaper then flying directly to phuket. Based on what i’ve read… it seems best to stay a couple of nights in the city since there’s not much to do but FI wants to visit the night market and its only open on the weekend. We are flying out Monday and arrive to BKK late Tuesday… stay there for 5 nights. Then on Sunday, fly out to Phuket then return on Saturday to BKK to fly back to the states.
The other option is to stay in Hong Kong for a few days, so we don’t spend so many days in BKK but the flight price would go up significantly and we may have to pay for the hotels in hong kong. Not sure if this is really the route we want to take. If we do decide to stay in BKK for 5 days… what are are some of the exciting things to do there beside the night market? Or should we just forgo Bkk and simply spend our time at the resort? Any advice bees?
Post # 3
@sillie: There is loads to do in Bangkok, amazing shopping, both big malls and markets, The Grand Palace, giant reclining buddha, Jim Thompson’s House, we also went on a private day trip to the floating markets and a food market which is set out on a railway track, the train comes right through the market and everyone gets out of the way.
Phuket we did an elephant ride, shopping, lady boy show, day trip to Phi Phi Island and “The Beach” beach, John Grey sea canoe trip, massages everyday, lttle fish treatment that eat the skin off your feet, all of which were amazing, I am super jealous, Thailand is one of my favourite places!!
Post # 4
I agree with jess. Bangkok is a great city with lots to do and see. If you have time or want to rearrange, I also recommend the western jungle area, including the Bridge on the River Kwai area.
Post # 5
@sillie: In Bangkok I highly recommend Oasis Spa (they also have a Pattaya branch). Honestly the most wonderful experience. It’s not the cheapest (it’s still quite cheap though) but I felt like a queen when I went there last month, private room for two with outdoor shower and bathroom. Friendly staff. Ginger tea at the beginning and end. Only had an hour, the aromatherapy massage, but I’d love to have had longer.
I’d also recomment chatuchak market.
Next to the Shangri-la hotel there’s a dock (don’t remember the dock stop name, but the hotel is a landmark, they also do a good brunch on the rive if you’re there on a Sunday) where you can take a private boat ride up the river to Wat Pho (which is where the reclining Buddha is and definitely worth a visit). The trip is about an hour but remember to haggle. Also there are two piers, one is the official one, and the other is a 20baht charge pp (it’s nothing, but frustrating when you’re taken to the wrong one). Near Wat Po you can also find The Deck restaurant which is located right on the river. Good value thai food.
Another restaurant I recommend is Monsoon on Sukhumvit Soi 8 and Cabbages and Condoms on Soi 12 (complete with after dinner condoms) the latter will be more of an experience though since the decor is made of condoms. Both good thai food.
My parents live in Bangkok and these are places we visit again and again.
Post # 6
Which night market is your FI talking about? Because I don’t think it is one of the usual suspects in terms of Bangkok night markets for tourists.
The patpong, pak Khlong talad and Khao San Rd night markets are open daily and Silom Rd, Ratchayothin, and Saphan Phut markets are Tuesday to Sunday.
The only one I know of that is only on a Saturday is the Rachada Night Bazaar which is more of a secondhand market. Secondhand vespas and car parts are big here as well as secondhand clothes and books. Honestly unless you are looking for something specific that is retro/vintage/secondhand then it is worth a stroll if you have the extra time but I wouldn’t plan a visit around it. I have been a couple of times to pick up VW parts with my cousin. There are a few good retro/vintage stalls but they are in the monority with most them having junk. And whilst cheaper than at home this vintage/retro stuff is higher than what you would expect in Thailand.
Post # 7
@amyj1276: +1 that area is lovely. We had a great time there.
Plus, if I remember correctly, the Bridge over the river Kwai is not to far from Bankok
Post # 8
I don’t have any suggestions for what to do in Bangkok but we did the 1 day Bangkok and 5 days resort as a trip a few years back and we are always bit sad we didn’t spend more time in Bangkok! If the hotels and flights are more expensive I would def choose Bangkok over HK!
When we were in Phuket we did the speed boat tour to PhiPhi island but the rest of the time just enjoyed the resort!
Whatever you choose you can’t go wrong you will have an amazing time!
Post # 9
Is there a famous night market in bangkok? My ex bf was Thai and I went to Thailand several times, but I didn’t know there is one…