We had the pleasure of being invited by the Tourism Authority of Thailand to travel throughout Bangkok, Chiang Rai and Koh Samui for the #ChooseMyThailand campaign where YOU got to help us choose the activities while there!
Being that Bangkok is the hub of Thailand, it was our first stop for the city leg of our trip! We flew via China Airlines and had a great experience with them. (and they are more on the affordable side so definitely consider them when booking a flight to Asia!)
The Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok was our home for the next 3 nights and my oh my, what a treat that was. The service was beyond impeccable and genuine and the hotel was exquisitely elegant and historic.
Just a short boat ride across the Chao Phraya River lies the hotel’s Oriental Spa where you guys got to #ChooseMyThailand on Instagram between the Oriental Signature Treatment or the Jet Lag Massage… And well, the Oriental treatment won and surely did not disappoint!
The short boat ride also leads to the hotel’s amazing Thai Cooking School led by Chef Narain Kiattiyotcharoen. The three hour class taught us how to make Thung Thong (golden pouches with vegetarian filling), Yam PLaa Muk (spicy squid salad) and Massaman Curry.
Food & Drink
In my opinion, Bangkok is sort of a mix of Vegas and NYC with its ‘city that never sleeps’ vibe and never ending choices of rooftop bars. We got to experience two of Bangkok’s really cool rooftop bars, each with epic views and different perspectives.
Hotel Muse Bangkok ~ The Speakeasy
The speakeasy rooftop takes you right back to the ’20s with their signature cocktails and vintage decked out staff. And just in case you’ve overloaded on Thai food, the hotel also has an Italian restaurant called Medici Kitchen & Bar.
Banyan Tree ~ Vertigo & Moon Bar
Standing tall in open air at 61 floors above the city, you are sure to discover some amazing photo ops at this rooftop.
Sala Rattanakosin: (dinner/lunch)
We had lunch at Sala Rattanakosin, located near many of the main sights, with a stunning view of Wat Arun. Unfortunately, it was covered in scaffolding around the time we went but the view was still beautiful nonetheless.
24 hour flower market? count this flower obsessed child IN. I was like a little kid in a candy store, roaming the endless isles full of blooms and colors. I instantly got trigger happy with every photo op in that market. Granted, I was trigger happy the entire time in Thailand, but still.
The Grand Palace & Wat Pho / Reclining Buddha
These are some of the must-see sights in Bangkok but be warned: you will surely experience sensory overload to the max! So much beauty and history in and around these landmarks. It’s also important to note that shoulders and legs must be covered to enter the temples.
And last but not least, we wrapped up our Thailand adventure at the end of the trip with Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi Golf Resort conveniently close to the airport. Our time consisted of meeting the amazing and friendly staff, resting and eating TONS of incredible food.
View from my room
A sweet send off.
And that wraps up my Bangkok adventure! Stay tuned for posts on Chiang Rai and Koh Samui.
All opinions are my own.