Brilliant Bangkok

Our recent mini-break was spent in the bustling city of Bangkok.

James has been to Bangkok countless times for business, but I had never visited.

So this was our chance to do all the touristy things and have some time to relax. (Although we didn’t relax at all…just ask James!).

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting too much from Bangkok. I was just grateful to get out of Hong Kong for Chinese New Year.

However, to my surprise – I loved every minute of this colourful and earthy city!

Tuk-Tuk Ride in Thailand

A visit to Bangkok isn’t complete without a spin around town in a famous Tuk-Tuk.

We ventured up and down the main drag of Sukhumvit and in and out of the adjacent soi’s (streets).

We even ducked over to Khao San Road, a high-vibing spot where backpackers congregate (it was a tad overrated though!).

We passed incredible smelling street food carts along the way.

From mouth-watering BBQ meats to sweet pomegranate juice and delicious slices of fresh mango. It’s all on offer!

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Pak Khlong Talat (Flower and Vegetable Market)

As a part of our Bike Tour of Bangkok, we stopped off at the thriving local flower and vegetable market.

Judging by the amount of photos I took, you can’t half tell that I loved the place! (This is a small handful).

The market was a florists and foodie’s paradise!

Beautiful orchids, roses and marigolds were piled up high and every ingredient you ever needed for a Thai dish was at your fingertips (and oh so cheap)!

A bit different to scouring the shelves of Coles or Park n Shop for the all important authentic Thai ingredients!

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A Night Time Rush on the Roof Top

We had always wanted to go to the famous Vertigo Restaurant at the beautiful Banyan Tree Hotel in Bangkok.

Some how we managed to snag a table and enjoyed a night of dinner and drinks 61 floors up.

We were treated to 360 degree views of Bangkok’s brilliantly lit skyline whilst sipping on mojitos and savouring the ‘Death by Vertigo’ chocolate dessert!

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Wat Pho, or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha is one of the largest and oldest wats in Bangkok and is the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.

This Temple wasn’t on my hit list until a friend, who’s an expat in Bangkok, told me I must visit this extraordinary attraction.

The grounds of this temple is truly amazing. Each chedi (stupa) is covered in brightly coloured tiles in the most beautiful mosaic patterns.

Every where you look the vivid hues catch your eye.

From the bright roofs of the viharas (halls) to the ornate decorations of the doorways.

I better not forget to mention the Reclining Buddha!

This brilliant gold Buddha was crafted to celebrate King Rama III’s restoration (1824 – 51) and is a vast 46 metres long and 15 metres high.

I enjoyed admiring the soles of the reclining Buddha’s feet which were intricately decorated with mother-of-pearl inlay.

If you’re visiting Bangkok, Wat Pho is definitely worth braving the crowds and the hot sun!

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From Wat Pho we caught a ferry across the Chao Phraya river so we could admire the famous Wat Arun from the water.

The  temple’s unique architecture makes Wat Arun one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand.

The spire (prang) on the bank of the river is one of Bangkok’s world-famous landmarks and stretches an imposing 70 metres high into the sky.

The prominent spire is beautifully decorated in tiny pieces of coloured glass and Chinese porcelain placed delicately into intricate patterns.

We followed the crowds and climbed up the steep steps of the central prang.

We were greeted with an incredible view over to the Grand Palace and Wat Pho and could watch the many boats wind up and down the river.

And this time, we finally mastered our newly acquired selfie-stick!

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That’s it for this instalment of ‘The Week In Pictures!’

Like I said before, I loved every minute of my time in Bangkok and I look forward to seeing more of Thailand.

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