where to stay, what to do and what to eat
Where to stay | Casa Nithra ☆☆☆☆ (score on booking: 8.8)
176 Soi Samsen 8/1, Samsen Road
Ban Phan Thom, Phra Nakorn
A modern boutique hotel, 10 minutes far from Khao San Road. We had a big and comfortable clean room with a spacious bathroom, the staff was very kind and professional.
The hotel restaurant called ‘Sirin’ has a good Menu à la carte, we had dinner there once with delicious pad thai. And to erase any doubt, the hotel has a rooftop pool.
What to do
Visit the Grand Palace & Temple of Emerald Buddha | you can't miss this wide buildings complex protected by high walls where you will see the throne rooms, royal pavillions, pray rooms and long aisles full of golden Buddha statues. Decorated roofs and colourful pagodas will guide you to the Temple of Emerald Buddha, one of the most visited and worshipped temples of all Thailand: the Buddha image has been carved from a unique piece of green jade and every year millions of pilgrims come here to make offers to it.
There is a strict dress code to observe in all temples: if you are wearing short pants they will give you a towel to cover yourself, that's why we suggest that you always bring a grand foulard with you if you're planning to visit any sacred thai places.
Visit the Wat Pho, Temple of Reclining Buddha | You can reach this temple with a 15-minute walk, by tuk tuk or on a boat sailing on Chao Phraya river. If you use the Maharat Road entrance you'll immediately find the building with the huge statue, 46 mt long and 15 mt high.
Golden, shimmering, majestic.
Look the city from Chao Phraya river | Buy the express boat hop on-hop off ticket to explore the city from its river like a water taxi all day booked or have a romantic night cruise with dinner on board to appreciate the city under the moonlight.
Tuk Tuk Ride & coconut stop over | No trip to Thailand is complete without risking your life on a tuk tuk ride at least once: colorful, unsafe, with crazy reckless drivers who will guide you through the streets of the city - it will be super fun! Always negotiate the ride price first and ask them to stop at a coconut kiosk to drink coconut water directly from the nut.
Buy souvenirs at Damnoen Saduak floating market | Two hours away from Bangkok, you'd better book a daily excursion to reach this peculiar market, where you will negotiate and buy things directly from a boat.
What to eat
Pad Thai | Like pizza for italian people, pad thai is the national dish of Thailand and you will find it out from the start of your trip, on the Thai Airways promotional video onboard: rice noodles, fresh vegetables, eggs, roasted peanuts, fish sauce, tamarind sauce, garlic, chili pepper, palm sugar and lime juice. A flavour explosion.
Chicken, pineapple & sweet peppers | Mix chicken, pineapple, sweet peppers and cashew nuts with plain rice: you will love it and try to cook it again at home, as we did once come back from Thailand.
Mango Sticky Rice | Traditional thai dessert you'll find at every restaurant, kiosk, food truck or market stall. Coconut milk, sticky rice pudding and juicy mango: a yummy taste of Bangkok.