Temples, Tuk Tuks and Thai Cooking – Bangkok
by Grove Travel
Temples, Tuk tuks and Thai cooking – Part one
I have just returned from an amazing trip to Thailand, it all began in Bangkok………….
After a comfortable 12 hour flight to Bangkok on Thai Airways we were met at the airport for our private transfer, 45 minutes later we were greeted by a helpful and friendly member of staff of the Peninsula Hotel and shown to our room on the 21st floor with amazing views over the Chao Phraya River.
The Peninsula is the perfect quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. They operate a complimentary River boat to take you across where you can get the sky train to the busier parts of the City or try your luck in a Tuk Tuk which is a must do experience!!
Breakfast is a lavish affair served by the River under a canopy blowing small jets of ice water to keep you cool, there are 2 restaurants as well if you don’t feel like venturing out for dinner.
Within 3 hours of arriving in Bangkok we had travelled in a Tuk Tuk, had a back massage and my Husband had ordered 2 made to measure shirts for £20 each!!
The actual city itself is as I imagined it would be, extremely busy with friendly faces and plenty to see with food carts cooking and selling their wares every other step along the pavement. We took the sky train to Sukhumvit for a stroll around, there are quite a few big shopping malls with every type of shop you can imagine and plenty of restaurants to suit every taste.
Of course we visited the night market of Patpong and purchased a few souvenirs for a very reasonable price, bartering is a must. We started with halving the cost that they asked and then went from there, who wouldn’t want a Gucci handbag for £12 ???!
On our third day we organised a 3 hour trip to the temples, the hotel arranged this for us and it was a private tour with an English speaking guide who picked us up at the hotel for £80 for the two of us.
We visited the Golden Temple, the Marble Temple and Wat Pho the temple of the reclining Buddha, this one was the most breathtaking to me. It is 14 metres high and 43 metres long, which is pretty huge once you get next to it!!
Our last night in Bangkok was quite leisurely and the hotel offers a free boat trip up the River to a shopping village called Asiatique, it has a variety of little shops with hand made Thai goods and restaurants.