Time for me to head away on leave again with my sister and we were heading to Siem Reap in Cambodia. However, Emirates fly to the capital Phnom Penh in the south and with Siem Reap being in the north and wanting to show my sister another city, we had a 2 night stop over in Bangkok before we took our connecting flight to Cambodia. We were staying at The Mode Hotel, Silom and when we arrived they had upgraded our room too which was amazing!
We checked into our hotel and grabbed some dinner before getting to bed. It had been a long travel day for both of us and a bit of a mad rush in Dubai, unsure if we were even gonna make the flight, so after some Thai food and beers it was time to sleep.
Waking the next morning we had wanted to visit the floating market however the concierge was trying to charge us an absolutely extortionate amount and knowing we could do this in Cambodia we decided to just explore the city instead.
After breakfast in the hotel we walked across to Sathorn Pier where the first stop of the day was to Wat Pho to see the reclining Buddha. I’d been here once before but it was over two and a half years ago so it was nice to head back and show my sister a cultural side of Thailand.
We had to cover up to enter the temple and I was given a fetching green cloth dressing gown which in the humid heat of Bangkok, you can imagine how warm I was in a playsuit and also trousers.
Despite seeing the reclining Buddha once before it’s still so impressive to see the sheer size of it right in the middle of the city.
I’d actually not wandered around the grounds when I was last here so we circled the site of Wat Pho and it’s actually huge!
Exiting the temple we crossed the river by ferry a total of 4 Bahts per person (9p) to visit the Wat Arun. Last time I saw this the temple was covered entirely in scaffolding, so it was so lovely to finally see it in all its glory glistening underneath the sun on the edge of the Chaopraya River.
After a quick coffee stop (Millie was feeling the six hour time difference from the UK) we walked across to the Khao San Road as we realised it wasn’t that far for a spot of lunch.
We found a cute little restaurant that was built on different levels into the units of Khao San Road and grabbed two beers whilst we scoured the menu opting for Tom Yum soup for myself, Thai Green Soup for Millie and a side of stir fried Morning Glory (a Thai dish of stir fried greens in oyster sauce with garlic and chilli, one of my faves to eat when in Thailand).
Following on from our leisurely lunch we went for a Thai massage via tuk tuk (as Millie had never been in one before). So cheap and the best way to get the ultimate rest and relaxation on when on holiday. We paid 400 Bhats (£9) for an hours massage before we went back to the hotel to get ready for an evening in Bangkok.
We had planned to eat close by the hotel at a place I’d visited once before as crew which was a short walking distance from where we were staying. However when we got outside it seemed the heavens had opened and a serious downpour was occurring. As I wasn’t too sure on the location of said restaurant we jumped in a cab towards Khao San again knowing we’d be able to find somewhere good to eat. Stopping a couple of streets before we found a cute little place called The Green House which gave us starters, mains, deserts and drinks for around £12. What an absolute steal.
Of course I had to introduce my sister to my all time favourite Mango Sticky Rice before we left the next day.
After some drinks we took a Tuk Tuk back to the hotel to get some shut eye before the flight to Cambodia the next morning. A great little stop over in Bangkok, and so glad I got to show my sister some of my favourite things to do and introduce her to some of the best authentic Thai dishes.
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