A Weekend In Bangkok
What do you do when you have a long weekend in Thailand? You travel of course! Thankfully, travel is actually quite inexpensive here, which is great. While I had my program orientation in Bangkok, I honestly did not see a ton since we were kept pretty busy the whole time, and because I was just so tired with the major time change. So I thought now was the time to explore some of Bangkok!
It was a great weekend too! I stayed at the Bewel Hostel which was nice, and quite close to attractions like Khaosan Road and the Grand Palace. The first day I did some solo travel and explored some sights like the Big Buddha, the Marble Temple, and the Golden Mountain. Initially I did some exploring on foot, which Thai people think I'm crazy for instead of just taking a tuk-tuk or a taxi, but then I hopped in a tuk-tuk since it was raining, and the driver took me to different sites and waited until I was ready to go to the next place. This was quite convenient and quite cheap, since Bangkok is a pretty big city.
A tip for any newcomers or people thinking of coming to Thailand: don't be afraid to negotiate prices! Oftentimes taxi drivers in major tourist destinations will double or triple the price for you just because they see you are foreign, so ask for the meter in taxis, or negotiate with tuk-tuk and songthaew drivers.
On my first night I met up with my friend Hannah that I met at my orientation, and we got some delicious Mexican food (hey, you've got to get it while you can)!
The next day a visited the National Museum and the Grand Palace, which was quite a spectacle. You have to pay a hefty entry fee of 500 baht, but it is definitely worth it! Everything glistened with perfection. Make sure to dress appropriately as well! You can rent clothes at the palace if you need to, but to avoid this make sure your shoulders and knees are covered.
This same night I went out for food and drinks with my friend Hannah and a few new friends, which was quite fun! Bangkok has definitely got down nightlife and delicious food!
On my last day, Hannah and I went walking to find the Anata Samakhom Throne Hall, which took some trial and error to get to, but it was definitely worth the visit! It has a beautiful and intricate museum inside, filled with historic artifacts, magnificent paintings, and detailed embroidered pieces.
Overall, it was a lovely weekend!