Bangkok, Where to splurge and Where to save!

8th Nov 2018

My trip to Bangkok was quite short and to the point, no wandering about on off the beaten streets one exploring of local cuisine. You cold easily categories it as one typical Indian touristy trip. 

I checked in straight into my hotel in Ratchathewi from the airport. The service was topnotch and the view stunning. The staff at this hotel make you feel right at home. They have many employees I can name that are some of the best people I have had the pleasure to meet. The hotel would provide for limo services which were very  modestly priced. 

If you are some one who is here purely for the bliss of thrift shopping then i know exactly where you need to be. Though intended as a wholesale shopping center, the Platinum Shopping Mall houses many retail stores selling clothing, accessories, and cosmetics. It has a flea market setup, so feel free to haggle. Make sure you go with your wallet loaded because I am pretty sure you would want to carry everything back home. and who is to blame when everything is so humbly priced. 

You could spend the day exploring the near by markets like Indra Square, where you can find lots of Indian food options. stuffs sold here are very very humbly priced, humble enough to have your jaws dropping. I had the cheapest and the best foot massage of my life done here and I am still not over it. 

On the second day I visited the Grand Palace. The most enjoyable route is to take the BTS Skytrain to Taksin Station and then take a Chao Phraya River Express boat to Tha Chang Wang Luang Pier. A short walk from the pier to the entrance to The Grand Palace public entrance and you are there. The tickets entry tickets are currently priced at ₹ 2,313. You can have a glimpse of the palace in the video above. Make sure to carry your scarves and hats to keep from the scotching heat. 

Make sure to visit one of the many floating markets an and around the city. The best option to enjoy a traditional Thai floating market without any touristy push is Bang Khu Wiang. Monks arrive early in the morning on their boats to sell sell fresh veggies and fruits, coconut jaggery, flowers, sea food straight from their farms. 

Although touristy my first international trip was nothing less than fascinating. Be sure to be kind to the locals there for a lot of them seem to be annoyed with the habit of bargaining of us Indians. Otherwise Thai people can indeed be the kindest of all :)