Bangkok was the first stop on our Thailand Honeymoon Adventures and likely the first destination for many visiting Thailand. Bangkok is one sweet city. Quite fitting of its nicknames as the “City of Angels” or the “Big Mango.” Bangkok is full of spectacular temples, breathtaking palaces, exquisite cuisine, and the occasional scam. Keep reading to find out how you can avoid falling victim to a common scam. But seriously, Bangkok is one city that truly has to be experienced. Thailand should be on everyone’s travel bucket list destination. And, as it is a perfect honeymoon location! Trust me; it’s legendary. Check out our other Thailand adventures in Chiang Mai here!
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Visiting Bangkok, Thailand
We were so excited to fly to the other side of the world to Bangkok + Chiang Mai + Railay Beach, Thailand for our honeymoon. Neither of us had ventured to Asia before, so it was going to be a true adventure together! Although our pup Ollie was so sad watching us leave, we packed our favorite travel and photography gear and took off on our trip across the world. Here are some things we quickly learned…
- Sushi in Tokyo is THE BEST. Even at the airport! I would fly through Japan intentionally for that tasty sushi!
- Check out the map below — I had NO idea our flight would take us through Alaska to get to Asia!
- Thai hospitality is incredible! They brought our bags upstairs to our room and welcomed us with cake, flowers for my bride, and rose petals on our bed! Hahaha!
- Toilet paper is NOT really a thing in Thailand. The bidet life is really nice.
GRAND PALACE + EMERALD BUDDHA
The Grand Palace was our first big destination in Bangkok — And boy was it GRAND. It was a pretty crazy way to start our adventures in the city because it was incredibly crowded with Asian tourists. Watch out for some of them with umbrellas… They don’t care that you’re in their way and are taller than them. They hit a lot. But overall, the palace was impeccable. We couldn’t believe the amount of detail that went into everything from the landscaping to the window trim, roof, and siding of the temples. My photos don’t do it justice!
**It is VERY important that you (men and women) follow their clothing guidelines. They will NOT let you in! And this goes for all temples. But don’t feel the need to prepare in advance because there are plenty of shops around the temples to buy a cheap pair of elephant pants. But, definitely haggle.
A LONG DETOUR TO THE RECLINING BUDDAH AT WAT PHO
This adventure was interesting and not what we anticipated… We ran into a little bit of a rainstorm one afternoon. October can be known as the start of the “rainy season” so be prepared! But, when the rain comes, you’ll notice Thai women/men run around selling ponchos and umbrellas. So, they’ve got your back! We took the rain as our cue to grab a SUPER cheap pad thai lunch (seriously, less than $10 for the two of us!) and wander around the shops. Food is a theme throughout our honeymoon and the food in Thailand is delicious!
Tuk Tuk Scam
On our way to check out the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho, we stumbled across an “English teacher” just outside the market. He was telling us all of the things we must check out before leaving, including a ride in a Tuk Tuk. All of a sudden, a “buddy” of his drove up and we were “pushed” into the open cab. **SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT RIDE IN A TUK TUK.** We didn’t think anything of it and thought it was kind of cool to ride in one. But we soon found out we were a part of a scam to buy products after they kept dropping us off at men suit shops rather than our requested destinations. The driver looked at my smoking hot bride’s wedding ring and insisted that she needed TWO wedding rings and tried dropping us off at a ring shop…
Despite Steph’s palpable anger, which does not happen often I stayed calm and went with the flow. Well, that was until he refused to drop us back off at the Reclining Buddha. Oh, and then tried to force us to pay him double the predetermined amount. After numerous cuss words, (sorry mom) we decided to walk to our next destination.
On the plus side, we really enjoyed checking out the temples at the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho because it was so pretty at sunset and not overwhelming (venue or people-wise) at all.
“THE HANGOVER HOTEL” | SKY BAR AT LEBUA
This was our first meet up spot with our friends!! They were staying at the Lebua Bangkok, where the Hangover movie was filmed!! So awesome! 🙂 The views were incredible. And the hotel is known for their sky bar because it’s one of the highest open bars in Asia! So impressive. Although, our drink bill seemed even higher. Just for a warning, a simple coffee with a little Baileys can cost $30-$40. But most importantly, we had a great evening!
One drink you have to try looks like the photo below! Our friend ordered a drink that had a little seed on top that made her mouth go numb! We asked the waitress about it, and she brought out more of them for all of us to try… Seriously guys, the taste and numbing sensation reminded us so much of Novocain, only in Thailand. Luckily, we did not wake up on the floor of a penthouse with a tiger in the room. Haha!
To cap off the Bangkok portion of our Thailand honeymoon adventures we took a visit to The Chatuchak Market. It is one of the biggest outdoor markets in the world! So naturally, we had to see what it was all about. The market is crowded. But, we enjoyed the people watching and all the food; like mango sticky rice and chicken skewers. Also, a little side note… Thai sellers love a little bargaining. We admittedly have some work to do on our bargaining game but, it was a blast. So it was a fun little morning adventure before hopping on our plane to Chiang Mai! 🙂
TIP: Make sure you stay away from soups, water (unless it’s bottled), ice, and make sure the food is cooked before you eat it rather than sitting outside for a long time. Or, bring a mini water filtration system!
I hope you enjoyed a glimpse of our first part of our Bangkok, Thailand honeymoon adventures. Check out our Chiang Mai experiences as well! Also, be on the lookout for a post on the last stop of our honeymoon adventures in Railay Beach, Krabi!!!
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