Bangkok has always been on the must visit list, and fortunately we had time to squeeze in a stop over for three days when en route to catch up with family in Vietnam. Despite having a three year old with us, we managed to squeeze quite a lot into our short amount of time. From what we did see, all three of us agree that we will have to make a return visit in the future!
When visiting we opted to stay at the conveniently located Hoft Hostel. While visiting, we proiritiesed eating and catching as many forms of transport as possible! We wandered the streets of China Town hunting for the places the locals visited, and we headed directly for Natthaphon Coconut Ice Cream (which you should do too if you are ever there). We checked out Wat Ratchapradit Sathitmahasimaram and Wat Rathcabophit Sathitmahasimaram, which were close to Jake’s favroutie – Saranrom Park.
We tracked down a lot of surprisingly great coffee! Don’t ask me to remember all the details, but we stalked a lot of these options found here.
We visited the flower market and found the elusive Thai crispy pancake lady. I had been keeping an eye out for these treats, known as khanom buang, since arriving. They are made of a thin crispy rice flour crepe and one version of ours were served with a rich meringue and candied duck egg yolk. As for the others, I do not know what was on the meringue topping but both were delicious.
My only regret is finding this lady on my last full day, or I would have been back.
I am afraid I can’t remember exactly where she was, but it was on the the north side of the market – away from the river.
For a break from the heat I highly recommend Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World. Even the most patient of toddler’s and adults sometimes need a break from the heat!
We also signed ourselves up for a five hour boat and bike tour with Co Van Kessel. Jake was easily the biggest fan of this adventure, as it included two forms of transportation and lots of food!
If you are short on time like we were, then a tour like this was a great way to see a lot without having to go to the effort of planning it all yourself!
And finally, we managed to squeeze in a catch up with Mark and Saskia who are posted to Bangkok. We went out for delicious northern Thai food for dinner, before finishing up with sticky rice with mango!