Exploring Bangkok, Thailand

Exploring Bangkok, Thailand

Who knew I would be travelling to Thailand with my awesome friend (she’s kinda of a big deal) Ashley from missgunner.com, a very well known fashion Instagrammer @miss_gunner. We were having a chat about going on a trip together, locally mind you, and next thing you know. We are at Sydney’s airport with our passports in our hot little hands and jumping on a flight to Bangkok.

On a recent #collab trip with Roam Resorts & Hotels, finding the right hotel to stay in Bangkok was a simple search on the website and selecting the right property. Tourism Thailand suggested we check out and experience a few things whilst we were there, from private city tours; shopping; food tour on a tuk tuk and tasting some local street foods.

For some of us, we like to plan things ahead of time, with places you want to check out – from the major touristy attractions to the off-the-beaten track and go exploring. Others just wing it, but if you are planning on doing that, seek help from the hotel concierge you are staying at. At Siam@Siam Design Hotel Bangkok the team are always happy to tell you one of the favourite place to visit and eat. Local tips are always a bonus! 

Bankgok Thai Tour Guide
www.thaitourguide.com
Bookings: chob@thaitourguide.com | +66 82 799 1099

Ms. Nhong was our tour guide, and I have to say. This the best private tour I have ever been on, it had everything every a tourist wants in a tour. It was so much fun, informative, the right balance of attractions to see, and the flexibility. Bangkok otherwise known as Krung Thep: The City of Angels is filled with all sort of hidden gems, cultural sights, temples and food to match it.

The perfect intro to the city is to visit The Royal Grand Palace & The Royal Temple (Wat Phra Kaew, The Temple of the Emerald Buddha). We didn’t get to see Wat Pho, The Temple of The Reclining Buddha due to the mourning of the late King. If you are keen for a Canal Tour, take up the offer of cruising Chao Phraya River and Klongs on a Long Tail Boat. Pass through to see Wat Arun (The Temple of Daw), Pam Klong Talad, otherwise known as the flowers and vegetable market to beautiful Vimanmek Mansion.

Jim Thompson House
www.jimthompsonhouse.com
6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok
Tel: +66 2 216 7368

The former home to the mysterious disappearance of silk entrepreneur and art collector, Jim Thompson. This elegant residential is on the the best preserved traditional Thai teakwood house with exquisite collection of antiques and artworks.

Since 1967, the house somehow still has his presence about. The shadows of the surrounding trees, the decorative wall hangings of ancient murals that told a story, the dining room with blue and white porcelain waiting to be served. The drawing room is my favourite room, an open room plan leading out to the terrace through the nostalgic charm of the canal.

Museum of Floral Culture
www.floralmuseum.com
315 Samsen Rd. Soi 28, Yaek Ongkarak 13, Dusit, Bangkok
Tel: +66 2 669 3633 4 | sakulintakul@yahoo.com

This two story 100 year old teak mansion is surrounded by a delightful garden, is a museum dedicated to the history and techniques of floral arrangements. From lavish weddings to religious ceremonies, official and royal events the complexity of floral arrangement is sometimes overlooked.

We toured around the home looking at a collection of rare photos, drawings and personal creations exhibited different in each rooms. The tour takes about an hour and no photos are allowed inside the house. I actually thought we were going to at least partake in a flower arrangement class and take something home. Shame they didn’t offer this.

After the tour, we were seated by the garden veranda and was served a selection of Thai sweets and tea at Dok Mai Salon du The. Shame the service was ok, as they didn’t explain what we were eating or drinking. It was nice, but before we were about to leave. We got to meet the talented and flamboyant floral art director, Sakul Intakul. A true genius and a portfolio that includes the HM Queen Sirikit of Thailand, Bulgari Hotels & Resorts in Bali, to the red-carpet installation for the Rome International Film Festival.

Siam Discovery
www.siamdiscovery.co.th
989 Rama I Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand
Tel: +662 658 1000-19

A forefront in design and style trends, Siam Discovery is Thailand’s first Exploratorium, a hybrid centre that houses one-of-a-kind stores, beauty, lifestyle brands and fashion. Siam Discovery has what it’s called “Discovery Labs” on each floor, where Mr Oki Sato designed each space seamlessly to capture the sense of exploration and taken away the barriers of window shopping with open spaces and wardrobe inspiration.

G: Her Lab offers modern fashion goods and services for women.
M: His Lab is the answer to all the needs of the discerning gentlemen.
1: Street Lab offers a streetstyle fashion and accessories.
2: Digital Lab takes your audio/visual products to the next level.
3: Creative Lab offers inspiration and encourages creativity to your living space.
4: Play Lab takes the fun outdoors while being in a community for people with the same lifestyle goals.
5&6: Retail Innovation Lab offers Virgin Active Fitness, Madame Tussauds and a stylish food hall.

Talad Noi Neighbourhood tour
www.hivesters.com
Tel:+66 090 678 4695 | info@hivesters.com

The forgotten Talad Noi neighbourhood tour is where you discover Chinatown on foot, walk through the lesser known streets to learn about the history of the Chinese in Bangkok. Unfortunately this five hour tour was not what I was expecting (mind you this was my experience). It felt like we walked through the slums of Thailand, looking at a metal scrapyard business, an old noodle making shop, a hole in the wall selling Chinese sweet snacks, to a restaurant that was very average. Sure the old architecture around was old and had history, but then to be told the government or some real estate is kicking out the poor residents out of home. What?

Sure, I understood that we were going to be guided by a ‘local auntie’ who doesn’t speak English but the tour leader should have interpreted what she was saying for the entire duration. Sad to say, all those hours of walking around, I didn’t understand a thing, as it was all in Thai and about 10mins in total of english. So, I just read the English plaques when we were at Wat Traimitr Wittayaram Temple and the Waowarat Chinatown Heritage Centre.

I’ve been on many tours where English was not the main language. But always had an interpreter or an ear piece (sometimes what you get in museum) with a English recording. Shame about this tour but I move on.

Bangkok Food Tour Tuk Tuk
www.bangkokfoodtours.com
Tel: +66 95 943 9222 | info@bangkokfoodtours.com

Now this is a tour I highly recommended, but be sure you also check out their new tour, Exotic bar crawl by Tuk Tuk. I love food and Bangkok loves to cook their local favourites for us to try. Just a couple of things to note. Tour runs from 8pm – midnight and will travel by Tuk Tuk to six different locations visiting the best local eateries, go hungry as there are lots to eat, also this tour is not suitable for vegetarians.

Sure food is the main attraction, but you will get to visit the flower and vegetable market (Pam Klong Talad), visit The Temple of The Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) to pay respects to Buddha all at night. Khun Mod was our personal guide and she was brilliant – she made us laugh, appreciate the food culture and loves to eat, more importantly she enjoys seeing us eat.

Khongsittha Muay Thai
www.kstmuaythai.com
23 Sukhonthasawat Rd. Ladphrao, Bangkok 10230 Thailand
Email: reservations@kstmuaythai.com | +66 2932 9911, +669 272 6907

Bangkok is known for the best Muay Thai training destination in Thailand. Here at Khongsittha (KST) Muay Thai they offer a fun an safe environment for training for all levels of fitness to the sport. It doesn’t matter if you are male or female, the key thing there is the drive to learn, to live a healthier lifestyle and build confidence whilst becoming fit.

If you are serious about Muay Thai and want to take the next level, KST offers training packages. This includes twice daily training, accommodation and be trained by professional Thai fighters. With state of the art equipment and combined new/old school training system you know you will achieve the optimal performance results. Check out Khongsittha Muay Thai Bangkok review.