It’s summer of 2015 and I’m ready to explore once again.  This time, Bangkok, Thailand.  I did some research and decided to make Bangkok my home base to explore.  I booked a hotel in one of the busiest streets, Sukhumvit 11 not realizing my hotel was just a few blocks from Bangkok’s Red Light District called Nana Plaza.

Friends and relatives were all so fearful of my solo travel to Asia and of all places Bangkok.  But, I did not let that deter me from my travel plans.  I already had an itinerary of things to do and places to see.  I wanted to discover and experience a whole new culture!

My first day in Bangkok was non-stop eating. After checking in my hotel on Sukhumvit 11, a very busy street with many restaurants and food carts along the narrow street, I met with my Facebook friend, Busaba.   I had a glimpse of Bangkok by day and later a dinner cruise on the Chaophraya River with the rest of her family.  It was quite an experience for my first day in Bangkok.  

Things to do while in Bangkok (book tours through Expedia)

River by Night Dinner Cruise 

Take a 2 hour dinner cruise along the Chao Phraya River.  You will be able to see Bangkok’s beautiful skyline from a distance.  It’s also a great opportunity to photograph the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) and the Grand Palace from the  boat.   There’s also music onboard while you enjoy the view of the city.

Guided Ayutthaya Tour with River Cruise & Lunch

During the day, you can take a cruise along the Chao Phraya River.  Seeing the Bangkok skyline will be a different experience while you feast on a tradition Thai cuisine.  A guided tour will also take you through the ruins of Ayuthaya.  You will see the remains of the historic temples and palaces along the river coast.

Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha & Reclining Buddha Morning Visit

Immerse in the culture and visit the Buddhist temple compound that houses many of the relics of old religious buildings, headless Buddha statues and the remains of the royal villas in the Grand Palace.  (Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and no sleeveless and shorts during your visit).

Bangkok Night Lights Tuk Tuk Tour

Hopping on the tuk tuk at night is a great way to explore Bangkok’s markets, temples and street food. You will feel the excitement as you venture out into the city at night and see many of the temples and palace lights illuminating the city.

Floating Market Tour with Long-Tail Speedboat Ride

This was a must do on my list.  Experience the Damnoen Saduak, a popular floating market through an unforgettable boat ride through the canals just outside of Bangkok’s countryside.  Many locals live and work on the interconnected waterways.  Here you will see and experience what it’s like to be among the locals who conduct their business on a river boat.  You can barter for colorful handicrafts, purchase the local produce and order your food while floating on the boat.  You will easily learn the art of bartering to get a great deal!

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