THINGS TO DO IN BANGKOK DURING A 24-HOUR LAYOVER
On our way to Bali we had an additional leg and therefore we had the chance to spend around 24 hours in Bangkok. Indeed, I received lots of recommendations upfront from my Instagram followers, but where to set priorities in such a tight schedule? Luckily enough, this blogpost will bring the answer with the best things to do in Bangkok.
The flight to Asia consisted of two long haul flights and a little bit of rest with high comfort was much needed. Therefore we chose a hotel which is situated in a good and not too busy area.
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WHERE TO STAY?
Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20
We decided to stay at the Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20* which was very convenient for our plans because of its perfect location. But be careful, you will be seduced to stay in the hotel room because they have the most comfortable bedding you can imagine. Perfect for a short power nap to get energized for the upcoming plans. Close by you have amazing restaurants and coffeeshops. Here are some impressions of the hotel:
AVANI Atrium Hotel Bangkok
On our way back to Europe, we had another layover in Bangkok and we stayed at the AVANI Atrium Hotel* where high comfort meets the small pocket. Location wise it’s not in the prime location but if you are trying to save money you have to make compromises 😉 Also: getting around by Taxi or TukTuk is super cheap in Bangkok compared to Europe so no worries 😉 Here are some impressions of the AVANI Hotel:
Once you get settled in, you can enjoy all the things to do in Bangkok.
FIRST THINGS FIRST: FOOD AND COFFEE IN BANGKOK
We were actually planing on going to one of the many rooftop restaurants in Bangkok. But then we stepped into Bangkoks streets and we decided to keep it casual and to try some local dishes from a street food vendor. Turned out to be a good idea. We had a big bowl of green curry, grilled squid, a plate with sautéed veggies, a plate with seafood and veggies, rice and two big beers and we paid 650.000 Thai Baht which is around 17 Euros (for two people). Can’t beat that!
As a barista and coffeeshop owner, I’m very picky when it comes to coffee. That’s why I’m always making sure to do some research on the nearby coffeeshops. We usually order one Espresso and one Flat White to evaluate the quality. Here are some recommendations in the area of the Novotel Sukhumvit:
the neighbor hood coffeespot
Oh I loved this one! It such a shame we didn’t manage to go there more often. I had the dark roast as it has less acidity. They have two coffeeshops in the US/California as well. Highly recommended!
the coffeeshop at EMquartier mall
DARK is located in the luxurious EMquartier Bangkok mall which was nearby the Novotel and Avani Hotel and they serve good coffee and this is reason enough to get my coffee fix there 😉
So many coffeeshops to explore and so little time 😀 In case you have the time, I can recommend this article by Timeout for some inspiration where to go in Bangkok to have good coffee 😉
If you scroll all the way down you will find another recommendation to explore Bangkok’s Foodie scene.
HOW TO GET AROUND IN BANGKOK
Bangkok has a good infrastructure when it comes to getting from A to B. There are plenty possibilities depending on your needs.
You can grab a Taxi or the cheaper and more adventures version: the TukTuk. I personally prefer Uber as I have more control over the routing, time management and the costs but you need Internet/Wifi for that. In case you never used Uber before, you can use my Uber discount code “kfwbyue” to get your first ride for FREE 🙂
You can also rent a scooter (not sure if I can recommend that when it comes to security, a few people were driving on the pedestrians pavement…) or take take the MRT. Traffic is an issue in Bangkok so make sure to plan ahead.
THE MOST INTERESTING QUESTION: WHAT ARE THE THINGS TO DO IN BANGKOK?
Friends of ours mentioned they did a bike tour through Bangkok. Sounded okayish in the first place so I gave it a try instead of rushing through the city. We took a half day tour with followmebiketour and it was the best idea ever.
We covered so many activities such as visiting a few markets, temples and places. I was amazed by all the different smells, seeing people during their daily life working, chatting and having a good time. Although everybody was busy, everyone greeted us with a smile.
We had the chance to taste a few foods from Chinatown and the markets, we learned how to fold a Lotus flower and we fed the turtles at one of the temples. We were able to experience Thai traditions and we learned a lot in such a short time by experiencing everything with all 5 senses. This is something I could recommend 100%.
So that was it, 24 hours in Bangkok and rich in so many impressions.
Last but not least: my personal recommendation where to get your foodie spot info
When I was in Singapore a few years ago, I discovered the Blogger “Ladyironchef” which covers the topics food, travel and lifestyle mainly in Asia. So if you are looking for some hotspots or more things to do in Bangkok, check out Ladyironchef’s recommendations for Bangkok.
Question of the day for my readers:
I hope this blogpost about “Things to do in Bangkok” was helpfufl for your travel plans. Let me know what your favorite spots are in Bangkok or what you like to do on layovers in different cities.
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