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Asia day 3: Bangkok – More temples, tour boat and Khao SanVou in the Window

Today Bangkok dawned with a half overcast sky, with that hot weather that makes you want to spend the day locked in your room with the air conditioning at 16 degrees, but who is this hot in the bread line when you have a lot of cool things to do in this one? City?

Still talking about yesterday, I went for a walk at night along Khao San, the most famous street in Bangkok and a real cauldron of hell. There we can find everything: drugs, prostitutes, insects to eat and electronic music. Earlier today I went there again, to see how the place behaves in daylight, it looks more like an innocent and chaotic street in Southeast Asia. But even so, they had the scorpions on the spit for the gringaida’s madness.

Khao San

Khao San

Khao San

Afterwards, I went across the Chao Phraya River to visit a Buddhist temple on the other side and is less touristy, a place more frequented by Thais. The ferry crossing costs 10 Baths (1 real) and takes about 5 minutes. There are no pedestrian bridges in Bangkok, everyone crosses the river on ferries.

Wat Rakang

Wat Rakang

Wat Rakang Temple (Wat is a temple in Thai) is very small compared to Wat Pho or the Grand Palace, there is a school for monks there, we cannot talk to the children, but they allowed me to attend a ritual they do every morning.

little monks

little monks

Wat Rakang is a place of peace, to really meditate. No crowds of tourists and by the way, ninety percent of tourists in Bangkok are Chinese, who hang out and make life difficult for everyone and all Thais complain about them for their disorder and lack of manners.

Bells at Wat Rakang

Bells at Wat Rakang

From there I went back to the other side of the river and hired a boat tour. There is a tour that leaves from the Sathon Pier further south of Bangkok that costs 150 Baths (15 reais) and makes a lot of stops along the way, on average one every 5 minutes. I hired a 1 hour express tour, which leaves from Pier Tha Chang, near the Grand Palace and cost 500 Baths (50 reais), it was more expensive, but it was efficient and straight to the point. Only 4 people go on the boat at a time, it’s a more exclusive thing and without Chinese to disturb everything.

tour boat

tour boat

The tour goes along the Chao Phraya River and then through the canals, in fact most of the tour takes place in the canals. It’s a great way to get a glimpse of the way of life of the poorest Thais who live in this region.

In Bangkok there are dozens of canals and they are like streets, most houses that are on the canals have small decks and plastic boats that look like bathtubs. There are also small markets and stores only for those who arrive through the canals.

boat that sells food

Braquinho that sells food

Required and I loved it

Required and I loved it

One thing I noticed in Bangkok, is that despite the very poor people, nobody begs on the street. There is a great spirituality, every house, from the richest to the most humble, has its own small temple of worship.

A people who don’t complain about the little they have and are extremely kind, like the gentleman who sold me a tour for tomorrow, after a great conversation about the Thai way of life, he gave a Buddhist greeting and said “thank you, friend” . Yes, in Portuguese. How not to fall in love with these people?

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I’ve been to Bangkok 5 more times and in fact, I’ve lived there during the year 2018. All the hotels that I’m going to indicate in this post I already know and I’ve stayed in them. Read the full post with all the tips or check out the main highlights below:

The Rambuttri Village Plaza is a find! It is located in the heart of the historic center of Bangkok, close to Khao San. Although this area is very crowded, it is on a very nice and quiet street. And it was in this hotel that I stayed on two occasions in Bangkok.

The Amara Bangkok is part of a chain of hotels in Asia, with two units in Singapore, one in Shanghai and this one in Bangkok. And it’s no exaggeration to say, this was the best hotel I stayed in Bangkok.

The Prime Hotel Central Station was recently renovated, the room was huge, with a very comfortable bed. A beautiful view of Hua Lampong station, where trains leave for Ayutthaya and all corners of Thailand.

The Quarter Ladprao is in a super strategic location in Bangkok, close to Don Mueang Airport and with easy access by train to Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

Finally, a hotel for those on the go. I stayed at Suvarnabhumi Ville Airport Hotel during a long connection at Suvarnabhumi International Airport. The hotel is next to the airport, right on the runway. They even have a rooftop bar – which serves wonderful drinks and great dishes – and from where we have a sensational view of the takeoffs and landings.

When to go and how much:
When is the best time to visit Thailand
How much does it cost to travel to Thailand?
cost of living in thailand
What currency to take to Thailand

Immigration and services:
Arriving in Bangkok via Suvarnabhumi and Dom Mueang
Thailand’s low-cost airlines
How Grab, Asia’s Uber, works
internet chip in thailand

Read more::
Dangers and scams in Thailand
15 things you need to know before visiting
Songkran, the Thai New Year

To organize your trip:
What to do in Bangkok
Where to stay in Bangkok
How to use the Bangkok Metro

Bangkok itineraries:
What to do in Bangkok
The best boat tour in Bangkok
8 experiences in Bangkok
Things to do in Ayutthaya (hit back)

Bangkok attractions:
Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew
Wat Arun: The Temple of Dawn
Wat Pho: The Temple of the Reclining Buddha
Boat trips in Bangkok
The best boat tour in Bangkok
Chinatown and the Temple of the Golden Buddha
Marble Temple in Bangkok
Golden Mount Temple
Floating Market
train market
Khao San Road
Suan Pakkad Palace
Chatuchack Weekend Market
Jim Thompson House
Walk over Bangkok on a glass walkway

How to get to Ayutthaya
Things to do in Ayutthaya (hit back)

What to do in Chiang Mai
Where to stay in Chiang Mai
Village of the “Giraffe Women”
Tiger Kingdom
Doi Suthep Temple
Chiang Mai Lantern Festival
An experience with the monks of Chiang Mai

Sukhothai, the cradle of Thai civilization

Krabi & Railay Beach
Railay Beach, how to get there and what to do
Island tour from Krabi
The island of giant bats
7 islands tour

Phi Phi Island
Things to do in Phi Phi Islands
How to get to Phi Phi
Where to stay in Phi Phi
Maya Bay
Diving in Phi Phi

Things to do in Phuket
Patong Beach in Phuket

Koh Lipe
Things to do in Koh Lipe
How to get to Koh Lipe
Where to stay

Koh Samui
Koh Samui tips, how to get there and what to do
Three islands joined by a beach on Koh Ningyuan

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