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On wrapping up our fascinating trip through the length and breadth of Myanmar, the two of us decided to spend a couple of days in Bangkok on a complete whim. Why Bangkok? It was the first city both of us visited together (over 10 years ago!).  65 countries and over 500 cities later, we wanted to go back to it and celebrate love, life, happiness, travel and all that comes with it 🙂

While people visit Bangkok for everything ranging from entertainment to sport, we chose Bangkok for an indulgent romantic weekend away. This is no way a definitive guide to Bangkok. I’m pretty sure you’ll find dozens of those on the internet! Instead it’s a list of some of our favourite things to see, do, and eat on a romantic weekend away in Bangkok

 

GETTING AROUND

Cabs are the easiest way of getting around in Bangkok. They are affordable and plentiful. Always make sure you hop into a cab which has a functional meter. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could also try commuting in Bangkok’s signature yellow tuk-tuks. You could also hop onto the metro aka BTS Skytrain, which conveniently links large parts of the city. On weekends, the city’s infamous traffic jams can make cabs inconvenient.

Getting around in Bangkok in a Tuk Tuk - Fun :-)
Getting around in Bangkok in a Tuk Tuk – Fun 🙂

 

SHOPPING

Bangkok is shopping mecca. We rarely shop while travelling but even we ended up picking up quite a few bits and bobs in Bangkok. From night markets to luxury malls, Bangkok has it all. Here are some of our favourite places to shop in the city:

  • Chatuchak and Patpong night markets: The sprawling night market has something for everyone. You could pick up sunglasses, unique jewellery, trendy clothes and tees emblazoned with quirky slogans at affordable prices. It’s also a great place to sample Thai street food
  • MBK Mall: If you do enjoy affordable prices but night markets get you all hot and bothered, head to MBK Mall. Think of it as an air-conditioned night market. MBK Mall is a bit of a legend in Bangkok and understandably so! From camera gear and electronics to clothes and makeup, there’s nothing you won’t find here. Just make sure you visit with loads of time at hand!
  • Terminal 21: If you want to visit Thai drugstores, Japanese dollar stores like Daiso, and high street shops such as Vero Moda, H&M and Boots, then head to the relatively new Terminal 21. It’s a huge mall and there is no dearth of options!
  • Emporium mall: If you want authentic high-end and designer goods, then Emporium Mall is probably your best bet. Some of the popular stores include Sephora, Zara, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, and Chanel.
Patpong night market - chaotic :D
Patpong night market – chaotic 😀

 

The city comes alive at night
The city comes alive at night

 

SIGHTSEEING

The highlight of a weekend getaway to Bangkok might be the shopping or dining opportunities but there is no dearth of cultural things to do and historical things to see in the city. Some of our favourite things to see and do include:

  • Wat Pho: The huge temple is famous for its large reclining Buddha. It’s definitely recommended, especially for a first time visitor.
  • Sunset at Chao Phraya River: Combine your trip to Wat Pho with a stroll along the Chao Phraya River. It is especially entrancing at sunset.
  • Wat Arun: The legendary temple of dawn is a must visit in Bangkok. Its intricate architecture and colourful spires will leave you spellbound. Devote at least an hour or two to exploring the temple complex.
  • The Grand Palace: A large complex of buildings, The Grand Palace is recommended for the first time visitor. We skipped it on our visit to Bangkok because we’d been there before!
  • Walk down the chaotic Khaosan Road: It is home to colourful bars, affordable restaurants, and street-food vendors. Khaosan Road is the epitome of Bangkok’s crazy nightlife!
  • If you enjoy going off-the-beaten-path, then head to the unusual Chao Mae Tuptim shrine in Bangkok. The temple is a phallic shrine (yep you heard that right!) devoted to the goddess of fertility. Find it in the grounds of Swissotel in Chitlom.

 

A leisurely walk along the river at sunset
A leisurely walk along the river at sunset

 

Gorgeous architecture - entrance to Wat Pho
Gorgeous architecture – entrance to Wat Pho

 

ACCOMMODATION

If you’re in Bangkok for a short weekend away then we’d strongly suggest staying in either Sukhumvit or Silom . That way you will be close to everything – street food, night markets, malls, and cultural sites.

 

We stayed at Marriott Executive Apartments at Sukhumvit Park. We’ve stayed with Marriott several times, but it was our first time staying in Marriott’s serviced apartments and we loved it! The apartments have all the amenities of a traditional hotel – breakfast, room service, gym, pool etc – but they are much more affordable than a comparable hotel room. They also have a fully functional kitchen kitted out with utensils, wine glasses, a large refrigerator, microwave, and stove. I haven’t had access to a kitchen in ages, so this made me uber happy 🙂 Our apartment was on the 25th floor and the large living room looked out to Bangkok’s glittering skyline. This view ensured we spent a large chunk of the weekend locked in our li’l lovenest :-). You can compare prices here and book.

 

Booking an executive apartment was a last-minute decision because the neighbouring JW Marriott (our first choice!) was all sold out on the dates we were in Bangkok, but we’d highly recommend checking it out before you book a hotel in Bangkok.

 

Marriott Sukhumvit Executive Apartments Bangkok one bedroom apartment
Loved the view of the city from our apartment’s living room

 

Marriott Sukhumvit Executive Apartments Bangkok Infinity Pool
The gorgeous infinity pool at Marriott Sukhumvit

 

Marriott Sukhumvit Executive Apartments Bangkok breakfast
As you can tell, we hadn’t had fresh fruits and veggies for a few weeks prior to reaching Bangkok 😉

 

EATING

  • The food court called Food island on the sixth floor of the sprawling MBK mall offers an extensive range of Thai delicacies at extremely affordable prices. Try some mango sticky rice, thai curries, and fresh fruit smoothies – nom!
  • Another pocket-friendly option is the thai food court on the top floor of Terminal 21 shopping mall. Think of it as an airconditioned night market, with clean tables, cutlery, and dozens of stalls including a lil stall that sells scrumptious Thai curry for 50 baht
  • For a panoramic 360 degree view of the city of Bangkok, head to Octave Rooftop Lounge and Bar at Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit. The relaxed vibe is perfect for sundowners (or 5!)
  • The most popular bar in Bangkok is definitely Sky Bar at Lebua. Drinks and views are top notch. However do beware that some scenes of the movie Hangover II were shot here – as a result the bar tends to get overcrowded, which definitely dampens the experience.
  • If you’re in the mood to splurge on a decadent meal or you’re celebrating a special ocassion in Bangkok, try the excellent dégustation menu at Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin at Siam Kempinsky Hotel. The restaurant has won several awards for its exquisite take on Thai food. A reader suggested this to us on Instagram (thanks Nidhi!) and it sure lived up to the hype. Reserve in advance.

 

Yum - the food court at MBK mall!
Yum – the food court at MBK mall!

 

What’s your favourite bit about Bangkok? 🙂 

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95 thoughts on “A Romantic Weekend Away in Bangkok

      1. Heya, this is Avni!
        Me with my husband are traveling Thailand end of Feb 2018. Can you please share me the best itenary for Phuket and Pattaya as well like this of Bangkok.

        1. Hey Avni – unfortunately we haven’t been to Phuket and Pattaya in over a dozen years and it’s changed a lot since then, so don’t have too much by way of suggestions. So sorry about that. Hope you guys have an amazing trip 🙂

  1. Your posts are really great.

    I was just wondering, in almost every post of yours you have the same Wine Bottle, and 2 glasses.
    Is it by chance, or you carry it just for photography 🙂

    1. Hehe Gorav – cutest comment EVER. It brought a smile to my face 🙂

      The answer is no, we don’t carry the bottle or glasses. We couldn’t ever fit that into our limited luggage. I’d never noticed that till you pointed it out but Moët & Chandon Champagnes seem to be the default welcome drink in most luxury hotels, so they always seem to be hovering around us 😉

  2. Ohh … Never thought bangkok was so much fun !!! Shopping seems super interesting … The pool view is simply gawjus !!!! It seems better than people percieve it to be though !!! Thanks guys !!

  3. We planning to go to Thailand this December. Any inputs on Phuket, Krabi? How many days are good for Bangkok? I already got your pointers on Bangkok, will keep all of them on our list. Thanks a bunch

    1. Hey Lavanya – unfortunately we haven’t been to Krabi or Phuket in almost a decade, so no tips on that front. Sorry 🙁 Have fun in Thailand – do send us photos from Bangkok if you make it to any of the places on our list. We’d love to share your photos with our readers

  4. Hey awesome work you people are doing 🙂 very inspirational! You should definitely give a try to KERALA (Alapuzha, Muannr, thekkady, etc) in South India. Eagerly looking forward for your Kerala blog 🙂

  5. Thailand is the most amazing and economical foreign country to travel from India..on jan 15 I have visited tiger temple, safari world, dinner cruise on chao phraya river, city tour, world war II museum and malls in bangkok…underwater world, parasailing, under sea walk and alcazar show in pattaya…it was great fun…i will be travelling to phuket in Jan 16 for a week with complete adventure activities like scuba diving and flying hanuman…

  6. Stunning images as always.

    I’d love to go to a night market and I’ve always wanted to go in an infinity pool. Such a good thing to see people taking the opportunity to travel and have these experiences for a lifetime xo

    1. Thanks a ton – yes this break that we took from working full time was the best decision ever. We got to see so much of the world at a relaxed pace 🙂

  7. It looks amazing, we were looking at booking to go to Thailand last week for my birthday next year but our friends did not want to go, I was gutted. So we are going to hopefully go for our anniversary next year x

  8. I’ve never been to Thailand despite living in various Asian countries when I was younger. I’m a big fan of Latin American travel and North Africa, and so tend to gravitate there, but someday – maybe when our baby is older – we’ll go to Thailand.

    1. Latin America is incredible Kelly, so I don’t blame you 🙂 But do give South East Asia a try – it’s energy is similar yet v.different from Latin America and North Africa.

  9. I’ve never made it to Bangkok yet (was planned but got cancelled) but it’s definitely on my must do list – even more so now, those photos look amazing 🙂

  10. It is somewhere I have never been, but the Tuk Tuk looks so much fun! I think I would love to walk around the markets and especially the food hall, I bet they have some really unusual foods! Xx

    1. Hehe I’m not much of a shopper while travelling but Bangkok gets to me – I just can’t resist the malls and markets 🙂

    1. It does indeed – Bangkok isn’t a particularly romantic city but it really works for us because it has a bit of everything – shopping, culture, food, and history 🙂

    1. Hey Laura – you’re right. If you’re flying from UK, then just combine a couple of days in Bangkok with a few days on a Thai island (Phuket, Krabi, or Chiang Mai are all great) 🙂

  11. Wow amazing right!? I love going to places full of culture!! The view from the pool looks stunning and love the photo of you both in your hotel room!

  12. Fair play for going for a long weekend, we’d be more inclined to go for longer. My folks visited a couple of years back and loved Bangkok. It makes a good stop-over destination too.

    1. Bangkok is the perfect stop-over destination 🙂 Would definitely recommend hopping over to an island if you’re in Thailand for longer

  13. What a fabulous travel history you have! Now my children are grown, travel is a huge part of my future plans, and so one day I will get to Bangkok. Your pictures just make me want to go now!

    1. Thanks Tanya – travelling is our passion, so we do get around 🙂 So happy to hear you intend to travel tons in the years to come

  14. Bangkok looks amazing! I’ve never been but it’s on my “places to visit” bucket list. The apartment looks lovely and that food, oh the food!! That last picture of the food court at MBK mall is just intensely colourful!

    1. Yes Gudang Musik, Bangkok is ctually a very beautiful place.We just love going there to spend a special weekend.

  15. Hi guys,

    All your blogs come really handy to plan any vacation. Just wanted to know if you guys did any visit to the floating markets in Bangkok?

  16. I’ve been always reading your posts and it’s amazing! Each time before I travel somewhere, I would google *bruisedpassports* to find your blog in a big hope that you’ve covered that particular area and read up about the place I’m visiting. This time, it’s Bangkok! Thank you so much for sharing your lovely journeys with all of us. Truly grateful!

    1. Aww Rekha, thank you so much for your kind words-they really mean a lot to us. We are happy to know that our posts help you in planning your trips- happy travels!

  17. We have been to bangkok and phuket for our honeymoon. this blog made us rewind our trip. We especially love the street food and shopping. And now after reading this we booked our flight once again to bangkok. 😀

      1. Hey we’ve been there but almost 10 years ago – it’s changed a lot since then so don’t want to write about it till we revisit 🙂

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