I stepped out of the taxi and into a wall of humidity, noise and car exhaust. The glass of the hotel was opaque with condensation. A door opened and the bellboy hurried out to help us with our bags. The lobby of the hotel was everything Bangkok wasn’t. It was clean, calm and cold, with floor to ceiling white marble and a waitress standing by to take our drink orders as we began the process of checking in. As I sipped on my mojito I realised that this was without doubt the last expensive holiday I would take for a long time.

Keeping watch in Wat Pho

This was a last minute trip. A friend from military boarding school decided to visit without much warning, and whilst I love Hong Kong, I didn’t want to spend two whole weeks on the Hong Kong tourist trail, so I decided seven days in Bangkok and Chiang Mai was in order. Believe it or not, it’s still cheaper to go to Thailand for a week than to stay in Hong Kong.

The highlights of day one in Bangkok included a visit to Wat Pho a trip across the river to Wat Arun and then a tuk tuk to nearby Khoa San Road . Day two we chilled out at the hotel in the morning and then hit Chatunchak Market for an afternoon of crazy shopping, it’s open on weekends only and easy to get to from the train station. Day three was all about the high life, we went to my favorite rooftop bar in Bangkok called Above Eleven for some amazing food, followed by drinks at nearby NEST bar and then later even more drinks at Vertigo and Moon Bar . Day four was about food and shopping. In the morning we got up early and took a 1.5 hour taxi ride to Amphawa floating market  and then later returned to Bangkok and got a two hour massage at Perception Blind Massage which was incredibly relaxing (and legit ;). Later that evening we visited Calypso Cabaret to watch some lady boys put on a show.

Next stop, Chiang Mai!