Its Jordan, I just want to tell you 5 things I wish I knew or you should remember before going to Bangkok! I’m sure Laura would have a different list but here’s mine.
1.It is HOT, like SERIOUSLY HOT
If you go to Bangkok in the Spring or Summer months prepare for wickedly hot heat. Being from Florida I was anticipating doing just fine, well I was wrong. I spent the whole first evening and night recovering from dehydration make sure you drink plenty of water and eat foods that will help in that fight for hydration. Pictured above are one of my favorite local snacks, rambutan. We picked these up while on a boat ride through the Dumnoen Saduak Floating Market.
2.Be weary of things involving animals.
If you have an interest to see animals on your vacation, do research ahead of time to ensure you are not contributing to an association who doesn’t have the animals best interest in mind. There are many great organizations working to help these animals, however the people who exploit them greatly out number them. Chiang Mai is around an hour long flight from Bangkok but is home to several elephant sanctuaries (Check out https://www.elephantnaturepark.org). It’s worth the trip for that alone but is also a great place for food, Thai history and culture. If you are going to extend your vacation in Thailand… be sure to make this a stop!
3.This may be obvious but, eat like a local.
While we had many excellent meals from established restaurants. I think our favorite and certainly cheapest meals were ones we had from local vendors and hawkers. It was a chance to experience the culture and people while being conscious of our precious baht. The first photo is from our trip to the Silom night market. There were only a few stalls open that night due to the national holiday, but it was worth the trip. When visiting the Floating Market we were lucky enough to get some help from a local, Ray, in ordering what has to have been the best, and spiciest (Laura liked that part), dish of the whole trip.
4.Songkran is awesome, but don’t plan your entire trip around it.
Songkran is the Thai New Year Celebration, which is essentially a country wide water fight, especially in Bangkok. I loved Songkran, it was so much fun and so uniquely Thai. People were very polite about it, if someone was going to work, they were a no go! If an elderly person walked by you, NO GO, unless they shoot first then its on Granny! The only negative about Songkran is that many stores and local restaurants are closed during the holiday. So if you want to truly experience the country, especially Bangkok, make sure you’re there when Songkran isn’t in full swing.
5. The most self explanatory…just have fun and explore.
There is so much to see and do in Bangkok, don’t set limits for yourself and just have fun.