The next morning we hopped in a cab for a 2 hour journey to Bangkok, our last stop on our trip before returning home. Dave booked our hotel in Bangkok, which was amazing. We stayed at the Novotel Sukomvit and when we arrived we were pleasantly surprised at how nice it was. Our room looked over the pool from 20 floors up and their was a restaurant and bar on the top of the hotel. It was a perfect and quiet spot to stay for our last three nights.
When we arrived we had a quick recharge, some coffees and pastries and we were on our way. I was eager to be in such a large city, my parents and Dave did not share this with me though. I tried to plan out what we wanted to see and do over the weekend since the city can be quite overwhelming. Our first stop was the Temple of the Golden Mount. We weren't sure how to get around at first so we took a taxi there. BAD IDEA!!! The traffic in Bangkok is like nothing I have ever experience and we quickly learned that. Finally we arrived at the temple and began the ascent of some 300 steps up. It was hot and sweaty but worth it for the view.
That night I wanted to find a birthday outfit at Topshop so we headed to one of the many malls that was close to our hotel. I had to be quick because no one felt the urge to join me in Topshop but I succeeded and bought myself a denim mini skirt and a long sleeve crop top. Next stop was dinner and we found a nice little Thai place on the same road as our hotel. It was simple but delicious and we were all starving so happy to eat! We retired back to our hotel and Dave and I decided to take advantage of the swimming pool that stays open late for a night time dip to cool off.
The next day we headed out early to visit Jim Thopmson's House, which had been suggested to us by numerous people. Sadly I have no photographs of our visit there because we weren't allowed to take any. The Jim Thompson House is a museum located in central Bangkok. The museum, which was originally Jim Thompson's house, displays Mr. Thompson's vast art collection. When we arrived we were able to look around the beautiful gardens that surround the house while we waited for our tour to begin. It was very interesting to learn about Jim Thompson as he disappeared without a trace in 1967. I would highly suggest making this stop a visit on your next travels to Bangkok.
Following Jim Thompson's house Dave and I headed to our cooking class, which I discussed on the blog last week. That evening both Dave and I were far too full to eat dinner so we headed to one of the largest malls in Bangkok MBK Centre where you could literally get anything you were looking for. While Dave shopped around and my parents had a bite to eat I got my nails done. I love painting my nails but when I'm travelling I always opt for gel polish so it will last upwards of two weeks (sometimes even longer.) Then we headed home and went for another night time swim at the pool. It really was the perfect way to cool off!
Our final day in Bangkok was spent at Chatachuk Weekend Market which I talked about on the blog last week too. It was definitely the highlight of Bangkok for me! After a long day of shopping and walking we had a lazy afternoon back in the hotel by the pool. Dave was determined to get a tan before we left, I however did not accomplish this. Our last night in Thailand we decided to make special. We went for a delicious meal at a more high end Thai restaurant where we ate our last Thai food; Baan Khanitha. I would definitely suggest it to anyone looking for a place to eat in Bangkok. My parents turned in and Dave and I decided to visit the bar on the roof of the hotel, Sky 20. It was such a nice way to end such a magical trip. We had amazing cocktails and talked about our favourite parts of the trip. The next day we flew out in the evening so we were able to fit breakfast and some pool time in. We ate at a little restaurant around the corner from our hotel called Fit's Sake and they had a really interesting menu with healthy options. I had my last smoothie bowl of the trip. I loved Bangkok. It was a crazy city that never stops moving but it was a really interesting experience and I'm glad I got to visit it. I would definitely go back!