Asia Pacific

Layover in Bangkok

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I have to be honest, after my trip to Bangkok in 2005, it wasn’t my favorite.  This is the main reason why I’m just flying through.  I was in Bangkok for less than 24 hours for a long layover.  I stayed at this amazing hostel, The Yard, in the Ari neighborhood of Bangkok.  Ari is an up and coming neighborhood that has cute cafes and restaurants.  The Yard was one of the best hostel experiences I’ve ever had; I loved the ambiance, the other travelers and the location which was away from the craziness of downtown.  I’m not someone who likes to stay at a hostel all day so I ventured to the Chatuchak weekend market which is only opened Saturdays and Sundays.  It’s one of the biggest markets in the world and there are vendors who sell everything from clothes to food to home goods.  It was also conveniently only 2 stops away on the metro.  

The main reason I don’t like Bangkok is the taxi drivers.  I actually have an aversion to them.  Talk about frustration.  They are notorious for never turning on their meter so you either have to get out of the taxi or haggle like crazy.  I did the latter until my face was blue.  It left me completely exhausted.  Uber just started in Bangkok but oftentimes, their GPS wasn’t accurate so I would end up in random spots.  I found it useful to use Uber to and from the airport.  

I really wanted to eat street food on Yaowarat Road in Chinatown so after I negotiated with a taxi driver, I headed that way.  Chinatown is insane!  Be prepared for Times Square on crack.  After sampling a delicious mango sticky rice, I plopped down at Lek & Rut (red restaurant) one half of the famous red and green restaurant rivalry.  The line at the green restaurant was too long.  You sit at these plastic tables and chairs in the midst of pure chaos.  It’s hot, noisy and crowded but it’s all part of the Bangkok experience!  I ordered a scallop curry, veggies, cockles and a cold Chang beer.  Eating street food is a part of the South East Asian experience so get over your fears! 

If this is your first time in Bangkok, you should definitely check out the temples especially Wat Pho which houses the largest reclining Buddha as well as the floating markets. 

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The cute restaurant at The Yard Hostel

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The bar and also where you get your breakfast at The Yard

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My room has a little balcony

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The common room

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So excited that the cafe at The Yard served fresh salads

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Shopping and indulging in fruit at the Chatuchak Weekend Market

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Mangosteens! We don’t get those in the States

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Grilled Seafood at Chatuchak Market

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Walking past the Grand Palace at night

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Yaowarat Road in Chinatown

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Kitchen at Lek & Rut on Yaowarat Road

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No night in Bangkok would be complete without Chang beer

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All the locals were ordering the cockles so that’s what I did

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Mango sticky rice

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Waiting for my pad thai

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Pad thai to go which was only $1

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The Yard’s cute backyard

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The breakfast is free and adorable!

  • Yuet

    Hi Laura, just wanted to tell you that I totally admire you for following your dreams of travel! I’ve been following you for quite a few years, and you are actually the very first blogger that I followed and I very much enjoy your entries. Your travels are much to be envious of. Enjoy, be safe and be happy. I’m following your dreams through your posts!

    • Laura

      Yuet!!!

      This is the best message I’ve ever gotten!! Thank you so much for your support. I oftentimes write thinking who is reading this? My main goal is to inspire others. You’re words made my day!!

      Much love and lite

      Laura xoxo

  • natashaattal

    Next time you’re in Bangkok, go to Physique 57! The owner, Khemika, is a doll and you would love her. Also, just curious – how much do your hotels avg on this trip?