Bangkok was our final stop in Asia for us (if you don’t count a 9 hour layover in Singapore). We really, really enjoyed our time there, and both of us felt like we could happily spend a few months there if the opportunity came up. Nowhere near as crazy as we were expecting, and not a patch on Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh, Bangkok is the Goldilocks of Asian cities in my eyes. The energy was ‘just right’.
We spent our first couple of nights in a family friendly hostel called Yim which I’d highly recommend for anyone on a budget. We had torrential rain for our first couple of days and so admittedly spent them shopping and eating, so not much to report there.
We then moved to Hotel Josh for a few nights over New Years Eve. This hotel is LUSH and has been very cleverly designed for the millennial customer, with Instagrammable areas such as the ice cream counter, the neon pool bar sign and the speakeasy bar hidden in one of the hotel rooms. You can’t help but Instagram all the little design details.
The neighbourhood that Hotel Josh is in, Ari, is lovely. There are loads of great restaurants, cafes, fitness classes, bars and some cool shops around there. We had our final meal at a Lay Lao which is a very popular little spot, nominated in the Michellin guide, that I can highly recommend.
We went to the Koh San Road to see in the new year, which was a little wild, massively overcrowded, but good fun. The rest of our time in Bangkok, we pretty much split between doing emails in one of the many cool cafes in Ari, and hanging out at Hotel Josh getting caught up with work ahead of our journey to Sydney.
We definitely didn’t see as much of the city as we could have, but I guess thats all the more reason to go back!