When visiting Bangkok, on your first day I’d thoroughly recommend not having a plan and instead, do as I did a couple of years ago: Get absurdly lost and find the best things by chance.
You won’t be able to avoid bumping into China Town, where you can feast on char siu bao, crab and shrimp dumplings, BBQ dishes and sticky rice – a full-belly for under £3.
Although, the best things I stumbled upon included a boat trip along the Chao Phraya River and the most atmospheric views of Bangkok from the Golden Mount – these two things were free and my first taste of fresh coconut water straight from its shell cost mere pennies.
Where to stay: A quirky, green and lush boutique paradise nestled in a concrete jungle. I’ve stayed in Bangkok four times and this was head and shoulders the best place I stayed. There are numerous 5* hotels some might opt for but for something a little different, I’d really recommend this place. It was so serene! Pictured below. A stay at Phranakorn Nornlen costs £60 per night for a double room (two people, including breakfast). This is expensive for Thailand (very reasonable for UK standards) but you certainly get what you pay for. It’s worth every penny: http://www.phranakorn-nornlen.com
And remember to follow the advice of the printed flyers and till receipts advise in Thailand: ‘Have a slow life…’
On arrival, most guesthouses present Westerners with the hotel’s address written in Thai script. You won’t be able to read this but your taxi or tuk-tuk driver will. A word to the wise, never leave this piece of paper in your room. If you do? Luxuriate in the lostness and then remember all you forgot about charades.