It was around 3PM when we finally arrived in the bustling city of Bangkok. Two sleep deprived, amateur travellers trying to find their way around such a big airport must have been funny to watch.
Our original plan was to use the airport line and skytrain to get to our hotel, I had worked it all out; where we needed to change lines and where we finished our journey to catch the free shuttle boat to our hotel- Anantara Riverside Bangkok. In the end we just opted for a taxi from the airport which obviously costed more that we probably should have paid. Travel time of 1 hour 20 minutes costed 1300THB…yeah. Anyhow our driver was polite and we felt it was definitely the best option for such newbies.
Oh I forgot to mention it was my birthday on the day we arrived. That big 20- officially an adult but forever a child at heartttt!
When we got to the hotel we were let out the car and our luggage was taken away from us. We checked in, and after we had finished our welcome drinks we were shown to our room and greeted with our luggage. This is where we settled for 4 nights.
This was our first time staying in such luxury, we definitely felt out of place at first. Free tea, coffee & water as you would expect. Robes, slippers and a good friend ‘handy’ (that’s a smartphone by the way, could of sounded slightly strange). Every guest staying at this hotel gets a complimentary smartphone with unlimited free calls to various countries (UK included). It also has free 4G- we loved this additional feature to our room and it helped us out greatly, allowing us to just get lost in Bangkok but still remain safe knowing we can always find our way.
We were lucky enough to have a river and pool view from our balcony.
It was getting late and we were hungry. The hotel prices are equivalent to Pound Sterling but in Thai Baht so very pricey. I know not everyone is the same but I enjoy eating out where I can- I hate staying in the hotel when there is so much to explore, eat, drink.
We headed deeper into the city’s core.
The free shuttle boat is a great facility. It operates from 6AM – Midnight, every 20 minutes. We jumped on the boat (not literally) and once we got to the pier we were instantly greeted with that beautiful stench of Bangkok… rank.
We started walking around, finding our bearings. We came across a small night market and I decided to dive In and eat some chicken, I think it was chicken anyway haha. It tasted amazing and for 60THB I couldn’t complain.
After taking in our surroundings we made our way back to the hotel to get some rest- we were so tired by this point and we wanted to get up early in time for breakfast.
When we arrived back at the hotel we were greeted with a birthday cake and a card from the hotel wishing me a happy birthday. This was such a lovely surprise- the cake was super tasty.