I hope you're having a great week!
I'm just home from the most amazing trip to Thailand and Dubai. I've received so many questions asking where I stayed, what I did etc so I thought the best way to share it all is right here on my blog.
The first part of my trip was to Bangkok in Thailand.
How I booked my trip
I've been to Bangkok before (You can read my blog post from the last time I was there here) .. I fell in love with the amazing fabrics and trims over there. It's impossible to get those incredible fabrics in Ireland so I've been dreaming about going back since.
I decided a couple of weeks ago to book the trip and travel on my own.
There are two websites I always use when I'm travelling, no matter where I'm going.
I always book my flights through www.SkyScanner.com and hotels through www.agoda.com
For this trip, I travelled from Dublin > Abu Dhabi > Bangkok via Etihad Airways. They are the dream airline to fly with - The staff are so friendly, food is tasty (believe it or not) and the seats are so comfortable. It doesn't sound like a big deal but when you're sitting for 14-15 hours on a plane, it is a big deal!
My hotel was the 'Berkeley Hotel Pratunum'. I stayed there the last time I was in Bangkok aswel. It's a beautiful 5 star hotel located right in the heart of Bangkok (and close to the gorgeous fabric markets!). As I was travelling on my own, I wanted somewhere I was familiar with and that I knew was safe. Here's some pictures of the hotel.
Berkeley Hotel, Pratunum, Bangkok
What I did, where I visited in Bangkok
As I mentioned, I have been to Bangkok before so I had an idea where I wanted to go.
Some places I would highly recommend visiting in Bangkok are:
The Floating Markets, Rachaburi
The floating markets were definitely the highlight of my trip. They are located approx 1 hour from Bangkok in a small village called 'Rachaburi'
They are exactly what they say they are; floating markets. They are located on the water. You travel via boat through the markets. They sell everything from food, drink, clothing, jewellery, ornaments, souvenirs, everything you can think of. It's a real taste of traditional Thailand.
To say I am obsessed with fabrics is an understatement. I just love them. I was in paradise in Bangkok with all the fabric shops. The quality of silk is like something you've never seen before. There was an endless variety of laces and trims.
My favourite places for fabrics would be:
There are over 30,000 beautiful temples in Bangkok. You can't but stop and look at them, I believe there is a fantastic tour you can do called 'Tour of the Temples' - I never got a chance to do it but I've heard great things about it. Here's pictures of some temples I came across..
Revolving Restaurant, Grand China Hotel, Bangkok
My last day in Bangkok was spent in Chinatown. The place is crazzzzzy!! I loved every second of it but it is actually mental!
Right in the middle of it, is Grand China Hotel. You can take a lift to the top floor where there is a revolving restaurant with a fantastic view of the city. My arms and legs were falling off me after a day around the markets there so it was lovely to relax up there and enjoy the views.
'The Land of Smiles'
View from my bedroom window
32kg of the most beautiful silk fabrics on my back!
There is no end to what you can do in Bangkok. It's a chaotic city but I love it. Thailand is definitely my favourite place to travel. My only regret travelling this time is that I didn't stay longer.
Many of you snapped me telling me how much you think I would love Vietnam and the Philipines. I'm definitely looking into booking a trip there very soon!
After Thailand, I travelled to Dubai to meet my friends for a few days. I will write a blog post with all I did there also. It should be live tomorrow but I will keep you updated on Social Media in the meantime!
I hope you enjoyed this post. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to comment on this post or send me a message on Snapchat (My username is 'jenniferwrynne')