Whats better than a girls trip? NOTHING! Back in December 2019 Bound Around The World had the pleasure of hosting its first all-female tour to Southeast Asia. So today I’m sharing a little recap of everything we did, along with some tips and tricks to help you and hopefully inspire you to take a trip yourself!
This trip started in the travel hub of Southeast Asia… Bangkok. This city is famous for its chaotic streets, cheap and delicious street food, and wild nightlife.
To start off our first official day in Bangkok we grabbed breakfast, exchanged cash, and got our sim cards ready to go. (In Thailand you can buy a sim card at almost any 7eleven convenience shop, which are seriously EVERYWHERE, so don’t fret about getting one at the airport!) Then we headed out to explore the temples. We stayed on Khaosan Road which is roughly a 20 min walk to Wat Pho and The Grand Palace. The Grand Palace is a MUST when in Bangkok, but if you’re traveling on a very tight budget I suggest just checking out Wat Pho next door for a cheaper yet similar experience.
After spending the day exploring temples and checking out the neighborhood, we headed back to the hotel for a quick shower, then at around 5pm we jumped in the back of a few tuk-tuks and headed to the OCTAVE sky bar on top of the Marriott hotel. This is my favorite sky bar in the city. Unreal 360 views of the city where you can watch the sunset PLUS a great happy hour from 5-7pm with some of the best cocktails in the city. After sunset drinks we walked over to the quaint little restaurant Sit and Wonder for a seriously delicious dinner of local cuisine. This little neighborhood restaurant is a serious “find” and we were lucky enough to get a table out on the front deck under the patio lights.
Today we got up early for our tour of the Damnoen Saduak floating market and the famous Maeklong Railway market. What better way to immerse yourself into a whole new shopping experience than taking a beautifully decorated long-tail boat down the market waterways! The colors of this floating market are unforgettable…and you haven’t really experienced a traffic jam until you’ve been in one here on the water! Finding the perfect sticky rice, the coldest Chang, and feeding a baby flying squirrel are the rewards.
After the floating market we headed to the Maeklong Railway market where you get to walk around and shop- until the train comes. Then watch the vendors quickly move everything out-of-the-way while you rush behind the safety line as the train starts approaching. You’ll be amazed at just how close the train gets to everything….including you! Once we finished up our tour we headed back to Khaosan Road for Chang towers and some dinner!