Wandering around central Bangkok in the middle of the night should feel daunting, it doesn't. We arrive at our hotel late afternoon and are welcomed with Jasmine's Necklaces. After admiring the view, we head out. A few drinks and some food later and it's already dark. Our first trip to Thailand, I always love to cram a lot in on the first day of travelling but we sit and do some people watching into the night. Our last bar, a dodgy draft beer then back to the hotel. I pick up the camera and head back out on my lonesome. The streets are deserted until very central and off the main drag a hive of activity. Market vendors pack their stalls into warehouses and late night revellers make their way home into the night.
Stuck in traffic just outside the China Town District. Even the traffic in Bangkok looks beautiful to me. It is December and the weather is great not to hot, but lovely. The Tuc Tuc driver tries to convince us to buy a tailored suit, but we are in no mood for clothes shopping. We are heading to Sampeng Lane Market, and it turns out to be worth the trip. Endless narrow streets under cover and rammed full of people, mostly locals it seems. Lots of made in China goods on sale here and lots of great street food.
A trip along The Chao Phraya River is a must. We spot what must be surely Bangkok's best floating shop. We will need to visit it next time. Amongst the grand hotels and temples some buildings on the edge of the river look like they could be washed away any second. We make a stop at Wat Pho, an amazing temple complex, one of the oldest and biggest in Bangkok. It is also known as The Temple of the Reclining Buddha, thanks to a giant golden 43 meter long Buddha who looks very chilled out.
Bangkok's biggest market, Chatuchak is full of, well, everything, giant crystal formations, pets of every variety, some amazing art galleries and lots of knock off fare. My favourite find is fresh green coconut with a straw. You could easily spend two days here walking around. We should have left more room in the luggage.
Perched on top of our hotel, The Moon Bar, a perfect place to take in a glorious sunset and say goodbye Bangkok. Our next destination Thailand's Phi Phi Islands.
We return to Bangkok this December to shoot the amazing Siam Hotel, a luxury resort in the heart of Bangkok. Stay tuned for more Thailand shots.
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