My last visit to Bangkok was a very different experience to the one I’m about to tell you about! This time, we hopped into a taxi at the airport and pulled up outside the Akyra Thonglor’s shiny exterior, after an uneventful journey. Besides being absolutely exhausted, we were happy to be there. As we were checking in at the beautiful reception, I noticed a sign on the desk for in-room massages.
Shortly after out luggage arrived, so too did two lovely Thai ladies. Ready to work the journey out of our tired aching muscles.
We couldn’t have been expected to do much after that. We just about made our way up to the rooftop pool. To spend the rest of the day basking in the sunshine.
Before we were able to drag ourselves back to the room to change and head out for dinner and drinks.
The hotel’s very own Tuk Tuk dropped us off at The Marriott Hotel, where we hopped in the lift all the way to the very top. The views of uninterrupted sky and tops of buildings filled the horizon at Octave Bar. Cocktails were ordered. My bright blue cocktail, very quickly got swapped for a lychee martini (which became my drink of choice for the rest of the trip!)
Swapping expectations for the trip and excitement for what was to come, we sipped our drinks and watched the sun setting into the most incredible pinks and oranges.
Supper that night was had in the room. A combination of food from 7 Eleven and room service, before we both passed out completely. Not waking until 11am the next morning!
Thoroughly annoyed with ourselves. The ridiculously comfy bed. AND Jet Lag. For waking up so late and wasting the day, we threw on some clothes and ran out the door to explore Bangkok.
We decided to jump on the sky train and head to the river to explore by boat. The tourist boat (although not the most glamorous) was our best choice and we grabbed hop-on-hop-off tickets.
First stop: The Bangkok Flower Market. An indoor hub of activity with Men, Women and Children all bustling about. Making garlands and offerings to be sold and offered up to the Gods.
Interested to see where the flowers would be offered up, we hopped back on to the boat to go to the Grand Palace. Not realising shorts weren’t allowed, Ben had to do a quick purchase of hareem trousers before we were finally allowed in!
Unintentionally arriving just an hour before closing time worked out for the better for us. The whole place emptied out really quickly and meant that we could have a proper look around and take amazing uninterrupted photos.
The Grand Palace is truly spectacular. It was built in the 1700’s after King Phutthayotfa Chulalok (Rama I) moved the capital city from Thonburi to Bangkok. He built it as his family home and place of work. Although it still remains a Palace and Royal Offices, it is now also a Museum open to the public.
The Golden Temple was my favourite part. The light that comes off the temple is incredible. Warm and glowing, it reflects the blue skies above it and contrasts beautifully with the more colourful buildings of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
We enjoyed the temple for as long as we could before the security guard eventually found us and asked if we wouldn’t mind finding the exit. Feeling sweltering from the heat and exhausted from Jet Lag, we sought comfort in the air conditioning of Starbucks before the boat was ready to take us back to Akyra Thonglor.
Disappointed with ourselves for letting Jet Lag get the better of us, it was another night for room service. Ben made the most of the cheap Thai Massages and went to a Hotel recommended spot across the road from the Akyra. While I relaxed in our gorgeous 1920’s style Studio Suite with a delicious Pad Thai.
I absolutely loved the decor of the room. It was such a lovely place to relax after a long day, with an EXCEPTIONALLY comfy bed. Ben arrived back when I was half way through the original Jurassic Park with a cup of tea in my hand and a banana and chocolate chip muffin from 7 Eleven.
The next morning started with a dip in the beautiful roof top pool followed by breakfast. Before we had to check out and head to the airport.
It was a super short but sweet stay at the Akyra Thonglor. We were made to feel super welcome and had a lovely stay. Although, we’re a little gutted we didn’t get to explore more of Bangkok, We will definitely be back. I had a MUCH better experience than my last time in Bangkok!
If you’d like to see a little more of what we got up to in Bangkok, you can watch the Vlog on YouTube!