A place which takes you out of your comfort zone, a Bangkok solo trip will give you a lifetime of amazing memories.
A Bangkok solo trip would not be complete without eating local street food or a ride on a tuk tuk. It is a city that never sleeps and there is always something going on. Solo women can enjoy the comfort of the busy street life and the serene solitude of the parks and temples dotted around the city.
I arrived on a Friday night. Early Saturday morning I headed straight for Chatuchak Market. You will need to get the MRT to Chatuchak Market, a 1 minute walk from the train station.
Chatuchak is huge and although there are maps available, I found myself just wandering around aimlessly. There is so much to look at and buy. Bartering is required, so be ready to walk away and check the next stall. The market is only open on the weekends so if you are in for shopping, plan accordingly.
Once back near my hotel, Saladaeng Collondae, I found a local place to have a massage. Massage parlours are everywhere so just walk in and see if they have availability. At the Saladaeng BTS station there is a mall with a supermarket. I stocked up on things like cereals, snacks, fruit and water. Dinner is a few bags of local street food bought back and eaten at home.
Saledaeng Hotel was very comfortable and I loved that there was such an amazing food market right on the doorstep. However, there wasn’t a hint of Thai character. Also as it was serviced apartments, it was not a good place to meet other solo travellers.
Morning started early with a stroll through Lumphini Park. Older Bangkok residents practise Tai Chi, the younger jogging with their friends. It’s a great way to start the day. Grabbing some street food for breakfast, I headed to Khao San Road by tuk tuk.
Riding a tuk tuk is such a unique experience. I try to do it at least once on every trip! If you are going to the King’s Palace by tuk tuk driver some will tell you it is shut and try to take you to a family member’s shop. If this happens, find a different driver or taxi.
When I was dropped off at Khao San Road I wandered the stalls full of cool T-shirt’s and fake goods.
A Bangkok solo trip reveals so much beauty in it’s craziness.
Lunch is nice at cafe which has seating on the pedestrian strip. My favourite along there is pad thai. People-watching is excellent, both locals and travellers, and can last for hours.
Next I headed to MBK Shopping Center late afternoon for a bit of shopping. MBK is a good place for shopping (fake goods) but the staff can sometimes get very aggressive if you do not buy something.
After a day out and about I had dinner again in my room. If you want to splash out a bit and treat yourself, try the Sky Bar at the Banyan Tree for cocktails, or the Sunday Brunch at the Mandarin Oriental.
China Town was the destination for my last full day in Bangkok. Busy markets are great for photos and I captured some great shots. Boat rides are an amazing way to see Bangkok. Piers are located all along the Chao Phraya River. You’ll need to get off at Ratchawong Pier and China Town is a short walk from there.
Day three ended back in Saladaeng with another satisfying dinner of street food.
The hustle and bustle of street trading, unique characters and interesting lighting makes for a photographer’s dream.
Feeling good after a night’s rest I was ready to head home from my Bangkok solo trip. I had time to buy some food outside my hotel and go to the airport for my noon flight.
The local food court opposite the hotel was amazing. There is a clothes market at the front and then the food at the back. My favorites were larb moo (minced pork with Thai basil), Phad Thai, som tam (papaya salad), sticky rice and mango. Buy food before you go back to the airport. It is tastier and a lot cheaper.
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Trip taken February 2018