Bangkok ’18

Bangkok ’18

I couldn’t believe it when I did some counting and realized it was my sixth time in this crazy city called Bangkok! And even though I’ve been there so many times: There is something about Bangkok which fascinates me and with every visit I enjoy the city even more!

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Bangkok is definitely different than every other city I’ve ever seen. The crazy traffic with the mixture of cars, taxis, motorcycles and tuk-tuks, the vibrant food scene with street kitchens, fancy restaurants, food courts and trendy restaurants and the contrast between luxury mega malls and fascinating traditional culture. There is just so much to discover and I always find new places on every visit!

As Alex and I had so many projects around the world in 2017, we were so happy to come back to a place we know so well for some instant relaxation and holiday vibes. Even though travelling so much is my biggest dream come true, going to new places is always something which needs a lot of preparation. Even within Southeast Asia there are HUGE differences when it comes to climate, health threats, political situations etc.. So I always need time to prepare myself for every destination. Recently, I started to use Fit For Travel as they have information about more than 300 travel destinations around the world! To quickly inform myself I also downloaded the fit-for-travel app. For Thailand I normally check the climate (I don’t want monsoon season as I LOOOOVE sunshine so much) and after I visited Bangkok once during political protests where most of the city was blocked and the situation was very uncertain, I also double check current developments. Also for tropical destinations, I want to be informed about health threats. Thailand, for example, is the country with most cases of Dengue fever and as mosquitos normally love my blood, I need to know what to get as protection in advance (I always buy “off” in Thailand – Mosquitos literally stay off ;))! For Thailand you can find all the information: here.

WHAT TO DO?

Even though Alex and I wanted to have some easy vacay days in Bangkok, we also did some touristy things we really enjoy in BKK! My favorite temples in Bangkok are the Grand Palace, the Wat Pho and the Wat ArunWat Arun was at the top of my list for this visit as it had been under construction for quite a bit and it’s one of my all time favorite temples! First of all the location is absolutely stunning, as it is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. Moreover, the design of Wat Arun (“Temple of Dawn“) is quite different to other temples you will find in Bangkok, as it’s partly made up of colorfully decorated spires. It’s quite easy to get there as Wat Arun is almost opposite of Wat Pho and you can take a river boat, which costs about 10 cents and also offers stunning views of Wat Arun from the river! 😉 In general, I can highly recommend taking a river boat on the Chao Phraya River – Maybe even for a river cruise meal?

My favorite activity for night time is visiting the super touristy but super fun Khao San Road, which is in the heart of the backpacker district! I stayed here when I first came to Bangkok and I still love to look at souvenirs, try street food and just enjoy the crazy buzz! When you want something a little less touristy, I also enjoy walking around Chinatown! I always buy some noodles, fresh fruits or roti pancakes (my favorite in the world!).

For shopping there are soooo many alternatives! Alex and I love the MBK center for souvenirs and a vibrant mix of everything. However, there are countless more luxury mega malls such as the Siam Center.

– Wat Arun –

– King’s Palace –

– Chinatown –

WHERE TO EAT?

As I’m such a passionate foodie, I always try new restaurants everywhere I go! This time I tried to eat as much vegan as possible and, therefore, tried some cool healthy and modern breakfast spots. I loved Not Just Another Cup for the cutest heart shaped acai bowl, yummy avo bread and the cool location close to Wat Arun! The most beautiful restaurant was Organika, where they have the cutest lunch and stunning afternoon tea. They prepare the food with so much love for detail and I had a little animal (Is it a dog ;)?) on my coffee and the most beautifully decorated waffles. Moreover, D’hark, which is in the same building as Organika, is a really cool place with super delicious coffee! Also Toby’s was closed, but judging from the pictures I saw, it looked amazing – I put it on my list for my next visit! For those of you who love to try some very crazy restaurants – you can find anything ranging from Hello Kitty to robots, cats and unicorns! 😉 In case you are wondering about Western food for breakfast – that’s no problem at all! I have a super sensitive stomach and could never eat anything warm or spicy for breakfast – even if I would like to 😉 – and I had no problems whatsoever finding a delicious breakfast.

In the evenings Alex and I tried some vegan places such as Veganerie Concept and Broccoli Revolution, which served Western as well as Asian cuisine and was super cool and yummy! I have to admit, however, that I’ve never ever been to a fancy restaurant in Bangkok as I love to walk around the city in the evenings and eat from street kitchens. Maybe I’ll try one next time – I’m sure there are amazing ones with beautiful city views!  If you‘ve got any restaurant recommendations – I’d be super happy to read your comments!

– Not Just Another Cup –

– Organika –

WHERE TO STAY?

There are so many hotels in Bangkok, it’s almost a little overwhelming! After staying in hostels in the backpacking area during my first three stays in Bangkok, I now also found two hotels I really love any highly recommend!

For the most impressive Bangkok views, dreamy balconies and Hangover II feels (yes, the bar with the legendary stairs from that film is part of the hotel!) I can strongly recommend the Lebua State Tower Hotel. I‘ve stayed here twice and I will never get enough of watching the sun set from my balcony on the 60th floor! Such an amazing view and atmosphere!

If you are looking for a trendy and cool alternative at a lower price, I also love the So Sofitel Hotel in Bangkok! The hotel is in the heart of Bangkok near Silom & Sathorn and was designed by Christian Lacroix. I’m super obsessed with the infinity pool and its Lumpini Park view, which reminds me so much of the Central Park view in NYC. Also the whole vibe is very modern!

– Lebua State Tower Hotel –

– So Sofitel Hotel –

There is sooo much more to tell you about Bangkok, but as I’ve only been there for three days this time around, I’ll add more information the next time I visit (there will always be a next time for Bangkok!) 🙂 xx Leonie

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42 Comments

  1. Natali
    24. January 2018 / 1:55

    What a dream location!? I’d love to visit Bangkok someday and see for myself uniqueness of this place.
    You are looking gorgeous on every single photo. 🙂

    https://lartoffashion.com

  2. 24. January 2018 / 14:30

    You captured Thailand so so beautifully, I really want to go ! I also love how you styled your outfits for the temples, I have been to southeast asia before and I know how the rules are for dressing, so sometimes you have to think a little outside the box but you dress so beautifully! xx

    Frances Kayleigh | Fashion & Lifestyle

  3. 24. January 2018 / 16:25

    Wundervolle Eindrücke und Tipps für Bangkok, Ich werde auch bald dorthin reisen und freue mich schon sehr <3
    Liebst Kathi
    http://www.meetthehappygirl.com

  4. 24. January 2018 / 16:48

    I am absolutely in love with your blog and the pictures you post on your social media accounts! I am a blogger myself and I know exactly how hard it is to generate such a top quality content!

  5. 24. January 2018 / 19:44

    Wow! Ich freue mich immer tierisch, wenn ein neuer Post von dir online kommt<3 Ich kann mich fast gar nicht mehr daran erinnern, wie es in Bangkok war, liegt vielleicht auch daran, dass ich sechs Jahre alt war, aber wie du so schön sagst "there will always be a next time for Bangkok!".

    Alles Liebe,
    deine Maj-Britt

    https://majstatement.com/

  6. 24. January 2018 / 20:18

    Dieser Post kommt mir total gelegen, weil es für mich bald ebenfalls nach Thailand und auch Bangkok geht und ich mir schon Tipps und Empfehlungen aufschreibe!
    Die Stadt sieht wirklich so so schön aus und ich bin schon sehr gespannt sie zu erkunden 🙂
    Solche tollen Hotels, mit diesem unglaublichen Ausblick werde ich mir wohl nicht leisten können 😀 Aber einen deiner veganen Food Spots muss ich unbedingt testen!!
    Ich bin schon total gespannt und hoffe, dass mich die Stadt ebenfalls so faszinieren und in ihren Bann ziehen wird wie dich 🙂

    Liebe Grüße
    Pauline <3

    http://www.mind-wanderer.com

  7. Leonie
    Author
    24. January 2018 / 23:58

    hihihi, genau so denke ich auch 😉

  8. Leonie
    Author
    24. January 2018 / 23:58

    Awwww, thanks so much – That means a lot to me! <3

  9. Leonie
    Author
    24. January 2018 / 23:59

    YEEEES! <3<3<3

  10. 25. January 2018 / 9:10

    Liebe Leonie,
    wie immer ganz traumhafte Fotos und ein paar tolle Tipps!
    Liebe Grüße an dich
    Nicole
    http://alnisfescherblog.com

  11. Leonie
    Author
    25. January 2018 / 10:54

    Yeah, love Thailand so much! <3

  12. Leonie
    Author
    25. January 2018 / 10:54

    <3<3<3

  13. 25. January 2018 / 10:55

    Thailand ist ja auch mein absoluter Happy Place / land. Ich liebe einfach jeden Fleck dort und würde am liebsten auch regelmäßig dort hin. Vielleicht nächstes Jahr wieder.
    LG
    Brini
    http://www.brinisfashionbook.com

  14. Leonie
    Author
    25. January 2018 / 11:42

    Ich weiß absolut was du meinst! Happy Place trifft es echt gut! <3

  15. 25. January 2018 / 11:59

    Your trip looked amazing! AlthoughI haven’t been in so long, I love that I have this updated list now that I can take with me!

    x
    Shloka
    http://thesilksneaker.com

  16. Katrin
    25. January 2018 / 14:18

    You’re blog is awesome! And you are such a beauty! Wish all your dreams to come true ❤️ And in my turn I make a wish to become like you one day and maybe travel anywhere together 🙈

  17. Leonie
    Author
    25. January 2018 / 18:54

    Awww, you’re the cutest <3

  18. 25. January 2018 / 22:08

    Ooohhh wir waren vor einigen Wochen auch noch in Bangkok und wenn ich deine Bilder sehe, könnte ich auch direkt schon wieder hin 🙂 Ich hätte es vorher nie gedacht, aber ich habe die Stadt direkt in mein Herz geschlossen – es gibt einfach so viel zu sehen und zu unternehmen 🙂 ein Traum

    Liebste Grüße!
    Vanessa
    http://www.thetinyflamingo.com

  19. Leonie
    Author
    26. January 2018 / 0:01

    Ja ja jaaaaaa, geht mir genau so! <3<3<3

  20. 26. January 2018 / 7:08

    I loved Bangkok! After reading your post and looking at your pictures, I really want to visit Thailand again. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  21. 26. January 2018 / 17:03

    Liebe Leonie,

    diese Bilder sind wirklich traumhaft schön 😍.
    Ich kann es kaum erwarten auch endlich mal nach Bangkok zu gehen!
    Ganz liebe Grüße,
    Jules
    http://www.thejuliarusso.com

  22. Leonie
    Author
    26. January 2018 / 23:30

    Yeaaaah <3<3<3

  23. Henrikje
    28. January 2018 / 0:23

    Liebe Leonie,

    ich habe vor 3 Jahren für ein paar Monate in Bangkok gelebt und Dein Post hat mich gerade so nostalgisch werden lassen 🙂 Werde nächstes Mal auf jeden Fall die Restaurants ausprobieren, die Du hier empfohlen hast. Mein Lieblingsrestaurant war das Lan Na Thai @ Face in der Sukhumvit Soi 38, wunderschön und sehr lecker. Ansonsten war ich ständig im Iron Fairies und in der Iron Balls Distillery, absolut nicht touristisch, sondern bei den jungen Thais äußerst beliebt und mit fantastischem Design…

    Liebe Grüße
    Henrikje

  24. Leonie
    Author
    28. January 2018 / 12:46

    Ahhh so cool – Muss ich beim nächsten Mal unbedingt ausprobieren! In der Sukhumvit Soi 38 ist echt auch immer so viel los! <3

  25. Corinna
    28. January 2018 / 18:13

    Liebe Leonie,
    ich werde im Sommer nach Bangkok reisen – leider auch nur für 3 Tage, bevor es dann nach Ko Tao, Ko Samui und Phuket geht.

    Ich wollte kurz nachfragen, wie teuer die Mahlzeiten in den von dir empfohlenen Restaurants circa sind? Sind es eher lower budget Mahlzeiten (zB Frühstück mit Getränk bis 12/15 Euro, Abendessen bis 20 Euro) oder müsste man dort schon mehr zahlen, um auch satt zu werden? 🙂

    Die sehen zu schön aus, um wahr (und bezahlbar) zu sein 🙂

  26. Leonie
    Author
    28. January 2018 / 21:37

    Hallo Liebes, also grundsätzlich ist Bangkok eine der günstigen Städte in denen ich je war! Du kannst auch für einen Euro die Mahlzeit essen! Und 10 Euro für eine Mahlzeit wäre tatsächlich schon echt viel! Ich poste auch noch tolle Tipps für Koh Tao – Da gab es so leckeres Essen! 🙂 <3

  27. Dea
    22. February 2018 / 7:51

    what photo effect does it use?

  28. 7. March 2018 / 18:20

    was für tolle Bilder – I’m in love !!!

  29. Amanda
    8. March 2018 / 23:30

    Can you make a separate post on the islands in Thailand you visited such as Koh Tao and Ko Samui? Specifically, I’m curious as to how your experiences were there travelling. I’ve read media outlets regarding tourist safety there. Also, if you could ever talk about safety in tourism by your experiences around the world and especially being a girl what you’ve had to look out for and could recommend to other female travellers, that would be fantastic to read on. Much love!

  30. Leonie
    Author
    12. March 2018 / 22:41

    Hi Amanda, it’s on my liiiiist! It took me so long with all the fashion week craziness :O <3

  31. 16. May 2018 / 23:46

    Hi!! I’m obsessed with all of this and especially your orange skirt!! Where is that from??

  32. Leonie
    Author
    17. May 2018 / 17:35

    It’s Faithfull the Brand <3

  33. Amelia
    23. August 2018 / 3:06

    I always love your photos! I recommend Sala Rattanakosin Rooftop Bar for the beautiful sunset view to Wat Arun. They have Sala Rattanakosin restaurant below the bar – the window seat is stunning and food is decent. Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin is such a beautiful Michelin 1 Starred modern and innovative Thai cuisine restaurant located in Siam Kempinski Hotel. Highly recommended!! Paste is a nice place too. If you are a afternoon tea lover, The House on Sathorn is a must. AND you have to try their waffle!!

    Breeze restaurant at Lebua Hotel is in 52F and it not only has amazing view of the entire city (it’s a beautiful rooftop restaurant itself) but they also take you up to the iconic Sky Bar after the dinner. Sirocco restaurant is beautiful too, but Breeze offer slightly better food. Both places are quite pricey but food is just oh-kay, but the view and the environment is stunning.

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