Street food, The Grand Palace and three potential cases of heat exhaustion

So we arrived fresh off the plane ready to explore Bangkok, but DEFINITELY not ready for the heat. It was a mere 35c in the shade and with it being pretty cold back in Blighty it’s safe to say it was a bit of a shock to the system. Amen for air con! 

On the plus side we had our first taste of Thai street food on our it’s night which was heavenly 👌 Pad Thai which they cook in front of you was incredible, as was this fried shrimp we all enjoyed 🍤🍜

Yummy fried shrimp

After dinner we meandered through the shopping centre to cool off (shocker, it’s the same as a shopping centre anywhere else) and visited the very busy Chinatown which was also filled with so much yummy looking street food we were sad we already ate. Getting to Chinatown was our first tuk tuk ride and it didn’t disappoint! There are seemingly no rules or lanes, yet everyone appears to know what they’re doing, zipping in and out between cars and motorbikes, the traffic is like nothing I’ve ever seen! You can tell that pollution is an issue here because the air is so thick and the fumes so strong, especially when you’re flying along in an open tuk tuk. My clothes even smell of fumes (ew).

Busy Chinatown
After our first afternoon in Bangkok we were all tired and jet lagged so an early night was needed! After a night’s rest in our cosy hostel we were ready to explore further afield as we decided to visit the Grand Palace, arguably the jewel in Bangkok’s crown and the no. 1 tourist destination. We grabbed a delicious smoothie from the hostel for brekkie and headed out into the heat.
To get to the Palace from where we were staying we walked to Pratunam pier and got a busy barge boat to the end of the river which was cool. There was a bit of a walk to the Palace in the blazing heat and the sun came out just for this leg of the journey, ramping up the difficulty. But we made it there and strolled into the Palace so it was all good right? Well… It would have been if we’d realised we needed our passports to get in 🙈 

So back to the hostel we went in a tuk tuk and had major deja vu repeating the same boat journey all the way back again. What idiots ey?

But it was totally worth it when we got inside the palace grounds. The amount of gold and shimmering mosaics was just so impressive. So much grandeur glinting in the midday sun with tourists swarming round to take photos. Here’s one this tourist took:

Grand Palace complex – Photos don’t do this justice
Unfortunately for these three Brits eventually the stifling heat was getting to us and with faces getting redder and redder we headed in search of refreshments and air con. We stumbled across a cafe called Favour which was perfect for this and had a bite to eat and iced tea – I went adventurous and had matcha green tea! They even sold clothes too, so cute.
Favour Cafe, Bangkok
From here we chilled out and did some travel planning for the next few days as we’re heading to Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand tomorrow. 

Whilst we we in the area we thought we better visit Bangkok’s famous Khaosan Road, essentially a tourist strip with market stalls, street food, bars, and people trying to sell you those lasers you see anywhere you go on holiday! It was a vibrant hectic jumble and the atmosphere was awesome. We soaked it all in from a bar with a bucket of sex on the beach (classy ladies) and perused the market stalls 

Khaosan road bar

And that brings us to our first two days in Thailand! Thanks for reading folks! 💕

Watch Rhianna’s vlog of our adventures here: