I will always look back to my trip to Bangkok, Thailand with a feeling of lightheartedness. I remember it fondly because it is my first out of country business trip. As some of you may have read in my About Me page, I work full time at Unilever RFM Ice Cream Inc., otherwise known as, Selecta! Now, we decided to visit because we wanted to learn the best practices of Thailand's Ice Cream team and replicate it in the Philippines. Aside from that, it was a perfect opportunity for us to tour around the city. Now, it was my first time in Thailand and I must say that this country has a rich culture. I enjoyed seeing elephants, going around the different night markets and watching the famous Siam Niramit cultural show.
Disclaimer: Since this was a business trip, I don't have much details on costs and the number of tourist spots we got to visit were limited so please don't be surprised if it's not as detailed as my usual travel write-ups.
Nevertheless, I still feel like this trip is worth sharing because it is one I truly enjoyed. If you want to see what we did in Thailand, just continue reading.
WHERE TO GO
1. Wat Pho, Temple of Reclining Buddha
My Rating: ★★★★☆ [ 4 ]
Wat Pho is one of the most popular buddhist temples According to my research, it is associated with King Rama I because this is where some of his ashes are enshrined.
I was so amazed to actually see the golden reclining Buddha in real life. It was GIGANTIC. The structure measures more than 150 feet in length. We had to walk through a whole hallway just to see its entirety.
Wat Pho, is a Buddhist temple filled with beautiful architectural design.
2. Wat Arun
My Rating: ★★★★☆ [ 4 ]
Wat Arun is also one of the must visit temples in Thailand. Its charm comes along with the fact that it is situated near the riverside. The fresh air from the boat ride going to this temple was exactly what we needed for all the walking we were going to do.
If I were to describe Wat Arun with one word, it would be "mesmerising". Imagine how every single corner of each temple is carefully painted with different patterns. I couldn't believe how tedious it must have been to achieve the beauty of it all.
Visiting Wat Arun truly made me appreciate Thai culture even more. If my eyes had hands, they would clap for joy.
3. Ayutthaya Elephant Palace
My Rating: ★★★★☆ [ 4 ]
What's a trip to Thailand without an elephant encounter? Historically, elephants have always been part of Thailand's culture. They represent power and wealth in this country. Luckily, we were able to visit the Ayutthaya Elephant Palace where I received hugs from adorable baby elephants and I even got to feed them some milk!
These magnificent creatures have been integral in their labor as well as association with Thai royalty. Essentially, riding elephants doesn't really do them any harm. However, I must say that I do feel bad because they are often exposed to abuse and being overworked. That's when it really gets tough. It will probably be the first and last time I ride an elephant, though I can't lie that the experience was still quite enjoyable.
4. Ruins in Ayutthaya
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ [ 3 ]
After feeling like Thai Royalty while riding elephants, we also went to the nearby ruins to check out another monument of the Reclining Buddha. It was also a great group photo opportunity!
5. Asiatique The Riverfront
My Rating: ★★★★☆ [ 4.5 ]
Asiatique The Riverfront is one of the destinations in Thailand that you will truly enjoy especially if you're fond of shopping. They have several stalls where you can haggle for lower prices. It's also a great place for a night cap because of the restobars.
6. Siam Niramit Show
My Rating: ★★★★★ [ 5 ]
The Siam Niramit show is undoubtedly one of the best shows I've seen in my life. It was a spectacular production on one of the world's highest stages. There were so many moments that made my jaw drop — from people swimming on the stage to the appearance of an elephant!
If you're going to Thailand, this is truly one of the best ways to appreciate their rich culture even more.
WHERE TO STAY: CENTRE POINT PRATUNAM HOTEL
Address: 6 Phetchaburi Rd, Khwaeng Thanon Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
Centre Point Pratunam is a classy hotel with a very convenient location. It is situated on Petchburi Road right across from Platinum Fashion Mall and Pantip IT Plaza. Convenience Stores, spas and a wide variety of restaurants are just a walking distance from the hotel.
It also has great facilities like a large swimming pool where you can chill and unwind. I would certainly recommend Centre Point especially if you have a little extra budget.
All in all, my first business trip abroad was nothing short of spectacular! I certainly had a great time and will remember so much about Bangkok, Thailand because of this experience. For sure, I will be back. Hopefully I get to explore more on my next visit.
Time to make your own memories! Happy Travels!