I recently did the G Adventures Bangkok to Singapore on a Shoestring tour over the festive period for two weeks with an additional five days in Singapore.
After last year’s trip in Florida and New Orleans, I found that I really missed the adventure and was desperate to explore somewhere new so I therefore booked a jaunt across South East Asia on the G Adventures Bangkok to Singapore on a Shoestring tour.
South East Asia has always been a part of the world which I have been curious to visit and learn a lot more about. I was so overjoyed when I came across the G Adventures Bangkok to Singapore on a Shoestring tour as it offered the awesome opportunity to visit three diverse countries in the space of two weeks.
There were lots of ups and downs, highs and lows, of course. But overall it was a great first-time visit to South East Asia and I got what I wanted out of the trip, which is the most important thing. I’m so glad that I managed to make it happen.
In the early morning I arrived in Bangkok and got my transfer to the airport. A member of staff from G Adventures was at a stand with a piece of paper with my name on it. I was then dropped off to my hotel.
After arriving in Bangkok through loads of traffic and congestion, I arrived at my hotel and briefly had a little wander around the streets of Bangkok until my room was ready. I heard so many stories about Bangkok but was desperate to experience it for myself. After the welcome meeting in the hotel lobby, we headed out with our tour leader headed to a nearby restaurant for our first group meal.
The foods in South East Asia were hit and miss, in my opinion. The Pad Thai that I ordered from there wasn’t great, to be honest. I didn’t like it much but when we went back the next day I ordered pepper and garlic shrimps, which were delicious.
The next day was a free day where we could get to see and do whatever we wanted in Bangkok. The group therefore dispersed and did their own thing across Bangkok. There’s so much to explore in Bangkok, but it just wouldn’t be the same without a visit to the Grand Palace.
After attempting to adjust to the new time zone and getting some much needed sleep, we finally headed out for some activities. We got a water taxi through Bangkok and explored the Grand Palace.
The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace was unbelievable to say the least and absolutely huge as well. It was also home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government for 150 years. Of course, they are extremely strict about dress code so if you’re planning to visit, be wary of this. They do give you scarves to cover up in though.
It was just so beautiful and intricate – some of the most exquisite architecture and décor that I have ever seen. I don’t believe that these pictures really do it justice. You just have to experience it in person. What I did notice was that there were lots of people dressed in black that day as they were mourning the death of the King earlier in the year.
Wat Pho Temple/Temple of the Reclining Buddha
Then we headed to Wat Pho Temple, also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, where we saw the reclining Buddha obviously, which was huge.
The Wat Pho temple had lots of murals, inscriptions and sculptures that delved into various subjects, from warfare to literature, astronomy to archaeology.
As well as intricate architecture and décor, the Wat Pho temple also had a landscaped garden with stone sculptures, stupas adorned with glazed porcelain and the College of Traditional Medicine.
The Overnight Train
The G Adventures Bangkok to Singapore on Shoestring tour continued on an overnight train. It was then time to say goodbye to Bangkok and transfer to Suratthani via the overnight train. When I first stepped on the train, I thought it looked a bit like a morgue – that you’d pull out the beds and you’d find corpses in them.
But thankfully that wasn’t the case! It was a bit bumpy at times and did find it difficult to get some sleep after a few hours. Plus, I had a few cramps which wasn’t great. As I was on the top bunk, I did have a few moments where I thought I was going to fall off the bed.
After a fifteen hour train journey, we finally arrived at Suratthani, where we embarked on a three-hour bus journey to Krabi, where we would be spending Christmas.
However, Christmas isn’t really a thing in Thailand or in many other Asian countries as it isn’t part of their culture. It wasn’t really a proper Christmassy Christmas, but it was still a lot of fun nonetheless.
Stay tuned for more on what I got up to on the G Adventures Bangkok to Singapore on a Shoestring tour…
What do you think of Bangkok? Have you ever been or would you like to go? Would love to know your thoughts…
You can read all about my previous USA Adventures with Trek America here: Me Time in Miami | Exploring Miami – The Calm Before the Trek | Christmas Celebrations in Key West | The Everglades – Gators and Glamping | Siesta Key Beach and Orlando | New Year in New Orleans