Quick Tips in Bangkok and Koh Kood, Thailand by Victoria and Jeremy Rodriquez (DJ Chupacabras)
Small hotels, markets, boat rides and deserted beaches in Thailand.
The Grand Palace
We were awestruck by the scale, detail and colorful architecture.
This is one of the world’s largest markets that covers over 27 acres (wear sneakers!). It’s divided into 27 Sections, with more than 15,000 booths selling goods from every part of Thailand, plus just about everything else you could imagine and more. Great vintage too.
Make sure you try the street food! We figure out the stalls where the locals ate and sampled amazing BBQ chicken and delicious and strange mushroom, vegetable concoctions on sticks.
Lamphu Tree House Boutique Hotel
155 Wan Chat Bridge, Prachatipatai Rd., Pranakorn, Bangkok, 10200 Thailand
Although Trip Advisor awarded it an Excellence Certificate in 2014, the rooms looked a little tired. However the carved antique wall panelling salvaged from traditional thai wooden houses made a nice feature. Location was great. And the hotel has a small, but sometimes overcrowded pool.
KOH KOOD, THAILAND
After Bangkok, we headed to Koh Kood island. We left before sunrise to beat traffic and reduce our six hour journey to three and a half. Then we took a two hour boat ride from Trat to Koh Kood, also known as Ko Kut. It’s the easternmost island in Thailand and the second largest island in Trat Province. Koh Kood is still fairly undeveloped in comparison to many other Thai islands, but there are roads and cars and motorbikes for hire.
No.10, Moo 4, Koh Kood, Trad 23000 Thailand
Bann Makok is a small, eco-friendly boutique resort hidden along an inlet connected to the sea. The rooms sit on stilts amongst mangrove trees, with partial outside bathrooms. It was so quiet that all you can hear is the wildlife, kinda freaked Jeremy out at first but I think he got used to it! They also have kayaks available for exploring and a friendly staff that took us out at night on the motorboat to see the magical looking fireflies that light up the tree’s along the river and the green horizon lit up by the squid fishermen (the only lights visible in Thailand from space!).
It’s also worth it to hire motorbikes to explore the island. They are only $6 a day and with so many deserted beaches to discover, hidden little hilltop coffee shops and great seafood restaurants set on the water, it really is the only way to get around.