Bangkok, Thailand: Terminal 21 and Ratchada Night Market
During the first part of the trip, we stayed at the Novotel Sukhumvit 20 in Bangkok, Thailand. I loved this hotel and would stay again. It was walking distance to the SkyTrain and MRT. Which made traveling around very easy, once you got the hang of it.
The Novotel is also home to one of the best breakfast buffets I’ve ever had in my life. Get breakfast included in your stay! It’s magnificent. I took advantage, every day. Sometimes due to traveling this was the only real meal I had.
After a day full of travel it’s best to get accustomed to the new time zone. For us, that meant getting a jump on exploring and not staying inside the hotel room and getting tempted to nap.
We decided to walk to Terminal 21 - which was a HUGE mall near us. You would need a good 6 hours or more to see everything this mall has to offer. Airport Terminal is the theme, so every floor represents a popular tourist destination. You’ll have a floor that represents Paris and another that signifies San Francisco.
This mall is nine stories high. I don’t even think I made it to all nine floors. I found the prices to be like mall prices in the US. A little cheaper, but it’s a great escape from the heat and they have tasty food options.
From there we checked out the Ratchada Night Market. We took the MRT subway system. A quick note about the subway system. When you’re traveling one way they will give you a token. Keep that token with you since it’s what you’ll use to leave the MRT system. From my memory, it was about 40 BAHT to travel where we needed to go.
The night market was my favorite market I went to in Bangkok. It wasn’t as overwhelming as the weekend market. Also, I went in the evening so the sun wasn’t beaming down on my soul. We had some drinks and I did some shopping. Recommend for anyone’s trip!
TIFFY TRAVEL TIPS
Figure out the MRT or SkyTrain system. It’s fun and you get to avoid some of the Bangkok traffic. It can get crowded but it’s air-conditioned.
There are Family Marts and 7-11’s everywhere! You can stock up on water and beer. It’s very cheap and you’ll be grateful you did. Also, you can drink beer on the street.
The street markets are cheaper than the malls and a lot have the same stuff.
If you have a data plan while in Thailand. Download the Grab app. It’s their version of Uber. It works like Uber but you can pay the driver in cash at the end of the trip.