How to be a tourist in your own city



Hey guys!!

I was born in Bangkok, Thailand, and I must love it – this is my fourth visit this year! I just can’t seem to stay away from the busy streets, late night shopping and the food culture. Most importantly, the people of my country, no matter what walks of life they come from, are always so loving and kind – I feel so loved when I land in Thailand and I think, above everything else, this is what keeps me coming back. I JUST LOVE THIS CITY! In November this year I was invited to go with my travel blogger buddy Raf @travelwithraf from and Greg from so I jumped at the opportunity.

I moved from Bangkok to Australia when I was eight years old. To put it mildly, I don’t know a great deal about Thai history, so I figured this would be a good time for me to learn a few things about Thailand’s rich history and culture. Sometimes you might think you know your city well, but this trip opened my eyes to the allure of Thailand from a tourist’s perspective, more than any other I’ve been on.

Where to stay:

When considering a hotel in Bangkok, here are the three things I look for:

  1. I want the hotel entrance to be just a few hundred metres from the closest BTS (skytrain) line. Why? Because traffic in Bangkok can easily make you miss your restaurant booking by an hour (or two!)
  2. It must be near a shopping mall. Lets face it, I’m a shopaholic and what’s a holiday without a bit of shopping?!
  3. After a day in the heat, I want to relax around a nice pool, coconut or cocktail in hand. It gets so hot and busy in Bangkok, so a nice pool to chill out at can help clear your mind.

While I was invited as a guest to stay at [email protected] Hotel in Bangkok, irrespective of that I did genuinely fall in love with the hotel – it’s without a doubt my new Bangkok base. It’s right near Siam Square (great for shopping and cute cafes), it’s just a few hundred metres from The Jim Thompson House and it has an amazing rooftop pool, great gym and really great interiors. The rooftop bar attracts a lot of locals and breakfast is served at an expansive ground floor restaurant, which has bands play in the afternoon. It has a really great vibe, but at the same time the large rooms and the pool provide a real sanctuary.

It’s also just a five minutes walk to the closest BTS station and Siam Discovery shopping mall.

As for my room, I had the most amazing view of Bangkok skyline, a walk in closet for all my clothes and of course it has marble floor for my flat lays!! You know most bloggers are obsessed with all things marble, I am no exception!




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Here are some photos from their sister’s hotel [email protected] in Pattaya. They have the coolest rooftop bars and Sunday afternoon session here is not to be missed!!



Things to do:

Food tuk tuk tour

A must do if you are a bit of a foodie. Thais are obsessed with food (me included!). They pretty much eat all day long. On this tour, our guide took us to several delicious local eateries. I ate so much on the tour that I could just about roll home.



Visit the Grand palace

As most of you know, our beloved king recently passed away and he was like a father to all Thais. There are thousands of people coming into the palace to pay respects to the king. We  had a lovely English speaking guide to show us around and explained to me about Thai history, and this really helped my knowledge of Thai art and culture.

Get in touch with my super lovely guide Ms Nhong,


Shop at Siam Discovery and Siam centre

For the best shoe selection and one of the coolest and most innovative malls in Bangkok, you have to take a stroll in the newly-refurbished Siam Discovery Mall. Not to be missed!! By far one of my favorite malls to shop in.


Visit The Jim Thompson House

Built by Mr Jim Thompson before he disappeared in Malaysia, this is one of the most beautiful Thai houses in Bangkok, possibly in the whole of Thailand. It’s my dream to own a Thai house on a canal just like this one.

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Visit Floral Culture Museum

Learn more about Thai culture and flower arrangements, ending your day with Thai style high tea.


Do a cooking class

If you love cooking, then a Thai cooking class is a must!! [email protected] can help you set this up. We cooked three amazing dishes and the best part, you get to eat them all!!! Bliss!!

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Learn Thai Kick boxing

This was one of the highlights of my stay in Bangkok for sure. I love to exercise but by all means I’m not a fighter or a kickboxer. I was pretty scared to do this initially. To my surprise the gym was super women friendly and it’s not scary or smelly like many other training camps!! Met up with the owner Matthew Dean and we talked about his passion for the sport. I had the best time training, learnt how to kick, elbow and punch. (Basically you don’t want to mess with me now!!! hahaha) They offer beginner classes to longer-term training camps that will get your fitness back into gear. I will have to find time between my blogging to go back for sure. I had the best time! So don’t be scared, I promise you will LOVE it.

At the end of my stay, I had made so many amazing friends, stayed at a fabulous hotel and ate some seriously good food. Importantly, I also learned more about Thai people, the country’s history and culture, and got to reconnect with more of the wonderful people of Thailand.

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  1. La Bijoux Bella | by mia on December 13, 2016 at 7:00 am

    Awww, such fabulous, beautiful and fun photos. I also love Thailand too. The love and respect from the people is totally out of this world. I really love the kindness in culture, the people love the stray dogs, they buy food to feed them on the streets and even in the markets, and would not see the dogs go hungry. I just love that. It really warms up my heart every time. I love this post about Thailand and the best things written about it. 🙂

    Have yourself a fabulous Christmas Mademoiselle Ashley. 🙂

    ❤LA BIJOUX BELLA❤ | BY MIA | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

  2. SHEhijabi on December 14, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Wonderful insight of your beautiful homeland! As always, your pics and fashion styles are amazing! Faye xo

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