Discover Bangkok in 2 Days


I arrived in Bangkok four days earlier than the rest of the #ContikiAsia16 crew (read part one of the trip here) to explore a city that most would have a love hate relationship with. Picture gridlocked traffic at almost all hours of the day, thousands of temples that can be found on every second corner and copious amounts of questionable food stalls that are strewn across all streets. But amongst the chaos you will discover rare gems that have seen this once vast swampland and intricate waterway network evolve into one of the most visited cities in the world (according to Mastercard). I’ve been fortunate enough to have the luxury of arranging private tours around the city that saw me wandering through the crowded premises of the Grand Palace, meditating in the presence of the most important temple of the city to seeing the preserved parts of the city’s homes still located along canals and waterways. 

    Bangkok Grand Palace

Pam (from Tours with Tong) was my guide and friend for the next two days and I am a firm believer that every person that comes into your life does so for a reason. We instantly had a connection when we met in the lobby of the W Bangkok and whilst waiting for our driver she asked me the simple question of whether I was a spiritual person. An odd question I know to ask someone you’ve never met before but she later explained that she could feel the energy from my Chrysoprase necklace that I wear around my neck everyday. I’ve never thought of myself as being terribly spiritual but I do believe that the necklace has been able to harness my positive energy and for that, it remains around my neck without fail. 

Bangkok Floating Markets  Bangkok Train Markets

Pam taught me how to meditate and release the negative energy from within me and let go of any anxiety. For those of you who have been keeping up with my personal posts will know that I have had a huge year of change and with that come heavy burdens and sleepless nights. Sitting in the musky temple for what seemed like five minutes turned out to be the better part of an hour as I had a moment of peaceful introspection. Before long I felt tears uncontrollably streaming out of my eyes and had no idea why because I felt no sorrow. What I do know is that I felt a burden lift and as doubtful as you may be reading this, I could feel the negative aura flow out as I absorbed a new flood of positive energy. Bangkok Jim Thompsons House

The rest of the day was just as enlightening as Pam took me through all the key sites in the city that included the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Phra Kaew and Jim Thompson’s House. I was driven on my fourth day to an obscure and albeit primitive train station located underneath a highway about an hours drive out from the heart of Bangkok. I was told to sit by a lonesome bench as an old train rolled through to take us into the outskirts of Bangkok. Narrow streets filled with fresh produce, dairy, poultry and seafood with sprinkles of trinkets surrounded the train tracks – so narrow that stalls had to remove their makeshift roofs and products back inside each time a train rolls through. After a quick wander through the streets and a local families home we ventured onto the floating markets – a culinary experience in itself. Purchasing anything almost felt like a naughty drive by transaction you see in movies – the boat approaches and as you pass the goods are exchanged and you’re onto the next before you have time to even thank them for the little box of joy manifesting itself as mango sticky rice. Before you think I’m crazy – desserts always bring me overwhelming amounts of joy. Does anyone else feel the same?

W BangkokBefore I sign off this post I should give a special mention to the W Bangkok for hosting my stay and putting me in one of their amazing suites. I experienced my first muay thai massage and still proudly wear my W muay thai shorts when lounging around the comforts of my room. Thank you to the lovely Jureeporn who dined with me in the amazing House of Sathorn as they showed me what it really meant to have a food baby. I made the rookie error of booking in a late Thai massage that I was asleep for 70% of. The W hotels are amongst my favourite personally to stay at because of their edginess and let’s face it; no one does pools like they do.

Bangkok Floating Markets


Helen Chik is a Sydney based fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle digital content creator and influencer sharing everything from unique style to her adventures around the world through her rainbow tinted lenses.

  • Love this guide! Def will use it when I visit!

    Sabrina | Gypsy Tan

  • Gorgeous photos. The releasing of negative energy sounds so perfect! I was in Bangkok in 2010 and these photos take me back. I loved seeing the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, having all that good food and seeing the sites. Back then, I flew in the days they didn’t have their floating market opened, so I can’t wait to go back with my hubs to check this out. The muay thai massage at W sounds awesome. I would get a thai massage every day on each of my 3 visits to Thailand, but I’ve never had this muay thai one. Sounds interesting. Gotta check it out!


  • Mariann Yip

    I’ve always wanted to go to Bangkok! I’m so glad you share your experience because I always love reading what others think and recommend. Again, your pictures are amazing! Also love your outfit 🙂

  • Rachel Vogt (Rachel Vogt Trend

    Amazing photos babe, look like you had so much fun.
    I was in Bangkok couple of years back, had such a great time. I’m going back to Thailand in 2 weeks but going to Chiang Mai and Koh Samui this time.
    xoxo, Rachel

  • Reading this practically had me in a trans. All I wanted was to keep hearing more and more because your positive energy is so contagious even through your writing! I feel like I’m constantly thanking you for sharing, but I mean it 100000% every time because I truly enjoy reading your posts more than most!

    Stephanie //

  • Atsuna Matsui

    I can’t get enough of your travel photos. 🙂 I seriously need to visit South East Asia since it truly looks soo stunning. It looks like you had an adventure during your time out there.


  • Lindsey

    The pictures are magical! I’d love to visit one day!

  • I’ve never been to Bangkok before, but your photos are inspiring me to go. I love to travel and have only been to Europe, but Asia is on my list next!! xx

  • Christine

    Wow I seriously am amazed by each of your travel stories and your photos. What a connection you made with Pam and how incredible to feel a release when mediating and being with her. I am enjoying these inside looks into all these beautiful cities. Love the colorful tunic and your tan is fantastic. Xoxo, Christine

  • Oh wow! I would love to visit one day. You look fab too.

    X Hayley

  • Linh Dao

    Gosh again with your travel posts! I cannot get enough of it! I love the pictures so much and hearing about your adventure! You look great by the way!


  • I absolutely love Bangkok babe! Looks like you had such a wonderful stay! Your pictures are AMAZING! Xx

  • Amazing babe, Bangkok has forever been on my list. Even though we have been to Thailand we couldn’t make it to Bangkok, your pics make me want to go there now. Love the vibrant colors of the place and your outfits.
    xx, Kusum |

  • I definitely need to plan a trip to Thailand one day! Your trip sounds amazing, as did your spiritual experience. I am totally loving your travel photos!

    xo, Jo

  • I’ve heard AMAZING things about Thailand! And if I could get out of the traffic I think I would totally love it!


  • Darci Wolfgang

    So amazing! How was the tour with contiki? I have been wanting to do the big month long Asian tour! Love all your photos, so amazing! Can’t wait to do what you’re doing!

  • Julia Comil

    It is my dream to go to Thailand! I love all your pics! And your tour is amazing! Can’t wait to see more

  • It seems like you can do a lot in just 2 days! the photos are all so gorgeous, this is definitely one of my dream destinations<3

  • Marcy Yu

    This is definitely in mu bucket list to visit. Absolutely love your pics babe

  • WOW! I’ve been to Bangkok earlier this year but those places you visited look STUNNING! I’ve only been sticking to the main city area where I did my shopping & café hopping – perhaps I should explore the Grand Palace if I happen to be able to visit again. Thanks for sharing 😉

  • brownpaperdoll

    Wow! This looks like an amazing trip! I’ve never been to Bangkok, but I’ve always wanted to go…especially since one of my friends just came back from a visit and raved about it. Your photos really brought your experieince to life. Love it! xo, LA

  • Jeanie

    Wow! This trip looks like an absolute dream! You look so pretty!!



  • love this – stunning images! x


    Hello dear.
    Such a nice kaos in Bangkok.
    Happy for you can discover it and share your beautiful pictures to us. Love your colorful maxi dress.

  • Sounds like such a relaxing vacation. Love that you were able to meditate and feel peace, even for a little bit. And I agree – the W hotel is so edgy and luxe!

    xx Yasmin

  • Your post made me add Bangkok to my bucket list. Completely agree with you on desserts 🙂 and hotel W. They are one of my favorite picks while travelling. Lovely pics as well

  • First of all the pictures are amazing!
    I’m also a firm believer that people come into ours lives for a reason! I’m so glad for the spiritual growth you’re going through!

    Bisous, Josie

  • Paula

    Love these photos dear! Really wanna go there one day as well! xx, Paula,

  • This whole trip seems so dreamy! I caught some of it on your instagram, so glad to see the rest here!

  • Wow – beautiful pics! And I’m totally obsessed with your dress. It’s gorgeous!!!

  • Sounds like such an amazing trip!!! I have never been but this makes me want to put it on my list. I’m so obsessed with your dress and love the bright colors!!


  • I’m so jealous that you have this gorgeous golden tan all year long! I loved Bangkok. It’s crowded, noisy, hectic but there are some stunning gems hidden throughout the city. I’ve been enjoying your travel posts so much! You combine the aesthetics of travel and fashion so well my love! Keep up the amazing work.

    Love, Liz

  • Lisa Mao

    Wow this seemed like such a wonderful trip and experience! Something about your pictures that make it seem so spiritual. Bangkok is definitely one of the places on my list for places to visit, it’s stunning

  • It’s amazing that you found peace in all of the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. Beautiful photos =o)

  • I lived in bangkok and all your advices are so on point! Some are new and great tips as its been a year and hald since I last visited. I loved your photos too

  • Wow this looks like an incredible experience. Thanks for the tips! Would love to visit one day.

    Brenda xx

  • Jennifer Quattrucci

    This is truly amazing! I love the way you described your experience. I truly felt as if I could feel the passion and emotion you took away from this experience and I love how you wrote about Pam. I agree that all people have reasons for coming into our lives . The Chrysoprase necklace sounds phenomenal and I also agree with you about dessert !!!

  • Shalini Acharya

    I miss Thailand so much after looking at these photos. Thailand is my 3rd home after NY and Nepal. Every year I go for a month. Happy to see how well you captured Bangkok. I love the floating markets and make it a point to go there whenever i am in Thailand. Thanks for sharing. xo shalini

  • What an amazing experience! You’re giving me serious wanderlust for Bangkok!! And I have to agree – W hotels are some of my very favorite!!! xoxo

  • Bangkok sounds amazing!! It’s definitely on my list of places to travel to. I love that question, even though it’s pretty odd. It’s a nice, meaningful one to ask that people don’t normally think about. I actually got into meditating myself to cope with stress lately. I find it so relaxing! Do you have any tips on how to meditate and release negative energy? I’d definitely love to learn a little more.

    XO Jenn

  • This is an amazing trip! I like how you experienced relaxation at the same time meditation. Your experience in Bangkok made me want to schedule my next trip there. The temples btw looks incredible. xx

  • what a fabulous trip! I loved Bangkok and Hua Hin when I went there years ago. You’r photos are absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to visit again!


  • EverestSays

    This looks like a fabulous trip and more importantly it made you feel really good with the release of those pent up negative energy!
    Bet you’re feeling so refreshed right after the trip!

    Much love from Singapore,

  • snappedbygracie

    Wow, your photos are simply fantastic ! I was in Bangkok this summer. Such an amazing city, rich in culture and beauty ! Beautiful post !

  • jacqueline

    This looks so amazing! Loving that dress/kaftan that you wore.

  • maggie

    That kaftan looks freaking bomb on you! Your photos make me miss Thailand so much! My husband and I went to Phuket for our honeymoon, but Bangkok seems amazing!


    Maggie S.


  • Bangkok looks amazing! Looks like you had a great time babe. I haven’t been to Bangkok yet but after seeing these gorgeous photos I am going to bug my boyfriend into going soon… maybe for our 3 year anniversary in 2017 😉 xo, sharon

  • Nadia

    Floating markets sound amazing! I am sure every day there is a discovery on its own. Looks like such a beautiful place, sweetie! You look gorgeous & my goodness, love those pictures with lush greenery <3
    xox Nadia

  • Ebony Hinton

    This is my dream vacation:-) this is on my todo list for sure. Floating maargets sound like a dream.

  • Jessie Li (4evajessie)

    I love Bangkok! Been I while since I have visited that city! Can’t wait to go there for another weekend trip! Save your page for a guide for my next visit! Thanks for sharing!

    Xx, Jessie

  • Samantha Sito

    Helen, your pictures are always so amazing! I love bangkok, glad you had fun!!

  • Such stunning photos! Bangkok is a beautiful city with lots of hidden gems and hipster cafes!

    xoxo, Cinddie

  • Yuena

    Sososo beautiful! I need to travel with you!!

    With love,

  • Natalia Kopocinski

    Not only do you have the most amazing style you travel to the most amazing places
    I loved reading about your Journey thanks for sharing this with us

  • Vanessa Troset

    What a beautiful trip babe! I hope to travel one day to Bangkok as I have been told that it is a very vicious city. Thanks for the details of your diary and your fabulous tips. Kisses.

  • Hey Helen:)
    Bangkok is Amazing and it is on my Bucket List:)
    Your Photos so Beautiful:)
    And i loved your Dress:)
    Love Open Kloset By Karina

  • ellen kim

    Wow! Your travel photos are always breathtaking! So exciting how you travel all over the world. I definitely want to visit Bangkok one day! Love that you shared your tips for a 2 day trip. So convenient!

  • It must have been amazing to have a private tour! It gives you such a different experience in a city!

  • OMG those photos are so colorful and spectacular! It seems like you had an amazing trip!

  • That spiritual experience must have been amazing- to have all of that negative energy just being released! I personally love Bangkok, especially all of the temples like the one’s you have photographed 🙂 I’m loving your outfit too babe- it’s stylish, but still really respects the cultural rules of covering up.

    Rachel xx

  • Its Goldie

    Oh wow, your travel photos are stunning! And I love your sense of style!

  • Vukosavljevic Ana

    I love your travels posts and photography. These are really beautiful.
    I would love to learn how to meditate!

  • Andreea Birsan

    Your travel diaries are always filled with beautiful experiences and pictures. Seeing your post made me want to travel really bad. Have a lovely week! <3


  • Ravayna Coe

    This looks like such an amazing adventure. I’m gameplanning an Asian adventure for next year and am so excited for Thailand!

  • Your pictures are so beautiful and your travel style is on point! Love it!

    xo, Maryam

  • Helen your pictures are always amazing on SO on point! You captured Bangkok so well! Can’t wait to go one day! Also, loveeee that maxi dress on you!:) – Mitra xo

  • Sarah Atiq

    I always love reading your travel diaries and looking at your stunning photographs. I have been to Bangkok many times, but for short weekend trips. It was so refreshing to read about your spiritual experience, so different Bangkok I have seen. And you’re looking so stunning in your Kaftan, it’s absolutely gorgeous.



  • Sofia N

    Bangkok is one of my favorite places in the world. I used to go there every other year since my mom is from Thailand. Now I haven’t been for a couple of years and cant wait to go back! Hopefully soon.

  • Alexandra Chloe

    These are all such amazing photos! You look stunning as always in your Camilla and I am super envious of your trip here!

  • Tandya

    Such a great travel post! Your photos are beautiful and I am obsessed with the print of your dress! I definitely want to travel here!

  • Bernice Abuan

    Bangkok is so rich in culture, colours and delicious food! So lucky for you to experience its beauty and share it with us!

  • The culture and heritage of Bangkok is so beautiful, and loved learning more about it through your post! It looks like such a vibrant city that I can’t wait to visit it one day. Will definitely have to check out the W Hotel as well!

    xo Soo |

  • Bankok looks like such a lively place! Love the interaction between you and your driver too, it’s great to have jewelry with such meaning behind it!

    Chow Down USA

  • Mandy Arisa

    Bangkok is amazing! I’m so glad you visited the floating market that was one of my favs when I was there! So nice to read about your travel with Contiki!

    x Mandy

  • Samantha Taylor

    Beautiful post, thanks so much for sharing!!!

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