Mother-Daughter Trip in Thailand: Bangkok and Hua Hin

Greetings from Bangkok! I just spent eight days showing my mom around Thailand. 💕

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airport decor for Valentine’s Day and sleep capsules inside the airport

Since she already spent around 24 hours flying here from Wisconsin, we knew we didn’t want to be traveling too much during our time together. As such, we focused on sightseeing in Bangkok and the surrounding area.

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catching public transport and lounging at my rooftop pool

We had an incredible time together and this trip helped me rediscover Bangkok through someone else’s eyes. The following post will showcase our itinerary, including restaurants, attractions, and hotel recommendations. Hope you enjoy! 😊

Day 1:

Arrive in Bangkok! After a full night’s rest in Bangkok, we hit the ground running at 7 AM on Saturday morning.

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tuk tuk ride to the historic center

We started the day in the Rattanakosin area, or the Old District, which has most of the historic temples and is located along the Chao Phraya River.

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Wat Arun and golden Buddha

For breakfast we stopped at Baan ThaTien Cafe where we enjoyed a minced pork omelet with rice, pad Thai with shrimp, and coffee.brekkie

Cost: 10 USD

After brekkie, we visited Wat Po, or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.buddhaIt’s the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok with over 1,000 Buddha images. 😮buddha3buddha4tempThe largest is the 150-foot reclining golden Buddha. 😍buddha2

Cost: 100 Baht or 3 USD each

From there we took a ferry boat to Icon Siam, stopping at Wat Arun for photo ops along the way.boat

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my mom was still adjusting to the heat, so being on the river with the wind blowing was much needed to stop us from sweating

Icon Siam is one of the most sensational riverside shopping malls in Bangkok. It has over 500 designer shops, luxury residences, and even a floating market on the inside! 🛍️

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Cost: priceless window shopping

From there we took a ferry back across the river and then took the BTS sky train to the Pratunam District, which is close to my condo. This area is known for shopping and also massage. Since we knew we’d be doing a lot of walking through the malls, we started with a preventative foot massage.😂 Phetchaburi Road is lined with massage parlors that usually have a happy hour special from 9 AM-7 PM. A one-hour foot or back massage is only 200 Baht or 6 USD. Score! 💆
massage1After the massage, we headed to The Platinum Fashion Mall, which has 7 floors of bargain clothing shops.

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Platinum area with street art by Alex Face; pad see ew or drunken noodle with chicken

After a day of shopping and some food court eats, we checked out Beer Republic, which has a casual open-aired dining area and a wide selection of microbrews. 🍺beer

Day 2:

We started Sunday at Into the Woods Cafe. They have an adorable cabin theme, clever coffee drinks, and Western breakfasts. 🐻cafe4

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egg with cheese, rice and bacon; caramel popcorn latte (about 300 Baht total)

From there we visited the Jim Thompson House Museum.jim2Jim Thompson was an American businessman who introduced the world to Thai silk. After visiting Thailand in the 50s, he took some silk back to NYC, where he sold it to fashion designers and had it featured in The King and I.

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King and I scene courtesy of Google

This man is well-known across Thailand, but mysteriously disappeared on a hiking trip he took in Malaysia. To this day, they still don’t know what happened to him. Since he didn’t have any children, his sister turned his home into a museum, which is actually three separate houses made of teak wood and beautifully decorated with ancient Buddha images and silk fabrics.jimjim

Cost: Tickets are 200 Baht, but include a guided tour of the grounds.

That tour surely worked up an appetite, so from there we visited Pizza Company inside Central World mall. This Italian chain has an excellent selection of traditional and Thai-inspired pizzas.🍕Pizza

Cost: 25 USD for two personal pizzas, drinks and a salad

Day 3: 

The next morning we awoke at 6 AM and headed to Hua Lamphong Railway Station. To get there, we used Grab, which is similar to Uber, and can be used to get reliable transport at fair prices. While waiting for our train to arrive, we stopped in at 511 Cafe across the road. The place was charming and you could even sign your name on the wall. The shop owner just bought a new puppy too. So cute! 🚂
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Side note: Hua Lamphong is a very historic railway station. In the next year, it will be shut down and converted into a museum.

The train ride was also quite expensive at around 420 Baht each, but was an express route in air conditioned cars, and it included lunch. They served mackerel two ways with rice.huahintWe arrived at the adorable and historic Hua Hin Railway Station around noon.huahinhuaFrom there we got checked into our hotel, the Anantara Hua Hin Resort. 🌴

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Anantara photos courtesy of Booking.com

ann7ann6hotelgerb45gerbelgrelxWe received welcome drinks and hot towels on arrival. I chose the garden suite, which had a nice patio and was located close to the pool,relaxI can’t believe how well my mom’s nails matched the local flowers. effddThat afternoon we lounged by the pool, taking advantage of their prolonged happy hour specials, and communal board games. 👙anantara (1)dddAfter a few cocktails we walked along the beach, which offered miles of smooth white sand, shells, and sea birds. 🐚beach (1)beachbeachThe next morning we took on their spectacular breakfast buffet, which included a noodle bar, omelet bar, fruit bar, salad bar, bakery, hot dishes, and a selection of cold meats and cheeses, which is worth it alone considering the import price of these goods. Yum-o! anantara1anna3

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left: chicken rice soup, curry chicken, pork and egg; right: traditional eggs, bacon and potato with tropical fruit
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pepper pork in the center with roasted eggplant, fish omelet, and red pork bun; on the left there are dense Japanese pancakes and a fresh salad with yogurt
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one of my favorite dishes was khao tom moo or pork rice soup, which is topped with many condiments, like peanuts, ginger, chilies, fried fish, and garlic

Day 4: 

On our first day of sightseeing in Hua Hin we took the hotel shuttle to center of town and then a tuk-tuk to the Khao Takeb Temple and viewpoint. 📸

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the shuttle was 100 Baht and the female tuk tuk negotiated a round trip ride for about 400 Baht

temgThe temple grounds are full of cheeky, hungry monkeys, but it does offer a scenic lookout over the coastline. 🐒
monketemp (1)temg24temg2After we checked out Hua Hin Beach, which was OK, but we much preferred the beach north of the city near our hotel. They also had some horses on the beach, which looked a bit skinny and overworked. 😔gerb4hotrseLater we stopped in at McDonald’s for a quick bite before checking out some live music at Father Ted’s. 🎵mcdsxThey had a wonderful Elvis impersonator and the place was packed!elvis

Day 5: 

The next morning we took on another spectacular breakfast buffet before heading to Hutsadin Elephant Foundation. 🐘
ele2We paid 500 Baht for a round-trip tax there, plus 300 for the entrance fee to feed and learn about their rescued elephants.
eleSide note: It costs about 3,000 Baht per day to feed one elephant, so this seems to be a reasonable fee.plague55dThey only have five elephants that they care for at the moment, and most of them are geriatric, and used to be in the logging industry. effThey all seem quite spoiled and well-cared for now. 💙

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cute and smart…the elephant brought over this tip tray after giving us kisses…how could we refuse?!

We also bought some souvenirs and 100% of the profits go to the foundation.ele4Afterwards we spent the afternoon lounging at our hotel enjoying more of their delicious food and happy hour specials. 🍸

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It’s easy to find Western classics here, like nachos with guac and salsa. Beers were two for 200 Baht and appetizers were around 300 Baht each.

The hotel actually has seven options for dining, plus they offer cooking classes, fruit carving, and yoga. They also had an optional vineyard excursion to Monsoon Valley Winery and a wine-paired dinner at the resort, but my mom is more into beers and burgers, so we decided to do our own thing instead. 🍷anna5

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night night time walk around the hotel grounds, lizard on our light and a personalized leaf note left by the staff each night in our suite

Day 6: 

After five days in Hua Hin, we enjoyed our last morning brekkie at Anantara before taking a coach bus back to Bangkok. We used Sombat Tours, which had comfy buses straight to Mo Chit BTS for only 260 Baht each.
sombatAfter arriving back in Bangkok, we checked out one of my local favorites, Coco Walk. They have a collection of restaurants with live music almost every night of the week. 🎵coco

Cost: Vietnamese spring rolls, beer and spaghetti for 400 Baht

Day 7: 

On our second to last day we headed to Lumphini Park.

lumphiniNot only does Lumphini have some beautifully landscaped gardens, ponds for paddle boating and lots of monitor lizards, they also have some of the best street food in the city.

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lumphini3 we shared an omelet with chicken and rice for only 1 USD…SO TASTY!

After a few hours of walking we decided to grab a quick food court bite at Platinum Shopping Mall before getting another massage.

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food court entrees are about 50 Baht, which make them an excellent budget-friendly option (green curry with Thai eggplant and minced pork with rice)

This time I opted for a Thai massage, which was quite aggressive, but if you don’t want that, you can always tell the masseuse you’d like something a bit more mellow.massageThat evening we treated ourselves to one of the best rooftop bars in Bangkok: Red Sky in the Centrara Grand Hotel.redsky1They have buy-one-get-one on their drinks and snacks from 4-5 PM every day.

plague55After a beer, we grabbed some grub at a chain restaurant called S&P, which I equate to Baker’s Square back in the U.S.sp

Cost: Ham and bacon carbonara, strawberry smoothie, salad and cashew chicken for 700 Baht

Day 8: 

We started our last day in Thailand back where we began in the historic Rattanakosin district of the city by having breakfast at The Coffee Club on the river. ☕

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The Coffee Club does Western dishes like bacon and eggs, but also Thai dishes like pork and rice soup with fried eggs, pickled turnips, morning glory, and olives (about 25 USD for two entrees and two bistro coffees)

Afterwards we checked out River City, which has many art galleries, exhibits and shops. 🏎️carsartartFrom there we walked to one of my favorite hidden gems: the Bangkokian Museum.BANGKOKIAN4BANGKOKIAN7BANGKOKIAN5msuemThis free museum showcases life in Bangkok back in the 1930s. The collection of antique home decor is very well-kept, the museum charges no admission fee, and we were the only foreigners there. 🏘️BANGKOKIAN6BANGKOKIAN3BANGKOKIAN2Side note: I met the woman who grew up in the house during my last visit, but upon returning this time, I learned that she had since passed away and had donated the whole property to the Thai government.BANGKOKIANAfter that we stopped by the Hindu Mariamman Temple and perused the streets of the Silom neighborhood.
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the amount of electrical lines is almost laughable it’s so scary…we are also from Milwaukee so we had to pick up a Harley shirt as a souvenir

From there we headed to my next hidden gem: Jack’s Bar. This is a total kitschy dive on the river, which has affordable drinks, a cool breeze, and is always packed with locals. 🍺JACKK'After a few hours and a few cold ones, we got ready for our last meal together at The Bangkok Heritage Restaurant.

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crab in fresh coconut with Thai eggplant, shrimp fried rice, watermelon smoothie and bok choy (about 20 USD)

It was a lovely week together full of shopping, relaxation, and indulgence. I hope this post inspired you to book a mother-daughter trip of your own to Bangkok or wherever else you’d like to go in the world. These moments together are priceless, and must be cherished like gold. 💗

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That’s all for now folks! Take care and until next time, enjoy this short video I made of our trip. 😊

24 thoughts on “Mother-Daughter Trip in Thailand: Bangkok and Hua Hin

  1. This is a well crafted article detailing the places to visit while in Thailand. Great post Madam.. 😊 Shall refer to your post when I plan my trip to Thailand.. 😊
    I had a question though. Didn’t you face any quarantine measures by the authorities, given that Coronavirus is reported to be spreading in South East Asia?

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    1. At the moment, there aren’t any quarantine measures for traveling within Thailand. There also weren’t quarantine measures for when my mom returned to the States. There were lots of hand sanitizing stations, temp check stations and masks available for the public though.

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  2. Sounds like you had a fantastic time exploring Bangkok with your mum and managed to see quite a lot. It’s such a beautiful city to explore and I just can’t get over how beautiful their temples are! Thanks for sharing and have a good day 😀 Aiva

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    1. Thanks for checking out the post! Bangkok still hasn’t ceased to amaze me with its mix of modern conveniences and stunning traditions. Take care and safe travels! Xx

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    1. Life is relatively normal in Thailand aside from the fact that hand sanitizer is now available everywhere, most people wear masks for prevention, and you have your temperature checked every place you go.

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      1. Thanks for that. I miss Bangkok actually been there 3x. Hope the cv will be over soon or at least find a cure which they say are now into it and waiting for approval… wish!

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    1. That’s so wonderful! I have only been there for travel, but I can imagine living I. Marrakech was quite the cultural experience. Thanks for sharing! Take care during this time. Xx

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  3. Wow! I enjoyed your photos and I like the way you made a blog about your travel with your mum. You seem to enjoy Thailand very much with each other’s company. 🙂 I suddenly miss my Mum. 🙂 Kris and I travel every now and then but I haven’t printed our photos yet and it just stayed in the memory card. Thanks for inspiring me to do this 🙂 Thanks for following our blog too. Cheers to more adventures to come! 🙂

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    1. Thanks for your sweet comment. Yes, I’m so glad she flew all the way over to visit me. I really cherish these moments, especially with the state of travel at the moment. Thanks for checking out the post. Take care and stay safe! Xx

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  4. Looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time together. I’m glad you were able to experience parts of Bangkok through new eyes, it’s always great playing host for someone who doesn’t know the place well 🙂

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    1. Yes, I appreciate that she flew all the way to this side of the world to visit. I am especially thankful this trip happened before everything went into lockdown. Thanks for checking out the post! Take care and stay safe! Xx

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  5. You’re so lucky you were able to do this before the whole world went into lockdown. Your mom looks so happy. I got to do a similar mother-son trip when I lived in Shanghai, but that was before blogging and digital photos. So you’re lucky on both counts.

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    1. Thanks for checking out the post! I´m so grateful she came when she did. She´s definitely a ray of positivity and makes any adventure fun. Take care and stay safe! xx

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