About Jovel C
Lives in Sierre, Switzerland
Since Jan 2015
18-24 year old female
My name is Jovel and I am currently in my final semester in Switzerland studying International Hotel Management. Born and raised in Singapore, I spent my whole life seeking out the best places to eat, stay and have fun. I am a serial thrill seeker and absolutely enjoy discovering off the beaten path activities such as hidden escape rooms, indoor batting stadiums and speakeasy bars. I also enjoy travelling and have lived in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Paris and Switzerland. On top of enjoying engaging in local cultures, I speak a variety of languages from English, Mandarin, basic French and Thai. My travel style revolves around off the beaten path routes and itineraries. From Couchsurfing to engaging in local transportation instead of private transportation, I mostly find myself with my Sony A6 camera wandering around the city and talking to locals and other solo travellers and backpackers. I do also throw on a fancy dress and dine at delicious restaurants being a serious foodie.
Flea & Street Markets
Sacred & Religious Sites
Educational sites, Spas
Sacred & Religious Sites
Flea & Street Markets
Gift & Speciality Shops, Flea & Street Markets
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Neighbourhoods
Bars & Clubs
Depart in the early morning from Saphan Taksin BTS station, and take the Chao Praya River Express boat to Pak Khlong Talat, Bangkok's largest 24-hour flower market. A beautiful sight to behold as morning dawns, this market is also handily situated on the way to Wat Pho and Wat Arun; two of Bangkok's must-see temples.
One of the largest and oldest temples in Bangkok, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha is home to more than 10,000 Buddha images, including the largest Buddha image — measuring 160 feet high — which sits atop the reclining statue. The Temple also houses a monastery school and its southern compound is home to practicing monks.
Ideally located at Wat Pho, relax your body (and mind) at one of Thailand's oldest massage schools. The massage school incorporates elements of traditional Thai massage, pressure points, therapeutic points and energy pathways in its various treatments.
Wat Arun is undisputedly one of the best places in Bangkok to enjoy the sunset. Make sure to scale one of Wat Arun's steep stupas to enjoy the Grand Palace across the river, against a beautiful Bangkok sunset. Feast your eyes on the grand spectacle of architecture before you, and admire the mix of modern and traditional in Bangkok's skyline; a beautiful ending to your first day in the city.
Your night ends here, just north of Wat Arun. Supatra River House might very well be one of Bangkok's best restaurant. Situated along the Chao Praya River, Supatra River House offers delicious, filling, and an abundant variety of local Thai delights.
Siam is the heart of Bangkok. On the weekends, the area is packed with make-shift stalls filled with fashionable clothing, shoes, key chains, and electronics. From international clothing brands to local fashion stores, everything you might want to buy is at Siam Paragon. This is also the place to be if you want to watch a movie, explore an underwater world, or visit the Madame Tussaud's Museum.
If Siam Paragon is not your cup of tea, head down to Central World just a few minutes away. Central World Plaza offers more affordable clothing by local brands, which often come straight from the manufacturers. Central World is also peppered with massage parlors where you can easily find yourself a relaxing treatment and rest those weary feet for a while.
This little hidden gem tucked away in Siam serves authentic local Thai food, and makes for a great lunch spot. Instead of the over-hyped Som Tam Nua, try the Ban Khun Mae here for a delicious dish that feels like it's come straight out of a Thai mother's kitchen.
MBK is a haven for electronics, and while the items sold here aren't always authentic, if you aren't too picky about brands, the quality and aesthetic is legitimate and everything I've ever bought here works perfectly. On top of this, you can get gadgets or smartphones fixed for an extremely low price.
Thailand is famous for its mango sticky rice and this place knows exactly how to capitalize on this tropical gem. From mango sticky rice to mango smoothies and tons of other mango-inspired delights, get your mango fix here in this relaxing environment, far away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok's busy city life.
The huge Patpong Night Market — located at Silom MRT/Sala Daeng BTS station — is also a popular nightlife area, and while not everyone's cup of tea, it's an interesting side of Bangkok to see first-hand. Explore the large variety of bars and infamous 'ping pong' night clubs and shows here, plus pick up any number of souvenirs, and perhaps a pair of the ever-popular elephant-style pants. The area is also flooded with food stands, many of which sell my favorite street snack — 'mo-ping' (barbecued pork on a stick).
Spend your day at the Chatuchak Weekend Market, one of the world's largest markets, which spreads over 70 acres. With 8,000 stalls separated into 27 sections, you can literally find everything you want here — from exotic animals to barbecued insects — and of course the more normal things like clothes and flowers. It's a beautiful and interesting place to spend the day, and many locals head here at the weekend to enjoy a picnic and free entertainment by the street musicians.
If there's one area of Bangkok that you simply have to visit, it's Khao San Road. Full of bars, restaurants and backpackers, this young and lively spot is the place to try alcohol the 'Thai' way (in buckets!), and make new friends from around the world.
The beautiful scenic setting for the film Hangover III, Sky Bar is a stunning spot in which to spend your final night in Bangkok (even if Khao San Road is not exactly your scene). With great views of the city skyline, sit back with one of Sky Bar's signature cocktails, and enjoy the live jazz music.