Mar 13, 2014

Bangkok in 5 Days

This trip was end of last year and frankly speaking, I know some have actually gone to Bangkok multiple times but this is the first time I was in Bangkok and in Thailand. Coincidentally when we were there, Bangkok was having some rough time with protesters on the street. I guess somehow we were lucky that these protesters decided to take a break during the New Year and let us, the tourists to have roam freely on the street.

Grand Palace

We flew in to Bangkok via Airasia and landed in Don Mueng airport. When we asked the counter staff for the transport to the city, she pointed out that we should take a cab and the fee was around THB 900 that time which was equivalent to RM 90! Me being the super kiam auditor decided to follow some foreign Mat Salleh backpackers and see where they went to take the bus. I read before that there is a bus to the BTS station- Mo Chit. Finally, we found the spot and luckily we took the A1 bus as it cost us only THB 30 each which was orange in colour. The station is just outside of the airport. As we were staying at Bangkok City hotel which is near to Ratchethewi station, we decided to take the subway to the station from Mo Chit subway station. The hotel that we stay is superb, 3 start quality with super cheap price. For a King size bed room, it cost us only around RM130 per night with breakfast provided. The breakfast was nothing to shout about as it was mostly American. But the location is so convenient that we walked to Platinum Mall and nearby almost every night! And not forgetting lots of massage parlour along the way and plenty of yummy street food. Not going to show much of the photos of the hotel. Can just refer to the link provided.

Damnoen Floating market
What I am sharing will be mostly on the itinerary for the 5 days we had in Bangkok.

Day 1- Arrival and we didn't do much except to walk to Platinum Mall and had our taste McD samurai pork burger. Ok ok..a bit expensive and that was the only time we had it. Thn we had supper at some of the shops along the way back to the hotel.

Day 2 - We went to the Grand Palace area, Wat Pho but missed out on Wat Arun. Instead of taking a cab as most cabs refuse to take us there, we took a subway and then change to boat. Will blog about the details in another time. Then at night foot massage which only cost THB 200. The shop is located just outside of the hotel on the right side. The staff there were in orange uniform.

Day 3 - Floating market and etc. Why I wrote etc because before getting to the floating market, we were brought to the elephant camp for ride, some jewelry shop, snake show. And we only spent like 1 hour at the floating market. Felt cheated with the day tour package we booked.

Day 4 - Chatuchak. Spend almost a full day here since it's Sunday and the market is at full swing. First time, seen my hubby became a shopaholic and bought almost 10 pieces of polo tees at the market. Well, they were cheap and good quality. As for me, I manage to grab a Grade A Prada, haha. Too bad, no money to buy the real one. After that we went to Siam Paragon to get Naraya as I was kiasu to see so many people buying so much from that shop. After googling, only then I realised it's a Thai famous brand. Not bad quality though. Tonight we went to full body massage at the same shop for THB 200.

Day 5 - Just sleep in at the hotel as our flight is at 2pm.

So, how's the Bangkok trip? Now I can understand why everyone crazy about Bangkok shopping and food. I think I am addicted and vow to go back at least every year.


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