Sunday, August 31, 2014

Summary of My 6D5N Bangkok, Thailand Travelogue (2013) Version 2.0

Here is the compilation for all the post relating to my trip to Bangkok, Thailand for 6 days and 5 nights. Some of my trips were repeated cause this is the first time my family went to Bangkok.

Day 1: 12th February 2013
Travel To Bangkok With Royal Brunei Airlines
Bangkok 2013 Day 1 - Royal Brunei 02

Stay: Centre Point Pratunam Hotel Bangkok
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Day 2: 13th February 2013
Wat Pho, The Temple of The Reclining Buddha
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How To Get To Wat Pho:
From Tha Tien Pier (N8), walk straight to the main road, Maharaj Road and turn right. The temple is on your left.

Chinatown (Yaowarat)
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How To Get To Chinatown:
Take Chao Phraya Tourist Boat and get off at Ratchawongse Pier (N5). Walk along Ratchawongse Road for 500 meters to reach the intersection of Yaowarat Road.

Terminal 21
Bangkok Shopping Malls - Terminal 21
How To Get To Terminal 21:
BTS Station: Asoke (Exit 1) or;
MRT Station: Sukhumvit (Exit 3)

Nara Thai Cuisine
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1) Lower Ground Floor of Erawan Bangkok
2) 7th Floor of Central World
Opening Hours for both branches: 10am until 10pm daily.

Day 3: 14th February 2013
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market &
Kanchanaburi Tiger Temple
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Initially the day tour was supposed to be Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Bridge on the River Kwai and Kanchanaburi Tiger Temple but our driver was overslept while waiting for us in our hotel early morning, hence we only managed to visit two. The cost of the tour was 600 baht (approx. to RM63) which included pick-up service from hotel, transport, boat ride an lunch but excluded the admission fee to Kanchanaburi Tiger Temple which cost 600 baht per pax. Booked from Mama Travel & Tour, local tour operator.

Khao San Road, Backpacker's Paradise 
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How To Get To Khao San Road:
As there is no connection to Khao San Road by Skytrain and metro, the only options are by taking express boats, buses or taxis. Taking meter taxi would be cost less than 100 baht either from Victory Monument, Siam or Silom. As for bus, take the bus numbers 157, 171 and 509 from Victory Monument (Rajavithi Hospital bus stop) pass Ratchadumnoen Road. You can get off at Khok Wua intersection (one stop away from Democracy Monument). Khao San Road is only a short walk from there. For more adventurous like us, we took tuk-tuk but remember to negotiate and fix the price before hopping on. Most likely will cost between 150 baht - 160 baht for one way from Khao San Road to the nearest Skytrain (BTS Siam).

Day 4: 15th February 2013
The Shopping Malls I Visited in Bangkok
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Day 5: 16th February 2014
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Bangkok, Thailand - Chatuchak Weekend Market
How To Get To Chatuchak Weekend Market:
BTS Station: Mo Chit (Exit 1) and follow the crowd until see rows of canvas stalls selling clothes and accessories or; 
MRT Station: Chatuchak Park (Exit 1) and follow the crowd as well.
Open on every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm

Day 6: 17th February 2014
Transit in Brunei for 8 Hours Before Flying Back Home (Coming Soon!)

Extra Posts:
You can even check out Summary of My 5D4N Bangkok Travelogue (2012) Version 1.0.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

My Bangkok Travel Loots & Expenses (2013) Version 2.0

Read My Version 1.0 of Bangkok Travel Loots

I know I just came back from my first visit to Bangkok (less than half year), but it's really hard to stop myself from keep shopping and shopping in one of my favourite shopping spots in the world.

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#1: My total damages from Bangkok - 4 dresses, 12 tops, 2 shorts, 4 skirts, 4 bags and accessories. And also pillow case (my current addiction lately)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Khao San Road, The Backpacker's Paradise

Date Visited: 19th & 20th October 2012
14th February 2013

One of the main reason I went Khao San Road was mainly to book the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market tour and also this was the drop-off spot after back from the eye-opening and exciting tour. Here in Khao San Road, there are many relatively inexpensive travel agents which not only offer tour around Bangkok city, but they also arrange visas as well as transportation to the neighbouring countries such as Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Malaysia.

Day 4 Bangkok, Thailand - Mama Tours & Travel
#1: Mama Tours & Travel, one of the local travel agent I would recommend. Click here for more info

For backpackers and budget travellers, Khao San Road is known as "the backpacker's paradise" in their dictionary as there are countless of budget guesthouses to reasonably priced of mid-range hotels. This is the place that draw backpackers from every corner of the world, as it has by far the cheapest place to search for accommodation in all of Bangkok. But bear in mind, if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys. Although most of the accommodations here are dirt cheap, but literately they are dark, unclean and poorly lit, and if you are unlucky, you might spend your night with bedbugs.

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#2: Khao San Road - Backpacker's Paradise Spot

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tiger Temple of Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Date Visited: 14th February 2013

When I went Bangkok for second time with my family, I booked a day tour to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Bridge on the River Kwai and Kanchanaburi Tiger Temple. Unfortunately we didn't manage to visit Bridge on the River Kwai because our driver was overslept while waiting for us in our hotel early morning. Time was so limited that we even didn't have more extra time to explore the floating market itself. 

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From the floating market, the journey took more than three hours to reach Kanchanaburi Tiger Temple and seriously, our butt were really in pain for sitting in such long hours. In between, we had a short break for lunch which included in our private tour. Before enter into the temple, we were required to sign an undertaking absolving the temple management of responsibility in case of accidents. It's compulsory for every visitor as one is going to encounter the naturally wild animals.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Chinatown Bangkok of Thailand (Yaowarat)

Date Visited: 13th February 2013

After the unbearable heat in Wat Pho, also known as Temple of Reclining Buddha, we then proceeded to our next stop, Chinatown to fulfill our hungry tummy as the time was approaching lunch hour at that moment. And because we bought One Day River Pass of Chao Phraya Tourist Boat where we can have unlimited rides on the tourist boat, therefore we went back to the pier and wait for the boat to our next desired destination.

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#1: Get off at Ratchawongse Pier (N5) in order to get to Chinatown

Once we got off at Ratchawongse Pier, we followed the crowd and walked along for 500 meters before reaching the intersection of Yaowarat Road, this is where the home of Bangkok's sizable Chinese community. There are many small streets and alleys filled with variety kind of shops and vendors selling all different types of goods; such as accessories, clothes, bags, shoes, household items and more. Not forgetting, the wide selection of delicious and scrumptious of street foods are available here as well. By the time we were there, it was still Chinese New Year celebration and therefore, the whole street was decorated brightly with red lantern.

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#2: A visit to Chinatown is incomplete without spotting the Chinese Arch