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Bangkok, Thailand

I booked this trip just 2 weeks before our scheduled flight. Researched on all the things we could possibly do there within that time frame. It was hard. It was fun. It was well worth it. And I’m happy to share our experience and some tips you can use if you are planning to go to Bangkok. Enjoy!

DISCLAIMER: Quality of pictures is a little off since most of them are from our facebook accounts. Original copies got corrupted. Sigh.

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Where to stay:

PAKDEE BED & BREAKFAST

We took a cab from the airport going here. I know you’ve been hearing bad things about BKK taxis, that they are somehow similar to Manila taxis. There may be some but believe me, BKK taxis are a lot safer than Manila’s. No bias there! Besides, their airport taxis are very organised.

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Soi 15 Petchburi Road, Ratchathewi. Source: http://pak-d.com/location.html

Pakdee Bed & Breakfast is an affordable gem of a B&B in Bangkok. It is located at Pratunam, the heart of the city that is very close to most of the famous malls – Siam Paragon, MBK Center, Central World, and Platinum Fashion Mall. It is 30 minutes away from Suvarnabhumi International Airport and is about 10 minutes walk to the BTS Skytrain, a rapid transit system similar to Singapore’s MRT. The location is really convenient as it is situated right on the main road where you can easily get to nearby establishments.

Pakdee’s hotel lobby. So cute!

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I booked their Studio Room (THB 2,500/night) not knowing that the room was located in another building. But it didn’t matter ‘coz… 1) the hotel gets pretty noisy at night, I might not be able to sleep properly, 2) the hotel offers free service – via a golf cart – to and from the building. The building where our room was, was actually even more convenient when walking to the Skytrain. But we only discovered it on our last day there. Lol!

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D-Box (Pakdee’s other building) at night. So cozy!

The room and the toilet were surprisingly big and clean. It was modernly built with high-class furniture. And of course, the most important thing every traveller needs in a hotel is a decent wifi. Pakdee has it!

Another thing was the complimentary basic breakfast – bread, butter, cereals, milk, juice, coffee, fruits – which I didn’t expect since I only booked the room. Nice!

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What I loved most about this B&B was the excellent service. I was impressed by how hospitable and extremely polite their staff was. They never fail to greet us every time we went out and came back. And I must say, they all spoke really good English!

Our mode of transportation going around the city was mainly the BTS Skytrain. These were our daily view when walking to/from the Siam station.

Where to go:

PRATUNAM MARKET

It is one of the major markets in Bangkok where you can find affordable clothes, shoes, accessories, bags, etc. You name it! You can find them anywhere you go in the market. And it’s just a stone’s throw away from our hotel. How convenient was that!

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CHATUCHAK WEEKEND MARKET

Take the Skytrain and get off Mo Chit station (Sukhumvit line), you can walk to the market from there. Fully open on Saturdays and Sundays only.

Chatuchak is one of the largest markets in Asia! It is very popular not only among locals but also among foreigners who visit the city. You can find everything you could possibly want there. It’s pretty similar to Pratunam Market, only bigger, way bigger.

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Few tips:

  1. If you see something you really like, buy it right away! You might not be able to go back to that shop where you’ve seen it.
  2. Try walking away from the vendors if they can’t give you the price you like, there are some who’ll call you back and give in to your demands. 😛
  3. Learn how to bargain!
  4. Do not miss the famous coconut ice cream.

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Honestly speaking, I don’t have the patience to walk around crowded places, especially markets. But just seeing the bustle of so many people was fun. Besides, I wanted to experience how it feels like going to tiangge’s, which I don’t normally do.

WAT PHO (The Temple of Reclining Buddha)

Take the Skytrain to Saphan Taksin station (Silom Line) and walk to Chao Phraya River Express Boat Pier. Take the boat, get off Tien Pier, and walk to the temple from there.

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Few reminders when visiting temples:

  1. Observe proper attire, no matter how hot it is.
  2. Ignore anyone who’ll approach you about guided tours and all. You don’t need them! You can very well do it on your own.

There are quite a number of temples in Thailand that are worth visiting. One of them is Wat Pho. I chose to see this temple out of my curiosity as to how big the Buddha is. It looks really huge on the pictures I saw online. I wonder how they were able to fit it inside.

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WAT ARUN (The Temple of the Dawn)

Go back to Tien Pier, get on board the ferry that’ll take you to the other side, and walk to the temple from there.

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The view while crossing the river. Stunning!

Another temple that caught my attention was Wat Arun. I was really curious about the climb to get a good view of Bangkok. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get to the top because the steps were really steep. I meant seriously steep. There was a rope to hold on to but I didn’t think it was enough for me to go on ‘coz I had that feeling I would topple off anytime. Haha!

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This was how far I got. I know! Shame on me. Don’t laugh.DCIM101GOPROGOPR2803.

But still, it was worth walking around the temple. The structures were really beautiful! Although at that time, the place was under construction, but very minimal.

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Where to eat:

CAFÉ BANGRAK

Take the Skytrain going to Sala Daeng station (or Silom) and walk from there.

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location: Si Lom, Silom, Bang Rak

I have read about the restaurant on a blog I found online. Apparently, Café Bangrak at that time was not one of those restaurants most tourists visit. It was only popular to locals and expats who knew authentic Thai food. That was the reason that lured me to it.

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Sweet mother of ****, their food was really delicious! I was very impressed by the recommendations on the blog. I knew right there and then that Café Bangrak will gain the hearts of tourists for their authenticity. (Click on the pictures to get our orders. Also, do try their Thai Iced Tea, it was really good!)

KALPAPRUEK

Take the Skytrain, get off Chit Lom station (Sukhumvit line), walk from there going to Central World via flyover.

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location: 7F, Central World Shopping Centre, Ratchadamri Rd.

I won’t go into details of this restaurant. Just know that it’s worth a visit!

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SUKHUMVIT SOI 38

This was the only time we took a cab since we were very tired already.

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My Bangkok experience would not be complete without trying street food. The place was pretty packed the night we went there that we had to wait for a couple of minutes to be seated.

This stall was on the right side near the entrance to the street. It was extremely popular then for its tasty Pad Thai’s.

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The hype was real! The food was really delicious!

Sadly though, I just read today that this Soi is closing down to give way to a new building. But I think the stalls there will relocate somewhere. I’ll research on it when I plan to visit Bangkok again. Hihi.

So, there! Those were the only places we were able to go to on a 4 Days 3 Nights stay in Bangkok (we could’ve visited more!). Still, this trip was something I can brag about myself. Haha! Don’t get me wrong. IT WAS MY FIRST EVER DIY TRIP. I learned how to read maps (this consumed most of our time, LOL), to navigate on my own (this too, another LOL), to commute, to bargain, and a lot more! It was very fulfilling to do all these things I didn’t expect I’d be able to do without much help from anyone. Yay for me!

And thanks to my bestfriend who came with me even on short notice. I was pretty sure you did enjoy yourself too. Right? Now, where we going next? 🙂

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TRAVEL PERIODFebruary 20-23, 2015

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