When you see opportunities come to you, you grab it with all your heart and leave everything else to God. This time in my blog I would like to share to you my another out of the country experience. Prepare your passports. Be excited to get another stamp. Below is my suggested quick itinerary for Bangkok.
Traveling to Thailand is one of the good things I experienced last year 2017. When you hear Bangkok, what comes to your mind? It’s the shopping, temples, and Thai food. Simply because it’s the capital of Thailand, it’s near the Philippines and it does not require VISA for Filipinos.
It was my first time to fly with PAL. It’s terminal is located in Terminal 2, NAIA. It was in July and my flight schedule was 9: 45 AM, arrival time 12:45 NN. I had to be in the airport at least 4-hours prior departure to Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand given the check-in, security and immigration process. Also note that the exchange rate is 1 USD = 33 Thai Baht (Approx.)
RECOMMENDED: TRY THAILAND’S FRESH SEA FOOD
In Chon Buri, we went to this Seafood Pier restaurant nearby the sea and the Ang Sila market in Amphoe Mueang District (Over 100 years market). We ordered Tom Yang Soup, Pad Thai, fish, and Guava juice which I loved. It’s a known place for fresh seafood cravings.
Reference: ท่าเรือ Seafood Pier restaurant
RECOMMENDED: NIGHT MARKETS AND SHOPPING MALLS
I checked in to a 4-star Novotel for two nights. The hotel is very accessible. Novotel is located in the heart of Bangkok. It’s beside the Siam Skytrain Station, Siam Square, near a high-end mall in Siam Paragon, MBK mall and other malls within few walks. It’s the fashion district in Bangkok. Booking your accommodation is highly recommended there. Rate varies per room which includes breakfast buffet, use of swimming pool and other amenities.
I went outside the hotel to look for a money changer nearby . However, most of the money changers were already closed by 8:00 PM including the one inside the mall. Note: have your money changed to Thai Baht at the airport.
Malls are still open up to 10:00 PM. I went to Siam Paragon Mall – a high-end shopping center where designer brand stores are available.
At night in Siam Square there is live music and night market beside the Novotel. Expect the traffic within the area. People stay awake at night in Bangkok.
RECOMMENDED: EXPERIENCE THAI CUISINE AND VISIT TEMPLES
Breakfast buffet in Novotel was sumptuous. Bangkok is proud of its fresh fruits like Durian, Mangoes, Rambutan, etc.
I went to the money exchange for USD to Thai Baht. I met my newly found Thai friends for lunch. I must say Thai food is so delicious. Thai people I met are nice people.
Then I bought my 4G SIM card for internet access so I can have my timely update in social media. In the afternoon I went to visit a known temple in Bangkok – Wat Benchamabophit and Wat Arun, Wat Arun Ratchawararam. Some temples have entrance fees for foreigners and free for locals. Your visit in Thailand won’t be complete without picture taking at the temples. Of course, buying a souvenir is always in my itinerary. There are souvenir shops within the tourist spot.
RECOMMENDED: BANGKOK NIGHT LIFE
At night I enjoyed going out at Patpong Night Market. It’s is a popular place for “nightlife” (bars and restaurants), street food and inexpensive souvenirs. Located between Silom Road and Surawong Road, it’s a known entertainment or red light district in Bangkok.
Luckily, I’m with local Thais who speak the language and I can bargain well with the stores. Sometimes this helps to avoid being scammed and charged with overpriced goods because you are a tourist but then again – just negotiate. While at Patpong, I shopped for Thai pajamas as pasalubong or souvenir for myself, family and partner. It only costs 180 Thai Baht each. Also Thai bag for 120 Thai Baht, Key-chains for only 20 Baht each.
Then I went back to Siam Square to buy food souvenirs at the grocery. I bought some fruit candies made in Thailand and sea weeds. In Siam Square you can also find a Hard Rock Cafe and night life within the area. You can do Siam Square Dining and Shopping at the same time.
RECOMMENDED: DON’T FORGET THAI MILK TEA
After a long day I was feeling hungry and just like in India, I also wanted to try eating McDonald’s in Thailand. They serve rather spicy and delicious burgers, fries and chicken. I was then looking for a drink and I happened to pass by this milk tea store in Siam square. I can get a real milk tea for 50 Thai Baht. I also bought the milk tea pack for 100 Thai baht.
Definitely, I want to go back in Thailand. By that time I will be going to Pattaya for a beach vibe and extend my visit for a week. I hope I’m able to help you out with your itinerary for 2-days. It can be good for the weekend flight and low budget vacation.
Novotel Bangkok Swimming pool.
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