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Every year Bangkok experiences a rise of 0.8 degree Celsius and along with temperature fluctuations, flooding has become a present reality for the city. In last few years Bangkok's issue with climate has speed up drastically and a future with irreversible effects.Read More
Every year Bangkok experiences a rise of 0.8 degree Celsius and along with temperature fluctuations, flooding has become a present reality for the city. In last few years Bangkok's issue with climate has speed up drastically and a future with irreversible effects.
Day 6, Jan 9th, 2017: Our travel agent had left us to our own devices for this day, so we decided to visit the floating market, another unique thing to Thailand. There are a few floating markets around Bangkok, and we were taken to the Damnoen Saduek Floating Market. We rented a taxi from the hotel to take us there as it is an hour's drive from Bangkok. We crossed lush countryside as we headed for the market. The tickets for an hour long ride on the long-tailed boat along the canals was pretty expensive, 1000 Baht. The roar of the engine sounded loud as we chugged along the narrow canals. We were met by a burst of color and sound as we reached the main area of the market. You can disembark from the boat to stroll the shops in the marketplace or u can choose to browse by boat. Houses on stilts on the banks can be seen in some places. The floating market is colorful and fun at the same time. Each time you want to inspect something from a shop or buy something, the boat rider slows down to make it convenient. The shops sell everything from bags, wallets, belts, beautiful scarves, Thailand t-shirts, dragon printed shirts, coconut shell artifacts. It is an unique experience. We made a stop at a coconut factory and shop, it is strange how every part of the coconut is used for making something. I got some tasty fresh coconut treats to take back home, the lady at the counter even let me taste one.My friends visited the Golden Buddha Temple after we returned back from the floating market and then were taken to a gem factory. We spent our evening shopping again at Indra Mall and nearby areas. This was officially our last day in Thailand as we would be leaving the next day, although we did actually have another day since our flight was late night.
Day 5, Jan 8th, 2017: After a leisurely breakfast, we set out for Bangkok. Our stay was at the Ecotel Hotel, which was the least favorite of the three hotels we stayed in during our trip. We had relegated all our shopping to Bangkok since we had heard it was the most appropriate place to shop for cheap and trendy items. It was noon by the time we arrived at Bangkok and I skipped the day tour as I had been to Bangkok earlier, and decided to concentrate on shopping. The Indra mall was where we did all our shopping. There was everything available and at very reasonable rates, need I mention you need to barter well. The evening was spent shopping and then we visited the massage parlor for a leisurely massage before retiring for the night.
I love the bright chaos Bangkok offers me. I look around and my eyes pop out at the various colors that whoosh past me. I love your city at night with the lights and the sky train that shoots past over my head. While here, I am certain of how to start and end my day; you wrap your arms around me and lead my way.
If Bangkok were a person, the safest term to describe its personality would be ‘eccentric’, perhaps even downright insane. One night in Bangkok can indeed make a hard man humble and the tough guys tumble. It, after all, is a roller coaster of a city, bringing you down at one point and then introducing you the highest of highs. Thailand’s capital is energetic and passive, bright and dingy, welcoming and cold, all at the same time. I consider myself fortunate enough to have seen the multiple facets of Bangkok on seven different occasions. And every single visit has left an indelible impression on me, for all the right reasons.I first arrived in Bangkok when my age was still measured in single digits and the cacophony that made up most of the city was more nonplussing than anything else.
When I was planning my trip to Thailand, I didn't know where to start. I also was not prepared to fall completely in love with the country. Here's a simple plan to get the best of Bangkok, especially if you have to get back to office on Monday (boo!). So, 48 hours (you might not sleep much). Here's all the things to do in Bangkok. Your time starts now.The first thing that hits you about Bangkok is that it's overwhelming. You'll be so torn in which direction to go and what to do first. Just soak it all in. And make sure that there's another trip to Thailand in your future, because one just won't do! There are so many things to do in Bangkok.
We landed in Bangkok after a 16 hour journey that included two curries courtesy of Air India, numerous Bloody Marys and the sum total of 3 hours sleep between us. Rach achieved a respectable two hours; I got one. Mainly thanks to the guy sat behind me on the plane using his ginormous sausage fingers to treat the touch screen in my headrest like a particularly rusty typewriter. After ten minutes I thought he would wear himself out. After twenty minutes it became apparent he would not and by then I had decided that I was too polite (too English) to say anything. Which is how I found myself face down on my food tray listening to Chariots of Fire for two hours. Excellent soundtrack, by the way.So we arrived at Bangkok airport somewhat tired, smelly (well I did, Rach cannot generate body odour), and disorientated. Having collected our baggage, we stepped outside. Bangkok is hot. And humid. We felt as if someone had wrapped us in a thousand duvets.Fortunately there is a very efficient and easy to use system for getting a taxi outside the airport. We immediately got it wrong. On our second attempt we showed an extremely happy taxi chap our hotel address and name. He loaded our bags into the back of his taxi. He double-checked the address. He asked me if I had the telephone number of our hotel. I did not. He unloaded our bags back onto the pavement.A helpful lady at the service desk found the telephone number for our hotel and we found ourselves in our second taxi. This taxi chap was a different kettle of fish. No smiles, all business. He drove us out of the airport and pulled in two minutes down the road. He stared at the address we had given him. He studied the telephone number. He called the hotel. Rach and I nodded to each other, despite our tired brains we knew that this was our man. He politely informed us that the telephone number was not recognized and confidently drove us into the night.It was a very uneventful drive through heavy traffic into Bangkok old town, punctuated by just one traffic jam. During this jam our driver took a gulp of water, opened the car door, spat the water onto the road and then let rip a prodigious burp. He delivered us safe and sound to the hotel 15 minutes later. I liked him.Casa Nithra is a wonderful hotel. We were welcomed like royalty, and given a cold flannel at reception along with something sweet and mysterious to drink…at least, we hope it was something to drink. Too late to worry about that. They checked us in and upon entering our room we performed a celebratory dance. Next came showers, a couple of beers from the mini bar and sleep.
Have a couple of days to spare in Bangkok and you ain't keen on shopping? Then... attack the food! Especially... street food.Street food in Bangkok is relatively cheap, plus it is authentic and yummy. If you are a foodie and yet do not want to spend a bomb eating your way through Bangkok... you have come to the right place :)Street food in Bangkok is easy on your wallet and satisfies your stomach!
My idea of making this backpacking trip was to stay away from exactly what I was told that Bangkok is – an overly-commercialized city, so I wasn’t really too thrilled about roaming in the city, but I guess now if someone asked me about visiting Bangkok, I’d say “Yeah! Totally go for it”, at least as long as one’s visiting Thailand, stay in Bangkok on the weekend at the least and experience it for all its madness.During my trip, I stayed in Bangkok thrice. Once when I landed from Hyderabad, the second when I had to take my flight out of Bangkok to Phnom Penh in Cambodia and then the last time when I had to take my flight out to Hyderabad. So needless to say I kind of ended up spending a day or a day and a half every time I came to Bangkok., which also gets me to this part of Bangkok, since I don’t have a story to tell here, I’m just going to give you my guide to this city!Getting around –Public transport is expensive. Be it the bus or the metro. There are two kinds of metros– MRT (underground) and BTS (Skytrain) and the city is pretty well connected via metro and will probably be your best bet if you want to commute from end to another because of the massive traffic.Uber and GrabTaxi are two apps that you should definitely have if you need a cab come what may because the drivers don’t believe in using the meters so unless you want to burn a hole in your pocket, use the apps.Though once you get inside one, they drive as if you’re in the Fast and the Furious movie, so tighten that seatbelt.You also have motorbikes that are virtually there at every nook and corner and have drivers who will drive you around the city for a fixed price. I guess that’s the cheapest way of getting around because everyone kind of uses that only.Not many people know English so either learn a bit of Thai if you plan to stay here for longer or use some translation app. My first day on arriving in Bangkok it took me about 3 hours to reach my accommodation because no one could understand a thing I said and well I couldn’t understand a thing they said either. But, I somehow managed to board the public bus from outside the Airport, get to the metro station, took the metro and with a bit help from Google Maps I managed to reach my destination. Food-I, for one love Thai Cuisine. So I was really excited about trying the food that Thailand had to offer. Bangkok has a killer street food scene, with roasted meat and seafood on a stick to Curry Noodles, Pad Thai , Tom Yam, Red and Green curries to feed the foodie in you. It’s all pretty cheap, nd you can manage a filling meal in 50 Baht. There are street food stalls almost in every part of the city and the best part for me was that they cook up whatever you want right there in front of your eyes within 10 minutes and it’s like magic. In a big pan, there go the shrimps and veggies and then the sauces and spices, the cook will toss it all up in the air while the smell in itself will make you salivate. I couldn’t get enough of the food there. I guess that’s the reason that the only thing I ended up bringing back from Thailand were the pastes and spices. If Thai food isn’t your thing, you’ll find a whole lotta multi-cuisine restaurant in every mall there that will do it for you, and well if you’re a vegetarian then good luck. And if it’s 2am and no place open there’s ALWAYS that 7-Eleven open 24*7 that is 30m close to where you live and has some decent packaged food.There are a lot of hostels in Bangkok that you can stay in. You can also book accommodation in a decent 3 star Hotel for 1000 INR a night via booking.com or makemytrip.com that have some great deals literally every night. You can also try Airbnb, I did it the first time and it was a really good experience for me. If you don’t mind living with a stranger you can give CouchSurfing a try as well, there are tons of people ready to host you in Bangkok. If you do want to roll this way then it’s probably a good idea to find hosts well before time as people take a lot of time to get back to you, and well for free accommodation you have to go through the effort of sending multiple requests/messages out .My first time around I lived in the Phra Ram 9 area and it was pretty good, it was well connected to the metro and surrounded by massive malls(Central Plaza, IT Mall, Tesco Lotus) and skyscrapers, everything you need to get a “big city” feel.My second and third time I lived in the Saphan Khwai area of Bangkok , again well connected to the BTS line, and honestly I really liked living here. It has a few nice small cafes and authentic street food stalls that give it a china-town feel.Where to go-
Bangkok - A city of contrasts with action at every turn; marvel at the gleaming temples, catch a tuk tuk along the bustling Chinatown or take a long-tail boat through floating markets. And no visit to Bangkok would be complete without a glimpse of its famous nightlife – from cabarets to exotic red-light districts, Bangkok never ceases to amaze.We (Me & My wife ) were here in Bangkok to spend our long weekend.Few tip's to travelers -Avoid following Thais that need assistance on the street. Chances are they are hasslers.Use the metro or the Sky-train. Very convenient and you avoid taxi crooks. Beware of the beautiful Thai women. They might not be women after all ;) Dress code applies to visit temples.Day 1 - Took AirAsia flight from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok, arrived at 8 PM and reached Hotel.Impressed with Interactive Wall Cotto in airport, Had fun for sometime ;)
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Day 2 - Was travel day to Pattaya.Thanks to a very minor accident,we had to postpone the travel to early evening and not morning as planned.We took a bus from Ekkamai bus station to Pattaya.Buses leave on time here and hence it is best to arrive early enough.It gets very humid in Bangkok and hence best to ensure that you consume enough fluids through the day.We arrived at our hotel in Pattaya,relaxed for while before we headed to the streets nearby.Pattaya can be very much on your face initially.Definitely not my favorite place!Travel tip - shared tuk tuks are really cheap.Do ensure that you confirm the price per person before boarding these shared tuk tuks.Day 3 - By now,we were getting used to the weather,food and streets in Thailand.The strong cooking oil odor is everywhere and takes time getting used to.Day 3 started by a walk down the Pattaya beach road.The beach is strictly okay here.Travel Tip - Buy water from 7/11.It would cost anywhere between 9-18 THB.Restaurants charge a lot for bottle of water.After a long walk down the beach road and lunch at an Indian restaurant,we were back at our hotel ready to move back to Bangkok.The bus ride from Pattaya to Bangkok feels very similar to the bus ride from Mumbai to Pune.Since,we had an early morning flight to Phuket next morning,we booked a hotel (G9 Bangkok) closer to the Don Mueng airport.Travel Tip - If you are short of food and it is very late in the day - just walk upto a 711 store and buy packed food for 35-60THB.They would warm it at their store for you to carry back to your hotel.We had to do this because all restaurants in the area had closed by the time we got ready for dinner.If one has time,chatuchak market is a must visit.Day 4 - Travel to Phuket!A very different place compared to cities in North Thailand.The approach to Phuket runway is lovely! There are several small hills dotting the sea below!It looks gorgeous from the top.Read More
Day 2 - Was travel day to Pattaya.Thanks to a very minor accident,we had to postpone the travel to early evening and not morning as planned.We took a bus from Ekkamai bus station to Pattaya.Buses leave on time here and hence it is best to arrive early enough.It gets very humid in Bangkok and hence best to ensure that you consume enough fluids through the day.We arrived at our hotel in Pattaya,relaxed for while before we headed to the streets nearby.Pattaya can be very much on your face initially.Definitely not my favorite place!Travel tip - shared tuk tuks are really cheap.Do ensure that you confirm the price per person before boarding these shared tuk tuks.Day 3 - By now,we were getting used to the weather,food and streets in Thailand.The strong cooking oil odor is everywhere and takes time getting used to.Day 3 started by a walk down the Pattaya beach road.The beach is strictly okay here.Travel Tip - Buy water from 7/11.It would cost anywhere between 9-18 THB.Restaurants charge a lot for bottle of water.After a long walk down the beach road and lunch at an Indian restaurant,we were back at our hotel ready to move back to Bangkok.The bus ride from Pattaya to Bangkok feels very similar to the bus ride from Mumbai to Pune.Since,we had an early morning flight to Phuket next morning,we booked a hotel (G9 Bangkok) closer to the Don Mueng airport.Travel Tip - If you are short of food and it is very late in the day - just walk upto a 711 store and buy packed food for 35-60THB.They would warm it at their store for you to carry back to your hotel.We had to do this because all restaurants in the area had closed by the time we got ready for dinner.If one has time,chatuchak market is a must visit.Day 4 - Travel to Phuket!A very different place compared to cities in North Thailand.The approach to Phuket runway is lovely! There are several small hills dotting the sea below!It looks gorgeous from the top.
Next day we headed to Pattaya, Bangkok to Pattaya is a smooth bus ride of 2 hours. We had booked a hostel near Jomtein beach. There are loads of options for stay and food near the beach. 7/11 are everywhere in Thailand so you can stock up on essentials whenever you need. We had lunch at a restaurant overlooking the Jomtein beach. We then rented a bike for site seeing here at 300 Thai Bahts per day.
Day we need to checkout and move to Bangkok. After checkout we planned to cover the rest of the places in Pattaya. We booked a cab to see the local places like crocodile park,floating market and gems gallery. Cab driver charged us 900 baht per person including all the entry tickets.
*** Day 2 and 3:We took a tuk-tuk (100 baht) to Robinsons Mall near the Saphan Taksin BTS. We did quite a bit of shopping. We checked out of hotel at around 12 noon, and took a metered taxi to Ekkamai Bus Station (near Ekkamai BTS). It came to about 100 baht. 1 PM bus to Pattaya (124 baht/person – The government blue and white bus). Takes around 2 hours and we reached the Pattaya Bus Terminus.
MMT had booked our flights from Mumbai to Bangkok & back with Bangkok Airways, a regional airline, not as big as some of the other popular airlines. But it turned out to be good. My partner & I were the first couple to finish the Arrivals formalities at the Suvarnabhumi Airport, including VISA ON ARRIVAL etc and found our wonderful guide Ms. Tuk (a Thai National) waiting for us, right at 5.30 am. There were other couples in tow (though we didn’t know till then) and we waited for them till 7.30 am. You can expect this when there are 2-3 more couples with you, as everybody may not be as fast as you. We started off in a Toyota Mini Van, had Indian breakfast somewhere in between in Bangkok itself and then went straight to Pattaya (a little over 2 hours drive). The vehicle was very clean & nice, with Indian music being played (Hindi songs – straight from Kumar Sanu 1990s era). The breakfast is bad, except for the Orange Juice. After the breakfast, there was an introductory meeting of the couples – just to get to know eachother – and MMT pitches in with all the attraction points to go to & all activities that are must-do, at additional cost of course. But MMT doesn’t force you and respects your decision, if you don’t want to join them.
this is the view feom pattaya beach... one can go numerous activity like parasailing,under water drive, speed boat etc.
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Here I was at the Sea Farm Model Royal Project, gazing in disbelief at the massive eels, salt pans and freshly-prepared spa salt. Then came the moment of truth, when I was told to taste the fresh sea weed.Read More
Here I was at the Sea Farm Model Royal Project, gazing in disbelief at the massive eels, salt pans and freshly-prepared spa salt. Then came the moment of truth, when I was told to taste the fresh sea weed.