Day 7 - Last Full day.It was time for the visit to Wat Arun temple.A BTS travel to Hua Lampong station followed a bus travel to Tha Thien pier.From this pier on can get regular ferries to cross over to temple side and back.It costs all of 3.5THBs per trip.Beware that the tuk tuk guys near Hua Lampong station can mislead and get you to the private piers.These piers charge you 1000THBs for 1 hour ferry ride across Chao Praya river.We got 'scammed' by the tuk tuk driver.Wat Arun is a quintessential buddhist temple.Be mindful of the steep staircase at the temple.The temple visit followed some lovely street sea food right outside the pier.3 king prawns for 30 THB was amazing!!So was sushi for 5THB!!Evening was spent at 38 Sukhumvit night market which is right next to the Thong Lor BTS station.Famous for lip smacking and spicy food options!Paradise for non vegetarians.
We arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport ,got done with all formalities and stepped out of the airport around 4:30pm local time.The moment one steps out of the airport,strong odor of cooking oil may overwhelm some.We boarded the airport express line to reach the Phaya Thai station.And then took the train to arrive at Phra Kanong.Although,the BTS and MRT lines provide excellent connectivity to the city,the distance from aiport may tire you.We arrived at the our hotel Hopeland Executive at 6:30PM local time.It is a pretty decent property and on the main road and about 5-7 minute walk from Phra Kanong station.Day 1 went by roaming around and having dinner at a small restaurant nearby.
Walk through the Royal Field in the evening, and Conclude The Day at Khao San Road Bangkok's Chao Phraya River offers an amazing route to explore the city. It moreover allows you to go to any length (and enjoy a 1+ hour ride) in under 20 Baht. The best route however, as I'd explored, is getting into an orange flagged ferry, from one of the central piers and go all the way to Nonthaburi (the last pier in the north), and come back. Do not, however, forget to explore Nonthaburi district, to get a feel of Bangkok's one of the most non-touristic areas.
[Also Read: Why Bangkok Is The Best City For Inexperienced Solo Travellers?] The Royal Field is an open green space right opposite the royal palace. As the sunlight goes dim, The Royal Field shimmers with quintessential decorative lights, bringing the entire area into a more colourful life. Walking through the Royal Field sometime after 7 pm, as the city prepares itself for a temporary shutdown, is definitely a pleasant experience.
Kickstart the day by shopping and eating at Jatuchak Weekend Market Once you're done, hit Khao San road - the backpacker capital of the world at. Here you'll find endless bars, exotic street food, crazy night parties, laughing gas balloons (all around the place), and a lot many happy, drunk tourists.
Passport stamped, the signs lead out to the taxi bay where on the press of a button one is assigned a bay number and the cab parked there will take the passenger to their destination. Easy enough! My first encounter with a Thai local was my cab driver who had very limited English but still managed to tease me by mispronouncing my hotel name deliberately to make me laugh. From Suvarnabhumi to Sukhumvit is about a 30-40 minute drive on elevated fly-over highways which have intermittent toll booths. Having the driver take care of all the toll fees is a good idea on the maiden cab ride in the city...my cab fare came to 820THB right to my hotel doorstep.
THE SIAM, BANGKOKThe Siam, Bangkok is a fine specimen of contemporary Thai luxury. If you’re seeking an immersion into local history and culture as a way of escaping the city, this is your best bet. Book Connie’s Cottage (for couples; US$819 upwards per night) a century-old villa with a bedroom, en-suite bathroom, and a private outdoor balcony for a comfortable snooze during the weekend. Enrol in a private Thai cooking class or spend time in the Library browsing a collection of rare books on Asian history. thesiamhotel.com
We took A1 bus in front of airport and went to Bangkok bus stand directly which charged 30 baht per person. From Bangkok bustand we took direct bus to reach Pattaya. Duration from Bangkok to Pattaya is 3hrs approx. and fare is 130 baht per person.
BANGKOKThe Tip: Shrimp, shrimp-paste, fish and oyster oil/sauce are commonly used in Thai cooking. When ordering, make sure to call out for these to not be added. Also, mushrooms and eggs (especially in fried rice) come without warnings. Specify your requirements anyway.SOM TAMThe vegetarian version of the salad has no shrimps. Instead, som tam is a tangy, spicy mix of unripe green papaya, lime, palm sugar, chilli, and peanuts.PAD THAIStir-fried rice noodles, flavoured with tamarind pulp, vegetables, red chillies, and palm sugar, pad Thai is a common find across the city.KHAO PHAT CHEFried rice—ubiquitous in all regions across Thailand, is made with Thai Jasmine rice and vegetables, and served with a side of lemon, cucumber, tomato, spring onion, and coriander.THAI CURRYWe have all tried the Indian version of Thai curry. Here you’ll find a curry of lighter consistency, in standard red, yellow, and green, served with steamed rice.THAI STICKY RICE PUDDINGEaten at breakfast or for dessert, served warm or cold, the sweet dish is made from glutinous white or black rice and coconut milk, and topped with coconut cream, fruits, nutmeg, and cinnamon.EAT HERE
Check-out at 11 AM. Kept the luggage with the Hotel and roamed around a little and last minute shopping and beach seeing. Taxi to bus station (200 baht) and 124 baht govt. AC bus back to BKK (Ekkamai station).