Friday, April 17, 2009

Bangkok 5

DAY 5, 17 Apr 09

We do our last minute shopping and pack our bags to go to the airport.

Alhamdulillah, everything goes well & we arrive in KL safely. Over all, it was a fun trip!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bangkok 4

DAY 4, 16 Apr 09

The riots in Bangkok seem to worsen, according to the news. Even though we don't feel it here, it does make us a bit worried because in worst scenario the airport might be closed. We decide to call the airline & request to change the date of our ticket to KL. Since it is considered as an emergency, MAS agrees to change our date without any charges. Instead of going back on the 19th of April, we go back tomorrow.

In the afternoon, we go to the Platinum Fashion Mall which sells clothes at wholesale prices. There are 2000 shops in this mall! It is said that this Wholesale Mall is the source for all retail shops in Bangkok from Khao San Road to Siam Square. Then we go to the Pratunam City Complex. After buying a few things there, we look for a taxi because there is a group of kids by the roadside who are spraying water to anyone who passes by.

Suan Lum Night Bazaar

It is a flea/street market. There are nice & unique stuff here.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Bangkok 3

DAY 3, 15 Apr 09

Chao Phraya River

From the hotel, we take the BTS to the Taksin Station. Then we take the Chao Phraya River Express boat to the Tha Chang Wang Luang Pier (number 9). The all-day ticket is 150 baht/person. A short walk from the pier gets us to the Grand Palace entrance. The river boat is quite an experience and it is a good way to get to the Grand Palace.

Basically there are 4 boat routes, which are coded by the color of the boat's flag. The orange flag boat will get you to the palaces, the yellow flag boat stops fewer times, the grey flag boat stops everywhere while the blue flag boat is a one stop boat to Nonthaburi.

The picture above is the Wat Arun

Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew

Entrance ticket is B250 per person. Inside this place there is the Emerald Buddha. The Thailand people believe that if this Emerald Buddha is destroyed, so will Thailand. Visitors must dress appropriately: no sleeveless shirts, no shorts / mini skirts, no see-through shirts and no sandals. Due to the Songkran Festival, the Grand Palace will be closed soon for the ceremonial purposes.

The Royal Family no longer stay in the Grand Palace. The main buildings were built for King Rama V, who traveled to Europe and brought back the combination of Thailand and Western architectural styles. It is open Daily from 8.30am-3.30pm, except when there are Royal Ceremonies.

~ Pic 2: A mythological giant (yak)

~ Pic 3: Prasat Phra Debidorn

~ Pic 1: Phra Si Rattana Chedi

Wat Arun

Temple of the Dawn @ Wat Arun is the most famous and photographed temple in Bangkok, which features a 70-meter-high spire decorated with tiny pieces of colored glass and Chinese porcelain.

Wat Pho

The Wat Pho is at the Tha Tien Pier. This place is famous for the huge Reclining Buddha statue. The gold plated reclining Buddha is 46m long and 15m high. It was designed to illustrate the passing of the Buddha into nirvana. This wat is 20 acres large and it is the largest & oldest Wat in Bangkok. It was built 200 years before Bangkok became Thailand's capital. It was entirely rebuilt by Rama I when the capital was moved to Bangkok.

The entrance is 20 Baht / pax and it is open daily from 8am - 5pm, with a break at 12-1pm. We have to take off our shoes when visiting the temple. Wat Pho is the first & most prominent university in Thailand. This is the home for the most famous school of Thai massage.

Calypso Cabaret

The Calypso Cabaret is at the Asia Hotel for B1200/pax. It is near to the BTS-Sukhumvit line Ratchathewi. From 8.15-9.30pm these lady men perform & dance. Even families with their children are allowed to enter. After the show, the audience can take pictures with the lady men provided that they give tips.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Bangkok 2

DAY 2, 14 Apr 09


Right opposite of our hotel is the BTS station. This is one of the reasons for choosing this hotel.

Sight-seeing in Bangkok: The Siam Square

At the BTS station, we have to change our money into coins at the machine. Then we go to another machine to buy the BTS tickets, this machine only accepts coins. The BTS network is very good and we can go anywhere with this BTS. To go to the Siam Square, we get down at the Siam Station. Taking the BTS is better than taking the taxi since we can avoid the traffic jam.

There are Siam Centre, Siam Discovery, Siam Paragon and MBK. In the MBK, clothes are cheap and there is 1 Muslim food stall at the food court but we can't eat there. Maybe the outlook of the stall & the smell of the food court makes us loose our appetite.

The Siam Paragon is beautiful at night. Siam Paragon has everything; movies, shops, restaurants and even groceries.