It seems like the whole SMU exchange students are going to Thailand. So I decided to post some tips, stories and recommendations first, before continuing on the other stories.
My family loves Bangkok. We travel there like once a year. Because I was in Hong Kong for a while, it was really high time to go back to Bangkok. Basic routine when I go to Bangkok: arrival, check-in to hotel, eat, shop, eat, shop till I drop, dinner, massage, sleep, wake up. Cycle repeats.
Well, because this time, I was travelling with Valentin, we had to change my pattern for a while. In the end, we did a Bangkok -> Cambodia -> Bangkok tour instead of going to the islands. I would really love to visit the Krabi, Koh Samui, Phuket, etc. However, we just had a 10 days trip in islands and I was so tanned that my grandmother would probably want to disown me. (Asians don’t like tanned girls). So the city would be great for us.
Arrival in Bangkok
Bangkok has 2 international airports – Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang Airport. The first is the newer one with beautiful architecture and easy train access to the city. The airport rail link is really convenient for trevellers and businessman alike. Many large international planes land there. However, we took the budget airline, Airasia and they land in the latter airport. It is slightly more inconvenient because the only way into the city is by taking a cab.
- larger planes fly there: aka slightly more expensive flights
- more convenient routes to the city centre
- good for businessmen and solo backpackers or people new in the city
Don Mueang Airport
- smaller planes: aka cheaper flights
- only way to city centre is by cab
- good for groups of trevellers because sharing cab is cheaper
First Thing to do upon arrival
What is one thing people can’t live without? INTERNET. Go to any convenience store in the airport and purchase the Happy Tourist Card. It is set at 310 Baht. It comes with 7 days free unlimited Internet and 100 Baht of calling. It’s good enough for us. J The service staff are also very friendly and help you to cut and set up in your iPhones for free.
Starting the Day
After checking in, we went to grab food. My top 2 favorite cuisines would be Japanese and Thai food. It’s a tie (thai haha). I have such high expectations of Thai food that I rarely eat Thai cuisines outside of Thailand. And eating Thai food in Thailand probably revolutionizes the way Valentin thinks about Thai food. It’s beyond awesome. He loves Thai food btw. Our first meal: Pad Thai and papaya salad. We were famished upon arrival but refuse to eat till we reach Platinum Mall.
We then went shopping and visiting of things that I will share with you in my coming posts.
SADNESS x 100
We decided to get beer for the night (we always need beers) but we were met with the saddest moment ever.
NO BEER DAY BECAUSE IT IS IMPORTANT BUDDHIST HOLY DAY. I fully respect the Buddhism community but the lack of beer for us was just……….. sad. We wanted to go to several rooftop bars on that day (which we did in the end) but there was no point. Nonetheless, it’s only for 1 day and it was July 12, 2014.
The next sad thing is the removal of my childhood landmark. When I was young, my brother and I would go to the McDonalds in the then SOGO and take pictures on the wooden train outside McDonalds. Somehow, it became a tradition. Unfortunately, they removed my train in recent years and they wooden put it back 🙁 SOGO is the shopping centre just next to the famous 4-face Buddha, Erawan Shrine.
Stuff To Do in Bangkok
Following the next few days, we went to museums, palace, temple, night market, lisa’s favourite dinner place (which we went every night), explored different parts of the city and shopped!
We began searching for good caipirinhas as we travelled the difference cities. Apparently Valentin makes really good ones :p However, none of the caipirinhas were of that standards. Nonetheless, it’s always good to chill with a drink in hand and talk about life.
Wat Wat Wat. Wat is temple in Thai (I’d believe). There’s tons of temples to go to and beautiful architecture to look at. Bangkok is a wonderful place; no doubt it is the land of smile.
Watch out for the next coming posts:
- Where to stay in Bangkok
- Where to shop in Bangkok
- Bars, Pubs, Rooftops in Bangkok
- Top 25 Must Eat Places – Bangkok
- Bangkok’s Getaway: Huahin Thailand, Siem Reap Cambodia
Picture credits to Valentin Quecke.