Day 1 – June 26, 2011
We arrived back in Bangkok at 1pm, and was promptly picked up by Paul’s nice cousins. They took us to lunch, then to one of his cousin’s house where I stayed the night. There wasn’t much else to do that day so I decided to get an hour head and foot massage at a place nearby. Massage was so good that I fell asleep and drooled -_- plus it was pretty cheap too! Man, I love Thailand…
Afterwards we decided to book the same hotel as the one I stayed in on my last trip in 2011, simply because it was closer to the city: Citadines on Sukhumvit 23. I highly recommend this place if you’re ever in Bangkok!
For dinner we met up with his extended family.
Day 2 – June 27, 2011
It rained really heavily in the morning, but thankfully stopped by the time Paul picked me up and we went for breakfast.
Yeah I had no idea what’s going on, so I let him do all the ordering.
Thai-style chicken rice! It was more flavorful than the one we have here in Singapore.
Dunno why he decided to act cute with the food…
After breakfast, we drove around a bit and Paul took me to get some Thai iced tea at a local market.
Yummy iced tea in the making. Paul told me his dad had been going here for YEARS. It was seriously one of the best I’ve ever tasted! We got it to-go so they placed it in this tiny plastic bag with straw sticking out of it, and you just drink it like that.
Walked around the market place for a bit, then we headed off to Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm. We were just in time for the elephant show, so we immediately headed off to that area
After this and the elephant trekking in Krabi, I became obsessed with elephants. They are so adorable and extremely intelligent! Prior to this trip, I’ve never had so much interaction with elephants before but I want go to Chiang Mai next year and do elephant day care :)
We were laughing our asses off because one of the elephants (pictured above) is named Boonmee, which is Paul’s last name.
If you hold out a piece of fruit, the elephant will take it off your hands and start munching on it. After the show, I bought a thing of bananas and Paul was all ready to take more pics of me while telling me “feed the bananas one by one!”. But as I was trying to tear off one banana one of the elephants kept coming towards me and I got scared, so I ended up giving the whole thing to him all at once! We couldn’t stop laughing after…
Upon entering the zoo, we saw this huge tiger in an open space, no cage in sight. Turns 0ut visitors can take pictures with the tiger! So we did, for 200 baht. Nothing crazy happened but I was pretty nervous. I’ve never been so close to a HUGE adult tiger, let alone touching it!
Tiger not happy.
Cuuuute chimpanzees! They look like babies!
I also fed two bottles of milk for tiger cubs. They are SO CUTE!!
Fed alligators some fresh fish too. That wasn’t as exciting since we just drop the food down and most of them were pretty lazy.
We caught the crocodile show, which was one of the most nerve-wrecking show ever! The guys would put their hands and stick their head inside the crocodile’s mouth, and pull it out seconds before the jaw clamps down.
Bought yet another thing of bananas and fed it to the hippos. Upon seeing us, the hippos immediately swam over and opened their mouth.
We originally wanted to only spend maybe an hour in the zoo, but we ended up staying there for FOUR hours. When we got out we were pretty starved so we went straight for lunch.
Got a sour mushroom soup, and some “salad” dishes. I guess thais use the term salad very loosely because one of our salads have crispy bacon in it.
That corn salad was SO yummy!! I loved it. Had to pick out the dried shrimp though.
After lunch, me, paul and his cousin went back to the same massage parlor and we got yet another massage. Two hours later, we were driven to downtown Bangkok to our hotel and was stuck in traffic for almost two hours -_-. We ended up eating around 8:30pm thanks to that. We met up with (yet another) one of his cousins at this all you can eat Japanese BBQ place at Sukhumvit 51. The whole street was filled with Japanese / Korean BBQ restaurant! I’m kicking myself for leaving my iPhone at the hotel.
Day 3 – June 28, 2011
We woke up pretty late – almost noon and had breakfast nearby the hotel. After that, we caught the cab to the Grand Palace, which I skipped on my last year Bangkok trip.
It didn’t take long for us to reach the palace. Upon arriving, we had to borrow clothes because I was wearing a skirt and Paul was wearing shorts. Also, I had to pay entrance fee of 350 baht since I’m a foreigner while Paul gets in for free. Upon entering we were curious if I could pass as a Thai, so both of us went into the “Thai only” line… and I passed!
A miniature of Angkor Wat. I’ll be there to see the real one some day!!
gold foil, incense and flower to be put on the buddha.
Poor guy must have been SO HOT in that uniform! But he trucked on and kept a smile as tourists take turns taking pictures with him. MAJOR props to him!!
After the Grand Palace, we went shopping at Platinum. Paul went crazy shopping but I just couldn’t find anything aside of a cute necklace (i really like it!). Mainly because while everything was very cheap and cute, I couldn’t try it on and I hate buying something without trying on first. Paul pretty shopped his way up to the top floor, and we decided to just have a late lunch there since it was raining out. While having lunch, we talked about what else to do and at that point i was pretty much thailand-ed out. So I told him to go back home because he wanted to meet up with some of his friends and his house is pretty far from downtown Bangkok. Plus, he was going back to America the day after I leave and doesn’t have much time left in Bangkok.
So he left around 8pm, and I took a shower while trying to figure out what to do. I ended up exploring sukhumvit, walking from Sukhumvit 23 to Sukhumvit 11.
Somehow I ended up in a dark alley by myself. I was walking really fast out of fear when taking this picture, thus the blurriness.
Cowboy Soi near my hotel. Guess what it’s famous for?
Clean clean BTS station!
This picture was taken at the same spot as this one i took last year!
Then I took the BTS down to Siam station and walked some more before going back home around 10pm and watched TV before sleeping.
Day 4 – June 29, 2011
I woke up and got breakfast at the same place I did before, and pretty much just chilled and savored the last hours of vacation in the hotel. I checked out promptly at noon, took the tuk tuk shuttle to the Asok BTS station and took BTS to Phaya Thai. From there I transferred to the airport link, which was dirt cheap at 45 baht!
The train were also nicer than the inner city trains (which were already pretty nice) and smooth. I think it only took around 30 mins to get to the airport.
I arrived pretty early so I spent some time scouring the DFS section since I had a coupon, but I only wanted to get Miss Dior perfume and that coupon can’t be used on Dior brands.
I walked to my gate, stopped by Burger King for lunch and finally flew out of BKK at 5pm :(