Bangkok in 2011

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.

Thai breakfast

Yeah I had no idea what’s going on, so I let him do all the ordering.

Thai-style chicken rice

Thai-style chicken rice! It was more flavorful than the one we have here in Singapore.

Thai breakfast

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.

Driving around Thailand

Getting Thai Iced Tea

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.

Market

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

Elephant Show

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 :)

Elephant Show

We were laughing our asses off because one of the elephants (pictured above) is named Boonmee, which is Paul’s last name.

Elephant Show

Elephant Show

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…

Samutprakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo

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!

Samutprakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo

Tiger not happy.

Samutprakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo

Cuuuute chimpanzees! They look like babies!

Samutprakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo

I also fed two bottles of milk for tiger cubs. They are SO CUTE!!

Samutprakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo

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.

Samutprakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo

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.

Samutprakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo

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.

Lunch

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!

Grand Palace

Grand Palace

Grand Palace

A miniature of Angkor Wat. I’ll be there to see the real one some day!!

Grand Palace

Grand Palace

gold foil, incense and flower to be put on the buddha.

Grand Palace

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!!

Grand Palace

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.

Bangkok

Bangkok

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.

Bangkok

Cowboy Soi near my hotel. Guess what it’s famous for?

Bangkok

Clean clean BTS station!

Bangkok

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!

Bangkok

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.

Bangkok

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.

Bangkok

I walked to my gate, stopped by Burger King for lunch and finally flew out of BKK at 5pm :(

Krabi, Thailand 2011

A month or so ago, my friend Paul (who came to visit me in Singapore last year) facebook messaged me saying he’ll be in Thailand for a month and that I should come. Of course, without much hesitation I booked a round trip ticket from SIN – BKK :D. We ended up deciding to go to Krabi for 4 days as well.

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Day 1 – June 23, 2011

A day of travelling. I woke up early since my flight is at 11am. Took the cab to Changi Aiport and flew to BKK. I arrived there at 1pm, and met up with Paul. We had lunch at a ridiculously cheap food court in the airport.

My whole meal was only $3!

We then waited around for our next flight to Krabi at 4pm, just chatting and catching up with each other. I hadn’t really talked to him that much since last year.

We got to Krabi after a short flight at 6pm. Our tour van was already waiting for us and took us to the hotel. BUT, upon arriving we were informed that our hotel was full! Paul had even called in to confirm in the morning and they didn’t say anything then. We had no choice but to be sent to another smaller hotel. It turned out to be fine though, although still unhappy about the hotel overbooking us.

They did serve us dinner though..

We got to the hotel, showered, and I had a masseuse come to our room to give me Thai massage. First massage in the trip :D it costed me 300 baht, which is expensive but she came pretty late at night so i’m not complaining.

After the massage I pretty much conked out till the next morning.

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Day 2 – June 24, 2011

Woke up at 7:30am to a sunny day. Thank god, because we had been informed that the weather was bad for the past week that they couldn’t bring the boat out for snorkeling.

Anyway, the tour van picked us up and we had breakfast at the other hotel. We were then picked up again using this shady tuk tuk to the beach.

Then our boat set out to sail by 10am.

We visited four islands that day. The first island was called Tap island, which is this tiny island with soft sands and clear water!

Our second stop was snorkeling. It was basically the same as phi phi snorkeling I did in Phuket. I saw a lot of fish and some people saw sea snakes but I didn’t :(. After about 20 mins of snorkeling we came back onto the boat and had lunch there. We stopped by another island, and ate there again because I was still hungry.

The last stop (and our fourth island) was an island with very pretty cliff by the beach.

We passed by a lot of natural caves. There was also a lagoon, but we didn’t have time to visit it since it required a lot of extreme climbing to get to.

After that we sailed back to our starting point, and that’s when i started getting a bit sea sick. Thank god it was near the end of the trip! We were transported back to the hotel, showered and was picked up again to go to Ao Nang, which is the down town of Krabi.

We stopped by this restaurant by the beach, which serves crazy good Thai food. Paul went a bit overboard with the ordering…

After dinner we walked down the road for a bit of sightseeing, and stopped at a massage parlour. Paul had back and neck massage while I got mani/pedi for 300 baht. while walking around we also managed to book a cheaper price for the Jungle Tour, so we canceled the tour with our hotel and booked it here instead. It was only 900 baht as opposed to 1500 baht that we were going to pay at the hotel!

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Day 3 – June 25, 2011

We woke up at 7:30 again, went to the original hotel with our luggages (since we’re moving there finally) and was picked up by 9am by the tour van.

After picking up all the other tour members, we arrived at our first stop – elephant trekking. Without much delay, we climbed a makeshift tent and onto our own elephant. It was quite possibly the most exciting experience in my life!

We crossed the street onto a eucalyptus field, and onto a small forest. The whole time we were on the elephant’s back with a trainer, but after awhile the trainer let me sit on the front near the elephant’s head.

After about 30-45 mins, we came back to the starting spot and bought bananas to feed the elephants with. We then set off to our next destination, the Tiger Cave temple.

The temple was famous for the 1000+ stairs it has that leads to top of the mountain. We took the shorter route though, a 200+ steps to a natural cave. It was only 200 steps but my body was all sore the next day -_-

Our third stop was a natural hot spring. We took a dip for about 10 mins before it got too hot, then got out and had some snacks since we were hungry. Thankfully the next item in agenda was lunch :D We had a simple lunch right outside of the hot spring place, inside a private hut for each of us.

We then drove to our next and last stop, which is the emerald pool. We were dropped off on the entrance and had to walk a mile or so in. I made the huge mistake of using the bathroom here and it was quite possibly the most disgusting one i’ve encountered so far -_-. We also decided not to go into the pool since there was a lot of moss and I hate moss, so we just walked around the pool and back to the entrance. I had an ice cream for 20 baht while outside waiting!

After everyone came back, we got back into the van and was driven back to our hotel. Once we got to the hotel we showered and went back to Ao Nang for dinner. We got a foot massage for an hour first though, since we weren’t that hungry, and it was very cheap at 190 baht.

After massage we walked around to look for a dinner place and settled down at a place we saw the night before that was full with foreigners. It’s called Aning restaurant and everything was delicious and CHEAP here. ok, not gonna lie, the main reason why we ended up here is because their cocktail was 1-for-1, which means it was only 90 baht per cocktail! I went ballistic.

We ordered three dishes: A duck pizza, olive fried rice and thai glass noodle that i became so fond of during this trip. Everything was so delicious! the place also had a good live music going on throughout the night.

We finished dinner around 10 and was picked up to go back to the hotel.

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Day 4 – June 26, 2011

We checked out of our hotel and got into the airport shuttle at 10am. We stopped by at a small souvenir place to buy some souvenirs back before finally getting to the airport and back to Bangkok.