Thailand 2015 (1/4) : Bangkok

[Nov 5 – 10, 2015] My latest international travel was in the beautiful country of Thailand. I planned this trip a year ago with my college roommates – Ate Jen, Ate Rowcee, and Ate Tine — after a Cebu Pacific seat sale. The term “Ate” is a commonly used word in the Philippines for older sister, and yes, I am the youngest from the group. Unfortunately, Ate Rowcee was not able to come due to conflicting schedule at work. Nevertheless, the group still pushed through.

I’ll be dividing my blog entry into four based on the places we’ve visited — Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Phuket. Given the long self-imposed vacation (HA!), we decided to maximize our stay in the country and travel not only in the city, but also to the north and south-most of Thailand. Don’t worry, I’ll summarize our trip expenses at the end of this quadru-blog entry.  ;)

So let’s start with Day 1 — BANGKOK!

Our departure from Manila NAIA 3 to Bangkok was as early as 6:20AM, arrival at 8:40 AM (Bangkok is one hour behind Manila-time). This was my first time to travel this early as I’m used to late morning or afternoon flights. I guess the good thing about this was we had the time to freshen up back at the hotel.

After recharging at G9 Bangkok Hotel, we decided to grab some lunch and proceed with the temple-hopping as we have a limited time in Bangkok. We are to fly to Chiang Mai by noon the following day.

We had a very delicious fried rice from a small local store downtown. Good thing the seller/ owner understood our language. We were sooo hungry by then and almost gave up finding legit Thai food.

With more than 400 temples all over Bangkok, we’ve decided to focus on just two :

  1. Wat Phra Kaew (The Temple of the Emerald Buddha), situated within the grounds of the Royal Palace, and
    • Entrance Fee: 500 Baht (roughly USD 14)
    • Opening Hours: 8:00AM – 3:30PM
  2. Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), just a few blocks away from the Royal Palace
    • Entrance Fee: 100 Baht (roughly USD 3) – with free water!
    • Opening Hours: 8:30AM – 6:30 PM

Check out our photos! Sad though that it’s a bit cloudy when we visited the temples, I believe my photos don’t do justice on how beautiful the place is!

WAT PHRA KAEW (THE TEMPLE OF THE EMERALD BUDDHA)

WAT PHO (TEMPLE OF THE RECLINING BUDDHA)

To beat the heat, I bought Durian ice cream for 20 baht from a street vendor outside the temple. I say, this is the Thai version of Philippines’ dirty ice cream!

Afterwards, we had our souvenir shopping and dinner at Khao San Road, the famous shopping and food haven for travelers.

We went back the hotel tired but happy. Not bad for the first day! :D For my next blog entry, will be sharing to you our trip to Chiang Mai.

That’s it for now! <3 always, Irene

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