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Published: August 11th 2019
Just like Philippines, Thailand, particularly, Bangkok, has 2 seasons too: wet and dry. This place was a backpackers haven, a melting pot of cultures, nationalities, skin tone, and even connecting flights. You name it. This is a visa-free country for Filipino passport holders. Our flight from the Philippines is approximately 4 hours via NAIA 3. We landed at Suvarnabhumi International Airport for nearly 4AM already. After the immigration clearance and luggage pick up, we found ourselves having coffee and some bread at Dean and Deluca and waited for the sunrise. We took a taxi going to our hostel at Silom Road. We booked a private room for 4 persons with 2 beds and a private bathroom with free shampoo. Our hostel, Silom Sp8ce was a nice hotel. Receptionists were friendly and nice. The hostel was clean, has free WiFi, a common kitchen with free coffee, tea, noodles, cookies, and even bread, and a common area with TV, couch, and sofa. Silom Sp8ce is near Silom Station BTS (Bangkok Train Station), has nearest Burger King, ATM, and even massage parlor. Their Facebook account is facebook.com/silomspacehostel.
After we've checked in, we've decided to have some coffee, bread, and noodles (what a combination!)
at the hostel before we stroll the city. The weather was so hot and humid and this is not a joke. 42°, anyone? Before lunch, we booked a boat tour at Chao Phraya Tourist Boat, a kind of hop-on hop-off boat service along the long stretch of Chao Phraya River. We paid 200 baht and that's unlimited 1 day ride. This is where we can stroll some tourist spots of Bangkok. From our hostel, we took BTS Silom Line Silom Station to Saphan Taksin Station Exit 2, go down stairs and turn left until we reach Sathorn Pier. First, we went to Wat Arun also known as the "Temple of Dawn". The boat stops literally in front of Wat Arun. This is one of the favorite tourist spot in Bangkok and set as an example of a stunning and beautiful Thai architectural designs and structures. Proper dress code is observed, no tank tops allowed and shorts or skirt must be below the knee.
Our next stop is at Wat Pho. The temple was in the UNESCO World Heritage list. From Wat Arun Pier, we took ferry crossing to Wat Pho and paid 4 baht each. This is the temple that
housed the Reclining Buddha. We then visited the Tha Maharaj, one of the popular tourist spot along the busy Chao Phraya River and rested a bit at Starbucks while finishing the fruits we bought and my other friend sipping coffee on this hot day. After it, Yaowarat or known as Chinatown is our next target. As usual, just like in any Chinatown I've been to, the scents and sceneries of China were laid on me. Some Chinese Stores with Chinese characters on the boards, the smell of the cooked Peking duck hanging on the streetside, Chinese herbs and medicines, the red lanterns hanging, yes, this is the Chinese vibes. This is near Ratchawongse Pier, a little walk ahead.
Khaosan Road comes next. We just strolled, tried some street foods and dared to try Pad Thai, Thailand's signatured food but we eventually walked out as we can't wait much longer.
Back to our hostel for some freshen up and coffee, we looked for a place to eat. Eventually, we landed on this street (I didn't get the name) and settled in for Chicken Pad Thai. The set up is it's at the street side and there were tables and
chairs around. Some were eating, others were into bear. It's an open space and you'll be able to see the alive street at night. After our dinner, we headed off to Chatuchak Market for a shopping. However, only few stores were open that time. So we just go back to our hostel, have some tea and called it a night. By the way, prostitution is legal in Bangkok.
The next morning, 7AM Bangkok Time, we walked going to Platinum Mall. Near it has a place which sells clothes at a cheap price. We turned to McDonald's for our breakfast while we were waiting for the mall to open finally for another shopping. We lasted until lunch time. We ate Chicken Barbeque and Sticky Rice with ripe mango at the street side despite the scorching heat of the sun. Went to checked out MBK as well, a shopping mall also before we go back to the hostel and tried the Thai Massage. Oh well! It's a traditional Thai Massage and some really recommended it. Since this is our last night in Bangkok, our last dinner is at Bangkok Recipe Thai Fine Food Restaurant, a stone's throw away at our hostel.
It was a nice restaurant. And yes, time to say goodbye to that wonderful and chilled night, we got back to our hostel, prepared our luggage for our check out the next day.
Our flight back home is 10AM Bangkok Time. Philippines is 1 hour ahead. We took Grab going to Suvarnabhumi International Airport and waited for our flight. It's nice to see Bangkok and was able to check another thing on my bucket list. I'll definitely go back and try it's other places. Chiang Mai or Krabi, maybe.
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