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Monday, August 15, 2016

Bangkok for Two Days

Bangkok for Two Days
Food Trip

Budget: 150 SGD (less than 100 SGD without shopping)
Promo Ticket: 150 sgd (without check-in baggage)

First Day 
Singapore to Bangkok via Tiger Airways

An unplanned trip to Bangkok got me packing for merely just an hour. A close cousin of mine stays in the city and he's scheduled to fly to Canada soon. I've figured it's probably my last chance to see him again. Canada is quiet far from my country, for sure it will take him years to visit our family again. Luckily, I was able to land on a promo fare ticket even thou it was just one day before my desired date. I guess that's what we call it's meant to be! The last time I've visited Bangkok was around three years ago. I was excited to hop on the plane for my flight, thinking about all the great foods they have in city just made my stomach churn. Even thou it's been years since I visited Bangkok I still have a rough idea how the train system works. Just to make you're on the right track check the Airport Information Touchscreen around the airport to find your location, search for transportation and all kinds of details you need to know. It really come handy because it showed me the way to the train link from the airport. I went to the ticketing machine: press English in the menu, select destination, proceed to payment and collect your red coin to tap on the entrance way to the station.

Airport to Ramkhamhaeng Station
Train Fare: 30 baht (one way)

Check in Boutique Hotel: Nasa Vegas Hotel
1 night: 25 SGD 
Avail the breakfast buffet one day ahead to get discount for 140 baht
The hotel is just a few steps away from the train station. You don't need to go that far, just cross the bridge that links to building. But they don't provide wifi something essential for travelers. Good thing my cousin shared his wifi hotspot with me. 

We brought fresh chilled fruits in Pratunam Market for 40-60 baht while shopping for goodies.
Pratunam Market
How to get there: Pratunam (Petchburi)
Train : Alight at Ratchaprarob Station, located behind Baiyoke Tower and 10 minutes away from the market.

Check out computer and camera gadgets.How to get there: Pantip Plaza - IT Mall (Petchburi)
Location: Petchaburi Road, opposite Pratunam's City Complex
Train: According to my research just alight at BTS Chidlom Station, hire a tuk-tuk/taxi or walk ten minutes to Ratchadamri Road, pass by Central World on the left side, Saen Saeb canal, then go left to Phetburi Road and just two blocks away on your left is the Plaza. 


It turns out that it was the perfect time for me to visit the city as they were having a food festival. Bangkok Varee is a floating market event from 14th till 31st July 2016 at Central World in Bangkok, Thailand. It's considered as the biggest Thai riverside cultural event in the city.


How to Get There : Central World Mall
Train: SkyTrain to E1 Chit Lom Station (Sukhumvit Line). Take Exit 9. For Skybridge to Gaysorn Plaza and cross road to Central World via flyover.

After exploring all the levels in the computer shopping mall we got pretty hunger. We were already in the shopping capital so going from one mall to another was easy. We walked back to Central World Mall through the link bridge. A pagoda replica seemed pretty lost in this part of the festival. We continued to walk around despite the warm humidity, so in order to battle Bangkok's heat I bought a delicious coconut ice cream for 40 baht - so delicious!



For dinner: salt coated grilled fish, roasted pork, sticky rice and this gigantic lime-maybe-mix-with-sprite refreshing drink. 

Dessert: Huge Mango Slices for 100 baht

We needed to take a stroll after all the foods we ate after dinner. So we decided to look around the area, we took the skybridge right infront of Central World Mall and proceeded to a Street Night Market across the City Complex Mall.
Night Street Market
How to get there: City Complex (Petchburi)
Location: 831 Phetchaburi Road, Bangkok
Train: From Chit Lom BTS, walk past Central World Mall then take the skybridge to access the mall.

Finding Dory before Bedtime

Second Day
Check out the Railway in Bangkok. I really like trains moving in the open air. It looks nostalgic like during those times when things seems to be plain and simple. 


Waffle Snack before hopping to train station.

Drop by for Taco's before going to train interchange.

Traveled from Phetchaburi to Asok bound for Terminal 21 Mall. I love this mall. It has a complex personality, each mall level has his own country theme from Japan to Turkey to London, to Paris and even California of USA.


How to get there: Terminal 21 Mall 
Location: Sukhumvit Road (between Soi 19 and 21) 
Train: Alight at Sukhumvit Mrt Station or Asok BTS Station (direct access via Skybridge)

Lunch at an authentic pizzeria restaurant called Pala Pizza Romano located at 1, Sukhumvit Platform (BTS Asok link to MRT), Asok Road Klongtoey Nua Bangkok.

Coffee before heading to the airport.
Bangkok to Singapore flight via Tiger Airways


Change is Coming. Perfect words to describe the future. I wish you all the best on your endeavor, may the good force be with and I'll see you soon.


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