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Exploring Aha-mazing Bangkok – Day 1

We don’t get to sleep much as we arrived in Bangkok 2 AM and we have to wake up with less than two-hour sleep for an early tour. It’ll be a busy day for sure as we have to squeeze in most of the activities for only two days. Jha booked  us a half-day tour “Floating Market”. We didn’t avail the whole-day tour the agency is offering as the second half will be spent touring on a crocodile farm. And we don’t want that as we only have limited time in Bangkok. This half-day tour is the only tour we booked and the rest were DIY (do-it-yourself).

Two things we want to experience while in Bangkok. (1) Riding an elephant and (2) floating market. Both wishes were granted. Thanks Madam Jha for arranging our tour.

6:30 AM – We were fetched by our tour guide from where we’re staying.

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With our guide, Ate Gina (in black at the left side)

8:10 AM – Chang Puak Camp

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Chang Puak Camp is in Damnoen Saduak. Chang Puak means white elephant. White elephant as per our guide is only for the king. The camp is like an adventure park. There’s a lot of activities to choose here from elephant riding to elephant feeding. They also offer ATV riding and gun shooting.

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As this is a side trip and not really included in the package we have to pay extra for the elephant ride. It’s just near the floating market so they usually agreed to bring their guests here for the elephant experience. The reason also we can’t stay long.

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The name of our elephant is Hong-hun and he is 7 years old. The elephant ride is 30 minutes. It’s fun riding an elephant but a bit scary too. I was afraid any moment I’ll fall off from the chair atop the elephant. The road is narrow too that one wrong step and we’ll all be drenched in the water.

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Well actually there’s really a part that the elephant will submerge in the water and that even made me uneasy sitting on top. Haha. All along I’ve been thinking that we’ll be thrown from our sit. It’s thrilling actually once you’re in the water. It’s just the transition from land to water since it looks like steep from where we are sitted.

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There’s a souvenir photo at the end that you may opt get for the price of 200 THB. Well obviously we got ours.

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9:00 AM – Floating Market

We hopped in a boat and paddle through for a 10-minute ride to the floating market.

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The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is more than a 100 years old. Located in Ratchaburi province, it is more or less two hours away from Bangkok and the most popular floating market amongst tourists. It could be really crowded especially on weekends. You’ll see a lot of souvenir shops. Great finds from food to clothes to interesting display items.

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You can ride a boat to go around the floating market for 150 THB.

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Wooden boats paddle here and there either with tourists or with locals selling their produce.

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Brunch! We’re not able to eat breakfast due to early call time.

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What we had: Chicken Noodles (50 THB), Shrimp Pad Thai (120 THB), Crispy Pork and Rice (100 THB) and Crab Fried Rice (120 THB)

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A lot is offering this to tourists. Didn’t dare to try though. 😀

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Resting from walking while waiting for others in our tour group.

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10:55 AM – Left the floating market.

11:07 AM – Royal Thai Handicraft Center

Not far from the floating market is the Royal Thai Handicraft Center. They sell traditional Thai products and souvenirs to tourists. The place is huge packed with so many beautiful things. Wood carvings are impressive and shows Thai’s rich history and culture. I love it here because we’re not pressured to buy anything, simply appreciating the beauty of everything and taking lots of photos. 😛

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1:25 PM – Gems Gallery International

Our last stop for this half-day tour. It’s nice to see wide array of jewelries. Though I’m not a fan of those (even fancy ones) I enjoyed looking around. Pictures are not allowed inside.

2:12 PM – Platinum Mall

We asked our van driver to dropped us to Platinum Mall. We’ll do a little bit of shopping. Haha. Actually I’m not able to buy anything. Saleslady here are a bit blunt and frank. I’m on the chubby side and when we asked for sizes they’ll say “For you? No!” Haha. Kaloka si Ate, ayaw makabenta. You’re  not even allowed to try the items as they will say, “no can try”. So yes, I declare I don’t like this mall. Haha joke! #bitter

The Platinum Fashion Mall is a 5 billion baht (100 million euro) shopping mall in Pratunam, Bangkok, Thailand, which specializes in fashion clothes and accessories retail and wholesale. It is a six-storey complex with an 11-storey condominium building above the complex. –Wikipedia

The mall is huge and kind of overwhelming for first timers like us. There are too many shops to choose from. So when you find something you like buy it as you might have a hard time finding it again. Price wise it’s cheaper when you buy 3 or more, they consider it wholesale. There’s a different wing for boys and girls. The place is clean and organized.

4:00 PM – Late lunch in Mc Donald’s Platinum. Ordered their cheeseburger set for 109 THB.

6:00 PM – We met with Silken at Central World.

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We walked around Isetan Mall then took the walkway to Siam Paragon Mall.

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We went inside H&M since they’re on sale. We saw Erich Gonzales (PH’s local celebrity) shopping. Tey as always can’t contain herself and asked to take a picture with her.

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We also checked their grocery store for possible pasalubong but we end up buying other things for personal consumption. Lol.

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8:10 AM – Left Siam Paragon. We rode BTS Train from Mo Chit Station to Victory Monument Station. We went to the Night Market / tiangge area opposite Century Plaza. From there we went to “suki” again near their office for dinner. It’s a long walk and we’re all tired from walking the wholeday.

We ordered 7 pad thai (30 THB), stir fry crispy kale (30 THB), stir fry pork with asparagus (90 THB) and water (10 THB).

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12:15 AM – Khao San Road

Oh yes our day isn’t done yet. Since we don’t have time to go to Patpong, we went to Khao San instead. After dinner we went back home, refresh and recharge for few minutes.

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Khao San Road is a short street in central Bangkok. We took a cab to get here again splitting into two groups. It’s just a kilometer away from The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew. You’ll see here a lot of backpackers and tourist alike being strangers to friends sharing each unique travel stories. They’re drawn here because the place offers cheap accommodation, budget hostels, internet cafes, souvenir shops, food stalls, restaurant and bars.  It can be chaotic with tourist partying at night and the back to back blasting sounds of bars. Also make sure to mind your things as there are incident of pick-pocketing in the area.

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Few of the food stalls you can see here.

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A European guy offered to take a picture of us when he saw that we’re struggling to have a group photo. Haha.
www.zayzaexplores.comI like it here, people were chilling and laughing so hard like there’s no tomorrow. Lol. All you can feel is the positive energy from people from different countries sharing good laughs and silly stories. Though we’re still enjoying the vibrant vibe of the place we have to leave for another activity tomorrow. We just had a few drinks and a quick walk and we’re ready to call it a night.

Look even Ronald loves Khao San Road. 😛

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Summary of expenses Day 01:

Expenses Day 01 THB PHP
Half-day Tour 3600 4938
Elephant Ride 600 825
Souvenir Photo 200 274
Brunch: Crab Fried Rice 120 164.5
Mineral Water 10 14
Lunch: Mc Donald’s Cheeseburger Set 109 149.5
BTS Train Fare 30 41
Dinner: Pad Thai 30 41
Dinner: Stir Crispy Kale (30THB) and Stir Fry Pork with Asparagus (90THB) = 120/6 20 27
Taxi Fare (Khao San) 100 137
Total  4819 6611

 

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