Bulan Februari kemarin gue baru saja pergi ke Bangkok, Thailand. And here are the stories.
Gue pergi sama Mama, Ryan (teman traveling paling setia dan sedia setiap saat), beserta rombongan ibu-ibu RT 07 Kelurahan Pekayon Jaya :)) Iya, gue dan Ryan pergi bersama ibu-ibu, dengan rencana nengokin satu keluarga di RT kita yang sekarang tinggal di Bangkok, plus jalan-jalan tentunya. Tapi sebenernya kita berdua cuma jadi fotografer aja sih…
Got an early morning flight, Ryan was waiting at the airport since 3AM (he directly went to airport from Bandung). Terminal 3 was a nice place to wait since it has chairs and lot of colokan. The flight took 3 hours. We landed at Don Mueang International Airport around 10am. Don Mueang is not a big airport, it looks like Halim Perdana Kusuma but serves an international flight. It was not crowded at all. We welcomed by Om and Tante Bandrio (our ex neighboor, our main purpose in Bangkok), they worked for KBRI Bangkok and we serviced by their officer. They prepared 2 minibuses for us (our vehicle for the next 4 days) 😀 We splitted into 2 groups, group Ibu-Ibu that didn’t want to go to Pattaya and group that want to. Then we’re going to Pattaya! It was a looong road to Pattaya (around 2 hours via toll). But I enjoyed the scenery along the way. I always love a kind of road trip like that was 😛 Bangkok was as hot as Jakarta, the building and scenery was also similar to Jakarta.
Pattaya. Quite like Kuta Beach Bali but much, much more clean. The driver dropped us in front of Hard Rock Cafe, then we crossed the street to the beach. This is it: Pattaya Beach! After looked around the beach, we sit on the bench beside the beach, bought a coconut water, took photos, and enjoyed the beach. The beach was clean, with no trash. The water was also nice for swimming…
Alcazar Cabaret Show. The next agenda was watching Alcazar Show. I’ve been told that we will watch a dance show which all the dancer are ladyboy. So excited lol. After bought the ticket, grabbed the welcome drink, we went in and waited the show to start. Opened by several dancer dancing and lip-sync, I began investigating are they really ladyboy or not, because they’re all so pretty and beautiful! I was amazed by their performances and appearances. Though they were not dancing with spirit. They just lip-synced, moved their body, and followed the music. Still fun to watch. Quoting from their website:
Extravagant costumes, convincingly stunning ladyboys, spectacular stage sets are all part of a grander show that delights you with non-stop fantasmic entertainment, from the Russian stage to K-Pop to Persian harlem and even outer space. Whether you are in for the beautiful ‘ladies’ or the show, you’ll get your money worth at Alcazar.
Yes, they’re singing and dancing from pop music to jazz, and some traditional song from several countries like Indonesia, India, China, Russia, Malaysia, Egypt, etc. After the show, all the dancers waited at exit door, offered to take photo with them, and it’s not free, we need to pay 40 Baht. Ryan was amazed with the beautifulness of ladyboy that looked like Korean artist, so he took photos with them! XD
For more information related to the Alcazar Cabaret Show, please go to their website page http://www.alcazarcabaret.com/.
Grand Diamond Apartment. The show finished around 6PM, and we’re going back to Bangkok. Me and my brother took seat beside the driver. I enjoyed the road trip back to Bangkok from dawn to night. After 2 hours on the road then we arrived at Om and Tante Bandrio’s Apartment! They have cooked a lot of kind of foods 😀 We rejoined the other groups that separated with us at the airport. They were spending the day to visit KBRI Bangkok (where Om Bandrio works), and cooked dinner together.
Baiyoke Suite Hotel. We were not staying at the apartment, so we took a walk to the hotel after dinner (5 minutes on foot). The hotel have 48th floors! And we’re staying at 38th floor! How cool is that? After check-in, we directly went to our room because it’s already 10PM and we need rest. The hotel room was nice, it has a big living room, a bed room, and a bathroom. For backpacker, it could fit to 10 person! 😛 And the view from 38th floor was not bad at all, it was nice. At night, the lights from the roads really beautiful, and when I woke up, I could see the sunrise (lucky us to get the side facing east).
We spent Rp592000/night, exclude breakfast. You can book from agoda.com or from their website http://baiyokesuite.baiyokehotel.com/.
Pratunam Market (Right in front of Baiyoke Hotel). This was what my eye saw first while we went out the hotel. A super crowded road with only people selling and yelling and bargaining clothes/pants/jeans/sweater/blouse/shirt/etc. Heaven! Why? It’s all cheap, really. From only 50 Baht to 250 Baht (Rp20000 – Rp100000)! While I started to look around the market, everybody has waiting at the minibuses, so I postponed my urge to shop 😛
Bangkok Floating Market. Our next destination. Welcomed by a freshly coconut water served for us. Then we jumped into the boat that would take us around the river.
Once we arrived we got stuck in, enjoyed it for what it is: an aquatic cultural show festooned with abundant colour and souvenirs. The variety of goods – everything from rattan balls, traditional puppets and fresh fruits to embroidered handbags, noodle soup and wide brimmed bamboo hats – was impressive, and, much of what we saw, undeniably photogenic. The sight of old ladies nimbly paddling sampans packed with tourists twice their size – and probably less than half their age – was a joy.
That is a quote from bangkok.com. And that’s all true. Colorful souvenirs, bags, necklace, earrings, bracelet, clothes, mini figures, dolls, etc. Variety of traditional foods and fruits, mango, strawberry, banana, coconut, pad thai, noodle, meat, etc. All of that was appealing my eye at most! We spent around 2 hours in here, and before we went back to the pier, we stopped by a temple (forgot the name, sorry) and took some group photos, then leave.
Elephant Village (near Floating Market). We stopped at this Elephant Village but didn’t ride any of the elephant 😛 We only bought coconut ice cream that was really delicious!! It was so perfect for 12 PM weather, right? There was a Monkey Cafe that has mugs with Doraemon’s character painted on it, so pretty. The Monkey Cafe also has a baeutiful and cute decoration, I love it. We saw 2-3 elephants being washed on our ride back to the city.
MBK. After lunch and pray, we walked around the mall for about 2 hours. Instead of buying souvenirs, we only sightseeing around the mall, because the price in this mall is quite expensive. At our last minutes in here, I googled for store that sell cheap Football Jersey near MBK. But we didn’t go there, the time’s up before we reached the place 😦
Asiatique the Riverfront. Another shopping time! Asiatique is a casual street market, a middle class mall, a riverside dining place, with a lot of entertainment (that quite sums up the place). It was a totally nice place and I really want to come back here again if I’m going back to Bangkok! Definitely! We were celebrating Tante Dini’s birthday with a birthday dinner in this place. After that, we were walked around from shop to shop and bought a lot of things. The price was reasonable, not quite expensive, and the best thing was: we can bargain the price! There were a lot of shops that sell unique things, from souvenirs to clothes, and snacks. the situation was not too crowded. Super recommended place to seek for souvenirs!
Pratunam Market. Woke up early in the morning to find this beautiful sunrise at our window 🙂
After a quick breakfast, me and Mom went downstairs to shop! An early morning shop. This Market was never close (yes it was open 24 hours, with 3 times change shift of trader, so you will find different trader on morning, noon, and night). We spent around 1 hour shopping and ended with a lot of plastic bag in hour hands (and still not enough) 😛
Madame Tussauds. Located in Siam Discovery 6th floor. We really enjoyed our time in here. Meeting a lot of famous public figures and taking photos with them (although they’re not real :-P). Super happy to finally meet Justin Bieber in person :”) *you can slap me now*. See our silly and happy faces on photo below :”)
Visit their websites for more information http://www.madametussauds.com/bangkok/en/.
Sukhothai Traimit Golden Buddha Temple. We were visiting this temple that has a Big Buddha covered by gold. We climbed the stairs for about 4 floors to see the Buddha. So exhausted, and it was 12PM, do not ask about the temperature…
Wat Pho, Reclining Buddha (Sleeping Buddha). It located in a big area with a lot of temples around. The Buddha statue itself was SOOO BIIIIG and he was in sleeping position (kind of laid on the floor). We need to put off our shoe/sandal (we were given a bag to bring our shoe/sandal) before walked in. At the entrance, we welcomed by Buddha’s head. It was so big! The head was made in detail, you can see the detail in Buddha’s curly hair. And from the entrance (the head), I was amazed while I try to look until Buddha’s feet. It was about 46 meters long!
The gold-plated Reclining Buddha is 46 meters long and 15 meters high.
Wat Arun Cross River. We took a ferry to cross the river and see Wat Arun temple. The weather was so hot, I couldn’t handle it, made me so tired and didn’t really enjoy the moment while visiting the temples… But! Mom bought us an ice cream and I picked a Walls-corn-ice-cream that tastes funny 😛 Ryan climbed up the temple to the very top and took selfie 😛
Chatuchak. For lunch and another shopping time. People said Chatuchak was the largest market and the cheapest market in Bangkok. You should come and shop here!
Siam Niramit. Our last stop for the day. We have been to Siam Niramit Phuket before and was really excited to see this one Siam Niramit Bangkok! Before the show, there were many attractions around the location, feed elephants, a magician showed up his tricks, dancers showed us a traditional fight, or simply walked around the places itself was nice, there were a small river with little boat, lanterns, massage and spa, etc. Like the one in Phuket, before the show we were served dinner. All-you-can-eat-buffet-dinner! We tried all of halal food from appetizer to desserts. Nyum! Then he show started to begin, we walked in the theatre (it’s as big as Phuket), searched our seat, and enjoyed the show.
“World-class staging, heart-stopping colors and pulsating performances all to the beat of hummable music and energetic dancing. Siam Niramit is a must see!” – Francine LeFrak (Tony Award-winning Broadway Producer)
That’s what many people said. For us, it’s not as good as Phuket show. Kind of boring with the story line, me and my brother was yawning in the middle of the show… But still recommended to see!
Breakfast at 43rd floor. As planned, we would like to experience having breakfast at 43rd floor in our hotel. After paid 259 Baht/person, we took a window seat. The view was amazing, I could see the city from this height. Right after Baiyoke Suite Hotel (the hotel we were staying at), there stands Baiyoke Sky Hotel that have floors numbers 2x more that this hotel. Could you imagine? So you can have breakfast at 86 floors! :))
Platinum Mall. We spent our last few hours in Bangkok by shopping. We tried all halal street foods, explored all shops in Pratunam Market and Platinum Mall, bargained prices until we expert in that 😛 We bought 1 more suitcase for our purchase lol. There was a prayer room in Platinum Mall, small room but really clean and cute. The mukena was also clean (you even asked to put it on the used-basket after use the mukena).
Shopping Tips: Bargain as much as you can, I always got 50% from the start price. Don’t be shame to bargain, it’s okay, you don’t even know them 😛
Don Mueang. Going back to Jakarta. I would definitely going back here again for shopping lol. We tried the famous sticky mango rice at the airport. It was delicious! :-9 So long, Bangkok! Thanks for the beautiful places and experiences you gave!