Pratu Nam, Platinum Wholesale Market, Siam Paragon, Bangkok 4D3N free and easy 2016

Day 1

Arrived at Don Mueang International Airport, Bangkok  from Johor Bahru after 2 hour and 20 minutes flight.

Don Muaeng International Airport, Bangkok - not crowded

Don Mueang International Airport, Bangkok – not crowded

Immediately we took a metered taxi to our hotel at Pratu Nam. However the journey was not so smooth as the driver was not too familiar with the location of the hotel. He stopped and asked the road-side hawker and then called the hotel several times. I was not too sure whether he was taking us for a ride or not! I thought taxi drivers are mostly familiar with hotel locations especially if it is an airport taxi.

Queing up to get a taxi.

Queing up to get a taxi.

Anyway, we were not too bothered or unhappy with him.  In fact we  just took it as a city tour as he took us through the crowded streets of Bangkok! Finally we arrived at our hotel, Tango Vibrant Living Hotel after slightly more than an hour! It costs us 280 ฿.

A boutique hotel

A boutique hotel

This was our second trip to Bangkok. Our first trip was in 1986! Of course nothing was familiar to us after so many years!

Immediately after checking-in, we were on our way to the night market nearby to explore. It was really crowded with a lot of tourists!

Day 2

After breakfast, we walked to Baiyoke Gallery and Pratu Nam Wholesale Market. It was quite hot at the market place. Here you can find a lot of cheap apparels especially for ladies. Little wonder why a lot of ladies like to visit Bangkok!

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From Pratu Nam, we proceeded to Platinum Wholesale Mall. Here it is air-conditioned, so it was more comfortable. It claimed to be the largest shopping mall in the world. I have no doubt about it! We had lunch at the food court there.

Platinum Wholesale Market, 3 blocks with 8 floors each

Platinum Wholesale Market, with 3 zones  with 8 floors each

Food court crowded with shoppers

Food court crowded with shoppers

Love this Pad Thai, something like our char kuay teow

Love this Pad Thai, something like our char kuay teow, had twice in Bangkok!

Dessert shaved ice with coconut milk and fruits and beans, something like our ice kacang.

Dessert – shaved ice with coconut milk and fruits and beans, something like our ice kacang.

Then we walked to Central World  and  Siam Paragon. Both are  high-end shopping complex. Here you can find a lot of branded goods. Nevertheless,  it was not very crowded.

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In fron of Siam Paragon

Love this coconut ice cream, simply delicious

Love this coconut ice cream, simply delicious

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Actually we had walked altogether 8 hours including lunch! So we were too tired to walk back. We decided to take a cab to Chocolate Ville, which took us about 45 minutes there. The taxi driver offered to wait for us for the return trip. The total cost was 800 ฿. We accepted the offer.

Not worth visiting..

Not worth visiting..

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Open air dinner venue

Open air dinner venue

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Western 'taste'

Western ‘taste’

taste of Netherland

taste of Netherland

To me  Chocolate Ville was a total let-down. There’s not much to see, just some man-made lakes and themed house scenery, nothing spectacular. Actually this place is more popular for tourists to dine-in. I was not too sure of the food as we didn’t stay back for dinner.

A small and cute cafe outside Chocolate Ville

A small and cute cafe outside Chocolate Ville

Tried this mango ice, like the one we had in Simendin, Taipei

Tried this mango ice, like the one we had in Simendin, Taipei

After that we went for foot massage to relax our fatigue legs near our hotel!  It wasn’t very good as the two boys were not very experienced! Apparently, they are rookies in this trade!

Dinner was at Kluay Seafood Restaurant, just next to our hotel.

This 3 dishes cost us 950฿

These 3 dishes cost us 950฿

Day 3

Today was supposed to try out the BTS Sky-train and MRT in Bangkok. We  checked-out the hotel and  walked to Baiyoke Sky Hotel, the tallest hotel in Bangkok with 88 floors. It’s just about 8-minute walk from Tango Vibrant Living Hotel  to check-in as we didn’t want the monotonous breakfast if staying in one hotel.  As check-in time was at 2.00 pm, so we kept our luggage at the hotel and walked to the nearest rail link station at Ratchaprarop which was only about 5- minute  walk. Then we took the rail link to the next station at Phaya Thai to switch to BTS.

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Next station Phaya Thai.

Next station Phaya Thai.

From the map at the station, we saw there  is a floating market  quite near to Udom Suk. So we took the BTS to Udom Suk. We got down and walked around the town to look for information centre, but were disappointed to find any. The people there also can’t communicate in English. We dared not ask the taxi drivers there as we were scared to be brought to unknown destinations! Udom Suk is a small town at the suburb of Bangkok.

Walked to this wet market at Udom Suk

Walked to this wet market at Udom Suk

Quite surprised to find the Honda assembly plant at Udom Suk, Thailand

Quite surprised to find the Honda assembly plant at Udom Suk, Thailand

So we took the BTS back again, but this time we stopped at Siam to explore the area.     We went to Siam Paragon again to have a closer look. We found that there’s an undersea World inside  the Mall. But we didn’t go in as we had just visited 3 Sea-world  for the last two years, one in Auckland, one in Singapore and last one was at The Shore, Malacca. We then took the BTS back to our hotel.

Coincidently to find a Thai celebrity doing a road show at this complex

Coincidently to find a Thai celebrity doing a road show at this complex

First time trying out the selfie stick..lol.

First time trying out the selfie stick..lol.

This is better

This is better

More steady now..

More steady now..

Gotcha..Finally

Gotcha..Finally

Post with the boxing legend, Muhammad Ali at Madam Tussands. Coincidently, Muhammad Ali passed away on 3rd of June 2016 at the age of 74!

Post with the boxing legend, Muhammad Ali at Madam Tussands. Coincidently, Muhammad Ali passed away on the 3rd of June 2016 at the age of 74!

At the hotel, we were delighted to find that there’s a fruit court at the 18th floor, next to Baiyoke Sky Hotel lobby. Eat as much as you can for a fee of 280 ฿ per pax for hotel guests. For non-hotel guest it  is 360 ฿ per pax. So we indulged ourselves in fruits buffet instead of the normal afternoon tea! It’s not bad as they serve local as well as  imported fruits. Of course we didn’t miss the chance  to try out durians as it was durian season at that time. They also have fresh fruit juice and home-made fruit ice-cream. However, for certain fruits, you need to pay extra for it.

A variety of fruits

A variety of fruits

coating fruit stick with chocolate milk

coating fruit stick with chocolate milk

After that, we went up to the Sky Observation Deck on at the 82nd  floor  to get a panoramic view of Bangkok City. For non-hotel guest, you need to pay 350 ฿ to go up.

At the Observation Deck 82nd floor

At the Observation Deck 82nd floor

A bird view of Bangkok from the 82nd floor

A bird’s  view of Bangkok from the 82nd floor

In the evening, we went for a swim at the hotel pool on the 20th floor.

At night we walked to Pratu Nam again to explore the night market. We had Thai authentic duck flat noodles at the road side. It really tasted good! So much better than the one we had at the food court.

Day 4

After breakfast, we walked to Indera Square to do more shopping.  At 4.00 pm, we took a taxi to the airport to take  the flight back to JB. It costs us 500 ฿.

At the airport departure hall

At the airport departure hall

Bye Bangkok. Sure we will back again for more !

[RM 1 = 8.4 ฿ at that time]
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An experienced Form 5 chemistry teacher from Johor Bahru.