Arrived at Don Mueang International Airport, Bangkok from Johor Bahru after 2 hour and 20 minutes flight.
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.
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 ฿.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ฿.
Bye Bangkok. Sure we will back again for more ![RM 1 = 8.4 ฿ at that time]