Three days are just not enough to experience the strangely beautiful and beautifully strange Bangkok. I had a lot of things to do on my list but sadly we couldn’t cram it all in our short trip. The least we could do was make the most out of it.
Days before the trip, we contacted the Bangkok tour guide named Benya referred to me by a friend. I got in touch with her via Facebook and we talked about our trip plans. She asked me which places and activities we planned to see and do and minutes later, she sent me our itinerary and their rates. It was a bit weird that she didn’t give us any official documents or receipts but she told us she represented a travel agency. She didn’t ask us any money beforehand so I didn’t have any problem with it.
Tropical storm Mario caused delay on our flight schedule but the travel agency didn’t mind. They’re flexible like that. I just updated Benya through Facebook from time to time. Our flight departure was moved from 6:30 am to 8:30 AM. It was a more than 3 hour flight so we arrived at 11:00 AM, Bangkok time. Remember: Manila is one hour ahead of Bangkok. Benya informed me she couldn’t go with us due to the arrival schedule but his brother, self-named Mr. Off, would go with us instead.thailand
I bought a Thai data sim card at the Suvarnhabumi airport for 299 BAHT ($ 8.93/ ₱ 400) that was valid for 7 days. After that, we looked for Mr. Off at Exit B. He was there holding a paper with my name on it. The tour package included transportation from airport to hotel so.. awesome, since it was really hot outside. Since we already lost two hours in the airport, we opted going directly to our temple tour before checking in our hotel.
Here’s the lineup of our temple hopping afternoon:
- WAT PHRA KAEW (TEMPLE OF EMERALD BUDDHA)
- WAT PHO (TEMPLE OF THE RECLINING BUDDHA)
- WAT TRAIMIT (GOLDEN BUDDHA)
While inside the van, Mr. Off gave us some trivia and background history of the temples. We didn’t understand a lot because of his accent so we just nodded and asked him stupid questions like “where does Mario Maurer live?”.
We stayed 2 nights in Sawasdee Inn at Khao San Road. The location was great but the hotel sucked. The staff didn’t speak English and we had the impression that they were always out on a company trip. Well, I didn’t mind since we were out most of the time. And budget travel is the best way to go for me, because I believe in the principle “spend less, see more”.
The crazy Khao San Road and Soi Rambuttri were just a few minutes’ walk away. They were so chaotic I don’t even know how to describe these places properly. There were so many stuff going on – street food vendors, street massage parlors, random street song and dance presentations, bars and restaurants, and random shops of souvenirs, clothes, weird trinkets and even fake IDs.