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I’ve always been interested in visiting Bangkok, so, when Mike asked me where I would like to go for my birthday, I suggested Bangkok. It didn’t take long for him to approve my choice of place since Bangkok has always been his favourite city. 

However, we didn’t travel precisely on my birthday. Instead, we flew from Penang International Airport on the 19th. From Don Muang Airport, we took a taxi to the Pinnacle Lumpinee Park Hotel. The taxi charged around 300 Baht including toll for the trip.

Due to some unforeseen accident, we had to make an unexpected visit to Saint Louis Hospital and spent 3,629 Baht for stitches and some medication. Just when we forgot to purchase travel insurance!

Guys, always remember travel insurance is a must-have when travelling abroad. 

Saint Louis Hospital

Chao Phraya River cruise

Although we had a little misfortune, it didn’t stop us from having fun and going ahead with our initial plan. We took a train from Bang Wa to Saphan Taksin station where the Pier for the Chao Phraya River cruise was located. The ticket price was 40 Baht per person for a single trip.

The boat that we took had a guide on board, and he told us about the main attraction along the river.

The Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

We got off at Tha Tien Pier for a visit to the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho). The entrance ticket was 100 Baht per person, and it came with a free bottle of mineral water.

The temple was one of the oldest temples in Bangkok, and Rama III built the Reclining Buddha in 1832. It’s 15 metres high and 46 metres long.

It started to rain when we got inside the temple, and it took about an hour before it was finally bearable to walk without needing an umbrella.

We didn’t explore the rest of the Temple compound as we were afraid it would start raining again before we managed to get to the other places. But, before heading to the next location, we had our lunch at the nearest food stall.

Cross River Boat

Wat Arun

Walking back to the pier, we took the cross riverboat to Wat Arun. The charges were 5 Baht per person and the entrance ticket to Wat Arun Rajwararam (The Temple of Dawn) was 50 baht each.

From up there I was able to see the Chao Phraya River, the Grand Palace and also the Temple that we went to earlier on. The view was fabulous!

For those who have Acrophobia, I wouldn’t advise you to climb it because they are very steep.

Holding on to the railing while slowly descending, my feet were still shaking by the time I got to the bottom. Maybe I’m a little acrophobic LOL.

Once we finished touring Wat Arun, we took the cross riverboat again and back to the other side. From there, we took a taxi to Khao San Road.

Khao San Road

There were many foreigners in this place and most were backpackers. We stopped by for a few drinks at Center Khao San before heading to Good Story Bangkok restaurant for drinks and dinner.

  • Singha Draft for 1L @ 210Baht


The next day, we went to Siam Paragon and MBK for a walk. It was raining when we reached Saladaeng BTS.

Stranded at the station, I was looking down at the shop and noticed a few of the workers were hitting something on the floor while screaming and jumping on their feet. Later on, I found out that they were all hitting cockroaches and the poor insects were fleeing to dry land saving themselves from the flooded drain.

Once the rain stopped, we walked for about 2 minutes to get to “Hai” Somtum Convent which was on Silom Road just opposite the Irish Pub, Molly Malone. The restaurant was famous for its Isan food, and it was my first time there. I found that I really liked the food and I would definitely be coming back again in future.

Banyan Tree Rooftop Bar

When night came, we went to Banyan Tree’s rooftop bar. The lift only reached level 59th, and we had to take the staircase up to another level before we finally got to the Moon Bar. The view was amazing, and I felt like I could almost touch the sky!

We had a few drinks there and then we were off to another place. We took a Tuk-tuk to Molly Malone’s Irish pub and had our dinner plus another round of drinks.

We couldn’t stay out late because we needed to get up early in the morning to the hospital before getting the train down to Ayutthaya.

Travel Date: 19th ~ 22nd October 2014


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