If you're following me on Instagram (@TheIsabelLee), you might have seen these photos already. I was in Thailand! It was my first time going out of the country as well as being on an airplane. Nervous like shit but surprised it's not as scary as I imagined x_X
Our AirAsia flight stopped at Don Meaung airport, where we took a bus (right outside the airport) to Mo Chit BTS (kena con by the lady who took more money for 'fare' from tourists), which happens to be REALLY near Chatuchak Weekend Market (walking distance) so we went shopping a bit first. It was still rather early (9 am) and many of the stalls were not ready yet. This was my haul within 2 hours.
Shorts, skirts & skorts 150 baht each. They are available in SO MANY colours I went a lil crazy.
These 200 baht (RM 20) lace dresses are of pretty good quality and you can find the same ones for the same price at Platinum Mall.
Also got myself a packet of Mango Sticky Rice 50 baht because everyone was raving about it. Meh.. Nice but it's just santan rice with mangoes. Mangoes go for 20 baht.
My whole stay in Bangkok can be pretty much summarized to : food, shopping, massage and.. TRAFFIC JAM!
Getting around is not a problem at all even if you don't have a car as there are super many taxis, tuk-tuks, mini bus-tuktuk hybrids, motor-taxis and buses.
In order to avoid the jam, we stayed near a BTS (LRT / sky train) station which is pretty convenient. It's also much easier to tell your taxi driver which BTS station you stay nearby instead of addresses.
Buying a BTS ticket is really easy. Just look at the map, look for your location and the fare needed. Press the number on the ticket machine and insert coins. Price ranges from 15-52 baht. They have a 1 day pass for 130 baht but it won't be worth it unless you really travel on BTS a lot.
Walked around on foot whenever we're not on the BTS or in a taxi. Within the first day.. I got pickpocketed =_=" I was wearing a pouch and left some Strepsils and a packet of tissues on the outer rubber-netting pouch and they disappeared. Impossible that they dropped out as the rubber held them in. It was made of netting so the contents are visible. My sister commented "Thailand must be short on tissue" LOL
Rough conversion (and for easy counting), 10 baht = RM 1. Arrange all your notes so the numbers are all on one corner so you can spot the value immediately.
We were famished so we bought sausages from a roadside stall. OMG SO SALTY! We encountered the same thing with 2 other sausage stalls elsewhere so.. Don't buy sausages in Bangkok!
Hailed a cab to Minburi because le Bf wanted to custom make his snooker cue from the O'Min factory. The 1-2 hour journey (depending on traffic) costs only RM 20! Taxis are much cheaper there compared to Malaysia. Walked through a wet market and bought some food.
In the middle of the city, you'll find a river =/
I was bugging le Bf about trying out Mango Sticky Rice for a whole week before our trip. So he challenged my packet with this which he called 'authentic Thai mango rice', from the Minburi market. Sorry but.. this tasted gross! It was kinda smelly and I just couldn't eat more than 1 bite.
The 'M-150' which I thought was called Miso is SO GOOD! It became my 'water' for 6 days. Priced at only 10 baht a bottle, I had about 3-6 bottles a day =x
Roselle juice and cherry flavoured yogurt 19baht. There are real cherry chunks inside and the taste is really strong.
Kena con by le Bf who convinced me that this egg in 7 11 is 'melty egg' but it was actually just normal hard boiled egg!
1) He cannot read Thai
2) Melty eggs belong in Taiwanese & Japanese food
So why did I still buy it!??! Zzzz... But anyway, the soy sauce it came with was quite good LOL
2nd serving of the yummy squid from Thong Lor Night Market.
Along the main road at Thong Lor, there are several massage parlours. I don't have the name of this one but here's a photo of the interior lol! Average price is 250 bath an hour and 35-45 bath for 2 hours. This shop is not bad and their traditional Thai massage is good! Really relaxing, we fell asleep halfway.
Random woman offering sewing services on the streets lol
People in Thailand are generally really friendly and helpful. The streets are clean and you are not allowed to smoke at most places.
Summary : Avoid sausages anywhere, food in Thong Lo night market is good, explore Chatuchak for cheap clothes, accessories, bags, shoes and souvenirs.
We're off to Hua Hin in the next post! ;)