Thursday, July 4, 2013

Solo Travel To Bangkok


One last night in Bangkok, the next morning I returned to Amata spring club for a sleepover. To pack before leaving was messy since I've shopped quite a bit from MBK Mall (Santa's Fast Food), thankfully I managed to stuff-up the things in the cheap bag I also bought. At the club, the bestie threw a small time barbecue party and of course with booze as well. Not a farewell for me but just like a get-together for her colleagues and so happened I was there. As much as I wanted to have a drink, I didn't dare because I have to leave by 7.00 am the next morning to beat the traffic jam.


When it came to departing from the airport, I was rather nervous since I will be flying alone for the second time only. Indeed, I fumbled. I almost walked into the VIP lounge before rudely signalled off to leave, I then tacked along with the other passengers and sat at the departure hall. Still, about hundred times checking if I am waiting at the right hall to ensure I don't fly to "never-never land". Finally, oh-boy,  I was up on the air with memories of the one week solo travel to Bangkok.

Quite interesting actually. For the first two days, boring like crazy at Amata spring club. Of course the golf course was a nature pleasing sight with a lake in front of the bungalow, other than that, I literally stared at the sky and did nothing. Nevertheless, the third day was a promising start. A fantastic lunch at Siam Country Club, thereafter to Pattaya (Central Food Mall and Pattaya beach) and on the way back, we packed lots of Thai street food (mango sticky rice, Thai mixed rice and fried chicken) for dinner.






Oh well! Those three days made me realise that never ever be a free loader while hoping friends will go the extra mile to take you around. So, on 4th day morning, I took a ride to Bangkok and the panic button automatically turned on as the boutique hotel was fully booked. Tears of fear almost rolled out because I didn't know where to go from here. Thanks to the receptionist for directing me to a take a taxi to Pathumwan hotel. Indeed, happily I booked for 3 nights stay (Pathumwan Hotel Part 2) for this first time life adventure of sightseeing with unknown people as well as out on my own. Right after checking in, I embarked on a half a day tour to Wat Tramit, Wat Pho, Wat Benchamabophit, Madam Tussauds and being the first night alone in my entire life, I didn't dare eat out, instead I called for room service at Pathumwan.     







The next day kicked started at Bang Pa-in Palace, Wat Mahathat, Wat Na Phramen, River Sun Cruise and the night ended spectacularly with the Calypso Cabaret Show.




The 3rd day being the last day in Bangkok, I had an adventurous ride at Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, a lazy walk in Royal Thai Handicraft Center, blistered under the hot sun at Phra Pathom Chedi, loveable lunch at Rose Garden Riverside and almost slept during the Thai Cultural Show



Surely I survived! I ought to be proud for coming home in one piece though my other half was concern if he will see me again. Bangkok is just like any other busy city. Hustle and bustle of traffic jam, packed with mostly Western tourists, Thai people in the tourism industry know how to treat you and Thai food bustling with the big bold flavours. But the city is touted with the same set of "be careful" red flag alert. Don't walk the streets in the night, hold on tight to your handbag and travelling alone also means dressing appropriately as not to attract vultures, be careful who you speak to and what you reveal, stay at reputable hotels close-by to food centres and bargain if you want to shop.  

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14 comments:

  1. OMG, the plate of chilli does look spicy!! I miss MBK Mall & I'm gonna chk this eatery out the next time I'm there!

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  2. I went bangkok recently too! Love the food there! So SHiok!

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  3. Nava, reading your posts make me want to go Thailand.

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  4. That's a wonderful looking pork noodles.. Colorful & sinful with that chilli flake dressing.. And the lemongrass drink looks like a perfect blend for the heat of the noodles, as u said.. Wud love to visit Thailand just for the cuisine :)

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  5. We have learned so much adroit Thialand and its food via your reviews. Thanks

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  6. That chilli pop out of the screen, Congrats on visiting Bangkok alone.

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  7. The nutty combination looks like fiery hot .....

    Yea I agree with Sebeena, Makes me wanna go thailand too

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  8. OMG, chiliiiiii flakes :). There should have been like tons and tons of spiciness!! This time your meal looks very simple!! Pork noodles look fresh, nutty, spicy and hardly any noodles...but the rest like pork,beans and egg has taken over noodles. I think this is the right way to make noodles - less of noodles, more of veggies and meat! Here we get the opposite!! lemongrass drink looks like a much required drink to wash down the spicy noodle down the throat.
    Ohh sometimes, it is nice to get away alone! Gives a new perspective.

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  9. Every time I read your post of Thailand I am taken back fondly to my trip there:) I enjoyed every bit from food, people, shopping.. the place sure has a positive vibe :)

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  10. look at the chilli flake ... too good

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  11. Nice lemongrass drink and fried pork skin

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  12. Wow! Look at those chilies! Pork noodles looks fabulous Nava. I have been to MBK mall twice. But i didn't get a chance to have food in the mall. May be i can try next time. :)

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  13. Hope your trip was a good one. Although not a big fan of pork skin, the dish looks delicious. I like how you mixed everything together, makes it more flavorful.

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  14. perfect flakes sauce, noodles together for that spicy touch

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