We just back from our Bangkok trip last weekend even there were having some political issue where protest going on to force government to re-election but didn’t stop us from going there. We have booked the trip almost year ago when AirAsia giving out promotion, the catch is the travel date is way too far until you might have forgotten that you did do the booking sometimes (very unlike will forget 🙂 ).
Yes, we did the booking and so we went. Everything was smooth and we glad that there is nothing much happen throughout the trip and we hardly feel that there is protest going on but we need to take extra careful and try not to go near places where mob gather like in Chid Lom, Ratchadamri Rd and Silom. This 3 places is the business center having few of the famous hotel and shopping complexes like Central World, Zen, Siam Paragon closed down thus leaving us only to others shopping mall like Platinum Mall (wholesales store)
We @ Bangkok for 5 days 4 nights but only 3 full days in Bangkok as touch down at Suvarnabhumi International Airport around 12 pm Thai local time, Malaysian time is 1 hour ahead so is 1 pm. Getting out from Airport to hotel, check-in already about 3:30 pm including having lunch at Airport. Can’t wait to get food in town as we were very hungry end up having our lunch in Cafe’ Nero by Black Canyon. I like their coffee very much, taste like those coffee bean and star buck but low in sugar where you feel the strong coffee taste.
The hotel we book together with AirAsiaGo package includes flight + hotel and we have choose The Ecotel Hotel, we search the internet review are not bad about this hotel only thing that it does not have much facilities, just plain room and a mini mart at the lobby. Luckily we have printout the location map from the internet provided by The Ecotel Hotel written in Thai language on the direction,as some taxis driver doesn’t know Ecotel hotel so it’s very handy with the location map. The taxi driver from the Airport doesn’t know the location and we show him the map, he look at the map quite sometimes and we started to worried whether the hotel is a hotel or motel ?? The taxi fare cost 400 baht that is much cheaper than here.
Once we check-in to the hotel, took some rest and head down to find the nearest mall or places to hang around for half day since almost dawn. When we come out from the hotel, there are many tuk-tuk driver will approach you to offer ride. Here you have to bargain and make yourself clear on how much they charge before jumping into tuk-tuk else you are paying more than you should. We consider lucky that get approached by honest and nice tuk-tuk driver manage to bring us go round the town just cost 10 baht with condition that he will drove us to 3 stores in order for him to claim petrol when he bring visitor to their stores.
He bring us to Gems Stone Jewelry, Diamond Jewelry and Fashion Taylor, you doesn’t need to buy but just take a look will do. Gems and Diamond store you still manage to spend more time since there is so many design and you eyes will not stop seeing all those stones.. blink blink!!. The toughest is the Fashion Taylor where you need to spend at least 10 min there in order for tuk-tuk driver claim petrol, we don’t have any intention to make any suite or shirt and we have to pretend like to get one. All the sales guy are from Middle East and i find the guy not really friendly sounds like forcing you to get one on the spot without much thinking.
The tuk-tuk driver name is “Kit” sounds like Chinese and I got to know that 70% of Thailand is Chinese, no wonder we saw many thai’s skin color are very fair especially those leng lui. Saying about leng lui, almost every corner you manage to find one with the model look and my eyes non-stop drooling… it also can gives you energy to walk around :). Kit also gave us his mobile contact in-case we need his service and we did call him to drive us few places where we find you charges not expensive compared to others after surveying.
The hotel is not too far from Platinum Mall its about 20 min walk from the hotel and you can enjoy the local food along the road. We did not walk there, we want to save our energy on the shopping mall rather on the road side 🙂 end up taking Tuk-tuk cost only 20 baht. On the first night, we had McDonald Samurai Pork burger as our dinner where this was not sold in our country. We took 1 burger only and continue to the street for Thai local foods like noodle soup, bbq pork stick, fried oyster, tom yam gong and etc. During the stay we hardly feel hungry, you can get most of the food almost on every street so not so easy to get starves there.