If I were to summarize our Thailand trip in just two words, it would be: TEMPLES EVERYWHERE!
Don’t get me wrong — Thailand definitely lives up to its tourism slogan. The food, the sights, the shopping destinations (!!!) were all amaaaazing; there were just too many temples, and we tried seeing them all! That doesn’t mean though that they aren’t worth visiting. :] Really, it must be our messed-up itinerary (because we got lost on our way to our hotel for half a day), or perhaps I wasn’t just a “cultural traveler,” as one of my officemates put it (I hope not!).
Oh, that’s WE being Issang, Rach, and I! Thank you so much, ladies! ♥
Anyway, here’s a photo-spam of our first day in Thailand (plus some stuff that I can remember from the trip).
September 26, 2012
Thong Ta Resort and Spa
Since we arrived in Thailand a little after midnight, and we figured beforehand that the train stations would already be closed, we had a connecting hotel, Thong Ta Resort and Spa. It was five minutes away from the airport (plus they have free shuttle service), and the package included breakfast which was decent. Overall, the place is above average. Too bad we only got to stay until 1o:ooA because we needed to transfer to the second hotel!
If anything, the train system reminded me of Hong Kong’s. Organized, definitely more advanced than Manila’s, but a bit confusing at first. From Lat Krabang, we took the train up to Makkasan, got off and transferred to Phetchaburi station (there aren’t any connecting walkways but there’s a free shuttle ride, just wait for it!), and rode the train all the way to Hua Lamphong station. (Download the free BKK train system app here — very useful!)
Feung Nakorn Balcony
And, as mentioned, we got lost on our way to Feung Nakorn Balcony. It’s a hidden gem in Old Bangkok, because the place was a true beauty, with complete amenities (just don’t be fooled by the boring exteriors)! The hotel is situated in Thanon Feung Nakhon, just right in front of Wat Rachabophit, yet most cab and tuktuk drivers aren’t familiar with the place and even the street. Anyway, the place was worth every penny we paid (P6.7K for 3 people for 4D/3N, inclusive of yummy breakfast)!
New Road Cafe
Connected to FNB is New Road Cafe, five stars for the food and ambiance! We were quite famished so Issang and I ordered Pad Thai, while Rach settled for Spicy Chicken.
Temple # 1: Wat Rachabophit
Among all those that we’ve visited during the trip, Wat Rachabophit is my favorite. It was very quiet inside (how temples should be, I think), which invokes a feeling of peace. Plus, the physical structures are breathtaking! Not sure if every detail was man-made, but they look so painstakingly made and pieced together. We were definitely in awe after the visit.
Almost Temple # 2: Wat Pho
Wat Pho is just near Rachabophit, so it was the next on our list. However, we were not allowed inside because temples close at 5:00P! Tip: check out the temple schedules before you head out to visit them!
Khao San Road
A ten-minute walk away from Feung Nakorn, the road closes at 7:00P to give way to the night market. Aside from the clothes that we would be wearing for the next 3 days, we also bought second-hand books (!) and dinner – banana nutella rotee (roti), chicken butt, and fruits-on-stick.
Time to call it a day! Day 2 is up next. :]