Temple Trap in Thailand: Day 1

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!

Thong Ta Resort and Spa

Thong Ta Resort and Spa

Welcome!

Welcome, welcome, welcome!

Breakfast is served! (Food photography at its worst, I know >.< )

Breakfast is served! (Food photography at its worst, I know >.< )

Lat Krabang

Busy and noisy street at night

The ones in cups are amaaazing.

At the nearby grocery: the ones in cups (milk tea ice cream) are amaaazing!

Looks like Yakult, but they aren't!

At the nearby grocery: beverages in Yakult-like packaging

Train Rides
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!)

Train currency for Lat Krabang to Makkasan Station

Train currency

From Makkasan to Phetchaburi Station

Walking from Makkasan to Phetchaburi Station

Pulling trolleys

Pulling trolleys

Phetchaburi Station

Phetchaburi Station

Hua Lamphong Station is the nearest train station to Feung Nakorn.

Hua Lamphong Station is the subway’s last stop and the nearest train station to our hotel.

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)!

Feung Nakorn Balcony

Feung Nakorn Balcony

Receiving area

Receiving and breakfast area

Our room! So pretty. (Photo from FNB's Facebook page)

Home for 4D/3N! (Photo from FNB’s Facebook page)

We deserve some rest after getting lost!

We deserve some rest after getting lost! (Photo by Issang)

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.

Photos and notes from travelers! Sweet!

Photos and notes from travelers! Sweet!

Sugar, spice, and more spices!

Sugar, spice, and more spices!

Pad Thai + Miso Soup

Pad Thai + some spicy soup

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.

Wat Rachabophit

Wat Rachabophit

Faith is in the details! (Photo by Rach)

Faith is in the details (Photo by Rach)

Taking photos

Taking photos (Rach is using her GNex hee)

And the details extend to lampposts...

More detailed structures: fences, lampposts…

Royal Cemetery behind the temples

… and mausoleums. (Royal Cemetery behind the temples)

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!

Wat Pho against the light

Wat Pho against the light

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.

Khao San at night

Khao San at night (with some glaring signs of globalization)

What's your preference of rotee?

Banana rotee variants

Street food!

Street food!

Dinner! L-R: Chicken gizzard, dragon fruit, ripe mangoes, and banana nutella rotee :)

Dinner! L-R: Chicken gizzard, dragon fruit, ripe mangoes, and banana nutella rotee

Book loot! Mine's Never Let Me Go

Our book loot! Never Let Me Go‘s mine. :]

Time to call it a day! Day 2 is up next. :]

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