Thailand – The Land of Smiles (I)


We travel because we need to, because distance and difference are the secret tonic to creativity. When we get home, home is still the same, but something in our minds has changed, and that changes everything.

Well, that is one place off my Bucket List. But unfortunately the stay was too short. There are so many places yet to see (Phuket, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Koh Samui, Ayutthaya, Khao Lak, Phi Phi Islands), that I may have to plan for a longer trip next time to cover the above places.

Anyhow, it was an amazing trip, and although we were short of time, we did manage to cover quite a bit. From my last blog where I mentioned I would be traveling to Thailand, I mentioned a few areas of Interest. Well, we did get around to seeing those and much more.

Here is my trip at a glance. I would have done a day-to-day blog, but figured that would be too much, so have summarized it into three blogs. I suggest you grab a chilled baby coconut while you are at it and enjoy as I recount the lovely moments

Day 1: Saturday – Patpong Night Markets

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We landed in Thailand close to Mid-Day, disappointing to learn that our hotel reservation had been moved from Movenpick in Sukhum Vit area to Narai Hotel in Silom. After refueling ourselves (on octopus bread – yum) and resting a while, we headed to the nearby Patpong Night Bazar. Famous for all its wares – food, clothes, and human! lol. The streets were alive with vendors and sex dealers. The area was once famous as a Red-light area, and although it sill is a Red-Light area, there are now several others catering to both local Thai men and tourists.

Day 2: Sunday (Day) – Bangkok City and Temple Tours

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After a good night’s sleep we were up at the crack of dawn to hit the road for some amazing touring of Bangkok. On the Itinerary were the Golden Buddha, The Reclining Buddha and the Marble Temple. I found the Reclining Buddha to be the most awe inspiring. It was massive, and what was amazing was the look of sublimity on his face. We then visited the Gems Gallery, where finest jewels of Thailand were on display.

Day 2: Sunday (Night) – Bangkok City and Temple Tours

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Later in the Evening, we went to the Siam Niramit cultural centre. There was an authentic Thai buffet waiting for us, which we devoured after a our of the Cultural Village, a collection of  replica villages from the country’s rural regions with Thai handicrafts on display. After the Cultural Village and buffet, we made our way to the auditorium for a classic stage show depicting Thailand’s historical and spiritual heritage. There were over 100  dazzling performers and state-of-the-art special effects, which made the entire experience a  captivating journey of Siam and how it became a cross-roads where civilizations met.

Day 3 & 4: At Leisure – Shopping,  More Shopping, The Riverfront

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Bangkok is famous for Shopping, and the next two days we shopped till we dropped out of exhaustion. Sadly most of the shops stock up on “free size” clothing, which is of no good to big-boned girls like me. So although I didn’t come with a bag full of new wardrobe as I had hoped to, I ate to my heart’s desire. We had everything from classic franchises that we don’t get back home (Macas, Burger King, Swensen, Starbucks, Baskin Robbins) to local Thai delights like the Sticky rice and Mango. We visited all sorts of malls including an Up-market Brands-only mall.

Day 4 (Night): Asiatique – The Riverfront

On one of the nights we went to visit Asiatique RiverFront. The Riverfront was a pier built in the 1900 to facilitate trading with Siam (Thailand) and Europe. The then “East Asiatique Pier” is now restored to its original glory under the name “ASIATIQUE The Riverfront,” the first and the biggest lifestyle project in Asia on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, boasting 1,500 boutique shops, assortment of cuisines ranging from Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Italian and Seafood and for those looking for entertainment, the Riverfront offers a variety of activities: ASIATIQUE SKY, the highest Ferris wheel in Thailand, the spectacular cabaret show from Calypso Bangkok, and a live Muay Thai show.

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