THAILAND, the land of the free. I had the opportunity to visit this country when i had won a writing competition held by Swiss Garden Vacation Club. At first, I thought of just cancelling the trip since my husband had just taken a week off for our family vacation in Bali. I, on the other hand, had no problem at all since I was still enjoying my semester break holiday. After coaxing my husband into getting another 2 days of his annual leaves, we departed to Bangkok on the 11th of June 2011...:)
DAY ONE (KL-BANGKOK-PATTAYA)
|Safely arrived at Suvanabhumi Airport on a nice Saturday afternoon.|
|Rice with chicken padprik & cashew nuts. Bought at stall no. 1,Airport food court. There are 2 halal food stalls at the food court.One is stall no 1 and the other one is a stall selling bread (can't remember the number, though.|
Our first destination was Pattaya. Pattaya is approximately around 2 hours drive from Bangkok. We took a bus by Bell Service from the airport straight to our hotel. Service was OK with hiccups here and there.
|The express bus that took us to Pattaya|
|Our shuttle van taking us to the hotel.|
|The view of Pattaya from our hotel's room|
At night, we went to town for dinner and sight surveying the town area. Halal food is not a problem. There are a lot of halal restaurants around.
After eating, we went shopping at the street market. Tired of shopping, we went for foot massage. Marvelous! Actually, there are plenty of food massage parlors along the street, u just choose which place u want and the prices vary too. I notice if the place is nicely decorated, the price is higher...standardlah tu kan....
|View from our tuk tuk. Going out on our first night to get our dinner and surveyed|
|The Little India (Adjacent to Mike Shopping Mall)|
|Ginger Tea (35 bath)|
|150 bath an hour (happy hour price!)|
|The Street of Pattaya near midnight.|
Very early in the morning, we went to Pattaya Floating Market. We were so early that most of the stalls were still not opened. Ha...ha... So, we just roamed around the market for a while waiting for the market to be opened at 10am. I read that there should be some sort of cultural shows at the market, but since it was raining that day, so the shows started quite late and we missed watching them.
|Ready to rumble!|
|Pattaya Floating Market: Early in the morning. Free Entrance.|
|Koh Kae Shop...Everything is about nuts! i bought a few bags of Koh Kae peanuts|
to be brought back to KL
|Capturing momentos. Papa in his new t-shirt bought from the street market|
|Sampan is also used as a mean of transport here.|
|One of the shops. This one selling crafts.|
|Trying the hat on|
|The weather was not so good that day|
|A shop selling durians|
|Making teh tarek. Lovely tea!|
|That's the tea!|
|Left the floating market and went to town for lunch. After lunch, we went sightseeing along the sea. At that|
time it was drizzling.
|Pattaya after the rain|
|A lot of motorbikes for rent at a cheap price. We did not rent here, though...|
|For those who wanna have fun...:)|
In the evening, we went to HRC to buy t-shirts for us and the kids. This time around, we were tired of tuk tuk and cabbies that always wanted to rip us off, so we rented a motorbike. Very cheap and economical. Here, they didn't ask for your license. They only wanted a copy of your passport. Our plan was actually to but t-shirts and the went to A-One Hotel (near HRC) for Halal buffet dinner. Unfortunately, when we arrived at the hotel, the porter told us that the buffet dinner had been shut down since there were less demands from the locals and tourists...sigh....
|While waiting for the bike|
|Taken from our rental bike...:) It feels freer and more relaxed...|
|Hard Rock Hotel, Pattaya|
|The Avenue, one of the shopping complexes in town. Ripley's is in the building|
|Mini van selling all sorts of drinks|
|The best smoothies in town! (I don't know why the pix came out that way, silly!)|
DAY 3 (PATTAYA-BANGKOK)
Woke up early in the morning as our bus to Bangkok was leaving at 9. So, had to wait for the shuttle as early as 8. The bus left for Bangkok at half past nine. Reached Bangkok at noon. By the time we reached the hotel, we were starving like hell. Went to Sara's Restaurant (inside the hotel) for lunch. In Bangkok, we stayed at a muslim-owned hotel, The New World Lodge (Thanxs to a blogger friend who introduced me to the hotel thru her blog). In fact, i'd got many info on Halal stuff from her blog. Anyway, the hotel was good. Some of the staff speak Malay as they are from Pattani. They gave us tips and info as not to be ripped by the people outside. For my review of the hotel, you can visit: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g293916-d308878-r113691274-New_World_City_Hotel-Bangkok.html#CHECK_RATES_CONT
|Welcome to Bangkok!|
|Very nice! The taste of Thailand...|
|Green curry with mango salad, omelette and thai tom yam..nyum..nyum...|
|The Tuk Tuk Driver...:)|
|Memory with the Siamese Army...|
|Welcome to the Grand Palace|
|Very beautiful...No words can describe the beauty of this building..|
|Outside Grand Palace..Don't know what it is...|
To unwound my misery, we went to Siam Square...he..he..
|That's it! As the result, Don't drool yeah.... Bought from the Ice Cubic Shop - It's called Choco Mania!|
|This place is very similar to our Bukit Bintang..Very very similar|
|Other famous people|
That night, went to the ever famous Khou San Road Night Market. Even though it was nearly midnight but there were plenty of people especially tourists.
|Khau San Road|
|Tourists Still massaging...|
After breakfast, we took the hotel transport to the airport. It cost us 550baths, cheaper than the normal taxi. Reached airport less than an hour.
|Bye bye, Bangkok!|
|The hotel's MPV that took us to the airport...|
|At the airport|
|Where would I be without AA...? Most probably at home, watching|
channel Travel, Home & Living
|Chao Phraya River|
|In the plane already...going home...:)|