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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

BANGKOK TRIP PART 3

Day 2 of #miaalyasitivisitbangkok

We have to check out from Lub D as room for our second night is fully booked.

Before check out, we eat our instant noodle cup that we brought from Malaysia. Please take note that some foods at Lub D are non-halal so please assume that we Muslim can’t eat all of the foods okay. But Lub D serves free coffee and tea for everyone! That was the time to mingle around with other backpackers at Bangkok.

Then we walked to I SLEEP where it used to be known as The Blast Silom. It is just 30 seconds walking distance from Lub D to I SLEEP. I SLEEP is more like a dorm type of stay.






The little dining area for breakfast and there are few locker to lock your stuff and there's a pc for anyone to use where I used it to print my boarding pass.




This is the shared bathroom. 
Cleanliness checked!


5/7 Decho Road. (Silom) Suriyawong, Bangrak, Bangkok, 10500



The room at I SLEEP is range from 450 Baht. That is consider very cheap, RM45 per night? Crayyyy! And I SLEEP is located just about 500 metres from Chong Nonsi BTS Skytrain Station (just refer to the map that I’ve edited using paint in previous post). The owner of I SLEEP is Ice, he’s veryyyyy friendly and so kind that Miaa wanted to cubit his pipi and mulut bila dia cakap. He’s very helpful and don’t mind to explain direction to us again and again sebab kitorang tak paham paham haha. 




Haaaaa ni lah Ice tu. Comel kannnnnnn! hahaha




At the reception area







This is our room for 2 nights. Very comfy and cleanliness, checked!



So, after we checked in at I SLEEP, we walked to Chong Nonsi Station (S3) and took skytrain to Saphan Taksin Station (S6) that cost us only 25 Baht and ETA is 4 min.

Saphan Taksin Station is located nearby Chao Phraya River where you can take Chao Phraya Express Boat. Have you heard about Grand Palace, Wat Arun and Wat Pho? You will have to take Chao Phraya Express Boat to go to those places. So we bought the one day pass for the express boat that cost 150 Baht. It is very worth it because you can use this pass to go to so many places by the express boat without have to pay the price for per ticket per place. The boat service is from 930am to 4pm local time.

Our first stop is Grand Palace. Oh you don’t have to worry if you don’t know which jetty to stop to go to place that you want because when you buy the ticket, they will provide you the map as well. 


Map


So we stopped at station no 9; Tha Chang to get to Grand Palace, From the station you'll have to walk through the market along the pavement at the side of the road and you'll see a long white wall of the Grand Palace across the street. Most of people there is walking towards the Grand Palace so just follow them instead. To enter the outer court of Grand Palace, we don't have to pay anything, just have to dress properly (no tank top, sleeveless, short pants, short skirt) to respect the palace. The admission fee is 500 Baht. 




The Grand Palace, Bangkok






Hanging bicycle on the wall along the way to The Grand Palace






Then we went back to the jetty for our next stop; Wat Pho
We took the express boat to Tien Pier or Tha Thien (station no 8)
Sebab dah penat, we just sit at the bench there for like 15 minutes then pusing pusing and went back to the jetty.





Muka penat jalan kaki

Our next destination is MBK Centre. This is one of the so many malls in Bangkok. How to get there from here; go back to Saphan Taksin station, take BTS Sky Train to W1 National Stadium Station (Silom Line). Head to Exit 4 and walk directly to the link to Tokyu Department Store. Don't panic if you found yourself in a department store like Parkson because this store is the entrance to MBK Centre if you get there by BTS Sky Train. MBK Centre is almost like Sg Wang Plaza in Malaysia but not exactly the same lah. The main reason we went to MBK Centre because of Yana Restaurant. Yes! Halal food restaurant in Bangkok! You can locate Yana Restaurant nearby the food court, can't remember which floor. The food is so good, I like the tom yum the most. But a bit pricey as compared to tom yum restaurant in Malaysia but who cares, we were hungry at that time. We ordered 3 bowl of rice, mixed tom yum, omelette, kerabu mangga and chicken spicy i don't know what they called it and 3 drinks. Cost us 8++ Baht haha mahal lah wehhhh untuk 3 orang makan! Tapi sedap lah I can say. Then we continue shopping, still at MBK Centre.

Next, we took BTS Sky Train to Ratchathewi because we want to go to Pratunam Market. From Ratchathewi, you'll have to walk to reach Pratunam Market. Jauhhhhh pleaseee like 15 - 20 minutes walking distance jugaklah. Asked few people there to make sure tak sesat. Along the way to Pratunam Market, we stopped by to this one aunty's money changer because yeaaa we ran out of cash! I can't remember the place but the rate was quite cheap. Continued shopping at Pratunam Market and there's this one uncle sell coconut ice cream so kesian no one buys from him so we wanted to give it a try, we bought one and share tiga orang, sumpah sedappppppp!!! 

The 3 of us were so penat and we took taxi instead to go back to Silom. The taxi driver tak tau jalan pergi Silom okay! Stress jugaklah but we just enjoy the taxi ride. We reached I SLEEP at almost 2am, penat, mandi, tidur. Get some rest for Chatuchak Weekend Market the next day!


The end of day 2 #miaalyasitivisitbangkok

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BANGKOK TRIP PART 2

Yeahhhh!

I was so speechless, I can't even think. Tarik nafas dalam dalam, okay call Siti and Miaa (my travel buddy).
So they asked me to buy next flight ticket to Bangkok or if possible the same flight with them.

Pendekkan cerita, I bought the same flight ticket with them that cost me RM317 (one way) instead of RM171 (return) that I bought during AirAsia promo. Hambek kau nak promo sangat kannn. Thanks to Miaa, best known as Samiha.

Miaa and Siti touched down KL from JB at 8am. And our flight to Bangkok is at 1145am. Imagine how many hours I was there at KLIA2?

1145am;

Finally.. the time has come. Terus pergi boarding gate awal takut peristiwa gelap berulang kembali.
So, Miaa and Siti made friend in the flight. I can't recall their name but they are chinese guy from KL backpacking to Bangkok and they offered to show us how to go to Silom Road. Thank you guys.

Luckily my brother went to Bangkok the week before us so he helped us with his transport guide sketch, that really helpful.



This is the transport guide

Direction from Don Mueang Airport to Silom Road. Why Silom Road? Because it is easily accessible and nearby to go to anywhere and of course nearby to BTS station.
From Don Mueang Airport, you need to take bus A1 or A2 to Mo Chit BTS Station. It will cost you 30 Baht. If I'm not mistaken, Mo Chit is the last station and ETA is less than 30 minutes.

At Mo Chit Station, take BTS sky train to Siam that will cost you 42 Baht. Why Siam station because Siam station is an interchange station that will link you to another route. From Siam station, you need to buy ticket to Sala Daeng station or actually you can buy directly from Mo Chit station to Sala Daeng station. The ticket counter will let you buy ticket yourself from the self service ticket machine. But of course you can change coin at the ticket counter first.

And we accidentally stop at Ratchathewi because of the sketched transport guide haha. Salah eh, jangan turun kat Ratchathewi.


Siti and Miaa 
At Ratchathewi station

So we have to wait for next train to Sala Daeng. At Sala Daeng, you can take Tuk Tuk to Silom Road. You don't have to call them, they will come to you. We took Tuk Tuk to Silom Road that cost us 100 Baht (it shouldn't be more that 150 Baht).


The brown shirt guy at the back is our Tuk Tuk driver, his name is Som. He's very friendly and boleh lah baik but the most important thing is he can converse in English. 

Surprisingly! Som used to be my bro's Tuk Tuk driver when he went to Bangkok week before us (oh I did mention before kan). Sumpah kelakar okay bila my brother tunjuk gambar Som and cerita semua pasal Som which is exactly the same as what happened to us.

Som is a nice guy but be careful because he is one of the popular Tuk Tuk scam in Bangkok. He offered us to pay less but we have to follow him to a few thai silk and expensive garment shop so that he can get a stamp at every shop he bring us (he needs to collect stamps so that he can get free gas that worth 3000 Baht) so this is like a win-win situation. We help him and he helps us in return. He drove us to Lub. d, Silom Road. 
Lub.d Bangkok was rated "one of the 17 coolest hangout hostels in the world" by Britain's influential daily. Most of Bangkok backpackers rated Lub.d as the best hostel in Bangkok or even in Thailand.



The entrance of Lub.d Silom Road.
At night you can see tourist / backpackers hanging out in front of this entrance.



The map where Lub.d is located.
There are two Lub. d in Bangkok. At Silom Road and at Siam.



The reception area.
The staff is friendly and can converse very well in English.

When we reached at Lub.d, the hostel is actually fully booked!

Tulah, yakin nak walk in sebab we went there during weekdays so memang ingat boleh walk in tapi to be safe, please do online booking. Weekdays shouldn't be any problem it just that, Makha Bucha Day  falls on that weekdays so most probably because of that Thailand Public Holiday.
BUT! We were so lucky that at that very moment, there's one tourist had to cancel his stay at Lub.d and he offered us the double room that cost 18++ Baht but he paid for 13++ Baht during promo and guess what he asked us to pay only 1000 Baht. Hooray to that! Thank you stranger!

Funny fact: You can actually go to Silom Road by BTS sky train. From Siam station, buy ticket to Chong Nonsi Station for only 25 Baht. Only 5 minutes walking distance from Chong Nonsi to Lub.d. Just go down to the main road, go straight and cross at the traffic light, turn left and continue walking until you see Pullman Hotel on your right side and turn right, go straight then you'll see i.sleep hostel that used to be known as The Blast Silom (our second and third night stay) then you will see Lub.d Silom on your right side.


A map for your guidance.
Gigih okay edit kat paint. Haha.



Click image to enlarge.


So the first night we stayed at Lub.d Silom Road.




Double room.
Very comfy, affordable and worth it. 
The room's facilities include queensize bed, air-condioner, LCD TV, deposit box, writing table, towels, drinking water, basic amenities, hair dryer and private bathroom.



Cleanliness, checked!




The staircase to each floor



The shared bathroom if you choose to stay at the dorm



The bar area where you can order foods and snacks
Free coffee and tea for everyone!



This is a tourist from Zimbabwe. She's not friendly and poyo.
Haha no, this is Siti! 



We checked in at 4 something.
Still remeber Som? Haaaaaaaaaaa dia dah ready kat bawah sebab dah deal dia akan datang at 5pm. But actually he stayed there after he dropped us at the hotel. We actually made a deal with him where we will help him collect stamps and he will drive us to Asiatique for free! Yeah sounds good right but it is actually a Tuk Tuk Scam. Please read about scam in Bangkok here

After 3 textile shops, we said we refuse to follow him and asked him to bring us to Asiatique. He agreed and suddenly.... his tuk tuk broke down and he had to call his brother to drive us to Asiatique. And we have to pay his brother 100 Baht instead of pay nothing. Yea maybe this is one of the scam trick.

Whatever it is, we finally reached Asiatique The Riverfront!





 The opening hours is from 5pm (local time) till midnight

You can actually go to Asiatique for free! The easiest and fastest way to get there is via boat. Take BTS to Saphan Taksin and jump on the free shuttle boat that only takes 10 minutes to Asiatique but the free shuttle boat runs until 11pm (local time) only. Kalau lambat, naik tuk tuk or taxi lah ye.
Or click here for an easy picture how to go there.






Good news for Muslims, there is a Halal food in Asiatique. Champion Kebab!

Beef Kebab: 80 Baht
Chicken Kebab: 60 Baht





 The super sedap mango sticky rice at Mango Tango

SEDAP SANGAT mango ice cream dia !! We ordered the same menu twice.
Set mango sticky rice with mango pudding and mango ice cream: 160 Baht.
Tapi mango juice dia tak terbaik sangat but still sedap.

So, after Mango Tango, we went for thai massage at Samadul Thai Massage, still in Asiatique.
350 Baht for 60 minutes (foot, head and shoulder)
Consider cheap already as compared to thai massage kat KL. 
But you still can find even cheaper thai massage at Silom Road and anywhere in Bangkok.


We took tuk tuk to go back to Lub.d as it was already pass 11pm and the only way to go back, you only have 2 options; tuk tuk or taxi. The tuk tuk ride cost us 150 Baht. Malas nak pikir, ambik jelah.

That's the end of Day 1 of #miaalyasitivisitbangkok trip.

Part 3 coming right up!



Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BANGKOK TRIP PART 1


It's already 545am and I have to catch my flight on 645am to Don Mueang.

Mandi mandi and get my husband to drop me off to the airport. This time around is KLIA 2 and ya know the distance from departure gate to boarding gate is super far. So yeah, we are late. I am late.

I've checked in via mobile check in and got my e-boarding pass.

615am; only managed to salam and kiss manja manja with S, no time to peluk peluk, seriously lateeee!

At the departure gate, I had to print my e-boarding pass! Please note that e-boarding pass doesn't work like the printed boarding pass okay! It took me 5 minutes to go to the counter and print it. 

You know you gotta go thru passport checking gate, buggage scanning (twice) and I ran so laju that I don't even look at people around me.


625am; 

And there I was at the boarding gate. Empty.

No one was there.

I missed the flight.


To be continued...

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Berhabuk

Hi, Assalammualaikum.

It's been so long since I last updated my blog.
Too many story to be told.
Will write about it soon.

Bye!