the city of Bangkok
05.06.2016 23 °C
The flight from Casablanca to Bangkok was CAD$734 for a non-stop 1-way flight. It was a 16hr flight with United Emirates. The Hotel I stayed at was U Tiny Boutique Home. It was CAD$131 for a 3 night stay ($59 per night) and was an overall enjoyable experience. It had free WiFi, an outdoor pool and free breakfast as well.
On the first day I went to Old City and the Floating Market. The ride to Wat Pho (Old city) from the hotel was 1hr 7min which totaled to 28.5km. It was a beautiful Buddha temple with an array of Murals, inscriptions and sculptures that delve into various subjects. There were wonderful landscaped gardens with stone sculptures and a small souvenir shop. From there I went to the Thip Samai Pad Thai restaurant in Old City. The ride was 10min or 2.8km away from Wat Pho. This is known by the locals to be the best pad thai in Bangkok and it cooks on charcoal at high heat and therefore not oily. The cost per bowl is around 60-200 baht and they also serve 100% fresh orange juice fresh from countryside everyday. Next, I went to the Floating Market in Damnoen Saduak which was 1hr 8min and 77.3km away.. This gave an authentic Thai experience with dozens of wooden row boats filled with fruits, vegetables & flowers. The vendors whip up traditional food very quickly which helped with the amount of tourists found there.
The next day I traveled to Wat Arun and the Weekend Market. The ride to Wat Arun, or The Temple of Dawn by the Riverside was 1hr 20min or 39.3km. These pillars were constructed in ancient Khmer style and are towering spires of floral patterns in glazed porcelain. They symbolized the birth of the Rattanakosin Period and founding of new capital after Ayutthaya fell. Next, I went to the Chatuchak Weekend Market which was 33min or 13km away. It is a must-visit place for tourists because of its large size and diverse merchandise. It contained more than 8,000 market stalls and more than 200,000 visitors arrive every week. Finally I went to eat a dinner of Boat Noodles at Victory Monument which was 16min or 6.5km away. It was Just 10 baht for any choice of noodles. There are also frequent competitions there which made the owners start a promotion that gives a free big bottle of pepsi for every 10 bowls ordered. It is found along small alley along canal and is very well known as well.
On the last day I went to The Grand Palace and the Riverside. The ride to the Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw was 1hr 14min and 28.1km away in Old City. It was a beautiful architectural feat with its intricate details that enshrine the emerald Buddha which was meticulously carved from a single block of emerald in 1782. From there I took the 20min or 4.7km ride to Chao Pharaya River & Waterways by the Riverside. It consisted of a water taxi service along the scenic riverside laced with glittering temples & luxury hotels. Finally, I ate dinner at Jae Fai Restaurant in Old City, which was a 15min or 3.7km ride. It featured genuine local Thai food such as rolled crab omelet & crispy noodle seafood rad na. It is a bit expensive (400baht for 30baht crab plate) but worth it. I finally went home to pack my bags and get ready for my flight that evening to Japan.