A Quick Guide To Bangkok


hello, hello! it's almost four months since my second time in Bangkok (check out the post here!) so here's finally a Bangkok guide! it'll be a quick one packed with information that I hope will help you, especially for first timers! I'll constantly update this as my sister and I visit Bangkok in the future (yes, definitely) so here you go! 

last updated: 1 June 2017




52 countries including Malaysia, Singapore, UK, US, Canada and Australia are allowed for visa exemption (full list). for others, you need to get a visa upon arrival or at the embassy of your home country for USD 30 to stay for a period 15 or 30 days.

Documents Required

- passport or travel document with a validity not less than 6 months
- visa application form (filled out)
- one(1) recent 4x6cm. photograph of the applicant
- round-trip air ticket or e-ticket (paid in full)
- proof of financial means (20,000 baht per person/40,000 baht per family)

>>> complete information for Tourist Visa in Thailand)




there're two airports in Bangkok - the newer Suvarnabhumi International Airport and the old Don Mueang International Airport. people traveling from Malaysia also do it by car. 

Suvarnabhumi International Airport

to get from Suvarnabhumi to your destination, you can take either of these:

Airport Rail Link
- Express Line to Makkasan
- Express Line to Phaya Thai
- City Line
- operates between 6AM - 12AM
(see "Getting Around" for more info)

Public Bus
- bus Bor Khor Sor runs from 5.40AM - 9PM
- tickets are available at BorKhorSor's service counter
- bus Bor Khor Sor's number and route
- bus BMTA operating hours are dependant on the route
- fare is from THB 24 - 45
- bus BMTA's numbers and routes

- fare is based on meter with a surcharge of THB 50

Rental Cars
- rental cars are available if you want to travel comfortably
- search, compare and book one here


Don Muang International Airport

to get from Don Muang to your destinaition, you can take either of these:

- Bus No. 29 to Central Bangkok (Siam Area)
- THB 18

- fare is based on meter with a surcharge of THB 50
- approximately THB 150, 30-45 minuntes to BTS Mo Chit
- approtximately THB 220, 40-90 minutes to Phra Khanong, Sukhumvit


Suvarnabhumi - Don Muang

- buses between the two airports run from 5AM to 12AM daily
- one every hour from 5AM - 10AM and 9PM - 12AM
- one every 40 minutes from 10AM - 9PM.



>>> more info about To & From Bangkok Airport
>>> distance, travel time and approximate fare for Don Muang Airport Transportation
>>> schedule for Transfer Buses Between Suvarnabhumi - Don Muaeng
>>> location of Public Transport Services at Suvarnabhumi Airport




there are many types of accommodations to choose from in Bangkok. 5-stars hotels, smaller budget hotels, the more economical hostels, and the homey AirBnB. choosing a place to stay depends on your priority, your budget and the area you want to stay.

I'll suggest looking for newly-opened budget hotels/hostels because they will usually offer discounts for their opening. 

some of the places that we considered when planning for our trip:


- Movylodge Hostel (Agoda // Hotels.com // Expedia //  Booking.com)
- KC Place Hostel (Homepage // Agoda // Hotels.com // Expedia // Booking.com)
- Vimarn Hostel (Homepage // Agoda // Hotels.com // Expedia // Booking.com)
- Metro Pratunam Boutique Hotel (Homepage // Agoda // Hotels.com // Expedia // Booking.com)
- Patra Boutique Hotel (Homepage // Agoda // Hotels.com // Expedia // Booking.com)
- Gaam Hotel (Agoda // Hotels.com // Expedia // Booking.com)


Analog Hostel (Homepage // Agoda // Hotels.com // Expedia // Booking.com)


our budget was RM400 - 500, but we end up paying RM640 (didn't realize the price at Agoda fluctuates together with the currency and rate, so ended up paying a lot more zzz) for a Double Room for 4 Nights at MovyLodge hostel (yes you can trust the photos on Facebook, it's that nice!), across from BTS Ratchathewi. the place is new so it's clean and the the atmosphere is good. it's also near the Airport Rail Link (if you get down from Phaya Thai, walk ~7-10 minutes or you can choose to take BTS Phaya Thai to BTS Ratchathewi). there're 7-Elevens (one ~3-5 minutes walk, the other ~5-7 minutes walk), a massage parlour (next to the first 7-Eleven), McDonald's. what I like most about this place is that it's off the main street so it's quiet at night.

>>> stay updated to hotel deals with this I Love Bangkok Facebook Page




there are plenty of transportations that you can choose in Bangkok to get around depending on your priorities, here's the list:


ARL is the most convenient way to get to the city from the airport. you can also get around the city with this depending on where you stay. there are 2 express lines and 1 city lines but it is said that the express lines have closed down. anyway, here are the infos for all 3 lines. 

Express Line Makkasan
- departs every 40 minutes
- non-stop train service
- 300 meters away from MRT Phetchaburi
- THB 150
- runs from 6AM - 12AM

Express Line Phaya Thai
- departs every 30 minutes
- non-stop train service
- connects to BTS Phaya Thai
- THB 150
- runs from 6AM - 12AM

City Line
- departs every 12 - 20  minutes
- stops at Phaya Thai - Ratchaprarop - Makkasan - Ramkhamhaeng - Hua Mak - Ban Thap Chang - Lat Krabang - Suvarnabhumi Airport
- connects to MRT Makkasan and BTS Phaya Thai
- THB 15 - THB 45
- runs from 6AM - 12AM

>>> additional info for Bangkok Airport Link


- the more convenient and cheaper way to get around the city
- the two BTS lines are Silom Line and Sukhumvit Line
- runs from 6.30AM - 12AM
- last train runs between 11.30PM - 11.50PM
- THB 15 - THB 55
- day pass costs THB 140
- Rabbit Card (like Touch n' Go, EZ-Link, Octopus Card, Oyster card) is available

>>> Bangkok BTS Homepage


- the more convenient and cheaper way to get around the city
- the two MRT lines are Blue Line and Purple Line
- runs from 6AM - 12AM
- departs every 10 minutes
- THB 16 - 42
- runs from 6AM - 12AM
- one day pass (THB 120), 3-day pass (THB 230) and 30-day pass (THB 1400) are available
- stored value card is available for THB 180 (THB 100 Travel Value + THB 50 Deposit + THB 30 Issuing Fee)

>>> Bangkok MRT Homepage
>>> detailed and simple map for Airport Rail Link, BTS Skytrain and MRT


- the pink and green-yellow taxi works the same.
- fares depends both on distance and traffic.
- meter starts at 30 Baht. 
- always make sure the driver uses the meter. if the driver refuses, just wait for the next taxi.
- check online the rough amount you need to pay before taking a taxi.

we were told that taxi from BTS Wongwian Yai to Taling Chan Floating Market cost about THB 100-150, so I think it's fair that we were charged THB 127 (~30 minutes, 8KM) because the traffic was pretty bad that morning due to MRT construction. using the meters will always be cheaper; we got into one who refused to use and charged us 150 Baht for a ~70-100 Baht trip according to Google Maps (maybe because we asked "how much")


Tuk Tuks ain't cheap too. a short trip from Grand Palace to Wat Poh cost us 80 Baht. we gave in because the sun was scorching hot that day and we didn't have our umbrellas. I don't think it's necessary to take Tuk Tuk. walk! it's always the best way to explore a place by walking.

>>> 5 Tips to Ride a Tuk Tuk in Bangkok


- cheap
- do your research well before you take the boat taxi
- Orange Line is the safest choice, next will be Blue Line
- Orange Line runs from 5:50AM to 7PM and costs THB 15
- Blue Line 6AM to 6:30PM and costs THB 10 - 20
- map at pier is easy to understand, but pier doesn't have name sign (so you have to count by yourself which pier you're at or ask the locals)
- convenient access to Wat Arun, Wat Pho, The Grand Palace, Chinatown and Khaosan Road

>>> Boat Taxi Route
>>> more information about River Boats & Ferries in Bangkok
>>> Chao Phraya Pier Guide highlighting the attractions near each piers


we never try taking the bus because I'm always paranoid but I guess it will be a lot cheaper than cabs and trains. you can get the bus number by looking for directions on Google Maps. nonetheless I don't think it's worth it to be stuck in the Bangkok traffic.


there are lots of motorcycle-taxi services at the roadside, and at almost every train station and night markets. I haven't seen tourist on it though I think solo tourist can try. saw a student haggling so I guess you can get a good price if you've done your research well enough. 





if you're interested in history...

for THB 500 you can enter the palace. and you can also rent the audio guide that's available before the entrance. there's also a lot of Chinese tour guides offering to guide you, but if you don't want the service just politely say no.

but if you don't want to enter the palace like us, you can still see it from the outer compound. we went anyway even though knowing that the entrance fee isn't cheap because it's less than a KM away from Wat Pho. 


take boat taxi to N8 - Tha Thien Pier



if you're interested in culture...

Wat Poh is definitely a must-go when you're in Bangkok. the entrance fee is THB 100. the main attraction here is the Reclining Buddha that measures 46 metres long and 15 metres tall. for me, I love the architecture and colours here. 


take boat taxi to N8 - Tha Thien Pier



if you're interested in culture...

the entrance fee to Wat Arun is only THB 50. alas, the temple is under construction when we went, nonetheless it still look majestic. the best time to come here is in the evening, when you can see the stunning sunset as the backdrop to this temple.


take the boat taxi from N8 - Tha Thien Pier (across from Wat Poh) to cross the river



if you're interested in local life...

then Chinatown is the place! it's my love since my first time there. I still think the best time to visit is before twilight. come here, get some seafood at one of the restaurants (T&K Seafood is highly recommended on the net) and watch the streets light up with signboards, taxis and tuks tuks as the sky dim. 


take the Orange Line Boat Taxi > N5 - Rachawongs Pier > walk for 5-10 minutes
MRT Hua Lamphong > walk for 5-10 minutes



if you're interested in local life...

I've been to two floating markets now, one big and crowded with lots of things to see whereas the other one is very local and small. so I think it's better to choose carefully which floating market to go according to your preferences. I'll suggest to go for the crowded one.

Damneon Floating Market


join a tour

- if it's your first time in Bangkok
- don't mind the crowd
- don't mind paying a little more

Taling Chan Floating Market


BTS Wongwian Yai > taxi (THB 100 - 150)

- if you want a more local experience

other floating markets:
Amphawa Floating Market (crowded, big)
Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market (local, small)




if you're interested in arts and culture...

BACC is a new museum exhibiting arts from the local artists. when we were there, there were two exhbitions going on, one painting and the other is photographs of Bangkok. camera is allowed and only bags that are smaller than A4 size are allowed but don't worry, locker is provided. however, you'll need to give your identification document.


BTS National Stadium > cross the link to building



if you're interested in getting a drink with a view...

one of the things that we wanted to is drink at a sky bar and enjoy the metropolitan city view, but right when we finally decided which one to go, it rained and by the time we reached, we would've missed the entrance time. anyway, here are some that's on our list:


The Roof Top Bar at Baiyoke Sky Hotel

- highest builing in Bangkok
- opens from 5PM - 2AM
- no dress code

>>> more information on The Roof Top Bar


Take the ARL to Ratchaprarop Station > walk for 10 minutes

Sky Bar Rooftop at Lebua State Tower

- opens from 6PM - 1AM
- dress code is smart casual
- no entrance fee is charged

>>> more information on Sky Bar at Lebua


Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin Station > walk for 10-15 minutes

Vertigo and Moon Bar

- opens from 5PM - 1AM
- dress code is smart casual

>>> more information on Vertigo and Moon Bar


take MRT to Si Lom station > walk for 10 minutes
take MRT to Lumphini station > walk for 10 minutes
take BTS to Sala Daeng station > walk for 10 minutes



if you're interested in nightlife and parties...

Khao San Road is like a backpackers hub where you can find cheap hostels here and make friends with other backpackers. the night here is very lively with lots of bars and pubs. apart from that, here's where many backpackers buy or sell their stuffs away. so you can probably get a good bargain...


take the boat taxi to N13 > walk for 15 minutes



if you're interested in an one-of-a-kind experience...

Maeklong Train Market is not any usual market. the main attraction is watching the hawkers draw their goods in when the train arrives after a loud ring. the market is about more than an hour away from Bangkok city. to go to Maeklong Train Market, take a minibus from Victory Monument to Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal and get on the minivan that travels to the market. there's no fixed departure time, the minivan leaves when it's full. when you've arrived at the market, you can check the train schedule.


take minibus from Victory Monument > Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal > minivan to Maeklong Train Market



> Platinum Mall (BTS Chit Lom or BTS Ratchathewi)
> Union Mall (take BTS to Mo Chit Station and switch to MRT to Phahon Yothin Station)
> Siam Discovery (BTS National Stadium)
> Siam Center (BTS Siam)
> Central World (BTS Siam/BTS Chit Lom)
> Terminal 21 (BTS Asok)
> Silom Complex (MRT Silom)
> Big C (BTS Chit Lom)

> Pratunam Morning Market (opposite Platinum Mall)

> Rod Fai Night Market (MRT National Stadium)
> Chatuchak Weekend Night Market (BTS Mo Chit)
> Chatuchak JJ Green Market (BTS Mo Chit)
> Pat Pong Night Market (BTS Sala Daeng)
> Box Space Night Market (MRT Phahon Yothin then take taxi to SCB Plaza)
> Art Box Night Market (seasonal)

to put it simply, shopping malls in Bangkok can be broken down into expensive and cheaper ones. Siam Center, Siam Discovery, Central World, Terminal 21 and Silom Complex are the more expensive malls and the first three are located next to each other whereas Platinum Mall and Union Mall are where you can get clothes at wholesale price. Big C is my favourite place. it’s where you can get all the snacks!

our favourite shopping spot for clothes is Pratunam Morning Market, we even return there on our third day. we didn’t like Platinum Mall because it’s slightly more expensive and we didn’t go to Union Mall because it’s similar to Platinum. 

as for night markets, if you're looking to shop for fashion items, they are all almost the same. there are also night markets that sells certain stuffs like vintage goods or handmade arts. so it depends on what kinda shopping you want to do. 




FOOD! another attraction in Bangkok, especially the street foods. cheap and yums! here are some we ate~



Mango Sticky Rice is a must-eat when you're in Thailand. try the roadside one if you can for a cheaper price and authentic taste. 


orange juice for 20 Baht to quench your thirst when you're tired and sweaty from all the walking and shopping. I don't think it's reasonable to pay more for that (okay maybe I'm a cheapskate) and I also realize there's only 20 Baht juice in the morning and mostly at Pratunam Morning Market. 


we didn't get to eat street vendor tomyam kung so we satisfied our cravings here! the tomyam kung tastes as good as it smells. it's slightly more expensive than the street food but it's worth it. 


surprisingly, I had my first Thai Milk Tea in Malaysia and since then, I fell in love with it so I swore to myself to try it when I'm there. didn't manage to but I bought some Nestea Thai Milk Tea back and it was gooood~ definitely restocking those at home on the next trip.


we had some extra time in Silom Complex so we decided to try it out. it's recommended by a friend. we ordered the mushroom omurice. it's not bad but at some point it started to taste... ugh. I'm never gonna eat that sauce again for 6 months I guess. 


although the SabX2 Wanton Mee is not worth it (THB 100 for a small portion of Wanton Mee that couldn't even beat the one in my hometown...), my sister recommends trying more hidden ones where it's not crowded with tourists. so I'll suggest you to walk into any local stalls and hope you get the delicious one by chance. 


never had a satay that's this good (yes, even Kajang satay can't beat this). not really sure if eating pork in foreign country is a thing only for Malaysians ('cause most food here is Halal - pork-free) but pork satay in Bangkok is really delicious. 


after it's popularity hike this year, After You opened up in basically all the big malls, from the original Siam Paragon to Central World, Siam Discovery, etc... so don't need to worry much about the long queue. we also realized that one of the reason the queue is long is that people keep missing their turns and taking a new number (we took three...). I think it's not worth the hype but if you like toast, why not try it?


my friend asked me to buy some for her so we tried it. it tastes sorta like Vitagen. it's so hard to resist the urge to buy it everytime we went into 7-eleven. it also comes in different sizes and packs. (did some maths, the cheapest you can get is the 4-bottles-a-row pack from Big C, whoah I'm really such a cheapskate).  







specifically "what to buy in Big C". I'm not someone who like to load my luggage full of souvenirs back home but here are some things that I will always get from Bangkok.


for when you crave for tomyam but you're not in Thailand anymore... the green curry flavour is good as well~


my sister and I are big fans of seaweed snack so Big Sheet is naturally a must-buy for us especially the tomyam and spicy one!


try the tomyam one also! there're also larb and pizza flavour. some find larb weird but some friends like it a lot. 


I just discovered this from my recent trip and I'm definitely packing this into my bag the next time I'm there. 




if you've already seen enough of Bangkok and want to go elsewhere, here are some places that are nearby:


Hua Hin is a beach getaway about 2 hours away that’ll be perfect for an escape. to get into this beachside town, get on a minibus from Victory Monument to Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal. then take a minivan from there. other ways to reach there are bus, train and taxi/car. the main attraction there would be Santorini Park that’ll be worthy for you Instagram feed.


Khao Yai is an attraction that is currently still under the radar. The best season to visit here is in between November and February when the sunflowers bloom. However, these things still depend on the climate. Currently, you can only book a minivan to get from Bangkok to Khao Yai and it’s a 3 hour journey.




our flight arrived at 8PM and left at 11AM. that meant 3 full days and 1 half day - the last day was merely enough for us to rush to 7-E for 1 quick, last haul. here's our itinerary:

Suvarnabhumi Airport - check in hostel - Rot Fai Train Night Market

Pratunam Morning Market - Wanton Noodles - Platinum Mall - hostel - Terminal 21 - Silom Complex - JJ Green Market - Chatuchak Night Market

Taling Chan Floating Market - Grand Palace - Wat Poh - Wat Arun - Chinatown - Massage

Pratunam Morning Market - hostel - Bangkok Arts and Cultural Centre - Central World (Ko Khun Pon Yang Kam and After You) - hostel - massage

7-Eleven - Suvarnabhumi Airport

if you wanna shop as well as sight-see, then it's wise to put your shopping on the first two days so in case you missed something out you can buy it another day before you leave.




of course, without the help of these sites, my Bangkok ctrip wouldn't be as fun. so here I'm sharing them with you:

- Lady Iron Chef's Bangkok Travel Guide
- Meowiie's Guide To Bangkok
- Bangkok.com by Hotels.com

also, this wouldn't be done without the help of Jye Yu and my sister so kudos to them! if there's any mistakes here, do not hesitate to correct me!



THAILAND: Bangkok, 2016

shortly after we landed. taken on the Airport Rail Link.

sunset at JJ Green Market.

slimy thing at the Taling Chan Floating Market.

first time on a Tuk Tuk after visiting Thailand for 4 times. the sun was too hot we had to take one!

family time. she wants to learn how to spin that thing. 

alley we passed by from the pier to Chinatown. very local.

Bangkok traffic. 

it rained on our last night so I went out of our hostel to take this. am I the only one thinks that rain makes a city more photogenic? and I had to steal the signboard of the cafe at the corner as my makeshift tripod. in the middle of the night. haha.


fourth time in Thailand, third time travelling abroad with friends, second time in Bangkok.

I've been anticipating this trip since we booked our tickets early this year. I can't wait to taste cheap and delicious street food, see the friendly locals, revisit old favourite spots and explore this city again.

we had only 3 full days there so basically they were split into D1 - shopping, D2 - sightseeing, D3 - Siam area. I haven't planned for a trip for a long time, the last one being Taiwan which was 3 years ago.

some memories I won't forget: fun ones like lugging two big recycle bags from Big C to the station and then all the way back to our hostel, not-so-fun ones like being mistaken as Thais and Chinese Chinese (get it?), getting our Betagen and Meiji Chocolate Milk at 7-E, going to massage twice, constantly having to confirm whether the price is for a piece or wholesale, getting lost and detoured a whole other block, not being able to feel our legs anymore from all the shopping, Joey miraculously reading Thai from our receipts, realizing that the taxi driver overcharged us and feeling relieved when karma hits him because he took us to the wrong destination., missing our number twice at After You and always confuse at which exit to take at a station.

there were many firsts for me, like taking a Tuk Tuk! it's my first time travelling duo. people ask isn't Bangkok too dangerous for two girls? I think it's quite safe though. the usual - keep an eye on your valuables and always be observant of your surrounding. also, first time staying at a hostel and going the local way by taking the boat taxi.  the whole experience is pretty thrilling. a training before going solo perhaps?

I'll be posting a Bangkok Guide soon since I've already been here twice and it's one of my favourite place. you guys should go so stay tuned!


TRAVEL GUIDE: Krabi, Thailand | 2015

hullo there. since I’m done with the Krabi posts I’ll share some details from the trip so maybe you could visit there too?


we flied to Krabi on a Tuesday afternoon and flied back to KLIA2 on a Friday evening. we booked our flight tickets and hotel for four days three nights through AirAsia Go for RM397 per pax, including a 20kg check-in baggage to and 25kg fro.


the hotel we stayed at was Timber House Resort Ao Nang.

I think the location of our hotel is pretty good, despite being a little far from Ao Nang beach. there’re plenty of food stalls opposite including the famous chocolate banana pancake stall (though I’m not sure which one is it ’cause there’re like three stalls claiming that they’re the original). they’re open every day during our stay except on Friday, probably because the hawkers are mostly Muslims.

as for the hotel itself, it’s quite big for us three people and it’s clean, yep, the toilet/bathroom is clean too. I have to say this, the blanket is so so comfy! I’m missing it, no kidding! there’s a pool right outside our room and it’s opened from 7AM – 7PM daily.

and here comes the part most people want to know. is there WiFi? is there WiFi? yup! WiFi connection is available at the restaurant and massage area. if you’re not happy enough with that, you can pay for WiFi in your room, but I’m not sure about the price.

both Western and Thai breakfast are provided in buffet style and the food is average.

for more details: TripAdvisor.com | Agoda.com | booking.com | hotels.com


during our stay, we booked two ground tours for two separate days. both are full-day tours, if you’re leaving in the late evening/at night and you have nothing to do when the Sun’s out you can book for half-day tour.

so here’s some details on the one we booked:

Bamboo Island + Viking Cave + Pi Leh Lagoon + Maya Bay + Phi Phi Island (lunch) + snorkeling

included: insurance, drinks, fruits, lunch, transport (to and fro), snorkeling equipment, life jacket

price: 1200 baht per pax

how was it: the pickup wasn’t on time (any other pickup during our stay was never on time, so… I think it’s a culture or something there) and it panicked us a little yeah. Bamboo Island was good, there’s a nature reserve there though we didn’t check it out ’cause sea is more important hah. Viking Cave and Maya Bay is beautiful but Maya Beach’s a little too crowded for me. the lunch at Phi Phi Island was good (there’re both Thai and Western style) but we didn’t have time to explore this island. snorkeling’s great of course! they’re pretty systematic too. it’s a little too packed on the speedboat. just because we’re Asians we have small butts it doesn’t mean that they can leave only a small space (that only fits one of my butt cheeks) at the beginning hello we paid the same price but then we practiced our rights in the middle lah hahaha.

Bamboo Island

Viking Cave

Tiger Cave + Namtok Ron Hot Spring Waterfall + lunch + Emerald Pool

included: insurance, drinks, lunch, transport, entrance fees

price: 800 baht per pax

how was it: at first I wasn’t sure about this because apart from the sea and beach I’m not much a nature person, but this is really an eye opener for me. again, the pickup was late and because we’re kind we sat at the back of the van, which we regretted later, because ugh, the other people with us were dumb enough to not know which AC is for which seat so we ended up having no AC for the whole trip. this is the kinda of thing that turns people from kind to evil. we tried practicing our rights again but all the driver said was “the weather today is hot just bear with it”. okay… Tiger Cave was a bit of waste of time, I don’t think anyone with us actually made it to the top. the hot spring was good. is there any hot spring that’s bad? if you’re daring enough you can go to the lowest level and soaked yourself in the lying pose while holding on to a rope and risk being washed away by the current. the lunch was not bad. Asian style. Emerald pool was good too despite all the things underneath and there’s lotsa locals there. if you’re planning to go there without a tour please note that the ticket price is ten times of local’s (I’m not sure how much though).

Namtok Ron Hot Spring Falls

Emerald Pool


some of the foods I really enjoy in Krabi (or sometimes in any other places in Thailand) and I think you should try it:

pineapple fried rice

tomyam - because what's Thailand without tomyam

chocolate banana pancake

roadside food that can't go without chili sauce - it's the same as Thai style chili sauce in Malaysia but it's ten times better, I really need the recipe

pad thai

MAMA - I can eat these instant noodles as my dinner for a week, no joke

I  hope this helps you~

- some photos taken by Johnny -

THAILAND: Krabi, 2015 | Part IV


after our ground trip we soaked in the hotel pool (to get rid of the sand on our bodies) and made a lot of noise. then we left for dinner after taking bathes. since both of them were running low on dough we looked for something cheap. there’s this restaurant that’s crowded (though we weren’t sure it’s because their service is slow or they’re really good) but we gave up when the waitress told us we need to wait for one and a half hour. so instead, we dined in a super small restaurant that serves both Thai and Indian food and we ordered our second pineapple fried rice (when in Thailand…).


then we bought shit tons of food in Family Mart and booked a tour for the next day and our transport to the airport and bought food again at hawker stalls and returned to the hotel and gorged the food we bought.


the first place we stopped at the next day was Tiger Cave Temple. most parts of the temple were under construction and we’re left there for more than two hours so we tried climbing up to the main temple (which, to be frank, was the whole point of this destination). it’s 1272 “small steps” according to Wikipedia, but it’s more like “small” in terms of width instead of “small” in terms of height. the stairway is hella steep we only reached step 333. so we went down and drank 100 plus instead.


the next stop was Namtok Ron Hot Spring Falls and trust me, judging by the look of it, we thought we went to the wrong place because hot spring… alright, never mind. anyways, we stepped into the water (after contemplating for a while where to put our bags) and oh my God, straightaway I could feel my blood vessels expanding.


after lunch, the final stop was Emerald Pool. we walked past the entrance as told by our guide and walked and walked and walked and walked and still we didn’t see any pools. until about ten minutes of walking only did we see the pool. again, we contemplated where to put our bags (me being paranoid and all) and how to get into the pool because there’s moss every where around the pool (okay, the moss is part of what makes the pool “emerald”).

you know a person who has a pretty/handsome face but a shitty personality? the pool was sorta like that. it looks like liquid jade from the above until you land your foot into the pool. there’re branches and stones and all the stuffs I don’t wanna know underneath. we tried looking what’s inside using a GoPro but… even that photo is blurry. since we’re already in the water (and supposedly the water improves your skin), we stayed in it and laughed at the people around us and talked about all sorts of things.


before we left for the airport the next day, we wanted to try out pork burgers in McDonald’s (because coming from Malaysia… plus eating pork burgers in McDonald’s is one of those thing I have to do when I travel) and were shocked at the price when we arrived. then we hopped into a tuk-tuk cab back to the hotel then onto the airport bus.


we arrived at the airport a little too early which resulted in Sherry and me teaching Johnny to play chor dai di but then he kept mixing up the flowers so we ended up playing round after round of cards-matching game. hahaha. our flight was an evening flight but alas I was sitting on the east side so I didn’t get to see the sunset but I did see the moon big and red before landing. and it’s kinda annoying lah ’cause we got only one cam and they got the sunset view and I got the moon view we kept passing the camera around lollol.

and here’s the end of Krabi trip. missing the pineapple fried rice and pineapple. :(

- some images taken by Johnny - 


THAILAND: Krabi, 2015 | Part III


I pondered over how to write this for a while so it’s gonna be kinda messy. it’s not I don’t want to write it down. I want. but I need pen and paper to do it properly.

anyway, on the second day, we:

 > went to Bamboo Island as our first stop (apart from the number of tourists, everything’s pretty much the same as three and a half years ago)
> laxed in Bamboo island and camwhored with GoPro
> waited on the speedboat for ten minutes for two people whom everyone’s not even sure exist or not (honestly, we think our tour guide did the maths wrong)


> saw Viking cave from our speedboat and snapped pictures of it
> went around Maya bay on turquoise (similar to Pantone 15-5519, you’re welcome) water and continued snapping pictures
> got confused when we arrived in Maya beach ’cause we’re not really sure whether it’s sightseeing or people-seeing. so. many. tourists.
> lost Baby Nick in Maya beach (which explains why there’s no photos after Maya beach)


> dropped by at Phi Phi Island for lunch and watched a Caucasian eat rice drenched with Tom Yum soup with chopstick (he finished his rice alright.)
> basically judged everyone on board our speedboat ’cause we guessed they’re probably doing the same thing


> burnt our skin on the speedboat
> went to the first snorkelling spot (like finally!)
> contemplated on how to use the mouthpiece on the snorkelling masks
> gained enough courage to jump into the open sea and saw striped fishes swimming around us
> pulled back our feet every time we were near corals
> drifted away from our speedboat and felt oh-so-hopeless because there’s seriously no way fighting the strong current


> burnt our skin second round
> went to the second snorkelling spot
> contemplated on staying on the speedboat and become dizzy eventually or just jump and let the problems solve themselves (because oh God the life jacket hurt my bottom and every inch of the floor is covered with corals)
> jumped slid down to the sea
> Sherry hurt herself on her way but I didn’t know it then so I talked myself into exploring
> (I) saw fishes and spiky “rambutan” corals and “brain” corals and jellyfishes and Dory and anenenemomone because the tour guide know I’m a chicken so he brought me around
> (I) thought I should buy a Field Note notebook before my next trip because I really wanted to remember that
> (I) touched a jellyfish! (in case you don’t know yet, I love jellyfishes)


> slept all the way back to the pier after nomming down pineapples (!) and watermelon

and that pretty much summarizes our one-day tour. there’ll be no Krabi post after this until I’ve got the picture from another camera. (we were so totally equipped hah)


THAILAND: Krabi, 2015 | Part II


after filling up our tummies with street foods and booking a day trip for the next day, we walked around Ao Nan surveying restaurants for dinners. halfway through we stopped by at the beach to watch the sun set and to capture some touristy photos and watch other tourists do touristy stuffs. after dinner we walked all the way back (1.9km!) from McDonald’s but before arriving at our hotel, went for another round of street food shopping because… because the grilled fish and fried chicken and banana pancakes and fresh fruit juices are just at the opposite of our hotel! and I’m sorry to spam you with so many beach photos, but it’s really beautiful!