Cheng Chin Yuen

Monday, October 10, 2005

Bangkok (7 – 10 Oct)

Sawasdee Krap! Bangkok is our last bastion of good food and living before heading into the more backward Laos. I am really impressed with their new MRT and LRT systems which covers the newer part of town. They may never extend into old Bangkok due to the heavy concentration of buildings and wats but perhaps there is actually no need. The water taxis and water buses that ply the main river and some canals cleverly unite the land and water transport systems into an encompassing whole! Taxis are cheap (fares take a long time to make their 1 Bhat increment!) and reliable. Tuk-Tuks on the other hand usually try to ‘ke tok’ you and sometimes refuse to ferry you to nearby destinations. We asked one to take us to a police station near Khaosan road and he told us that he did not know where it was. Another wanted B$100 for the ride. We took a cab there in the end for B$41.

The Chatuchak Weekend Market is not to be missed. Here the Thai artistic talents manifests itself in the unique handicrafts and paintings. These makes the pasar malam products back home look even worse. Some animal shops in back alleys would anger animal lovers with their half strangled squirrels, caged bunnies and parakeets. There are also snakes, frogs, porcupines, iguanas, tortoises and probably some endangered species here among the regular pets!

The Grand Palace was thronged with tourists even early in the morning. It was nice to watch the locals pray and anoint themselves with lotus buds at the Edmerald Buddha Temple. The paintings on the Palace walls telling the long story Ramayana on his rescue mission to save his wife from the Demon King are impressive and go round the whole palace! We revisited the reclining Buddha at Wat Po, the source and the oldest school of Thai massage and got so ‘templed out’ that we decided to save the 82m stupa at Wat Ajun for another time. Khaosan Road, the backpacker haven was farang(foreigner)-filled and we were happy we weren’t with the crowds here even though it would have cost us less than half of what we were paying at Wendy House(B$700). We found our second-hand Laos LP here for B$535, saving some B$260! Khaosan, the once notorious drug area feels cleaned up now and there is a big police station at one end. In some backpackers, blatant notices barring guests from bringing in ‘1 hour guests’ are displayed. Still we saw several European-Thai pairings on the street and at eating places…

Wendy House (no ‘s) is highly recommended and shares a little of Mayfair Hotel’s OCD in the cleanliness department. The staff here are so overly polite that it is a wee bit unsettling. Who’s to complain for B$700 for a room 10 minutes from Mahboonkhrong Centre the GIANT shopping complex. We had almost street-like quality food in it’s foodcourt which has a sensible coupon system in place. The prices are reasonable and the variety spoils you. Among our other conquests are Japanese food, (The iced green tea here was a first), ostrich black pepper steak and a Thai-style Korean BBQ. All these splurges shamefully is very unlike true backpackers!

Bangkok is indeed refreshing after 2 months in Malaysia and we now get ready to enter Laos where stress of any form is deemed to be unhealthy.


Blogger Thanks for you visit said...


I Really think you have a great blog here, and see you have a very high page ranking, I found this info out from this page. Try it out.

I have several pages of my own,

I'ts about femme Clothing. This site is in French language.
My second site is about Chaussures that is Shoes in french and bottes that is boots in french.

My Third site is about Chocolate that is made in France. The Frech language just drops to e at the end so it is chocolat

6:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great site folks, been looking for this kind of information. I have a related gem stone bead site also. You may want to take a look some time. gem stone bead I'll definitely be back.

7:04 AM  
Blogger nope said...


I'm sorry for being intrusive in to your blog. But I am Melissa and I am a mother of two that is just trying to get out of an incredible financial debt. See my hubby is away in Iraq trying to protect this great country that we live in, and I am at home with our two kids telling bill collectors please be patiant. When my husband returns from war we will beable to catch up on our payments. We have already had are 2001 Ford repossessed from the bank, and are now down to a 83 buick that is rusted from front to back and the heater don't work, and tire tax is due in November.

I'm not asking for your pitty because we got our ownselfs into this mess but we would love you and thank you in our prayers if you would just keep this link on your blog for others to view.

God Bless You.

Melissa K. W.
To see my family view this page. My Family

Full Software Download - Get full access to thousands of applications!

Restore, Fix & Clean Up Your Registry Files and Errors in Windows. Does your PC crash, is your system running slow or are you receiving regular error messages? This program will scan your system registry and hard drive for invalid file and system references for free. These invalid references cause system instability, PC errors, constant crashes, and general system slowdowns.

XoftSpy - The Latest in Anti-Spyware & Adware Technology

5:34 PM  
Blogger Ev||Sa|nT said...

oh man...all these reminds me of my trip to thailand one mth ago...JJ maket best rite! but too bad i didn't have time ...MBK and the siam center is also another shooping haven...but did u try working towards cholalogong university that road? there's some more places to vist there...i even go in the Uni to eat in the canteen ..nice experience man...have fun take care -->chiam yensing

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice blog! Got here from word of mouth. I'm having the urge to travel again after reading your entries. It's wonderful to experience new things! All the photographs are amazing. Looking forward to your next entry! ^_^

-- szeyun

4:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the 5 gorgeous babes are wondering whether you have been thrown to the jail ... no replies to our emails... no updates. or you might have been distracted by the photo we sent u (too beautiful rite?)

12:15 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home