Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Day 3: Bangkok Sight-seeing Day

Our 3rd day in Bangkok was dedicated to sight-seeing as we had already did some shopping on Day 2. Although the subway lines in Bangkok are fast and convenient, it only links all the major places within centre of the city. So, if you are planning to visit the old city where Imperial Palace, Wat Phra Kew, Wat Arun and Wat Pho are located, taxi is the only option. 

But we had something else on our itinerary - the largest floating market in Bangkok, Damdoen Saduak Floating Market. The people working at hotels sometimes take comission from taxi drivers, so they were more than willing to call a taxi to take us there. The market is really far, and took us more than an hour to reach there. Our taxi costs 900 baht which I think is quite reasonable, considering the distance to and fro. 

Our taxi was decorated with currency notes
Our taxi driver was a young friendly guy (he was even younger than us omg). He chatted with us in simple English and was funny too. He told us how he came from a village near Cambodia and rented a taxi to earn his money staying in the city. It is sad that he started work at such young age though.

The admission to DS Floating Market is an exorbitant price of 1500 baht, which was really not worth that price. There are actually some markets that didn't charge for admission but we did not really look up on it.

Inside the boat along the canal
Our boat driver also took us to this small shop selling coconut candy

Having our breakfast inside the boat along the canal, Thai-style. We would first ordered our food from our boat, and then the driver would park his boat along this table so we can eat. Thai soup noodles is one cheap but delicious food worth trying.

People selling all kinds of stuff, especially fruits and other local delicacies from their boats.

Although it was a Monday, there were surprisingly so many people at the market that we were unable to stop at the shops at the main pier. So sad :( The main canal was so congested with so many boats that we keep knocking into one another lol.

Instead, our driver stopped us at this temple for some sight-seeing where of course, we had to take the famous jump shot.

After the (disappointing) floating market experience, our taxi driver dropped us at Jim Thompson House Museum. Here, we had lunch at their restaurant.

Pandan leaf wrapped chicken
Thai noodles
Pineapple seafood fried rice. Thumbs up!
Thai milk tea. A must-try!
Coconut ice-cream yum yum
The restaurant has a very pretty ambience around it and the food is delicious as well, albeit pricier. A must-go if you don't mind the price and want that peaceful surrounding.

As mentioned, the restaurant is surrounded by scenic garden landscapes. A great place to take photos as well. Next to the restaurant is of course, the house owned by Jim Thompson which has now been turned to a museum. The adult admission is 100baht but since we brought student cards, the fare is only 50baht =) So, wherever you go, always bring your student card.

After you pay the admission, a guided tour is provided for you with language of your choice. The guide will bring you around Jim Thompson's huge mansion filled with both traditional and western elements. No photos allowed btw. A trivia about Jim Thompson: He mysteriously disappeared while walking in Cameron Highlands and his body was never found. Creepy.

So messy and yet they worked.
Exhausted from all the morning activites, we then took a taxi back to the hotel for some nap time.

Didn't plan for this to happen but Clara and me brought the exact same dress to Bangkok lol
After a good rest, we walk over to Baiyoke Sky Hotel for our dinner reservation at their buffet-style restaurant (690 baht).

Thai puppets which entertained the patrons while dining.

Honestly, the buffet dinner was not much to shout about. They did have a variety of dishes, from Japanese to Western to Chinese to Thai.

This was actually the main reason we visited Baiyoke Sky - to see the amazing bird eye's view of Bangkok night skyline from their observation deck. This view was definitely worth it as it was breathtakingly gorgeous. Since their observation deck is open-air, you might want to think twice wearing short dresses as it can be quite windy and chilly at night.

Going down a few floors, you will come to Baiyoke's small exhibition museum. When we reached there, it was about to closed but the manager was kind enough to wait for us as we furiously snapped pics lol.
Reminded me of Up!
Mini Baiyoke Sky Hotel

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