Boo! =) Did I scare you?
Hey Guys what’s upping? How are you all doing? Happy Sunday, last day of the week is always a good sign as a fresh start is near. Hope everyone is having a great day and if it happens to not be Sunday where you are then Happy Day to you nevertheless! As many of you may know from my previous posts, I recently travelled to Thailand from April 13th, 2017 – April 22nd, 2017. I know, I know, why such a short time!? Well guys, duty (work) calls for each of us that went on this trip so we had to be mindful of the amount of time taken but although it may seem short (which it was!) we experienced SO much! This trip definitely was like no other trip I have been on so far, and it was great to see a different side to travel from the typical resorts and relaxation…although I could go for one of those kinda trips right about now, recovering from jet lag ha! I am super excited to share my travels with each and every one of you! I want you all to read and feel as if you were experiencing everything I did first hand so, I will for sure try my best to use selective words and for sure I will insert a ton of photos =) Another idea I had was to make a post about each area I visited in Thailand rather than jumbling it all together, this way I would be able to get into specifics about that particular area as well as the posts won’t be super lengthy! So! I have chitted and chatted far too much already, let’s hop into the post guys!
I hope you packed lightly; carry-on allowance is only 10 pounds!
Got it guys? Let’s go! Off to the airport we are in for quite the fly, Asia here we come but before we hit our final destination we will be touching down in Shanghai China, only 15 hours no biggie!
So yes guys! My travel to Thailand pretty much started like that, I had a small checklist of necessities and before I knew it April 13th, 2017 we were in the Uber heading to Pearson International Airport. We flew with the airline China Eastern which I must say was super amazing! I was a bit skeptical of flying with them after reading a couple of reviews but honestly guys, I just might have to say this is the best airline I have flown with so far! If you guys are interested in learning more about the airline in details leave me a comment and I will get on it =) Our flight departed around 4:45PM which we would be arriving in Shanghai, China around 7:00PM which we then had a short 2 hour layover then departed from China to Thailand at 9:10PM arriving in Bangkok, Thailand at 12:55AM their time! Boy is that a mouth full! So super-duper long travel time, I’m still amazed that we left Toronto on a Thursday and arrived at our destination on a Saturday. Have any of you travelled such a far distance before if yes, where did you go and if no, would you ever =)?
Finally guys! We made it, we made it down to ground =) let’s grab our bags and head out to find our transportation! Soon we will be able to get a restful night of sleep at the Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
So guys, I travelled along with my boyfriend and my sister and amongst us we each had our carry on plus our personal item on the plane and we decided to check in one bag for any liquid items we had such as body wash, shampoo, cream, etc. Picking up baggage at Bangkok’s airport was pretty simple; we had no issues and found our bag quite quickly. Prior to going we had our flight agent arrange pick up to and from airport to hotel and vice versa, the company we used is called Buffalo tours which I will say they were great, always on time and safe! The ride from the airport to the hotel was about 45 minutes and we definitely were tired but! We were super excited to see our surroundings so we kept a pretty close eye outside on our way there, one of the funniest things we seen on the road was a car full of people including 3 people causally sitting in the trunk dangling their legs out! That is insane!! For sure you would not catch that in Toronto.
Here is the accommodation! Hope it’s as comfy as it looks =)
Accommodation – The Marriott was great! Super sleek and modern and was situated in a great area. We felt very safe and comfortable at the hotel and we were walking distance to many local shops as well as easy access to Bangkok’s subway which we did make use of. Now, I did not get tons of photos of the room but! It was very nicely decorated; the washroom was super spacious with a large soaker tub as well as a rain shower! With our accommodation we each received complimentary breakfast which was probably the best hotel breakfast I have ever had! The selection was huge, there was something for everyone and of course the condition of the restaurant was spotless! Another highlight with this hotel is that it offered something to do for nightlife if you wished to stay within the premises, they had an amazing rooftop bar/restaurant called Octave. We went up one night and enjoyed a few drinks, the atmosphere was great as there was a fairly mature crowd and had a nice sophisticated feel! If you guys wish to have more details about this hotel I will leave the link to their website below and any questions feel free to ask me =)
Okie! So Saturday morning which makes it April 15th, 2017 we totally made the most of our day out in Bangkok. We started off with a delicious breakfast from the hotel which soon after doing some research and receiving a bit of help from the front desk we were off on our adventure into the city!
Come on guys! Let’s hop on the train we are off to the river to check out the temples
Guys! Their subway is so modern and clean! I was shocked!! I personally am not one that enjoys taking the subway in Toronto but their subway I would not have any problem taking it. It is an above ground track, if you live in Toronto I guess I can say it is similar to the GO system we have but 10 times cheaper! We paid 150 baht (Thai currency) for a day pass which works out to be around $6.00 Canadian! Our ride over to the river was fairly short I want to say it took us about 20 minutes to get down there! Once we arrived we had to figure out which method of boat transportation we wanted, a private long tail boat, a hop on and off ferry, or a one stop only ferry. Although the long tail boat was pretty tempting, we decided to do the hop on and off ferry which allowed us to get off as many stops as we wanted as many times we needed without having to pay fair again, the price for this service was also 150 baht.
Hey you! =) Let’s get on the boat! To the last stop, then we work our way back up the river!
So yes guys! That is exactly what we did we got on the ferry and there are 13 stops which each had its own attractions, mainly all various temples and markets. Speechless was my choice of communication for the most part and if not that I was “ouuuuuuuuuuuu” and “Ahhhhh so pretty”! The temples guys were like something out of a movie or a fiction book, never ever in my life have I seen such detail and craftsmanship! I am still amazed thinking that I was so close to all of these beautiful places of worship. Pictures do not do it any justice, there is just some sort of feeling that overcomes you when you are placed in front of something so magnificent! It was also super great getting to see the locals as they offered their prayers and overall just experiencing their culture and tradition. I must say it has a lot of similarities to my religion that I grew up with which is Hinduism. All of the temples are free to observe from the outside but if you do wish to go in and get a much closer look at the details there are small fees for certain ones but they are all very reasonable ranging from 50 baht – 100 baht which is equal vent to about $2.50 – $4.50 Canadian, trust me it’s worth it! My favorite temple out of the ones visited in Bangkok has to be the Wat Arun, the details were just spectacular! It is made up of multiple colours which lay against a white background and they have also incorporated various tiles and what appears to be china (plates/formal dining) to give off the appearance of a mosaic.
Why am I telling you guys when you can see for yourself! Check it out =) Which is your favorite?
Aren’t they gorgeous!? So, after our adventure and sightseeing of the temples, we hopped back onto the ferry which took us back to the starting port where we began. We spent a good 5-6 hours exploring that area of Bangkok and after being out in the sun for such a long time we were all starting to feel a bit tired and uncomfy with all the sweat (gross, I know). Originally, we planned on going straight to their shopping mall as we seen it on the way over coming but we all agreed that a good shower and a short break would be good before adventuring out again so back to the hotel we went!
Ready to go again!?
After refreshing we set back out on our adventure to the Siam Paragon shopping centre which was conveniently along the subway line. I thought we had fancy malls out here in Toronto but Toronto malls have NOTHING on this mall, the outside of the mall itself is breathtaking while the inside is full of seven stories of things to do! I believe the most floors we have here in Toronto is 3? The mall had a ton of things to see and do and of course a lot of shopping which ranged from luxury brands to day to day shopping brands. They had a food court like never seen before which was one entire floor and on the level lower was something along the lines of an aquarium called Ocean world I believe. Long story short guys, it was an amazing shopping centre, definitely check it out if you visit! Unfortunately, when we visited a lot of the stores were closed as it was the weekend of their New years which is understandable! So, we did not do any shopping but they did have a bit of entertainment and music outside of the mall for New Years which was nice to see =) For more information on the mall, please see link below which will go into further details about stores!
After watching a bit of the show, we decided to walk around the area a bit but! Many of the roads were blocked off which limited us from crossing the streets so we decided to head back to the hotel as it did start to get a bit late at this point. Upon arrival to the hotel we decided to go up to the 48th floor of the Marriott to enjoy their skybar which was super trendy and relaxing.
Check out that view! Go closer =)
The view from above was awesome! This rooftop bar was actually what had a pretty big influence on us staying at the Marriott Hotel and I can say it did not disappoint. Drinks were a bit pricier here but it was not horrible and again just enjoying the view from here did not have us thinking twice about the price of drinks! After about an hour and a half we decided it was time to hit the sheets as we would be in for another jam-packed day on Sunday as it would be our last day in Bangkok and our first day in Chiang Mai.
=) So guys! I think I am going to cut the post there although I do have another half of a day to tell you all about, I see that this post is getting fairly long. I shall pick back up and perhaps combine my last moments in Bangkok with my first moments in Chiang Mai and hopefully keep my posts at a reasonable length to read! But for now, I hope you guys are enjoying the journey and looking forward to sharing the rest with you guys!!!!!!! Thank you so much for reading and take care!
Bye!!!! Until the next Lifestyleforyoureyes post