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Friday, 17 July 2015

Bangkok-cum-Pattaya Getaway #Flashback

I Luv Thailand

Flashback! One of my most treasured trips, going to Bangkok-cum-Pattaya short trip with my bunch of fun friendly colleagues and accompanied with my partner. Honestly, Thailand is a place filled with culture and tradition. There are so much to experience, so much to see, yet everything is cheap.

We arrived at Bangkok, and headed to our first destination, Pattaya, about two hours car ride. One of the best place for a short trip when you are travelling to Bangkok. Let's check out my favourite Pattaya attractions!

The New Floating Village

The Floating Village

The Pattaya Floating Market/Village is a major attraction here, for me, it is like a floating village theme park! With much activities, traditional shows, shops, food, souvenirs, bus services and facilities. The Floating Market are cultures and traditions of Thailand.

Lets GO!

If you are planning to visit, do check out if there is any requirements for paying the entrance fees, as when we were there, there wasn't a charge yet, however, we were tricked and directed to the counter to purchase the entrance ticket. 

Well, we only knew after we paid, as many people just walked in freely and so we did some research when we were back at the hotel. However, it didn't bother our happy trip time, everyone needs money.

Makan Time!

We did tried variety of food that they offered here. Well, of course counting out the weird ones. Did not want to take the risk trying something poisonous and may end up ruining our entire trip.

The Elephant Ride

Coming to Thailand and did not experience the elephant ride? You must be kidding me! The Elephant ride experience in Thailand is a must, exceptional experience, go for the ones with off-road experience, especially crossing the river/lakes. Awesome.

Boarding the Elephant

Crossing the Lake. Beauty.

Chilling on the Water

I must admit that the Elephant Ride was one of my best experience in Thailand.

Sanctuary of Truth

A gigantic wooden construction, the top point of the building is about 105m high. Imagine, wood! 

The Sanctuary of Truth

There is no way one should miss this beauty. Witnessing the exceptional craftsmanship. Along side the ocean, watching its amazing wooden structure. 

Heading back to Bangkok

Pattaya have been a wonderful experience. Small city with lots of culture to share. Next stop, we headed back to the Capital of Thailand, Bangkok, and so the city experience begins! Happy to share my top favourite attractions.

Experience the "Tuk Tuk" Ride
Getting Ready to own the Streets

A experience you must not miss. The Tuk Tuk is not only a symbol of Bangkok, but also one of the most convenient and cheapest way to travel around the streets. Great experience, especially when we are in a group. However, don't bargain too low, they may end up forcefully drive you to many shops (to earn commissions). Well, nothing is free.

The Boys Tuk Tuk
Look Who's Driving!

Enjoy Shopping at Chatuchak!

Window Shopping TIme

Chatuchak is not for everyone, if you did not do your research, did not try to understand the place, if you are just unlucky always getting lost around the dodgy areas. How to enjoy your shopping experience? Knowing where to go and what you want. Chatuchak is so huge that you may not realise you are turning in circles. it is like a maze of stalls.

There are higher end areas, with nicer stalls, proper facilities and better shopping experience. However prices are slightly marked up. If you head to another side of Chatuchak, there are a more of dodgy, less people, but probably you can get a better bargain. Bulk purchase are very cheap.

Enjoying Ourselves
Dodgy Area

The Grand Palance & Wat Prakeaw

Getting all excited

A place you must not miss. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha. As one of the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand, located within the grounds of the Grand Palace itself.

The Temples

This place is awesomely beautiful, very traditional.

Checking out the Golden Architectural
The Golden Buddha

Cabbage and Condoms Restaurant

A must try, as one of the most unique restaurants in Bangkok. The C&C Restaurant is not only interesting with it's condoms concept, dining experience are also interesting with great food, well decorated indoors and outdoor decks.

Plenty of Condoms! Souvenir!

You Get Free Condoms! :D

Dinner Time :)
I must admit the food was pretty good too. Unique experience and a great place to have dinner. Why not visit?

Last Highlight, the Sirocco Sky Bar @ Lebua Tower 

Well, did you catch the movie Hangover Part II? If you did, how can you miss this awesome place!

From SkyBar

Amazing view of Bangkok City, delicious wines and cocktails. Our red wine was really delicious, regretted i did not record its name/label.

Last Night Chilling in Bangkok
I am so glad that we managed to organised this trip and i also make the time to participated. As time passes, most of us have moved on and further our careers and life on a different path. Not only we don't get see each other often. Meeting up is also difficult. Time constrains. And Locations. Will be way too difficult for any of us to have such a large group trips again. Well life goes on. But memories last a lifetime.

Next up, Taipei Flashback!


suituapui said...

Been years and years since I was last in Bangkok. Enjoyed the food so much, ate so much that I had to buy new trousers to come back home in. Grew so fat in a matter of a few days - could not get into those that I went in.

Irvine Chin said...

haha suituapui so true. The food are great and plentiful. Plus cheap. Just can't resist not having as much as possible while we are in Bangkok. Since there is limited time!

CQUEK said...

Wow we love your shots wish we were there to enjoy the food.

Merryn said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that picture of those elephants crossing the lake. Superbly beautiful <3

The Yum List said...

Oh yes! Thailand is great place for travel.

Rose said...

Been to Bangkok & Pattaya last March. The holiday is still fresh in my mind even it has been more than a year.

But I did not go to Sanctuary of Truth and the last two.

Nancy Chan said...

A great place to visit with so much to offer. I wouldn't think of eating all the poisonous insects too! Would love to take the elephant ride. The skybar looks very exciting.

mun said...

Nice walk down memory lane. I like your group's attitude - be happy and don't get angry or sad at being tricked to pay the entrance fees. Bangkok looks really worth visiting after reading your post and looking at the photos.

Nux V said...

I miss Bangkok now...haha all the good food and shoppings...

Coffee Girl said...

was in bangkok in 2013, love the food and shopping experience but didnt have much time to go sightseeing. The tuk tuk is a must try at least once. Lol.

Small Kucing said...

LOL first poto so cute. all the gang so "sporting".

Irvine Chin said...

Thanks CQUEK!

Hi Merryn, yes i really love that one too ;)

Indeed YumList.

Hi Rose Good to Hear that. But u missed out these three places eh, well still ok lah. hehe.

Hi Nancy yes really should. You also get the climb over towards the elephant neck area and ride too.

Irvine Chin said...

Hi Mun thanks. Yea, money can earn back ;) You did not visit Bangkok before? You really should give it a try. It is one of the cheap and fun place.

Yea NuxV :P

Hi CoffeeGirl, yeah, ladies and the shopping :P Indeed quite a lot to shop here, especially for good bargains.

THanks Small Kuching ;)

Huai Bin said...

Interesting! I've been to most of the places, except for Pattaya. That's where Pattaya Fried Rice (omelet covering the rice) comes from, I assume? Haha.

Irvine Chin said...

haha. yes Huai Bin, that's where the "pattaya nasi goreng" comes from. As long as they named it Pattaya. Althought many country have their own version especially in Indonesia and Japan.


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