I love traveling. And a part from Jogja, Bangkok also remains one of my favorite city in SEA. The Thais have a way of making their visitors feel at home with their ever welcoming smile and never ending praises! A gal gotta love all that :p
With 8 daily flights to Bangkok, the 20:35 flight is a personal favorite. Get off work at 6pm, head straight to LCCT just in time for check in and off I go to the land of smiles and wacky t-shirt. Perfect!
My favorite place to stay in Bangkok has always been Rambutri House at Rambutri Road. Which is just about 5 mins walk to the bustling Khaosan Road. Although a bit pricey from the usual RM30 room (Don’t raise your eyebrow, I am a backpacker!) that I am willing to fork out for accommodation. But hey, it’s a great hotel with private bathroom, air con, clean and nice smelling bed sheets, soft pillows and most important of all, it comes with Star Movie channel! :p
The flight to Chiang Mai the next morning was alright, although the slight air turbulence did made my heart skipped a beat!
There is a certain vibe that you get from a foreign place, it’s either love at first sight for hate at first sight. I don’t know what to make out of Chiang Mai…
Lonely Planet said it’s less manic like Bangkok and people are generally nicer. Although I can’t say much about my guest house owner (Sarah the English lady) nor the waitress in Ratana’s Kitchen, I did however befriended a lady by the name of Paa who sells sweet corn by the road side near Sarah’s Guest House.
Paa actually reminded me a lot about the man I befriended at Vientiane (who owns a baguettes shop). Both were kind hearted people, whom I ‘stalked’ every night because I needed company away from the 4 walls in my room that was driving me insane. Truth to be told, I think I was the only tourist at Sarah’s Guest House!
If I have to choose on thing that I love about Chiang Mai, that would be the night market! Chiang Mai is like a shoppers paradise! Everything is so cheap. Perhaps 2-3 times cheaper than Bangkok! From hill tribe jewelry, clothing, scarfs, bags, books to home deco etc.
I wished I had more time in Chiang Mai, then maybe it will grow on me. It’s actually quite a likable city and I really don’t mind going back for a 2nd, 3rd or even 4th time.
Buddha head embedded in twisted tree roots.
I was quite happy to return to Bangkok. To Khaosan Road, to Chatuchak and Siam Paragon! But I didn’t wanna spend the remaining of my 3 days just doing shopping so Ayuthaya sprang into mind and the next thing I knew, I was on my way to experience the serene and majestic surrounding of the old city.
The journey to Ayuthaya by train from Hualumphong train station took about 1 and half hours and cost only 15 baht. Like the trains in Indonesia, Thailand has pretty FAST trains too!
After an hour and a half sitting near the window my hair became so dirty and sticky! So sticky that it entangled itself! So, being the vain person that I am, I rushed to the street across Ayuthaya’s train station to get my hair wash! haha…and that only cost me 50 baht!
Then I hired a tuk tuk driver and bargained my way for 750 baht for a 3 hour temple tour. (one hour usually cost 300 baht).
The temples were quite fascinating with the likes of Khmer style. Would be ideal if I could spend a day or 2 in Ayuthaya and take my time at the temples instead of having to rush through temples after temples. But what to do? I had to return the day after.
Anyway, the one day trip to Ayuthaya definitely worth every baht as well as another repeat visit. When I can get some time off from the work of cause :p