Let loose and let go of your inhibitions. Lose yourself in the process- for this is when you get a grip of what’s important in your life then you hold on to it. Tie it up, tight..Where else? In Tie-land. K.
October 24, 2015 (Manila – Bangkok)
It has been 2 years since I got a passport and for the longest time I had been itching to have it stamped. Jumping to first quarter of 2015, I pitched an idea to my friends – celebrate my 26th overseas! Oh boy, we’re ecstatic! One of my friends, Mac, works in Thailand; the other, Krista, in Singapore. We agreed to start the trip in Bangkok then fly to Kuala Lumpur then cross the border to Singapore. Country hopping it is!!! I could pretty much sum up my 2015 to the anticipation of our epic out of the country. Yeah I guess I’m the virgin – in international travel that is!
I made it a point to be always involved in the pre-travel shennanigans – planning, booking hostels and finalizing itineraries. Well since it’s my birthday, I let my friends do the most of the dirty work. Come on, I was the one visiting them – technically Nikko (the guy who passed the test of friendship) and I were the guests of honor.
Fast forward to the night of October 24 with bags wrapped in my arms, we rode a pedicab to the airport hence avoiding these scalping cab drivers and the notorious laglag bala gang.
Since we had quite some time, Nikko and I had dinner before going to immigration. And so we ate and chill. Voila, we only had 15 minutes left prior boarding and we haven’t even passed the immigration! Let the running and rushing begin. Thankfully we were interviewed for at most 60 seconds then we ran to our designated gate and there they were already boarding the plane. Lucky us! Little did we know, we had set the pace of our entire travel – the Amazing Race Asia!
Our friend Marcris welcomed us at Suvarnabhumi International Airport at around 12am BKK time. Our flight ETA was 11:50pm Manila time. Wait, what? (BKK time = Manila time minus 1 hour) Thus, complaining of waiting for us – can’t blame him. We took a cab; went straight to his place at Nontabhuri and introduced us to the legit mama (noodle soup) and drank a few beers to conclude my first and last peaceful night in Thailand.
October 25 – Day (Bangkok)
We were greeted by a warm Bangkok sun telling us to get ready and fetch our dear friend Krista who’ll be arriving from Singapore. We insisted on commuting to immerse ourselves in the local scene. How did we go there?
- Public utility van (PUV) to The Mall Ngamwongwan to exchange currencies (1 USD = 35.73 Baht)
- Bus to Victory Monument.
- Victory Monument BTS skytrain station on the Sukhumvit Line in Ratchathewi District to BTS Phaya Thai
- Airport Link (Phaya Thai) to Suvarnabhumi
Krista was already waiting when we got there. Hashtag blame the traffic. Of course since we had the airport all to ourselves, we took our first group photo! More to follow, sorry!
Yes, like Singapore, they have an efficient mass transit system – the BTS which is elevated while in SG it’s underground.
We wasted no time exploring Siam Paragon (below) while stopping by Food Hall to take a quick lunch.
And by lunch, I mean these…
Kidding! Yes, I can jump from a 5 story building yet I can only look at these for 5 seconds, let alone eat it! Sorry, not my cup of tea. Well I might consider, if the price is right or I’m drunk. Most likely, the latter.
Why use cabs? They have tuktuk here! We headed back to Victory monument where our next adventure awaits .
Publishing the next part hopefully next week! For now, you can watch our adventures by clicking on these links below:
BKK x KL x SG (let’s take hopping to the next level)
Full Moon Party (Haad Rin, Koh Phangan, Thailand)
Stay tuned to our next escape!