We had a 9 days trip to Thailand during new year break and we had a blast!!! Thailand is such an interesting city, no doubt one of the most visited asian country in the world! 🙂
Day 1: We had an early flight and arrived Bangkok around 9am. After check-in at the hotel in the historical area, which is pretty chaotic, we started our day tour. First stop was Wat Pho, a gigantic incline buddha
before we arrived thailand, I told Sofia that we’ll going to see many buddhas, and she asked me who is that. I couldn’t explain, just ask her to wait until she sees one. Well…. happy to inform that now she knows what’s a buddha. 🙂
because there were buddha everywhere 🙂
then we attempted to go to the palace. i said attempt because the car can’t reach there, we had to walk. it was 1pm, the sun was brutal. After walking for 10 min and still didn’t see it close enough, we gave up and returned to the car
next stop was Khaosan road. They say it’s the backpackers paradise, with many bars/restaurants, street foods and street vendors
then we called it a day as we were all very exhausted from the early rise.
Day 2: instead of taking another taxi, we tried the local “tutu”, an open motorcycle that can carry up to 5 adults. The kids love it and asked to ride on it everyday. 🙂
although it’s not as comfortable nor as safe as a car, it is quite interesting, it gets more air, goes faster and really fun ride.
after a big of back and force (the driver took us to a place where the boat guy wanted to charge us 3000 for the boat ride), we arrived our pier after negotiating to 2000 for a private boat to the floating market
it was a comfortable boat and relaxing ride along the canal
girls had fun, which is always the most important part of the journey
and we arrived. it was not as big as we saw in the pictures but we got the experience
and tried some local snacks
which made the ride back to the pier even more interesting
took another tutu heading to the weekend market chatuchak, I’d say a must visit place!
it’s a huge market with many cloth/artisanal/food/house items vendors. With the girls we couldn’t see much but we got a coconut lamp for Sofia
then we had a quick lunch there
after resting at the hotel, we went to BigC to get some local snacks and dinner
the night just got started!
Day 3: our destination was an old city called Chantaburi. Originally i planned to stay there one night to make our way to Ko Chang Island not as long. We asked at the hotel to rent a private van and it was 5500 baht! I felt they wanted to rip us so declined. Instead we took the local van service from Bangkok and Chantaburi, a public transportation, which cost 280 baht per person. I booked for 5 people since we had luggage. I was a bit worried the condition of the van and how girls would do in public transportation. We arrived the bus station. first impression: not too bad. It was clean, open air, and many tourists.
the van takes 10 people, so we were quite comfortable. The girls were entertained during 4 hrs ride with one stop. Sofia did drawing, Lizzy played with stickers, and we all snacked along the way. Too many snacks!!!
then we arrived the Chantaburi station, a very small one.
we quickly found a local taxi, an open truck to get us to the hotel
quite an adventure riding on it. Our hotel Tamajun caught us for surprise, it was a boutique hotel with themed rooms, super clean, modern, a bit bohemian. Perfect!
I booked two rooms, one for Tony and Lizzy, one for me and Sofia
while Lizzy took her nap, Sofia and I went out to explore the city. We first had coconut ice-cream
Sofia got the cone, and I got a bowl. Loved the toppings.
it’s an old street along the canal. the mix of old houses and westernised bars/restaurants made it very interesting. We could see the local people and their homes as we walk. They just chilled and observed us back.
got a street snack: a rice cake with some unknown filling
there were no foreigners, only thai tourists
then Tony and Lizzy woke up and we explored more, Tony tried grilled seafood
the canal is beautiful during sunset, so peaceful and calm
the largest church in thailand
then we went to the most popular restaurant
first got smoothies for the girls
the problem was we didn’t understand the menu which was in thai. So Tony peaked our neighbour and basically ordered what they had. A seafood hot pot
food was nice and cheap.
then we took Lizzy to try the ice cream too and she liked it more than dinner… no surprise 🙂
we all fell in love with Chantaburi. in contrast to Bangkok, a big city, very chaotic, with tourists and vendors everywhere, Chantaburi felt more local, laid back, but with history and culture blended in. More to explore the next day.