Day 5 Pt 2. – Thailand, Bangkok
Time to fly to my next destination! It wasn’t a very long flight… I don’t remember how long though, maybe like 2-3 hours? I realized that I hadn’t learned any Thai beforehand so… screwed haha. I went to find a taxi to go to our hotel and meet up with my friend. Taxis are so cheap here!!! It cost like $6 for like 30 minutes of a ride. It was just really cheap. So cheap that we never even rode the transit heh… Anyway, my taxi driver had a hard time figuring out where to go.. good thing I had data! It was so hot here omg!
I finally got to the hotel and chilled for a bit with my friend. She had been on a long adventure too for a few weeks before me so she was also pretty exhausted. It was pretty late so we didn’t get to go out of the city. We went to a big mall to look for some mani-pedis because we were in great need of them, and also because they were cheaper. Butttt unfortunately, we could not find any so we got some BBT instead. Taro milk tea! Ahhh I have missed that haha. After, we went to Khao San night market and these were like Taiwan, but lower quality. We finally found a good mani-pedi place and we both decided on gel nails and normal toenails. I don’t know what I do my toes, especially since I’m so ticklish >_< For some reason, I can never pass up pink… and glitter… It was so pretty!
After we got pampered, we finally looked for some food. I had my first Pad Thai and Thai iced tea here! I still think it was the best… although maybe I was just super hungry heh. The noodles were really good and the tea was actually sweeter than the ones I had in Toronto. I kinda like the extra bitterness to complement the sweetness from Toronto more. Anyhoo, we didn’t stay out too long since we were both pretty pooped. I took my first Tuk Tuk ride back to the hotel! Basically, it’s like… a carriage… but has a motor… and actually goes really fast! Thing is for Thailand, we were able to haggle a lot, even for these taxi rides. So for all the Tuk tuks, they would tell us a set price for our destination. It was super fun! All I remember now is them all shouting “took took!!” (that’s how you pronounce it haha)
Day 6 – Hot hot hot Temple Day
Temple day!!! Whyyyyyyy was it so hot on this day. I don’t think I had ever been so hot before… There was 0 wind and the forecast said it felt like 43 degrees. Near the middle of the day, I was seriously about to faint. For sure hotter than Japan. There were also a lot of Chinese tourists and they were just the worst omg. No, I do not associate myself with them because the mainland folks are too much for me >_> The Hong Kongers are sometimes a bit too much for me too… the way they speak haha. Yes I’m racist to my own race.
My friend said that she was warned that we would have to dress conservatively for the temples and no flashy colours. So I wore my dress and some capris. BUT as we were walking towards the temples, the street vendors kept pointing at my ankles and were like nonono and we were just ignoring them since we thought they were just those annoying street vendors. But nope! I actually had to cover my ankles too omg. In this heat too!!! So I bought a sarong, which is like a dress like thing that wraps around. There were so many people at the temples! My brain was too fried to remember much but we managed to stop for lunch so I recharged a bit. My friend was a trooper, I don’t know how she looked so alive. We went to Wat Pho, Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Arun… and maybe some other ones I don’t remember. The architecture was pretty nice and they are pretty similar to the photos online (minus the billions of people). Oh but the toilets are pretty gross, especially since they don’t provide toilet paper because you’re supposed to use this hose to wash your butt so the ground is like always wet.
After that cultural and torturous excursion, we went back to our hotel to freshen up. We wanted to check out the nightlife in Bangkok since it’s supposedly awesome. We went to the area, thinking that it would have food and stuff but the whole nightlife street was like dead (it was 8pm ish). We ended up eating at this restaurant along the way and we went to another night market called Patong. There were a bunch of cute shops and food stands. We didn’t eat any of the street food cause we were scared of getting food poisoning haha. The style of the night market kinda reminded me of Hong Kong’s women street. There was quite a bit I wanted to buy but we knew we were heading to clubbing so we couldn’t buy too much. This was were we first were harassed by people trying to get us to go watch pole dancers and advertising their ping pong show (I won’t get into that much for you PG readers). But anyways, it was quite disturbing heh.
Finally, it was late enough to go back to that area of nightlife so we went back. Thank goodness there were coin lockers so I could put the crap I bought in there. We were kinda disappointed in the club we chose because there was no real dance floor since there were long tables all around. It would have been nice otherwise. The clubs closed at 2am here and that’s when everyone got kicked out onto the streets and the taxis were ready for business.
Day 7 – Boat tour
We didn’t really have much planned for this day. I had on the itinerary that I wanted to go to the Asiatique Riverfront, but who knew it didn’t open until 5pm >_> This was an area that was filled with shops and food and stuff. We had brunch here and it was so yummyyyy. We spontaneously decided to watch a Muay Thai Boxing show… which was kinda $$$ but YOLO right?! The lady selling the tickets also convinced us by giving us the good seats for the cheap price haha. So we bought the tickets for the show later tonight. We tried to look for a cruise of some sort since the riverfront didn’t open until later.
We took another taxi, but we had so many complications with him omg. It was so difficult not being able to explain ourselves. He kept going in circles and I was getting so frustrated. Google wasn’t very helpful either =/ Also, did you know that taxi drivers here can refuse your business?! Like, I guess if it’s too far, or they don’t know the area, they say sorry no. I am shocked! Do they not want money?! Well anyways, we finally got to a port and we bought a day boat pass. We would use the Chao Phraya River as a mode of transportation. It was pretty cool because we could hop on and off as many times as we wanted to and different ports to see different things. They had a useful book for sightseeing too. We stopped only at about 3 ports since we did some shopping and stuff. We had to time it properly so we could make it back to Asiatique Riverfront in time for some food and shopping before our Muay Thai show. We did some useless shopping there, and by that I mean I bought a bunch of useless things xD
We watched the Muay Thai show, and I really didn’t know what to expect. The first hour was of the history of Muay Thai and there were so many of these hot men just fake-fighting each other and the sound effects timing was on point. Good thing was, the story was displayed on the screen in English phew. After that show, there was some live Muay Thai boxing but we were disappointed because they were just 17 year-olds fighting each other. (Of course we wanted to see those other men fight but nopeeeee) So it was pretty interesting, especially because these kids were so small!!
Initially, we planned to go to another night market but there was no time and the rain just sucks. Butttt I still really wanted to go to the Lebua Sky Bar, where Hangover 2 was shot. There was a dress code so we dressed up fancy and prayed that it would stop raining so we could go outside of the bar. When we got there, there were just a bunch of foreigners, since it’s mainly aimed towards us. It was a really nice view of Bangkok and we had to order a drink, although we probably could have gotten away with not ordering one. I took some quick pics because it was already drizzling again. It started pouring more and they ended up closing the outside part… We just finished our drinks, took so more selfies, and went home. Still glad I grabbed some pics before they closed it down!