Bangkok: A Sky full of Stars

S̄wạs̄dī, my friend!

Compiling a few of our takeaways from our recent Bangkok trip with short chikas 🙂 Cholo, who planned for the whole adventure, booked the trip after deciding to purchase Coldplay tickets for their A Head Full of Dreams Tour Bangkok leg. You slayed it! Sarap maging prinsesa sa Bangkok hihi 

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The Weather

Summer kung summer! My Pinay balat tells me the heat is no different with how it is in the Philippines this time of the year but they definitely lack some airing over there! Make sure to pack breezy clothes when you visit during summer. Failure to bring Evian facial spray was really a big mistake.

 

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Good thing Buko Ice Cream are sold almost everywhere. Sarap!

The Hotel

We stayed at Novotel Hotel at Ploenchit Sukhumvit. Cholo got a great deal. I wasn’t able to take photos aside from what I posted in my Instagram stories but this 4-star hotel won’t disappoint. Great service. The hotel is near malls and BTS SkyTrain. Buffet breakfast in the morning offers various cuisines, fresh fruit smoothies and unlimited bacon! IKR?! 🙂

Located at 566 Ploenchit Road, Lumpini, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330 Bangkok.

 

Transportation

The usual – 15 Baht on top of your meter bill if you book Grab. We weren’t able to book one though. It’s not very hard to hail a cab in the city.

And of course there’s always tuktuk to add fun to your travel. They charge around 70 Baht for a ride. Not sure though if that’s forenjer price. Tutuks are way bigger than our tricycles and they are allowed to enter main roads.

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Cute, fancy and anti-baha tryk 🙂

Shopping Malls

We didn’t get to visit much but we were told their malls are kind of categorized 😛 They have malls specifically for your gadgets and another one for fashion. We went to Show DC to claim our concert tickets. It’s like a perfect leisure gateway for Asians — shops and food establishments are mostly Japanese and Korean. Pretty cool!

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*Photo from Google

They even have Star Avenue for Koryan fans 😛

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*Photo from Google

 

Khao San Road

Our first attempt to have a nice night cap was kind of a nonsuccess: we found ourselves strolling with empty stomach in an alley where Papis have their kind of FUN 😛 We were in Nana Road.

Thankfully, the next day we got it right! Good music, alcohol, street food, night market, tattoos, express Thai massage, free hugs and as for the crowd? A melting pot of colors 🙂 Oh so right!

 

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Jim Thompson

We have nothing planned out for our first day aside from claiming the tickets and visiting the Grand Palace which we easily took out from our list since the long line caused so much delay. We then decided to check on nearby places to visit and ended up visiting Jim Thompson House – one of the best decisions ever!

He was an American art enthusiast turned Architect and then served the army. The war brought him to Thailand where he found home. He became interested in trade while falling in love with its culture. As a result, he built a house on this piece of land by Klong Maha Nag and just across from the weaving village of Ban Krua. The house was a product of his architectural style influenced by traditional Thai houses beautified with his art and antique collection – truly his masterpiece.

Guests are not allowed to take photos of the house which I totally respect. You have to see for yourself and listen to this very interesting story of his life to really appreciate it.

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With his natural flair for design and color, and driven by his single-minded dedication to reviving the craft, Thompson soon gained worldwide recognition for his success in rebuilding the industry, for generating international demand for Thai silk and for contributing to the growth of the silk industry.

After the tour, you can cotton to a refreshing drink and meal at the cafe by the pond. So relaxing 🙂

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Authentic Pad Thai and Lemongrass drink. Life!!

The Temples

Days 2 and 3 mean tasting the real deal! Off to visiting the temples and ruins 🙂

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They say ringing the bells after praying will also bless those who can hear them 🙂

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Those designs hurt my eyes 😛

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Ang mayora. Charot!

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Our sweaty faces with the reclining buddha.

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I mean look at those deets!!

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Wall prints that tell stories..

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What I would do for doors like this!

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Even the cover up rental perfectly suits my pantone! uuughhh

Ayutthaya

And the ruins, I can’t even!!!!

It was really the boiling point of the day but who would want to miss out on taking a glimpse?

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Another reclining buddha – busy thinking about your karma!

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We opted not to ride the elephants. Witnessing their cuteness overload is more than enough ♥

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Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams Tour

And of course, the highlight of our trip!

How I wish I could say good things about the fore and aft, but there’s nothing worth the effort. It was reported that 60,000 fans were expected to endure the scorching heat while patiently waiting in endless lines of sweaty, hungry, thirsty people of different colors but speaking one language – the one that only translates to Coldplay lyrics and music 🙂 I heard around 80,000 people came. Whew!

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It was all worth it! Hearing them play would really take you on cloud nine. Haaaaayyy, still on a high!

Floating Market

It’s like floating Greenhills but with more color and delicious food! 🙂

You can ride the boat for 150 baht. Be sure to get on your haggling skills! 🙂

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Our swag captain!

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Tustado 🙂

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Chris Martin photobombing! haha

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Thai Massage

Dead tired from all the walking and the heat will really drain out the energy in you so  we thought some pamper time wouldn’t hurt 🙂 We wouldn’t leave Bangkok without experiencing legit Thai massage!

I looove getting a massage – hard, pressure on points and a few stretches are my non-negotiables and legit Thai massage just nailed it!

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Thailand, you get me!

I think I might have been a local in my past life. The colors and patterns are all goals!!!

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Indeed, another short but sweet adventure for us. Thanks to my sky full of stars ♥

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