The wanderlust in me was unleashed once again as I went on a 5-day trip to Thailand. I have visited two cities, Bangkok and Chiang Mai, and I totally loved the whole experience! I couldn't wait to share all the places I have visited, the friends I have gained along the way, and the amazing food I discovered.
Before I even planned my trip to Thailand, I have heard most people say that Thailand is much like our country. However, I would like to disagree with this impression because Thailand knows how to treat tourists better than we do (sorry, Philippines, it's true).
Here are some of the things I loved about the Kingdom of Thailand, and the reasons why I'm itching to go back and stay longer.
1. The trains in Bangkok
We went to our guesthouse in Bangkok from the airport riding the trains, using the Airport Link to the BTS, and it was so convenient. The people were very disciplined as well. No pushing, no shoving, and lots of space too. The waiting times are reasonable too.
2. The affordable accommodations
We opted to rent a private room in Bangkok through AirBnB, instead of booking a hotel room. It was a good choice, and our host was very helpful. There are a lot of cheap accommodations around Bangkok and Chiang Mai that you can stay for a week without burning a hole in your pocket.
3. Helpful Thai people despite the language barrier
We got lost lots of times in Bangkok, but Thai people would go out of their way to give us directions (one even took us to the right bus stop) even if some can't speak English.
4. The freshly brewed Thai coffee
I almost cried when I sipped my first Thai coffee, it was indeed delicious! The rumors are true: the best ones can be found on the streets. Price ranges from 17 Baht (Php 23) to 55 Baht (Php 74).
5. The street food is delicious
During our stay, we rarely ate in a mall or restaurant because the street food was sooooo delicious, aside from cheap. The ingredients weren't scrimped as well. More about it in my future posts. ;)
6. The rivers are clean
In Bangkok, the Chao Phraya River is used for daily transportation, and for tours. How useful our rivers could be if we don't pollute it. Maybe it could help lessen our traffic.
7. The fast internet
We bought a tourist sim for 299 Baht (Php 406) so we can stay connected wherever we go (and for GPS too), this includes mobile internet for one week. And damn, the connection was so fast! Wi-fi is also available in public areas, I just wasn't able to figure out how to connect to public wi-fi's.
8. The airports are very accessible
Bangkok has two airports - Suvarnabhumi (new) and Don Mueang (old). As we had flights in both airports, we were relieved that going to and from the airports weren't difficult. Whether via taxi or bus or airport link, shuttling was a breeze, to think that Bangkok is quite a busy city.
9. The Bangkok skyline
Bangkok has a lot of rooftop bars and we went to one to see the Bangkok skyline. It was breathtaking.
10. The flavors of Thai cuisine
I admire Thai cuisine way before I planned on visiting Thailand, so I was happy to discover that there are short Thai cooking courses that I can go to. I went for an evening course in Chiang Mai, and I can now make my own Pad Thai and other Thai dishes.
These are only few of the reasons I admire Thailand. More stories soon! :)
Note: 1 Baht = 1.36 Pesos
Note: 1 Baht = 1.36 Pesos