Phitsanulok is somewhere between Bangkok and Chiang Mai. It is a small city, but I have heard of it already because Joel’s aunt lived and worked there and their family has stories and memories of the city. We never got to explore much of the city but we did have some “stopover” hours on our way to Chiang Mai, and there are two things we would go back for — friend chicken and Pista Cafe!
During our trip to Thailand, I was determined to visit the two most popular UNESCO World Heritage sites because they were accessible by different modes of transportation. Having already explored Ayutthaya with my siblings and husband, only Sukhothai remains on my to-check out list. After a week exploring Bangkok, on a Saturday morning, my husband and I ate our last breakfast at the Station Cafe, checked out, and took the earliest special express train to Phitsanulok.
Lovely guesthouse with swimming pool in Sukhothai.
Bangkok’s Chinatown is the largest Chinatown in the world. Bangkok’s Chinatown is like a city within a city. We attempted to cover all of Chinatown, but three days is just not enough. I realized that when you come to Bangkok’s Chinatown, you must have a purpose and must know the exact location of that purpose. Otherwise, you’ll end up lost, although we didn’t mind for there are sights to see, treasures to discover, including gold, and lots of gold, and delicious food to eat in every corner.
Strategically located near Bangkok railway and Hua Lamphong MRT.
Planning and budgeting for a seven-day family holiday in Siem Reap and Bangkok.
We capped our day at Ayutthaya at its floating market. It was not the “floating market” that we saw in National Geographic images. It was very far from it. I read (after we visited the market) that this was meant for the locals, which explained why there were only a handful of foreign tourists, and I would not be surprised to learn that the river was a manmade river. Despite this, and the steep 200baht for a few minutes of river cruise, I think I enjoyed looking at how Thai people spend their holidays. Read on if you want to know more about this floating market.
Ayutthaya, once Thailand’s capital for more than 400 years, is a UNESCO World Heritage site that I already marked for visit in our trip to Thailand. I did not pre-book a tour with any agency and I set no expectations on what might happen or what to see when we get there. We decided to venture out on a Monday, and I think it was a fun (and not to mention, affordable) day trip from Bangkok. Read on for more details.
There are countless of places to shop in Bangkok. Bangkok, and the rest of Thailand for that matter, is a shopping haven. Thailand is a growing manufacturing country and it shouldn’t have surprised me to learn that many things in this country are cheap, even compared to other Southeast Asian countries, like the Philippines. Here is my guide to budget shopping in Bangkok. Read on especially if you love vintage clothes like me.
Our first Sunday in Bangkok, we decided to pay the king a visit. From our hostel in Silom, we rode a cab (hailed through Uber), and went to The Grand Palace. The cab driver dropped us off near the entrance of Wat Po because the road circumnavigating the palace is one way only and some parts are closed. We saw many people wearing black, many Chinese people, and many Koreans dressed to the nines. When we got to the entrance, we didn’t expect to join a mob to enter the palace.
Bangkok is an ancient city. It is massive, chaotic, and confusing. Touring the city will sap up your energy and will bring you blisters the size of your own toes. I found that using the Chao Phraya tourist boats make moving from one tourist spot to another easier than hailing taxis and arguing with the driver when he gets the location wrong. It is also inexpensive at THB180 for the whole day. Here is my guide to using the river cruise to see all that you must see in Bangkok.