Monday, July 30, 2012

THAILAND: Bangkok - City Tour

2011 Holy Week SEA Trip  

Last day in Bangkok, Jas, Jane and I availed the hotel's free half day city tour while Mars and her sister prefer to go shopping.  We chose the Grand and Dusit Palaces from the three tour choices, it was originally part of our itinerary until we got the Ayutthaya package.

We came to the Grand Palace first, I know this place was huge and it will really take us a lot of time.  There are numerous people too so change of plan, we decided and told our tour guide that we don't have plans of going inside; at least we have a reason to go back hehe... We want to squeeze our time schedule coz we still have plans of going to MBK Center :-P

From the outside the Palace really looks fabulous and majestic, what more inside.  This has been the official residence of the King of Thailand since 1782 but the present monarch King currently resides at Chitralada Palace.  The Palace is still used for official events yearly. 

Saturday, July 28, 2012

THAILAND: Shopping in Bangkok

2011 Holy Week SEA Trip

First day in Bangkok is tend to go shopping.  But since its the end of the lent, we go to the Church first.   We ask the hotel lobby staff to write down the nearest Catholic Church, gave it to the taxi driver and he brought us to Our Lady of Fatima. 

The Church was empty, it would be better if there is a mass even if we don't understand a word.  Just want to experience and witness it.  Staffs were still cleaning and preparing for the next mass which is scheduled in the afternoon according to them. 

With its decorations, you know that an important event is celebrated on this day.  Happy Easter! 

They have this prepared for the Easter, and it was nice of them to give us these Easter eggs and a bottle of holy water.  Khob Kun Ka!

We regret that we didn't tried Bangkok's train system.  Most of the time we we're taking a cab, yeah it's not as expensive compare to KL and Singapore but MTR and BTS is still the cheapest way.  Sorry but we are all having an attack of indolence that time hehe... .  Good thing is they allow 5 group of person in 1 taxi and we didn't experience any traffic going from one place to another. 

When you think of Thailand, what comes to your mind?  For me the country is famous for it's beaches, food and SHOPPING!!! 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

THAILAND: Bangkok - Sirocco Skybar

2011 Holy Week SEA Trip

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Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, Thailand 10500
Tel No. (+66) 2624.9555
Open Daily: 6:00 PM - 01:00 AM

The stunning, multi-hued Sky bar at Sirocco has several reasons to turn minutes into timeless moments.  Suspended in the sky on the 63rd floor of The Dome at State Tower, the Skybar is one of the world's highest open air bars, overlooking a panoramic view of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya River.  With such an enthralling ambience coupled with a seductive selection of the finest vintages, beverages, cocktails and appetizers in Bangkok, the Skybar soars as one of the prized destinations in the city.  No wonder, the rooftop bar is unanimously accepted as the coolest bar in Bangkok.

Nightlife in Bangkok?  A rooftop bar is what we want to experience.  The city is very famous for it's rooftop bars so we headed to one of the best, an open air bar at Lebua the Sirocco Sky Bar. 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

THAILAND: River Sun Cruise

2011 Holy Week SEA Trip

After seeing the historic Ayutthaya, one of UNESCO's World Heritages we now precede to one of the trips highlight.  A cruise from the River Sun Cruise Co., Ltd. #Exciting

We finally arrived at Nontaburi Province.  The bus stops in front of this attractive structure,  I thought this was another temple that we will visit but instead we walk off straight to Wat Chong Lom Pier.

Then we passed by this cute images.

River Sun Cruise
78 Yotha Road, Talad Noi
Sampanthawong, Bangkok 10100
Tel No. (66 2) 266.9125, 266.9126, 266.4776-78, 266.9316
Fax No. (66 2) 234.2250, 233.2877

Finally, we will have a return trip via River Sun Cruise.  "Welcome on Board".

Saturday, July 21, 2012

THAILAND: Ayutthaya - Wat Lokayasutharam

2011 Holy Week SEA Trip

The most important feature of Wat Lokayasutharam is the largest reclining Buddha image in Ayutthaya called Phra Buddhasaiyart.  The statue is made of brick covered with plaster and about 42 meters long.  Can be found on the city island in the Ayutthaya Historical Park    and was built during The Early Period of the Ayutthaya Region.  

Behind the reclining Buddha you will find remains of other temple.

THAILAND: Ayutthaya - Wat Na Phra Men

2011 Holy Week SEA Trip

The "Monastery in front of the Funeral Pyre" sometimes called "Wat Na Phra Meru" is our 4th stop around Ayutthaya.  Was built in 1503 and registered as a National Historic site with the Fine Arts Department on 25 February 1935.  The only temple survived, when Ayutthaya  was collapsed for the second time.  Remains in perfect condition and used as the Burmese headquarters.

But before we reached our fourth stop, you will passed by to these ancient ruins a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is Ayutthaya.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

THAILAND: Ayutthaya - Wat Maha That

2011 Holy Week SEA Trip

Also known as the "Monastery of the Great Relic", located in the central part of Ayutthaya in Tha Wasukri sub-district.  The exact date of the establishment was difficult to assess but according to tradition, Wat Maha That was built in 1384 by King Rachatirat but it is more likely built during the reign of King Boromaraja I (1370-88).

For more about Wat Maha That history, please go to this site -  Ayutthaya History


While i was busy taking photos, our tour guide is discussing something to the group and me keep on asking "ano daw?"  sila: "ewan" hehe... mga baliw!

And we were given 20 mins. only to explore, "pressure"....  

THAILAND: Ayutthaya

2011 Holy Week SEA Trip

Serving as the Thai capital for 417 years (1350 - 1767), Ayutthaya was once glorified as one of the biggest cities in South East Asia.  Visitors can explore and appreciate Thai history in Ayutthaya.  Marvel at the grandeur reflected through numerous magnificent structures and ruins concentrated in and around the city island, and surrounded by Chao Phraya, Pa Sak and Lopburi Rivers.  Right in the very heart of the Ayutthaya city is the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ayutthaya Historical Park. 

Ayutthaya trip was not in the plan, it just so happened that there is a travel agency desk at the hotel lobby - the River Sun Cruise Co. who offered this.  Checked their itinerary and shared it to the group then we found out that it was one of the World's Heritage site so we all agreed to go and got their offer.  Ayutthaya Tour and River Sun Cruise with buffet lunch cost THB 1,700... not sure if we got a good deal though.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

THAILAND: Citin Pratunam Hotel

2011 Holy Week SEA Trip

88 / 19 Ratchaprarop Road, Phayathai, Ratchathewi
Bangkok 10400, Thailand
T +66 2 120.8999
F +66 2 120.8998

Deciding on where to stay here in Bangkok is not about the rating nor the cheapest but the closest one to Platinum Mall :-).  Chosen 3 hotels but ended-up to Citin Pratunam.  

Sunday, July 8, 2012


2011 Holy Week SEA Trip
Malaysia - Singapore - Thailand

Officially the Kingdom of Thailand, formerly known as Siam, is a country located at the centre of , the Indochina peninsula in Southeast Asia.  It is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea and the southern extremity of Burma.  Its maritime boundaries include Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand to the southeast, and Indonesia and India in the Andaman Sea to the southwest.

       Thailand is the world's 51st-largest country in terms of total area, with an area of approximately 513,000 km2 km2 (198,000 sq mi), and is the 20th-most-populous country with around 64 million people.  The capital and largest city is Bangkok, which is Thailand's political, commercial and industrial and cultural hub.  About 75% of the population is ethnically Thai, 14% is of Chinese origin, and 3% is ethnically Malay; the rest belong to minority groups including Mons, Khmers and various hill tribes.  Source: Wikipedia

Capital City:  Bangkok

Official Language:  Thai

Religion:  Buddhism

Weather:  Rainy, Hot and Cool Season

Electricity:  220 Volts, Flat blade plug and two round pins

Calling Code:  +66

Currency:  Baht (THB)

1 USD - 31.63 THB

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