Sunday, July 8, 2012

Amazing THAILAND

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

1 THB - 1.32 PHP 


Thailand Map
(Credits to bookhotelthailand)

: Useful Thai Phrases :

Hello (male speaker) sawatdee krap (female speaker) sawatdee kaa

Thank you  khob kun ka

Good-bye la gon

Sorry / Excuse me kor thoad

I can't speak Thai phoot Thai mai dai

Where is the rest room? hong nam yoo tee nai

How much is this / what is the price nee taory krahp/ka

Do you speak English? kun poot paa-saa ang-grit reu bplao?


: Tourism Websites :



ThaiWaysMagazine


: Where to Stay :


Agoda
TripAdvisor
Booking
Hostelworld

TripAdvisor's Top 5 Hotels

The Peninsula Bangkok
http://www.peninsula.com/Bangkok/en/default.aspx
$210+

Ariyasomvilla
http://www.ariyasom.com/
$141+
Travelers' Choice 2012 Winner Top 25

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
http://www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkok/
$264
Travelers' Choice 2012 Winner Luxury | Top 25 | Best Service

Shangri-la Hotel, Bangkok
http://www.shangri-la.com/bangkok/shangrila
$184+

Hansar Bangkok
http://www.hansarbangkok.com/
$147+
Travelers' Choice 2012 Winner Top 25 | Trendiest


Top 5  Best Value (B&B and Inns) 

Focal Local Bed and Breakfast
http://www.focal-local.com/
$38 - $51

Baan Boran
http://www.baanboran.net/
$34 - $47

Old Bangkok Inn
http://www.oldbangkokinn.com/introduction.php
$99 - $199

Baan Dinso Hostel
http://www.baandinso.com/
$55 - $78

The Bhuthorn
http://www.thebhuthorn.com/
$106 - $150
Travelers' Choice 2012 Winner B&B's and Inns 

For Hotels, Attractions, Tours and Restaurant reviews and recommendations please click on this link TripAdvisor


The System Map of Bangkok Rail Transit Network  


You can download the PDF file here.  


Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS Skytrain) 

An elevated monorail system that covers the major tourist areas. Not a 24/7 service, the first trains in the morning start at 06:00 and last trains depart just after midnight. When stations are closed, the ticket machines are turned off and the station and train platforms are not accessible. Fares are based on the number of stops (or stations) you will pass and start at 15฿ and top out at 40฿ for a one-way journey. For the average working class Thai, the BTS fares tend to be viewed as 'expensive' as compared to other forms of transportation such as the non air-conditioned public buses which have fares that start at only 4฿ for a one-way journey!  Source:  TripAdvisor

One-Day Pass
Price 130 Baht
Operating Hour:  06:00 AM - Midnight daily
- Valid for unlimited rides on this date of issue or registration only.
- Non-refundable
- Available at all BTS Ticket Offices.

MRT - Bangkok Metro

Newly opened underground train service that is complementary (but separate) to the BTS-Skytrain service and intersects the BTS at two "transit" points. Designed more for the residential/commuter passenger. One way fares on the MRT start at 16฿ up to 41฿. Many MRT stations have either free or low-priced dedicated "Park & Ride" lots for working commuters to park their vehicles before riding the MRT into town.  Source: TripAdvisor

ONE DAY PASS


- For Adult
- 1 day unlimited trips
- Issued at Ticket Office
- The card can be used in all 18 MRT Stations
- Cost 120 Baht
- No Deposit, Non-addable and Non-refundable

3-DAY PASS

- For Adult
- 1 day unlimited trips
- Issued at Ticket Office
- The card can be used in all 18 MRT Stations
- Cost 230 Baht
- No Deposit, Non-addable and Non-refundable

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Arrival @ Suvarnabhumi Airport - Airport of Smiles


Finally in Thailand for our last South East Asia trip adventure.  A 1 hour and 20mins flight from Singapore and as scheduled, we arrived on time and thanks to Air Asia.

We still got a promo fare of SGD108 per pax but not as good as our 2 previous flights for a 1 way fare.

I was impressed as I enter the airport, it was huge and i must say that they can compete with other Best Airports in the World.


Suvarnabhumi Airport also known as the New Bangkok International Airport was opened last Septermber 2006 and is one of two international airports serving Bangkok, Thailand.  It was the 6th busiest airport in Asia, the world's 4th largest single-building airport terminal (563,000 square metres / 6,060,000 square feet) and the world's tallest free-standing control tower (132.2 metres / 434 feet).


"SAWADEE KA" is Thai greeting.  It is used liberally as a sign of respect for elders, strangers, employers and is a formal greeting.  It can be used between friends who haven't met over an extended period, parents, teachers etc.  It is a more formal greeting than those seen in western languages and is a sign of Thai mannerisms.  Source Wikipedia


We exchanged some USD at the airport to survive our first day in Bangkok.

For convenience we avail the hotel's Airport transfer for THB1,600 per way.  Since we are in a group and one person is carrying 1 luggage and 2 bags you would say it's not bad hehe... but the cheapest way is still taking the Airport Rail Link.

We stayed at the lounge and waited for i guess 15mins before our service came.  We had a nice and comfortable van a Toyota Commuter hmmmm at least worth the wait and money.  Ok, let's go!

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