"Summary of my Thai Trip"
Bangkok and Phuket were huge places so I didn't get to explore much of it in this 10-day-get-away; this should give more reason to go back, then. I never really had an itinerary, it was anything goes. I explored it with my friend who ,thank goodness, was patient enough to endure me even after the 4th day when I, apparently, turn pure evil. :)
I say, I was terribly touristy, in my Bangkok trip. I always want to have a photo taken in every temple or any thai-artifact I saw. LOL. That's because they have marvelous talent in intricate arts. Thailand sure has rich culture and arts
I got to stay in a chic hotel called Le Fenix but the relaxing atmosphere got me staying in the room more than I intended to. Thus, I missed seeing an elephant on the road of Khao san and missed riding a boat in the floating market. No regrets, though. I wouldn't trade the relaxation and the pseudo thai massage I got from Le Fenix.
Bangkok was easy to figure out, maybe because it's pretty similar to my country. My friend and I took the skytrain to the Chatuchak weekend market. It's the biggest flea market I've ever seen and it's filled with food stands, clothes, shoes, fruits, tamarind candy, snake belts, etc. There are tons of tourists that Sunday and it was super hot, like we're all inside one big oven. Interesting sights and experience made it all worth it, though.
I also got to see the Wat Pho by cruising the Chao Phraya river, it's where the reclining Buddha is. It's the biggest buddha I've ever seen! We then head to the Bangkok's biggest mall called Siam Paragon and had some coffee in their food court. It was my first time to see Ronald Mcdonald in a thai gesture. It was super cute!
Then off to Phuket for a breathtaking view of the Andaman Sea...sand, sea and sky was awesome but much better if it weren't too busy with commercialism hehe. I found it more relaxing and tranquil to stay in Salathai Resort. It was a pretty laid back stay, something that I really need...a real escape from the chaotic work-life hihi.
The food was great! No wonder Thai food is internationally well-known. I wasn't able to try a lot of street food since the sliced pineapple and one plateful of yummy thai rice got me squirming from tummy pains. I did love the authentic pad thai, bagoong rice and chicken wrapped in pandan leaves. Yummy! I sometimes dream of thai food and my sisters gladly listened to my thai food stories hahaha.
I also like the Thai folks. Okay, they have a tendency to rip off tourist but I'm used to that. I like the hotel folks because they greet me too even if I am brown like them. Okay, I might be misinterpreted by what I mean by that so I'd leave it as is. Thai folks are warm and friendly :).
Overall, I once again had great fun traveling and I like to think I'm becoming more and more a savvy traveller hahahaha....if only I don't complain a lot :)
I can't wait for my next travel...my next requires visas so I need more preparation and more money!!! :)