Saturday, August 08, 2009

Southeast Asia - Thousands Miles Trip on Small Budget - Thailand Edition

Thailand - The Destination in Southeast Asia

Suvarnabhumi Airport
Arriving at Suvarnabhumi Airport at Bangkok, I was struck with amazement and admiration. It is a sophisticated and beautiful airport, officially opened on September 28, 2006, changed formerly airport of Don Muang in the north. The airport covers an approximate area of 8,000 acres. Be aware for confusion made as some books still recorded Don Muang as the main airport in Bangkok. The Suvarnabhumi airport consists of 7 floors. First floor is for bus and taxi lobby, second floor is for arrival, third floor is for meeting & greeting gallery, fourth floor is for departure, balance floors are for restaurants and offices. From and to the airport, you can use BTMA Public Bus ( Baht 35 ) or Airport Bus Express ( Baht 150 ) or Intercity Bus ( depends on destination ). If you travel alone, the simplest, cheapest and securest one instead of using Taxi is Airport Bus Express. There are 4 route, AE1 route to Silom, AE2 route to Banglumpoo / Khaosan Road ( use this one if you stay at world’s backpacker area of Khaosan Road ), AE3 route to Sukhumvit ( you should use this route if you want to visit Siam Paragon or stay at hotel around that road ), and AE4 to Hua Lumpong Railway Station. If you travel in a group of 4 people, it will be cheaper if you use Taxi ( Baht 100 maximum each ). You can get more information about all those transportation service at Public Transportation Center at the 1st floor.

The Exploration of Krung Thep - City of Angels
09.30 pm in the morning now, I was in Suvarnabhumi Airport after two hours flight of Air Asia. In Lonely Planet book, they still said that Don Muang was the airport of Bangkok. All transportation information I had was from and to Don Muang International airport. So I had to find how to get into the city myself. Asking several Thai people there, I stopped at Public Transportation Center at the 1st floor and asked a Thai woman how to reach the city. The Davis hotel on Sukhumvit Road 24 was my destination. I would not stay at any hotel in Khaosan Road but at Davis Hotel. Irawan, co-worker and an account manager too in my company, was in a business trip in Bangkok. I thought it would be great if I could stay there and save some Baht for the next coming days.

The woman told me clearly how to reach Davis Hotel. The I bought the AE3 route ticket of Airport Bus Express to Sukhumvit Road ( Baht 150, 45 minutes ). Stopped at main road of Sukhumvit, I walked with all of my backpacks to Davis Hotel and met Irawan and some other co-workers from Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore.

Davis Hotel is a nice traditional-from-Thai look like hotel with a very comfortable room and bed. The bed is King-sized one, well-decorated as if it was provided for the King and its Consort. On the wall above the bed, they placed a painting described some traditional things from Thailand. I was not sure what they were. Next to the bed, they placed a shiny sofa and the table to work. It should be for Irawan, for sure. He was in the working mood in a city where many travelers are in!

After putting the big backpack into the room, I explored Bangkok map and the transportation system within the city. It is complicated as there are many we can use ( Skytrain, MRT, Public Train, Bus, Tuk Tuk and Boat along the Chao Phraya River ), but they are easily to learn.

BTS System
The simplest transportation system to use is Skytrain system – or they usually call it with BTS ( Bangkok Mass Transport System Skytrain ). From the On Nut BTS station in the east, the train will go through 15 stations and finish at Mo Chit BTS station in the north. It is Sukhumvit Line and mostly it will pass Sukhumvit Road. Skytrain will stop at every station, with special stoppage at Asok and Siam. Asok BTS station is interchange between BTS system and MRT system. Siam BTS station is interchange between BTS Silom line and BTS Sukhumvit lime. Another line of BTS system is Silom line, starts from Saphan Taksin BTS station in the south and ends at National Stadium BTS station. Between both station, there is interchange with MRT system at Sala Daeng BTS station.

The cost of BTS system varies from Baht 15 to 40, depends on the distance. There are 6 distances type ( 1 to 6 ) and you will need to select one of them, depends on what station is your destination. They have the list of destination and the code. For example, if you start from On Nut BTS station to Mo Chit BTS station, the distance code will be a maximum number of 6 and you will need to pay Baht 40. Anyway, the buying process of the ticket and the process you enter the skytrain are exactly the same with the processes in MRT system of Singapore. You will need to put into the machine your coins and the electronic ticket will exit from the machine. You will need to scan it when entering the skytrain line, you enter the skytrain and then you will need to scan it again before exiting the skytrain line. Remember that payment will be done in coins and you can change your money to coins at the locket near the entrance of skytrain line.

If BTS system is your favorite, then you can visit many interesting places by stopping at particular BTS station. Chatuchak Mother Market at Mo Chit station, Siam Paragon and its surrounding plazas at Siam station, Vimanmek Mansion at Victory Monument station ( you will need to continue using bus to stop at it ), Khaosan Road at National Stadium station ( you will need to continue using bus number 15 or 47 to stop exactly at Khaosan Road ), Suan Lum Night Bazaar at Silom station, Patpong ( where you can see Thai Girl Show ) at Sala Daeng or at Chong Nonsi station and Main Port of Chao Phraya River Tour departure at Saphan Taksin. You will need only 1 day to really understand the BTS system.

Siam Complex and Fun Time on Bathtub
The noon time at the first day in Bangkok, Indo backpackers team were not in there. The first team ( Santi, Nunik, Yana, Eltje and Patricia ) would start in the city at evening and the second team ( Andri, Riri, Anand, Jerry, Najha, Raja ) will arrive a day after. So I just tried to explore some places. The first destination after leaving Davis hotel was Siam complex – Siam Paragon and Siam Discovery Center. It is a great and modern shopping center in Bangkok, stand on Sukhumvit Road together with other tall buildings on the road. For me it was not too special for it was just the same shopping center with what I saw in Jakarta or Singapore. The interesting point in that complex is place for visitor to stop and sit in the point between both plazas. People, Thais or tourists, spent their time sitting, standing and having a talk or just smoking on that point. In the afternoon, there will be more people killing their time there. Japanese, Caucasian, Taiwanese, Malayan, Thais, and so on were there as if it was the city hall of Bangkok. I went back to hotel at 6 to the hotel.

After a bit tiring city tour by walking, I spent an hour laying supine on the bathtub, covered by the warmth of foam which was created by spray of water from the tap. It was fun and I could hardly make my body stay awake! I showered and then visit girls on Khaosan Road. I used skytrain from Phrom Pong station and stopped at National Stadium station. From there, I asked the people how to get to that backpacker streets. It is bus number 15 or 47. Waiting for about 15 minutes while offered by Tuk Tuk driver to reach Khaosan with pay of Baht 300 and talking to Austria men who wanted to go to that road also, the bus was coming. It was just the same with public bus in Indonesia. I paid only Baht 7 for a 15 minutes drive from National Stadium to Khaosan Road, with bonus of fast and furious experience of A BUS, not a cool racing car ( believe me they drove like crazy – fastly and zig-zag-ly! ).

Spontaneous Idea to Dance in Q-Bar
Arriving at Khaosan Road, I felt like I was not in Thailand, but in Caucasian home with Asia ambience. It was just like the atmosphere in Patong Beach of Phuket and Legian street of Bali. Small street with many shops alongside it, small restaurants presence with the Caucasian drinking beers, some bars with the music dancing on the thirst-of-party soul and few backpackers hotels among them. It was just the atmosphere I like so much. After looking around, I found Rambutri House, in where Santi and the girls were staying in. They were desperate having conversation with Thai – taxi driver, receptionist of the hotel, anyone else on the road -; They could not speak English well. Although they could do, the pronunciation was a bit hard to understand. One more thing, in case you understand what they are trying to say to you, when you response, they can conclude extremely different message that you are trying to deliver. So be prepared and careful. For me, it was the beauty of traveling to countries which have different culture. I was in a vacation and did not want those small things ruined my mood. Just see them as challenges and in a positive way.

After talking to them for a while, I and Santi decided to go to some clubs in the city. Q-Bar was our option. The other girls did not join because of tiring trip from Jakarta-Batam-Singapore-Bangkok. We used the taxi to Q-Bar and the cost was only Baht 100 for a 30 minutes drive, something that we could not find in other countries in SE Asia. While we were in the taxi, Santi saw young couples sat on the rudder seat and kisses each other, in their car on the road of Sukhumvit, while surrounded by many cars! Cool!

Q-Bar is a minimalist club with major presence of Caucasian ( Baht 500, closed at 2 am, Sukhumvit Soi 11 ). Bit high class clubbers were in, enjoying the crowded two levels of the club. I did not enjoy the club much, I was tired, mate! Could not dance freely, particularly because it was too crowded. James Franco of Harry Osborn in ‘Spiderman 3 ‘ was in the club. I usually remember nor new actor neither new actress, but because I watched that movie a day before with Ken in Kuala Lumpur, I still remember how he looks like. The other club that you may want to see are Bed Superclub ( white everywhere inside the club, the room shape is like oval as if you’re in a clean belly of a lizard, Sukhumvit Soi 11, next to Q-Bar ), Narcissus ( Sukhumvit Soi 23 ), Lucifer ( Silom, Patpong Soi 1 ).

At 01.30, I and Santi decided to be back to the hotel so that we could start new day with full of energy.

Charm of Ancient Temples
May 17, 2007. It was the second day in Bangkok and we planned to visit some temples. I woke up in the morning and showered fastly. I had breakfast in Davis hotel and the food were really good; Thai fried rice, spicy pork soup, fresh fruits, and many more. That day I used a blue jeans and black long-armed shirt. The ambience in the restaurant was like it was a busy day; everybody got ready to work. Then lately I realized I was in vacation, they were not.

I met the girls in National Monument, then walking to Tha Phra Arthit Pier ( Pier means port ) to take Chao Phraya River tour and Temples tour as well. Tha Phra Arthit is the nearest pier from Khao San Road. If you stay there, instead of taking the boat from Sathorn Pier at Saphan Taksin BTS station, it will be better depart from that pier. It is just 15 minutes walk from Khaosan.

The First Tour on Chao Phraya River
Alongside the Chao Phraya river, there are many piers; the boat will stop at those piers. You can choose to stop everywhere. The cost of single trip from one pier to another pier is Baht 15. They also offer efficient Chao Phraya tour with price Baht 100 and you can stop everywhere, continue your tour using other boats, stop everywhere, and then back again to initial pier. Take that package if you think you will spend most of the time on the boat. They will give you sticker so that boat officer will let you stop everywhere. Be careful for some piers which is not in the route, you will need to pay again ( Baht 3 ) when departing from that particular pier. For example, small pier when you visit Wat Arun, returning back from that small pier will need to pay again.

Once, Chao Phraya river made Bangkok called as Venice of the East. Main transportation system was the boat passing through the river. Many restaurants, buildings, people activities and hotels were established alongside it, making it interesting place to kill the time at night. In the daylight, you can see that the color of the river is brown, just like major rivers in Indonesia. The company providing boat services on the river is Chao Phraya River Express.

“Grand Palace’s Closed Now and Opened Again at 1 pm”
Unluckily when I and Santi stopped at Maharat pier, other girls who was sitting at the front of the boat did not hear our yelling to stop at that pier. So I and Santi continued the trip to without them. We walked around 15 minutes to reach Grand Palace. When we were about to reach Grand Palace, it was 1 pm noontime and there was a man directing us to that place. Then at the gate of Grand Palace, which was not crowded, as if it is not a superb place to visit, an officer came to us and said that Grand Palace was closed. “Every Thursday from 1 pm to 2.30 pm, the Monks were praying and could not be visited. So it is better for you to walk around the city and come back again at 2.30”, He said. Lately he recommended us to take city tour to some other interesting places ( first place is Standing Buddha, second place is Gem shops which they called with Thai center and the last place is Sitting Buddha ). While I validated whether this was a deception or not, Tuk Tuk driver came to us and offered service to visit those 3 places with cost only Baht 60! “It was so cheap for two traveler to visit those interesting places while the Grand Palace was still closed!” We thought.

Then we agreed to use Tuk Tuk driver service. He took us to Standing Buddha at the center of Banglamphu area. “Not a special one.” I thought. I and Santi took picture each other. When we were about to leave the temple, one Thai man approached us and had a talk with us with fluent English. He actively asked some questions to us and it was a bit of interesting talk. “After this, where do you plan to go?” He asked. “Thai center, where we could shop there while waiting for Grand Palace to open” Santi said. “Ah yes, Thai center is a good place to visit, you can buy famous gem from Thailand. And this week, government is making the promotion of no tax and 30% discount for all gem products. It is the program for couples who are in honeymoon moment.” The way he explained about Thai center was convincing.

Leaving from Standing Buddha, we continued our trip to Thai center. What I imagined before was it was a big market where I could find unique goods from Thailand. The fact was it was only a gem or jewelry shop or whatever they called it! The manager of that gem shop spoke English very well and the sales approach was good. He said that he has managing Gem business for long, that was why he had been expert relating to gem. “Nice gems and jewelries.” I thought. “But I don’t think I will buy it. It’s better for me to save the money for my trip.”

Leaving gem shop without buying anything, Tuk Tuk driver brought us to alternate gem shop, which was cheaper than previous one. I and Santi decided not to visit that shop and told him that we wanted to visit Sitting Buddha directly. But he said that second gem shop was at the same direction to that place. He asked us to help him to buy gem in that store as if we bought something, then the shop will give him free fuel. Finally we visited second gem shop and did not buy anything.

Then we went to Sitting Buddha. Tuk Tuk driver said that we should come back in 5 minutes. “So rude!” I thought. Soonest we left the temple and went directly to Grand Palace. We walked directly to Grand Palace and found ‘second entrance gate of that place’. I asked to Grand Palace officer, different person vs. previous officer saying that the place was closed, whether it was closed at 1 to 2.30 pm.

She said, “No, we never closed, though the Monks are praying.”

From the beginning, I have thought that it was deception. It was a well-planned drama and they must have created the scenario in a special meeting to trick tourists. I ever read about this from Lonely Planet and writings on the wall in Phra Arthit pier to be careful about Thai who offered Tuk Tuk service to somewhere else to visit. We got punk’d! The ‘kind-hearted’ man directing us to ‘Grand Palace’, ‘The officer’, Tuk Tuk driver, a man with fluent English in Standing Buddha, gem manager in ‘Thai Center’, gem manager in ‘cheap gem shops’ were the good actors and actresses near sacred temples in Bangkok. May God know what to do with them. Lately when I and Santi met other girls, they were also punk’d by those ‘actors’ and ‘actresses’. What a damn day!

Be careful, mate! They has made us jeopardized our time. The tips for you is never believe a kind-hearted Thais who approach you offering help, take you to other interesting places while popular attraction you want is till closed. Keep that in mind.

Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kew - The Temple of Emerald Buddha
Finally I and Santi arrived at Wat Phra Kew and Grand Palace, in a complex named as Ko Ratanakosin area ( Baht 250, 8.30 am-3.30 pm, one time payment only, including the same-day-visit to Vimanmek Mansion in the north ). Before entering the complex, I was amazed of a big stupa which could be seen from outside, layered by gold color. It was standing high on the ground. As I entered the entrance gate and saw Wat Phra Kew, I observed series of superb temples and my admiration to them were greater. They were all simply beautiful and full of glory. One of the temples are made from colorful marbles and beads. Needless to say, all those temples are the most beautiful temple I ever saw. Simple awesome!

Wat Phra Kew is a shrine for Emerald Buddha. The main chapel is a holy place for Thailand Buddhism. No camera, and no video recorder are allowed to use inside it. The ambience of the chapel is so holy, so silent. The Emerald Buddha has passed through an epic moving from Northern Thailand where it was hidden to its current home. Once it was seized by Lao forces and carried to Vientiane until it was recaptured again by Thais. One simple comment for the temple and Emerald Buddha; AMAZING! Grand Palace, the place for former royal residence, is another beautiful building in Ko Ratanakosin area. Nowadays, it is used only by the king for certain ceremonial occasions. The building was installed with many windows and pretty sharp-shaped roof at the top, with the gold color at the edges of it. Some kingdom guards were walking rhythmically to save the building.

Finishing Ko Ratanakosin area trip, I and Santi continued the trip to other temples. We stopped for a while at café at Maharaj pier and had a Thai ice tea. Basically it is a mix of tea and milk and they add ice to that drink. I ordered Kolak Durian, mainly made from Durian and added with sticky rice. It was good! Recommended to try it! It was 3.30 pm and after asking some people when temples would be closed, immediately we were speed up our steps so that we still had chance to visit other temples, Wat Pho ( closed at 5.00 pm ) and Wat Arun ( closed at 4.30 pm ).

Wat Pho - The Oldest and the Largest Temple in Bangkok
Visiting Wat Pho ( Baht 50, 8 am–5 pm ) is something that we should not miss! This is the temple where largest stunning reclining Buddha is in, 46 meters long and 15 meters high. It is made from brick, layered by gold leaf. Reclining Buddha was placed in the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok, from 16th century. There are series of high temples with sharp-shaped at the top of the temples, making them dramatic while looking at them from the bottom. The temples were made from thousands of millions of ceramics. It was simply awesome!

Thai massage school in Wat Pho is popular ( ). They offer two 30-hours courses, one is general Thai massage, another one is therapy massage, that you need to attend 3 hours/day for 10 days courses. In Thailand, people who work in Thai massage will need to learn Thai massage, mostly after 1-3 years in massage school. Maybe this explains why Thai massage is much different with any other massage services in the world. Experiencing some massage services in Indonesia, I would recommend you to try Thai massage. It’s the best!

Wat Arun - Temple of Dawn
Another must-visit temple is Wat Arun ( Baht 20, 9 am-4.30 pm ), Temple of Dawn. Name of the temple was taken from Indian god of dawn, Aruna. When I and Santi arrived at this temple, it was 4.45 pm and the entrance gate has been closed. Desperately begging the officer to be allowed to just see and take the picture, he finally permitted us to enjoy the beauty of this last temple. When the sun was about to hide at the other side of the world, I and Santi took some stylish pictures. By using backlight techniques, the pictures looked good.

Injection Energy of Thai Massage
While returning back to hotel, we were feeling like we did not have energy anymore, exhausted. Lately we decided to visit Thai massage service ( Baht 180, 0.5 hour foot massage & 0.5 hour Thai massage, free drink & fresh fruit ) on Khaosan Road, next to Rambutri House. The first half an hour, I immediately slept as it was an extremely good massage. The next half an hour, I was awake and always surprised anytime massager changed massage position, as I couldn’t predict what he would do to me! The massage position was extremely beyond my expectation. I could hardly believe that I was still OK after he folded my body like I was a piece of paper. Well, it is Thai massage. They know how to make you fresh after that.

Suan Lum Night Bazaar
After feeling so exhausted and refreshed by Thai massage, I and Santi were feeling so good now. The energy to continue our trip has been back to normal now. Our plan for that night was visiting Suan Lum Night Bazaar, one of unique markets in Bangkok which was only opened at night. From Khaosan Road, I, Santi and Nunik, one of the girls, used taxi instead of BTS system, since it would be cheaper. Having dinner at the entrance of SLNB, we continued to see goods sold in that market. The goods sold there were unique ones like house decoration, shoes, sandals, handbag, Thailand souvenir, woman and man accessories and t-shirt. I was interested in t-shirts sold there, as writings were inviting to the people who look at them. Some of writings are Oral-Me and Anal-Me ( instead of Oral-B ), FBI – Female Body Inspector ( instead of FBI in USA ), Cock ( instead of Coke ), Hard Cock ( instead of Hard Rock ), so on. I spent most of my time in there looking for t-shirts and bargaining. From Baht Baht 200, I could buy them with only Baht 120. I was not sure it had been cheap or not, but I needed to bargain for about half an hour.

And it, my cash in Baht was not enough to buy many t-shirts. I had only 150 Baht! Stupid. When I offered USD to the seller, he gave me unreasonable exchange rate, made my bargaining effort meaningless. So, at the end of the conversation, I bought only 1 t-shirt with Female Body Inspector writing. I thought it was a good t-shirt, white one with black writings on it and of course it was fit to my body. I used it then a day after, when we were on the trip to Pattaya.

Back to Khaosan Road, we met the second group, Andri and the gang! Story telling, excitement sharing, hahahah-ing. Interesting night! Later on, I took taxi to Davis hotel. Irawan has been sleeping when I was back to the hotel at 2.30 am.

Pattaya and the Queer
May 18, 2007. It was the third day in Thailand and we had planned few months before on the trip to Pattaya. Personally, when I visited Phuket 6 months before, I wanted to see the second most famous beach life in Thailand. That is Pattaya. Pattaya could be reached from Bangkok via land; car or bus. It takes only 2 hours drive from Bangkok and it is not difficult to get there as many signs directing your trip to that beach. For car rental, you will need to pay Baht 4000 for one car with capacity of 8 people, and for 12 working hours. You will need to pay extra Baht if you plan to use it more than 12 hours. Anyway, you could still bargain for the car rental fee. The car is mini van with air conditioner and comfortable seat, exactly the same with mini van that I used in Phi Phi islands tour, border crossing between Hat Yai in Thailand and Khanga in Malaysia on October 06 backpacking trip. You can get the information about car rental from your hotel or travel agent alongside Khaosan Road.

The group picked me up at Davis Hotel and we were on the way to Pattaya. The first one hour in the car was really fun; laughing, joking each other and introducing each other as we did not have introduction session a day before. The balance one hour, we were all sleeping! Well, we were so exhausted a day before; the first group was in city tour in the morning until late at night, the second group was busy catching the flight from Jakarta-Batam-Singapore-Bangkok. When we were awake, we had been in Pattaya.

Crocodile Farm and Pattaya Walking Tour
The first destination was Crocodile Farm ( Baht 300, one time payment for whole day trip, crocodile show at every two hours ). Basically it was a zoo, with crocodile as main animals. The other animals are tiger, bear, birds, and so on. It was just the same with many zoos in Indonesia. In that complex, you could find thousands years wood stone, made from the big trees, they were died and then changed the form into the stone.

Should you have many other plans in Pattaya ( Tiffani/Alcazar show, sunbathing on the beach, visiting Hard Rock Pattaya and other places ), this zoo is not recommended. Just put them in your last priority.

After having a not-too-good-time in crocodile farm, we continued our trip to Pattaya beach. It was a not-bad-beach, but compared to either Phuket or Kuta beach, it is not comparable. We just walked alongside the main road in Pattaya and stopped at Hard Rock Pattaya. As usual, the price for all goods there are expensive. I planned to buy some t-shirts, but I cancelled it. Then I bought only a Hard-Rock-Pattaya-writings-at-the-back jacket. It is a cool jacket for a cool man, black colored one with yellow line at the arm. I love the Hard Rock writings at the back side of this jacket. Cool! Later on, we walked around Pattaya and continued to watch queer show there.

Queer Life in Pattaya
There are two queer shows in Pattaya; Alcazar show and Tiffani show. People there recommended us to choose the last one since the shemales are more beautiful vs. the one in Alcazar. You can ask the people there how to get to there and they will help you. It was easy to reach. Tiffani show has three different seats; VIP ( Baht 1000, sit at the front), Deluxe ( Baht 700, sit in between VIP and Mezzanine ) and Mezzanine ( Baht 500, sit in the second level ). My first impression to this show was really good. I was just so shocked watching that show as most of the stars did not look like a man. They have been a woman look alike, the skin, the eye, the shape or their face and body, the way they walk and the body movement when they were dancing. Unbelievable and I was just speechless how come a man could change into a ‘woman’?

The show finished and the stars were going to the garden at the front of the building. It was the time for anyone who wanted to take picture with all of them. You can just pick one of them to take the picture and pay Baht 40. Originally they will just posed, but some of the guys touched their breast and or hugged them from the back. They would not be angry but they would ask for more Baht if you did that. I spent Baht 200 for all poses, with special poses, one was when I touched his ( or her ) breast, and another one is when he (or she) kissed me! Damn it! I could hardly believe that I wanted to do that. Well, you know now that I love challenges and will try anything new.

The next two hours, we were on the car on the way back to Bangkok. After that, the adventure to find Thai Girls show began!

Oh My God, “She Can Do That!”
It was 00.00 am Thailand time. After discussing with the gangs about the plan to visit Thai Girls show, we decided to stop at Pat Pong area, not Khaosan Road. The first plan was to stop at our hotel, then put our bags and take shower, but we thought it was not a good idea as it had been late at night.

Pat Pong area is the place if you want to watch Thai girls show. Many places you could visit there. The show will start at 10 pm until 2 am. You should be careful to choose the club as many of them will not show any sex show but only Thai girls show. One of the tricks to ensure you maximize your Baht for a sex show is by entering the club without paying and see what they show you inside. If it is only Thai girls show, then you should not pay and spend your time there. If it is Thai girls and sex show, then you could enter that club with all of your team and enjoy! Many of the club will promise you a sex show at 1 am or 1.30 am but they will not show any sex show though you have paid for that. What can you do to fight it, given the fact you’re in their club and not in your country? So it is better for you to have strategy against their trick.

Entering Pat Pong area, we were offered by some peoples promising both Thai girls show and sex show. After experiencing deception a day before, we did not accept that offer. Lately when we have been so tired walking and looking for a quality club and we started accepting someone’s offer, a foreigner came to us. He said that that offer could not be trusted as he was tricked by the man offering the sex show to us. Then we walked again and looked around. The strategy was changed. We entered a bar for a drink and asked the owner of the bar to show us a quality sex show in that area. We believed that that man would not trick us as he would not take any advantage by bringing us to any sex show club. Then immediately one of his staff brought me and Jerry, one of the Andri’s gangs, to a sex show club. What we could see inside was only Thai girls show. Promised that at 1 am we would see sex show, I took the gangs to come inside. We paid Baht 300 for free drink.

Waiting until 2 am, we did not see any sex show. Damn it! It was the second time we got tricked by Thai.

Anyway, it seemed the gangs enjoyed the Thai girls show as they could do unbelievable things with their v*g*na; opening a bottle of beer with her thing, smoking as if her thing is a mouth, throwing banana and small balls from her thing to 5 meters far! I could not believe how she could do that.

Well, it was a new experience for us and we could not forget it. I, Santi and Riri continued the night and planned to go to Bed Superclub, but it had been closed at 2 am. The taxi driver brought us to another club that would be closed at 5-6 am. At the gate of that club, I left the girls and back to Davis hotel. I was so exhausted and needed to get rest.

A day after, the first team would leave Thailand to Vietnam. The exciting feeling disturbed us as we were just curious how Vietnam looked like.

Chatuchak Market - The Mother of All Market, the Biggest Market in Southeast Asia
May 19, 2007. That day I was feeling so exhausted, but so excited. The exciting thing was I saw many new things there and I loved them all! Before leaving Bangkok, I planned to visit Chatucak Market and Vimanmek Mansion, the place that I did not visit 2 day before.

Chatucak Market, opened only at weekends, is the biggest market in SE Asia, which is why people call it as mother market. When I was in skytrain and about to stop at Mo Chit BTS station, I could see series of roofs near the station. I wondered what they were and lately I knew that they were buildings of the market. It was a huge market, seriously. I never saw the market that big like that. When I was entering the market, I walked surrounded by many people; Thais, Indonesian, Caucasian, many more! It was so crowded. The market sprawls over the huge area with 15,000 stalls and there are estimated 200,000 visitors a day. You can find anything there, live chickens and snake, t-shirts and clothes, souvenirs, man and woman accessories, house tools, anything! Name it and you can find them there. Be aware that you can be so exhausted and may bring lots of plastic bag after spending several hours inside the market. It was a great and lots of fun shopping experience.

To reach Chatucak market, you can use either taxi or skytrain to Mo Chit BTS station from any BTS station in both Sukhumvit and Silom line. If you are in a group of 4, use taxi will be cheaper.

Vimanmek Mansion
After visiting Chatuchak Market and there were still free 3 hours in Bangkok, I decided to look how good Vimanmek Mansion was. I should have visited that place 2 days before, but because the time was not enough to cover Vimanmek Mansion visit, I could not visit it. From Mo Chit BTS station, I stopped at National Monument BTS station and used taxi from there to Vimanmek Mansion ( Baht 40, 10 minutes drive ). You can use bus if you want the cheaper price.

Vimanmek Mansion ( Free with Grand Palace ticket - should be visited at the same day, Baht 100 – if visited not at the same day with Grand Palace, 9.30 am-4 pm) is the world’s largest golden teak building, used to accept state guest from all over the world. Rama V, one of the Kings in Thai history, lived in that building of grateful staircases, octagonal rooms and lattice walls. You can see many pictures and ornaments inside it to understand how the history of that Thai kingdom flew at any specific decade. You will follow a group with one guide ( free ) to enter Vimanmek Mansion, as they prohibited person to come inside alone.

There are many other buildings near Vimanmek Mansion building. You could visit them with one ticket you got from locket. At 3 pm, I came back to Davis hotel and took my bags to catch up the flight to Hanoi ( FD 3706 Bangkok-Hanoi 19.00-20.50, Airfare Baht 1450, No airport tax ). If you’re in a group of 4, using taxi ( Baht 200-250, 45 minutes ) is cheaper vs. skytrain or airport bus. If you’re alone, you can use airport bus departing from any bus terminal in Bangkok ( Baht 150, 45-75 minutes as they will stop at some points before reaching airport ).

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Anonymous said...

Hello. Excuse me just a question. I heard talking about Thailand here. I'm about going on holiday to Asia. I would like some info on Pattaya in Thailand. I would know if It's a good place to go with family or should I choose another place? Thank You so much.