Of course its not only the new cam thats my indulgence for missing the christmas holiday. I have to have a some sort of christmas holiday! So I contacted 2 of my well travelled (takaw byahe) friends : Maricar and Mai-mai, we discussed several options and then booked the trip to Bangkok. Maricar and I availed of Cebu pac's promo seats for Php 5800+ round trip airfares for Mnl-Bkk, while Mai used her mabuhay miles also forking around Php 6k for the taxes.
We were blessed with good weather for the entire trip. Bangkok was hot, but very interesting, very exotic, and a wannabe's photographer's delight. The traffic is as horrendous as manila's. Only few of the locals knew good english but they are very accomodating with any enquiries. The streetlights at night is a kaleidoscope of colors. And the fruits and local delicacies is a gastronomic experience.
First day was spent mall hopping, visiting MBK,
Siam Square, and Siam Paragon
We booked local tours with Kabuhayan Tours which is owned by a kababayan, Ate julie who is married to a Thai.
We availed of their Siam Narimit show package on a first night which costs 1800 baht each which includes an aircon transport, dinner, and the show itself. Siam Narimit is a cultural show; it is an out of the world experience...graceful dancers, wide, colorful, amazing, breathtaking stage and props including a river complete with real people swimming and boating, and an ELEPHANT!
Our second day was spent temple hopping. We visited the Grand Palace and the other Wats.. We also visited the King's palace the Vianmamen Mansion.
The second night we also availed of the delicious Chao Phraya River cruise (c/0 Kabuhayan tours) aboard the Chao Phraya princess.
The view is great with amazing lights,
and the dinner was delicious. We meet a familiy of Iranian who were literally beautiful people, and they have a pretty little girl who bonded with us, releasing the little girl in all of us with her antics. Of course we also meet hunks...After the cruise we spent 1 hour at Suan lum night market and bought some pasalubongs. In Bangkok the goods are cheap but the bahts also have a remarkable way of dissappearing from our pockets.
Our third day was spent in Chatuchak weekend market...comparable to Divisoria but it involves acres of lots. I was not able to nuy much since I got overwhelmed with the thousands of choices. The shopping was very tiring, we got very thirsty, though it was quenched with a tall glass of cheap iced coffee(yummy!)
And the third night is a freaky, out of this world, once in a lifetime experienced in Patpong.Followed by a girl's night out in Hardrock Cafe. We had a blast! The band performing there were Filipinos and became our friends. Went home very early (hahaha!) at 2:30AM.
Last day was spent in Platinum mall...cheap, air conditioned, amd great finds...but still was not able to buy much since got very overwhelmed.
Bangkok ill be back! HAHAHA!