Thailand has always been on my bucket list due to its incredible attractions and rich culture. When I booked my trip in January, I initially planned to embark on this adventure solo, as I am accustomed to traveling alone. I’ve been eagerly sharing my excitement about the trip with my family. And while I cherish my solo adventures, I was really happy when Edmund decided to join me on this journey.
DAY 1: We arrived in Bangkok on September 21, 2023, filled with anticipation for the adventures that awaited us. As soon as we landed, we wasted no time and went to the hotel. After a smooth check-in, we settled into our cozy room, ready to recharge and prepare for the exciting days ahead.
During lunchtime, we indulged in a mouthwatering Thai meal whose name escaped our memory (lol). However, the tantalizing blend of spices and flavors left a lasting impression on our taste buds.
At nightfall, we ventured to Terminal 21 Mall, our first shopping destination in Bangkok. Conveniently located a mere 4km from our accommodation, this unique mall captivated us with its airport terminal-inspired design. The innovative concept of each floor representing a different city truly sets it apart, immersing visitors in a global shopping experience. From the bustling streets of Tokyo to the romantic ambiance of Paris, each level exuded its distinct charm and atmosphere: cinemas, mainstream shops, restaurants, and a food court in the basement that looks like a Thai market with tasty affordable food.
On our journey back, we decided to embrace adventure and opt for a different mode of transportation: the train. As residents of the southern part of the Philippines, where trains are not readily available unless in Manila, this was a new and exciting experience for us. From interacting with the locals and navigating the train stations to overcoming language barriers and using technology like Google Translate and Google Maps, every aspect of the train journey added to the thrill and excitement of our adventure.
DAY 2: The scorching heat of Bangkok was impossible to ignore as we embarked on our second day of exploration. Determined to visit the city’s iconic temples and shrines, we braved the sun and made our way to Wat In, Golden Mountain, Lucky Temple, and the Chatuchak Night Market.
Our first stop was Wat In, a magnificent temple known for its intricate architecture and serene atmosphere. We marveled at the ornate decorations and paid our respects to the Buddha statues, feeling a sense of tranquility wash over us despite the sweltering heat.
Next, we ventured to Golden Mountain, a sacred site that offered panoramic views of the city. Climbing the 344 steps to reach the top was a challenge in the scorching sun, but the breathtaking vistas made it all worth it. We took a moment to catch our breath and admire the sprawling cityscape below, feeling a sense of accomplishment for conquering the heat.
Seeking refuge from the sun, we made our way to Lucky Temple, a hidden gem tucked away in a quiet corner of the city. The cool shade provided respite from the relentless heat, allowing us to appreciate the intricate details of the temple’s architecture and soak in the peaceful ambiance.
We had planned to visit the Chatuchak Night Market in the evening, but we arrived a bit too early and found that the stores were still closed. Not wanting to waste any time, we decided to head to our backup option, the Union Mall. It turned out to be a great alternative, and we were able to find some great items to purchase.
Reflecting on our day, we realized that proper sun protection and hydration were indeed essential when touring the city. The intense heat of Bangkok added an extra layer of challenge to our adventures, but it also made us appreciate the beauty and resilience of this vibrant city.
DAY 3: Our final day in Thailand promised to be an unforgettable one as we embarked on a journey to explore the grandeur of the Grand Palace and Wat Arun.
As we approached the Grand Palace, we were immediately captivated by its majestic beauty. The intricate details of the architecture, the shimmering golden spires, and the sprawling courtyards left us in awe. We marveled at the stunning craftsmanship and learned about the significance of each structure within the palace complex.
Next on our itinerary was Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn. As we approached the temple, the iconic silhouette of its towering spires greeted us, standing tall against the backdrop of the Bangkok skyline. We climbed the steep steps to reach the top, where we were rewarded with breathtaking views of the Chao Praya River and the city beyond. The serenity of the temple grounds provided a peaceful escape from the bustling city below.
After our temple visits, we embarked on a 1.5-hour city tour aboard a Luxury Food Tour bus. This unique experience allowed us to explore the city’s hidden gems while indulging in delicious Thai cuisine.
As the day transitioned into the evening, we embarked on a dinner river cruise along the Chao Praya River. The gentle breeze, the shimmering lights reflecting off the water, and the enchanting views of the city skyline created a magical ambiance. We enjoyed a delectable dinner on board, accompanied by traditional Thai music and dance performances that added to the enchantment of the evening.
As I bid farewell to Thailand, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of gratitude for the incredible experiences and memories we had created. From the grandeur of the palaces to the serenity of the temples and the vibrant flavors of the cuisine, Thailand has truly captured our hearts and left an indelible mark on our souls. I will definitely come back in the future.
Thank you, Sprious and Neil, for the incredible and unforgettable experience in Thailand. Our hearts are overflowing with happiness and gratitude!