Fresh after my Korea trip in April, I made plans to head to Bangkok from 13-15 June 2014. The last time I visited Bangkok was back in 2012, as a mini Graduation trip of sorts. You can read about my previous trip by clicking on the Bangkok tab. I think my previous trip was quite a touristy one, and it was also crazily long, almost 6 days in Bangkok. This time round, we opted for a short getaway from Friday to Sunday, because we were mainly there to have fun, shop and eat and partially also because I didn’t want to use too much of my leave.
CJ and I flew in bright and early on Friday morning on the 7.40am flight. We decided to go with Thai Airways instead of the usual budget airlines because it wasn’t a very big difference, and there was baggage allowance. I seriously dislike how budget airlines give you the impression they have really cheap fares but once you add up all the miscellaneous charges, it’s just a little cheaper than what normal airlines charge.
At the time we flew in, Bangkok was still under the curfew, meaning no one could be on the streets from 12am-4am. But I was monitoring the Tourism Authority of Thailand website (way more reliable than the mainstream media which tends to play up the situation quite a bit), and it seemed like the curfew was already being lifted in many cities. So I kinda guessed it was only a matter of time before Bangkok’s was lifted. True enough, right after I landed, my friend left me a Facebook message with news source that said there were rumours that the curfew would be lifted that very evening! And it really was! The running joke among the friends in Bangkok we met on the trip, was that the curfew was lifted because we were there. HAH.
We took a cab which cost us about 250 baht to CJ’s parents’ place. It’s called My River and is a very nice apartment located right along the Chao Praya, right opposite the Saphan Taksin BTS station.
But of course, we didn’t go to BKK just to laze at the apartment (much as we contemplated doing so if the curfew wasn’t lifted and if the streets had military personnel). We had our fill of lazing around and took the condo ferry (which comes at hourly intervals) from the apartment across the Chao Praya and to Saphan Taksin station.
It was my first time at Asiatique. It reminded me somewhat of Clarke Quay and Dempsey combined. There were many restaurants and bars there, but we wanted something simpler, so we settled for a meal at their so-called food court, at a stall called Rocking Doll. It seemed the most popular and bustling. Food was pretty mediocre though, and it wasn’t exactly cheap either.