Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Bangkok Trip #1

The flight was landing at Suvarnabhumi Airport. It is a huge airport and should be the most busiest airport in South East Asia.  I also heard this tower is the world tallest Air traffic control tower.

We reached the airport around 5:30pm. My plan to get to the city is by airport train from airport to city. Unluckily, there is no train schedule for the time we arrived. So I have to hire a taxi to go to the city.

Since it was quite hard to get a taxi at that time, we splitted into two groups and hunted for a taxi. I told the taxi driver the place (hotel) I wanted to go. He quoted me 700 Baht. Finally, we agreed with 500 Baht. So I asked him to fetch another group of (3 persons) at Arrival Hall. It seem like he understood what I told him and I thought he was driving to Arrival hall.

As this was my first time visit to Bangkok, I was not familiar with the place and no idea where he was driving. But it seem to be leaving from Airport and I saw a lot of Navigation Board "To Bangkok City". So I told him, "You need to pick 3 more persons". Here is our funny conversation :)

Me - You need to pick 3 persons
Driver - No , 500 Baht (He thought I was asking for discount 500 to 300 Baht)
Me - I told you to drive arrival hall to pick 3 more persons, You forgot huh?
Driver - Cannot 300, 500 Baht :)

He kept saying 500 Bath and driving to the city. So I decided to stop arguing with him. I just  drew a picture of 3 humans standing beside the flight on paper and showed him. Then he realized and said "Ai Yah" impatiently and drove the taxi back to the airport again.
It was very funny language problem, that I encountered during my entire trip.  Finally, our group reunited and heading to the Bangkok city again. :)

 This is the tallest building in Bangkok. The hotel I stayed is very near to this building.

It took quite a while to find the hotel because of the night market which blocked the street and the hotel.  But I am very sure the hotel is just nearby. Since it was quite hard to drive inside the market street, I asked him to drop by here and find the hotel by walking through the night market street by our own. I don't want to waste his petrol anymore. :D

 But he didn't seem to understand what I said and kept driving slowly on the night market street and still looking for the hotel. Since he refused/didn't understand, I let him drive until his petrol run out. :)

At last, he managed to find the hotel and I paid him 500 Baht. The travelling time from the airport to the city was longer than what it supposed to be. I was thinking, he might want to charge me a little bit more if he knew how to speak it in English. :D

As soon as we arrived hotel, we checked in our room. I booked 1 triple room through Agoda online booking but when I checked the room, it was 1 double room. So I went to reception and talked to her, "Give me one triple room". She looked so impatient and said "No triple room, Later put extra bed". When I kept saying "Give me one triple room" showed voucher to her, she just repeat "No triple room, Later put extra bed".  Actually I should get a triple room according to my booking. It is more expensive than double room with extra bed. They prioritize walk-in guest and neglect the online booking guest. Very stupid. Since we cannot communicate well, I had to accept that double room for my entire stay (total 8 nights) in Bangkok.

Forget about the bad experience with the staff in the hotel, the hotel is conveniently located among the shopping malls, night market and wholesale clothing market. I saw a few guests (clothes re-seller) use this hotel as a storage place for their clothes which bought from nearby wholesale market. Let me explore the market next day.

It was around 7:30pm and dinner time. We put our luggage inside the room and walked toward the night market.

First meal in Bangkok - I think this noodle costs 40 Baht. It is similar to Myanmar Shan noodle but the taste is not so great.

I ate this grilled fish almost everyday from the vendor at #1 photo. The price is consistent and bigger fish. :)   One fish is around 60 to 80 Baht depending on the size. Its smell is really good because they put lemon grass inside the body of the fish. And the sauce for the fish is just like the one in Myanmar.

This papaya salad vendor got long queue and the salad he made was really nice. He put rice noodle (Mont Ti) and marinated crab inside the salad.

That little portion of noodle cannot fulfill my hunger. So I continued next round.
(Papaya salad, Chicken rice, Mango with sticky rice)

Camera - Canon550D+Tamron18-270mm

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