Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Asian Adventure - Bangkok, Thailand

Three Nights and Three Days in Bangkok

We arrived in Bangkok on Saturday afternoon and decided to take the new train from the airport to our hotel, as there was a BTS Skytrain station 5 minutes walk away from our hotel. The airport train was very quick - 20 minutes to the BTS station, where we changed trains and had about 5 stops to Nana station. 

We stayed at the Zenith Hotel, Soi 3 - Nana - Sukhumvit Road, this was our second stay at this hotel. It is in an area known as Little Arabia. 

Night 1 - Saturday - We went out for dinner at our favourite Lebanese Restaurant.


Bambuk - Lebanese and Russian Restaurant


Day 1 - Sunday - We took a taxi to the Grand Palace and had a wander round. Definitely worth a visit if you go to Bangkok, we also went into Queen Sikirit's Textile Museum which is small but very interesting and explains how silk is made. 






We then wandered around and found a lovely restaurant on the river and had some snacks before getting a taxi back to our hotel. 

Night 2 - Sunday - River Cruise

We booked up a night cruise from our hotel travel desk (probably not the cheapest place), we were picked up at 6 o'clock by mini bus and taken to the pier. Our boat arrived - the Chao Phraya Princess IV (after the river Chao Phraya) and we got on board, our table was upstairs. As soon as the cruise began the buffet opened and you could eat as much as you liked, drinks were extra. There was entertainment in the form of a singer, she was very good and got the party started. The boat went up and down the river and we saw Bangkok lit up at night - fab evening.


The Grand Palace at night. 


Day 2 - Monday - River Kwai Trip

This was another we trip that we booked via the hotel, I had planned to just get the train out to Kanchanaburi and I'm so glad I didn't as this trip was amazing. We were picked up 6 o'clock by minibus and our guide for the day was Kent, he was fantastic. In the minibus were two other couples, one from Australia and one from New Zealand, both lovely couples.

We approached the Bridge over the River Kwai via river. 

The arched sections are original the larger sections are replacements after the war - the bridge was of course bombed by the Allies. 


We had a chance to walk across the bridge too. 
We were then taken to a museum - which was very interesting and also a cemetery.

Next was a trip on the Thai - Burma Railway itself. 

Here the train is going over an original trestle bridge. 

There you can see the trestle bridge. 

Beautiful scenery, but imagine building a railway through it - in harsh conditions with little food!

Following lunch at the River Kwai Village Resort, were treated to a boat trip. 
This was an amazing trip, it was run by the River Kwai Village Resort and you can stay over night there - totally recommend it!

Night 3 - Monday - Back to the Lebanese Restaurant - although we are not into Shisha pipes - we do love the food here.

Day 3 - Tuesday - Relaxation in the morning by the hotel's rooftop pool, a spot of shopping at the Nana Plaza and then we left our hotel and made our way to the Mo Chit Bus Station for the next leg of our journey. We got to the bus station at about 3pm and purchased our tickets for the overnight VIP bus to Mukdahan. We managed to get seats for the 9pm bus, which is the last bus (the others leave at 8pm and 8.30pm). Generally you can get tickets for the earlier buses but it was a Buddhist festival and lots of people were going home for a few days.

We did have to spend a lot of time at the bus station, I read and soaked up the atmosphere, whilst my husband slept. When we finally got on the bus we were delighted to find massive comfortable seats and a blanket, so we settled down and left Bangkok for Mukdahan in the North East of Thailand.

Mo Chit Bus Station - Bangkok



2 comments:

  1. What a wonderful adventure ... sounds fabulous! Would love to see the bridge and railway, and all those other lovely sights ... have a lovely week, back down to earth!

    xxx

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  2. I sure wish I'd been able to meet you! I would have loved to show you a yarn shop or two here in Bangkok!

    (rikihall on Ravelry)

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