Do you know what we did last summer? Below detailed exactly what we did in Ayutthaya, Bangkok, Damnoen Saduak and Kanchanaburi in 7 days and 6 nights.
Day 1: 2 July 2008 - Wednesday
17:45 - Arrive at Bangkok (BKK) - Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Mr Kong is waiting for us and transfers us to Wendy House, a backpacker hostel in Patumwan of Bangkok City Centre.
I booked Wendy House via online for the first night. The service is good and the room is clean, so we decide to stay for the rest of our trip. You may check out in tripadvisor.com for more comments.
36/2 Soi Kasemsan 1, Rama 1 Road, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand
Tel: +66 2-214 1149, 02-214 1150
The journey took about 40 minutes by a coach. After checking in, Mr Kong drove us to Suan Lum Night Market. We had dinner there and then went to airport again to fetch Gracie.
Day 2: 3 July 2008 - Thursday
09:00 - Breakfast (inclusive in the stay) at Wendy House. With guidance from reception lady at Wendy, we walk to I.C.E. Tour Agent to book a day tour to Kanchanaburi. It is about 100m from Wendy House along same lane towards MBK.
Muangphol Building 931/8,
Rama 1 Road, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand
Then, we head to Saphan Hua Chang pier to catch a canal boat to Golden Mount. For canal boat operation along Khlong San Saeb, refer here.
10:30 - Upon arrival at Saphan Fa pier, get off and walk to Wat Saket (Golden Mount Temple).
11:20 - Descending from Golden Mount, walked towards Giant Swing.
11:50 - Meet the first tout and we take a tuk-tuk to Rajinee Pier for Chao Phraya boat cruise.
13:00 - Get off at Pier 8 (near Grand Palace). Meet the second tout and take another tuk-tuk ride (FOC this time) to jewelry shop and then Chinatown.
14:00 - Arrive at Chinatown and very hungry. Shangrila Dimsum restaurant saves us.
15:00 - Walk back to Bo Bae pier and take canal boat to Saphan Hua Chang pier.
16:30 - Arrive at Pantip Plaza. Phew, at least a place with air-condition!
18:15 - Shop at Platinum Fashion Mall next to Pantip Plaza. We couldn't believe our eyes when we saw so many ladies dragging their purchase in a huge bag! Oh goodness, these folks bought in bulks!
19:30 - Walk back to Wendy House.
20:30 - Go to MBK on foot to take a peep of night life in Bangkok.
22:00 - Tired and Zzzz...
Day 3: 4 July 2008 - Friday
08:00 - Breakfast at Wendy
08:30 - Take a cab from Wendy House to Grand Palace, somehow the journey seems very long due to heavy traffic jam and miscommunication with the cab driver whom speak very little English.
09:30 - Eventually, arrive at Grand Palace. It is open daily including on public holidays.
12:00 - End the tour at Grand Palace and Temple of Emerald Buddha and move on to Wat Pho nearby.
12:30 - Arrive at Wat Pho (Temple of Reclining/Sleeping Buddha) despite of many touting interferences.
13:00 - Walk back to Saphan Fa pier and stop by at October 14 1973 Memorial site and passing by the Democracy Monument.
14:00 - Arrive at Saphan Fa pier and board a boat to Pratunam pier.
14:30 - Head to Pratunam Shopping Center for lunch at KFC. This complex is a bit quiet at some corners though. More shops available at alleys near the main entrance. Plenty of stalls in open area outside the complex. We do plenty of shopping from crockery to clothing here. Price is good for 'Zebra' brand of stainless steels crockery!
17:00 - Back to Wendy by boat. This time we are rather expert on how to capitalize the cheapest and fastest public transport. Take dinner at Pizza Restaurant near to Wendy House due to heavy rain.
20:00 - Mr Kong is waiting to take us to pick KL from airport. On the way, we take a look of night life in Khaosan Road. Lights, pubs, restaurants and people in a unique way.
22:00 - On the way back, we take duck noodles as supper. Rest and go to bed!
Day 4: 5 July 2008 - Saturday
06:15 - Early breakfast at Wendy House.
07:00 - A van arrives to pick us. We are then sent to a meeting point to join a day tour to Kanchanaburi.
08:00 - Start journey from meeting point to Kanchanaburi. Smell of fresh air is inspiring!
09:30 - Arrive at New Death Railway Museum and Kanchanaburi War Cemetery.
11:00 - Move on to visit the famous Bridge Over The River Kwai.
12:30 - Reach Tha Kilen to board train to Nam Tok.
13:00 - The long waited train finally arrives to travel along the Death Railway via wooden viaduct. An hour plus journey seems so short.
14:30 - Arrive at Nam Tok. Heading to River Kwai Village Resort by bus for lunch.
15:10 - A short stroll to jetty for a long tailed boat ride along Kwai Noi.
15:35 - Bidding farewell to Kanchanaburi, back to Bangkok.
17:30 - Arrive at MBK in Bangkok. We go straight for shopping and later dinner at International Food Court at Level 5 in MBK.
21:30 - Return to Wendy House and ZZzzzzz!
Day 5: 6 July 2008 - Sunday
08:00 - Meet Mr Kong after breakfast. He drives us to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.
09:30 - Arrive at Damnoen Saduak, take a private boat to the busy Floating Market.
12:00 - Leave Damnoen Saduak and return to Bangkok.
14:40 - Reach Chatuchak Weekend Market, have lunch at JJ Mall and shop till we dropped.
19:00 - Meet Azly and family, Kong and Odd for dinner at Seafood Market and Restaurant.
Seafood Market and Restaurant Co. Ltd.
89 Sukhumvit Soi 24(Kaseme), Sukhumvit Road,
Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110 Thailland
The pictures below illustrate the seafood counter and the ambiance in the restaurant courtesy of Seafood Market and Restaurant. Do you notice there are schools of fish swimming above us?
It is a pleasant experience to shop at the fish market inside the restaurant itself. We can pick what we love at 50 m length counter. The Thai food served was very delicious! I like the restaurant's tag line, it says "If it swims, we have it" - cool isn't?
21:30 - On the way back, stop by to Erawan Shrine, next to Grand Hyatt Hotel. Then, we manage to steal the view of night life in Bangkok's Red Light District - Pat Pong and Nana while Mr Kong is driving along these roads.
22:00 - Back to Wendy and go to bed! Another fun filling day!
Day 6: 7 July 2008 - Monday
08:30 - Odd arrives to take us to Ayutthaya.
10:25 - Arrive at Ayutthaya Historical Park. Visiting some temples and ruins, taking plenty of pictures especially at Wat Mahathat and Wat Phra Si Sanphet.
13:15 - Stop for lunch by river side in Ayutthaya. It is called Sombat ChaoPhraya Restaurant. I finally found the shot of the restaurant's name!
14:15 - Head to Dusit.
15:50 - Arrive at Dusit and take some time to locate Vimanmek Teak Mansion.
16:10 - Leave Dusit and head back to Bangkok - Wendy House.
18:30 - Meet PY at Siam Paragon for dinner. We have a nice Japanese cuisine at Fuji.
21:00 - Stroll back to Wendy House. Rest, our last night in Bangkok! Zzzzzzzz!
Day 7: 8 July 2008 - Tuesday
8:30 - After breakfast, take a short walk nearby. At first, thought of visiting Jim Thompson's House but eventually we decide to do next time.
10:00 - Check out and board a cab to Suvarnabhumi International Airport. The road was so familiar as this was our fourth time in a week!
13:30 - Bidding farewell to Krungtheep and flying home!
Disclaimer: I do not earn any commission by placing the contact of Wendy House, I.C.E. Travel and Seafood Market and Restaurant in this website. It is merely for recording and sharing purpose. Please capitalize at your own risk.
Acknowledgement: We'd to thank all our friends in Bangkok - Azly & family, Kong, Odd and PY for all the pleasant memories we had in Bangkok. This trip was so fun with you folks around. Many thanks again!
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