สวัสดี pronounced [sàwàtdiː] is how you greet people in Thailand.
After one transit and the total of seven hours of being up in the air, I finally land in Thailand. My second flight, which flied me from Jakarta to Bangkok, didn't go so smooth. I usually don't get motion sickness in air travel, but the turbulence during the flights was bringing weird sensation to my stomach. Not only did I get airsick from only moderate turbulence, I also can't recover quickly. I thought my trip would be awful because of this, but luckily Thailand is a beautiful place. I got better as my trip began.
I went to Thailand with my Mom. We kickstarted our tour in Bangkok. There was a night market near our hotel. They sell cheap unbranded and fake designer handbags, shoes, clothing, and also food. I wasn't brave enough to eat those famous Thailand insect snacks and just end up eating other junk in McDonald's instead. Oh, I also bought some clothes there because, really, the price was a great deal.
The next morning we went to Pattaya. First, we visited a bee farm and there I finally saw a real queen bee with all her own group of minion. I was worried that the bees would sting me before people from this farm told me that they're the type of stingless bees.
From bee farm, we headed to Nong Nooch village to watch the most awaited Elephant Show. It's not only elephant show there, we also watch an impressive Thai Cultural Show. I was so excited when I first heard about riding an elephant in Thailand but turned out completely disappointed when I finally did see how these beautiful creatures were treated during the show. For me, it's very unpleasant and disturbing how the elephant trainers use some kind of sharp and pointy tool to make the elephants listen to their commands and become obedient. Well, I still don't know whether or not my feeling of they were being exploited is right, though. But I really hope not.
During our time in Nong Nooch, we stopped at this amazing garden of plant pots in Nong Nooch Tropical park.
From Noong Nooch, we were then taken to Gems Gallery in Pattaya. I do not have any documentation of this place because there were "No Photo Allowed" signs everywhere here. In conclusion, this place is a gems and jewelry museum and they sell large collection of beautiful (and expensive) jewelries here. You can visit Gems Gallery website for more info.
Our next stop was Pattaya Floating Market. I took the time to wrote a postcard for myself there. The price was 20THB for a postcard and 40THB for a postcard plus stamp. I didn't exactly know about how much I should pay for international air mail from Thailand, but later I found out that the postcards were a bit overpriced here. In Wat Pho, I found the exact same postcard for only 5THB.
Must visit: Ladyboy Cabaret Show
At night we watched Ladyboy Cabaret Show at Colosseum Show Pattaya. The show was amazing! They said that if you go to Pattaya but haven't seen one of any Ladyboy show, you haven't been to Pattaya. I'm kind of agree because this was literally the most fascinating experience I had in Pattaya.
The following morning, we went back to Bangkok and visited two famous historical temples in this city, Wat Arun and Wat Pho. It was hot, incredibly hot there. I was wearing my hat all the time because I felt that my head was about to explode from the heat.
First, we took a boat to cross Chao Phraya river to Wat Arun which is located on the other side of the river. I was surprised that it was just a couple minutes away to reach Wat Arun, I waited longer for the boat to depart than the actual travel time.
Wat Arun or Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan is a Buddhist temple located on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok Yai district. This temple had existed since the 17th century. At the time I visit, it was undergoing renovation.
From Wat Arun, we moved to Wat Pho, a Buddhist temple in Phra Nakhon district. This place is also known as Temple of the Reclining Buddha.
The image of reclining Buddha itself is huge with 15 meters high and 43 meters long and a very detailed sculpture. It's pretty hard for me to capture the whole image because of its enormous size. It is, however, not the largest one in the world.
After those cultural trips, we went to Madame Tussauds in Siam Paragon. And of course I wouldn't miss my chance to take a selfie with bunch of famous people there. The right one is absolutely my favorite photo from this visit.
Last attraction we visited was Cookin' Nanta show, a Korean non-verbal comedy show. The show was hilarious! My Mom laughed a lot too. We got the front seat which is lucky, because we can see the actors closer. After watching Cookin' Nanta, we went back to hotel to enjoy our last night in Thailand.
This photo above was taken at Suvarnabhumi International Airports a minute before departing to Singapore, as I took two transits for this return: at Singapore and Jakarta.
I was, once again, got struck by airsick-turbulence but this time was better because I snacked a lot during the flight.
My time in Thailand was brief but oh so sweet! If I have another opportunity to visit Thailand again, I want to visit Phuket. I heard that Phuket is a nice place for travelers who wants beach and sun and it DOES sound so me.
- Big Bee Farm (Pattaya)
41/10 Moo.3 Pattaya-Chonburi Rd T.Nongplalai A.Banglamung Chonburi 20150
- Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden
34/1 Moo 7, Na Jomtien, Sattahip
- Gems Gallery Pattaya
555 Moo 6 North Pattaya Road Banglamung, Pattaya 20150
- Pattaya Floating Market
451/304 Moo 12, Sukhumvi Road, Pattaya
- Colosseum Show Pattaya
229/120 Moo 12, Thepprasith Road, Nongprue, Chon Buri 20260
- Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)
158 Wang Doem Road, Wat Arun, Bang Kok Yai, Bangkok 10600
- Wat Pho
2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Subdistrict, Pranakorn District, Bangkok 10200
- Madame Tussauds Bangkok
6th Floor, Siam Discovery, 989 Rama I Road, Siam Discovery Bangkok 10330
- Bangkok Nanta Theater
31/6 RCA Plaza Bldg. Fl.1, Soi Soonwijai, Pharam 9 Rd., Bangkapi, Huaykwang, Bangkok 10310