24 June 2015

What to Wear in Thailand


If you're planning to go to Thailand, here's a few tips that you may want to consider about what you should wear during your trip. I’m using my personal travel experience to give you a brief packing guide on your outfits.

The weather in Thailand is generally marked by three seasons: rainy season, hot season, and cool season. By the time I visit, which is end of May, the climate was most likely hot and humid (hot season). In Thailand, there are some tourist attractions which may require certain type of outfits, so don't forget to always pack according to your planned activities.

What I wear in Thailand:





My Packing List (4 Days 3 Nights)

  • 4 tops: 3 sleeveless tops, 1 blouse
  • 3 bottoms: 1 midi skirt, 1 skinny jeans, 1 shorts
  • 2 outerwear: 1 cardigan, 1 blazer
  • 2 dresses: 1 little black dress, 1 printed mini dress
  • 2 footwear: 1 flat sandals, 1 wedges
  • 2 sleepwear
  • 6 pairs of underwear
  • Accessories: sunhat, sunglasses, jewelry (necklace, bracelet, earring)

General Packing Tips

  • Wear sunglasses, sunhat, and plenty of sunscreen.
  • Pack loose fitting, lightweight clothing that breathes well and dries quickly such as silk, cotton, or linen to keep you cool.
  • Pack at least one long-sleeved shirt for extra coverage from the sun at day and cool wind at night, mosquitoes and unwanted stares.
  • Opt for midi or maxi skirts, below the knee.
  • Sandals are quite practical because some places expect you to remove your shoes before entering.

Things To Avoid

  • If you plan to visit temple or other sacred site, shorts, mini skirt, and sleeveless shirt are not recommended or you may offend the local people.
  • Unless you go to party at evening, it's always best to avoid dangerously high heels.
  • Don't go crazy with your make-up during the day, the sun will most likely melt everything.

17 June 2015

The Place I Don't Belong


Yup, I always feel like that all the time. I feel like I'm trapped in a place I couldn't fit myself in. Hellooo... can someone take me out of this land, please?

14 June 2015

I ♥ Children's Book


So I went to a book fair today and bought some children's books as one of my 2015 resolutions is to simply read more books.

Speaking of children's book, yes I am an adult and I really enjoy reading children's literature for myself. it's hard for me to feel ashamed of it even if I got caught reading a picture book for 3-5 years old kid in public and be laughed for it.

11 June 2015

Stop Elephant Exploitation!


Stop exploiting elephants, please!

Basically, stop exploiting any animals for entertainment. I'm very concerned about the elephant show that I watched in Thailand as I mentioned in my previous post here. I was really curious about the method they use to train the elephants so I did a little research and found this, and this, and this.

So disturbing and cruel!

I know that elephant show holds a huge part of Thailand's attractions and tourists want to ride elephants in Thailand. I was the same before I saw it with my own eyes that these beautiful creatures were harmed using something sharp and painful in order to do all those entertaining stuffs to make you (the visitors) happy. I feel so guilty for being unaware and I really want everyone to know this fact.

06 June 2015

Sawasdee! - Thailand Trip


Sawasdee
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.


Highlights

  • 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

02 June 2015

Golden Hour Ride Experience in Singapore Flyer


Singapore Flyer is probably one of the best Singapore city attractions I've ever tried. The ride experience by day and night is different. By day, you'll see Singapore skyline in its real picture and you can have fun spotting all the Singapore landmarks. By night, the cityscape is dramatically lit which leads the experience to be more romantic and relaxing. Both of them are pretty and it's hard to just choose one.


Of course you could always go on two rides if you want to enjoy both day and night experience. However, you must pay double for those two tickets. Or, you can plan a single ride and time it perfectly so you can enjoy both day and night experience on that same ride, just like what I did the last time I rode this giant Ferris wheel.


I arrived at the Singapore Flyer's final boarding queue by 6:45 pm, enjoy the Journey of Dreams (exhibit display) tour for around 10 minutes, and got in the capsule by 6:55 pm. Singapore Flyer takes about 30 minutes to complete one rotation. From my experience, the exact sunset (when the sun was completely unseen) here was at 7:24 pm.

Just remember that if you want to try this golden hour experience, there is a little compromise that you have to make: on the way up, you will look toward the east side and on the way down, you will look toward the west side. If you're a tourist or the first timer, this is really not a big deal because both of them are still amazingly breathtaking.






My tips is that you give yourself around 10-20 minutes between your arrival at the Singapore Flyer's entrance and the actual boarding time to enjoy the Journey of Dreams tour (exhibit display) before the flight. If you prefer a better self-photo result, maybe choose to board a little earlier because you'll have a nice lighting from the sun.


Singapore Flyer

30 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039803

Daily Flights: 8:30am - 10:30pm
Last Admission: 10:15pm

Book ticket online at www.singaporeflyer.com