The journey to Bangkok took almost 11 hours. From our villa in Siem Reap, we boarded a taxi to the border. Then passed through Thai immigration and then a tuk tuk to the Aranyaprathet Train Station. The 6 hour train ride cost us only 48 baht but there was no aircond and we sat on the wooden bench motionless through the whole journey. The train ride was brutal, we passed by paddy fields and it was smoky and dusty. But we still had one of the best adventure of our lives! 😀
We arrived at the Hua Lamphong train station around 8.00pm local time. It was the last stop for the train ride. We were exhausted but we still had to take the Metro to our hotel in Sukhumvit. We booked our rooms at Imm Fusion Sukhumvit by purchasing Groupons and it wasn’t as affordable as our villa in Siem Reap. The hotel has interesting decor but they do not maintain the rooms well and customer service was really bad. There was one guy at the reception who was very rude to us when we wanted to change our rooms. We changed rooms 2 times because the 1st room had a bad smell then the 2nd room had a leaking aircond. Then our 3rd room aircond was not working properly! Seriously we wont recommend this hotel to anyone. The travel agent in the hotel also scammed us when we booked our bus tickets to Phuket.
The next day, we just wanted to explore Bangkok on our own by reading guidebooks and maps. At the National Stadium train station, there was a marching band competition and the battle was impressive so we had to hang there and watch.We also stopped by MBK for lunch and the food court there had a lot of Halal food.
Later we also visited Jim Thompson’s house. He was a prominent man here in Thailand due to his efforts in promoting Thai silk all over the world. He mysteriously disappeared in Malaysia when he went for a hike. His beautiful house is now open to public. Our free guide for the day was really funny and entertaining. We loved her Thai accent.
We later walked around and stumbled upon the beautiful and serene Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre (BACC) and decided to have coffee in Shout for Art cafe because the coffee shops were just too cute for words.
After we are fueled by caffeine, we continued our walking tour and arrived in Siam Square. Bangkok’s Hard Rock was there but there wasn’t a guitar at the entrance like every other Hard Rock Cafes. There were street markets literally at every corner and we were overwhelmed by the choices and beautiful people.
Later that night we took a tuk tuk to Khao San Road and shopped! What else is there for 4 girls to do? Hehe. The bargaining is the most fun and tiring part.
The next day, we went on the Chao Phraya Tourist Boat to explore all the Wats along the river. We started with Wat Arun aka The Temple of Dawn. Tip : climb to the very top and you will be rewarded with an amazing view of boats along the Chao Phraya river.
The last day in Bangkok, it was a Saturday and we practically exhausted our cash at the Chatuchak weekend market. Seriouslyyyyyy you can spend the whole day there and still not be able to see everything. There are over 1500 stalls of clothing, food, souvenirs, home decor etc. A shopaholic’s heaven.
We then began our journey to Phuket the same night. Stay tuned for Part III : Phuket. 😉