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Bangkok Summer Adventure 2011

Tuk-tuk replica at MBK mall, just for photo-ops :D,
I don’t have a photo of the real one but it’s actually smaller, with just a row of seats, unlike this replica
Last summer 2011, I was able to go out of the country for the first time. My destination – Bangkok, Thailand! I was so excited with this trip I made sure that I have all the necessary requirements and clearances with me, (though I heard from colleagues that they weren’t asked for it).  I have contractual obligation with a certain agency in the government, hence the need to get so many clearances. And I’d rather get one beforehand than encounter some problems at the immigration on the day of our departure.  It's better be prepared than sorry, it’s my first travel abroad, anyway. :D

We flew out via Philippine Airlines, supposed to leave Manila at around 10:30am, but we were delayed for some reason, a delay that I am so thankful for because my friend was late.  If not for the delayed flight, I could have had the biggest disappointment in my life. :P

In Bangkok, we stayed at the Bangkok Palace Hotel, a palace but not so grand a palace…hehe! Since it was a delayed flight, we were not able to go around the city on our first day.  We were only able to go to the MBK mall, one of the shopping centers in Bangkok.

Bangkok Palace Hotel (photo courtesy of Bipong)
After some time roaming around the mall, we had our dinner at Sumo & Cocco Pazzo Restaurant, a restaurant that serves various Asian dishes. And since it was our chance to have a taste of Thailand, of course we chose Thai dishes. We ordered yam ruam mit talay, guay-tiew tom yam, khao klug kapi & another seafood main course for my friend (I forgot what it's called) . Of all the foods we ordered, I particularly liked the seafood salad (yam ruam mit talay), it’s a little bit spicy but I love the taste of the salad dressing they used, a sweet-sour dressing with a distinct flavor of coriander blended with some other authentic Thai spices (this according to the menu, whatever that is, hehe!).  The soup (guay-tiew tom yam), a seafood soup with fish fillet and noodles (the one usually used in lasagna, if I am not mistaken), was also good and a bit spicy too. For my main course, I had the khao klug kapi, a food combo of fried rice, sausage, pork & egg. The fried rice is like our ‘bagoong’ rice, the pork like our adobo, Thai-style...hehe.

Yam Ruam Mit Talay (seafood salad)
Guay-Tiew Tom Yam (seafood soup)
Khao Klug Kapi
It's already late when we finished our dinner so we just head back to the hotel. On our way there, we rode the ‘tuk-tuk’, Bangkok’s famous mode of transportation.  ‘Tuk-tuk’ is like our tricycle here in the Philippines, only bigger and I think more powerful, because they are so fast it felt like we’re in a race and flying (hehe…I was just exaggerating here but really they’re so fast and the driver seemed oblivious of other much bigger vehicles around, it really was scary!).

Be forewarned though, Bangkok cabs and ‘tuk-tuk’ drivers charged so much (cab drivers don’t usually use their taxi meter) you have to haggle first before you get in.  Otherwise, be ready to spend a hefty amount for the fare. Or else, you'll end up having an argument with the driver, something you wouldn't want to happen while on a foreign land.

There it is, my first day/night in Bangkok, Thailand, my first international travel.  I will post more of my adventures in Bangkok next time, with more photos of course.  Till my next post! :)

~oo00oo~

This is a re-post/re-write. I already posted about this travel on my other blog but I decided to transfer it here for reasons I'm sure you already know. I've also been away for the past week, I don't have enough time to write a new one. So for the next few weeks, my posts will be all about my last year's travel to Bangkok. Hope to still hear from you folks! :)

Bangkok Adventure (day 1): Bangkok Summer Adventure 2011
Bangkok Adventure (day 2, AM): The City Tour
Bangkok Adventure (day 2, PM): The Grand Palace
Bangkok Adventure (day 2, night): Chao Phraya River Cruise

Date of Visit:  April 29 - May 1, 2011

27 comments:

  1. ang cute ng parang jeepney nila...
    tas yung foos hahha yummy.
    tutyal ha... out of country,,,
    sayang repost lang pero oks lang sulit naman ang pagbabasa ko..

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    1. Yan parang jeep na yan ang pamosong tuktuk ng Thailand at replica lang po sya, di ganyan kahaba yun mga tuktuk na bumibyahe. :)

      Salamat sa pagdalaw Axl... ;)

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  2. The food looks yummy pero puro spicy..thai food nga e, haha!
    Ang cute nun tuktuk pero mukhang afraid nga sakyan, paliparin ba naman nila e, :)
    I'll be watching out for your next posts, more shopping ka ba??

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    1. Hi Joanne! Masarap talaga mga food na 'to, promise... Yun eh kung mahilig ka sa spicy foods, hehe.

      Kaskasero din ilan mga drivers sa Bangkok, parang yun ibang mga drivers din dito sa 'tin. ;)

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  3. Looking at the photos of what you had for dinner makes me drool. haha. I'll be looking forward for more posts esp with your recent trip.hehe :p

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    1. Hi Joann! Masarap mga foods na yan, try mo when you go to Bangkok too. :)

      Medyo matagal pa yun isang trip ko, tamad pa ko, hehe!

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  4. Pa Bangkok, Bangkok na lang ah! Maanghang ba yang tom yam? Coz I tried Tom Yam soup sa SG eh napaka anghang naman, pero masarap! Tulo pawis sa anghang at sarap... More of Bangkok please!

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    1. Hi Mayong! Last year pa po byahe ito, nilipat at inayos lang ng unti, ito kaseng Bangkok trip ang unang-unang post ko dun sa isang blog. :)

      Maanghang nga talaga tom yam soup, sinipon nga ako dahil dyan eh pero keri naman, masarap talaga, mas masarap nga lang yun salad for me. ;)

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  5. since I bago palang ako nakabisita sa yo, it is new for me. So thanks for sharing it again. Naka free trip tuloy ako sa Thailand:)

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    1. Hi Ma'am Joy, thank you po sa pagdalaw dito lagi. Free trip, yan din po feeling ko kapag nagbabasa ng travel ng iba, parang libreng byahe nga rin. :)

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  6. parang Pinas din pala no, daming mahilig magsamantala lalo na sa mga fares, salamat sa warning!

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    1. Kahit saan naman merong mapagsamantala eh pero di naman lahat, kailangan lang talaga natin maging maingat. Salamat sa pagdalaw McRich. :)

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  7. 10 years ago na yata ang nakalilipas nung nag bangkok kami. May mga salbahe talagang tuktuk driver. Kami naman yung taxi na nasakyan namin napansin namin pinaikot ikot kami para lumaki yung babayaran namin. Ingat lang talaga kahit saan may manloloko. Would love to go back sa thailand sana sa Phuket this time.

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    1. Hi Anney! Kami naman ibinababa sa malapit lang na lugar after magkasundo sa pamasahe, siempre di ako pumayag kaya hinatid nya rin kami sa napag-usapan, kaya ingat lang talaga at siguruhin malinaw ang usapan. Salamat sa pagdalaw. :)

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  8. Wow, pumunta ka pala ng Bangkok. I stayed there for 4 years.. I love Thailand.hehhehe....ang mahirap sa Thailand lalo na tuktuk ang sakyan mo ay kung di ka marunong mag thai...yong ang una kung problem..I learned to speak thai yong language nila at naging easy na lahat.

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    1. Hi Mhie! Once lang kami nag-tuktuk, mostly taxi at yun nga kelangan maki-haggle dahil ayaw nila gumamit ng metro. Pero enjoy ako sa Thailand & I love their food, sana makabalik ako dun, sobrang short ng visit namin last year eh, bitin! Hehe...

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  9. Wow!! Ang ganda naman ng place, wish ko lng marami akong pera at makapunta ako diyan bukas na hehe, agad agad.:))

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    1. Kayang-kaya ni hubby mo yan, punta na, agad-agad, before the school starts, hehe. Thanks for visiting Sherene! :)

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  10. naman oh! hehe :) I love the food.. :) hope I could go there... haha soon

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    1. Of course, you can go there Ysay, ikaw pa, before the year ends right? Hehe...

      Enjoy whatever you're doing Ysay, good luck and God bless. :)

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  11. parang gusto ko makasakay sa sasakyan na iyan....kakaiba..

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    1. Hi Arvin! Parang tricycle lang dito sa 'tin yan, alang kakaiba. :)

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  12. Show me around Thailand pls! I would love to visit and see more of this country, such a dream. Mas mura daw kasi at mas safe, plus the beaches magaganda din. Yung tuk tuk mukhang delikado yata tingin ko di pwede pangmalayuan ang biyahe anliit ng build at wheels tas papaharurot pa sila naku po.

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    1. Hi Gracie! Let's ask Mhie, she stayed there for 4 years daw, pa-tour tayo sa kanya, hehe. Medyo natakot talaga ako sa tuktuk, ang bilis kase nila magpatakbo at walang pakialam sa paligid, haist. :(

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  13. Dropping by again! Ayan nagkaka ayaan na pumunta kami sa phuket. Sana lang may deal. Kaya lang diba dun nagka tsunami? hala ayan bigla daw natakot!hehe!

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  14. I'm also fun of travelling.. Also I wish to go for a trip somewhere in asia.. still keeping my fingers cross... your trip to bangkok is so entertaining...

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