Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Travelogue: Bangkok, Thailand (Street Shots)


Though I went to Bangkok for work, management gave us our evenings free to do whatever we want. Aside from my half day tour of Wat Pho and Wat Arun, I had 3 evenings to roam around Bangkok and do more shopping (of course, what I was most excited about). Just walking around Bangkok was already a delight with all the sights that I saw and all the sounds that I heard. Here are just a few street shots of Bangkok taken with my Samsung Galaxy s5. I am still surprised with the quality of pictures this phone produces. I think it is even better than what my Canon Ixus 115HS produces. Yes, I use a digital camera for my blog photos. I am not really keen on getting a SLR mostly because of the weight. Also because it has too many functions that I will not be able to understand anyway. 


One of my colleagues told me she plans on traveling alone and she is considering either going to Bangkok or to Singapore. I would choose Bangkok over Singapore anytime for personal reasons. I am not saying I don't like Singapore and that I don't think it is worth going there. It's just that I have been to both and I will most likely go back to Bangkok than Singapore. Going back to that colleague, she said she wants to go to Bangkok but is afraid of getting lost. She can't speak nor understand Thai and it might be difficult for her to navigate around. I was quick to rebut. Though you can't speak nor understand Thai, people there can communicate in English. It might be difficult for some to understand their accent but they can converse in English. Also, researching for directions and printing maps prior to your trip will make everything easier for you. Language should not be a barrier for you to go places. It should actually be a medium for you to learn more and be acquainted with their culture. Use this to learn more and become cultured.

Observations while walking the streets of Bangkok:

  1. Their MRT/Sky Train is very efficient - even during rush hour, there is space to squeeze yourself in. I mean, there are a lot of people inside but the air conditioning works, it moves in a fast speed, and it doesn't get too cramped - like sardines-cramped - unlike the MRT here in the Philippines (which can be analogous to HELL).
  2. People are very nice - yes, they are very nice and helpful.
  3. If you can't communicate in English, use sign language -  this is very helpful if you are asking for directions. Just say the name of the place you wish to go to, and they will point to your left, right, front or back. 
  4. Food is to die for - Thailand is also hugely popular for their food. It is one of my favorite cuisines! I am all for spicy and salty food which is why Thai, Vietnamese, and Korean cuisines are my favorite. But in Thailand, food is not just delectable but also very affordable. Everything seems to be super affordable in Thailand.
  5. Shopping is a sport - with numerous shopping malls, street stalls and night markets, shopping is a sport you shouldn't miss out. I say it is a sport because you have to race against time to be able to explore all these malls and really see what they have to offer. If you haven't got a lot of time, choose just a few places where you want to go shopping. I highly suggest Siam Square 1 if you are looking for trendy items that are mid-range priced but good quality. I recommend Platinum Mall, Pratunam Market and the small alleys of Siam Square if you are looking for quantity over quality (though some of the things I found there are pretty good quality). I also suggest heading over to MBK if you want jewelry items. I don't recommend this place for clothes and shoes because Platinum Mall, Pratunam Market and Siam Square has better options. 
  6. Thai's and Filipinos look very much alike - it is weird that I felt like I was in the Philippines because everyone looked like Filipinos. I blend well with them. Even when we went to Hanoi last year, people there thought we were Thai's. 
  7. Houses and buildings have mini shrines - Thai's are very faithful people. They have mini shrines outside buildings and their homes where they can exercise their faith anytime. I am amazed by how detailed these mini shrines are. You will see them almost everywhere in Bangkok.
This will be the last of Bangkok posts but I will be traveling to a new destination in a few days. I am so excited and I can't wait to travel again. 











37 comments :

  1. it looks like a very wonderful place! I want to go one day :D

    xoxo,
    Alice's Pink Diary

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    1. It is and you should visit Bangkok at least once in your life!

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  2. I went there last month, it really is a lovely place.
    I liked how you tried to capture the essence of Bangkok through your lense. Good job!
    xx

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    1. Thank you! Too bad we didn't get to see each other!

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  3. I have Bangkok in my list of "Need to visit places before I turn 30" and I'm pretty glad that my boyfriend has been an awesome travel partner who makes plans with me about travelling at least twice a year. Last January we went to Ilocos, this September we're going to Davao and come January, it'll be Cambodia. Siguro next next January it'll be Bangkok (keeping fingers crossed because we're also thinking of Vietnam) because soon as I turn 30, we're doing Japan. Yey! :D

    Oh and two thumbs up to Bangkok for having better trains. Hehe. I'm so glad I no longer live and work in Manila where commuting is such a pain in the ass. lol


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    1. It is a must-visit place! You will fall in-love with the food, shopping, and culture. Yes, we should travel the world while we are young!

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  4. I'm so envious of your travel trips, I also want to go to Bangkok, great photos, if I ever travel in Bangkok I'll be using your post for reference, thanks for sharing <3

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    1. Thank you! Do visit it someday.

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  5. nice..
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  6. Bankok beautiful, I love Hello Kitty!!! *-*

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  7. OMG! Amazing place!

    Love your blog and I'd be glad if we could follow each other.
    Just visit my site when you have time!

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  8. love the first picture :O

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  9. It really is a fabulous place. Espinho is a very cosy place, Yes. People are very humble and very well laid out. While walking down the street we see that people smile without knowing each other. It made me feel at home.

    Cops wonderful pictures. The place is magnificent.
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  10. beautiful pictures! :) lovely city!

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  11. nice post as usual :)

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  12. Lovely photos dolly :)

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  13. Nice to hear positive stuff about Bangkok as I often hear complaints. But it's still on my bucketlist! Would love to shop there!

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    1. I swear you will go crazy shopping there! Everything is so cheap!

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  14. Great post and amazing pictures :)

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  15. It warms my heart every time i see photos from Bangkok. I lived there for 2 year a while back and i could more back in a heartbeat !No wonder everyone loves Thailand !
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