Explore Bangkok With Me

Traveling to Bangkok was such an adventure! We took a bus from Chiangrai back to Chiangmai. Our bus was delayed and we almost missed our overnight train to Bangkok! Luckily, we reached the station 10 minutes before the train departed.

Upon arriving, we visited the two famous temples in Bangkok, Wat Pho and Wat Arun.

 

Wat Pho

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Known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, it is first on the list of six temples in Thailand classed as the highest grade of the first-class royal temples. It is associated with King Rama I who rebuilt the temple complex on an earlier temple site, and became his main temple where some of his ashes are enshrined. The temple was later expanded and extensively renovated by Rama III. The temple complex houses the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand, including a 46 m long reclining Buddha. The temple is considered the earliest centre for public education in Thailand, and the marble illustrations and inscriptions placed in the temple for public instructions has been recognised by UNESCO in its Memory of the World Programme.

 

Wat Arun

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Known as “Temple of Dawn”, Wat Arun is a Buddhist Temple in Bangkok Yai district, on the Thon buri west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The temple derived its name from the Hindu God Aruna, often personified as the radiations of the rising sun.

Among the best known of Thailand’s landmarks, the first light of the morning reflects off the surface of the temple with pearly iridescence.

Although the temple has existed since at least the 17th century, its distinctive spires were built in the early 19th century, during the reign of King Rama II.

 

Chatuchuk

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When you’re in Bangkok, you definitely can’t miss the famous weekend market! Its sheer size and diverse collections of merchandise will bring any seasoned shoppers to their knees – this is where you can literally shop ‘till you drop’, which I’m proud to say I did of course!

With over more than 8000 stalls, you’ll be spoilt for choices; clothes, shoes, bags, food, souvenirs, etc.

Although it’s impossible to name all, the selection of goods being offered at Chatuchak can be roughly divided into 11 categories:

  • Clothing & Accessories (sections 2-6, 10-26)
  • Handicrafts (sections 8-11) Ceramics (sections 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 25)
  • Furniture and Home Decoration (sections 1,3,4,7,8)
  • Food and Beverage (sections 2, 3, 4, 23, 24, 26, 27)
  • Plants and Gardening tools (sections 3, 4)
  • Art and Gallery (section 7)
  • Pets and Pet Accessories (sections 8, 9, 11, 13)
  • Books (sections 1, 27)
  • Antiques and Collectibles (sections 1, 26)
  • Miscellaneous and Used Clothing (sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 22, 25, 26)

When you’re there, don’t forget to try the famous duck noodles, which sadly I forgot to take a pic of! Just be prepared to queue awhile!

 

Unicorn Cafe

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This is one cafe that keeps popping up on my Instagram feed and I thought to why not give it a visit.

However, I have to say I was underwhelm by the decor and more so, the food! I’ve been to quite a few ‘cutesie’ cafe and I’ve noticed that most of the time, the food is mediocre. Unicorn cafe sadly has one of the worse tasting food of all these cafes I’ve visited.

Let’s just say I went for the pictures and it’s worth only visiting once. I definitely recommend going to the husky cafe (which I visited a couple years back) than this one, where they’re basically sucking the money out of your wallet.

 

Lebua Skybar

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If you wanna spend an evening relaxing and having some drinks, Lebua Skybar is a place to be seen! Although be prepared to spend major ka-ching!

Let me tell you a hilarious story that happened. My mother ordered half a dozen oysters thinking it only cost her SGD10. When I calculated again just to double check, turns out she missed a “0” at the back! Yes, it cost us SGD100! And another SGD60++ for a lobster roll the size of my palm. I have really small hands by the way!

But hey, at least we had an awesome time there!

 

Erawan Museum

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This museum is a hidden gem within Bangkok!

A huge, three-headed elephant statue standing upon an equally gargantuan pedestal is the first, and last, thing you see when visiting Samut Prakan’s Erawan Museum. It’s a splendid, towering beast: 250 tons in weight, 29 metres high, 39 metres long, and cast in a pure green-hued copper. From conception to completion it took almost ten years to construct. With a proud, war-like demeanor and trunks the size of ancient Banyan Trees, this is an epic image of Hindu mythology’s Airavata.

Maeklong Market

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Maeklong Railway Market is a traditional Thai market selling fresh vegetables, food and fruit. What makes it special is that the market is located on a train line where, a few times a day, the train runs directly through the market. When the train comes, vendors lower their umbrellas and move some of their produce further back off the train tracks. Some of the vegetables are laying on the ground and the train goes right over them. Amazingly, nothing is damaged or broken, and as soon as the train passes, vendors continue as normal.

You’ll be greeted by the odour of raw seafood while walking along the market, but hey, that’s the beauty of experiencing something you don’t get to see in your own country.

 

Grand Palace

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One of the city’s famous landmark, the Grand Palace is known as one of the must-see places in Bangkok. It was built in 1782 and was the home of the Thai King for 150 years!Thai Kings stopped living in the palace around the turn of the twentieth century, but the palace complex is still used to mark all kinds of other ceremonial and auspicious happenings.
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I hope you enjoyed reading my 3-part Thailand series!

Stay tuned for my travel posts….

 

Xx,

Nic

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2016 travel lookbook

And just like that, with a snap of your fingers, it’s the last day of January! Wow! First month of the year already gone?!

Well, here’s a recap of my travel adventures in 2016:

Tokyo (January):

First trip of 2016 with my mum and sis. It’s so good to go somewhere cold. Makes me miss the freezing weather and I think I should plan to go somewhere this year to experience winter again.

Macau & Hong Kong (April)

First time traveling with my grandaunt and granduncle. Was also joined by my grandma and aunt. Was utterly spoiled by them hehe 🙂

My cousin and her friend happened to be there too so we met up a couple of times.

Sydney (April/May)

Ahhh heading to my fav city in my fav country with my Boo! I miss this trip the most and how can I forget the mouth-watering food Sydney has to share. I can’t wait to move there!!

Bali (October)

This was the first time I got to travel on my birthday! And also the first time my Boo, Mum and I went on a trip together!

 

Port Dickson (November)

Brought my Mum for a short birthday trip.

Bangkok (December)

My last trip with my Boo in 2016!

Darwin (December/January)

2016 started with a girls’ trip with my Mum and sis, and it ended with another trip with them. A road trip!!

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Hope you love my 2016 travel lookbook!!!

xx,

Nic

Bangkok (2016)

Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to a great 2017!

December was crrazzzyyyyy! Goodness two back to back travels!

I went to Bangkok with my Boo from 15th to 20th December. It was our last trip of 2016 and it was a lotta fun!

We went to Karmakamet Diner after checking into our hotel, for dinner.

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The next day, we started out early to go shopping at Platinum Mall.

The ice cream at the mall was sooo good!

Tea was at After You Cafe and we had the Ferraro Shibuya Toast

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And for dinner, we went for the famed boat noodles near Victory Monument.

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On our third day in Bangkok, we went to Chatuchuk Market.

One cafe you definitely need to visit is True Love Cafe @Neverland. They have so many huskies there and it just made me miss my babies back home.

The next morning, we went to the Floating Market and breakfast on the boat. I ate my fav coconut ice cream while Shah had his spring rolls and pad thai.

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We went to Toby’s for lunch and it was the best cafe we went to in Bangkok!

On our last day in Bangkok, we had breakfast at On Lok Yun. Best breakfast everrrrr!

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And we went to Fill In The Blank Cafe for some tea….

I had a really great time in Bangkok with you Boo! The food was amazing! The massage was heavenly! We did lots of walking until our feet hurt but we had lots of fun making jokes and disturbing each other.

This is our last trip for 2016 and I already can’t wait for our 2017 trips!

Once again, Happy New Year 🙂

 

 

 

Love,

Nic