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Thursday, March 12, 2015

BANGKOK TRAVEL ITINERARY 2015 - PENANG/BANGKOK [PART 1]

This is my second trip to Bangkok after my first which was in November 2014.  Made to this with my hubby and a group of friends.  My 4 friends have never visited Bangkok before. With this itinerary, it was a good relaxing trip for us travelling on our own.  Bare in mind this group of 6 are people in their fifties.
Basically, each spent about RM 1500.00 [including food and some shopping] on this 10 days trip.  We took various modes of transport travelling in Bangkok [train, MRT, skytrains, taxis, vans, Tuk-tuks, bicycles, boat and ferries].  It was fun and lots of experiences.
CENTRAL WORLD, BANGKOK

BANGKOK TRIP ITINERARY
12/3/15 – 21/3/15
PENANG TO BANGKOK
12/3/15 [2.00 PM] – 13/3/15 [12 NOON]
DAY 1 [THURSDAY – 12/3/15]

- MEET AT PENANG RAILWAY TICKETING OFFICE, WELD QUAY @ 11.00 – 11.30 AM
- TOOK FERRY TO BW RAILWAY STATION @ 12.00 NOON.
- FROM BUTTERWORTH [12/3/15 @ 2.00 PM] TO BANGKOK [13/3/15 @ 12.OO NOON].  
[DO NOT EXPECT TRAIN TO BE PUNCTUAL, USUALLY THERE IS A DELAY WHICH COULD BE MORE THAN AN HOUR].
IT IS ALWAYS ADVISABLE TO BRING SOME LIGHT REFRESHMENTS [DRINKING WATER, SANDWICHES AND BISCUITS] FOR THE TRAIN JOURNEY. 
DINNER CAN BE ORDERED FROM THE COACH ATTENDANT. DINNER SET IS FROM 170 BAHTS. RINGGIT IS ACCEPTABLE FOR THE BUTTERWORTH TO BANGKOK SECTOR.


PLACES TO VISIT
DAY 2 [FRIDAY - 13/3/15]


- ARRIVED AT HUA LAMPHONG, BANGKOK RAILWAY STATION AT 12.00 NOON.  TRAIN IS NEVER PUNCTUAL ACCORDING TO MY EXPERIENCE.
- LUNCH AT HUA LAMPHONG RAILWAY STATION FOOD COURT. THERE IS A WIDE RANGE OF FOOD CHOICES AT REASONABLE PRICES.  THAI ECONOMY FOOD, NOODLES, HALAL FOOD, WESTERN FOOD, DRINKS AND THAI POPULAR PIG TROTTER RICE ARE AVAILABLE HERE.


- AFTER LUNCH PROCEED TO HUA LAMPHONG MRT STATION WHICH IS NEXT TO RAILWAY STATION.  PURCHASE MRT TICKETS [3 DAY PASS - 230 BAHTS].  IT IS MORE ECONOMICAL TO GET THIS TICKET TO MOVE AROUND BANGKOK COS' IT IS UNLIMITED TRIPS.  1 DAY PASS COSTS 120 BAHTS.
- PROCEED TO HOTEL SIDARE B&B SITUATED AT SUTTHISAN.  HOTEL IS ONLY ABOUT 3 MINUTES WALK FROM SUTTHISAN MRT STATION EXIT NO. 3.  THERE ARE LOTS OF FOOD STALLS AND OTHER STALLS INCLUDING 7-ELEVEN OUTLETS IN THIS AREA WHICH ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS FROM EARLY MORNING TILL NIGHT TIME.  PRICES HERE ARE REASONABLE TOO.





- CHECK-IN TO HOTEL. FRESHEN UP AND REST BEFORE PROCEEDING TO CHINATOWN [YAOWARAT AREA] IN THE AFTERNOON.
HOW TO GET THERE: TAKE MRT TO HUA LAMPHONG MRT STATION THEN TAKE EXIT 1 OR 3.  WALK OPPOSITE DIRECTION TO YAOWARAT ROAD.
PLACES TO VISIT IN CHINATOWN AREA ARE:
- WAT TRAMIT [GOLDEN BUDDHA] / MUSEUM [DAILY 9 AM – 5 PM].  ADMISSION 40 + 10 BAHTS. 

NOT NECESSARY TO GET TICKETS TO ENTER COS' THERE IS NOTHING MUCH TO SEE INSIDE THE TEMPLE [ONLY A GOLDEN BUDDHA].
LOCATION: TRAIMIT ROAD [WEST OF HUA LAMPHONG MRT AND RAILWAY STATION]

- THIAN FAH KUAN YIN TEMPLE
- CHINATOWN SHOPPING STREET
ALONG YAOWARAT ROAD
- CHINATOWN STREET FOOD 
[MORNING TILL NIGHT TIME]

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