Fun fact: ‘Bang’ means riverside village and ‘kok’ means a wild olive.
One fine day when I was bored, I decided to browse for flight deal to anywhere in Google’s New Incognito Window. This is magic because legend has it that airline or hotel websites ‘remember’ you and assume you desperately want to travel so they will purposely increase their price.
So, I managed to buy 3 pairs of Jetstar 2-way tickets to Bangkok, Thailand at the price of SGD $80 each, without check-in luggage. I will be flying in late evening on Saturday (14Jan) and come back on Wednesday (18Jan) afternoon. Basically, I only have 3 solid days in Bangkok.
Travel books mentioned that December to February is relatively cool and dry so it won’t rain as much and not as hot. So, I hope me choosing to go in January is a right choice.
I usually use booking.com because I like the ease of use. It directly shows me the total price instead of price per night at agoda.com. Plus, I used it so many times and written many reviews, my status has been upgraded to Genius Member, so I guess I have more discount?
My main concern when choosing hotels is the location, cleanliness and price. After browsing, I booked a hotel called ‘Baan Glang Soi’, which is located near to Sapan Taksin BTS (Skytrain Station) and total cost is SGD 257 for 4 nights for 3 persons. With BTS nearby, we can easily get to many tourist attractions.
Things I want to do
After settling flight and accommodation, the next is to decide what I want to do. Basically, I just want to experience Bangkok. After searching blogs, etc, every single one of them mentioned the same thing… Wat Wat Wat and more Wat. Omg, I have visited countless of Wat (temple in Thai) since I was young. I think Wat doesn’t fascinate me anymore. However, as a tourist, I might visit at least one ‘touristy’ Wat. Just like how you need to visit cathedrals in Europe.
Death Railway & Ayuttaya
I am interested in the Death Railway. The railway track was built during the Japanese Occupation, by a lot of Prisoners of War, to allow transporting resources by rail instead of sea. I guess this could be a one-day trip out of Bangkok. I will blog about it if I made it. Next, my father wants a day trip to Ayuttaya, which used to be capital of Thailand. So we will go. I guess it might be more interesting than the modern Bangkok.
All kinds of Markets
Other things I am interested in are the floating market and the railway market. There are so many of them I cannot decide which one to go… If I have time, I might visit Chatuchak Weekend Market, which I heard is “touristised” (new word from me) so the things are expensive. I won’t feel sad if I give it a miss as I have seen a more authentic version when I was a kid.
I only have 3 solid days in Bangkok, with 2 days planned for one-day trip to Death Railway and ayuttaya respectively, and 1 day for floating & railway market, etc. My back-up plan in case either of the day trip fails, would be to visit temples, cafe-hop and also visit film camera stores in Bangkok. Sad that I can’t visit the Husky Cafe because I am allergic to dog.
Any where you think I must not miss, let me know!