Thursday, November 07, 2013

Grand Palace

Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang or popular as Grand Palace. Everyone who came to Bangkok MUST visit this palace. It located at Na Phra Lan Road, Old City (Rattanakosin).
We were there on our second day in Thailand. Luckily that day we don't have to pay the entrance fee. On that day, The Grand Palace only opened to visitor until 1 pm because there will be a ceremony attended by King. 
Normally, Grand Palace open  daily at 08.30 - 15.30. Tickets sold also from 8:30 - 15:30 and cost 400 baht. One ticket includes entry to Vimanmek Palace and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall.

Grand Palace Complex are a sacred places, visitor must be properly dressed. Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves (no tank tops. If you're wearing sandals or flip-flops you must wear socks (in other words, no bare feet.) Women must be similarly modestly dressed. No see-through clothes, bare shoulders, etc. During our visit, we often met foreigners especially Caucasians using 'temporary  clothes' that provided in a booth near the gate (deposit are required).

I'll continue on the next post.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

First Trip

11th May 2013.

Sawadee ka...

I often intend to write down about my trip with Hilda before. Finally, this time has arrived :)
That was my first abroad trip. And we're heading to Bangkok!! It was only two of us, on our very first abroad and Hilda. Especially for Hilda, that were also her very first time on plane.

We've planned this trip from early of 2013. Because we didn't use any travel tour, we planned everything alone before or an the spot. Everything...start from the plane and all the itinerary. The joy of this kind of travel is they are flexible....we could easily change our mind about our plan :)

Our plane landed at Don Mueang Int'l Airport of Bangkok in the morning. We have to take taxi to Bangkok downtown, about half an hour ride from airport. The thing about Bangkok's taxi is...they will charged you too much if you don't make yourself clear about the destination. For that trip from airport to downtown Bangkok, we have to pay 400 THB, those exclude 40 THB for airport taxi fees in advance. From what I've read before, it only cost about 250 - 350 THB from Don Mueang Airport.

Bangkok's taxi driver seems don't have a lot differences with Indonesian taxi driver. They were gladly take extra income from foreigner, by charged too much...or pretend to not know what are we're talking about. Well...we've learn those misfortune :)

From what I saw, city landscape of Bangkok  didn't have a lot of differences with Jakarta. Things I could say is Bangkok has a better public transportation.

I'll share another story later ^^