Possibly the most difficult post for me to write, ironically, especially since this was possibly the trip I had the most fun with one of my favorite persons in the world. It’s difficult because good memories are always tough to look back upon, when you know that you will never experience it the same again!
But this entire 4 day trip still has to be written here because I’ve promised to share my itinerary and experience previously, and what other better ways to reminisce than to write them on an online platform that would be around forever. Haha! And also, we should always learn to not cry when it’s over but smile because it happened – Dr Seuss.
We were on a 4 day 3 night trip to Bangkok, a decision we made less than 5 minutes because air fares were relatively affordable then! In these 4 days, we spent most of our time eating, and eating. BECAUSE WHEN YOU LET EXPLODINGBELLY PLAN YOUR ITINERARY, THERE IS NOTHING ELSE BUT TO EAT AND CAFE HOP. I planned the itinerary such that we could visit the more uncommon places to eat in BKK, because we are cool like that.
It was really exciting for me because we havent been on a trip since our first in 2014. Ben came over to my place to whisk me off at like… 4am or something because our flight was at 7-ish in the morning. It’s only when I travel with him, I get to feel the freedom of not having any check in luggages, and we could just print our boarding passes and head right to the gates. Of course, that’s before I did my last minute money changing and stuffing my face with kaya toast and my supposed white coffee, which cost more but the person scammed me by serving me just coffee. What a cheat. Yes, I’m grudge bearing like this.
Stop 1: On Lok Yun
We jetted off and reached Bangkok at 8-ish local time, and got on to the train to the really inaccessible On Lok Yun. We had to make a transfer from the Airport to Makkasan Station (~30 minutes ride), which is located about a 5 minute walk away from Petchaburi Station. From there, we had to take another train to Hualamphong.
We were also approached some Korean teacher and kids to take a picture with them because… #culturalexchange. Made me feel so awkward throughout the train ride trying to act friendly but I just want to be a grumpy person so early in the morning.
From the station, we thought we could easily get a tuk tuk to bring us to On Lok Yun, but NO. They were all out to scam us, charging us like 200 baht (S$7.80) for a trip in the vicinity-ish. So we made the decision we both regretted after like 20 minutes of walking under the scorching hot sun, because my apple map directed us into some other people’s village.
So with our grossly sticky demeanor, we asked for a ride from a random tuktuk, and had to unleash my not so good skills of flirting to get us a bargain to what? I think 120 baht (S$4.70). Still a rip off. Then, just as we set off, our tuk tuk swerved like what most tuk tuk do, and my phone slipped out of my pocket and flew SO FAR AWAY on the road. So I sat there screaming for my phone, while still keeping my ass in the tuk tuk because I was watching if the incoming ambulance was going to run it over before deciding to go pick it up. Thankfully for me, it didn’t and Ben did like a 100m sprint to get it back for me and guess what! THE PHONE WAS UNSCATHED. Phew.
So we were on our way to on lok yun fast and furiously.
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We still had time before our check in time at 2pm after breakfast and we found a mall like place just behind On Lok Yun!
Stop 2: The Old Siam
Look like some cultural center hor.
We headed out of the mall cause we saw more food outside, and there it was! His favorite grilled pork thingy!
It was so dang good. We last had it at the JB bazaar, ah.. Good times never last.
We then decided to take a cab to the Siam area so that we could grab a train to our hotel at Ekkamai!
Stop 3: Check in at THA City Loft
The trip there was uneventful, but just a hell lot of walking and me whining. I’ve previously blogged about THA, a super good option for accommodation if you happen to be looking for one!
There he was doing all the admin stuff while I simply ran around like a kid snapping pictures everywhere because the place was so pretty and I was also very excited like a goldfish in a new tank.
We lazed around for a bit and tried the shibuya toast biscuits. It tasted like shit, so we decided to head out to explore the Thong Lor area.
Stop 4: PEACE Oriental Tea House
Just a 5 minute walk out of our hotel was the green tea place I wanted to visit! So zen, so peaceful, it was so out of my league. But don’t care just go and act zen.
Stop 5: The Commons and Rocket X 72 Courtyard @ Thong Lor
It took us a good 20-25 minutes walk on super uneven pavements to reach the Thong Lor area! But it was a nice chill walk so we were not disgustingly sweaty.
The Commons is a new eco-friendly mall at Thong Lor, probably is the hippest place to go right now. It’s like the bangkok version of our Pasarbella. Here are pictures of it:
So we sat there to chill for a good hour or so because we were so tired from the traveling and walking around, he nearly fell asleep. Walao so embarrassing. We only got up to leave when there was a massive mozzie attack. It’s massive when both of us also get bitten, if only I get bitten, it’s normal.
Stop 6: Sukhumvit 38 Food Stalls
He grew an addiction to walking. I didn’t mind cause I have grown to love walking since the op. We took another almost half an hour walk to the Sukhumvit 38 food stalls, where it was like a food court with street food and all! I don’t even know what we usually do while walking, probably like me whining, singing stupid childhood songs or annoying the shit out of him while he’s navigating.
We later decided to take another half an hour walk back to the hotel because we fit like that, and come to think of it.. WE HAD A LOT TO EAT. It was about 8.30pm then, oh and before heading to the hotel, we spent like 1 hour at the supermarket deciding how big bottles of water we should buy and how much the discount was. DAMN LAME. But that is what we always do cause we indecisive little shits.
Yes, this is the end of our very, very eventful first day in Bangkok, and I should be able to continue the rest of the travelogue pretty soon after I get the pictures transferred and edited! Stay tuned! Japan itinerary coming up as well, and I just remembered I didn’t finish the previous one. Ah.
Tune in to #explodingbennybkk on Instagram to check out the places we’ve went and food we had from the trip!