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Author Topic: BANGKOK, Thailand (Thread 8)  (Read 52915 times)

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Re: Thailand (Thread 8)
« Reply #20 on: October 31, 2012, 12:05:05 PM »
keziah1219, very good naman ang train system nila, and masarap maglakad sa foreign city, so go lang.

When riding a cab, insist on meter. And kahit pumayag sa meter, be aware of the path! Dapat alam mo kung paano pumunta sa lugar na gusto mong mapuntahan. Iikutin ka ng metered taxis para tumaas ang singil sayo.

May pinara kaming taxi ng dad ko, ang singil samin eh 100 baht kahit less than a kilometer away yung pupuntahan namin. Kahit sakit na paa ko sa kakalakad, at kahit pagod na ako, I said no firmly. My dad wanted to take the cab na nga, kasi ang dami naming dala, pero ako yung matigas talaga na nag no. And I stood there, unwavering, hanggang sa nag-offer yung driver ng 80 baht. Pero mahal pa rin, so I stayed put. I waited for a metered cab, and 45 baht lang ang pamsahe namin.

Based on my experience, whether sa tuktuk, cab, or sa tiangge stalls, if you want to get a lower price, say no and turn your back on them. Sila pa hahabol sayo. May nabili akong blouse na from 350 baht naging 200 baht lang, kasi talagang tinalikuran ko lang. Nakakatawa nga kasi while I was walking away, sumisigaw yung tindero ng "350? 300? 250? 200?" at bawat tanong nya, sumisigaw din ako ng "NO" habang palakad papalayo hehe. Kaso nung umabot na sa 200, lam ko na fair price na yun, wala nang ibababa, kaya bumalik nako.
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Re: Thailand (Thread 8)
« Reply #21 on: October 31, 2012, 01:43:45 PM »
Re-Tiger Temple : they actually drug the poor tigers so they're sedated. Suggest you skip it.
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Re: Thailand (Thread 8)
« Reply #22 on: October 31, 2012, 02:22:16 PM »
@sis keziah-no naman, riding on trains around bkk is ok...walang problema sa mga mrt sa mga ibang bansa...:-)

yung nangyari sa amin was like, we were walking around bkk, punta dapat kami sa isang mall, nasa sidewalk naman kami, then we asked someone or nag-uusap yata kami (we are 3 girls) kasi balak namin, dun kami sa walkway nila, dun sa taas ba, kaso di namin alam kung saan kami lulusuot, then there was this guy, nga na nakiki-alam, sabi niya, di raw open yung mall na yun, kasi may buddha time ek-ek, pero aware kami sa mga ganun na mga scammers, so yung sister ko, tingin siya agad sa gamit ko, pati ako rin, kasi alam mo yun, baka salisihan ka...so, i just told my sister and our friend na direcho lakad...:-)

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Re: Thailand (Thread 8)
« Reply #23 on: October 31, 2012, 02:39:13 PM »
hi sis! Saan maaganda to celebrate Loy Krathong?
« Last Edit: October 31, 2012, 07:03:14 PM by stylishlymessy »

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Re: Thailand (Thread 8)
« Reply #24 on: October 31, 2012, 08:12:13 PM »
^Chiang Mai. In Northern Thailand kasi they also celebrate another festival called Yi Peng at the same time - so parang you hit 2 birds with 1 stone :)
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Re: Thailand (Thread 8)
« Reply #25 on: October 31, 2012, 10:04:29 PM »
The first time ng bangkok ako with friends, ganyan din sinabi samin regarding the W-A-Ts, sarado daw, etc.
But i guess, the trick is, planning ahead. You either go along with a tour/hire a tour OR Do it yourself
Ng DIY kami and it was fun plus, you are the boss pa. you say when and where, whether it is taking a longer time for a particular temple or even calling it a day na (which we did after the third temple, we were so tired na plus ang init pa that time)

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Re: Thailand (Thread 8)
« Reply #26 on: November 01, 2012, 12:49:28 AM »
^agree din ako sis, matipid din kasi ang DIY. unless wala ka naman problem magsplurge or may kasama kang oldies or kids.  ;D

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Re: Thailand (Thread 8)
« Reply #27 on: November 01, 2012, 02:24:13 AM »
For me BKK is safer than PH. Kahit hating gabi na kami gumagala walang mang hohold up sayo. Unlike dito satin kahit tanghaling tapat. Marami lang talagang scammer just like here satin. Kaya nasayo na yun kung maniniwala ka sa mga scammers.
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Re: Thailand (Thread 8)
« Reply #28 on: November 01, 2012, 09:46:53 AM »
^ True! I felt safer sa Bangkok. Last June, my friends and I were walking around the Sukhumvit area until 3 a.m. Wala namang sumusutsot or nambabastos.

Tapos when my Dad and I were shopping sa Pratunam last week, walang mga batang pulubi na nangangalabit. Sa natin, nagkalat sila sa Divisoria.

In any city naman talaga, be alert all the time. At isipin ninyo, Pilipino tayo. Kung maloko sila, mas maloko tayo, unfortunately. Sabi nga ng dad ko, lolokohin pa nila ang Pilipino, eh tayo ang sandamakmak ang kalokohan.
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Re: Thailand (Thread 8)
« Reply #29 on: November 01, 2012, 09:11:24 PM »
^natawa ako sis dun ha? :-) well, yup, wala ngang mga pulubi sa pratunam area...

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Re: Thailand (Thread 8)
« Reply #30 on: November 02, 2012, 01:18:04 PM »
thanks sis alexandria and yby2476. :)

I am planning for DIY tour for the temples since madali lang daw siya iDIY. The ayutthaya tour im planning na magjojoin ako ng mga tour. hehe.

Bale here is my itinerary:
Nov. 27 - midnight arrival, check in at lub d siam square
Nov. 28 - temple and city tour (DIY)
            - shopping sa hapon?
            - Celebrate loy krathong (no idea pa where) or siam niramit?
Nov. 29 - ayutthaya tour (still to check tour guides)
            - chao phraya river cruise (okay na po ba yung 2,100 baht na cost?)
Nov. 30 - shopping
            - departure sa gabi

Ang bilis ko lang. kainis. hehe. okay na po ba to mga sis? Or should I skip ayutthaya para shopping nalang? hihi. or do you have any suggestions na must see?

TIA! :)

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Re: Thailand (Thread 8)
« Reply #31 on: November 02, 2012, 04:42:17 PM »
^ i highly suggest na ivisit mo din ang asiatique riverfront. Pwede ka na magshopping dun at food trip & photo op. Also if you want to watch calypso cabaret show andun din sya. It opens from 5PM-12AM. May libreng boat going to and from asiaqtique sa Saphan Taksin. Yung dinner river cruise naman alam ko mas may cheaper pa dyan. parang ang mahal ng 2,100. You may also want to try Baiyoke Sky Hotel's Buffet dinner. May 3 yatang different buffets dun. Iba't ibang floor pero nasa taas silang lahat. Nasa 690 baht lang per head ang binayaran namin if I remember it correctly. Kasama na dun yung entrance sa 360 degrees revolving roof deck. Badtrip lang yung pababa ng hotel kasi sa sobrang taas ng hotel ang liit lang ng mga elevators so siksikan kapag madaming tao at baka di ka pa makasakay agad.
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Re: Thailand (Thread 8)
« Reply #32 on: November 02, 2012, 07:50:58 PM »
kami kasi sis, nag-ayutthaya, pero DIY...di kami nag temple tour sa city...ginawa na lang namin mag-shopping instead...

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Re: Thailand (Thread 8)
« Reply #33 on: November 02, 2012, 08:01:39 PM »
Exciting din mag-DIY sa Ayutthaya. Hindi naman mahirap. We took their train (like PNR) to get to Ayutthaya and then crossed the river via a boat. Then, there were tuk-tuk drivers and agreed to have a tour for 200 Baht/hour. I wanna go back to Bangkok for shopping. Masaya kahit mainit.

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Re: Thailand (Thread 8)
« Reply #34 on: November 02, 2012, 10:32:36 PM »
^I think it's okay naman kahit mag-isa but I really suggest that you hire a tuk-tuk driver kasi malaki and city. I remember we just paid 20 baht lang ata per head (lol) sa train. Madami din kaming foreigners nakasabay sa train na mga foreigners (mga backpackers). Sa boat, 10 or 15 baht lang ata. Based on my observation, mukhang mababait naman tuk tuk drivers dun but please read other forums.

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Re: Thailand (Thread 8)
« Reply #35 on: November 03, 2012, 03:09:32 PM »
^sis nymphadora, nag train (PNR type) ka din pala papunta ng ayutthaya...kami din...:-) dun kami sa last coach, para ma-feel namin ang mga ordinary thais...:-) nag-crossed din kami ng river, pero nung pagbaba namin, di muna kami nag-hire ng tuktuk...sabi kasi namin, kaya namin maglibot around ayutthaya via walking...my gosh, di pala...:-) kaya we opted na, after touring 2 temples...:-)

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Re: Thailand (Thread 8)
« Reply #36 on: November 03, 2012, 06:57:09 PM »
Hi! I'm going here next March! Will be in Bangkok for about 7 days and I've been researching like crazy. At first, Bangkok-Chiang Mai yung plan but we changed our minds due to budget and logistics issues. Also, I read that March is the worst month to visit to Chiang Mai due to slash-and-burn activities causing terrible air pollution in the area. Sayang... pero next time na lang siguro.

Here is what I'm thinking so far:

Day 1: Arriving at Midnight. Chatuchak and Or Tor Kor
Day 2: Ayutthaya and walking around Silom (our hotel will probably be in that area)
Day 3: Temple Hopping (Grand Palace, WatPho, WatArun, Loha Prasat and WatBowonniwetwihan, quick visit at Khason Road
Day 4: Walking around Chinatown and Little India
Day 5: Muang Boran
Day 6: Easy day at Lumpini Park, around Silom area
Day 7: Mall siguro? Flying out at midnight

Haha. Nakaka excite din mag plan :)

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Re: Thailand (Thread 8)
« Reply #37 on: November 04, 2012, 12:41:19 PM »
@sis monbla, i think you'll have much free time on your day 4, 5, and day 6. Why not put 2 activities in one day so you can spend one day for another activity like visiting the floating market, asiatique etc?

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Re: Thailand (Thread 8)
« Reply #38 on: November 04, 2012, 01:19:31 PM »
Thanks! Pwede actually, since hindi pa final yan. Binabalance ko rin na hindi kami masyado haggard pauwi pag super hectic yung buong week so nag allot ako ng easy days esp leading to our midnight flight pabalik ng clark. Also, nagpprioritize din ng attractions na pupuntahan since as much as possible, 20k each lang kami. Di rin kasi namin naplano ganun katagal magstay pero ayun ang flights na nakuha. Hehe. Mas interest namin both ng trav buddy ko na maglakad lakad lang at mag food trip. :D

Check ko yung asiatique, ngayon ko lang nalaman yan :D
« Last Edit: November 04, 2012, 01:21:59 PM by monbla »

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Re: Thailand (Thread 8)
« Reply #39 on: November 04, 2012, 05:54:28 PM »
I think Asiatique is a new attraction in Bangkok. They call it Asiatique Riverside so I guess you'll have nice view in the evening.

 

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