Yes! I am guilty, of not having delivered this post in time, but without further ado, here’s the 3rd and last installment from Thailand Travel Story.
I spent the last few days of my trip exploring Koh Larn, an island close to Pattaya, and Bangkok.
On the 3rd day of my 5 day trip to Thailand, I ferried my way to Koh Larn, a small, but very beautiful island near Pattaya. I spent the day, swimming in the ocean, sipping beer and coconut water and just laying there at the beach, soaking the Sun, doing absolutely nothing. Now that’s what you call a real vacation, right?
To go to the Koh Larn island, either you can take a speedboat, which would cost you anywhere between 100-120 TBH, or if you are traveling on budget and would rather use that money somewhere else, then you can take a ferry from Bali Hai Pier in Pattaya, which would cost you only 30 TBH per person. The speedboat will cover the distance to the island within 15 minutes, the ferry takes about 30 minutes or so. Ensure that you carry your beach essentials (check out my next post on the same! Coming up soon I promise!) and water in plenty.
By the 4th day of my trip, I had covered most of Pattaya and the nearby island, now it was time to go back to the city life! What’s a better place than Bangkok, to do just that!
In Bangkok, I stayed at the Prince Palace Hotel. Affordable and beautiful, located in the center of the city, I had a great time in their private suite. I would highly recommend this to anyone, who intends to explore the city.
I had only 2 days to explore Bangkok, so everything had to be planned meticulously. Once I reached my hotel, I just threw my bags, applied some sunscreen, carried a bottle of water and left for the Chatuchak Market! Yep! you got that right! The very same market, where you can find everything under the Sun! No really! Shoes, bags, clothes, furniture, pets? You name it and they have it! As you must have guessed, I went crazy at the Chatuchak Market and shopped like a crazy person. It reminded me of Sarojini Nagar market in Delhi, except this was way bigger and equally crowded! Nevertheless, I shopped and shopped, and shopped, until I practically dropped! Even though I spent close to 5 hours there, I still could not cover the whole market. It starts getting shut at around 9:00 p.m, so be wary of this fact. Plan your trip accordingly, I would suggest you start around 11:00 a.m or so, to make the most of your trip to the market.
By the time I returned back to my hotel, it was already 10:00 p.m, I was tired as hell, and my feet were aching, but what’s a traveler whose feet do not ache, from walking, and whose heart still aches to explore some more! I was keen on experiencing the nightlife in Bangkok, so I got up, put on some makeup, threw on my dress and left for some Bangkok Clubbing!
To experience the Bangkok Nightlife, I chose to go to Thonglor Arena 10, which is like the hub for clubbing, think of it something to Clark Quay in Singapore. You have a good number of clubs and upscale restaurants. I chose to go to a club called, DEMO. To enter DEMO you will have to pay a cover charge of 1000TBH, which is a lot, but trust me the experience was worth the expenditure! Great music, awesome crowd, and amazing cocktails! There wasn’t a thing that I did not like at DEMO. There is a bright chance, that DEMO might be super crowded if you don’t make it there by 8:00 p.m on any day, in that case, do go to a club called SWAY. True to the name, the place will have you swinging, over the crazy beats and classy cocktails. I did a bit of club hopping, and this was the 2nd and the last club I covered that night. I had a blast!
The next day I was supposed to catch my flight back to Bangalore, but I still had some time at hand, so I went and explored the MBK Mall, which is like the mother of all malls. Just like Chatuchak Market, you wouldn’t be able to cover it in just a few hours. I certainly couldn’t! So ensure, you plan it all wisely! Timing is everything when you are on a mission to explore. I think my vacation was more hectic than my usual days in Bangalore, because I was on the go round the clock, trying to cover it all, but you know, that’s what makes it fulfilling and gives you a sense of satisfaction!
I’ll end this long post by saying, that I had a gala time in Thailand, a beautiful country, the people here are equally beautiful! They are kind, and welcoming, and will not leave a stone unturned in making you feel welcomed in their country.
If you are planning a trip to Bangkok/ Pattaya, and have any questions, feel free to drop your query in the comments and I’ll certainly get back to you! 🙂