Hours prior, I was still questioning my decision to get the super early morning flight out to Bangkok. Considering the time difference, super early flight means I would arrive slightly later than the check in time for the hostel. This also meant I had wasted half a day worth of #noms I could have had before my sister’s arrival.
But I had just done with work at 7pm and I planned to stop over at home after Bangkok, dropping off sis and also see Mom before she leaves the town for work. The schedule for the week is totally messed up. 3 nights in Bangkok ✈️ home for a day ✈️ work for 2 days ✈️ home again for 3nights and then ✈️ back to work. Seems like I really need my flu shot coz I’m sure that I would be seriously sick with all the long haul flights and jetlags.
I managed to drag my housemate out for a meal after work. Planned to just sleep the whole flight so I wont be as sleepy and tired when I arrive and also to ensure the jetlag wont mess up my vacation.
Boarded the flight at 2am and managed to change my seat to the one in upper deck. Upper deck means no screaming child since the Y class is directly at aft of the lounge area for First and Business class. Thought I could really sleep the whole way…I thought wrong. Though I had 2 seats to myself, the seat mate I had was a seatmate from hell. I always wonder why people who have money to board a plane don’t have the same amount of courteous. Anyway, the ride was a disaster and as I knew it, I was grumpy for the whole day, even after the arrival of sister a few hours after I reached.
The thing I dreaded the most in Bangkok is most definitely the Q at immigration. Suvarnabhumi (read= Suwanapoom) for me is the hub for transits in Asia, though HK is also one of important transit point for Asia, it definitely not able to beat the level of congestion in Bangkok. The transit and departure area in Suvarnabhumi is definitely fun to explore. You could easily spend a few hours at the cafes or just spend those moolah away at the duty free shops.
So the flight was slightly delayed and as soon as I got my local sim card, I immediately emailed the hostel telling them I would be half an hour late. Manage to get a reply from sis before she boarded to confirm her arrival time. It would be her first time in Bangkok so I had planned to go to Don Mueang airport to fetch her.
Hostel was amazing. Movylodge Bangkok is such a dreamy place. The bed is huge and comfortable and the privacy level is amazing. Was not a fan of the stairs going up to the third floor though. Too narrow and steep. Was lucky I only had a hand carry with me. Baht 2500 for 3 nights for 2 pax. Real bargain since the location is right in the middle of hotspot area.
Initially wanted to stay at The Posh, it was still under renovation when I was last in Bangkok in Nov 2016 but the place was fully occupied on my travel dates. I forgot about Feb 1st being the Labour Day in most countries hence the long weekend was a chosen travel week for a lot of tourists. Next time, then. Check the place out if you can and pleaseeeeeeeee let me know how it goes ya..
Sister’s ETA was 5pm so I thought since I had never traveled to/fro Don Mueang via public transportation before I thought I had to leave early so that I will not miss her. Turned out that the transportation service (even the buses) are really reliable! (I’m side eyeing you, my home country).
From Mo Chit BTS Station, go to Exit 3. Get down from the walkway bridge. The left side would be stairs and right side would be the escalator. The escalator would be the one going up to the walkway bridge. Dont worry and just go down via the stairs and make a turn around (or a u-turn). If you’re still confused just make sure that the entrance of Chatuchak Park SUBWAY is on your left. Just go straight and you will see a couple of bus stops. The will be a bus attendant sitting in a small booth and you can ask her/him about the bus to Don Mueang airport. It’s usually A1 or A3 and the fare is 30Baht. Just hop on the bus and pay the fare.
(Note: For those who planned to dump your luggage for Chatuchak Market, there is coin locker for luggage at Exit 4 of Mo Chit BTS, your welcome).
It was a bit busy when I went but it was only 20 mins away so even when I had to stand it didnt matter that much to me.
Don Mueang had changed so much since I last there. The departure area for Domestic and International had amazing changes. It had become more organised. Neat and clean. It was so neglected before that I didnt think that it could be this beautiful. I had stayed in Amari Don Mueang before and it was seriously like coming out to a different world every time we left the hotel and coming back from work. Was still feeling awed until I reached the arrival area. Turned out the arrival for international is still the same hahaha. I thought I was at a different airport, the level of difference is too significant LMAO. That was not all though, the level of business at the immigration had also not changed. I had to wait for more than an hour for sis to come out from immigration 😦
Getting back to Mo Chit BTS was also a breeze. Honestly I am sooooo happy with this. Got back to hostel just before 7pm. Dumped her luggage and off we went for dinner, my first meal for the day…
The restaurant was full of Muslim tourists that we threw knowing look among ourselves ahhaha. Why, you asked? Those tourists were my own countrymen HAHAHAHHAH. Being in a foreign country yet the whole restaurant spoke my language I almost thought I was back home.
Was my third time in Phayathai Kitchen. Though the food is more expensive compared to the other place, what I looked for the most is the level of cleanliness. The food also tastes amazing. Try the Pok Taek and the Salted Egg Papaya Salad, they’re to die for.
The whole street getting to Phayathai Kitchen is actually inhabited by Muslims. Darul Aman Mosque is also in the area further emphasized the size of Muslim community around it. You can get BBQ chicken wing for only 10Baht per piece from the street vendor, sausages and grilled meat skewered that is usually non Halal at night markets. Eat your fill of street food at this area 🙂
After dinner, we decided to walk to MBK to get rid of the stuffy feeling from inhaling to much food. MBK mall was just 15 minutes away on foot from Phayathai. The night also happened to be the night Super Blue Blood Moon happened since the total Lunar Eclipsed in 2015. We were lucky that the sky was clear and we joined the crowd outside of MBK mall in observing the rare happening.
What is important after #noms? More #noms of course! The food stalls layout at the ground level had changed so I could not spot the seriously delicious Mango Sticky rice and Coconut Ice Cream that I had before so we had to settle with whatever was available. Was not impressed with the taste so I swore to myself that I would hunt for Mango Sticky Rice every day until the day we left Bangkok ><
Scored a pair of nice looking and cheap watches at the vendor booths on the same area. 350Baht for each. (My mom thought I paid heaps for this LOL)
Walked back to hostel, showered and got ready for bed. We had decided earlier that we would not excessively plan anything for the trip and just go with the flow with whatever we felt like doing.