|Chong Nonsi Station|
After a delightful breakfast, we met with our friends at the Chong Nonsi Station which is just 3 minutes away from our hotel. We bought the Day Pass (Php180) which is ideal for tourists. First stop was Saphan Tak Sin Station and we walked towards Wat Yannawa, a good starter temple for first time Bangkok travellers. After some pictures we walked back towards the train station and then to the Sathon pier to hop on the ferry to the Grand Palace (Php21). Entrance to the grand Palace is 350BHT or Php525. Comfortable shoes are a must since you'll do a lot of walking in this huge complex. Almost everything in the Grand Palace is awe-inspiring with golden temples and amazing sculptures withstood the test of time.
Next on the itinerary was Wat Pho, adjacent to the Grand Palace. Wat Pho houses the largest image of Buddha in Thailand, The Reclining Buddha, covered in gold no less. (Entrance Fee: 150BHT or Php225). Just across the river is Wat Arun. The barge to cross the river costs 3BHT or Php4.50.
We headed next to the famous weekend market, Chatuchak. We rode the BTS to Mo Chit station and walked a considerable length before we reached the market. One can only have enough strength to cover the entire 35 acres of endless stalls but the cheap buys will make you forget the fact you've been walking for hours. I spent around 1,500BHT or Php2,250 for key chains, souvenir displays, t-shirts, and bags.
Needless to say, a whole day of walking made our legs and feet sore so we called it a day by sunset. We went back to Chong Nonsi Station and found a local restaurant just a stone's throw away from our hotel. The food was great at cost us around 250BHT a few dishes and drinks for two (Php375 or Php187.50 each).
Terminal fee: Php750
Travel tax: Php1,620
Taxi to Hotel: Php150
3 Nights at Hotel: Php2,700 per person
Airfare and Hotel TOTAL: Php9,738.52 per person
Temple Tour expenses: Php1,023
Lunch and Dinner: Php412.50
Day 1 TOTAL: Php1,435.50 per person
*Chatuchak shopping expenses: Php2,250
***exchange rate assumption: 1BHT = Php1.50
Next: Amazing Thailand (Floating Market, Siam Ocean World and Pat Pong)