Been back nearly 2 weeks after 3 weeks in Thailand so thought I had better sit down and start the JBR's.
This trip was our 7th trip and I travelled with my sister and my 2 boys aged 9 and 14. We started off at Bangkok, travelled up to Chiang Mai then down to Phuket then back to Bangkok for our last 10 days.
Trip began with a 3 hour drive to Melbourne...Left at 7am so we had plenty of time to catch our 2pm flight.
We usually travel in July and wait for Jetstar flights to come on special during the year. This year we managed $500 return flights so we were happy with that. Flight over wasn't too bad but it was a long day and we ended up in Bangkok at about 840pm their time.
As soon as we got through immigration and made our way outside of airport it felt like we had arrived home. And I always look up and am impressed by the outside structure of the airport. And the heat...wow loved it we just left Australia mid winter and it was bloody cold...
Taxi cost us 700bht for larger taxi (need 1 for all our bags) to Pratunum. Not much traffic out so we got to the hotel by 9.30.
We stayed at the Baiyoke Suite hotel like we do every year. Great budget hotel, could do with a little work mainly in their bathrooms but I love the fact that you get a loungeroom which has a couch, armchair, table and chairs and room to spread out and relax. Think the room cost us around 1500bht a night but I know we got a better deal for the later part of our stay.
Once we got our bags into our room, off we went downstairs to stock up at the 7/11. Not a late night as we had been on the go for over 17 hours but we had finally arrived!!!
Woke up excited that holiday had begun. Had to sort out phone cards so headed off to AIS in Central world. Got unlimited net for a month and some call credit for roughly 1000bht which we were happy with. Usually I get an internet card for my PC and for my sisters IPAD but my son informed me that we could use the personal hotspot on the phone to use these so once again we have discovered another way to cut down costs.
We also cut down on using credit to message/ring home and had set up facebook messenger with those we wanted to keep into contact with and by using the unlimited internet on the phone we could do this for nothing..... meant $$$$ more money to spend on hols lol!!!
Since we were only here for 2 days we went to BTS and put credit on our saver/rabbit passes. Think it was 405bht for 15 trips per adult and 315bht for kids. Not much of a saving in paying for each trip but it saves waiting in line to purchase tickets each time we used the BTS.
Walked up to Victory monument market to see what they had on offer this year and to make note of prices....it sure seems to have got a bit bigger than last year. From here we caught the BTS to Patpong (though this market it expensive compared to others and we rarely buy anything) but the atmosphere is great and we always drop in to the COOL CORNER restauarant to have a bite to eat. Meals and drinks for 4 of us 1100bht.
Stopped at the Big C on way home and grabbed a bottle of Vodka for 240bht to make the journey to our next stops.....can't believe it is so cheap!!!
Today we are flying up to Chiang Mai. Had a lunchtime flight with Air Asia...cost 700bht for taxi to Don Muang Airport but this was through the hotel as its too hard to get one to take all our luggage and put meter on ... Can't wait to get back to Bangkok...a city you either love or hate!!!
Next JBR will be in Chiang Mai