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Kalye Serye Bangkok: #LocalFeels

Bangkok, Thailand

I usually just post photos and a few captions for my Kalye Serye series but sometimes I'm a keyboard warrior in a sense that typing comes first before thinking (rationally), lol. I'm writing this blog post on the fly because, ahhh busy week! This week's Kalye Serye is about the third and last destination of our 10-day backpacking trip - a.k.a BKK!

We took the Nattakan Bus from Siem Reap to Bangkok because when I searched online, it's practically the only bus line that travels from Cambodia directly to Thailand so we wouldn't need to ride another bus upon crossing the border. 

Bangkok, Thailand

When we booked our ticket though, the travel agency said that there's a newer direct bus too. Although it's cheaper, we didn't take it because it doesn't have a toilet on board and we were thinking of a 12-hour land trip to Bangkok! 

It was a Sunday and I quite expected that the bus would be filled with passengers but surprisingly, there were only about 10 of us in a large bus! They gave us free snacks, lunch, and water. There's no WiFi though which was kind of okay because I just slept for the most part of the ride. 

Bangkok, Thailand

Another surprise was that we crossed the border smoothly and without a hitch contrary to what we've read online. e.g. bad experiences & scams at the border crossing. I guess it's really better to take the direct bus because you can just leave your big bags in the bus while you line up at the immigration office. 

The bus attendant also gave us instructions and assisted us. Since there were only a few of us, it only took about 20-30 minutes for everyone to complete the process. Little things truly amaze me - like the fact that about 2 hours from Siem Reap, we're already in Poipet (Cambodian border) and a few steps from there, we've reached Aranyaprathet (Thailand border). It's another country! 

Doesn't that amaze you too? I'm guessing that's how it feels too when you tour Europe. Aaahh, a girl can dream. 

A few hours more from Aranyaprathet and we were in Bangkok - it only took a total of 8 hours! We thought it's really gonna take us 12 hours and I had to mentally and physically prepare for it, lol. But it was a relief. I was also grateful that the road was fairly easy - all plains and highways with no scary bumps and uphill and downhill climbs. 

Bangkok, Thailand

These photos were mostly literally of the streets because our hostel was located just around Khao San Road (a short and busy street in Central Bangkok). There were soooo many tourists! So many massage places, boutiques, and food stalls. It's a bustling area of the metro! 

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

Our last night was here at Buddy Beer. I just got attracted with the lights!!! And I found the place charming and dreamy. They had nice music that wasn't so loud. I can't stand the crowd and loud music anymore. I'm 27 but I can't even.. lol! 

Bangkok, Thailand

PINK TAXI!!! AND RIGHT-HAND DRIVE CARS!

Bangkok, Thailand

Some say we came at the wrong timing because their king just passed away. But obviously, we didn't know it would happen when we planned our trip. We weren't able to visit the Grand Palace and some museums because they're closed. 

They held a memorial or tribute to their king on that same day we planned our tour. When we headed to the Grand Palace, we just saw several locals lining up to get inside. They're all in black and we saw people giving out free bottled water and free food. They're a strong community during that time of sorrow and grief. 

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

Because the tourist attractions were closed, we decided to head to the floating market but every taxi driver we asked didn't know where it is and we also didn't know if there's a local name for it. So we ended up going to Siam Paragon instead. It's this big luxury mall in Bangkok -- but we didn't buy anything there. 

We just walked around then headed outside to check some boutiques where I bought a couple of stuff. It was tempting to buy more but we didn't have check-in luggage and we didn't want to pay for excess. 

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

Our check-out time from the hostel was 12nn but our flight from Bangkok to Manila was 12:45am! We decided to stay in Siam Paragon to kill some time but we couldn't find their baggage area and our backpacks were heavy. Mine was 8.75 kilos and I'd break a bone if we would continue our walking spree. 

So we decided to just head to the airport at around 1pm and stay there until our flight! 12 hours waiting time, here we come! Haha! 


To the airport now..

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

I didn't really know what I was thinking when I took this photo below. But I was kind of super hungry because again, I was afraid my tummy would act up when it's travel time (so I didn't really eat a lot). Plus I didn't have enough Baht and I didn't want to exchange some more money. 

Bangkok, Thailand

Most of the time, I slept at the airport (while sitting), then checked my phone, then slept again, then stared at the ceiling. I was people-watching. I was hungry. And also tired of waiting, lol. 

I was sooo hungry that I ordered a cute platter of Bistek Tagalog inside the plane for Php 350! Oh my! Haha, so expensive as expected. But I had a good sleep after eating. 

Bangkok, Thailand

BTW, thank goodness for charging stations like this.

Bangkok, Thailand

We didn't have enough time to go around Bangkok and even try all the local delicacies, going around Khao San Road felt familiar but it's amazing to know that you're indeed in a different country with a different culture. I felt the difference just by observing people and walking around the streets of Khao San. I wish to be back soon - with more space in my luggage!

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Kalye Serye, formerly Snapshots Saturday, is a weekly blog series featuring my street photography venture. Kalye (street) and Serye (series) aims to build and promote social awareness in the community and the world by creating and sharing meaningful photographs.

Street photography is mainly the act of taking photos candidly which doesn't necessarily have to happen in the streets all the time. Read more about it here - Why Street Photography?



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