IATA Code: BKK – Suvarnabhumi International Airport

International Air Transport Association (IATALocation Identifier uses a 3-letter code to identify locations of airports throughout the world.Flag_of_Thailand

BKK or known as Suvarnabhumi International Airport is located in Bangkok, Thailand. It is the main gateway of the Kingdom of Thailand. It serves a lot of international airline companies from/ to Bangkok. It is big, spacious and clean. For easy accessibility, it even has an airport train link from the city centre which is also connected to subway (MRT), Silom line, and BTS/ Skytrain.

Though I traveled through an airport transfer service from the hotel, it took about 30-45 mins drive from Sukhumvit Soi 30/1 area. The road going there was smooth. Bangkok may be known as one of the busiest cities but their highways are wide. You will know you are near if you will see this blue light sign.IMG_1686

When I got there, the gates were ginormous. The counters were assigned from A to Z serving different airline carriers around the world. There were seats everywhere and to add more attention to the airports were orchids fully bloomed and beautiful. There were also statues that symbolized Thailand.IMG_1688

You can check if the check-in counter of your airline company is starting to accept passengers for issuing boarding passes thru this Samsung big screen.IMG_1689 I just got my boarding pass and went up to the second floor for security check for my hand carry bag. It was smooth but the airport personnel were more strict compared to SGN and MNL airports. A bottled water can pass thru the security check in other airports but in BKK it wasn’t allowed.

After the security check, you will go downstairs for passport control. The queue was long but not to worry coz there were a lot of counters to assist you. Once you are done in immigration counter, you will head to your boarding gate. Going to your boarding gate, you will see a lot of stores. You will be amused of the fish interaction which was installed near the toilet.IMG_1690 IMG_1691 IMG_1692 IMG_1693 IMG_1694 IMG_1696

The gates were well designed, well organized and very roomy. You can even sleep there. I saw a lot of travelers sleeping in the airport. But I have only one issue with BKK, I was having hard time to connect with their wi-fi connection. The price also of products being sold in the airport were expensive. I got my dinner in Firm Meal for THB150. But I think that was normal.IMG_1695 IMG_1697 IMG_1699 IMG_1698

To summarize it, BKK is an amazing airport equipped with all the facilities needed for any traveler utilizing it. There maybe negative points but definitely the good things far outweigh the negative.IMG_1700 IMG_1703

Few hours later, I boarded the plane to get me back to my home country and that ended my Southeast Asian trip. Thanks for following and reading my SEA adventures.

Anyway, today is May 1st and in the Philippines, it is a non-working holiday. Happy Labor Day to all Filipinos out there! Enjoy a day-off and take a quick vacation anywhere.

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The Longest City Name in the World or Simply Call it, Bangkok

It has been listed in Guinness Book of World Records as the longest place name in the world with its full name,

Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit

or in Thai,

กรุงเทพมหานคร อมรรัตนโกสินทร์ มหินทรายุธยา มหาดิลกภพ นพรัตนราชธานีบูรีรมย์ อุดมราชนิเวศน์มหาสถาน อมรพิมานอวตารสถิต สักกะทัตติยวิษณุกรรมประสิทธิ์

In English, it means,

“The city of angels, the great city, the residence of the Emerald Buddha, the impregnable city of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarn.”

It may have the longest city name in the world but we simply call it, BANGKOK. Bangkok is the capital of the Kingdom of Thailand and is the largest city in the country. It is vibrant, and the most visited city.

I’ve got the chance to explore this city since I have listed this country as one of the countries I would love to visit. Its written at no. 5.

List of Countries that I Would Love to Visit

List of Countries that I Would Love to Visit

I arrived in the Kingdom of Thailand thru the Aranyaprathet point of entry by crossing the border from Poipet, Cambodia. The bus ride was tiring but it was totally worth it. Almost everything was great and amazing. All I can say is I like the city as a first impression and based on what I have experienced on my first day and night in Bangkok, it sure is a great city to explore and live. On my first night, I had a ride on the BTS or Skytrain from Phrom Phong station going to Siam station interchanged to Silom line to get to the National Stadium. In the National Stadium, I hailed a tuktuk which was different from what I  saw in Cambodia. Here, the tuktuk is a well-powered vehicle. It even ran faster than a car. Thru tuktuk, I got to Khaosan Road which is famous backpacker ghetto. During nighttime, the streets turned into bars and music played loud, food vendors sold barbecued insects and exotic snacks for tourists. Here, you can find a lot of travelers. You can see them drinking, merrymaking, story telling, dancing, eating, partying and all. It was just wild but very enjoyable. I went there just to dine in and try some Thai cuisine. As what I have mentioned from my previous post, I went to Tom Yung Kung Restaurant and I never had the guts to try those creepy scorpions, crickets, spiders and other insects to eat. Not even if I were offered a hundred dollar to taste it. Just leave it to the food addicts.

Skytrain ticket

Skytrain ticket

My first BTS ride

My first BTS ride

Khaosan Road during night

Khaosan Road during night

Tom Yung Kung Restaurant

Tom Yung Kung Restaurant

Tom Yung

Tom Yung, a Thai cuisine

After I had my dinner, I went back to the hotel to have a good sleep. When the sun came up, I was greeted with this astounding view from the balcony of my condominium room which was at 43rd floor.

Bangkok skyline

Bangkok skyline

Then after freshening up, I went down to have some breakfast at YOLO cafe which was just few minutes away from the hotel. What better to start the day than having a heavy breakfast of bacon, sausage and eggs sandwich with some orange juice.

Wall painting at YOLO cafe

Wall painting at YOLO cafe

YOLO cafe

YOLO cafe

YOLO cafe

YOLO cafe

Bacon, Sausage and Eggs sandwich

Bacon, Sausage and Eggs sandwich

When I had a full stomach, the day of touring Thailand started. First on the itinerary was the Grand Palace and the Temple of Emerald Buddha. Getting there, I passed by Democracy Monument.

Democracy Monument

Night view

Night view

Democracy Monument is a public monument in the centre of Bangkok. It is erected in a traffic circle in Ratchademnoen Klang road. It used to commemorate the Siamese coup d’etat when Thailand was still known as the Kingdom of Siam from a constitutional monarchy.

We also passed by a religious centre, San Lak Mueang. It is also called as the Bangkok City Pillar Shrine.

Bangkok City Pillar Shrine

San Lak Mueang (Bangkok City Pillar Shrine)

Random shot near Bangkok City Pillar Shrine

Random shot near Bangkok City Pillar Shrine

Bangkok City Pillar Shrine is one of the most ancient, sacred, and magnificent pillar shrines in Thailand. It was believed that people who took a bow and paid their respects at this sacred place would achieve prosperity and fulfillment in their career, avoid misfortune, and improve their luck, power, and prestige. The shrine is in the heart of Bangkok, just opposite the Grand Palace and close to the Ministry of Defense.

Just few metres away from this shrine is the famous tourist attraction in Bangkok, the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Though there is an admission fee but it’s worth the money. You need to pay 500 THB (Thailand Baht) per person and it is open everyday from 0830H to 1530H except if it used for special occasions. It may sound expensive but along with the ticket for the Grand Palace and the temple, it also includes entrance ticket to Vimanmek Mansion Museum and the Pavilion of Regalia, Royal Decorations and Coins. Oops, I forgot to inform that there is a strict dress code for visiting the Grand Palace. Since the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is Thailand’s most sacred site. Visitors and tourists alike must dress properly before being allowed entry in the temple. Males must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves and no tank tops. If you’re wearing sandals or flip-flops, you must wear socks, in other words, no bare feet. Women must be dressed properly as well. No see-through clothes, sleeveless and the like. If you show up at the front gate improperly dressed, there is a booth near the entrance gate that can provide clothes to cover you up properly. It’s just that you must leave your passport or credit card as security.

View outside the gate

Too much tourists again in the Outer Court

Instructions with regard to the tickets

Entrance Ticket for Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew and Vimanmek Mansion Museum

Entrance Ticket for Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew and Vimanmek Mansion Museum

Pavilion of Regalia, Royal Decorations and Coins ticket

Pavilion of Regalia, Royal Decorations and Coins ticket

Entrance Gate to Grand Palace

1 ticket = 1 guidebook

I took a guidebook or a tourist map of the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha. But I forgot to bring it with me. I left it in the hotel and never saw it again. Anyway, I will just post the pictures I got and label those if I can still remember the name of the buildings.

Welcoming View of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Amazing intricate details

Directions

Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Guardians of the Temple is what I called them

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Wat Phra Kaew

Wat Phra Kaew

Wat Phra Kaew or Temple of the Emerald Buddha as what I have mentioned is regarded as the most sacred temple in the Kingdom of Thailand. I have read that the Emerald Buddha will bring prosperity and has been named as the protector of the country. Fact is the Emerald Buddha is not made of emerald gemstone, it is made up of jade but since it has the same color as the emerald. Then, it kept its name as an Emerald Buddha.
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Wall Paintings

Wall Paintings

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Grand Palace

Grand Palace

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Changing of Guards

Changing of Guards

IMG_1628Meanwhile the Grand Palace is a complex of buildings with its awesome design. Its grandiose exterior will leave you in awe. I am not sure if the king lives here but I can see that it was heavily guarded. It also has lawns and courtyards and even a museum at the lower ground. It sure was a great place to take some photos.

It was scorching hot but I never stop from wandering around the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In fact, after I was done there. I walked all the way to Wat Pho and passed by Ministry of Defense.

Ministry of Defence

Ministry of Defense

Few minutes later with my shirt almost soaked with sweat, I got to the Temple of the Reclining Buddha or Wat Pho. Admission fee is for 100THB (Thailand Baht). The temple opens from 0830H to 1830H daily. Visitors are requested to be dressed properly and appropriately upon entering. They should also pay respect and are requested not to destroy historical place and ambience as what the back side of the ticket instructs.

Admission ticket

Admission ticket

Reminders to Tourists

Reminders to Tourists

Wat Pho

Wat Pho

Stunning Scenery

Stunning Scenery

Wat Pho grounds

Wat Pho grounds

Wonderful Wat Pho

Wonderful Wat Pho

Temple of the Reclining Buddha

Temple of the Reclining Buddha

Wat Pho

Wat Pho

Manmade waterfall in Wat Pho

Manmade waterfall in Wat Pho

Well, Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimonmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn or in short Wat Pho is the birthplace of traditional Thai massage. It is one of the largest and oldest wats in Bangkok city. Sadly, I didn’t spend more time in this temple since I had an emergency and I needed to come back to the hotel right away. The reason that I never got the chance to take pictures of the reclining Buddha and have some Thai massage. Yet anyway, I still enjoyed looking at the many stupas in Wat Pho grounds.

As a summary, a day has finished touring the capital city of the Kingdom of Thailand. It was interesting, educating, and I can say that the longest city name in the world has never failed to amaze me and I felt like, I simply love Bangkok. I wouldn’t doubt that one of these days, I’ll be coming back there.

Affordable Condominium in Sukhumvit Area in Bangkok City

Traveling from afar for a long time makes a person weary. To rejuvenate, a person needs to rest and relax in a comfortable bed with nothing to think and worry about. I always have been in that situation when I travel. The long hours of sitting and thinking about what I need to do when I get there. But somehow I’ve enjoyed it as well. Seeing the world while it’s moving, people doing their everyday routines and meeting new individuals are the rewards I get in return from traveling by land.

I had an adventure from crossing borders from Cambodia to Thailand. It took about 8 hours and a half to get to the capital of Thailand, Bangkok. I arrived in Bangkok City at 1630H. Good thing, I had a hotel reservation. The hotel was far from the northern bus terminal since it is in Sukhumvit area, one of the busiest places in Bangkok. Thus, I hailed a taxi to get to the hotel I booked. I knew that it is near the Philippine Embassy. It is also near BTS/ Skytrain stations, just few metres from Phrom Phong and Thong Lo station.

Signage to the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines

Signage to the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines

Republic of the Philippines

Republic of the Philippines

Location

Location

I made a reservation in Waterford Diamond Tower which is situated in Sukhumvit Soi 30/1 and based on the reviews, the hotel received a good feedback. The main reason that I chose this hotel. When I got there, I went directly to the reception area. I talked to Jake who is a Filipino and he asked me if I booked a two-bedroom junior suite. He only needed my passport as proof of identification. The check-in procedure took about 5 minutes. I just waited in the lobby.

Snack Counter in the Lobby

Snack Counter in the Lobby

The Lobby

The Lobby

The Lobby

The Lobby

Design of Waterford Diamond Tower

Design of Waterford Diamond Tower

After he was done with the check-in process, he explained everything about how to access wi-fi, he gave me a temporary club member card to use the health fitness facilities, instructions what floor the facilities were, and access card to my room. waterford2

Wi-fi Internet Details

Wi-fi Internet Details

One good thing about Waterford Diamond Tower is, it is a modern hotel were only occupants can get through. You need access card to tap it in the elevator scanner and it will direct you to what floor you’re staying. The elevator doesn’t work if you don’t have the access card. So, when it comes to security, it is top-notch.

The Lift with Access Card Detector

The Lift with Access Card Scanner

43rd Floor

43rd Floor

My accommodation was at the 43rd floor with balcony. When I got inside the suite, I was amazed. I had everything I need. The junior suite has a living room with television. It has a kitchen but no cooking materials. It also has a dining table with eating utensils. It has 2 rooms; a master’s bedroom and another ordinary bedroom. In the master’s bedroom, it has its own toilet and bath with bathtub. There’s also another toilet and bath with bathtub outside, near the other bedroom. But what pleased me more was the view outside the balcony. I can see Bangkok skyline and it just made my day.

Living Room

Living Room

Sofa

Sofa

With oven toaster and electric stove

With oven toaster and electric stove

Dining table

Dining table

Master's bedroom

Master’s bedroom

Master's bedroom toilet and bath

Master’s bedroom toilet and bath

Room

Room

Small Room

Small Room

Toilet and Bath

Toilet and Bath

Balcony

Balcony

Balcony View

Balcony View

Bangkok skyline

Bangkok skyline

Well, it appeared to me that I was staying in a condominium/ hotel. Here also in Waterford Diamond Tower, it has 2 swimming pools. One indoor which is in 34th floor and the outdoor pool with the fitness gym in 14th floor. It doesn’t have a restaurant though but it is near restaurants and cafes outside the hotel. It has 24-hour security guards on duty and housekeeping cleans the room, provides new towels and refills toiletries everyday.

Toiletries and some towels

Toiletries and some towels

In Waterford Diamond Tower, it made my stay more comfortable that I never want to leave. This place has been my sanctuary for 5 days while I was in Bangkok City. And when it came down to paying the bill. I paid 4,676.10 THB (Thailand Baht) for 4 nights. I was thinking it was expensive yet upon enumerating all those facilities they have, I thought it was worth the cash I spent. I will surely recommend it to my friends who are planning to visit Bangkok. It was definitely an affordable condominium in Sukhumvit area in Bangkok City.

If you want to contact them, here are the details.

Contact Card

Contact Card