On the last day of the DIA Blogger Match-Up event, Smiling Albino and Bangkok 101 magazine organized a day tour for travel bloggers. The tour is called “Bangkok Multi Transport”, where in we moved around Bangkok city using the different mode of transportation being use by the locals.
The tour is a whole day event which starts at 9 am until 5 in the afternoon. Our meeting place was in the lobby of Shangri-La Hotel where I and the other bloggers met Lek and Queen, our tour guides from Smiling Albino. After introducing each other, they orient us about the things that we will do for that day.
Various travel bloggers from different parts of the world with folks from Smiling Allbino
From the hotel, we all walked all the way to Saphan Taksin BTS station and boarded the train up to Ratchadamri station. We then walked to Erawan Shrine or locally known as San Phra Phrom.
According to Lek, this Hindu shrine is very popular among tourists and locals. People come here to pray for good luck. In one corner of the shrine, there are Thai dance troupe wearing costumes being hired by worshippers. The number of performer and the type of chant will depend on the request of the worshipper.
After wandering around the shrine, we then headed to Central World Shopping Centre. When we got inside the mall, we met Mason and Mek from Bangkok 101 and some folks from Central World. We all went to Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and got to know more of each other over a cup of coffee. They also gave each of us a very relaxing treats.
Me and Andrew of MagicTravelBlog.com with folks from Central World
After the relaxing treatments, we headed to Taling Pling, a restaurant inside Central World to have some lunch. They served us various Thai dishes which were all delicious! I know for sure that this is not part of the regular “Bangkok Multi Transport” tour offered by Smiling Albino. Usually, the tour would take you to a local market or local eateries to partially have an experience of a local life.
Pomelo Salad (one of my favorite!)
After having lunch, we headed to one of the terminal of Saen Saep Canal Water Transport to try the canal boat. The water taxi that runs along the canals of the city is a good option to move around Bangkok. It is more cheaper compares to BTS and MRT and efficient compares to buses and cabs especially during rush hour.
A house under the bridge
At one of the boat terminals, we disembarked and walked on the street where most of the merchant are selling carved wooden doors and other wooden furnitures.
Our destination was the Golden Mount inside the Wat Saket. This is a manmade hill with a huge Golden Chedi (Stupa) on top.
Although there are many steps, it is quite easy to climb as the wind passes through and the artificial fog creates a mist making the temperature a bit cooler. Along the way, there are different statues and bells depicting Thai cultures. At the top you could see a spectacular view of Bangkok city.
Queen of Smiling Albino
The stupa on top of Golden Mount
A big mallet for a huge gong on top of Golden Mount
View of Bangkok on top of the Golden Mount
After visiting Wat Saket, we boarded a tuk-tuk on the way to Wat Pho or also known as the temple of the Reclining Buddha which is located just at the back of the Grand Palace. Wat Pho is considered as one of the largest temple complexes in Bangkok and famed for its giant reclining Buddha.
We wandered around the huge complex of Wat Pho and visited the Gold Temple. While we were inside the temple a heavy rain started to fall.
Audrey of ThatBackpacker.com
Audrey, Chris, Andrew, Tanya,Nelson and Lek
We waited for the rain to stop but it gets stronger. Unfortunately, we have to cancelled the remaining parts of the tour since we still have to attend other events of Digital Innovation Asia scheduled that night.
If you have a limited time in Bangkok and would like to experience the various transportation system and see the must visit places. You may consider the “Bangkok Multi Transport” tour being offered by Smiling Albino. This tour is customizable according to the sites that you want to visit.
I really enjoyed the tour even though we were not able to finish it. It was a great day out with other travel bloggers from different parts of the world, Lek and Queen of Smiling Albino and Mek of Bangkok 101. I had so much fun with these people while discovering what Bangkok has to offer.