Geez! It’s going to be June and I have yet to put up my post for Bangkok which we did as one of those impromptu trips during the March school holidays. This time we decided we shall have one of those eat till you drop, shop till you drop and massage till you drop kinda trip. Yes, you heard it right! The first time a trip that isn’t centred around the kids. But even as I said that, we slotted in a day at a theme park so the children wouldn’t get too bored.
Bangkok. The last time I was here was 2 years ago with my besties! And the children who are very used to a very sanitised Singapore were overwhelmed at the smell, the traffic, the rubbish that greeted them when they got off the cab! Not a very good sign and I made a mental note to myself that more efforts should be made to expose them!
This time we checked into a 3-month old hotel called the Glow Hotel diagonally across from the Platinum Mall
Platinum Mall. I have realised that the prices there are really the best so far, even compared to Chatuchat Market. And what’s best, you get to shop in air-con comfort! Unbeatable in my opinion! *grins*
Breakfast’s not bad at the hotel!
Kids tucking in!
And then we are off shopping!
The husband looking at ties and little girl twirling amongst them!
Did not agree to buy the toy tiger for him so at least he gets a shot with it!
The shopaholic coming out of the little girl as she browse through all sorts of knickknacks!
The great thing about staying so close to Platinum mall was that we took a short stroll back and put the kids down for a nap! The kids woke about 1 plus hour later and we were off to Asiatique, the more atas night market by the river!
There is even a free short cruise that brings you to that night market!
and we saw little houses by the river
We arrived at Asiatique and thought it was quite a nicely done up tourist attraction!
It has the godowns that reminiscse of older days when river banks were full of activities, men carrying cargos, bumboats anchored by the river bank…
Couldn’t resist taking a pic of this gigantic anchor!
Interesting graffiti on the wall that the children just had to pose with!
So gleeful that they can straddle the Chao Phraya River!
I spotted a few boutiques catering to the kiddy fashionistas!
and tasteful knickknacks!
Cutest bike spotted outside one of the shops!
There were many F&B outlets and we were spoilt for choice! Really buzzling by the night!
There was also the “Bangkok Wheel” which I took the kids on. That became one of the highlights of the whole Bangkok trip, surprisingly!
The boy watching with awe as the wheel goes round and round!
The next day we headed to Dream World, Bangkok’s answer to Disneyland, not quite! Still the children were really enjoying every thing, down to the stationary pink train!
There was water cycling to be had too!
and this time, trains that moves, that goes round the park!
Mini miniland! Great wall of China too, I kid you not!
Simple joy on a simple swing!
Stepping into fairytale land!
See the shoe? Ring a bell? The old woman who lived in a shoe I think…
They even had a live animal show with dogs and birds and little lamps to feed at the end of it all!
Rides galore follow after!
Row row row your boat, gently down the stream!
And yes, they even had a snow world! And tada, we get to experience freezing temperatures all over again! Minus 2 degrees, mind you! and they had slopes for sledding down as well!
Eskimo igloos as well!
and finally the giant’s house in Jack and the beanstalk!
We spent the next day at Chatuchat market! We reached the place at about 9am and it was such an eye-opener for the kids. The shopper in Talia arose and she really enjoyed browsing through all the shops. The little boy was just as enthusiastic but by 2pm, he was hanging on my arm like a wet, limp rag that we decided it was time to get home! We showered, put the kids down for a short nap and went out to have dinner with Talia’s classmate who incidentally was also in Bangkok at the same time!
I forgot to mention that the kids had their foot massage alongside us every night as well and it was a highlight of the trip for them as well!
We left Bangkok shopped, massaged, fed and very happy and when I asked the children who wants to come back to Bangkok again! Both raised their hands immediately! Nobody said anything about the smell!