Bangkok,THAILAND in April 2010.

Sunday, November 1st, 2020

Imej ini dari projek lain, bukan projek 2010.

NOTE: Found this unpublished post created in 2010. So I took liberty to publish it now. Info were correct at that time.

April 23-25, 2010:

Nobody thought about travelling to Bangkok, Thailand, during this period as red-shirts making headlines across the country. Nevertheless I took all calculated risks,  ignoring various travel advisories and instead resorted to tripadvisor website to get the latest happening on the ground, thanks to dragonc and his team for latest updates on security assessment in BKK. Also to Cassandra from associatedcontent.com who provided info on finding ways to the public taxi counter from arrival hall at busy Suvarnabhumi airport, ignoring all taxi touts. I almost got conned by an old taxi driver who initially refused to use meter and instead offered a flat rate of 500 baht from the airport to our hotel at Khosan area.  I insisted and threatened to get off and finally he agreed. It turned out to be a correct decision. The actual fare on the meter was about 230baht  and after an airport surcharge of 50baht and toll charges of 25baht (first toll plaza) and 45baht (second toll plaza), the total fare was only 35obaht. So I saved 150baht. A small feat indeed and whats the big fuss, you may ask. At least I knew all the tips shared by fellow travelers online worked.

Since this is not a business trip —  in fact I was en route RGN from KUL, after a short holiday in Malaysia —  we stayed at less-star hotel New World City in Khosan area. At the rate of 1400baht per night (at bookings.com) including a breakfast for two, it is really a value for money, despite the breakfast is very basic. They had egg station in the open verandah overlooking the khlong, where you can order omelette of your choice. The room is big and clean. This is a moslem hotel which means all  food served at Sara Restaurant are halal — probably the only halal restaurant in town.

The hotel goes well with the moslem travelers  — salah schedule and prayers mat are available upon request. An arrow indicating the qiblah direction is fixed at the the ceiling in my room. The staff at the front desk are friendly, one of them is a pretty moslem woman donned with head scarve, greeting me in typical greeting of assalamualaikum which means peace be upon you.  I was informed there is a mosque nearby — Jakapong mosque — which I did not manage to find it.

For security reasons and with two active kids tagging along, the main objective of this trip is no longer shopping. Forget MBK, Siam Square,  Prathunam or other places along Sukhumvit. We headed straight to Safari Park some one-hour drive to the north, on the early morning of the second day. It was a huge park where you can drive with your own car inside to see animals of the wild roaming in the confined spaces. Tigers and lions are separated from not- so-wild  ones by automatic gates, so high, even higher than the chained-link fencing surronding the tennis court in my apartment in Yangon.  Feeding time for tigers was interesting. An open truck with a big cage and a female park attendant inside, served as a feeding station. A herd of Bengala tigers surrounded the cage immediately, hungry, some from sides and some from the top. The chick in the cage passed cut chickens in pieces to each through the cage openings to the hungry beasts outside. Two jeeps stood by near the feeding station, just in case  something untoward happened.  Moving on, we saw giraffe from a distance.  Actually you can feed the giraffe from a terrace inside the marine park, not from your vehicle. You are not allowed to get off anytime in the safari park or feed the animals.

Entrance fee for both the safari park and the marine park is 800 baht. The woman over the ticket counter also handed over a booklet containing park info, a schedule of the animal show,  a map and a pack of snack.  Additional fee of 30 baht per pax if you use a coach provided by the park to tour the park, of which we did that.

Projek C: Highway 44 to Krabi

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

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From Chumphon,  our next destination is Krabi,  the resort city at the east cost. We drove to Surat Thani via highway 41, and turn right on highway 44 to Krabi.

Projek C: Masjid Thap Sake di Thailand

Monday, September 28th, 2015

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Selepas bergerak keluar dari Chumphon pada pagi hari Isnin 21hb September 2015, konvoi kembara korban Kemboja meneruskan perjalanan ke utara menyusuri lebuhraya 41 ke Kota Bangkok. 

Kami mencari masjid ini selepas dikesan oleh Encik Gamin melalui sistem GPS.

Masjid alAnsar namanya,  mungkin tidak ramai muhajjirin di kawasan ini. Masjid ini terletak di pinggir jalan raya 41 sebelah kiri selepas pekan Thap Sake. 100 meter ke hadapan sebelah kiri,  terdapat sebuah kedai makan halal.  Apalagi,  selepas solat Dhuha dan tahiyyatul masjid dan bergambar,  kami singgah di warung ini untuk sarapan dan lunch sekali.  Brunch kata orang kampung saya. Kerana Hari masih awal dan kena masak nasi goreng, itik salai,  dan daging bakar untuk 23 orang, makcik dan anak perempuannya agak terkejut. Sehinggakan air panas disuruh kami bancuh sendiri.  Rasa itik salai dan daging bakar dan sos pencicah memang out of this world. A separate posting on this later,  Insyaallah. Remind me. Betul memang sedap. Sedap giler kata anak saya Adam.

Projek C: Mencari masjid di Thailand

Monday, September 28th, 2015

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Kami melalui pekan Patthalong (more…)

Road to Chumphon Thailand

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

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We planned to cover stretch Danok to Chumphon in Thailand on day 2 of Projek C. Yes  we did it. Alhamdulillah we reached Chumphon R&R at 8pm on Sunday 29 September 2015.