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Bangkok, Thailand – Itinerary and Expenses

Day 3

On our 3rd day, we went to Chatuchak. We’ve heard this is where you can find the best deals when you like to shop but I beg to disagree, Pratunam is still the best and I cannot stand the crowded Chatuchak!

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I bought a lot of stuff but I decided not to include that on my expenses to be listed here since our shopping preference might differ, right?

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I can’t stress this enough but try this pork leg rice in Chatuchak!

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After shopping, we went back to our hotel and grabbed myself some pad thai (again) and milk tea (yep, again).

Day 3 expenses:

  • Fare: THB 100
  • Pork leg rice with drinks: THB 60
  • Pad thai: THB 30
  • Milk tea: THB 30

Total: THB 220 or PHP 303 exclusive of the shopping purchases

Day 4 and a lot of adventures!

Last day in Thailand because our crappy travel agent thought it was a good idea to have our flight the morning of our 5th day. Ugh.

Mel and I decided to go our own way on our last day. She went to Siam Paragon but you know me, I’m not a fan of all those expensive and branded stores. I decided to buy more wallet to sell and some nice clothes for myself in the Pratunam Mall and the street vendors near Pratunam.

For brunch, I had a milk tea (don’t judge) and morning glory. It’s a mix of vegetables and pork but damn, it was so good! I think I got it for only THB 50.

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After shopping, I stopped by a street vendor selling crickets and all those insects. I’ve been looking forward to eating it since day 1 but street sellers are ripping me off asking THB 20 for one cricket. Surprise, surprise – I am not stupid. I might be a female traveler from another part of the globe but I do my research first before traveling abroad.

Luckily, I’ve found one who sells mix of insects for THB 50.

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When I said I’m not stupid, I take that back! I’m still kinda stupid. LOL. I did a Facebook Live eating these poor insects and after I turned off the video, I suddenly can’t breathe and I was feeling itchy all over my body. I had an allergic reaction and I thought I was going to die. No exaggeration but it was one of the worst feelings ever.

Mel and I decided to have our money changed for our night out then go to the pharmacy which is just next door the money exchange store. They were selling antihistamine for THB 250 and I was like “Nope, generic lang pows.” HAHAHA. I got one for THB 90. Still expensive but that’s the price of being dumb.

On our last night, we went to Nana Plaza to have just one beer for the each of us. One beer aka 3 beers and bunch of cocktails cause we have no self-control whatsoever.

Btw, we got kicked out off two different bars because we have no boyfriends! I am not sure what was that all about but fuck, that was really heartbreaking. Not sure if they think we’re hookers and maybe we’re trying to get some customers that should be their hookers’ customers or they’re just protecting us from human trafficking??????

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That’s some chicken heart and beer. We were low on cash on our last day because we refused to withdraw from our cards as it costs THB 250 per withdrawal. Nah nah hail nawww. We shared two chicken heart over a huge pint of beer.

We were already tired so I asked the waitress for a “service water.” I was already expecting that she won’t understand it so I showed her a Google translation of “free water.” She came out with two bottled waters which she was charging us for THB 100 a bottle. That same bottled water’s just THB 8 on their 7/11. I freaked out and told them that I won’t pay it because I asked for a FREE WATER! They demanded us to pay and they were already causing a scene asking more waitress to shout at us for not wanting to pay. It was so crazy and we only have a few hours before our flight but I said that I will not pay it even and I will ask for police if they do not leave us alone. Mel was already nervous and was trying to negotiate to pay just for one bottle but they said “YOU BUY, YOU PAY!” I said I will call immigration too if that’s what it takes for them to leave us. After 30 minutes of shouting and bunch of people looking at us, the owner shouted at us “OKAY, YOU GO! GO AWAY! RUN! RUN!”

UGH.

If that still wasn’t enough, when we arrived at our hotel, I noticed that my passport was missing. We arrived around 2 AM and our flight’s 9 AM, meaning our crappy travel agent will pick us up at around 6 AM. I was pretty sure I left it on the money exchange shop. The funny thing is that I didn’t cry even if I am 100% sure that I will be left by the plane and I will have to buy a new ticket which costs PHP 15,000. I didn’t cry because I know that God will guide me no matter what. If you want to read the whole story of my missing passport and my stupidity, check this post out:

Safe to say, I’m still alive and I made it! I had such an amazing (and crazy) time in Bangkok! I cannot wait to go back!


Total expense: PHP 30,000 all-in-all with shopping and a lot of food!

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4 Comments

  • Reply Tin November 13, 2016 at 11:15 am

    We’re really fortunate having “free water” in the Philippines! In Japan, some have free water but free tea is more common. Smaller restaurants in Korea has free water but it’s self-service, you get it from a jug thingo. In Indonesia, Thailand, and Myanmar certainly no free water. USA serves free water, yay! It’s really a pain when travelling since water costs a lot in restaurants!

    Anyway, I love Thailand too! I’ve been there 5 times already and most of my trips were dedicated for shopping. My favorite is Platinum Mall in the Pratunam area as well. If you want cheaper deals, go straight to the market and not the mall but choices are more varied in the mall. Unlike you, I love Chatuchak because of the selection of items. There are a lot of indie brands in Chatuchak with products you won’t see elsewhere.

    • Reply Jacklynne November 14, 2016 at 8:47 am

      It would’ve been okay with us if they told us they do not serve service water from the get-go, right? Kaloka! I love Chatuchak too! It’s just that I got overwhelmed with all the choices! LOL. I miss Thailand!!!!

  • Reply Dreams July 27, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Hi Jack! I just want to ask, where did you buy the customized wallet? Been planning to go in thailand on december. And I want to buy pasalubong for fam. And btw, is it safe to ride tuktuk or taxi? Thank you for sharing

    • Reply Jacklynne August 18, 2017 at 11:13 am

      Try Chatuchak. Tuktuks are expensive so you’re better with taxi.

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