Thailand 1.0 (Food & Beverages)

Previously I’ve posted about what I packed for my trip, and also the highlights of my trip. In this final post about my Thailand 1.0 trip, it’s gonna be all about food (and beverages)! Just a heads up, many of the food I tried I don’t remember the price. Haha


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This was actually onigiri from the Family Mart in KLIA2. I think it costed about RM5. It was so-so, I had to take a second bite before I hit the salmon flakes. I do wanna try the matcha ice-cream from Family Mart, haven’t got the chance to yet.

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This was my first meal in Bangkok, right after we landed, boat noodles! It was at some stall/restaurant near a river (drain), I’m not too sure. I’ve always wanted to try boat noodles when I’m in Malaysia, but never really got the chance to. I tried a pork one, a beef one and a tomyam one. It was a pretty good snack. And later we tried that dessert thing which is green at the bottom and white on the top. Those were good, and pretty addictive. One bowl of boat noodles cost 12 baht, and one of those dessert thing costs 5 baht.

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I tried this xtreme choc mint ice-cream from the 7-11 and it was so good!

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Almost in all indoor food court, the Thais use a food court card system. You load a card with some money at a counter, and purchase your meal. You can redeem the balance from the card when you’re done. I tried the mango sticky rice (70 baht) and basic pad thai (30 baht) at the food court in Terminal 21. It was amazing! Sad thing was I only ate mango sticky rice once when I went to Thailand.

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This was a Thai Tea flavoured ice-cream I got from an ice-cream stall at Ayutthaya train station. The stall was near the washroom. It was pretty yummy, I wish I could’ve tried all the flavours the man sold.

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One of the things I like to do in a new country is try out the local beer. I’m not a fan of beers but I just like to try them. I tried Singha and Chang when I was in Thailand, I think it was alright, not a beer critique.

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These were the Thai instant cup noodles that I tried.

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This is called Betagen, it’s a cultured milk drink, something like Yakult or Vitagen. Betagen spray is also a topical skin treatment for dogs, so don’t get that mixed up.  Betagen is one of the items that all of us continuously get whenever we hit any 7-11. I love that they sell them in bottles, I’m not sure how many servings one bottle is for, but I’m glad I could drink till I’m satisfied. In Malaysia, Yakults and Vitagens come in really small bottles, the kind you can even finish in one gulp.

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This is a coconut flavoured yogurt which according to Dave can only be found in Thailand. It’s super good. I wish they have them in Malaysia and I would totally stock up on it.

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This was some noodle we got from a roadside stall in Pak Chong which costed 40 baht. I like how the Thais are generous with the meat, or at least it is proportionate.

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This was coconut water from 7-11. Haha. This was during the third day when somehow I still couldn’t find fresh coconut water to drink!

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This is another random noodle from a roadside stall in which the noodles wasn’t well cooked so it was kinda tough. But the owner of the stall was really happy that day I think cause suddenly she was making money from 19 people!

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This was corn I got outside the winery! One of the mini highlights of my trip was eating corn on the bike ride, I was Xiao Zhu’s pillion rider. It was just so satisfying to be out in the open, wind hitting my face and munching on my corn. When I was done, I just threw the cob by the roadside, cause it’s organic and it’ll decompose.

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This was my first fresh coconut drink! I got it from some road side stall when they were filling gas for the motorbikes. And I got it cause it was 30 baht. Whenever I see fresh coconut that cost 50 baht and above, I won’t buy it.

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Dave recommended this yogurt as well but I didn’t fancy it.

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Bugs for the tummy! I didn’t try this, hopefully next time. This was in Chinatown.

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This was a glass noodle dish that Dave loves. I asked him what it’s called several times but I keep forgetting. I only love the glass noodle part, I didn’t quite like the quite raw vegetable, especially the cabbages.

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This was Thai Bubble Milk Tea from this shop called CoCo. It was good! Only wished I had it more than once when I was in Thailand.

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This was my second and last fresh coconut drink from a stall called Punjung in Mae Klong Railway Market.

Next up is a series of food Jashon, Guat Ling and I had at Amphawa Floating Market!

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This was pork satay, which is delicious, especially when it’s still warm.

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This was some glass noodle dish which I super love. Sorry I just didn’t remember the names to the dishes.

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This was fried mussels, which is supposedly something like the Taiwanese fried oysters, but it was just meh. There was just a lot of flour and not many mussels. I could count them with one hand.

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Pad Thai from Amphawa Floating Market. I was wondering, is there any Pad Thai in Thailand that doesn’t taste good?

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Grilled squid! Also tastes better when it’s warm, I loved pairing this with the glass noodle dish.

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This green caviar was not impressive at all. And it was 100 baht.

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This salad dish with some seafood’s (I forgot what was the name of the seafood) egg was awesome! There was just this unique taste to it that made it pretty irresistible.

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Coconut ice-cream that cost 40 baht! Something like this in Malaysia, maybe at Sangkaya would cost more than RM 10. Wth. It was super good too!

That’s pretty much the food I tried in Thailand. We had many meals in 7-11. The 7-11 in Thailand is impressive, you can find it everywhere except maybe the airport. And the instant and frozen food they sold were delicious and reasonably priced. God I wish the 7-11 in Malaysia was like that. They even sell frozen burgers which tasted good.

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These were the last 2 items I had before boarding the flight back to KL. Pork Pepper Lunch, and also Crunchy Choco Dip from McDonalds. The crunchy choco dip was so good. I hope it comes to Malaysia some day. And that’s the last of Thailand 1.0, hope you enjoyed reading, or at least going through the photos. Haha.

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Thailand 1.0 (Highlights)

Previously I talked about the things I packed during my Thailand 1.0 trip. In this post, I’m gonna talk about the highlights of my trip in chronological order!


How did I get to the airport?

My parents usually almost always sends anyone who needs to go to the airport. But this time, it was just a short 2 hour flight, and I didn’t want to trouble my parents. WC suggested I take the KLIA Transit, which goes from KL Sentral to KLIA / KLIA2. The few stops in between them includes Bandar Tasik Selatan (BTS), which is near my house. Click here for KLIA Transit fares.

And there’s a hack to it, if I take from BTS – KLIA2, it will cost me RM 38.40. However, if I take from BTS – Salak Tinggi (RM 12.40), and then from Salak Tinggi – KLIA2 (RM 4.90), it will only cost me RM 17.30, which is the child fare from BTS – KLIA2. However, this could only work if you have time to spare, since you have to wait for the next train in Salak Tinggi. So here, you don’t save time but you save more than 50% of the actual fare.


Brief Itinerary

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Bangkok (1 day) – Ayutthaya (1 day) – Pak Chong / Khao Yai (1 day) – Bangkok (3 days)


Accommodations

  1. Fun Wan Hostel (Bangkok Day 1) – 6/10
  2. Rose Villa Resort (Pak Chong / Khao Yai) – 9/10
  3. New York Suite Hotel (Bangkok Day 4 – 6) – 5/10

Fun Wan Hostel’s location was pretty central, it was a walking distance from Terminal 21. There were 19 of us in total, since it was such a big group, we got split into 3 dorms. For me, the dorms were okay, some of my mates complaint that the floor was sandy. I really liked that the room wasn’t hot, they had plenty of fans and it was air-conditioned. The toilet was so-so, I don’t really fancy bathrooms where the shower area, sink and toilet area are not divided.

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Rose Villa Resort was by far the best accommodation (that’s why I had a photo of it) that we stayed at when we were in Thailand! It looks a little eerie from the main road cause the main entrance of the resort is facing a small road. Somehow, all of us got rooms on the same floor (1st floor), and I shared a room with Yong Ling. The rooms were clean and homey, and there was this male staff which was super friendly and helpful too! They also provide free breakfast of toast and coffee / tea. The only downside about this place is that the WiFi signals in the rooms are quite weak, I always have to go to the lobby for strong WiFi signal.

New York Suite Hotel was an eye opening experience. First of all, we got lost trying to find the place. I guess maybe they had a branch but it closed or they shifted and did not update their address. The one we stayed at was near Suda Palace Hotel. They had 8 floors of rooms but their elevator only goes up to 7th floor. All our rooms were on the 7th and 8th floor. Initially I got room 801, which didn’t have a sink. I requested a room change and got room 805, which is a pretty decent room. Just take note that New York Suite Hotel is the kinda place horny men take prostitutes to to spend the night. Once I was walking down the stairs and there were few boxes of condoms by the stairs. Lol.


Highlights

  1. Terminal 21 (Day 1)
  2. Ayutthaya World Historical Park (Day 2)
  3. The Bloom (Day 3)
  4. PB Valley Khao Yai Winery (Day 3)
  5. Primo Piazza (Day 3)
  6. Pak Chong Night Market (Day 3)
  7. Platinum Mall (Day 4)
  8. Bangkok Chinatown (Day 4)
  9. Asiatique (Day 4)
  10. Mae Klong Railway Market (Day 5)
  11. Amphawa Floating Market (Day 5)
  12. The Nativity of Our Lady Cathedral (Day 5)
  13. Chatuchak Night Market / Weekend Market (Day 5 & Day 6)
Terminal 21 

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Terminal 21 is this themed shopping mall with 9 stories. Each floor has it’s own specific theme, such as Caribbean, Rome, Paris, London, Tokyo, Istanbul, San Francisca (City / Pier), and Hollywood. Even the toilets on each floor are themed. The large rolling pin in one of the photos above is the bakery themed washroom.

Honestly, I wasn’t that amazed by the themed floors. For example, when I was on the London floor, I didn’t feel as though I was in London. A London telephone stand doesn’t portray the whole of London. I was more amused by the themed washrooms, sadly though I didn’t manage to visit all the bathrooms. Haha. But overall it’s a nice mall to shop and hangout.

Ayutthaya World Historical Park

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We took a train ride from Bangkok to Ayutthaya. Our mode of transportation in Ayutthaya was by motorbike and it was super fun! However, I think the place is quite commercialised, and I didn’t enjoy visiting temples that much. I enjoyed the bike rides the most in Ayutthaya and sometimes at the temples, I kinda felt like I was in Temple Run. You have to pay 50 baht to enter each temple, which is kind of a bummer, especially if you pay for the ticket and there wasn’t much to see. Some were nice, some were boring, and some were overcrowded. I probably won’t come back to Ayutthaya again, unless WC wants to. Haha.

The Bloom

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The Bloom is a place I wouldn’t wanna go again. Haha. It was quite boring for me cause I’m not into taking pictures with flowers, real and/or fake. I also find the place to be filled with more fake flowers than real ones. Most of the time there I was just observing the rest having fun taking photos with flowers. There were also some goats there which I feel isn’t well taken care of. Anyway, I think most of the girls that went enjoyed this place a lot.

PB Valley Khao Yai Winery

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Initially I was a bit sceptical, like why are we going to a winery in Thailand, cause Thailand isn’t one of the main wine producers. Later I found out that the grapes wasn’t just to be made into wines, but also grape juice, which Angie loves. This winery was also a pretty nice place to chill, plus entrance is free! You can pay 300 baht per pax for a tour guide.

Primo Piazza

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Primo Piazza is a dainty little Italian-like place, with cutesy buildings, nicely mowed lawn, and farm animals which you can feed for free! I quite like this place, it definitely leaves an impression of tranquillity and zen. I especially enjoy teasing the donkeys, alpacas and sheep with grass. And there were no limits to how much grass one visitor can feed, you can always ask for more grass from the staff at the barn. The animals were also human friendly so you could pet them.

Pak Chong Night Market

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Pak Chong Night Market was small, but sufficient. Soo and I strolled the night market together and bought any food that looked good or looked interesting. We ate till we were bloated. Undergarments in the night market were pretty cheap too I think! At least for those stick on bras and stuff. Haha.

Platinum Mall / Chinatown / Asiatique

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No photos from Platinum Mall. So Platinum Mall is this huge ass shopping mall that sells mainly clothes. You can get really cheap deals there. People literally shop with a large trolley bag or canvas bag with them. I didn’t enjoy the shopping that much cause this trip I came for the Thai culture and not that much for the shopping. But it was a great experience. I would love to come back here with WC.

It took a boat ride to Chinatown and Asiatique. Chinatown was pretty quiet when we went there, most of the shops were closing. Nothing much to shout about, it was fairly similar to Petaling Street in KL. Asiatique was interesting. It was like this small lively area filled with games and food and shopping. It’s quite a hipster place I would say, and I wouldn’t mind coming back here again.

Mae Klong Railway Market (Rom Hoob Market) / Amphawa Floating Market 

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Mae Klong Railway Market and Amphawa Floating Market was the highlight of the trip for me! Mae Klong Railway Market is a fresh market the vendor’s goods are sold along the railway line. The vendors have to move their goods away whenever a train passes. It was such a fascinating scene! Check out the timelapse of this scene I shot below.

I really like Amphawa Floating Market too cause maybe I had a lot to eat there. And also I got my very first Thai foot massage there! Since day 1 I was looking forward for a foot massage and I was so happy when I finally got it. Especially after all the walking in Bangkok. When I was there, there wasn’t much boats selling things, and those that sell on the boat were food. There were also many interesting shops along the river.

The Nativity of Our Lady Cathedral

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This church was alright, there was a school nearby. I’m not sure if it’s a school in the church, or a church in the school. If you’re into taking pictures with church then this is a to-go place for you, but not for me. Haha. I kinda found this place a bit of a waste of time and money, I probably wouldn’t come here again. We couldn’t even go in the church.

Chatuchak Night Market / Weekend Market

Chatuchak is a really nice market in my opinion but sadly I didn’t have much time to browse the stalls there. Even thought I stated that I was there on the 5th day and 6th day, I was only there on the night of day 5 and the morning of day 6. And each time I was there I had about an hour to walk. One hour isn’t enough in a Thai market!


And that marks the highlights of my Thailand 1.0 trip! It was a mouthful of experience travelling a group of 19 people. I think I probably won’t be travelling in a group that big in the near future. A final post on Thai food I’ve tried coming soon!

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Thailand 1.0 (What I packed)

I recently just got back from a 6 day 5 night trip to Thailand with a bunch of mates from university. It was my first time to Thailand, hence the title Thailand 1.0. Overall the trip was great, with ups and downs. In a few series of Thailand 1.0 posts, I will talk about what I packed, the highlights of my trip in chronological order and also the food I tried.

I researched a little before I started packing, Her Packing List was a great source of packing lists and tips. I was provided with a very brief itinerary of the trip, but didn’t research further of the places that I will be going. So my packing list is kinda casual, basic and general.


My Packing List

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Here’s a shot of the items that I packed from my trip! I was aiming for the backpacker / lightweight / minimalistic packing style, so I went with my Mountain Warehouse Walkabout 30 backpack (30 L) and WC’s battered Nike pouch.

Clothing
  • 1 face towel – did not use during the trip
  • 1 body towel – did not use during the trip
  • 1 windbreaker
  • 1 scarf – did not use during the trip
  • 4 shirts
  • 2 long pants
  • 1 legging
  • 1 shorts – did not use during the trip
  • 1 set of PJs (1 long sleeve shirt & 1 long pants)
  • 4 underwear
  • 2 bikini tops
  • 1 basic bra
  • 1 sports bra
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • 1 pair of flip flops (only worn in hostels / hotels room)
  • 1 pair of sport shoes
  • 1 pillowcase – did not use during the trip
Miscellaneous
  • 1 cap
  • 1 notebook + pen
  • Some paracord – did not use during the trip
  • 1 watch
  • 1 foldable bag
  • Tissues
  • Wet wipes
  • Hair ties
  • Raincoat – did not use during the trip
  • Medicines (Activated carbon, anti histamine, diarrhoea)
  • 1 pack Donkey card game – did not use during the trip
  • Some band aids – did not use during the trip
  • Sanitary pads + tampons (it had to come a day before the trip)
  • Mints
  • Passport
  • Currency
  • 1 water bottle
Toiletries
  • 1 toothbrush
  • 1 travel size toothpaste
  • 1 tongue scrapper
  • 1 travel size floss
  • 1 hand santizer
  • 1 lip balm
  • 1 medicated oil
  • 1 eye drop
  • 1 shower gel
  • 1 used bar soap
  • 1 travel size hair oil
  • 1 travel size sunscreen
  • 1 bug repellent – did not use during the trip
  • 1 mineral salt deodorant
  • 6 pairs daily contact lenses
Electronics
  • 1 fully charged 10400 mAh power bank
  • 1 Malaysian adapter – did not use during the trip
  • 1 lightning cable
  • 1 USB cable – did not use during the trip
  • 1 iPhone
  • 1 earpods – did not use during the trip

Yeap, so that’s basically my packing list. Some of the items listed are not in the photo.

My daily attire was a plain tee and a patterned long pants, the kind with elastics waist bands. I didn’t use the towels I brought cause I didn’t want to have to pack a damp towel in my bag whenever we go to a different place and change accommodations. Our first accommodation didn’t provide towels so I used one of my t-shirts as my towel (since it dries quick). Our second and third accommodation provided us towels. Midway through the trip I hand washed some of my clothes, that’s how my clothes lasted me 6 days.

Bikini tops work great as a bra substitute. The windbreaker was great during the midnight train rides. A foldable bag is good for going to the shower, you can pack all your clothes and toiletries in it when you go to the bathroom. It works great as a shopping bag too! Mints are a saviour during the long bus rides / train rides / plane rides. Especially if you’re sleeping. Pop a mint when you wake up so you won’t have to worry about stale breath.

If you noticed, I did not pack shampoo and conditioner with me. I intended to use my bar soap as my shampoo. But God that was the worst decision I’ve made, for 2-3 days my hair was like hay and all I wanted to do was get my hair washed at a saloon. I used the shower gel for my body and I noticed that the hair near my neck, where some of the shower gel got on the hair as well, was softer and not hay-like! And I only realised that the shower gel would work better as shampoo than a bar soap on the second last day. Lol. But well, at least I learnt something. Haha.

You need a universal adapter when you go to Thailand, at least for Malaysians. I didn’t bring one, but I brought a fully charged power bank and was able to survive all 6 days with it! I used my phone mainly for the camera, and a some texting. I didn’t have mobile data on and my WiFi was only switched on from time to time a day, I guess that’s why my iPhone’s battery manage to last so long. I also have no idea why I brought my earpods along cause I have no songs on my iPhone, but Soo made use of it.

And that’s it for what I packed for my 6 day 5 nights trip to Thailand. More soon.

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