Thursday, June 26, 2014

Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok

Four days, two capitals. I really love my business visa conditions: every 60 days I have to leave Indonesia. So at least every 60 days I have an opportunity to travel. This time we chose Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok.
At Kuala Lumpur we stayed only 1 day, and only half-day visiting because of work. So the only visited place was Petronas Tower.

Petronas Tower


In Bangkok we had more time: working Friday and the weekend all ours. We stayed at Arise hotel  at Sukhumvite Soi 26. The location and the quality of the hotel are good. And it’s not expensive – about 30 euros per night.
We started with visiting the tallest building in Thailand Baiyoke Tower II – 84 floor building. The view in the evening was nice, but we made a big mistake by dining in their restaurant. They have 3 buffets with different kitchen. It was very expensive and the food wasn’t good. It’s a real tourist trap and we fell into it. Shame J

But we found a really good pub on the online guide that was very good: Saxophone Pub (1 3/8 Phayathai Road, Victory monument). Drinks are very tasty and not expensive and live music is very good. 

Baiyoki Tower II


We had only two days in Bangkok and we wanted to visit the most famous places. So we started the program with Golden Mount (Wat Saket). This temple is situated on the high hill that opens a very nice view on the city. 

Golden Mount

After visiting the temple, it started raining, like really raining, like in South East Asia during raining season raining. But it didn’t stop us from taking a River Boat. Fortunately the rain didn’t last too long so we still could enjoy our boating. We even saw several varans on our way.

"It's always sunny after rain"


view on Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn)

Next stop was Wat Pho, one of the largest and oldest temples in Bangkok. It is also famous as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha – the tallest Buddha in the world (~50 meters).

Wat Pho

Reclining Buddha

We also stopped by Wat Intharawihan, a temple complex with a 32-meter-high Buddha. The time we came there, the monks were preparing a ceremony for the next day.

Urban views

Street food

32-meter-high Buddha

Monk preparing the ceremony

The strings connect people to Buddha

Durian fruit

Competition "Run on one leg" Kids having fun

The Grand Palace was our last stop in Bangkok. The current king resides in the other palace, but this one is still used for the official events. In the territory of the Grand Palace there is also Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles. It was prohibited to take pictures, but the exposition is very interesting. You will find a big collection of Queen’s designer ensembles and a lot of other different interesting exhibitions. The price for the museum is included in the price for visiting the Grand Palace. 


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