Wednesday, February 10, 2010

bangkok trip part two...korn-khun-ka!!

050210...
So, the third day of us in bangkok began with indecisiveness...heh, what a word... well, the story goes like this...
Axlida planned for us to go to 2 places, Kanchanaburi, a place where there was a railway dubbed The Death Railway because it was built during the WW2 by prisoners of war (POW) maybe, ordered by the soldiers... entah la soldiers mana and many people died working on it...and Ayuthayya (forgive the spelling if it's wrong), which was where the ruins of temples are situated... both have picturesque scenery i suspected, but then the driver refused to go to both places, claiming it was too long a distance between the two... so, after much thought, and some pretty misunderstood suggestions from the driver himself, we decided on Kanchanaburi instead of Ayuthayya... well, we've been to the Grand Palace, we've seen the temples there and basically went along many temples along the way of our journey, so we couldn't possibly waste two hours to go see yet another temple...

And probably to make us feel better, on the way to the Death Railway, the driver stopped @ Ratchaburi, where there was one of the tourist attraction you can only see in Thailand, The Floating Market... yeah, yeah, we had a pretty nice driver...




here we were @ the starting place for the floating market. we were going there on a boat or sampan, actually, and we got air kelapa for free!!








here we were in a very properly shaded boat... it was so $#@^%&* hot in Thailand!!






we strolled along the river ( i forgot the name of the river), there were souvenir vendors along the riverbank who keep on bargaining with us (which we guiltily refused, but i bought a couple t-shirts, though) until we arrived at the....




....floating market!!

so many things were sold here... souvenirs, food, fruits, clothes, hats, pots, you name it...


there were fresh, sweet fruits, no preservatives what-so-ever, okay...

it was a sight you don't see everywhere, you know.


so glad, i got 2 see it live...



Then, when we finished buying fruits, strolling back towards the starting point, we saw that the people we paid for the boat had already put our pics which they took earlier before we took off, into small plates for souvenir, for thb100 each (after much bargaining with kelantanese language with one of them who knew kelantanese malay, heh!)...we bought them for safe keeping.

Then we proceeded to Kanchanaburi... it turned out to be a good idea because there were so many souvenir shops there...

we chased the tourist train (the yellow one in the pic) to the other side of the river by walking on the railway with our knees shaking, looking straight forward, afraid to look down at the water below... ye la, it was named The Death Railway for a reason, it killed people, for God's sake...

gayat siot jalan atas railway ni... dah la memang boleh nampak air kat bawah... dah la jauh jugak nak menyampai ke sebelah sana...



yup, we arrived at the other side of River Kwai, safe and sound, and took pics at the beautiful landscape...












here's how the railway looked like on the other side of the river...




it does look kinda creepy, eh? haunting... hm...








After we went back to the other side of the river, knees shaking less than before, there were some tourists who were amazed by us muslims who were still very much covered from head to toe even when it felt like forty degrees hot, so amazed that they took pic with us...


and guess what? they were muslims too!! from russia!! hahaha.. talk about contradictory...



aduhai, dunia...dunia...








on our way back from kanchanaburi, we saw these buses which were heavily decorated with graffitis... and they were school buses...quite a striking sight, i would say... nice...






Memang, kinda realize that Thai people have creativity streaks not many other people have or show... they can do whatever to gain money... sell souvenirs, handcraft things, perform b-dance in the middle of junction to the MRT station, do mimic acts, do massage...

And realize jugak bandar bangkok itself yang bersih, tak nampak sampah pun... according to k hery, because of their strong Buddhism, these Thai people believe in karma... do good things, you get good things and vice versa, so you can hardly see any litter along side the road or wherever since littering is a bad thing and they won't want bad things to 'boomerang' back to them... hm... how do we, as muslims who've been taught these lessons too, compared to them? nak compare from kl's cleanliness and bangkok's pun jadi la... that is something to think about.
So, done with kanchanaburi... we went back to bangkok, went back to MBK because some of us tetiba mengigau nak beli thai silks (including me la...) and then, during the nite, we went back to the Suan Lum nite market for...


Massage!!



Mana boleh pergi Thai tak pergi massage... walaupun setakat massage kaki je, tetap kena buat...heh!!


Syiok habisan tu!!



Then we went back to k hery's house, she cooked us yet another late dinner (so owed her big time!) and back to the hotel..zzz... esok dah nak balik...:(


060210...

Tapi, sebelum balik, got yet another destination to go...heh... sempat lagi tu...
k hery took us to Chatuchak market, the biggest market in Thailand, which apparently opened only on weekend.

Semua benda ada kat sini... it even has a specified map for the market itself, telling what section selling what goods... ant there were a whole load of goods... nak apa, cakap je... souvenirs, home decors, clothes, accesories, food, pets... a day is not enough to go through the market and we only had half a day... lepas tu dah nak pergi airport... so, kitaorang basically jalan2 kat bahagian souvenirs je... then we had lunch dekat one of the halal stalls kat situ, makan tomyam thailand, another must-do, and bersiap nak balik...








We went back to k hery's house to get our bags, which reproduced themselves sebab banyak sangat benda yang dibeli, eheh, said good bye to her (so many, many thanks k hery!! nanti nak pergi lagi!) and proceeded to the airport... another amazing race la pulak dengan drebar teksi pun dah tolong cuak untuk kita orang yang nak catch flight ni, bawak 140km/j...ish...ish... ish...another race lepas check in sebab boarding hall tu punya la jauh.... a.d.u.h.a.i...

Tapi sempat make it on time to board the plane back to Malaysia, Alhamdulillah...

All in all, definitely one trip to remember... tu yang rajin pergi tulis kat blog ni... heh!!


korp-khun-ka (thank you!) Thailand!

2 comments:

  1. laa haii bila pi thailand nihh..syokk nye

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  2. heh... tengok la dates tu... baru lagi, last wednesday until saturday...

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