Sunday, August 16, 2015

Bangkok and Hua Hin Travel Guide

Hello peeps.

I've just came back from Bangkok, Thailand a week ago.
I'm here to blog about my schedule, expenses, accommodation and some tips on transportation.

I know most of you are interested to know the budget needed to travel in Bangkok.

Stuffs in Bangkok are actually quite cheap, except the fact that due to our weak currency exchange, it makes the stuffs there equally the same as Malaysia. EXCEPT FOR THE FEMALE CLOTHES. It is still cheaper compared to the shops in Malaysia.

By the way, today's blog post is going to be a brief summary on my schedule which was planned and organized by me, myself and I through intense research. LOL.

It was a 6 Days 5 Nights trip consisted of 6 awesome people. (Ruby, Mark, Sher Lyn, Andy, Mei Liang and Pee Yin). 

Budget Calculation

1. Flight Ticket (Air Asia) - RM382 per person including 20kg luggage both ways (sharing). Which means 10kg each way per person. If you aim to shop like crazy, then you might need to get 20kg luggage per person on the way back from Thailand. That's an additional of another RM58. Remember, you still have another 7kg worth of hand carry. 

2. Hotel for 5 Nights - RM477 per person (LemonTea Hotel, Ruankasalong Hua Hin Holiday House and Asia Bangkok Hotel). Roughly about RM100 per night, per person. 

3. Transportation - roughly about RM300 per person (including transportation to Hua Hin).

4. Food, Ticket Entrance at Hua Hin and Shopping Expenses - depends on individual. I personally spend about 1.2k.

A month ago, XE Currency Rate was RM10.94 to 100THB and I got for RM11.30 to 100THB at the money changer outlet. Today while blogging this, the XE Currency Rate is RM11.57 to 100THB. Goodness Heaven! I bet the money changer outlet will put the price as close to RM12 for 100THB now. Tsk tsk... Not a wise idea to travel overseas at the moment.

The value of our money is getting shittier. However according to our Tourism and Culture Minister, Nazri Aziz said that this 'situation' is good for our country.

ok whatever.

I will not touch on that point. (my blog should be political free). lol


So let's get back to the main point.

Here's my itinerary.

Day 1 - 4/8/2015

2.45pm - Flight to Don Muang Airport, Bangkok. (2 hours flight).
3.30pm - Arrival at Don Muang Airport. (Take note that Thailand time zone is one hour earlier than Malaysia).
4.00pm - Depart to LemonTea Hotel (about 25km) Transportation was 1400THB for an entire 12 seater van. We divided into 6 people for transportation which means 233THB per person. This is extremely expensive. I'll give you tips on this later on.
5.00pm - Check in LemonTea Hotel.
6.00pm - Pratunam Market (located 400 meters away from our Hotel). Jalan kaki saja lor. We had our dinner at one of the seafood restaurant along Pratunam.
8.30pm - Asiatique 400THB per way (66.7THB per person)
11.00pm - Brown Cafe
11.30pm - Foot Massage 250THB per hour.

* Tips : Always travel in pairs. It can be in two, four, six, eight or ten.
If you're travelling in two or four people, then it is easier to get a four seater cab. However if you're travelling in six then it is better to get a 6 seater van. If you're travelling in a group of 7-12 people, obviously you should opt for a 12 seater van.

The van that we booked from the airport back to our hotel was a 12 seater van. That is why the price was expensive. If you get a smaller van or cab, it cost only about 500-700THB from airport to Pratunam area.

We've learned our lesson.


Day 2 - 5/8/2015

8.15 am - Depart to Hua Hin (Transportation was 6500THB in total for a 2 days 1 night trip to Hua Hin)
11.15am - Swiss Sheep Farm, 120THB per entrance.
12.30pm - Santorini Park, 50THB per entrance.
2.40pm - Camel Republic (Free Complimentary Tickets)
4.00pm - Check in Homestay Ruankasalong Hua Hin Holiday House
6.30pm - Chatsila Market
10.00pm - Back to our homestay


Day 3 - 6/8/2015

9.30am - Hua Hin Railway Station
10.00am - Hua Hin Beach
10.30am - Hua Hin Market Village
12.00pm - Plearn Wan
1.30pm - Headed back to Bangkok
4.30pm - Check in Asia Bangkok Hotel
5.30pm - Pratunam Market
9.30pm - Foot Massage 200THB per hour.

 * Note : Maeklong Railway Market is currently under maintenance and it is expected to re-open somewhere around November 2015. We didn't get the chance to visit the place. Sob.


Day 4 - 7/8/2015

10.30am - Grand Palace, 500THB for the cab. Grand Palace entrance fee is 500THB per person. (It was supposed to be a half day trip to Grand Palace but the place was super packed and crammed with humans. We decided to leave earlier).
12.30pm - Chinatown 150THB per tuk-tuk from Grand Palace (fits only 3 people). There is nothing in Chinatown. So please don't go that place. Wasting time only.
1.30pm - Platinum Fashion Mall 150THB per tuk-tuk from Chinatown (3 people only).
7.30pm - Dinner at some restaurant which I can't recall the name because I was dead tired and hungry as hell.


Day 5 - 8/8/2015

9.00am - Depart to Honey Factory (The taxi driver will only charge us 100THB to reach our destination which is the Chatuchak Market with a condition - to stop by at the Honey Factory) Since it is only 100THB for the transportation, therefore I see no harm in stopping by Honey Factory right. You don't have to buy anything there. So no worries.
10.00am - Chatuchak Market
4.00pm - Back Hotel 200THB per tuk-tuk from Chatuchak Market (3 people only)
8.00pm - Chocolate Ville 1400THB for the cab. Price was quite expensive. We got cheated by the bloody driver. He told us 1200THB for two ways and when he brought us back hotel he said it was 1500THB because we made him waited for two hours.
We argued with him and he decided to charge us 1400THB. WHAT THE HELL??? Later on we decided to just let it go. Cilaka punya driver.
11.00pm - Head back to Hotel

Day 6 - 9/8/2015

10.00am - Flight back to Reality (500THB from Asia Bangkok Hotel to Don Muang Airport).

We did not visit the floating market because I read and heard feed backs/review from blogs and friends of mine who visited the place. Which I find rather not worth visiting lor unless you want to go just for the sake of experiencing the boat ride.

The boat ride would cost 500THB to 1000THB per person and basically you'll do your shopping by riding the boat. Stuffs sold there are way more expensive and the food is dirty as well. Several friends of mine actually suffered from food poisoning.

That's all for my so called 'brief summary' on Bangkok-Hua Hin Travel Guide.

I will blog in detail for each place in my upcoming post.
Until then...

See ya.

May this post be helpful to some of you.

I will post some of the reliable drivers contact number next time. Feel free to leave a comment for further inquiries. I will try my very best to answer your question(s).

Here's a detailed post for my trip.


papimamilow said...

Hi for ur day 2, the van cost 6500baht. It brings u all around for 8 hrs? Price include petrol? Do you have the contact?

Ruby Ong said...

Yeap. Includes everything. Petrol, parking, tol, driver's accomodation and food as well.

You can get their contact at my this post.

You can call Mr. Komsan because he can converse well in English.

Hua Hin Today said...

Thanks Ruby for this exclusive guide for Hua Hin. I was making a plan to visit Hua hin recently and this guide will help more than anything. For Hua Hin extendet info like restaurants, villas and hotels I like to use also site as I can see they are one of the most organized and progressive portal at Hua Hin.

thaiman said...

As a Thai,I read your trip list with sad feeling.You paid too much for transportation especially the fares that was charged by stupid and greedy taxis in BKK. I don't know how to find any words to apologize our Malaysian friends or other ASEAN countries,but it already happened so I am very sorry for that on behalf of Thai.

Ruby Ong said...

Dear Thaiman,

It's okay. I think that is the only way to earn extra money for the taxi drivers.
It's not your fault, therefore there's no need to apologize :)

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This is the first time i read your blog and admire that you have posted on this.This is very useful for those who like travelling.So,keep updated on bangkok hotels near sukhumvit

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