“If man has no knowledge of the past, he is nothing but a vessel without a rudder on the high seas”
Bangkok, probably the most popular destination in Asia with its chaotic streets and crazy nightlife. Been in this bustling city several times with all the eat-and-shop-till-you-drop experiences, so this time I’ve decided to explore a little out of the city. No Chatuchak, no night markets, no fanciful cafes nor those “must-visit” temples 😎😎😎
Just outside South of Bangkok in Samut Prakan province stand a 250-tons, 44-meters tall three-headed copper elephant. That is the massive icon of Erawan Museum which houses one of the most exquisite art and religious collections in Thailand.
I was wowed by the impressive rounded stained-glass roof the moment I stepped into the shrine 😱😱😱
As you continue to head up through a long spiraling staircases, you feel cooler and somehow reached a “fantasy world”.
If it’s not too hot, you can take a walk along the tropical garden outside the shrine.
How I get there: BTS Skytrain to Bearing Station and then use Uber Bike to Erawan Museum (130Baht; USD4)
Admission Fee: Foreigner price is 400Baht (USD12). I used Klook apps to book online which cost me SGD11 (USD7)
The Ancient City
Taking up 320 acres of land, roughly in the shape of Thailand, Ancient City is the largest open-air museum in the world. This huge park reproduces over 100 important monuments from around Thailand. Some of them are reconstructions of buildings that no longer exist. Other buildings are examples of traditional architecture that were scheduled to be demolished and instead were purchased by the Ancient City, dismantled and reconstructed in the park.
Spending a day here taking pictures with all the architectures is as good as going around Thailand visiting different temples and monuments!! A great place for instagramable photographs 📷📷📷
How I get there: Taking Uber Car from Erawan Museum to Ancient City: 200Baht (USD5.50)
“Death Railway” in Kanchanaburi
One of the major projects during World War II was to construct a 250-miles railway from Ban Pong, Thailand to Thanbuyuzayat, Burma. Originally called the Thailand-Burma Railway, it earned the nickname “Death Railway” because over one hundred thousand laborers died during its 16 month construction between 1942 and 1943. Today, part of the railway is still in use daily for visitors to pay remembrance to the horrific history of the Death Railway.
How I get there: Took Uber Car from hostel to Thonburi Station 150Baht (USD4) to catch a 0745hrs train. Returned on a 1330hrs train.
*Take note of the return train timetable if you planning for a day-trip only.
Maeklong Railway Market
Apart from floating markets, street markets and night markets, Maeklong Railway market is one unique experience you should try when visiting Thailand. One minute there is a bustling market under umbrellas with stalls scattered everywhere. The next minute a train passes right through the middle of it all, only to turn back into a market a few minutes later. How cool is that?!
I chose an easier way to get to Maeklong Market by taking mini-van from Southern Bus Terminal, 90-minutes journey. Do not go to Victory Monument, services do not run from there as of 2016.
Train arrival times: 8.30 a.m., 11.10 a.m., 2.30 p.m. and 5.40 p.m.
Train departure times: 6.20 a.m., 9.00 a.m., 11.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m.
And now, I’m going to catch the 1130hrs train back to Bangkok, which will take me about 3-hours 😴😴😴
From Ban Laem Station, walk about 10-minutes along the street you will see ferry crossing pier
Once reach to the opposite side at Mahachai, walk along the seafood market and will reach a train station
Once arrive at WongWian Yai Station, walk about 15-minutes to the nearest BTS station.
Used to be second capital of the Siamese Kingdom, Ayutthaya was attacked and razed by the Burmese army in 1767 who burned the city to the ground and forced the inhabitants to abandon the city. Today, Ayutthaya is an archaeological ruin, characterized by the remains of tall prang (reliquary towers) and Buddhist monasteries of monumental proportions, which give an idea of the city’s past size and the splendor of its architecture.
2 days in Ayutthaya is not enough at all…I will definitely come back again and stay longer next time!