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Bangkok overnight before back home to Manila

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Since this trip back in 2008, I have returned to Bangkok [Bangkok-travel-guide-632148] twice. Both were for meetups organized by myself and Jon (norhtlight) - and they were held on February 15th for two consecutive years (2014 and 2015). Bangkok has changed a lot since then, there is now the Suvarnabhumi Airport Link (I had to ride a bus or taxi back in 2008) and it is easier to go to MBK via the BTS.

The prices in Bangkok have sort of remained the same, they are still about 20-30% more expensive than in Manila for food. I don't buy clothing in Bangkok but these are one of the cheaper stuff people can find compared to other cities in Asia (including Manila). So it is probably because I've been to Bangkok five times already that I don't really seek to explore and shop, but rather to meet with TravBuddy friends.

But that won't prevent me from coming back to Bangkok when opportunity presents itself!

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Land trip back to Bangkok


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large_1840343_13552765712290.jpgFinally, after crossing back into the Thai border from Poipet, we knew what our transportation options were. We took a newer Toyota HiAce from Aranyaprathet [Aranyaprathet-travel-guide-615989] back to Bangkok [Bangkok-travel-guide-632148]. This time around, there were 12 of us as two of our colleagues followed us at Siem Reap the day after we left.

It was a long trip (distance wise), but relatively fast, time-wise. We headed back to the Shangri-La to claim the extra luggage we asked the concierge to store for us. Then we moved to President Park Hotel, which was much cheaper and considered value for money (I think we spent less than $50 per night for the room).

Now I was able to go around Bangkok at least for a few hours compared to that night I arrived on an almost red-eye flight.large_1840343_13552765726246.jpg Since Bangkok traffic is infamous during its rush hour sprawls, we chose to walk from President Park Hotel to the nearest BTS, about 15 minutes total. No big deal, as long as it doesn't rain and it's not too hot and humid.

Mah Boong Kron or MBK Shopping Center is one of our favorite shopping places in Bangkok. I usually go there to buy the dried fruits (tamarind, durian chips, etc.) and spicy dried squid and fish. These make wonderful gifts for people back home in Manila (even though there are tamarinds in the Philippines, those from Thailand are the sweetest). The spicy squid and fish are not unique in South east Asia (almost every country has its own variant of these), but the ones from Camp MBK (stall is on the sixth floor) are loaded with spice and flavor! Since we were flying back on business class (extra 10kg baggage allowance per passenger), I bought a few kg. of these assorted snacks and finger foods, which had to be placed in a box.

Bangkok is a nice city if you know where to go and shop. It's similar to Manila for the infamous traffic jams except that they drive on the left side of the road. The road infrastructure in Bangkok has improved dramatically since my previous visits in 1999 and 2005. Am certain that it would even get better once I return in the future.

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Angkor Wat 2008 - Poipet Photos


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Angkor Wat 2008 - Sisophon Photos


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Day 2 of Angkor - Banteay Srey


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