The first cinema of Bangkok was open on the 1960’s and still working nowadays.
Well located, vintage looking and super cheap; as convenient as it can be for those spending a long time or living in town.
The ceiling is specially beautiful, but even the uniforms the doorman wears are something that always catch my attention.
There’s two separated buildings that merged into one cinema, you can buy the tickets in both locations.
They’re 3 min walking distance from each other, if going for the looks Scala is your pick.
Address: Siam I, Rama I Rd – Siam Square Soi 2, Bangkok (opposite of Siam Center) BTS(skytrain): Siam station – Sukhumvit line, exit 2 or
National Stadium station – Silom line, exit 4 direction than cross the street by skywalk Prices: 100-160 depending on seat position/theater Website: http://www.apexsiam-square.com/
I love going to the movies!What about you?Share with us at the comments below!💜
An enchanting privately owned museum with remarkable energy, set on a peaceful environment.
Your first view will be the giant 3 headed elephant, just impossible to miss.🐘
After that, your attention may be driven to one of the many extremely detailed art works nicely placed inside and outside the main building.
I’m all about details, and this place is the king of it.Everything was so well thought and done with extreme amount of care leading to nothing less than perfection.
From the garden to the temple, you can stare at a single piece for long and still not fully absorb every aspect of it.
At the third floor there’s a picturesque temple where chanting is held every day.
The ceiling is modern painted with constellations giving the space a distinct vibe from the usual looks.
For people with open spiritual beliefs, there’s a lot to be reflected on, still it fits anyone regardless of personal faith.
I was grateful to had the opportunity to appreciate this place and hope you get to see it too!
Felling like buying tickets to Thailand?Let us know at the comments below!❤️
Erawan Museum – พิพิธภัณฑ์ช้างเอราวัณ Address: 99/9 Moo 1, Bangmuangmai, Samut Prakan Address in Thai: ที่อยู่:99/9 หมู่ 1, ถ.สุขุมวิท ต.บางเมืองใหม่, อ.เมือง จ.สมุทรปราการ
BTS(skytrain): Bearing Station – Sukhumvit line, exit 3 (then take a taxi or bus) Bus: 102, 507, 511, 536 (always double-check with the driver) Opening hours: 9:00am – 7:00pm Entrance fee: 400 baht(200 for children), after 5:00pm 200 baht(100 for children) Official website: http://www.ancientcitygroup.net/erawan/
For us, there’s nothing in the world like being at a pristine beach.It’s the ultimate experience, one we definitely look for.
What about you, do you agree with our vision?Share with us at the comments below!💜
There’s plenty of beautiful stretches of sand to explore.
Every single one of them has a beautiful touch, all worth the visit.
Some of them sure will make the top of the list. It will depend as well on your personal taste and activities you search for.Here are some of our favorites:
Bang Bao Bay – The first view is a small patch of fine white sand followed by heaven’s swimming pool.
Great for swimming and with fair snorkeling, a must see.
There’s a path to a second part of Bang Bao near The Beach Natural Resort, where you’ll find another small bay with rockery and a pier. Again, lovely setting and good for chilling, snorkeling and swimming.
Ngamkho – With clear water bathing very high palm trees, drawing the perfect landscape.
There’s not much sand space at some parts due the palm trees positioning, but it has a special charm being distinct in the good way.
Snorkeling gets better near by the rocks at deeper depths, great for swimming as well.
Klong Chao – One of the most popular choices due to central location, exhibiting alluring white sand and turquoise water.
A variety of hotels and restaurants are available at a nice sized beach.
Ao Phrao Beach – The day we visited Ao Phrao the sea was a little wavy, not the best for snorkeling, so we just chilled at the sands.
The beach is quite long and as in the other bays, the landscape is pretty indeed.
Ao Takean – Gorgeous long beach with great swimming and snorkeling for the island standards.The sea was just a little wavy the day we visited, but is usually calm.
Ao Tapao – Long beach with pleasant views, swimming and snorkeling.
We did some seafront yoga just absorbing the energy of the place, Koh Kood is hard to choose, it’s enchanting everywhere.
Few months before our trip, I came to Koh Kood on a day trip to work.We shot in an immaculate stretch of sand, unfortunately I couldn’t figure out the exactly location.
At this turn, after stopping by many bay’s I notice that we didn’t visit the one I worked at.
It means, fortunately, that still you can find more and more deserted marvelous beaches apart from the ones cited above.🏝
🏍Motorbike – To explore the island, we rented a motorbike (250 baht/day).This is highly recommended but only for experienced drivers.
🚕Taxi – Taxis are actually seats arranged at the back of a truck, the same style the boat companies use to carry you to your hotel when you first arrive at the island.
When discovering around it can get pricey, but is the only option for families or those who can’t drive a scooter.
🚶Walk – If you intend to visit different bays, most of them are quite far apart, walk is not recommended (unless you actually wish to trek or exercise).
Getting to Koh Kood is easy! Just follow the 2 steps below and prepare to be sun kissed!😉
1- Bus from Bangkok to Trat
There’s more then one departure point, we bought our ticket from Ekkamai as it was closer to our location.
The other options would be from Khao San Road or Mo Chit Bus Terminal(addresses below).
The route will take around 5.5-6 hours and will cost 236 baht per person one way, with the possibility of buying a discounted open return ticket.
It’s highly advisable to buy the ticket before the travel day, specially when aiming for the last or first bus.
Address: Ekamai Bus Terminal (Eastern Bus Terminal) – สถานีขนส่งสายตะวันออก (เอกมัย)
Also spelled Ekkamai Bus Terminal
BTS(skytrain): Ekkamai station – Sukhumvit line, exit 2
Mo Chit Bus Terminal – สถานีขนส่งหมอชิต
(Also known as Northern Bus Station or Chatuchak Bus Terminal)
*Not to be confused with Mo Chit BTS skytrain station.
BTS(skytrain): Mo Chit Station – Sukhumvit line, THEN TAKE A TAXI.
Best way to get there from Bangkok is by taxi.
Khaosan Road – ถนนข้าวสาร
(Can also be spelled Khao San Road)
Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok
Tip: All taxi drivers will understand “Khaosan Road” without need to show the address in Thai.
2- Boat from Trat to Koh Kood
Soon as you arrive at Trat Bus Station, there will be free taxi service to bring you to the pier.
Most of people will head to Koh Chang, be careful to embark to Laem Sok Pier that is the one going to Koh Kood.
There’s more then one company offering the ferry service, your choice will mostly depend on the time you are arriving in Trat.
You can call to the companies to confirm if there will be an available boat at the day of your arrival.
When we’ve been there, the 9:00am boat won’t be riding that day, we took the 10:00am one.
Boats depart usually from 9:00am to 2:20pm, with prices ranging from 200-950 baht depending on the company and/or travel time.
Private speed boats are available as well.
The taxi will leave you right at a small restaurant at the pier where you will wait for few minutes until the departing time of your boat.
The boat is a big high-speed catamaran(unless you chose the slow boat) with comfy seat and air-con, the ride lasts around 75-90 min.
From Koh Kood’s pier there’s a free taxi service that brings you to your accommodation.
Just inform your hotel name and they will lead you to the right vehicle.
And this is it!You are at the paradise!Enjoy your time!🌴
Times and Tips:
We took the last bus of the night and the first boat in the morning.
There’s quiet a wait time between them at the bus station(around 3-4 hours depending on available ferry schedule).
Another option is taking the first bus leaving Bangkok at dawn, then there’s no wait, but you may have to take the noon or afternoon boat depending on you bus schedule.
Be aware that the last boat to Koh Kood is at 2:20pm and we don’t recommend staying the night in Trat, it’s a waste of time.
The way back to Bangkok:
Everything the same but in reverse!
Free taxi from your hotel to the pier – free taxi from the pier to Trat Bus Station – buy your ticket to Bangkok(if you don’t have one yet) – arrive in Bangkok 6 hours later.
All hotels and some stores around the island sell the boat tickets back to Trat.
Another good choice would be visiting neighbor islands like Koh Mak, Koh Chang, Koh Wai.All just a ferry boat trip away from Koh Kooh lasting from 30 min to 2 hours.
The trip till the destination is always highly enjoyable for me, doesn’t matter where i’m going, there’s the expectation going on, i just love it!
What about you? Do you feel the same?Share with us tin the comment below!💚
The famous Khaosan Road is one of our favorite places in Bangkok.
Laid back atmosphere, street shopping, restaurants, bars, Thai massage and more; all in one place.
We recommend visiting at evening to start with some shopping, then staying for dinner(Khaosan is a great spot for trying traditional Thai food) and if you’re on the party vibe there will be plenty of options to choose from.
We’ve done a Thai vegetarian cooking class back in 2015 at one of the restaurants located on the street behind Burger King, it was a fun experience that we also advise you to embark on!
As the road got really popular, the place expanded and nowadays count with many streets, there’s a whole backpacker world area to enjoy now.
Don’t be fooled by the “backpacker” label always hanging together with the name, the Thai style is all around and it suits everyone well.
Feeling like walking around Khaosan?Share with us in the comments below!❤️
Khaosan Road – ถนนข้าวสาร
(Can also be spelled Khao San Road)
Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok Tip: All taxi drivers will understand “Khaosan Road” without need to show the address in Thai.
On June 21 annually the International Day of Yoga is celebrated.
In Bangkok an event was held on June 26-27 by the Indian embassy open to all.
We’ve been there to enjoy the yoga class, support the beautiful yoga community and last but not least to take you all together with us.💙
At the entrance, stalls distributing Indian food samples and the official event t-shirt were our first stop.
Then we proceeded to an open space where yoga mats were already placed just waiting for everyone.
The class was sure relaxing and introduced the ancient tradition to many, who i personally hope from now on make a habit to connect their mind and body.✨
If you never tried Yoga before we surely recommend you to do so, there’s plenty of benefit and you might find yourself falling in love with it just like we did.
We loved the whole idea and appreciate the effort of volunteers that got it all done.
At the end, a nice Om mantra chanted by that many people together, what a better way to start the day?
Do your city have any kind of Yoga events going on?We would love to hear your experiences, share with us in the comments below!❤️
Officially called Wat Intharawihan but known by all as Big Buddha, this temple is a nice spot to feel Bangkok’s vibe.
Soon as you step inside the street gate there’re a bunch of street food and game booths followed by a beautiful and colorful Chinese style shrine.
The main star of the temple is a standing Buddha built between 1867-1927.
The statue has 32 meters hight and 10 meters wide, decorated in glass mosaic tiles gilded with 24 carat gold.
This impressive giant ensures the energy around the place and inside your heart as well.❤️
Mostly frequented by locals, quiet and peaceful setting awaits you for a relaxation time.
This was our second time admiring the Wat, check how cute Destiny Boy looked back in 2009.💑
Located at Grand Palace area, after a day exploring the temples we recommend you stopping by KhaoSan Road (the famous backpacker street) for a meal and some shopping.
KhaoSan has an extreme laid back atmosphere and at the same time can get pretty party like on late hours, it can please diversified tastes.👍
Wat Intharawihan – วัดอินทรวิหาร Address: Samsen Road, Bang Khun Phrom, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok Address in Thai: ที่อยู่: ถนน สามเสน แขวง บางขุนพรหม เขต พระนคร กรุงเทพมหานคร Canal Boat (Klhong Saen Saeb): Phanfa Leelard pier (interchange at Pratunam pier if needed), then take a tuk tuk/taxi. Opens from 8:30-20:00.
KhaoSan Road – ถนนข้าวสาร
(All taxi/tuk tuk drivers are familiar with the address) Canal Boat (Klhong Saen Saeb): Phanfa Leelard pier (interchange at Pratunam pier if needed), then walk for 10-15 min or take a tuk tuk/taxi.
In love with Big Buddha?Share with us in the comments bellow!💛
The idea I had in mind was of a similar temple like the ones I’ve seen before in Thailand, if it is yours as well, drop it!
To skip the traffic we took the canal boat until the last stop to our attraction of the day, if you’re staying near the canal it may be a way to experience this authentic transportation, but if you’re far away or don’t like to get much out of your comfort zone than just take a taxi(address below).
Soon after you enter the gate the fresh steam, plants and nature sounds connect you to the energy of the place.
Don’t worry about the number of steps, it’s a shadowed short enough way up.
If, like me, you appreciate details; there’s a bunch to catch your attention while you make it to the top.
The temple history is rather sad, but it sure shows how energy transforms with time and still stands as a memorial to the ones involved.
When you do arrive, the beautiful view of the city plus the architecture all around are just an add-on at my favorite part of the experience that was the way up.👆🌇
The Golden Mount – ภูเขาทอง – พระบรมบรรพต
Placed inside Wat Saket – วัดสระเกศราชวรมหาวิหาร compound. Address: 344 Chakkraphat Diphong Road, Ban Bat, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok Address in Thai: ที่อยู่: 344 ถนนจักรพรรดิพงษ์ แขวงบ้านบาตร เขตป้อมปราบศัตรูพ่าย กรุงเทพมหานคร Canal Boat (Klhong Saen Saeb): Phanfa Leelard pier (interchange at Pratunam pier if needed) Opens from 8:00 to 17:00.
Making your way up anytime soon?Let us know in the comments below!❤
Similan Islands – หมู่เกาะสิมิลัน
Our FAVORITE place in Thailand! A real paradise on earth with the whitest sand and the clearest water!
Amazing snorkeling experience with giant fishes, sharks, rays, and turtles.A top priority must see!🐠
This beauty is a group of 11 islands located at the Andaman Sea belonging to Phang Nga province.
Islands number 1, 2 and 3 are closed due to turtle hatching program and reef conservation.
While having lunch at the island 4 we got the chance to see hundreds of fruit bats at the trees just behind the seafront sand stretch.
Other wild animals you may see at the islands are the hairy-legged mountain crabs, lizards, snakes and multiple species of birds.
But first, you need to get there!
To Reach Similan
From Khao Lak:
All around the city, you will find tour booths and they all offer trips to Similan Islands.
Boats depart daily during high season(November-May).
Few companies get this trip done, they have from a full day to 2 nights tour options.
We bought the full day trip and deeply regretted.We highly recommend spending at least 1 night at the island.
Staying overnight here is not as simple compared to the other Thai destinations.For more info on how to stay at the island check “Accommodation” segment below.
Tip: When buying your tours don’t forget to bargain.Prices can and will be reduced.
The nearest airport is Phuket International Airport.
From there you have few different options in how to continue your way to Similan Islands: 1-Getting to Khao Lak, then taking a speedboat to Similan. 2-Take a speedboat from Phuket.
2-Take a speedboat from Phuket- Group and private speedboat can be booked to Similan Islands in travel agencies around Phuket.
We bought the full day trip and deeply regretted.We highly recommend spending at least 1 night at the island.
Be aware though that there’s just camping tents and 20 basic bungalows with no hot water and electricity only at night time.Is a secluded paradise with a simple setting and only one small restaurant where the food is served at a community table between palm trees with sand in your feet.
If you looking for a luxury stay that’s not for you, in this case, the full day trip will fit you better.
For stay at the tents(available on island 4 and 8), the only way is booking your trip with a travel agent.That will be easily and much cheaper done in Khao Lak then other options.
If you plan on staying at the bungalow(available on island 4) that has to be booked thru Similan Islands National Park website for 1.000 to 2.000 baht, some travel agencies are able to book it as well but they will charge extra for that.Booking a bungalow has proved to be troublesome for times as the method is a little outdated.(Some things just worth the trouble😉) *Similan Islands National Park website: http://www.dnp.go.th/parkreserve/asp/style1/default.asp?npid=212&lg=2
Another option would be sleeping at an overnight boat tour more focused on divers(can be found at tour stalls in Khao Lak and Phuket).
And finally staying in Khao Lak and booking day trips are perfect for those who don’t want open hands of some comforts.
Similan Islands are closed during low season(middle May – middle October).
Enchanted with this paradise?Share with us in the comments below!💛
Khao Lak – เขาหลัก
is a departure point for some of the coolest snorkeling and diving spots in Thailand as well as some scenic tour destinations like James Bond Island.
Located in Phang Nga province this is a great family destination likewise for couples or anyone looking for more quiet, relaxing vibe.
Home of many high-end resorts Khao Lak has more of a sophisticated touch then most of Thai destinies that usually thrive on the laid back atmosphere.
For me was all about chilling at the beach all day long, having something to eat looking at the sea and watching the sunset with some Thai massage.Then the night would be the gourmet moment followed by some souvenir shopping at the cozy beach stores all around the main street.
For such small place i was surprised with the great supermarket and the variety of restaurants you could find around.
Something easy peasy to encounter was the tour booths distributed all over the city where you could buy multiple tour options from snorkeling to hikes, during from one afternoon to tree days long.
We’ve done the Monkey Temple + Panyee Village + James Bond Island Tour and the Similan Islands snorkeling tour.We loved the experience and highly recommend.
Beaches + Where To Stay
We visited 3 beaches while our stay: Amphoe Takua Pa, Nang Thong Beach, Pakweeb Beach (White Sand Beach).They were distinct from each other and we recommend looking them up.
Our hotel was located at Nang Thong Beach, nice area to stay with multiple restaurant choices, stores, the city center, etc.
If you want a more secluded place then White Sand Beach is a good call.
Tip: We advise to book accommodation ahead if you’re visiting Khao Lak in the high season peak (November-February).
Onboard of our motorbike we drove 7km along the rubber trees listening the melodic nature sounds al the way to Tonchongfa Waterfall.
When the entrance is reached you have to park your vehicle there and proceed by walk for another 1km.The final part of the walk is a little complicated, not advised for people with mobility problems.
Tonchongfa was quiet and beautiful with enough place to swim and friendly garra rufa fishes(massage fishes) that help you renovate your skin.🐟
There’s few other waterfalls to be explored such as Lampi Waterfall(easy access), Pakweep Waterfall(easy access) and Ton Prai Waterfall.
To better explore the area we decided to rent a motorbike during our stay(around 300-350 baht a day at the high season, if renting for multiple days discount is applied).Cars were also available for rent.
If you know how to drive that’s a great way to get to know around and don’t get sucked at the beach you’re staying, otherwise you can take a taxi or tuk tuk. *If you normally don’t drive is definitely not a good idea to start here.For some reason it seems to be something that is happening(specially with youngsters) and accidents are being reported.
Buses depart from Phuket Bus Terminal 2(address below) daily about every hour and take around 1:30 to 2:00 hours to complete the journey.
Ask for an air-con bus (it may not be working very well), have in mind that this are very simple buses, but enough for a short ride.
The price for one person is around 80 baht and the bus will stop right at the main street(Nang Thong Beach area).
Group and private speed boats can be booked to Khao Lak in travel agencies around Phuket.
As well as boat trips to snorkeling destinations near by such as Similan Islands.
You can hire a private taxi from Phuket to Khao Lak and the other way around.
Bargaining your price will be a must.
Usually your hotel will be able to find the taxi for you, another option is asking directly to the cab drivers at the street and if they don’t do this route themselves someone will be recommended to you.
This can be arranged at the airport as well.
The price should be between 1200-1800 baht and the journey will take about one hour and a half.
*Is recommended to use a certified taxi.
There’s a private company that offers helicopter transfers to Khao Lak (around 2700 usd), 30min duration.
VIP 24 seats and 1st Class 32 seats buses depart daily from Mo Chit Bus Terminal(address below).
The trip takes around 12 hours, air-con works well, comfy clean seats, complimentary snack and water bottle, there’s a toilet in the bus and in the middle of the way bus stops for a free meal(VIP bus). *Khao Lak to Bangkok – Tickets can be purchase in all the tour booths around the city and in some of the hotels.
From Khao Lak to Bangkok prices vary between 1000-1300 baht(bargain needed) for a VIP 24 seats bus with one meal included. *Flight ticket prices are quite cheap, sometimes even same price as the buses.
The nearest airport is Phuket international Airport(address below).
Ticket prices are quite cheap, sometimes even same price with buses.
If you flying to Phuket you can check the options on how to finish your trip on “From Phuket” segment above.
Check “By Flight” on “From Bangkok” segment above.
Tip:*The map of the city has changed after the 2004 Tsunami, be sure the map you’re checking out is the new one when planing your trip.
*Convenient destination nearby is Phuket, Click Here to know more.
Excited about Khao Lak?Let us know in the comments below!💜
Mo Chit Bus Terminal – สถานีขนส่งหมอชิต
(Also known as Northern Bus Station or Chatuchak Bus Terminal) *Not to be confused with Mo Chit BTS skytrain station. BTS(skytrain): Mo Chit Station – Sukhumvit line, THEN TAKE A TAXI.
Best way to get there from Bangkok is by taxi.
Phuket Airport – ท่าอากาศยานภูเก็ต Website: http://phuketairportthai.com/en *Terminal 1 for international flights, terminal 2 for domestic flights. *Located 32km from Phuket city center.
When you look outside you will see the beautiful energy of Thailand. Then is time to contemplate inside and get in touch with the supreme energy within!
The International Meditation Center located in Wat Mahathat offered free meditation classes in English for anyone who wanted to join for years, but unfortunately, they ended this group in November 2015.
Classes were held in section 5 of the Buddhist Temple, a small space that when I entered blind me with light!There was this energy in the air so peaceful and with all those souls connected by the power of will, that you could feel it so strong that blur your vision with an ethereal light.
We had the honor to be guided by monk Phra Maha Wattana, that with his simplicity and pure heart made his presence be felt, his words of wisdom helped us through our journey.
We couldn’t have a greater teacher.😃
Our wish was to indicate this class for you, unfortunately, they’re not available anymore, but at their Facebook page(link below) they indicated some other groups in Thailand with similar techniques.
Anyway, you can visit Wat Mahathat and join the morning or evening chanting at the Temple every day, it’s done in Thai but the energy is multilingual.
Wat Mahathat Yuwaratrangsarit – วัดมหาธาตุยุวราชรังสฤษฎิ์ Address: 3 Thanon Maharat, Na Luk, Bangkok Address In Thai: เลขที่ 3 วัดมหาธาตุยุวราชรังสฤษฎิ์ แขวงพระบรมมหาราชวัง เขตพระนคร กรุงเทพมหานคร Website (Thai): www.watmahathat.com Section 5 Meditation Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/meditationsection5/
The “Festival of Lights” had many attractions to be seen around the city, it was difficult to choose between such nice options but certainly no wrong choice could be made as everywhere we stepped was plenty of wonders.
With Brahmanical roots, the festival has been adapted to Thai Buddhism. Click here to know more about Loy Krathong meaning and symbolism.
At day 2 we again took the free River Festival shuttle boat and visited Tha Maharaja and Wat Arun.
Tha Maharaj – ท่ามหาราช
Our first stop had a modern approach to the festival.
Located in a riverfront mall with special decoration, food and craft stalls, all fresco cinema and even a special song made to the river.
Address: 1/11 Trok Mahathat, Maharaj Road, Phranakorn District, Bangkok 10200
Address in Thai: ที่อยู่: 1/11 ตรอกมหาธาตุ ถนนมหาราช เขตพระนคร กรุงเทพมหานคร 10200
BTS(skytrain): Saphan Taksin BTS Station – Silom line, exit 2( then take a boat at Sathorn Pier or a taxi)
Sathorn Pier(Central Pier) – ท่าเรือสาทร Tip: Tha Maharaj official website: http://www.thamaharaj.com
Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) – วัดอรุณราชวรารามราชวรมหาวิหาร
At Wat Arun Buddhist temple everyone was invited to help handicraft Buddha statues made few distinct ways, was a truly amazing experience everyone was glowing happy and the helpers couldn’t be more kind!
There we enjoyed stunning traditional Thai dance and music presentations, huge food fair, flower shaped candles for special offering in the water due to Loy Krathong and also an alfresco cinema.
Unfortunately the temple was under renovation that makes it a little harder to appreciate by recorded images, but still was laying Beautifully over our view and made its energy be felt for sure.
Address: Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahaviharn(Temple of Dawn), 158 Wang Doem Rd, Talat Noi, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok 10600
Address in Thai: ที่อยู่:วัดอรุณราชวรารามราชวรมหาวิหาร, 158 ถนน วังเดิม แขวง ตลาดน้อย เขต บางกอกใหญ่ กรุงเทพมหานคร 10600
BTS(skytrain): Saphan Taksin BTS Station – Silom line, exit 2( then take a boat at Sathorn Pier )
Sathorn Pier(Central Pier) – ท่าเรือสาทร
Everything was special, we can’t wait to show you day 3!
How do you find Loy Krathong?We are excited to hear from you!Share with us in the comments below!💙