Tuesday, November 18, 2008

HRC PinFest in Bangkok

Finally we have landed at Suvarnabhumi Airport at 11.20pm (Thai's time). After a short line-up at the taxi stand, we took a cab to our hostel (not hotel, thats normally our place to stay when we travel) named HI-Sukhumvit.

HI Sukhumvit, BangkokHI Sukhumvit, Bangkok

The next morning we headed to Chao Phraya River (one the most popular attractions in Bangkok) by sky train (Saphan Taksin station). You can buy One Day Unlimited rides for sky train (highly recommended price B120 per person).

Saphan Taksin Sky Train Station

Meanwhile for Chao Phraya River cruise, there's also One Day Unlimited Tourist Boat (price B150 person, buy 2 B250). There are 13 piers that you can stop and each one has their own attraction.

1 Day Unlimited Ride PassSathorn PierChao Phraya RiverDSC_0800

We stopped at the Maharaj Pier which brought us to The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo. Admission is not free (B25o per person). We found its quite interesting and suddenly things became familiar... Oh yeah this is where Anna and The King was filmed.

Maharaj PierDSC_0691The Grand Palace BangkokThe Grand Palace Bangkok
After a few hours, we took a boat ride until the last pier and turn back to our first pier (Sathron Pier) and headed to town. Since we bought unlimited rides for our sky train we were able to stop at most of the stations. Most of them are linked to the shopping mall, which I think is a good idea. Siam Paragon, Siam Square, Central World, MBK, Siam Discovery are few that I could remember. There are a lot more that we didn't go.

Central World, BangkokMBK Shopping Mall
The Big Day

HRC Bangkok7th Bangkok Pin Fest
This is the main reason for us to go to Bangkok. Pin Fest Bangkok is an annual event for Hard Rock Pin Collector all over the world to get together and do their selling, trading and auctioning their collection. Since I am still new with this club it was an interesting experience for me. We made our grand entrance at 12.oopm at Hard Rock Cafe Bangkok.

Bangkok Pin FestBangkok Pin Fest
There were about 40 of us and most of them from USA and Europe. We spent almost 6-7 hours there with trading, selling, buying even auctioning pins plus lunch and dinner.

Pinfest @HRC BangkokBangkok Pin FestBangkok Pin FestHard Rock Bangkok
Besides that, they gave us a big surprise which was a BIRTHDAY SURPRISE for my husband, Faizal. Thanks to Mr. Osman, operations manager for Bangkok HRC and by the way he's Malaysian too. MALAYSIA BOLEH!

HRC BangkokHRC Bangkok
We went back to our hostel with lots of goodies from HRC Bangkok. Those who are interested to know more about HRC pin collector, checkout this link.

Chatuchak Market

Chatuchak Market, BangkokChatuchak Market
On our last day, we managed to go to World's Biggest Market which has 15,000 stalls consist of EVERYTHING you can think of. Shall I say more....?

Chatuchak Market

If you ever plan to go to Bangkok, make sure it falls on weekend because this market is a MUST go thing. I can spend hours there, from clothing to household, even food, flowers,pets even CDs... there goes my husband..

Anyway, after 4 days of our trip, we found out Bangkok has everything to offer... from its culture, people, food and at the same time their tradition..Sawadee...


man said...

salah satu tempat favourite saya dan keluaga bercuti..kat sana slalu menginap kat hotl mana..saya pernah travel by train from butterworth to bangkok..depart 3.00pm arr 11.00am hualampong station(Bangkok time on the next day..) pemandangan cantik bila melalui segenting Kra.

Faizal and Anna said...

Bangkok memang menarik. Disana kami tinggal di hostel aje. Thanks for the info on travel by train.. Boleh cuba ni... hehe.

Marina Muhamad said...

same here! suka sangat pergi bangkok. last time pergi pun saya naik train all the way from butterworth to bangkok. tapi best sebab lalu seaside semua. there are few pit stop yang best along the way to bangkok macam surat thani, hua hin, hatyai. condition train boleh tahan. cleanliness, comfortability.. kira boleh tolerate. tinggal dekat athualamphong hostel. quite new place and betul betul depan hualamphong train station. very accessible. last time saya travel sendiri. dari utara, selatan, timur and barat bangkok semua saya singgah. tapi pakai public bus which is much more cheaper and ada beberapa destination bus dia FOC. now that they have wax museum pulak.. next june, enshaAlloh i'll be going again. but this time with my sisters pulak. i'll be the tourist guide! hehe.. bangkok wrock! =D