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Back in Bangkok After 5 Weeks Aug 27, 2018

Back in Bangkok After 5 Weeks

Location: Bang Wa, Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, the 5th Time Around
I love Bangkok, but I didn't expect to be back after only 5 weeks! 2 days before my Vietnam visa expiry, I still had no place to go. I felt boxed-in. Of the cheapest plane fares I was eyeing on, no destination was viable. I was to go Penang at $60, but by the time I was ready to book, it shot up to $88. Suddenly, Bangkok price dropped to $60 - the die was cast. Why is my universe taking me back so soon?

Mei and HangMei and Hang
Seated with me on the VietJet flight were Mei and Hang, from Vietnam. We had a little conversation about traveling. When I learned they were going to cab it from the airport to their hotel in Siam Square, I tipped them to take the cheaper airport train instead and transfer to the BTS Line in Phaya Thai. We all took the trip together as I gave them tips on the transfers, the tickets, etc. In a way, it was good bonding and a welcoming start in my new travel venture, NOMAD TRAVEL BUDDY - helping travelers along the way, empowering them and saving them money. We kept in touch while they shopped til they dropped...LOL! Hope to cross paths with you again, Mei and Hang!!!

in Bangkok with Mei and Hang
meeting 2 beautiful Vietnamese travelers, Mei and Hang, in Bangkok

Pay As You Can (Bangwa Hostel)
While booking for a place to stay in BKK, I looked for the cheapest price that is near the train station. I found Pay As You Can (Bangwa Hostel) on the last station (Bang Wa) of the Silom Line. At $3/night and only 200m from the BTS station, I found what I was looking for. BUT, the place was horribly dirty, unkept and dilapidated! The room was in disarray and the dust accumulated. I had no choice as I was tired. I asked the staff to clean the place and they did. The staff are actually nice people. I was their first guest in 2 months! The hostel is along a busy 6-lane major roadway - noisy and polluted. At night, the mosquitoes feast on me. Still, I had to stay for 3 nights as I couldn't make a move until my money arrives. It's so bad I don't even want to offer a barter deal.

Money seems to be a constant feature in my travel blog lately. But there's always a money story to write. The last time, I arrived Bangkok with only $50 with no prospect of where the next money comes from. That was frightening. It got down to $2.50 before a little money came trickling-in (I was 2 meals away from starving). Now, having used up nearly all my money in HCMC, I arrived Bangkok with only $20 - no kidding! But I'm not as nervous. I expect a little money to be wired-in from a logo job. Until I got it though, I had to tighten my belt. By the time I received the money, which was on my third day, I was already down to my last Baht 120 - another cliff-hanger! This little money buys me 2 months...or 3, if I can get a hotel barter deal despite the owner, Zurin, being a nice guy.

If there is anything this neighborhood lacks, is charm. Energetically, it's dead. Still, I took the time to walk around but there was really nothing. However, a short bus ride and I can come into 2 malls - Seacon Banque and The Mall Banque. For the short stay I did, it wasn't bad. Across the street is a night market where I can feast on good cheap eats and refill on my water for B1/liter.

Ending Thoughts
With a little money now, I can move out (because I can pay the hostel) and go somewhere equally as cheap but decent where I can feel comfortable enough to offer a web deal. Next hostel? Empo hostel @ 30 Onnut at B84/night, all in.

--- TheLoneRider
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Reader Comments:

Mikey ChongMike Singapore
(Aug 29, 2018) Chiang Mai? hahahahha. U can come again.

Jun QueJun Que Philippines
(Aug 29, 2018) Gigit, let me know when you are in Manila

Kaori AlanisKaori Alanis
(Aug 29, 2018) Is it raining a lot? I'll be in Thailand maybe in October

Mei NgMei Ng
(Aug 27, 2018) Thanks to Gigit for helping us!! 🙏🙏🙏

Hang NguyenHang Nguyen
(Aug 27, 2018) Thanks Gigit...we saved a lot of money for shopping and eatting. We ate a lot...hihi

(Aug 27, 2018) pleasure! Great to meet Vietnamese travelers in Bangkok 🙂

AnnGeert DoutreloigneAnnGeert Doutreloigne
(Aug 27, 2018) Gigit is the helping hand everywhere!!

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Bangkok Map
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Bangkok, Thailand

hotels in Bangkok HOTEL

Adventure Hostel Bangkok - N7 BTS train stop, dorm rooms, great for solo travelers, laundry, roof deck, entertainment center, kitchen, all-day tea-coffee, fridge, clean
1541 Phahonyothin Rd. Payathai

restaurant in Bangkok RESTAURANT

Dalad Vietnamese Restaurant Dalad Vietnamese Restaurant - N7 BTS train stop, authentic Vietnamese cuisine, clean & hygienic, fresh green leafy vegetables
195 Soi Pradipat 19, Pradipat Road, Phayathai

spa and wellness in Bangkok SPA / WELLNESS

Bangkok Float Center Bangkok Float Center - experience a surreal sensory immersion as you effortlessly float on 10 inches of water, 5-stars from 524 Tripadvisor reviews
99/6-9 SHOW DC Retail and Entertainment Mega Complex (4th Floor)

gyms on On Nut, Bangkok GYM| gyms on On Nut, Bangkok YOGA

Now's Fitness Bangkok - gym equipment, yoga, Muay Thai, boxing, fitness trainer, cafe, healthy food
726 Soi On Nut 14 Rd, Khwaeng Suan Luang, Khet Suan Luang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10250

Useful Information

Bangkok Cost Index

as of Sep 4, 2018: US$1 = Baht 32 = Php 53

  • Bht 60 sm, 90 big one mug draft beer
  • Bht 13 1.5 liter drinking water
  • Bht 220 one hour massage
  • Bht 60-80 muesli breakfast
  • Bht 60-80 tom yum soup in modest eatery
  • Bht 25-30 coffee
  • Bht 30-50 pad thai
  • Bht 350 Adventure Hostel lodging
  • Bht 20-30/load laundry, coin operated machine
  • Bht 7 bus ride
Transport Maps of Bangkok
  1. Chao Phraya Express, MRT, BTS, Khlong boats, Airport Link
  2. Bus Routes: 1-14
  3. Bus Routes: 15-30
  4. Bus Routes: 32-49
  5. Bus Routes: 50-70
  6. Bus Routes: 71-88
  7. Bus Routes: 501-516
  8. individual bus routes
Bangkok to Chiang Mai by Train from Bang Sue Train Station

For more train info: Bangkok to Chiang Mai trains - departing from Hua Lamphong - MRT (Bangkok)

(I'm using Bang Sue as a starting point because I was closer to it, but you may be closer to the Hua Lamphong station)

  1. take the MRT train to Bang Sue Station. Take the #1 Exit to the north provincial trains
  2. Proceed to Counter 2. You will see an information booth, a train schedule chart and the ticket counter. Choose the train and pay at the ticket counter.
  3. daily train schedule:
    • 8:48am - #7 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:30pm, not sleeper, B638
    • 2:06pm - #109 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 4:05am, sleeper
    • 6:31pm - #9 Premium Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:15am, sleeper, B938 upper deck, B1038 lower deck
    • 7:56pm - #13 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 8:40am, sleeper, B768 upper deck, B838 lower deck
    • 10:22pm - #51 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 12:10pm, sleeper, 3rd class B270 (non sleeper), 2nd class B438, B728 upper deck, B798 lower deck

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