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Exotic Thailand

Hi everyone! So good to be back. This time I’m gonna share my travel diary to Thailand. It’s been almost 2 months since my recent trip there.

I’ve always wanted to visit Thailand for long and never had a chance to visit it till May this year. Lots of drama before my trip to Thailand such as finding travel buddy to travel with. I contacted almost all of my friends asking whether they want to travel to Thailand. Some of them very excited to go but never showed their real interest and left me with empty promises ! Lol. So I told myself that this is the last try if no one is interested to go I will find a way to go there by myself (which actually quite impossible as my parents won’t ever let me travel abroad alone) or go to travel agency and join the travel with them. And those are not the best options. And I don’t like having travel agency to manage my travels.

So after I got someone to travel with me. We just booked the flights and hotel right away. And write the itinerary afterward. I stayed at 4-star hotel at Prince Palace Hotel. I went to explore Thailand for 5 days. Went to Bangkok and a nearby city called Cha’am.

I know no one in Thailand and don’t have Thai friends to guide me but then we just go. And we just explore it by ourselves. So here it is a brief travel story to show you how I spend my day from day one to last day in Thailand.

Day One

I took an afternoon flight to Don Mueang International Aiport from Jakarta. And the flight was delayed for hours and we boarded the plane at 5.45 PM just the right time for sunset watching inside the plane. We arrived at the DMK Aiport around 9 PM and checked in to the hotel at 10 PM. We were too tired but also hungry so we ran to Sevel Eleven to grab some foods and go back to hotel to take some rest.

Day Two

Day two should be all about temple-hopping but then we only managed to visit The Grand Palace and Wat Arun. And too bad that Wat Arun was closed due to the important ceremony. Mostly we took Grab to reach one place to another cause we found it hard to take their public transportation such as BTS or train. And firstly it didn’t feel like we gonna spend lots of money for transportations but turned out we spent a great amount of money for that. It’s very different when I traveled to other Southeast Asia country like Singapore and Malaysia. I always took MRT cause the system is so great and I got confused with the one in Bangkok.

After temple hopping from The Grand Palace to Wat Arun we decided to take Grab Car to go to one of the biggest mall in Bangkok. And we had lunch there. We had pad thai and other menu but my favorite Thai food is always Pad Thai and Tom Yum. Wed din’t explore the market cause we didn’t get much time. I’m kind of regret it now cause our second day was on the weekend which means it was the right time to visit Chatuchak Weekend Market. We went to the Big C Supermarket across the mall to buy some food, snack and other stuff.

And we headed back to hotel to rest for a while and continue our travel to Asiatique Riverfront. Bought some souvenirs and we had Italian food for dinner at Capri Restaurant & Bar. So here’s some pictures I took on my second day in Thailand:

Day Three

Went to Santorini Park at Cha’am. It is a city nearby Bangkok and it took 3 hours to get there. Mr. Sangad drove us and it was raining heavily but once we arrived it was all sunny. We spent almost 3 or 4 hours to explore the island which looks like the beautiful city in Greece. It was so beautful there, all buildings are painted in white and blue. Mostly they are boutique and sort of expensive. We had lunch at one of the cutest cafe Miffy’s Garden Cafe. I had blueberry cheesake and Thai tea (finally!). We headed to Cha’am beach after exploring Santorini Park. The beach was crowded and it wasn’t a beautiful beach. Kind of dirty and not the best place to enjoy sunset nor swim. After 15 minutes we told our driver to just go back to Bangkok.

Day Four

So exhausted from day three and we didn’t get ebough time to sleep as we arrived almost late. And on our day four we explore Wat Pho. This is where you can find the Reclining Buddha. The statue is so big and you cannot tkae it all in one picture. It was not so crowded and there was a ceremony held inside one of the temples when we arrived there. After visiting Wat Pho we went to buy some souvenirs again and we planned to come to the hotel before sunset to relax a bit and then pack our stuff. At night we managed to get outside our hotel to find some foodstreet. Too bad they don’t serve seafood so we had chicken barbeque instead.

Day Five

We woke up early and ready to head back to Jakarta. Mr. Sangad picked us up at 7 am and drove us to the aiport.

It was an amazing and definitely an unforgettable trip. I can’t wait to travel and see the other part of the world again. Hopefully I can visit other country again before 2018 ends.

Hope you enjoy the post! x

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Exploring Malaysia: Day 1

Hello guys, finally got time to check my blog. It’s been ages since the last time I wrote here. Thanks God, it’s long weekend so I can get back to the thing that I like the most, which is writing.

And this time I’m going to write about my recent trip to the nearby country; MALAYSIA!

I told my friends in Malaysia that one day I would come and explore the country with them. And I couldn’t be happier than this. I went to explore the country with one Indonesian friend, she is my college friend. She trusted me to manage the airplane tickets, hotel booking, and stuff. This is like a challenge when you travel with only one friend, to a foreign country you never been to and decide to go with yourself without having the travel agent to help you manage the trips.

It was 5.30 am when I left my house and headed straight to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Jakarta. I love leaving the house early just to avoid the crazy traffic in Jakarta. And that’s true, it didn’t take much time to arrive there. I arrived at the aiport at around 6.15 am. And then waiting for my friend to arrive. She arrived at almost 7 am and then we decided to have breakfast at the aiport. Our luggages should be checked-in at 7.30 am and we should enter the boarding gate at 07.50 am.

Our flight was delayed for 30 minutes or so. We supposed to arrive at the aiport at 11.20 am but then due to the delay we arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA 2) at 11.45 am. As soon as our airplane landed in Kuala Lumpur, I got super excited to explore the city. I was welcomed by one of my favourite songs which is a soundtrack of the Beauty and The Beast movie (lol). Oh, the beautiful feeling you get when you are seeing somewhere for the first time swelled all through me, and I welcomed it with open arms. And then we went to Immigration counter and had to wait the line for almost one hour to get all things done. My Arabian friend who currently studying in Malaysia was already in the airport waiting for me. He picked me up at the airport and then we booked Grab Car to my hotel which located in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur.

It took aound 45 minutes to one hour to reach Chinatown from KLIA 2. As soon as we arrived at the hotel, we put our luggages in our room and went to meet my Arabian friend at the lobby and then we were ready to have lunch around my hotel. God, I made the right decision by choosing to stay in Chinatown as it is heaven for Malaysian culinary. I’ve been craving for Nasi Lemak and I was excited to try it. We had lunch at Indian restaurant which is so close to our hotel. We ordered 3 plates of nasi lemak and we had our own choice for drinks. It didn’t cost us much, only MYR 26 for three persons. How nice! This area is so busy and quite noisy. But I like to stay here as I could explore the city by walking. I want to enjoy the city, stopping by for a picture and then watching the local people doing their daily activities. The culture isn’t much different with my country, Indonesia. I must say that we are very similiar except the fact that there are a lot of Indian and Arabic people here in Malaysia.

After we had lunch we went to Batu Caves which is located in Gombak Districk, Selanggor, Malaysia. It is 13 kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur. My friend suggested me to visit Batu Cave on my second day in the morning so we can avoid the heat during the day , but I refused it as I already had plan for the second day. We took Grab Car again to go to Batu Cave which cost me around MYR 17.

I could already see the Lord Murugan Statue from afar, as it is so big and tall. I was welcomed by the sound of the birds whistling. I couldn’t resist not to take some pictures with them. It was quite tricky, cause I think they felt bothered by me (and other tourists, of course) when we approached to them to take pictures. Finally got some photos taken and we were ready to hiked the 272 stairs to reach the Main Temple. It was very tiring indeed, we had to stop few times before continue our walks up there. I admired the view along the way. The sound of the birds chirping, the monkeys running from one stair to another, swinging from one tree branch to another and also playing with each other. I could hear the splash of the waterfalls. I inhaled the fresh air as I got closer to the waterfalls. It brings so much peace in mind and positive energy. We finally arrived at the top of the cave. I heard the bells from the main temple which attracts people’s attention. I could see the beautiful and bustling city from up there. It’s so beautiful. And life is so beautiful at this moment, indeed. We also went to the Dark Cave but then decided not to go inside cause there must be some creepy animals inside the dark cave. TeeHee.

I then decided to go to KLCC before sunset. This time we took train. The train station isn’t far from Batu Cave, only 10 mins by foot. And we bought some mineral waters which the station operates. There is a machine inside the station which was so easy to operate, Just put your money on the machine and choose what drink you want and then you will get it. We rushed to buy the coins to go to KL Sentral. Less then an hour we finally reached Suriah KLCC. There were so many people in the KLCC Park spending their Friday night with their loved ones while admiring the view of the Petronas Twin Towers.

The Petronas Towers aka Petronas Twin Towers were deisgned by the Argentine Architect, Cesar Pelli. They were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004. The Petronas Towers is the landmark of the city along with the KL Tower which located not far from Petronas Towers.

Taking pictures with the Petronas Twin Towers is so tricky. Luckily we had my Arabic friend guiding us to the right spot to take the full lenght of the tower. We walked through the KLCC Park. I really love having random walks in a foreign country. I love listening to the people talking to each other with their native languages. I love the uniqueness of the strangers, the way they use their body languages to talk to others and also they way their langauges sound to my ears. Makes me want to learn more about them, about their languages and their country. Deep inside, I’m still wishing that one day I can get a chance to live in a foreign country.

So happy I got to see the Twin Towers before sunset and right after the sun sets. I love to see the under the perfect pinky skies and also whilst the lights lit up the Towers. Something that’s pleasant to my eyes. We were sitting in the park and waiting till the fountain show. We didn’t have to wait longer, as the fountain show started at 8 pm and we got to enjoy the moment for about 10 minutes. The songs by the famous singer from Malaysia were playing as the backsound of the show. That was a really perfect night.

After watching the fountain show, we headed to Bukit Bintang. It was raining, the roads were wet and quite slippery. We had to stop for few time cause I couldn’t resist to see the glamorous of the city at night. I could see Pavilion Mall, a beautiful fountain in the center of the area, and some famous and luxury brands in those shopping centers. We were stopping by for dinner at Nando’s. Yay, finally got to try their delicious foods. Been wanting to try this African restaurant. We passed by the other one in Suria KLCC but there were too many people in line and I could not imagine how long we should wait to get our meals ready! So we tried the Nando’s at Bukit Bintang. I fell in love with the atmosphere. It was around 10 pm when we finished our dinner. After all the walking we  had, we finally decided to end our day here. Oh, we spent MYR 100 here, which is still so normal for 3 persons.

We went to the station, I had to say bye to my friend as he had to head back to Putrajaya, a nearby city from KL. And my friend, Dina and took a train to Pasar Seni, only one stop away from KL Sentral.

Here’s some pictures I took on my first day in Malaysia.. P.s. Sorry for the bad quality of the pictures. I took them with my iPhone camera and haven’t edited them yet. So, hope you can still enjoy them.

That’s all. It was a fantastic first day in Malaysia. I’m so ready to explore the other part of the country. But for now let’s catch some sleep.

Till then..

Loves,

Fefiana.