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Birthday Bonanza in Bangkok – Day 3 & 4 April 6, 2012

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Day 3: We had to be up and ready by 7am for our activities on this day.  We had made prior arrangements with Lok the day before to take a whole day tour which would include: an elephant ride, a trip to the floating market, lunch and then an elephant show and a visit to a crocodile sanctuary.

We couldn’t really figure out why we had to be up early for the tour.  Turns out, seeing the above places meant traveling outside of Bangkok for an hour or so.  First on the agenda was The Elephant Village.  Elephant rides here cost about 500-600 THB per person and can last for about 20-30 minutes..depending on your elephant.  The one we rode was named Laikini (I might have gotten it wrong), she’s 20 years old and kept stopping to eat and drink.  The man guiding us said that she was already 1 year and 3 months pregnant.  (elephants carry their babies for about 2 years)

We asked if she was the oldest in their care.  He said no and pointed to the one in front of us who was already 40 years of age!

I admit that I was scared for the most part even if the pacing was slow.  Whenever the elephant would bend down to drink or pick grass, your position tilts awkwardly and I was afraid of falling off.  I grabbed onto Ava’s arms so tight until she finally had to say, “Can you let go for a short while?  I can’t use my arm to take pictures haha”.

At the end of the ride you can have a moment with the elephants for some picture taking or in our case, our guide handed us some bananas and sugar canes to feed them with.

After that it was a quick 10 minute ride to the Damnoensaduak Floating Market.  Riding the paddled boat to shop around will cost about 150 THB per person.  We passed on this one since our tour included a motor boat ride that would take us around the surrounding areas.  We just stayed near the docking area to look at the goods being sold and of course to try out some hot noodle soup!

The soup (about 25 THB) is given to you without any spices.  Once you sit down in one of the nearby small tables, you get to have a go at how you want it to taste by mixing different sauces and chillis and then…dig in!

Our tour guide treated us to this one.  In the Philippines, this would be similar to Maja Blanca–it has a pudding like texture of coconuts, milk and bits of corn kernels and then slightly fried.

We were dropped off by the motorboat to a sort of floating mini resort where the rooms or huts are elevated on top of the water.  A short walk takes you to the King Cobra Show.  Even if we didn’t see it, there was a temple beside it so it was still a good chance to take some more photos.

Meet friendly tour guide No. 2–Ms. Bangkok.  We don’t know her real name…that’s just how she introduced herself.

It was time for lunch and here was pad thai no. 2 of the trip.  To me it tasted better than the first.  Our meal consisted of tom yum  soup, pad thai, steamed veggies and I think the other one was fish cakes.

Afterwards, it was another long drive to the Samphran Elephant Ground Zoo.  The show starts off with a magic show, which I actually enjoyed.  The elephant show chronicles the history and shows the importance and high esteem that the Thai people put on these majestic creatures starting from the early years of Siam.  We also learned that all elephants are considered property of the King.

Beside this area is where the crocodiles are.  Some of them you’ll find just underneath the wooden bridge, with their mouths open….*shivers*

Some of the elephants from the show are placed inside these small pens just after the crocodile area.  It’s a good place to interact with them.

Near the exit, you can have a picture taken with these tigers for 100 THB.  They sure look calm and relaxed but I didn’t want to take the chance.

That was the end of our tour and we were all back in the van dropping everyone off at their respective hotels.  Before heading back to ours, we stopped by again at the Platinum Mall for some last minute shopping for gifts to take home and also to get some dinner.  Here is pad thai no. 3  (about 30 THB) from one of the food stalls on our street.  This gets my vote for the best pad thai of our trip!

Day 4:  All too soon, the Bangkok adventure reaches it’s final day.  We packed our stuff and headed to the main building to check out and wait for our ride back to the airport.

Flying home was a bit bumpy and it took a while before lunch was served.

Hello again, Manila!

We had a wonderful time in Bangkok.  Lots of fun memories we’ll surely treasure for a long time.  I’m glad we celebrated my birthday there.  Even though there are a lot of other countries we’d like to see and visit, Thailand has already earned itself another “must return” vote from us.

Kob khun ka, Thailand!