Rediscover Brunei Darussalam through the eyes of the People
Greetings Readers! About 18 months ago, I was invited to Jakarta for the 1st ASEAN Social Media Exchange by GIZ and Media Consulta. The general idea was to gather strategists and practitioners from across a number of disciplines and talk about best practices in communications. They called on us again for the follow up, this time, in Bangkok. More on lessons learned another time; this blog post is about Bangkok.
It was my first time visiting Bangkok. I arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport (Suvarnabhumi means "The Golden Land") and took a taxi straight to my hotel. I had to pay 450 baht for the 40 minute ride from the airport to Dream Hotel on Sukhumvit Road. A five-star "imaginative central Bangkok hotel, where ancient fantasy meets high design". Would I stay there again? Most definitely. Taxis were readily available, it's walking distance from the MRT Station and the BTS Skytrain station, and it is (close enough) to the likes of the Siam Society House and Garden, Bhirasri Institute of Modern Art, Chatuchak market, Terminal 21, etc. I would say "surrounded by" all these places, but that would be an exageration.
Meetings ran all through the weekend, so truth be told, I wish I had more time to soak Bangkok in. I walked along Sukhumvit Road, went on a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya river, had a meal at Baan Khanitha, chilled out at Vertigo and the Moon Bar at the top of Banyan Tree, visited the Crossfit Bangkok Box and Terminal 21. Now back in Brunei, if you asked me what Bangkok was like, I would not be able to give you a thorough answer...but what I did observe was that it is a city of stark contrast. The locals were polite, but the street vendors were eager. I felt safe walking along Sukhumvit during the day time, but would have prefered having a buddy with me at night. Suits and executives owned the walkways right alongside the beggars. The MRT and Skytrains were reliable, but the tuk-tuks were more fun.
The next time I visit, I want to watch a Thai kickboxing match, sample (more) street food, get a Thai massage, mingle with the locals at Chatuchak Market, have a meal along the Floating Market, etc etc etc. When? Better sooner than later. Here are a few pictures from the trip (taken with my iPhone 4S).
Dream Hotel (image from their website)
Walking along Sukhumvit Road
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