Now I remember, why I slept early….I had to do my 1 hour 30 mins run in the next morning.
Now I remember, why I slept early….I had to do my 1 hour 30 mins run in the next morning.
Everytime I travelled to a city famous for its food, I refused to order breakfast at the hotel. I go where the local do. well ya…sort of 😀
We had breakfast near by the hotel, served American Breakfast (Pancake, banana, capucino and orange juice), it cost Baht 120! (less than around IDR 60,000). Expensive, probably yes compare to nasi uduk or lontong sayur. But the place was nice. In Jakarta probably it would cost IDR 80,000, at least.
Well, anyway, our intention was to visit touristy spots, places that we visited decades ago. We took Grab Car service to the Grand Palace. The driver was an old man, Chinesee-Thai and speaks English very well. Thing we barely met in Bangkok. We had chit chat, I told him we were re-visiting this city again…bla…bla…then he told us:
“Don’t be so nice to Chinese Tourists! They’re very rude! If they cut your line, go punch them!I hate them. They are very noisy”hahahahhaahha
These Chinese (mainland) Tourists had became issue, in some extent, however, we cant blame them, they have THE money.
I told Mr. Jed that we wanted to see Wat Po as well, then he said.
“You know, they’re 7 types of Buddhist which represent the day you’re born. The reclining Budha represents people who born in Tuesday, the laid-back ones!”
bet the old Buddhist weren’t Triathlete nor Runner! Otherwise, Monday will not be a rest day! 😀
Grand Palace opens at 8.30 am. It was cloudy at first then slightly rain. Entrance Fee Baht 500, free for Thai. Quite expensive compare to Indonesia Tourism Site, but…you pay for what you expected.
The Palace was very clean, public toilet like ones in shopping center and even free flow drinking water. It is nice, considering Bangkok lies near equator as well. So, here we are again, reminiscing our trip when we were teen! A 17 yrs old me vs 27++ yrs old me. I didn’t change much, did I?
We were here on New Year Holiday in mid 90’s, so we roam around, not only admiring the beauty, but wonder were was our picture taken. I somehow can hear my late mom said to my dad “Pa, fotoin mama di sini donk sama anak-anak” 🙂 of course, having a self portrait is a privilege in rolled-film camera, wasn’t it?
Then we proceed to Wat Po by foot, it’s 1 KM apart, under one hot sunny day in Bangkok. Enterance Fee is Baht 100, the condition of the tourism site is as good as The Grand Palace, yes, including the toilet. (Saya tuh suka parno kalo ke toilet umum di Indonesia, WC di Keraton JOgja ajaa…ya gitu deh. Kompensasi Harga Tiket Masuk yang murah kali ya 😦 ) we wanted to hire a guide, but it was Saturday, cant find one.
We forgot the idea that we wanted to see Wat Arun! next visit then! we didn’t came here either years ago.
In Wat Po, ticket fee includes free a bottle of mineral water, the are is clean, provide free drinking water, and even ATM inside the complex in case you want to buy sorvenir yet run out of cash! Now I understand, why Thailand is Amazing! hal hal kecil untuk memajukan parawisatanya benar benar diperhatikan! Saya sih tidak masalah bayar situs sejarah agak mahal tapi terawat!
We took rest in restaurant near by, had of course the manggo sticky rice, cost Baht 80. Yummy! then we took public bus.
note: Sekali lagi, di sini saya merasakan ketinggalan Jakarta dalam menyediakan transportasi umum yang nyaman, untuk tourist sekalipun. Their public bus serves better service.
we took bus to of courseee……The famous Chatuchak Market! the journey took 45mins.
Tips from Iqbal, get in from Lot 23. It offers better tenants. So we did what he told us. we were hungry, saw so many Indonesian moslem , I asked them where can I find HALAL FOOD and one of them said LOT 12! Just ask any Indonesian you met where to find this or that! :)) Seems most of them know this place by heart with closed eyes.
I’m not a shopping person, I fed up cleaning my parents old house and get rid of their stuffs that made me hate shopping. It’s wants more than needs. I was puzzled, why (Indonesian) fly to Bangkok only for shopping. On my second day here, I understand! Ya emang pengen dibeli aja rasanya semua barang-barangnya! Murah-murah bet! lucu lucu banget! harus kosongin isi lemari kayaknya ke sini!
In case you wonder, I came back empty-handed. I didn’t come to Bangkok for shopping, yet I do find this place is interesting. Saw many buyers come with big luggages. I bought a lot of snack, drinks, snack, drink, repeat! It’s heaven!
We took BTS back to Siam Area. Chatuchak, being new point of interest offers better rapid public transportation (there’s also MRT near by). Came back to hotel, I needed a rest. Although the night is young , I’m not! :))
Hallo! I recently made a trip to the capital of Thailand. Re-visitting this city after more than two decades.
We took the famous low-budget airline, of course, that arrives at Don Muang Airport. When I’m done with Imigration Check Point, I could recall dad took my pictures on the stairs. I guess, the airport hasn’t changed much. I had no Thailand Baht with me, so I found ATM to withdraw.
Took cab to Siam Area, where we stay, drop the baggages, and found lunch. It close to noon.
Honestly, I didn’t quite remember what Bangkok looked like in mid 90’s, but not so much different from Jakarta. There was no Bangkok Sky Train back in that time, traffic was as worse as Jakarta.
But now, the city is much developed! Compare to our capital city :-/. That was my impression on the first 3 hours after I explored city center a little bit. The BTS were integrated to main office buildings, very convenient to move around.
Kotanya lebih manusiawi dibanding Jakarta. Jajan di kaki lima aja bersih, pada buang sampahnya sendiri. Sekali lagi, ini impressi saya selama 3, jam pertama di sini.
After we had our lunch, we wondered around aiming to visit Central Embassy, when they have Open House on the top level. It’s a book stores integrated with various food stalls. Gee, I love its ambience. Food are quite expensive though, for IG content (daaaa!), I bought a cup of coffee
We took BTS of course for mobility. So we bought Rabbit Card.
back to hotel, check-in ( I stayed in Ibis Hotel), took a quick nap (umur tidak bisa dusta, lelah bangun shubuh) , we took Grab Car to Lhong 1919. An area consists of shops and restaurant at the river bank if the famous Chao Praya.
The building was once an Army Barrack during the war, and they turn into shopping complex rather than demolished them.
So, there I was again! Took self potrait, with Chao Praya at the back. Hahahahah
Drivernya ngomel macet, padahal dibanding Jakarta ngga ada apa apanya :))
Many Thai we met speak little English.
Terus pas cerita besok mau ngapain di Bangkok and we crossed the bridge over Chao Praya.
The driver : Wat Poh
Us : just roaming around, find good places to eat
The driver : No, Wat Poh. and her finger point something
Us : oooihh Wat Poh, kita pikir nanya What For
We took grab car again (because there’s no BTS around) to cross the river to visit Asiatique another shopping and dining complex with mini playground for kids and Wheel Ferris.
I like how the city council managed the river. Ciliwung dan Cisadane ngga mau dibuat rapih kayak gini apa ya? Or is it too late?
Had dinner here, it is a challenge to get back to hotel at 10 pm. Compare to Singapore, aksesibilitasnya untuk public transportation masih kalah jauh. Jadi repot, tapi males pake TukTuk. Supirnya pada rese sama turis (katanya).
We took taxi but the driver refused to use argometer. This was the least unpleasant experience. Tapi ngga mahal mahal amat. Ternyata ada bus langsung ke SIAM.
As for the bus, not all are new like Trans Jakarta, but it used tap and the door automatically closed.
No, Kopaja and Metromini on the main road but they do stop only in the designated place. Bukan suka suka aja behentinya. di Jalan Jendral Sudirman kopaja kaleng masih ada lhoo)
Main expenses :
I started to like the city.
Akhir pekan lalu, saya ke Jogja lagi. Pergi sendiri, tentunya naik kereta! Hahahaah! Suka banget soalnya naik kereta dan ini pertama kali naik kereta siang. Biasanya kan malam. Jadi deh bisa lihat pemadangan langit biru dan hamparan sawah.
Selain itu, in my humble opinion, naik kereta (dan commuter line) itu TEPAT WAKTU. Slot waktu yang saya siapkan, tepat.
Saya naik kereta jam 8 pagi dari Gambir, sehingga saya alokasi 6.30 pagi dari rumah untuk naik Commuter Line ke Tanah Abang pukul 6.47. Sampai Tanah Abang , pukul 7.15 sehingga sesuai rencana saya 7.30 saya sudah bisa sampai Stasiun Gambir. karena harus cetak tiket kereta paling lambat 10 menit sebelum berangkat.
Kalau saya naik low cost budget airline yang “satu itu”, resiko delay booo! Hitung hitung sama saja waktu tempuh.
Pun ketika Kereta berhenti lama (hampir 15 menit) di Purwokerto. Announcer bilang baru berangkat 1.12 pm, tepat jam itu kereta berangkat. Tadinya saya mau beli Bengbeng di Indomaret, ngga berani. Takut ketinggalan keteta
Diluar perkiraan saya, Ya Allah AC kereta siang itu tetep dinginnn booooo! Menggigil malih! Brrrr.
Tips for me : chose right side if you travel to Jogja, it offers better view! Bring blanket too!
As scheduled, pukul 15.40 saya sudah sampai Jogja. oh ya, dekat stasiun Tugu Jogja – di ujung persis. sudah ada coffee shop 24 hour! april lalu belum ada
Saya menginap di 101 Hotel, sehingga tinggal geret koper saja ke hotel. Lalu sengaja ngopi di sini
Hanya berapa meter dari hotel. Bulan April lalu mgga sempat ke sini, tutup terus pas lewat. Ternyata yang punya orang Pondok Aren juga! Hahaahah
Ngapain ke Jogja?
Salah satu kolega nikah. Teman teman lain berangkat sehari sebelumnya.
Besoknya, saya rencana beli Bapiaku dan Bakpia Tugu! Snack kekinian kota ini.Habiss booo! Ya Ampun! Jogja weekend kemarin penuh, karena long weekend dan Prambanan Jazz Festival! Pantas sulit cari pesawat (murah). Saya akhirnya pulang sore, ngga bisa bareng dengan teman lain yang terbang dengan pesawat jam 2 siang.
Untung ya masih ada Rachel, anak generasi millenial yang rencana pulang Rabu. Blio mau bikin bisnis dan lagi survey! Hebat ya anak muda sekarang. Oh ya, karena saya tidak sewa mobil, jadi cuma mau sekitar Malioboro saja sebelum pulang.
To kill time, kami ke
Pernah dipakai Sultan HB IX.
HTM : IDR 3,000
Perasaan jaman kecil ke sini, lokasi wisatanya luas deh. Kok sekarang dibatasi ya?
Keluar Keraton ke
Ini kereta yang khusus dipakai Sultan. The guide said even his wife is not allowed to hop ini.
Kereta-kereta ini dibuat 1800-an lho! Rodanya import dari Jerman dan Belanda. Cara mereka bertukar informasi gimana ya? Hahahaha, belum ada Letter of Credit kan saat itu?
HTM : IDR 3,000
Isinya koleksi kereta keraton.
Lalu mampir bentar ke Museum Sonobudoyo. Ini museum paling jarang dikunjungi kata guidenya. Padahal HTM cuma IDR 3,000 dan full AC lho! Koleksi benda sejarahnya banyak, contohnya ini.
Setelah makan siang, balik hotel untuk pesan Go Car. Supirnya sempat kelewatan terus nelpon
“Ini arah Selatanya mbak?”
Ampun dijeee, sini besar di ibukota, ngga paham arah selatan, utara, dsb! Padahal petunjuk arah mata angin ini yang benar dibanding kanan atau kiri.
Cuss, I bid this city farewell. Ampun airport penuh nya.
Oh ya, another tips for me, if you travel back to Cengkareng from Jogja, chose the right side! It gives you mountains view!
Till next time Jogja! Semoga transportasi umumnya lebih memadai!
A.k.a Tang(erang) Sel(atan)
We went for a short run again, exploring the other side. Ira lived here during her first 18 years, so she was reminiscing her old days, her school and place where she practiced her swim (she is a good swimmer).
Remind me, I have to go back to my swim class again, sudah absent dari bulan Mei.
We run for a purpose, Mie Ayam Lampung for breakfast.
We already stopped by yesterday, too bad the line was too long.
Return to hotel, packing, and check out heading for a (modern) coffee shop. I think This chain coffee-shop is only serve in Lampung.
Had lunch outskirt the city, Cek Mat who provide all-fish-dishes. Heaven!
We met the owner, who greeted his customers also clean up the table by himself. To make sure all tables are clean before another guests coming.
Then we had to bid farewell to the city, 2 hours drive to Pelabuhan Bakauheni.
On the left is Menara Siger (Lampung Singnature — also marked as Titik Nol Selatan Sumatara, Km 0 South-est Sumatra. Km 0 in the North-est located in Pulau Weh – in case you’re non Indonesian.
Unfortunately, we (again) had horrible experience for ferry boat. Urgh! This one is smaller to compare to the other day, yet more passengers. AC is not working too.
I climbed at the upper deck, people smoke everywhere though there is designated smoking area and threw rubbish everywhere. Yahh kalo kelen masih sengsara, keknya kumengerti. Gw sampe pungutin tuh botol plastik sendiri deh. Gemes!
Jikalau kelen menggerutu commutting dengan Taksaka, percayalah, hidup 7 jam di kereta with reliable schedule lebih enak daripada 2.5 jam menyebrang laut :)) dan antri keluar kapal 45 menit.
Anyway, I stayed in Sheraton Hotel, and had this mark in my room.
I’m puzzled, I don’t remember I have signed any hotel member or alike. I always chose the lowest price of course! For this one, I paid for the same price with my friends but better view.
Then I remember, during my business trip, the company set this hotel for the accommodation. hahahahah.
Ada benernya juga isi isi form, otomatis nama saya sudah ada, regardless who paid for the room. Manyanlahh…rejeki. Biar ngga upgrade kamar, at least you’ll have better room view…if that matters.
Time for laundry, 10-step-skin care and ngejar commuter line besok pagiiii!!
Until my next trip!
Where to go next?
Lampung Trip – Elephant Can Remember
I woke up this morning with a purpose, I had to do morning run in this hilly city. Owww those hills are killer!
And anyway, Yes, you’re right! We went to Way Kambas National Park this morning, via Metro. i think this is the second largest city in Lampung. Road trip took 2.30 hours. More or less.
We already bought our lunch in the city – the famous Ayam Bergadang – since there are no restaurant at National Park.
Arrived near noon, and since it’s quite far, even from Bandar Lampung, there were not so many visitors.
We bought a ticket to do jungle tracking for 30 mins. It’s scary! Yet fun!
During tracking, we met, a Erin, 4-year-old-elephant that lost her trunk. Our guide told us, she got trapped by the local who wanted to turn her “home” into Palm Plantation.
Fortunately, the ranger could save her, otherwise she might got killed, like her mother.
Human – some said they are the most dangerous creature on earth.
After we had our lunch by the pool – where the elephants take their bath – then witnessing they had fun in water.
one of them without the guide, ran away, but her front legs were chained, so she wont run far. She was very hungry she kept looking for food even on the rubbish ban! Gee.
But #1 could pat her!
We cancel our trip to Pungug Raharjo, too late. Teman saya Iin juga bilang kemarin, tempat menarik di propinsi ini berjauhan satu sama lain. Mungkin kalau sudah ada jalan yang memadai waktu tempuh jadi lebih cepat ya. Negara sebegini kaya, kalah saing dengan Thailan atau Malaysia karena infrastructure-nya. Tapi tadi saya ada lihat, pembangunan ruas jalan tol di dekat Metro. Semoga memangkas waktu tempuh antar kota di Sumatra ini.
Too bad this “rich” country couldnt compete its tourism business with neighborhood countries due to the infrastructure.
We were heading back to Bandar Lampung and saw Durian Seller! Dapat salam dari Liptor! There goes my cholesterol.
2nd PS : The title is the book by Agatha Christie published in 1972. i read the book, but I forgot the story.
We spent the day, by island hopping, to the famous Pulau Pahawang via Pantai Klara, just across the TNI AL complex ( Indonesia’s Marinir)
With a rented boat and snorkeling equipments.
we were sailing again, island hopping and arrived at Pulau Pahawang.
For the only purpose..snorkeling.
And another spot at “Taman Nemo” – this where you can find Nemo – from Finding Nemo the movie.
I don’t have an underwater camera…but hope you can picture beautiful school of fishes, colorful ones, beautiful corals.
both Pahawang and Kolam Nemo had several “instagramable properties” under the water. there were two bicycle wrecks, even a mannequin, and funny writings like
“jangan iri gw liburan di Pahawang”
We had lunch in Pahawang Besar, a very humble lunch cooked by local, with a great view ever! Berasa di Itali Selatan ya?
Then sailed again to Pulau Kelagian Besar, an uninhabited island, except for these dogs. This is a training ground for Indonesia Marinir.
In total we spent 7 hours for this trip. Itu aja kurang puassssss!
After arriving back at Pantai Klara, took a shower then we were heading to new instagramable spot, Muncak Teropong Laut, looking out Teluk Lampung.
Too bad it was cloudy.
We had dinner at the famous Nasi Uduk Toha.
Later, I met my High School friend, who I havent seen since graduate (I doubt tho, is that that long not seeing each other). She had live in this city since early 2000’s. She made cakes! Kalau ada yang tinggal di Lampung mau pesan kue, bisa lewat blio.
Iin suggested me to visit Pantai Hiu, too bad it’s too far.
PS: today expenses (buat yang planning ke sini ya)
2nd PS : TNI Angkatan Laut ini kalo latihan renang, full suits with helmet and gun, plus army boot! my Got! Berat bener pasti.