For Christmas this year (well … last year, since this entry’s 7 months late), our family went to Bangkok. The last time Ezra and I were there was back in 2009, so we were pretty excited. Thailand will always hold a special place in our hearts because back when we lived in Myanmar, there were no direct flights from the Philippines and we would always have to spend the night in Bangkok.
This is the second year in a row where we spent Christmas day at the airport 😀 We went there early because last time we flew on Christmas day, it was very crowded
We were pretty relaxed this time since we had plenty of time to spare before our flight. We took advantage of the airport’s free wifi to surf the net while waiting.
After a peaceful 3-hour flight, we landed safely in Bangkok.
We booked a shuttle to take us to our hotel, but the van that was supposed to pick us up got stuck in traffic due to the protests. Fortunately the company had this little lounge where we could wait.
Garcia girls on their iPads. What were we so busy with?
Why Candy Crush of course.
After a short wait our shuttle arrived to take us to our hotel, the Indra Regent Hotel.
My parents have stayed in this hotel countless times before because of work, but this was Ezra’s and my first time there.
It was Christmas day so naturally they had this huge Christmas tree in the lobby
Hallway leading to our room
My parents booked the Lanna Suite, which was at the very end of the hallway.
Ezra posing with the beautifully carved door to our suite
Inside, there’s this little foyer. If you turn right at the end you have Ezra’s and my room, and to the left is my parents room
Ezra and I were surprised by how spacious our room was. You could probably fit two more beds in there. Plus, we had a queen sized bed each. Plenty of room to roll around while we sleep 😀
The master’s bed room was even fancier of course. But it had a lot furniture so they didn’t have as much space to move around. They had a vanity table, a sofa set and a four poster bed.
The master’s bathroom also had a shower and a tub 😀 (Our room only had the shower)
Since we haven’t had dinner yet, we decided to walk around outside and look for a place to eat after dropping our luggage off. Our hotel is actually connected to a shopping mall, which has a nice food court, but they close at around 6pm. It was pretty late so most of the restaurants were already closed too. We did see lots of these carts selling Thai street food. We were pretty tempted to try them, only we didn’t have plates or utensils we could use. I think these are mainly made for take-out customers.
Eventually we found a small family-owned restaurant nearby that was still open and we had our dinner there.
Afterwards my dad went back to our hotel to rest, but we girls wanted to get a head start on our shopping. We were in Thailand after all! Fortunately our hotel is located right in the center of Pratunam Market. It’s every shopper’s dream to have so many shops outside their doorstep.
Everything was so affordable. And we didn’t even have to bargain that much. I ended up buying 5 dresses and 2 earrings in the two hours we spent there that evening.
My mom wasn’t that interested in shopping for clothes but she did get excited when she saw these little buko juice. They’re her favorite. I expected them to taste like a regular coconut water but I was pleasantly surprised to find out how sweet and delicious they were. I’m not sure if it’s a special kind of coconut or they did something to it, but it was super yummy. Ezra and I got soon got addicted to these too and we’d buy one every night.
The next day my mom had to work, so she stayed in the room while my dad showed Ezra and I around the mall. But before that, we had breakfast at our hotel first.
The breakfast room was open air, which we enjoyed because the weather was nice and cool. We just had to make sure to keep a close eye on our food because there were lots of birds in the area waiting to steal them off our plates.
While we were eating, one of the staff came up to us to tell us that we were in the wrong breakfast room. She told us that since we booked a suite, we should have had our breakfast at their second breakfast room. We were almost finished eating so we told them we’d rather not transfer. But after we were done, we decided to go down to the other breakfast room to see what they offered.
Unlike the other breakfast room, this one was indoor. I expect that the guests appreciate that during the summer, but since it was December, it didn’t really make a big difference. And to be honest, the buffet was pretty much the same as the other breakfast room, except this one had an omelette station and bacon. (Well, I suppose for some people the presence of bacon is enough reason to upgrade….). But honestly, we preferred the other breakfast room because it was more spacious.
My parents told us that the hotel had a koi pond nearby, so we decided to go and check it out
We passed by the pool on our way there.
Ezra and I got all excited when we saw the all the huge fish in the Koi pond
Look how big they are! Some of them were longer than our arms!
After playing with the fish, my mom went back to the room to work and my dad took us to go shopping at Indra Square, which was connected to our hotel. (You can access it via the 2nd floor). I picked up a dress and a phone case there.
Ezra found this giant lolly and she convinced my dad to get it for her. It took her three days to finish the entire thing.
My parents wanted us to see this mall called Siam Paragon, so we decided to have our lunch there. We went back to our room to pick my mom up and grabbed a cab to take us there. It’s actually walking distance from our hotel, but we were really hungry so we wanted to get there faster.
We found this interesting sign on our cab window. It’s an illustration of things that aren’t allowed inside the vehicle. Some of them were very clear, but some were confusing. Ezra and I were laughing at the the one the middle because we figured it meant “no hanky panky in the cab”, but my mom’s convinced that it meant “no fighting”, lol. What do you guys think? Also, the one on the far right has us stumped. Is that a sheep or a goat? Ezra says it looks like a ghost. So “no haunting the cab”?
After a short ride, we made it to Siam Paragon
We were greeted by these bears from Harrods Cafe:
Ezra spotted this little guy from afar and she got all excited because she thought it was Happy from Fairy Tale:
She was wrong, but she took a picture with him anyway.
One of the mall’s main attraction is the aquarium on the ground floor, called Siam Ocean World.
There’s an entrance fee but they have a nice display at the entrance where you could take pictures. We were pretty hungry so we figured we would come back after eating. But when we looked down from the 2nd floor, Ezra saw this Santa shark mascot walking around, and she got so excited that she jumped on the escalator to chase after him.
It only took a few seconds for us to go down but Shark Santa somehow managed to disappear in that short amount of time! 😦
Since we were already there, we figured we might as well take a few photos
My mom posted this on her FB for Father’s day
There was also a Madame Tussads there. Again, we decided not to go inside because we were already hungry and we didn’t have that much time to spare.
After this we grabbed some lunch at the food court before going to see the famous Gourmet Market, where they sold all sorts of yummy goodies. I especially liked looking at all the pretty cakes there:
So many strawberry cakes!
Christmas cake pops
Look at these adorable cup desserts. My sweet tooth was going wild by the time we left.
I bought some dried apples and Ezra bought some of her favorite mini fruit jellies.
I found a poster with some familiar faces while we were walking around. It’s the guys from Pee Mak (minus Mario Maurer).
After this, we walked around the mall for a bit before deciding to go back to our hotel to rest. We had a show to catch that evening and we wanted to relax a bit before getting ready again. We went outside where we found this loooong line of people waiting for a cab:
The line moved extremely slowly too …
Ezra didn’t seem to mind. She was too busy eating her fruit jellies. (Which aren’t really fruits. They’re made of some kind of sweet bean paste and wrapped up in a thin layer of jelly designed to look like fruits. They’re really yummy :D)
After standing in line for a while and realizing that we’ve barely moved, figured it would be a better use of our time to just walk back to our hotel.
On our way there we passed a few more big malls, like Central World
They also had a nice display outside where we took pictures
This was where my first self portrait of 2014 was taken
We saw lots of photoshoots happening there
Everything was so Christmassy 😀
Eventually we made it back to our hotel, where we took a short nap before getting ready for the Calypso Lady Boy show. If you spend some time on 9gag, then you probably know that Thailand is notorious for having lots of beautiful lady boys.
In our seats, waiting for the show to start
The red light gave the whole place a seductive and naughty feel
The show had lots of singing and dancing from the lady boys. It was interesting to see how feminine some of them looked. Some were a big draggish, but there were a few who could definitely pass as a woman. Here are some pictures I took:
This was supposed to be Marilyn Monroe
They did the Korean fan dance
The hostess for the evening
I think they put this guy in mainly for comedic relief. He did a couple of funny stuff with the audience
Elvis in the house!
This “girl” was really cute. She was Ezra’s and my favorite.
Some macho looking guys in bikinis.
Lady boy in a red bikini
They ended their show with a performance of All I Want For Christmas by Mariah Carey
After the show, the performers waited outside to greet the audience.
You can have your pictures taken with them in exchange for a small tip
I wasn’t able to get a photo with our favorite performer, but here’s a solo shot I managed to take of her
The rest of our time in Bangkok was spent going around the different shopping areas. We did sign up for a short tour of Ayutthaya and a riverboat cruise on our fourth day there, which I talk about in a separate entry. I was planning on sharing some photos of the night market here, but I figured it would be better if I made a separate entry for that too since this one’s getting pretty long. You can read those entries here :