yea! Finally, I regained my energy. We went down for breakfast around 6:30am for an early start to maximize our 3 days there. We supposed to have a floating market tour included in the package but decided not to take it. So we just inquired about other tourist spots near the place that we can go to. There's a guy posted outside the hotel that has a brochure of places that tourists can go, I think they can also arrange tours depending on the customer's choice. So we just ended up asking about the nearest place we can go to and they said it's the Golden Buddha.
And just in time, a taxi in front of the hotel was looking for passengers. We asked how much it would cost us going to the Golden Buddha, and he said it was 50baht and then he started discussing to us other places that he can bring us to if we want. But our plan was only to go to the nearest one so we can have more time for shopping. But he kept suggesting the mini tour because he says something about a sponsor, where he gets free gas (100baht) for every shop/place he would bring us to, so he can just charge us for a lower price of 300baht for the whole duration of our travel till our chosen endpoint: Emporium. So we ended up taking it after a cost-benefit analysis. chos! haha! Besides I think we got a good deal and a win-win situation there. We get to travel hassle-free and enjoy visiting more places without worrying where and how to get there while the friendly driver gets to have 300baht plus the free gas he gets from some shops. nice! I think that's a really great way to get tourists to see the tourist destinations of a country, right? I think this must be considered in the PH too. Plus it would be a great help for our taxi drivers. So our 300baht brought us to 4 shops and 2 places with Golden Buddha. We were also supposed to go to the Golden Palace but it's a Sunday and there's so many tourists in there plus they charge an entrance fee of 350baht and we don't have time to go around the entire palace (we asked our friendly driver and he said it would take about 1hr. to walk around the entire place), so no thanks.
One of the souvenir shops we went to:
I can't remember the name of the place, basta it's full of more golden Buddha all around:-the touch of gold =]
One thing I noticed while we were driving around is their king's face can be seen everywhere. If I counted each one, it would be around 20+! o diba? After the tour we went to Emporium mall and roamed around a bit.
Run for Japan
Afterwards, we rode a taxi to Samping market. A place to buy different accessories. There are also some stores that sell cute stuff toys and character products.
ANGRY BIRDS!: aww.. I super regret not buying the AB pouches I saw in one of the shops there.
We rode a tok-tok taxi back to the hotel because no metered taxi wants to go to the area because it's already traffic. very familiar lang noh? After a couple of minutes, I went down again with mama to walk again going to Big C, the nearest mall with a grocery store (ask for the grocery store not the supermarket). They got lower prices for most of their grocery products. Like their 4pack yoghurt only costs 28baht? Then we went back walking again, I also bought my pasalubong shirts on the way back.
Thai traffic on a Sunday afternoon.
Then we ate dinner and rested for a bit then went back again around 6pm . And one more thing, the stalls there open and close in a weird manner. As early as 6am they are already preparing to open and around 4-5pm some are already closed. Then some are just preparing to open, maybe they got shifting hours there because around 6pm, different goods are hanged in the make-shift stalls. Then make sure to buy the first time you see it because you might not see it again when you get back because some of them close as early as 9pm.