I love you when you bow in your mosque,
kneel in your temple, pray in your church.
For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.
Days before our trip to Thailand, I plotted our first day to be a walking tour around Bangkok. We are eager to do-it-ourselves rather than join the many travel tours offered around town. This saves us with more shopping money and quality time.
Disclaimer: If you are up with this challenge and wanted to follow our itinerary, you’d better be fit and able to go distance at an unbearable heat. You should be ready to get lost and still have a good time.
Alice came to a fork in the road.
“Which road do I take?” she asked.
“Where do you want to go?” responded the Cheshire cat.
“I don’t know,” Alice answered.
“Then,” said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.”
~Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Did I mention we are crazy over Cebu Pacific’s seat sale?
November 2009 was an ordinary month until the Zero fare came out. Everyone went mad, and booked tickets around Asia, even if the travel date entails almost 10 months of waiting. Everyone including us.
We got our tickets from Clark to Bangkok for only P544 for 4 persons. Wooah, not kidding. It’s the cheapest airfare ever next to our Indonesia flight. We scored Bangkok to Manila tickets at P803.00 per person. Not bad either. I wonder when can I chanced upon sale tickets to Paris, Greece, New Zealand, and the like?
It’s our first time in Thailand, so we decided to dig deeper into it’s heritage and wander around the country’s capital, Bangkok.
We only have 3 days to indulge with Thai’s culture, food and adventure, although I must admit that the Land of Smiles is worth coming back again and again. I never really said goodbye, because my intuition tells me that I’m going to see it again soon.
So many temples to check out in one day, and then there’s shopping. I’ll go crazy on both.
After our Bromo Sunrise Tour, we returned to our hotel for a quick breakfast at half past 9 in the morning.
An hour later, we were ushered to the van that will take us to Surabaya. No one really mentioned that as we reached the town of Probolinggo, near the registration area, we have to switch vehicle. To our surprise, all those going to Surabaya will take the public Aircon bus. We left some fellow tourists waiting for their service to travel back to Yogyakarta or further to Ijen and Bali. We were with the other couple who is heading to Surabaya airport.
We prepared ourselves early and decided to have breakfast at Mc Donalds in Malioboro Street. Seriously, we need to stop eating at this fast food chain. Although, I can’t risk my appetite to any food stalls that day, as I am foreseeing a very long journey ahead of us on the road.
We may run, walk, stumble, drive, or fly,
but let us never lost sight of the reason for the journey,
or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way.
From wandering around Borobudur Temple, we continued the day to a short trip at a Batik Shop, then headed to Prambanan Temple. The heat didn’t spare us with exhaustion and by the time we reached our car service, Mr. Haven Hunter and I immediately fell into slumber.
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