- December 29, 2018 to January 1, 2019 (Rizal Day and New Year)
- February 2 to 5, 2019 (Chinese New Year Celebration)
- February 23 to 25, 2019 (EDSA Anniversary)
- April 6 to 9, 2019 (Araw ng Kagitingan)
- April 18 to 21, 2019 (Holy Week)
- August 24 to 26, 2019 (National Heroes’ Day)
- November 1 to 3, 2019 (All Saints/Souls’ Day)
- December 21 to 25, 2019 (Christmas)
- December 28, 2019 to January 1, 2020 (Rizal Day and New Year)
Travel Diaries 3: PART 2 OF 2
I stayed at the Nouvo City Hotel for 4 days. I am so happy about my choice. I am very satisfied with the services and amenities of Nouvo City Hotel PLUS it is located not only near to the conference venue but also to a number of Bangkok City’s attractions. Nouvo City Hotel is a boutique hotel in old City Bangkok (known as Banglamphu) near Khao San Road.
I left Manila (NAIA) last November 29 at 2:50pm and arrived in Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Thailand’s main international airport at 5:45pm. I stayed at the airport for about an hour upon arrival for few reasons – currency exchange, phone charging, and just sat down at the airport lobby getting the hang of the Thailand atmosphere hehe . I arrived at the hotel past 7 in the evening.
After a jamp-packed schedule on the first day, I went to Sathorn Road to attend Worship Services at the Iglesia Ni Cristo place of worship. I walked for a while and grabbed something to eat for dinner in of the street food stalls along the way. I rode a taxi going back to my hotel.
selfie before reviewing introductory notes early in the morning – Day 1 of the workshop
…go! first breakfast at the hotel’s Canal Restaurant – stir-fried noodles, chicken sausages, egg, rice
Day 2 breakfast – cinnamon bread, salad and fruits. I also had tomato soup and buttered toast.
One-Day Bangkok City Tour
Now, lemme show you some bits and pieces of what happened during my one-day city tour. On December 2, I woke up early, dress up in my most comfortable outfit, and ate breakfast at the hotel. Armed with a small map from the hotel, I went to the first destination – The Grand Palace. Unfortunately. the Palace was closed at that time for mourners and tourists for a merit-making ceremony to mark the 50th day of the passing of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej
a peak of the Grand Palace
Next in my itinerary was Wat Pho, also known at the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. It is located right behind the Grand Palace. Entrance fee was 100 THB with free bottle water 🙂
a generous serving of Pad Thai for dinner , loved it!
in my background – tourists, backpackers
row of street markets at Khao San Road
5 lessons learned from this trip:
- When travelling for the first time, always research in advance – reviews and tips are all over the Internet in this modern day and age, anyway
- Learn few phrases and greetings in the local language of the place you are visiting. I was not able to do this beforehand.
- Always be careful with your belongings. Be alert! Beware of pickpockets and scams.
- Secure a map to help navigate the place easier. I avoided asking questions, I just refer to the map. But I forgot to secure a public transportation map at the airport. I should have saved few bucks I was able to know how to take the train or bus, rather than taking taxis and tuk-tuk.
- Try local food, and buy local goods.
I went to Bangkok last week to participate in a two-day workshop at the UN Conference Center. This is one of the greatest opportunities as far as my career in the government is concerned. The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) sponsored my round-trip airfare, other travel fees, and daily subsistence allowance (DSA). I was one of the seven (7) representatives from the Philippines. Other participants came from the cities of Muntinlupa, Sta. Rosa (Laguna), and Naga.
Panelists for the Introductory Session (Session 1 of 7)
“Our struggle for global sustainability will be won or lost in cities” – Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General
- Arrival and check-in at Verbena Pension House, Don Gil Garcia St., Cebu City (our home away from home during the entire in the City of Smiles)
- Lunch at the Foodcourt in Robinson’s Mall
- Attended Worship Services (Iglesia Ni Cristo, Lokal ng Cebu City)
- Long drive (4-5 hours) to Oslob. We wanted to see the whale sharks. Unfortunately, we arrived past 12 noon. According to the locals and resort owner, the whale sharks are only visible between 6 -11 am. Sayang! Para masulit ang entrance fee sa resort, we ate out lunch there and the kids and some adults swam for a bit.
- Explored Aguinid Falls. Only eight (8) of us braved the slippery and challenging way to the top of the falls.
- Temple of Leah (Cebu Transcentral Highway, Cebu City). More about this in my next post.
- Philippine Taoist Temple
- Lunch at Conching’s Native Chicken
- Mactan Shrine
- Ocular/ Tour at Plantation Bay Resort and Spa (Barangay Marigondon, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu)
- Taboan Public Market (for pasalubong shopping)
- Dinner at Abuhan Pochero (F. Ramos St., Cebu City)
- Breakfast at the hotel
- Packed our things and went to the airport for our flight going back to