I have to write about this trip before I forget all the details. It was a pretty last minute thing, DaddyCool had to head there for work, and we thought Daphne and I could join him for a quick holiday. I was a little nervous about travelling alone with her, but it was a short flight (2 hours plus) and as it turns out she was no trouble at all. Once we got there, the one rule we had was to use the train systems for everything – Bangkok traffic is notorious, and you really only use the roads to/from the airport. This worked out really well, Daphne found the trains to be fun, and the Thais seem to love children, so there were always people smiling and giving up their seats for us. Besides that, we planned a very loose trip, having a rough idea of where we wanted to go, but open to changing plans. Here’s the lowdown on what we did:
We flew there via MAS, which luckily enough was having a promo so the tickets were cheaper than Air Asia and the likes. Good thing too, since KLIA is a bit easier with a kid in tow. Service wise as well, the stewardesses were friendly and filled up Daphne’s water bottle promptly when asked; and she got her kid’s meal way before mine arrived. The pizza looked wonky but hey, she loved the Ribena so it was all good. I took snacks along for the journey, and a colouring book. Those and Rio playing on the tiny screen kept her happy throughought the journey.
DaddyCool was put up at the Westin and we loved it. Daphne thought it was “so beautiful”. Super convenient location with a BTS station outside and one of the newer malls, Terminal 21, right across the street. We had dinner at the foodcourt there and walked about a bit, visiting the toilets (a tip from my sister, each floor has a different “theme” and it’s quite fun) before calling it a night.
We hit the Jim Thompson House, caught a tour, did some shopping and had amazing food at the restaurant (still thinking about that pomelo salad!). It was pretty kid friendly, the guide handed Daphne an origami crane, and although the tour got a little hot at times – it’s a bit humid there – we managed it fine. The gardens are open for you to wander around, and there are fish and turtles to keep the little ones happy.
We head back to the hotel, checked out, and headed to the Citadines, our home for the next 2 nights. I got a pretty good deal for the studio apartment at only RM200 per night. This place wasn’t as “nice” as the Westin of course, but it was clean and comfortable, and also close to a BTS stop, about a 5 minute walk away. The hotel provides a tuk tuk service though, and Daphne really loved riding on it.
That evening we headed to Asiatique. The wait for the free boat ride was pretty long, it was Friday night after all; and we got a bit tired but it was still worth going. Lots of restaurants to choose from, and a huge number of shops. We left a bit early, and thankfully the wait was a bit shorter this time. I wouldn’t recommend staying past 10:30pm, seeing at the last boat is at 11:00pm. Unless of course you didn’t have a toddler’s bedtime to worry about, and wouldn’t mind taking a cab back instead.
The Chatuchak market! Everyone wondered how we’d manage this with Daphne, but it wasn’t too bad. We just had to be conscious of her limits, and got out of there in time for lunch, which we did back at Terminal 21 (with air conditioning!). You can get really hot and bothered wondering the lanes here, and there isn’t very much to keep a child entertained. We happened to come across a stall selling loads of stuffed elephants and I quickly picked one up, so that tided her over for a while. We also got her coconut ice cream and promised a second helping… We shopped a bit, and so I think markets are doable with little kids, but I’d play it by ear.
We kept things simple for dinner, heading to another food court, at Siam Paragon. We’d shopped plenty by then, and since it had already been a long day, decided to head back early and skip the crowds heading towards the Central World/Platinum malls.
There wasn’t much time for anything except a foot massage after breakfast! We packed up and headed to the DMK airport; had a quick lunch at Starbucks, Daphne made friends with the kind ladies at the Jim Thompson boutique (who made her a paper fish!) and headed home.