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Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok for Passport Renewal Mar 17-21, 2021

Bangkok for Passport Renewal

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Off to Bangkok
My passport was nearing its 6-month expiry threshold - time to have it renewed at the embassy in Bangkok. This trip also gave me a break from Chiang Mai, its pollution (Jan-Apr is burning season) and its heat (cold in winter and scorching in summer).

Because of Covid times, flights were cheaper than train fares. My VietJet flights to and from were less than $40 (~B770).

Mike the White Knight
Mike, always forward-thinking, sent me links for cheap flights and even handed me his MRT and BTS cards. What can I say? What a guy!!!

Mascot Hostel
Lodging was also cheap. One night at Mascot Hostel was B100 with a/c. Not bad considering it's on a central Pratunam location. For the price I paid, I couldn't complain - despite being cramped in a really small room with 4 guys. I hardly got sleep since the guy on top of the bunk bed worked at night on his laptop. Every slight movement he made shook the bed. Oh well, c'est la vie.

The place was also owned and staffed by Filipinos. It's funny that the owner, an avid Marcos devotee and acting patriach of the Filipino staff, started debating me about politics within 5 minutes of my arrival when I mentioned I was a UP student/teacher. I called his attention twice, "I just arrived, I'm tired, I want to settle in...and you really want to talk to me about politics?". That still didn't stop him. Although in fairness, he was a nice guy who enjoyed engaging me in conversation. It seemed like he hasn't had that in a long time. He was keen on underscoring that he came from a rich family and that he was a somebody in the Philippines during his time. Odd, but he didn't seem comfortable with a selfie shot. Anyway, he was quite a character..this Reine character.

Kwyn Wyn celebrating her birthday
Kwyn Wyn celebrating her birthday at Mascot Hostel

Adhere 13th Blues Bar
Bangkok is not complete without a visit to its iconic blues bar, Adhere 13th Blues Bar. They have a band nightly, and they just play blues - so no surprises here. Small beer was a surprising B130 (compared to B90 at Boy Blues Bar in Chiang Mai) - but hey, this is Bangkok! The place was packed and the community vibe was all good and chill.

Adhere 13th Blues Bar
band break but Adhere 13th Blues Bar was packed

Getting Around
Aside from the passport issue, there was nothing imperative for me, or even exciting for me in Bangkok. Just the same, I tried to keep busy, doing a lot of walks, bus rides, boat rides and making short stops for street food and taking pictures. After a while, they all looked the same.

Old Friends, New Friends
Yaro was also in Bangkok at that time, so the BKK crew got together at W District for some outdoor eats and drink - Yaro, Gualay and Marcela. Later, Yaro's girlfriend's friends (Mee, Pooh) arrived and the fun continued.

Bangkok for Passport Renewal
with the usual Bangkok suspects: Yaro, Gualay and Marcela

Bangkok for Passport Renewal
meeting new friends - Mee, Pooh, etc.

Ending Thoughts
I could have stayed longer in Bangkok, but I wasn't feeling it. I wanted to be back in Chiang Mai. Having traveled as long as I have, I'm no longer sure what would excite me again about traveling. But this trip made me realize a few things:

  1. my backpacker instincts are still sharp
  2. I'll be safe for another 10 years when my new passport is issued
  3. I'm not too hot about traveling again. Hopefully, a new destination will bring back the excitement again
  4. I really love Chiang Mai...despite its pollution and heat

I'm writing this in Chiang Mai. Home sweet home

--- Gigit (TheLoneRider)
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Reader Comments:

Isang DumlaoIsang Philippines
(Mar 20, 2021) I love your life Gigit 🙏

Edith Baquial LaurinoEdith Philippines
(Mar 20, 2021) Thai people are kind. Be blessed.

Melissa Anne ThomasMelissa USA
(Mar 21, 2021) I sure miss the markets and the Thai people. Still in Chang Mai?

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hotels in Bangkok HOTEL

Adventure Hostel Bangkok - N7 BTS train stop, dorm rooms, great for solo travelers, laundry, roof deck, entertainment center, kitchen, all-day tea-coffee, fridge, clean
1541 Phahonyothin Rd. Payathai

restaurant in Bangkok RESTAURANT

Dalad Vietnamese Restaurant Dalad Vietnamese Restaurant - N7 BTS train stop, authentic Vietnamese cuisine, clean & hygienic, fresh green leafy vegetables
195 Soi Pradipat 19, Pradipat Road, Phayathai

spa and wellness in Bangkok SPA / WELLNESS

Bangkok Float Center Bangkok Float Center - experience a surreal sensory immersion as you effortlessly float on 10 inches of water, 5-stars from 524 Tripadvisor reviews
99/6-9 SHOW DC Retail and Entertainment Mega Complex (4th Floor)

gyms on On Nut, Bangkok GYM| gyms on On Nut, Bangkok YOGA

Now's Fitness Bangkok - gym equipment, yoga, Muay Thai, boxing, fitness trainer, cafe, healthy food
726 Soi On Nut 14 Rd, Khwaeng Suan Luang, Khet Suan Luang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10250

Useful Information

Bangkok Blogs by TheLoneRider
  1. Bangkok in Pictures Mar 17-21, 2021
  2. Bangkok for Passport Renewal Mar 17-21, 2021
  3. Bangkok with $19 Dec 8-11, 2018
  4. 30 Days - Goodbye Bangkok Nov 8, 2018
  5. Revolving Peoplescape of Bangkok Oct 8 - Nov 8, 2018
  6. Food and Friendship at Dalad Vietnamese Oct 8 - Nov 8, 2018
  7. Movie Review: First Reformed (2017) Nov 6, 2018
  8. Doing Online Work at The Work Loft Nov 5, 2018
  9. Window Seat [His Precious] Nov 1, 2018
  10. Surreal Odyssey at Bangkok Float Center Oct 29/31, 2018
  11. Bangkok Halloween with Rinna and Steve Oct 27, 2018
  12. Push-Ups Oct 22/24, 2018
  13. Pad Thai at Thip Samai, Bangkok Oct 16, 2018
  14. Birthday Walkabout Oct 16, 2018
  15. Coming to Terms with Donations Oct 14, 2018
  16. Feelin' Da Blues at Adhere the 13th Blues Bar Oct 12, 2018
  17. Visiting the Grand Palace of Thailand Oct 12, 2018
  18. A Web Mandate in Bangkok Oct 8, 2018
  19. 29 Days in Bangkok: Thank You and Goodbye Aug 27 - Sep 24, 2018
  20. Calling the Bangkok Police Sep 23, 2018
  21. Movie Review: Mindfulness and Murder (2011) Sep 22, 2018
  22. Yoga Inversions at Now's Fitness Gym Sep 19, 2018
  23. Flow Yoga with Teacher Kea at Now's Fitness Sep 18, 2018
  24. Movie Review: Under Construction (2015) Sep 15, 2018
  25. Walking Tour of Little India Sep 15, 2018
  26. Vinyasa Yoga with Teacher That at Now's Fitness Sep 14, 2018
  27. Abs Workout with Teacher San at Now's Fitness Sep 13, 2018
  28. Vinyasa Yoga with Teacher That at Now's Fitness Sep 14, 2018
  29. Abs Workout with Teacher San at Now's Fitness Sep 13, 2018
  30. Exercise Ball Workout with Teacher Bie at Now's Fitness Sep 11, 2018
  31. Exploring the Amphawa Floating Market Sep 9, 2018
  32. Exploring the Tree-Engulfed Wat Bang Kung Temple Sep 9, 2018
  33. Parting of the Maeklong Railway Market with a Passing Train Sep 9, 2018
  34. Exploring Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Sep 9, 2018
  35. Horse Racing at the The Royal Bangkok Sports Club Sep 8, 2018
  36. Fight Class with Teacher San at Now's Fitness Sep 7, 2018
  37. Exploring the Bangkok Art Book Fair 2018 Sep 6, 2018
  38. Circuit Training with Mild at Now's Fitness Sep 5, 2018
  39. Gentle Flow Yoga with Nuch at Now's Fitness, Bangkok Sep 4, 2018
  40. A Yogi Lost in a Modern Gym - Now's Fitness Sep 3, 2018
  41. Abundance at On Nut, Bangkok Aug 30-Sep 1, 2018
  42. Outside Looking In Aug 29, 2018
  43. Back in Bangkok After 5 Weeks Aug 27, 2018
  44. 15 Days in Bangkok July 10-24, 2018
  45. Peoplescape: Bangkok July 10-24, 2018
  46. Hatha and Yantra Yoga Fusion July 10-24, 2018
  47. Revisiting Terminal 21 Mall, Bangkok July 23, 2018
  48. Rope Skipping, 4mins Full-on July 22, 2018
  49. Sunday Visit to Chatuchak Weekend Market July 17, 2018
  50. Fork on the Road: Abundance or Poverty by Choice? July 16, 2018
  51. Loving Bangkok All Over Again Feb 22-26, 2016
  52. Hotel Review: Adventure Hostel Bangkok July 11, 2018
  53. Hotel Review: Riva Surya Bangkok Oct 20, 2014
  54. Exploring the Shopping Malls of Bangkok Oct 6-20, 2014
  55. Bangkok's Street Food Delight Oct 6-20, 2014
  56. Bangkok Revisited 3 Oct 6-20, 2014
  57. A First Timer in Bangkok December 31, 2005 - January 3, 2006
Bangkok Cost Index

as of Sep 4, 2018: US$1 = Baht 32 = Php 53

  • Bht 60 sm, 90 big one mug draft beer
  • Bht 13 1.5 liter drinking water
  • Bht 220 one hour massage
  • Bht 60-80 muesli breakfast
  • Bht 60-80 tom yum soup in modest eatery
  • Bht 25-30 coffee
  • Bht 30-50 pad thai
  • Bht 350 Adventure Hostel lodging
  • Bht 20-30/load laundry, coin operated machine
  • Bht 7 bus ride
Transport Maps of Bangkok
  1. Chao Phraya Express, MRT, BTS, Khlong boats, Airport Link
  2. Bus Routes: 1-14
  3. Bus Routes: 15-30
  4. Bus Routes: 32-49
  5. Bus Routes: 50-70
  6. Bus Routes: 71-88
  7. Bus Routes: 501-516
  8. individual bus routes
Bangkok to Chiang Mai by Train from Bang Sue Train Station

For more train info: Bangkok to Chiang Mai trains - departing from Hua Lamphong - MRT (Bangkok)

(I'm using Bang Sue as a starting point because I was closer to it, but you may be closer to the Hua Lamphong station)

  1. take the MRT train to Bang Sue Station. Take the #1 Exit to the north provincial trains
  2. Proceed to Counter 2. You will see an information booth, a train schedule chart and the ticket counter. Choose the train and pay at the ticket counter.
  3. daily train schedule:
    • 8:48am - #7 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:30pm, not sleeper, B638
    • 2:06pm - #109 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 4:05am, sleeper
    • 6:31pm - #9 Premium Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:15am, sleeper, B938 upper deck, B1038 lower deck
    • 7:56pm - #13 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 8:40am, sleeper, B768 upper deck, B838 lower deck
    • 10:22pm - #51 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 12:10pm, sleeper, 3rd class B270 (non sleeper), 2nd class B438, B728 upper deck, B798 lower deck

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