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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Siam Ocean World Bangkok

Before I took my flight back to the Philippines last Oct. 17, I decided to stay at Bangkok for one day for a much needed rest and to take the opportunity to see more of Bangkok before I finally say goodbye to Cambodia (my work place) and Thailand (my favorite destination for a quick get away). I've actually planned to visit the floating market and China town but the weather did not allow me to do so.  Since it's raining that day, I just decided to hop from one mall to the other, at least it would be indoors, so I don't have to worry about the rain.  Good thing that there is a tour agency inside the hotel where I've stayed, and knowing that it is much cheaper to buy a ticket from the hotel's tour agency rather than the place itself, I've decided to buy an entrance ticket to Siam Ocean World

Siam Ocean World is located at the ground floor of Siam Paragon Mall.  This underground aquarium was believed to be one of the largest in South East Asia and a house to more than 30,000 creatures from various depths and aquatic regions across the world.

Since it was a weekday when I visited Siam Ocean World, I was surprised with a big crowd. There were lots of students on educational tour, that's why there was a long queue at the entrance.  Good thing that I've already booked a ticket so it's easier for me to get inside without having to fall in line.

Here are some of the pics that I took inside the Siam Ocean World:














Opening Hours: 10:00 - 21:00 daily
Location: Basement floor, Siam Paragon, Siam
How to get there: Take Exit 5 from the BTS Siam Station, which provides direct access to Siam Paragon. 




Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Thailand's "Famous "Tuk-Tuk"





As I'll be coming home soon...yes, soon, and that's for good, I'll be missing having joy rides in these famous "tuk-tuk" of Thailand and Cambodia.  I would admit, I'm pretty amazed with these open air taxis usually catering to foreign tourists.  I guess, I'm not the only interested to ride tuk-tuk's as even my son and daughter had expressed their desire to experience a ride in these 3 cycle small vehicles when we toured Bangkok sometime last year.  We've also seen lots of tourists posing for photo shoots in front of these cute vehicles.

I got curious with it's name though, thus I made some research about it's origin.  This is what I've found:

Tuk-Tuks were invented in Thailand over 50 years ago, evolving as a motorized relative of the rickshaw. The Tuk-Tuk was given its name from the rather rough sound of the early models. The single stroke motor powering the first three-wheelers had a distinctive hum when operating, and the "tuk-tuk-tuk-tuk-tuk" sound became a familiar sound to many in need of quick and convenient transportation in Bangkok. The Tuk-Tuk has improved its technology and quality over the years, while emerging as one of Thailand's most recognizable and identifiable symbols.
While Tuk-Tuks are most commonly used for transporting passengers, many industrial uses for the vehicle have been initiated with dramatic changes incorporated into new designs and models. The relatively small size of the Tuk-Tuk finds the vehicle navigating small alleys on delivery routes, and scooting around narrow factories taking advantage of its agility and slight turning radius.
Since the beginning, They can be modified to have automatic gears, doors, safety belts, air-conditioning, and much more depending on what the customer require.

as current models, powered by a 550 CC Japanese made engine, are able to carry a payload of 1000 kilograms. Customers have used Tuk-Tuks for hauling goods in factories, distributing goods and products in regions that have extremely narrow roads, and transporting guests around resort properties
source : http://www.thailandtuktuk.net/tuktuk-history.htm

I am hoping that we can still go back to Thailand for a visit in the near future.  Both my kids loved Bangkok and they had both expressed their desire to visit the city again next time.

Well, I hope so!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Tips For First Time Travelers

If you are traveling for the first time, it is essential that you know the airport security guidelines.  First and foremost, you should know what's in your bag.  There are some items which are not allowed to be placed in your hand carry and leaving these items at home will ensure you a faster and hassle free check in at the airport.

Following these tips will assure you of a smooth, hassle free and worry free travel. 






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