I went for a quick vacation last December 2016 in my beloved home country, and the ticket available is via Thai Airways which has 2 options.
Option 01 – stopover of 2 hours then connecting flight to Manila
Option 02 – a gap of 8 hours for a connecting flight to Manila
Thailand is an interesting country to explore, I want to have a quick tour but afraid as the four hours free time might not be enough.
Why 4 hours? I need to consider the time to spend in the immigration process and an allowance of 02 hours before the connecting flight.
So I searched few forum page and blog site if someone has ever done this in their trip. There are different comments I found some wants to stay in the airport but the majority prefers to explore.
Since I am passionate in exploring and try new things I chose the second option. Anyways, it wouldn’t cost me any additional amount in the fare as the price remains the same.
I left Dubai by 09:30 PM my flight was smooth and fine, I enjoy a bit my “me time” alone. During my trip, my mind was so busy thinking for my upcoming agenda.
Some of my co-OFW who are bound to my country are excited as much as I am. Few of them will be exploring Thailand too for few hours. They invited me to join them but my mood that time is to explore alone.
I reached Suvarnabhumi Thailand Airport around 07:00 am their local time.Upon arrival at the airport I freshen up a while, then I proceeded to the Immigration counter. Filipinos are welcome to Thailand and no prior visa application required at all.
Since it was December, the busiest season of the world the queue in Immigration is a bit long.
Processing time last for an hour, entering their country for Filipino national is not that strict.
Immigration officer just asked for my connecting flight ticket, he checked and confirmed in their system. After that, the 14 days allowable stay has granted without any fee.
Prior to this trip, I already searched for an interesting place to go to. A lot of good places shown but I am afraid my few hours stay wouldn’t be enough.
In the forum page that I’m always checking, I saw their input about this mall in Lat Krabang area nearby airport, Paseo Mall so, I decided just to roam around in this place.
Paseo Mall is just 10-15 minutes away from the airport by taxi. The total amount I paid is BAHT 115.00 or AED 11.00 ( BAHT 65.00 taxi fare + BAHT 50.00 airport surcharge)
The mall was still closed when I arrived, my one hour has been spent in Chao Doi Coffee shop. I enjoy my pearl milk shake and pastries while reading my e-book about blogging. (Total amount I paid is AED11.00 with free WIFI)
The Paseo Mall is a simple shopping center with an outdoor bazaar. I am not sure if the bazaar is regularly open or only during December. You can find a lot of cheap products such as clothes, shoes, bag and Thailand memorabilia.
I was overwhelmed how affordable and cheap those products are comparing to Dirhams. Because of that, I bought few more stuff for my loved ones in the Philippines and Dubai.
I hope they will appreciate my simple presents, anyways it should be the thoughts that count. Filipinos are really thoughtful and giver, I am not saying me but most of the Filipinos.
No matter what their situations in life, where they are they always remember to give to their loved ones.
So, fellow OFW let’s just think the other way round, that we should be grateful that we are the one who is giving at least in simple things we can make them happy. It is up to them if they won’t appreciate it.
I had my lunch by 11:30 am as I need to leave the place maximum 12:30 pm
There are many choices, either Chinese, Japanese, Korean foods even Pizza Hut and McDonald. But instead of having my lunch in restaurants I chose to have it in one of the stalls.
Authentic and freshly made Pad Thai is the best choice for me, it is tasty with unbelievable price of AED5.50
I had a quick chat with local Thai people while having my lunch. At first, they thought I am a Thai as well. They are glad knowing I am a Filipina we are like a sister as per them. They are kind, accommodating and cheerful.
By 12:30 pm I left Paseo Mall to catch my flight. Taxi fare is much cheaper this time it is BAHT 50.00, the driver is very kind and not taking advantage even he knows I am a tourist, even the last coin for my change he gave me all. He deserves a tip, I gave him all my extra Bath currency I know it is a small amount but you can see in his smile how grateful he was.
I enjoyed my mini tour, my new discovery & exploration, my 4 hours stay is worth it. It gives me a highlight of this country and a reason to come back and to stay longer with hubby.
So to all co-Flipino Expat plan your trip ahead of time and ask Boss to provide you a ticket with a stopover either Thailand, Singapore, Hongkong or Malaysia.
Enjoy your exploration.