Thailand Trip Days 22 and 23: Last Days in Thailand

Our flight from Chiang Mai was super early in the morning. Even still, I was on a reading roll and read Tuesdays With Morrey from start to finish by the time we arrived in Bangkok. I sure wish that motivation to plow through a pile of books continued after I got home!

Anywho, once we got back to my BF’s friends house where we were staying the night, I took a nice power nap before we set off for Khao San Road. It’s known as a backpackers Mecca in Bangkok because, well, that’s where all the backpackers usually stay, eat, drink, and party. When my BF went to Thailand the first time, he absolutely hated it there. It was too busy, there were too many drunk tourists, and it just left a bad taste in his mouth. But I really wanted to visit it before we left since it’s such a landmark, so we decided to have lunch there. Well, as expected, it was somewhat similar to Patong Beach. We had lunch and a few beers, looked at a few clothing stalls, then took a tuk tuk back home.

That night my BF’s friend recommended this German brewpub that also had live performances. Feeling that we could not pass up an opportunity to try German-style Thai beer and a show, we headed to Tawandang German Brewery and were not disappointed.


The show was amazing. My BF works in live sound and has seen more shows than I can count and even he was impressed with the quality of the production. If you get the chance, make sure to check this place out if you ever go to Bangkok. Also, you can get a tower of beer!


The next day we thought we’d treat ourselves and get some massages, aromatherapy this time (those Thai massages still had us a bit sore I think). It was a bit more expensive, but super relaxing. However, when we got there we had to fill out a few forms saying what areas we wanted our masseuses to focus on (I said feet and legs, and my BF said back and shoulders), and I am almost positive they got our forms mixed up because my masseuse spent almost the entire hour on my back and shoulders. Oh well, it was still cheaper than getting a massage at home so we both couldn’t complain that much.

That night by my BF’s friend treated us and put us up in the St. Regis Hotel as a fairwell present. It was by far the nicest hotel I’ve ever stayed in. I mean, look at the rooftop pool for heaven’s sakes!


The 20 or so hour trip home certainly wasn’t as luxurious as our last night’s stay, and the week long jet lag afterwards definitely sucked after coming home from one of the best trips I’ve ever been on, but all in all I am so glad I jumped on a plane already and went somewhere I never thought I would.

Here’s a look at what we spent those last few days.


And now, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for (drum roll please…), here’s what it cost me and my BF to visit Thailand for almost a month!


Not bad I think. My initial trip budget was at the most $3,000 so I am technically under budget. Also, we definitely did not do this trip on the cheap. We could have looked for cheaper accommodations and taken buses instead of planes, but I honestly don’t regret spending a penny.

Thanks for reading about my trip everyone, even if did take almost two months to do it!

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  • Wow that sucks! I’ve been a pretty lucky traveller, except for the time my car got totalled on the way home from a weekend trip. I hope you can come to a resolution with Amtrak, I think a ticket refund is in order.

  • Yeah the trains here are not like the trains in Europe. I find it a huge pain in the ass. Maybe the east coast type commuter trains are more efficient, but I found Amtrak to be slow and all the stops we make just didn’t make the trip very relaxing. Hope you at least had a good time once you were in Portland.

  • Oh my. I’m so sorry you guys had a bad experience. It’s always funny the way things turn out. You think you are choosing the right option and then all of a sudden you’re totally regretting it. I’ve been in that situation before!

    My experiences with Amtrak have been really lame. I have never used it to travel too far. The farthest was from LA to my college town – the drive was about 3 hours and the train ride was about 5 hours. There were a lot of weird looking people on it and when I used it, I always traveled alone, so that was kinda scary. Other than that, no mechanical issues.

    Now for airplanes…I’ve had bad luck! My flights are ALWAYS delayed, and last Christmas, we were already halfway to our destination (I was coming back to SD after the holidays) and we turned around because of the thick fog in SD. They said they couldn’t land at all, so we had to turn back and I had to book another flight in the morning. The next morning I showed up to learn that my flight was delayed again for 2 hours and then they said it would be cancelled due to the fog. Jesus!! It took forever but I finally got outta there.

    • OMG that’s crazy! So far I haven’t had any airplane troubles, though I did have to sleep overnight in the airport when flying from Heathrow Airport to Gambia, but I think that was just how the trip was scheduled. But I tell ya, it’s impossible to sleep on a bench in the airport when every 5 minutes a voice would announce not to leave your bags unattended. Omg, worst sleep of my life!

  • Every other weekend for 3 years. This exact thing has happened to me multiple times. Every time they were rude, (because hey, it’s not THEIR fault), and I had to really dig my heels in to get my money back (I’m NOT paying train prices for a friggin’ bus). Lately, they charge full price for the VAC-SEA train 517, and it’s the old clunker that doesn’t have wifi, and is over an hour late every time. I’m so used to it, that now I just plan on being an hour late minimum each way. Amtrak is a total ripoff, but it’s better than being called a Burmese terrorist at the greyhound border crossing, and having your underwear and tampons ripped out of your bag and searched in front of a lineup of drooling, urine soaked homeless people. Trust me.

  • That’s too bad that the train experience down to Portland went so poorly. I’ve been tempted to take the train down there too. I’m not too fond of long drives since my ankle always cramps up. It would be nice to be able to stand up, stretch and walk around a bit. If there company is run so poorly though, I’m having my doubts. I may still give them a chance, but hopefully I don’t regret it. I just haven’t been on a train since I was a kid.

  • OMG! The boy and I are going to go to Oregon on May long and we’d considered taking the Amtrak, but not anymore – that’s horrible! I’m definitely thinking driving now.

    • It’s also such a long train ride! I mean, when we came back on Sunday, our train left at 2:50pm and we didn’t get back to Vancouver until 11:30pm! I’d definitely suggest driving down, I think that’s what we’re going to do next time.

  • That sounds pretty horrible. I’m sorry you had to go through that. I’ve taken the Amtrak a couple of times years ago, and they were fine. I prefer trains to driving if I can make it work, but they really missed the mark on customer service this time.

  • Ugh, that doesn’t sound like much fun at all. I’ve never been on Amtrak, but I’ve been pretty fortunate when it comes to trains. My worst train-trip was a trip from Ottawa (where I was going to school) to London which is a long, boring 8-hr ride. The train got stopped around Kingston, and we sat unmoving on the tracks for four hours. Something was wrong with the engine and we ended up having to get bused from Kingston to Toronto. Unfortunately, I’d missed my connecting train to London and of course, my parents had long left to meet me in London and I had no way of getting ahold of them. Eventually I got to London, but it was 6 hours after my intended arrival time. At least I got 50% off my next train ticket.

    • OMG now that’s a long delay! Ya we finally got a hold of Amtrak they gave us some one-way vouchers up to $75 each, so at least that’s something. Though I’ll tell you I’m not really looking forward to taking the train again.

  • loving that Thai-German fusion! And that hotel looked amazing! I absolutely loooove staying at fancy hotels.. not that I do that very often! :-(

  • That is so amazingly cheap! It sounds like such a great place to visit and so affordable! Definitely bumps it up on my list of places to visit eventually.

  • That trip was extremely cheap! Thank you for the extensive detail and information over the past months. I have already bookmarked these post to reference when we plan our Thailand trip.

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