Friday, August 31, 2012


The Thai tuktuk is one of Bangkok's icon.

It was not only because we wanted to experience the Tuktuk. The taxi queue was too long and so we decided to go to the tuktuk queue.

Here is what Wikipedia has to say:

The auto rickshaw, called tuk-tuk (Thaiตุ๊กตุ๊ก, pronounced "took-took") in Thailand, is a widely used form of urban transport inBangkok and other Thai cities, as well as other major Southeast Asian and South Asian cities. It is particularly popular where traffic congestion is a major problem, such as in Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima. The name is onomatopoeic, mimicking the sound of a small (often two-cycle) engine. An equivalent English term would be "putt-putt."
Bangkok and other cities in Thailand have many tuk-tuks which are a more open variation on the India auto-rickshaw. There are no meters, and trip costs are negotiated in advance. Bangkok fares have risen to nearly equal normal taxis due to uninformed foreigners willing to pay the asking price, but leaves passengers more exposed to environmental pollution than taxis. 
So we rode the Tuktuk!

Interesting ride, huh!

Actually, he wanted to increase our fare because he said the three of us were bigger than others.

And here is the smile of the Tuktuk driver as he left us at the hotel!

We also have tuktuk-type of ride in the Philippines which we call tricycles. 
However, they usually ply the smaller roads.

The Bangkok tuktuks traverse the main roads with the larger transportations cruising through.
And so you can see our hands strongly clinging to the steel on the side.

Now, I know why the tuktuk queue was shorter... everyone wanted a safer ride!!!

Saturday, August 25, 2012


After the sumptuous lunch, we moved on to the Handicraft side of FAI SOR KAM!

Just before and as we enter, we could already appreciate huge wooden carvings and unique pieces.

I had the time of my life taking pictures of Northern Thai handicrafts, which they called the Lanna style home textiles, scented candles and fragrant products, which are usually seen in the Chiang Mai area.

Scented candles.

Home textiles.

While I was busy shooting, our friend Rema also had the time of her life shopping!!! I guess I was allowed to shoot because Rema was buying so many things... although, really the lady in Fai Sor Kam was a very friendly person.

To prove this, they shared the Camanchile with us. Since we were waiting for Rema, we enjoyed the Camanchile... for free!!!

I enjoyed their traditional Thai handicraft products and really liked the people in Fai Sor Kam!!!


While we were at the Siam Paragon, we decided to find a place to eat. Our friend, Rema requested that we try out a "real" restaurant... after all the streetfood we ate! She didn't want to go to the fastfood area, so we headed to the fourth floor where we found the Northern Thai Restaurant, FAI SOR KAM!

I am not a culinary expert and this was the first higher end Thai restaurant I ate in while  in Bangkok and I did enjoy the food there.
I felt that after a few days, I was now able to savor and enjoy the spicy Thai cuisine!

I would like to share the menu and what we ate!

Venue. They say that this had the charm of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand.


Dishes. The dishes were also very well presented. Here are the pictures and the real thing!

this is "Chicharon" for us!

Deep Fried Spring Roll

Tom Yum River Prawns

Northern Pork Sausage

Sticky rice... like Ma Chang

Papaya Salad with Shrimp

Omelette and Deep Fried Minced Prawn
Deep Fried Salt Chicken Wing

Assorted fruits.
The bill.  Interesting way of presenting the bill!
Plus, the people in Fai Sor Kam were very gracious and accommodating!

We stayed on because we moved on to the handicraft side of FAI SOR KAM!