Last week, some members of the Travelife team were in Bangkok to shoot an episode of Travelife TV and also explore the city for Travelife Magazine.
We were very lucky as it was an exclusive Travelife trip and we were accompanied to and around Thailand by H.E. Prasas Prasasvinitchai, Ambassador of Thailand to the Philippines, himself.
Jeanie Mangonon, Travelife’s multi-tasking editorial assistant, sent me some photos and an account of their trip.
ALL SET FOR DEPARTURE
“Gathering at around 10:30 AM at a restaurant at NAIA Terminal 1, the Travelife team met with a protocol officer at NAIA who helped us check in smoothly, and escorted us to the VIP lounge to meet Ambassador Prasas, who was joining us for our trip to Thailand.”
VIEWS OF AMAZING THAILAND
“We loved Bangkok from the moment we landed. Most of us had been to Thailand several times, but it was the first time for me. Atop one of Thailand’s towering buildings, the Baiyoke Sky Hotel, we witnessed Bangkok’s everchanging scenic lights from sunset to nightfall. The views were absolutely spectacular from the revolving viewpoint on the 84th floor.
Inspired by the energy of the city before us, we decided there and then to interview Baiyoke Sky Hotel Group Company’s Executive Director Chaiporn Mahakan for Travelife TV.
Unfortunately, we only had a short interview on the 84th floor as the winds were too strong; we had to go down to the observation deck on the 77th floor to continue our very engaging interview.”
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BREATHLESS IN BANGKOK
“This was one of my favorite places in Bangkok. It was reminiscent of the palaces in Europe and the sight of the throne hall filled with unique golden masterpieces crafted by farmers took my breath away.
“Of course, nothing beats the splendor of the majestic Grand Palace, with its complexity and enameled gold exteriors. I wanted to capture as much as I could with my camera, but there was too much to see with so little time.
The legendary and sacred Temple of the Emerald Buddha is also within the vicinity of the Grand Palace. This well-loved buddha is certainly taken care of very well — he has a different wardrobe for every season.”
STORIES OF THAILAND’S
Although the weather in Thailand certainly was better than Manila, we did hit a spot of gloomy weather just as we were on our way to Mrigadayavan Palace, King Vajiravudah’s seaside palace. King Vajiravudah was ruler of Siam from 1910 to 1925.
Shortly after arriving, rain began to pour leaving us no chance to explore its grounds. Fortunately, the director of the foundation of Mrigadayavan Palace was more than happy to retell the history and beloved anecdotes of the Thai Royal Family as we toured the grounds of this breezy and massive palace.”
FLOATING ON A RIVER
“On land during the day, and afloat on water for the evening, the Travelife team was indeed on a never-endingly eventful Travelife. One night we went on an Apsara cruise run by the Banyan Tree group, down the Chao Phraya River.
From the River City Pier to the Krungthon Bridge, we enjoyed night views of iconic landmarks like the Grand Palace, famous temples like Wat Arun and picturesque bridges, as we feasted on all kinds of Thai delights for dinner.
To cap off our evening, Chef Teh, our chef on the boat, personally served a luscious assortment of Thai delicacies for dessert.”
– written by Jeanie Mangonon