Thai Airways TG 319 from Bangkok (BKK) to Kathmandu (KTM): White Blanket of Himalaya

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Thai Airways TG 0319 flight route: Bangkok-Kathmandu.

After Fajr, I rushed to find flight information board to make sure my connecting flight would be on time or maybe it would be delayed. I found it in main transit hall corridor.

My flights was on schedule….Nice.
The boarding pass which I’ve held since leaving Soekarno Hatta International Airport.

As a follower of eating on time, by 06:00 hours, I was busy to looking for halal food. Now only halal which would be the my requirement….Because I couldn’t choose a menu with street food price, of course. Exploring 3rd floor of Suvarnabhumi, I finally stopped at Silom Village.

Couldn’t find a “Halal” logo….Finally, I stopped at a “Non-Pork” restaurant.
My menu: fried rice chicken served with salted egg for THB 220 (USD 7.34)

I closed breakfast that morning by sipping a cup of warm tea which was able to expel the wind in my body after a night of cold sleep in the main corridor of transit hall and continued at prayer room.

Then I headed to gate C10 to wait for Thai Airways TG 319. This time I only needed to step one more floor via escalator to reach the gate.

Corrido into gate.
Those were gates at Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

While waiting for boarding time, it was better to charge my smartphone as the only documentation tool which I carried….As usual, I was the amateur backpacker. I also tried to reread an itinerary which I was ready to use for my exploration in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Interesting spot in departure hall area.

My boredom in seeing planes in Suvarnabhumi International Airport runway was broken by presence of Thai Airways, BOEING 777-200 type. Paid close attention to loading process so that I didn’t feel boarding time arrived on time.

Thai Airways TG 319 was preparing to immediately fly for 3 hours 33 minutes.

Entering aircraft cabin and in a blink my eyes became fresh. Apart from the beauty of flight attendants, also because airplane seats have colorful seat covers. Plane cabin looked like colorful candy.

TG 0319 cabin.

I sat at right side of cabin and flanked by two young girls. On the right, a Chinese girl who I didn’t know what her name was and a Japanese girl on the left whose her surnamed was Kawaguchi….Very beautiful with her ponytail.

I sat down while feeling a little sorry for being unable to quickly choose an airplane seat after online ordering ticket. This caused my opportunity loss to sit in a ideal position for photographers, i.e window seat. Because this flight would be very close to some of peaks of Himalayas which would show off their snow blankets.

When that moment happened, almost half of passengers stood up and faced to right window. It was the position where I sit. I couldn’t take pictures very well and prefered to still sit and recorded brief flight sessions right over Himalayas in my brain memory. It was still beautiful memorized, until this article was published….Amazing flight.

Started to filling out an immigration form which was given by a cabin crew.

The landing process was equally attractive. The view presented residential building of Kathmandu residents which were dominated by brownish square shape. Now I was ready to set foot in Tribhuvan International Airport which had become a gateway to Nepal for the last few decades.

Aviation security: “Hi, Sir. Please, directly stepping to airport building!”, He said, forbidding me to take a selfie image under Thai Airways.

Me: “OK, Sir….I’m sorry“, I answered with a little annoyed….Hmmh.

The arrival hall which wasn’t too luxurious and was only equipped with an old screening gate, made me smile because I felt like on Indonesia’s 80s era.

Then I submitted a Visa on Arrival application at visa issuing machine and then paid for USD 25 at a counter which was guarded by elderly female staff, I finally entered Nepal.

Let’s following my adventure in Nepal!

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12 Hours Staying at Suvarnabhumi International Airport

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Through aerogbridge, I immediately headed to transit hall to waiting for next Thai Airways connecting flight. The time was 23:15 hours. I tried to find an information center location to ask about the most comfortable place to rest at Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

Me: “Hi, Ms. Where is a better place for rest and getting food ?, Transit hall or departure hall?

Staff: “I think you will be better staying in transit hall. Departure hall is very crowded than you think. There is food court in transit hall, so don’t worry ”.

Me: “Oh, okay Ms. Thank you”.

Finally, her suggestion led me to immediately enter the transit hall. Smoothly passing a ticket and passport checking counter, then I quickly ended it through a x-ray screening.

Entering transit hall.

I would spend a night for 12 hours until Thai Airways flight TG 0319 went to Kathmandu. Arriving at transit hall, I immediately looked for the best spot to closing my eyes. The situation was still busy, it wasn’t possible for me to find a row of empty chairs to stretch out my legs.

Finally, it took about 1.5 hours to explore the entire transit hall.

Midnight began to pass, slowly the airport began to lose its visitors. The long row of blue benches seemed to be empty. Some cleaning services were seen starting to wipe that benches with perfume and sterilizer. They seemed to know my signs to immediately use that benches which looked like a springbeds in my eyes.

Finally I found an empty seat.

Really soundly asleep with backpack as pillow until dawn. Slowly, sound of passengers in their morning flight started to interrupt my “Nepal dream”. I woke up but still feeling sleepy, I decided to look for a prayer room and hoped to continue my dream.

Electric Information Board.
The prayer room was empty and tempting.

Fajr time in Bangkok was on 05:20 hours. While waiting for it to arrived, I swiftly took a sleeping spot at the back end of mosque. But this time, I had to curl up due to the coldness of room due to prayer room’s large AC.

A few hours later, congregation’s footsteps began to often be heard entering the room. Fajr time was approaching. It couldn’t sleeping anymore, get ready to do Fajr in congregation.

I was happy to be able to pray with Suvarnabhumi’s moslem workers in Bangkok. I mingled with security, immigration staffs until airport polices. After praying, I had a little conversation with one of immigration staff. A thing that I caught was that Bangkok’s moslems account for about 10% of total population of the capital. That percentage was ranges from 800-900 thousand people.

As dawn has passed, it was time to clean myself in toilet then got some snacks for breakfast before TG 0319 taked off on 10:30 hours to the capital of Nepal.

Let’s had breakfast…!

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Thai Airways TG 436 from Jakarta (CGK) to Bangkok (BKK)

Thai Airways TG 436 flight route.

Finally, I repeated my journey to “White Elephant” Country after my last exploration in 2013. For four years, I waited for that opportunity. If in 2013, I flew with Air Asia to Don Mueang International Airport so this time I was very lucky because I was able to catch a cheap promo which was issued by Thai Airways in April 2017.

Waiting for 8 months before actually flying was something that was very unpleasant. Not because of Bangkok, but only because of my desire to taste premium wide-body aircraft. A year before, I had boarded in same type of plane belonging to Air Asia when I returned from Incheon.

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After Friday, I perfected my packing for 11 days trip which would certainly make you were curious. At exactly 15:00 hours, I hurriedly carried my backpack on “angkot” (a small public trasportation in Jakarta) which went to Kampung Rambutan Terminal. That angkot which took so long to arrive, punished me by taking a DAMRI bus in next- a departure schedule.

On 16:00 hours, DAMRI launched but not long after, toll road became stuck. DAMRI didn’t moved in a long time. There have been road repairing in a tunnel combined with an incident which a truck rolled over 400 meters in front. Even though, my flight was scheduled for 19:05 hours. That means, I have to be ready at 17:55 hours before actually boarding….Too tight time.
Luckily, a Highway Patrol sirens began to sound in its way heading forward. Significantly, 15 minutes later DAMRI smoothly drove to Terminal 2-Soekarno Hatta International Airport.

Thai Airways finally became the 18th airline which I rode.
Started to boarding.

Luckily, Soekarno Hatta International Airport was very quiet and only needed 5 minutes for check-in process, and then I got a purple and white boarding pass. I passed all x-ray checkpoints very quickly as only a 45 litre backpack which needed to be screened.

I entered tAirbus A330-300 via its right-side cabin lane to find a seat numbered 52K. This time, it would be very relieved that I sat alone in three column seat. I was a plebeian….Just this time, I got on a plane with an LCD screen in front of my eyes….I pushed all button as I liked.

Jakarta-Bangkok is 3,000 km away and can be approached in 3 hours and 35 minutes with an average speed of 475 knots (880 km/hour). You can imagine how fast it is.

The moslem meal was served after giving a brown rice cracker and apple juice.

During flight, beautiful Thai-faced flight attendants were indeed captivating as far as my eye could see. Unfortunately, I was just a backpacker….If I was a top class businessman….. I would definitely propose to her….Hihihi.

Landing in the first time at Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

Arrival at 22:35 hours left me with no other option. It was impossible to leave the airport and heading for the city. If there was time, I might as well be reluctant. Because Bangkok wasn’t my destination….But, NEPAL.

Yess… .Nepal would be the 11th country which I visited.

Do you want to know about my next story to “The Land of a Thousand Temples”?
Just follow my story when I explored it.

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Selimut Putih Himalaya dari TG 319

Jalur terbang Thai Airways TG 0319 Bangkok-Kathmandu.

Selepas Subuhan, aku bergegas mencari keberadaan flight information board untuk memastikan apakah connecting flightku akan tepat waktu atau mungkin delay. Aku menemukannya di koridor utama transit hall.

Penerbangan sesuai jadwal….Nice.
Boarding pass yang telah kupegang sejak meninggalkan Soetta.

Sebagai penganut paham makan tepat waktu maka menjelang jam 6 pagi, aku sibuk berjibaku mencari makanan halal. Kini hanya halal yang akan menjadi syaratnya….Karena aku tak bisa memilih makanan harga kaki lima tentunya. Menjelajah lantai 3 Suvarnabhumi akhirnya aku hinggap di Silom Village.

Tak bisa menemukan logo “Halal”….Aku singgah di “Non-Pork” resto.
Menuku: fried rice chicken served with salted egg seharga Rp. 99.000

Sarapan pagi itu kututup dengan menyeruput secangkir teh hangat yang mampu mengusir angin dalam  tubuh setelah semalaman tidur kedinginan di koridor utama transit hall dan bersambung di mushola.

Lantas menujulah aku ke gate C10 untuk menunggu Thai Airways TG 319. Kali ini hanya perlu menaiki satu lantai lagi melalui escalator untuk mencapai gate.

Koridor menuju gate.
Itu dia barisan gate di Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

Sembari menunggu boarding time, lebih baik mengecharge handphone sebagai satu-satunya alat dokumentasi yang kubawa….Biasa, amatiran. Aku juga berusaha membaca kembali itinerary yang telah siap kugunakan untuk eksplorasi Kathmandu dan Pokhara.

Spot menarik di area departure hall.

Kebosananku akan lalu-lalang pesawat di runway Suvarnabhumi International Airport dipatahkan dengan kehadiran Thai Airways berjenis BOEING 777-200. Memperhatikan proses loading dengan seksama hingg tak terasa waktu boarding pun tiba tepat waktu.

Thai Airways TG 319 sedang mempersiapkan diri untuk segera terbang selama 3 jam 33 menit.

Memasuki kabin pesawat sekejap mata menjadi segar. Selain karena kecantikan para pramugari juga karena bangku pesawat yang memiliki seat cover penuh warna. Kabin pesawat terlihat bak permen warna-warni.

Kabin TG 0319.

Aku duduk disisi kanan kabin dan diapit 2 perempuan muda. Sebelah kanan berkebangsaan Tiongkok yang entah siapa namanya dan seorang gadis Jepang di sisi kiri yang kutahu namanya bermarga Kawaguchi….Sangat cantik dengan kuncir kudanya.

Duduk sembari sedikit menyesal karena kalah cepat memilih bangku pesawat pasca pemesanan tiket secara online. Hal ini mengakibatkan hilangnya kesempatan duduk di posisi istimewa bagi para photographer yaitu window seat. Karena penerbangan ini akan sangat dekat sekali dengan beberapa puncak pegunungan Himalaya yang akan memamerkan selimut saljunya.

Saat momen itu terjadi, hampir sebagian penumpang berdiri dan menoleh ke jendela sebelah kanan. Itu adalah posisi dimana aku duduk. Aku tak bisa mengambil gambar dengan baik dan lebih memilih untuk duduk tenang dan merekam sesi singkat penerbangan tepat di atas Himalaya itu dalam memori otakku. Masih terbanyang indah hingga tulisan ini terbit….Amazing flight.

Mulai mengisi immigration form yang diberikan oleh awak kabin.

Proses landing juga tak kalah memikat.  Pemandangan yang tersaji adalah deretan bangunan tempat tinggal penduduk Kathmandu yang didominasi bentuk kotak kecoklatan. Kini aku bersiap menginjakkan kaki di Tribhuvan International Airport yang telah menjadi gerbang wisata Nepal dalam beberapa dekade terakhir.

Avseq: “Hi, Sir. Please, directly stepping to airport building!”, Ujarnya melarangku mengambil foto selfie tepat di kaki Thai Airways.

Aku: “OK, Sir….I’m sorry”, menjawab dengan sedikit kesal….Hmmh.

Arrival hall yang tak terlalu mewah dan hanya dilengkapi dengan screening gate uzur membuatku tersenyum karena aku seakan berada di Indonesia era 80-an.

Mengajukan aplikasi Visa on Arrival dalam mesin penerbitan visa dan kemudian membayar Rp. 337.500 di sebuah konter yang dijaga oleh staff perempuan tua, akhirnya aku shah memasuki Nepal.

Ikuti petualanganku di Nepal yuk!

Cari tiket penerbangan dari Bangkok ke Kathmandu? Bisa beli kok melalui 12go Asia. Berikutnya linknya:

12 Jam Menginap di Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

Melalui aerogbridge, aku segera menuju transit hall untuk menunggu connecting flight Thai Airways berikutnya. Waktu menunjukkan pukul 23:15. Aku berusaha menemukan lokasi information centre untuk menanyakan tempat ternyaman beristirahat di Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

Aku: “Hi, Ms. Where is better place for rest and getting food?, Transit hall or departure hall?”

Staff: “I think you will be better staying in transit hall. Departure hall is very crowded than you think. Many food stall are in transit hall, so don’t worry”.

Aku: “Oh, okay Ms. Thank you”.

Akhirnya, sarannya menuntunku untuk segera memasuki transit hall. Melewati konter pemeriksaan tiket dan passport dengan lancar, kemudian aku mengakhirinya melalui x-ray screening dengan cepat.

Memasuki transit hall.

Aku akan bermalam selama  12 jam hingga pernerbangan Thai Airways TG 0319 menuju Kathmandu. Setiba di transit hall, aku segera mencari spot terbaik untuk memejamkan mata. Situasi yang masih ramai, tak memungkinkan bagiku menemukan deretan bangku kosong untuk selonjoran.

Akhirnya, menghabiskan waktu sekitar 1,5 jam untuk mengeksplore seluruh transit hall.

Tengah malam mulai berlalu, perlahan airport mulai kehilangan para pengunjungnya. Deretan bangku-bangku biru memanjang itupun nampak mulai kosong. Beberapa cleaning service terlihat mulai menyeka bangku-bangku itu dengan pewangi dan sterilizer. Mereka sepertinya tahu gelagatku untuk segera meniduri bangku-bangku yang tampak seperti springbed dalam penglihatanku.

Akhirnya menenukan bangku kosong.

Sungguh terlelap berbantal backpack hingga menjelang fajar. Perlahan suara geretan koper para penumpang penerbangan pagi mulai menginterupsi “mimpi Nepal”ku. Aku terbangun tetapi masih tak kuasa menahan kantuk. Kuputuskan untuk mencari mushola dan berharap bisa melanjutkan mimpi.

Electric Information Board
Ruangan mushola yang kosong dan menggoda.

Waktu subuh di Bangkok adalah jam 05:20. Sembari menunggunya tiba, dengan sigap aku mengambil spot tidur di ujung belakang mushola. Tetapi kali ini, aku harus meringkuk disebabkan dinginnya ruangan karena AC besar mushola.

Beberapa jam setelahnya, derap langkah para jama’ah  mulai sering terdengar memasuki ruangan. Waktu Subuh kian menjelang. Sudah tak lelap lagi, bersiaplah diriku mengerjakan Subuh berjama’ah.

Bahagia rasanya, bisa shalat bersama kaum muslim Bangkok pekerja Suvarnabhumi. Aku berbaur dengan security, staff imigrasi hingga para polisi bandara. Sehabis shalat aku sedikit bercakap dengan salah satu staff imigrasi. Satu yang kutangkap adalah kaum muslim Bangkok berjumlah sekitar 10% dari total penduduk Ibukota. Persentase itu berkisar di angka 800-900 ribu.

Subuh telah berlalu,  saatnya bersih-bersih di toilet lalu mencari sedikit kudapan untuk sarapan sebelum TG 0319 take off pada pukul 10:30 menuju ibukota Nepal.

Sarapan yukkkk…!

TG 436: Mewah Mengudara Menuju Bangkok

Jalur penerbangan TG 436

Akhirnya aku mengulang perjalanan menuju Negeri Gajah Putih setelah eksplorasi terakhir pada 2013. Empat tahun lamanya, aku menunggu kesempatan itu. Jika 2013, aku terbang bersama Air Asia menuju Don Mueang International Airport maka kali ini aku sangat mujur karena bisa menangkap promo murah meriah yang dikeluarkan oleh Thai Airways pada April 2017.

Menunggu selama 8 bulan sebelum benar-benar terbang adalah sesuatu yang sangat tak mengenakkan. Bukan karena Bangkok nya, tapi hanya karena hasrat mencicipi pesawat premium berbadan lebar. Setahun sebelum, aku pernah menaiki jenis pesawat yang sama milik Air Asia ketika pulang dari Incheon.


Selepas Jum’atan, aku menyempurnakan packing untuk perjalanan selama  11 hari yang tentu akan membuat penasaran. Tepat jam 3 sore, aku bergegas memanggul backpack menaiki angkot menuju Terminal Kampung Rambutan. Angkot yang begitu lama tiba, membuatku terhukum dengan menaiki bus DAMRI satu jadwal keberangkatan lebih lambat.

Jam 16:00, DAMRI meluncur tetapi tak berselang lama kondisi jalan tol menjadi stuck. DAMRI sungguh lama tak bergerak. Terusut sudah terdapat perbaikan jalan di sebuah terowongan dikombinasi dengan insiden truk terguling 400 meter setelahnya. Padahal penerbanganku terjadwal jam 19:05. Itu berarti aku harus siap pada jam 17:55 sebelum benar-benar boarding….Mepeeetttt.

Beruntung sirine Highway Patrol mulai terdengar merangsek ke depan. Signifikan, 15 menit kemudian DAMRI melaju mulus menuju Terminal 2 Soetta.

Thai Airways akhirnya menjadi maskapai ke-18 yang kunaiki.

Beruntung Soetta melompong dan hanya perlu 5 menit untuk proses check-in kemudian boarding pass ungu putih tergenggam. Semua pos pemeriksaan x-ray kulewati dengan sangat cepat karena hanya satu backpack 45L saja yang perlu di screening.

Mulai boarding.

Aku memasuki Airbus A330-300 melalui jalur kabin sebelah kanan untuk menemukan bangku bernomor 52K. Kali ini akan menjadi sangat lega karena aku duduk di bangku kolom tiga sendirian. Ndeso….Baru kali ini naik pesawat dengan layar LCD didepan mata….Pencat-pencet sesuka hati.

Jakarta-Bangkok yang berjarak darat sejauh 3.000 km di tempuh dalam waktu 3 jam 35 menit dengan kecepatan rata-rata 475 knot ( 880 km/jam). Bisa dibayangkan betapa kencangnya.

Moslem meal yang disajikan setelah brown rice cracker dan apple juice di berikan.

Selama penerbangan, pramugari cantik berwajah khas Thailand memang sungguh memikat sejauh mata memandang. Untung saya hanya backpacker kere…..Andai aku businessman kelas atas…..Pasti aku akan lamar dia….Hihihi.

Pertama kali landing di runway Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

Tiba pada pukul 22:35 menyebabkan aku tak punya opsi lain. Tak mungkin keluar bandara dan beranjak menuju kota. Jika ada waktu pun, saya mungkin juga enggan. Karena bukan Bangkok tujuanku….Tapi, NEPAL.

Yess….Nepal akan menjadi negara ke-11 yang kukunjungi.

Mau tahu kan kisahku berikutnya ke “Negeri Seribu Kuil”

Ikutin kisahku selama disana ya.

Cari tiket penerbangan dari Jakarta ke Bangkok melalui 12go Asia. Berikutnya linknya:

Stay in Altitude….Beauty of Baiyoke Sky Hotel, Bangkok

If I am asked, how many times have you traveled to King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s country?… Ummh 3 times, guys.…Easy first level question.

Then if I am asked, what is the most memorable thing when visiting that “White Elephant Country“?….Tom Yam or its ladyboy (hahaha….kidding), guys….easy answer for second level question.

OKAY.…before entering next question

All of You have knew, how feel when do “crazy traveling” abroad in version of….maybe, normal people will give answer “nothing nice”.

But, this time I was a little showing off….hahaha. Because I save one story of my bourgeois trip to Thailand.

This is the story….What will you do if you are given USD 740 by your boss and you were asked to spend it all for 3 days 2 nights in Baifern Pimchanok’s country?….This is a third level question.

That’s a lot of money. But, many people bring much money for traveling to Bangkok. Waaw.…I’m really tacky. But swear….USD 740 are very much for me.

It will be memorable thing if it can be spent to stay at expensive hotel in Bangkok.

Yes, I finally stayed at Baiyoke Sky Hotel.

Baiyoke Sky Hotel is 309 meters in height and it be 7th highest hotel in the world. So it doesn’t matter if you must to spend USD 110 per night for staying here.

Baiyoke Sky Hotel located in Khet Ratchathewi (Khet means a district), Bangkok Province. Ratchathewi itself comes from name of an empress, namely Phra Nangchao Sukumalmarsri Phra Ratchathewi.

Besides having a Victory Monument as a landmark, Ratchathewi also has famous landmarks namely Baiyoke Sky Hotel which I am writing now.

This hotel is located in a famous area….Its name, Pratu Nam. It also has other well-known destination, namely Pratu Nam Market. You must visit it if you go to Bangkok.

The hotel itself has 2 main towers. Tower I is 151 meters high and is used for Baiyoke Suite Hotels. While Tower II is 309 meters high, it’s used for Baiyoke Sky Hotel

I paid USD 9 to airport taxi driver after he transferred me from Don Mueang International Airport to Baiyoke Sky Hotel.

Before entering hotel’s door, I observed busy trading activities in commercial shops which located on ground floor of Baiyoke Sky Hotel.

Entering ground floor lift, a queue is so long in front of it. I stood in a tail of queue.

Oh Donny….a bumpkin man. A doorman was approaching me, apparently He knew I had just taken queue behind.

He: “Excuse me, Sir….Do you want to stay in or just go to observation deck?”

Me: ” I want to stay sir ”

He: ” Oh Okay, sir … This queue is for observation deck only. You can use that to go to lobby

Me: ” Oh thank you sir “. Hi Donny, please read the instructions (my heart murmured). Then I began to move to other lift with few queue.

The lift finally drove me to lobby.

Classic reception hall.

Finishing check-in process and get a access card. I immediately went to my room in upstair for a short break. There are three lift corridors on the floor where receptionist is located. The first corridor is used to go to exit door on ground floor. The second and third corridors are used specifically for guests towards their rooms and several interesting places in hotel, such as Baiyoke Floating Market, Bangkok Sky, Observation Deck, Stella Palace, Bangkok Balcony, Crystal Grill and Roof Top Bar.

Walked through a corridor to search my room.

I finally entered my room.

For meals, I didn’t need to eat a toast as usual. Because it’snt dormitory.…keep calm, Donny.

Ate as much as you want….

Besides that, you can also eat in a floating market concept. In this case, It’s no water in 75th floor where floating market is located. All buffets are in a boat style and there are traders at each boat.

Because of second tallest building in Bangkok, it will be very disadvantage if you don’t enjoy Bangkok from 360-degree revolving viewpoint in top floor of Tower II.

Scenery fare is about USD 14,8 for public. This time, I can enjoy it for free as a guest guest.

On first night, I went late and 360-degree revolving viewpoint on 84th floor of Baiyoke Sky Tower had stopped spinning. I wasn’t long at revolving roof deck and I decided to get off. I only get this:

Surprised, Peter Parker is very strong. It was 3 days, he hanged at 83rd floor….hahaha.

There were also champion photos of Baiyoke Run Up International (running race up stairs to top of Baiyoke Sky Tower).

I was able to get view of 360 degree-Bangkok view on second night. The 360-degree revolving point made me stunned when saw beauty of Bangkok at night.

Hunting photos in a 360-degree revolving viewpoint.

Baiyoke Sky Hotel also provides a mini museum to display several Buddha statues and artifacts.

Nearby Culinary

Precisely across hotel, you will find Indra Square Shopping Mall. Open from 10am to 9pm, like most shopping malls in general, you will easily find lots of clothes, accessories, souvenirs, shoes and bags which sold through a bargaining process. Many Indian descents become traders here.

Back to culinary, you can find Indra Food Square on top floor.

Want to Shop on the Street?

Along street in front of Baiyoke Sky Hotel presents a night market which attracts hotel guests to visit it. Try to eat Bangkok durian on left front side of hotel !….really nice.

Actually, luxury staying is very nice….hahaha.

Three Viewpoints in Phuket

My first post about Thailand isn’t about Bangkok as a capital city. But I will make you curious by presenting Phuket.

Imagining beauty of Phuket since 2013, I could really see it by naked eyes in 2019. For six years I could only see Phuket from a photo which was posted on my desk. Many reasons of course, why I must wait very long. Because of time, bustle and of course about budget….hihihi, I think the last one is my problem.

OK, by the way….

PHUKET….is an island-area province in south of Bangkok. If it is measured, its length is along Jakarta-Cikampek (about 70 km) and its width is only along East Jakarta to West Jakarta (about 36 km).

Phuket is indeed famous with its beach tourism. But for your information, 70% of its area are hills. That’s way, you can see the beauty of downtown and its beaches from above.

Based on this, before enjoying all beaches in Phuket, I did one thing that other tourists rarely do.…Yeah, I started to climb its hills to do ” Phuket helicopter view “.

That afternoon, Nok Air airline landed me at Phuket International Airport. Connected by airport bus, I was really dropped off in center of downtown. After checking in at Fulfill Phuket Hostel and lunch around it, I immediately rushed to rent a motorbike and went to a hill in northwest of hotel.

1.Khao Rang Viewpoint.

Khao Rang or Rang Hill is a viewpoint which located in north of Phuket. According to Khao Rang officer who I asked, Khao Rang usually visited by Phuket residents at night after work or on weekend to celebrate their holiday after 5 busy days at work.

Very lucky that I was there on Sunday afternoon, so it was very easy to find Phuket residents who were going back and forth

Needed about 10 minutes from Fulfill Phuket Hostel to actually get into Khao Rang through its south gate (there are two gates to go to Khao Rang, one in south and other one in north).

Parking my motorbike in a hurry because of my impatience to saw how Phuket face, I don’t care about many young couples who are seen sitting in every corner of Khao Rang.

I immediately looked around to determine from which point I will see Phuket. Yes.…that was the viewpoint that I was looking for:

A European style building is displayed at end of Khao Rang.

Oh God….Phuket which is bordered by coastline and insulated by small hills on each view sides makes me stunned for a long time and beat the sun heat.

Nice?….Why are you stunned?….hahaha
How nice is it?
Me and the view.

If you want to stay longer in Khao Rang, You can enjoy Phuket view while eating Thailand foods in Tunk Ka Cafe. If you don’t want to enter cafe because of expensive price, You can enjoy some snacks or coconut water in some food stalls outside restaurant.

Then what did I?….I didn’t buy anything….I prefered to go to next viewpoint.

2. Phuket’s Big Buddha

Out of Khao Rang parking area, I directed my motorbike to southwest. I would explore as far as 20 km towards Big Buddha statue by motorbike.

Through heat of Phuket’s streets, I stopped by in a traditional market in middle of trip. Sightseeing market to see local people trade, slowly I heard faint sound of Sundanese language (Sunda is other name of West Java, Indonesia) among boisterous tone of market.

“I have to find this person”, I thought. Approaching sound until I found two teenagers from Sukabumi (a district in West Java province) who are undergoing students exchange which become their Tourism Vocational School program. They were assigned in a resort at Phuket and were shopping at behest of resort’s head chef.

Leaving the market, I resumed my journey up winding hill to its summit.

I saw Chinese tourists rejoice on ATV to same place, even some European tourists could be seen heading to top of hill by jogging and walking.…It was crazy, that’s really far away.

I can say that it’is “combo venue”. Because besides getting a higher viewpoint, you will also enjoy beauty and sacredness of this statue.

Finally I arrived in Big Buddha.

Located on top of Nakkerd hill, this 45 meters in high statue was built in 2004.

Walk to end of giant statue plaza !, this is what you will get:

Guys.…that’s exotic appearance of Ao Chalong Bay….exotic like Jennifer Garner (upsss….You know my idol….hahaha)

Big Buddha became a closing trip of all my climbing on that Sunday.

I had to be patient to climb again next day.

3. Kao Khad View Point

Next day….

I would longer sit in Kao Khad, so I decided to enter Family Mart across my hotel to prepare some packed beans and soft drinks to enjoy beauty of Phuket.

Heading to south, I went through Phuket’s streets. I would cover a distance about 8 km now. Passing through traffic jams at several points of road which were being renovated and also through underpass project, I enjoyed local faces who were moving towards their respective livelihoods.

Viewpoint which isn’t so high made my motorbike easy to run faster and reached my destination in just 12 minutes.

Here is it, Kao Khad viewpoint :

Seeing from everyhere, the whole island really spoiled my eyes
Kao Khad beach….beautiful

So….after seeing some little scenery that I gave….Will you go to Phuket?

Menginapi Ketinggian….Pesona Baiyoke Sky Hotel, Bangkok

Kalau ditanya, berapa kali pernah ngelayap ke Negerinya Bhumibol Adulyadej?….udeh 3x, bang…..Pertanyaan mudah level pertama.

Lalu kalau ditanya, Apa yang paling berkesan ketika mengunjungi Negeri Gajah itu?…...tom yam atau ladyboynya, bang….jawaban mudah pertanyaan level kedua.

OKAY….sebelum masuk question berikutnya

Kamu semua tahu lah, apa enaknya “ngelayap edan” ke negeri orang versi….kacamata biasa aja menjawabnya ”nothing fine“.

Tapi, kali ini Aku sedikit sombong. Karena Aku ternyata menyimpan satu kisah perjalanan borju ke Negeri yang ladyboy nya sangat aduhai itu.

Begini….Apa yang akan Kamu lakukan jika dikasih uang 10 juta dan Kamu diminta menghabiskan uang sejumlah itu selama 3 hari 2 malam di negerinya si super cantik Baifern Pimchanok?…Nah ini nih pertanyaan level ketiga.

Gile lu Don….Uang segitu aja banyak. Pan banyak orang bawa uang segitu buat jalan-jalan disono. Wadaw….Aku norak banget sih. Tapi swearrrrr….segitu buat Aku sangatlah buanyakkkkk.

Uang segitu akan menjadi berkesan tentunya, jika bisa digunakan untuk menginap di hotel mahal di Bangkok.

Yes, Aku nginep di Baiyoke Sky Hotel.

Baiyoke Sky Hotel memiliki tingggi 309 meter dan menjadi hotel tertinggi ke-7 di dunia. Tak hayal jika Kamu perlu mengeluarkan kocek sebesar 1,5 juta per malam apabila mau bermalam dimari.

Hotel yang terletak di Khet Ratchathewi (Khet artinya distrik), Propinsi Bangkok. Ratchathewi sendiri berasal dari nama seorang permaisuri yaitu Phra Nangchao Sukumalmarsri Phra Ratchathewi.

Nah Selain memiliki Victory Monument sebagai landmark, Ratchathewi juga memiliki landmark terkenal yaitu Baiyoke Sky Hotel yang kali ini sedang Kubahas.

Hotel ini terletak di area terkenal….namanya, Pratu Nam. Di sana juga ada destinasi terkenal lainnya yaitu Pratu Nam Market. Kamu harus mengunjungi pasar tersebut jika ke Bangkok.

Hotel ini sendiri memiliki 2 tower utama. Tower I memiliki tinggi 151 meter dan digunakan untuk Baiyoke Suite Hotel. Sedangkan Tower II bertinggi 309 meter, digunakan untuk Baiyoke Sky Hotel

Aku membayar Rp 125.000 (THB 250) ke pengemudi airport taxi setelah Dia mentransferku dari Don Mueang International Airport ke Baiyoke Sky Hotel.

Sebelum memasuki pintu hotel, Kuperhatikan kesibukan aktivitas perdagangan di commercial shops yang terletak di lantai terbawah Baiyoke Sky Hotel.

Mulai memasuki pintu bawah hotel, antrian begitu panjang di depan lift. Aku pun berdiri di ekor antrian.

Oh Donny……Dasar ndeso. Doorman itu menghampiriku, rupanya Dia tahu aku baru saja mengambil  antrian di belakang.

Dia: “Excuse me, Sir….Do you want to stay in or just go to observation deck?”

Aku: “I want to stay sir

Dia:”Oh Okay, Sir….This queue is for observation deck only. You can use that lift to go to lobby”

Aku: “Oh thank you sir”. Baca petunjuk dong Don….Ndeso (Hatiku bergumam). Aku pun mulai berpindah ke lift sebelah yang sepi antrian.

Lift itu pun mengantarkanku ke Lobby.

Reception hall yang bernuansa klasik

Selesai proses check-in dan mendapatkan access card. Aku segera menuju keatas untuk rehat sejenak. Ada tiga koridor lift di lantai tempat resepsionis berada. Koridor pertama digunakan untuk menuju pintu keluar hotel di lantai terbawah. Koridor kedua dan ketiga digunakan khusus untuk tamu menuju kamarnya dan menuju  beberapa tempat menarik di hotel, seperti  Baiyoke Floating Market, Bangkok Sky, Observation Deck, Stella Palace, Bangkok Balcony, Crystal Grill dan Roof Top Bar.

Menelusuri koridor mencari keberadaan kamar.

Aku mulai memasuki kamarku……

Untuk urusan makan, Aku tak perlu mengunyah sepasang toast seperti biasanya. Karena ini bukan dormitory bung….Ayeee

Makan sepuasnya lah biar buncit dah….

Selain itu, Kamu juga bisa merasakan makan dalam balutan konsep floating market. Maksudnya, tidak ada air ya gaes di lantai ke-75 dimana floating market berada. Hanya saja buffetnya berwujud perahu dan ada pedagang di setiap perahunya

Namanya juga Second-Tallest Hotel di Bangkok, akan sangat rugi jika Kamu tak menikmati pemandangan Bangkok dari 360-degree revolving viewpoint di ujung Tower II.

Pemandangan seharga Rp. 200.000 untuk umum, Kali ini Aku bisa menikmatinya secara gratis sebagai tamu penginap.

Malam pertama, Aku kemalaman dan 360-degree revolving viewpoint di lantai ke-84 Baiyoke Sky Tower sudah berhenti berputar. Aku tak bertahan lama di revolving roof deck dan kuputuskan untuk turun. Aku hanya mendapatkan ini:

heran, si Peter Parker kuat banget. Dah 3 hari kek gitu di lantai 83

Terpampang juga foto para juara tiap tahun dari Baiyoke Run Up International (lomba lari menaiki tangga menuju puncak Baiyoke Sky Tower).

Aku baru bisa mendapatkan view kota Bangkok 360o di malam kedua. Putaran 360-degree revolving viewpoint membuatku terpana melihat keindahan Bangkok di malam hari.

Berburu foto di 360-degree revolving viewpoint

Baiyoke Sky Hotel juga menyediakan museum mini untuk mendisplay beberapa arca dan artefak Buddha.

Kuliner Terdekat

Tepat diseberang hotel, Kamu akan menjumpai Indra Square Shopping Mall. Buka dari jam 10 pagi hingga jam 9 malam, seperti kebanyakan shopping mall pada umumnya, Kamu dengan mudah akan menemukan banyak pakaian, aksesoris, souvenir, sepatu dan tas yang dijual melalui proses tawar- menawar. Banyak trader keturunan India mengadu nasib disini.

Kembali ke kuliner, Kamu bisa menemukan Indra Food Square di lantai paling atas.

Mau Belanja di Jalanan?

Sepanjang jalan didepan Baiyoke Sky Hotel menghadirkan night market yang menarik para tamu hotel untuk mengunjunginya. Cobain duren Bangkok tepat disebelah kiri depan hotel deh….maknyussss.

Ternyata nginep mewah itu enak ya bro…..Ahirrr

Tiga Viewpoint di Phuket

Tulisan pertamaku tentang Thailand tak akan kuambil dari Bangkok yang menjadi Ibukotanya. Tapi Aku akan membuatmu penasaran dengan menghadirkan Phuket.

Membayangkan keindahan Phuket sejak 2013, Aku baru benar-benar bisa melihat keindahan itu dengan mata telanjang pada 2019. Enam tahun lamanya Aku hanya bisa melihat Phuket dari sebuah foto yang kutempel di meja kerjaku. Banyak alasan tentunya kenapa harus selama itu. Mulai dari waktu, kesibukan dan tentunya dompet….hihihi, kayaknya masalahku yang terakhir itu deh.

OK, by the way….

PHUKET….merupakan sebuah propinsi ber-area pulau di sebelah selatan Bangkok. Jika diukur, panjangnya sepanjang Jakarta-Cikampek dan lebarnya hanya sepanjang Jakarta Timur ke Jakarta Barat.

Phuket memang terkenal dengan wisata pantainya. Tapi jangan salah, 70% wilayahnya adalah perbukitan. Artinya, Kamu bisa melihat keindahan kota dan pantainya dari atas.

Atas dasar itulah, sebelum menikmati segenap pantai di Phuket, Aku melakukan satu hal yang jarang dilakukan turis lainnya….Yes, Aku mulai menanjaki perbukitan itu untuk melakukan “Phuket helicopter view”.

Siang itu, maskapai Nok Air mendaratkanku di Phuket Internatonal Airport. Disambungkan dengan airport bus, Aku benar-benar diturunkan tepat di pusat kota. Selepas check-in di Fulfill Phuket Hostel dan lunch di sekitarnya, Aku segera bergegas menggeber sepeda motor sewaan ke sebuah bukit di barat laut hotel.

1.Khao Rang Viewpoint.

Khao Rang atau Rang Hill adalah sebuah viewpoint yang terletak di utara Phuket. Menurut petugas yang kutanyai, Khao Rang biasa dikunjungi penduduk Phuket di malam hari selepas penat bekerja atau di weekend untuk merayakan libur setelah 5 hari sibuk bekerja.

Kebetulan sekali Aku hadir disini pada Minggu siang, jadi sangat mudah menemukan warga Phuket yang hilir mudik.

Hanya perlu waktu sekitar 10 menit dari Fulfill Phuket Hostel untuk benar-benar masuk ke Khao Rang melalui gerbang selatan (ada dua gerbang untuk menuju Khao Rang, satu di selatan dan satu lagi di utara).

Memarkirkan motor dengan terburu-buru karena ketidaksabaranku melihat bagaimana wajah Phuket, Aku tak memperdulikan banyak pasangan muda-mudi yang terlihat duduk bermesraan di setiap sudut Khao Rang.

Aku segera melihat sekitar untuk menentukan dari titik mana akan melihat Phuket. Yes…..itu viewpoint yang kucari:

Sebuah bangunan gaya eropa terpampang di ujung Khao Rang.

Wadaaawww…..tata kota Phuket yang dibatasi dengan garis pantai dan tersekat-sekat dengan perbukitan kecil disetiap sisi pandang membuatku tertegun lama dan mengalahkan panasnya sengatan matahari siang itu.

Ciamik ga?….Kok diem
Ciaaaaa mikkkkk gaaaaa?……Kok cuma diliat bentar doing sih…..
Ciaaaamiiikkkkkkk kaaaannnnnnnn????????……………….komen donk

Jika mau lebih lama di Khao Rang, Kamu bisa menikmati Phuket sambil menyantap kuliner khas Negara Gajah Putih di Tunk Ka Cafe. Kalau ga mau masuk cafe karena mahal, Kamu cukup menikmati jajanan ringan atau air kelapa di beberapa stand makanan diluar restoran itu.

Lalu Aku?…..Kagak beli apa-apa…..Aku lebih memilih kabur ke viewpoint berikutnya.

2. Phuket’s Big Buddha

Keluar dari area parker Khao Rang, Aku mengarahkan sepeda motorku ke arah barat daya. Aku bersama motorku akan menjelajah sejauh 20 km untuk menuju patung Big Buddha.

Melewati panasnya jalanan Phuket, Aku menyempatkan mampir di sebuah pasar tradisional di tengah perjalanan. Menyibak seisi pasar untuk melihat orang-orang lokal berniaga, perlahan Aku mendengar sayup-sayup bahasa Sunda diantara riuh rendahnya nada pasar.

“Aku harus menemukan orang ini”, batinku. Kudekati suara itu hingga menemukan dua anak muda asal Sukabumi yang sedang menjalani pertukaran pelajar yang menjadi program sebuah SMK Pariwisata di daerahnya. Dia ditugaskan di sebuah resort di Phuket dan saat itu sedang berbelanja atas perintah sang kepala koki.

Meninggalkan pasar, Aku kembali meneruskan perjalanan mendaki bukit yang meliuk-liuk menuju puncak.

Kuperhatikan para turis asal China bersukaria menaiki ATV menuju ke tempat yang sama, bahkan beberapa bule terlihat menuju puncak bukit dengan ber-jogging dan beberapa berjalan kaki….gile, itu kan jauh banget.

Boleh dikatakan ini “combo venue”. Karena selain mendapatkan viewpoint yang lebih tinggi, Kamu juga akan sekaligus menikmati keindahan dan kesakralan patung ini.

Tibalah Aku di Big Buddha

Terletak di puncak Bukit Nakkerd, patung setinggi 45 meter ini dibangun pada 2004.

Berjalanlah ke ujung plaza patung raksasa itu, inilah yang akan Kamu dapatkan:

guys…itu penampakan Ao Chalong Bay yang eksotik….seeksotik Jennifer Garner (upsss….ketauan deh idola guwe).

Big Buddha menjadi trip penutup dari segenap pendakianku pada Minggu itu.

Aku harus bersabar untuk mendaki lagi dikeesokan hari.

3. Kao Khad View Point

Hari berikutnya….

Aku akan lebih lama duduk di Kao Khad, jadi kuputuskan memasuki Family Mart di seberang hotel untuk menyiapkan beberapa kacang kemasan dan soft drink untuk menikmati keindahan Phuket.

Menuju selatan, Aku kembali turun ke jalanan Phuket. Kali ini Aku akan menempuh jarak 8 km.  Melewati kemacetan di beberapa titik jalan yang sedang direnovasi hingga proyek pembuatan underpass, Aku menikmati wajah-wajah lokal yang sedang bergerak menuju ke tempat mencari nafkahnya masing-masing.

Viewpoint yang tak begitu tinggi memudahkan motorku untuk berjalan lebih kencang dan mencapai tujuan hanya dalam 12 menit.

Ini dia, Kao Khad viewpoint:

Dilihat darimanapun, seisi pulau itu sungguh memanjakan mata
Kao Khad beach….yuhuiiii

So…..setelah melihat sedikit pemandangan yang kuberikan….Maukah Kamu ke Phuket?