Bangkok is a place that I’ve visited enough times that I never put on my list of to-visit places anymore.
But yet, somehow I conscientiously go back to the city renowned for its hustle and bustle, every now and then.
This time round, I was led to Bangkok courtesy of DTAC.
If you’ve ever been to Bangkok (but really, who hasn’t?),
it might register in your mind that DTAC actually sounds vaguely familiar.
You would have spotted their sale counters at the Suvarnabhumi Airport accompanied by throngs of tourists, all anxious to get instant connectivity to their loved ones back home.
Spotted the DTAC new SIM card vending machine once I stepped out of the customs and made a beeline for it right away.
It should be really easy to locate.
You can find both the vending machine and the counter at gate 7 of the arrival hall.
And the best part about it is that it operates 24/7,
so you don’t have to be worried about not getting your SIM card even if you are set to touch down at unearthly hours.
Operating the vending machine is a straightforward task.
First, you select the one of the two SIM card options available.
Is it the Happy Tourist 299 baht ( 1.5 GB with 100THB call credit) or the Happy Tourist 599 baht ( 4 GB with 100THB call credit) for you?
If you’re a normal human being with a normal level data usage (whatsapp, FaceTime, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, what-have-you),
I would say that the 299 baht option will more than keep you happy if you’re doing a short stay of 3 – 4 days.
Next, scan your passport to register for your SIM card!
Payment is pretty fuss free as well.
They accept credit card (MasterCard and Visa) and cash (Thai baht).
Change is available if you choose the cash option like I did!
Then you wait.
For a really short while.
And out pops your SIM card!
You are now good to go and ready to conquer the world.
One of the best feelings in the world for me is getting back in connection with my family and friends after I touch down in a foreign land.
I appreciate connection more than ever when I find myself in any country other than Singapore,
especially so whenever I go solo.
It becomes my sole means of communication with my loved ones since I’m miles away from home.
It’s a way to let them know that I’m safe and well and to share the sights and sounds that I experience throughout the trip.
Happy tourists (literally) using the machine to get their DTAC SIM cards without having to spend a long time queuing at the sale counters.
Armed with my DTAC Happy Tourist SIM card and in a happy frame of mind to start my holiday in Bangkok!
Tourists who purchase Happy tourist sim will be able to apply for free life insurance with 100000 THB life insurance coverage from Muang Thai Life Assurance Co. Ltd.
The insurance would cover death cause of accident within 7 days.
If you need more information about the SIM card,
do head over to http://www.dtac.co.th/en/prepaid/.
shrouded in my 4G bubble and getting caught up in whatever is on my phone while waiting for transport to the hotel.
I didn’t even know that this shot was being taken of me until I looked through my photos at the end of the trip.
Goes to show how oblivious I can get whenever I’m on my phone.
I’m sure all you millenials can relate.
It’s always a non-stop snapping frenzy whenever you’re travelling!
Am thankful for DTAC because it allows me to upload and share about my trip on-the-go effortlessly.
The 4G connection is solidly strong, by the way.
Even faster than what I get back home in Singapore sometimes!
Didn’t even bother using the WiFi at the hotel because DTAC works more than fine for me.
I was being put up at Arnoma Grand and I loved it because the location is so centralised.
It’s situated at the main road,
right beside the Big C Supermarket and opposite Central World.
The room was well furnished with everything I need (comfy bed, a few charging points and most importantly hairdryer), clean and quite spacious.
99 Rajdamri Road,
Pathumwan, Siam, Bangkok
Got in a hearty meal of mookata after the hotel check-in!
Since Central World was just opposite,
this was the obvious choice.
Came down to only about slightly over SGD 10 per person and we were stuffed to the brim.
4, 4 / 1-2, Central World, 6th Floor
Lawson Oxford Shirt in Blue, The Tinsel Rack
Getting fat in Bangkok is too easy.
Street vendors manning adjoining food carts make it a challenge to resist buying food every five steps or so.
Even if you are wary about trying out street food,
you’ll definitely enjoy just meandering along and observing the frenetic buzz of energy exchanged along the busy streets.
Coffee; my favourite kind of hello.
DTAC allows me to find my way around Bangkok easily by navigating with Google Maps.
My sense of direction, or lack thereof,
is also one of the main reasons why having data on my phone is of utmost importance to me when I travel.
Getting around in Bangkok?
Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
Things I always make sure to buy from roadside hawkers when I visit Bangkok:
Coconut water and banana nutella prata!
There are now more transport options in Bangkok with Uber and GrabTaxi.
Thanks to the data provided by my DTAC SIM card,
it is now easier than ever to get to my intended destination!
Was a no fuss journey and we got to Quartier Cineart in no time.
This place is now filed under my must-visit-list for Bangkok.
10110, 8 Sukhumvit 33 Alley,
Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana
The best meal I’ve had in Bangkok,
Every dish was swooned over,
and each of them just as tasty as they are photogenic.
If I had a more voracious appetite,
I would not have held back on ordering.
2nd floor, Quartier Cineplex
Tried searching on Google but they didn’t have a more detailed address than this.
But once you reach Quartier (also known as Emquartier),
just ask around and you’ll get directed to this place.
The moody and industrial looking interior set a nice and dark tone for photos.
Snapped as many photos as I can without being overly conspicuous.
Not that the staff minded any way,
the service was polished and just as remarkable as the food at Vanilla Cafeteria.
Every other item on the menu sounded enticing and I took an uncharacteristic length of time to decide on my orders.
Coffee was stellar and the standout dish was most definitely the squid ink pasta.
It was to my incredulous surprise that the highlight of the meal was actually the bread with truffle infused butter.
IT WAS BEYOND GOOD.
We were trying not to eat so much of the bread initially because we wanted to save space for the dishes that we actually had to pay for.
But resistance was futile.
The lightly crispy edges, soft and warm bread and the best of all, truffle butter made it impossible to not wipe them out clean.
I would honestly go back to Vanilla Cafeteria just for this alone.
It was that awesome.
I think we couldn’t stomach anymore food by the time our Mango Sticky Rice Crepe was served.
This wasn’t impressionable on the palate but definitely full marks for plating.
It was a purely serendipitous moment to have chanced upon the famous Bake Cheese Tart at Emquartier.
Absolutely bursting at the seams post lunch but we obstinately bought one each just because.
Scoffed it down and instantly regretted buying only one.
Now I can only wait for it to open in Singapore and for the queue to die down before I go get myself another.
Bake Cheese Tart
Ground Floor, Emquartier
Decided that authentic Thai food was in order,
so Ban Khun Mae it was for dinner.
Do be prepared for a wait if you’re headed there during meal times.
Also, Siam Square and Siam Night Market are just in the vicinity if you’re in need of post dinner entertainment.
Ban Khun Mae
458/6-9 Siam Square Soi 8,
Rama 1 Road, Patumwan
No trip to Bangkok is ever considered completed if you haven’t been to After You.
Because Arnoma Grand is conveniently right across Central World,
we popped by just before our flight back to Singapore for their famed Shibuya Honey Toast.
A rare sight because After You is always spilling over with patrons.
Now we know,
the best time to go for people who hate queues is in the mornings.
Honestly I’ve never thought of trying their cookies/cakes before because toast triumphs all, clearly.
And so, my Bangkok holiday was made.
It was a good one, Bangkok!
I’m sure I’ll be back again before I even know it.