One Fine Week in Thailand

Just returned from one week holiday in Bangkok. This is a real me-time since I don't bring the kids. I went there with my cousin's Australian wife, her auntie, her cousin and a friend. This is a super fun yet crazy holiday. Just exploring Bangkok for one week without any itinerary. Yes, as a well-prepared person, this was the first time for me to have holiday without any plans on what to do or where to go. 
The Grand Palace

We stayed at a two-bedroom apartment at Evergreen Place. A nice place since it's close to everything such as the train station (although we kept using tuktuk --a Thailand bajaj-- to go here and there and enjoyed arguing for a cheap price with tuktuk drivers) and of course shopping malls, Siam and MBK.
Our Favorite, tuktuk ride
One beautiful cafe at Kao San Road 
We started the day by visiting the Temple of the Emerald Budha and Grand Palace. It's so hot and crowded there. We didn't spend much time there and directly heading to Jim Thompson House (this one is my fav) and ended up at MBK shopping mall for a very late lunch.
One Colourful School Building at Kao San Road 
The next day was filled with a visit to Damnoen Saduak floating market, Tiger Temple (this is frightening for me as I am not into animals (sama anjing aja takut). You will enter a big cage and around 20 tigers are laying there, yep..the tigers are chained and there're many guards but it's still scared me to death), the enjoyable elephant ride, the lady boy cabaret, Kao San Road, Pratunam shopping malls, having Thai massage, eating Thai food and just enjoyed the ride with tuktuk all over Bangkok.
Can't get enough of Thai Foot Massage
Bangkok today does not really impress me a lot. Beside its hot weather. I also notice lots of poor-maintenance buildings. The city looks gloomy. Losing its shine. The traffic jam is also getting worse although Jakarta's traffic is still the worst. I just found that the city seems stop developing. Everything is old. They need repainted, renovation, refurnished and a total renew in everything in order to turn it into a bright lively city.
The Floating Market
At the end of the day my Australian mates conclude that they prefer to go to Bali than Bangkok. They have been to Bali many times and this was the first time for them visiting Bangkok. They just found that Bali seems more enjoyable, relaxing and more ready to welcome the foreign tourists. Yes..they're a bit frustrated since it's so hard to find english-speaking person in Bangkok. 
The Tiger Temple
Thailand knick-knacks
My fav parts of this trip --instead of visiting Jim Thompson's house-- were enjoying mango and coconut. It's easy to find those two fruits. I drank lots of coconut water. They're fresh --and cheap. All in all it's absolutely enjoyable although my girls cried at the beginning when they knew that mom would leave for a week --and it made me feel guilty-- but they finally smiled from ear to ear when they  see lots of Thai knick-knack as a souvenir. Well…it's just another one fine week.