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Where To Next: Busy Bangkok Aboard This 'Retrograded' Plane!

Where To Next: Busy Bangkok Aboard This 'Retrograded' Plane!

As if getting to fly isn’t cool enough, the Philippines’ flag carrier Philippine Airlines decided to add a ‘groovy’ twist to their new Airbus A350 plane. Back in the 70s, Philippine Airlines received its first Airbus aircraft, the Airbus A300 Love Bus, to celebrate the hippie culture. Today, after 40 years of partnership between PAL and Airbus, they decided to revive the Love Bus by placing its logo on the 5th A350 Airbus.

The new generation A350 Love Bus isn’t just as comfortable as it sounds, but it also features a couple of interesting details: Premium Economy and Economy guests get headrest covers with the Love Bus logo, inflight entertainment screensaver, and cabin mood lighting in fiesta colors to remind you of the hippie culture. Aside from these, everyone also receives a Love Bus welcome drink, exclusive Love Bus coffee and cake, dessert cups and meal tray liners with their logo. As for business class guests, they’ll be provided with customized Love Bus menu cards and cutlery sleeves. To send the A350 Love Bus off, its first flight was to Bangkok for guests—including ABS-CBN Lifestyle—to experience the wonders of Thailand.

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Here’s what we got treated to during the brief, but eventful trip, and some things you could do too, on your next trip to Bangkok!

Tour around the ancient city in Samut Prakan

Experience Thailand’s heritage in a nutshell, at Samut Prakan City. Built during the late Ayutthaya period, the ancient city gives its visitors a chance to tour around Thailand through its realistic recreations of notable places and attractions found around the country. Aside from being a cultural site, Samut Prakan is also rich in natural beauty and offers a handful of attractions.

Visit the Jim Thompson House

Jim Thompson, a prominent historical figure in Thailand’s modern society by being the pioneer of putting Thai silk on the world stage, built a house within the city, which, for its beauty alone, has figured it into becoming a museum and tourist attraction today. You can check out Jim Thompson’s impressive Asian art collection, and walk through his home, which he built in 1959.

Go on a drive through safari in Safari World

Hit two birds with one stone here at the Safari World, which is comprised of an open Safari Park, where you can opt to drive around 480 acres of space large enough for tigers, bears and giraffes, as well as an indoor Marine Park for a glimpse of the underwater world.

Splurge and go shopping at the Icon Siam

Dubbed “Mother of all Malls,” this is your one-stop shopping destination in Bangkok. Icon Siam has 500 high-end shops and 100 restaurants from all over the world, and is also located on the Bangkok Riverside, giving their establishments some of the best views!

Have a one of a kind dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Situated in the midst of Bangkok and stretching through the Gulf of Thailand, cruising along the Chao Phraya River isn’t just a convenient mode of transportation with multiple ports along the waterway, but it is perfect for sightseeing as well, especially over dinner. With live bands, and a healthy buffet spread, this is definitely a good way to party, and see the city from a different perspective.

Stroll around the Bangkok night markets

One of the main draws of experiencing Bangkok is to go bargain shopping at the city's night markets. Go through countless stalls, and get up close and personal with the locals and vendors by checking out their famed night markets, like Rod Fai (train market), where you’ll find great deals on local handicrafts, and taste delicious local cuisine.

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Philippine Airlines flies from Manila to Bangkok 25 times a week, while there are 3 weekly flights from Cebu to Bangkok.

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