Land of Smiles Part 1 - Santorini Park & Swiss Sheep Farm


As some of you might know, I just came back from sisterly vacation to Bangkok. Me and my sister stayed in Bangkok for 6 days, and although Bangkok is kinda like Jakarta, I still enjoyed this vacation. But anyways enough with the blabber, let's just talk about what I did in Bangkok :)

I left Jakarta at around 4PM and arrived in Bangkok at around 8PM. When we reach the airport, I had to fill in the immigration form, but not sure how, the Suvarnabhumi airport actually ran out of the immigration forms and so we had to look around for it first and it took quite awhile. Done with the immigration, we both went out to buy SIM cards. We bought the DTAC Happy Tourist SIM, it costs 299 ฿ (that's like IDR 100.000) for 1-week of unlimited internet and 100 ฿ free calls. By that time it was already 8.30ish and previously we had plan to grab some dinner near the hostel but then we thought it was too late, because shops in Bangkok close pretty early! And so we finally headed to our hostel called Boxpackers Hostel straight away. We took the Airport Rail Link to the Phaya Thai BTS station, cause that's what the direction in the website said. However though, it turns out that it is much closer if we went down on the next BTS station which is the Ratchathewi BTS Station.

On the next day, we went to Santorini Park at Cha-am. We took the public van from the just outside the Victory Monument BTS Station at 160 ฿ for one-way trip (just tell the driver you want to go to Santorini Park). It took quite awhile to get to Santorini Park, approximately 2 hours I think. But the 2-hour trip was definitely worth it. Santorini Park was a really beautiful place, although it was very hot. It really looked like the real Santorini in Greece (and yes, it makes me wanna go to Greece even more!). There were lost of places for us tourists to take pictures at, that's what I like the most. However though, it's pretty darn annoying how we have to pay additional fees to go on the rides! Pft. But owell, pictures taken there turned out really good.




Finally, after having lunch and taking loads of pictures, we then went to Swiss Sheep Farm. The Swiss Sheep Farm is located just across the Santorini Park, won't take longer than 30-minutes. The entrance fee to the farm was also 50 ฿. Inside there are not only sheeps but also ponies, horses, chickens, and also ducks (or maybe geese). And you get to feed the sheeps for free! YAY! Who doesn't love free stuff? :p

I actually wanted to milk the lamb but we have to pay additional fee, and I realized that they stink just after I fed them so I decided not to! :p So then we went to arcade booths and played some games. The result? Embarassing! We didn't win anything because our skills were nowhere near good! Hahaha.. Especially the bull-riding game. We didn't win, we became dizzy and our thighs were aching after it, but it was definitely fun (the other tourists actually watched us played and that made everything even more embarassing! >.<).


We then ended our day in Cha-am by buying my friend a fridge-magnet for her mother and a keychain for my mom and again we took the public van to the BTS Station. Unfortunately though, on our way back home, Bangkok was raining and so we walking under the rain and was soaking wet and we were hungry! Poor us. So instead of going back to our hostel, we decided to grab some dinner at Siam Paragon. However though, since we were wet and Siam Paragon was kinda cold, I couldn't hold it I just had to buy a jacket and finally got this pretty white jacket with blue flowers at UNIQLO. Straight after buying the jacket we then grabbed our dinner and after that we went back to our hostel. Not bad for a first day right? We'll see you on the next post! :)

14 comments

  1. Lovely photos! Looks like you had such a great time!!

    Btw my iPad cover is just the iPad smart case. It's really great. I love it!

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  2. hi, saya juga pengen ke tempat ini tapi bingung. dari santorini ke sheep farm bisa jalan kaki? kemudian dari sheep farm naik van balik ke bangkok nunggu dimana ya? thanks

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    1. Hi! Unfortunately not :(
      Jalannya itu sangat lebar dan lumayan jauh jarak dari Santorini Park ke Swiss Sheep kalau jalan kaki. It's better if you take a public transportation, maka dari itu ada baiknya dari Bangkok ke Santorini naik mobil sewaan :)

      Kalau dari Swiss Sheep Farm mau naik van balik ke Bangkok itu kamu perlu mengarah ke arah Cha-am beach, dan pangkalan vannya ada di lampu merah :)

      Hope this helps and enjoy your trip!

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  3. thanks so much :-)

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  4. Hi! Thanks for the very gud post. Just want to ask if the mini vanfrom bangkok will drop you exactly at the santorinin park or do u still need to ride another transpo vehicle? And from santorinin park where will you exactly ride the van going back to bangkok? Thanks

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  5. Hi,

    I would like to update the information for travel to Santorini park and Swiss Sheep Farm via public transportation. I have just visited it this December 2014

    From bangkok, you can take minivan to Cha-am. The minivan bus station is located beside the Century Center, just down the Victory Monument BTS. Go to the fist counter and get a ticket to Cha-am, it costs 160 baht.

    On the way to Cha-am, you will see both Santorini Park and Swiss Sheep Farm but don’t not stop yet, just go straight to the minivan stop at Cha-am. There is a motocycle taxi driver at the minivan station, he can take you to Santorini Park, let you take photos there and call him back when you done, then he can take you to Swiss Sheep Farm to take photos and finally take you back to the minivan station for going back to Bangkok. The total cost for round trip to Santorini park + Swiss Sheep Farm + back to the minivan bus station is 400 Baht for 2 people (I went there with my wife). We also visited the Jetty Stone at Cha-am beach so we tipped him 100Baht.

    The contact of the driver is 083-8345542, he drived slow and safe.

    It takes about 2.5h from Bangkok to Cha-am, the last minivan from Cha-am to Bangkok is 8PM. I think it will take a day to visit these places if you want to take a lot of photos.

    Thanks,
    Dien

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    1. Thanks a lot for the update!

      -LIENDO-

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    2. hello..
      greetings :)
      i was wondering is there a lot of moto cycle taxi driver at minivan stop at Cha am ?
      since there are 4 of us..
      any information ?
      thanks :)

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  6. I was wondering how far is the minivan station from the Santorini Park/Swiss Sheep Farm and how did you get there to head back to Bangkok?

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    1. Quite far unfortunately! You definitely can't walk. Need to take a motorcycle ride, or if you travel in a group, it's best if you rent a van for the whole day :)

      -LIENDO-

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  7. How can i get swiss farm from hua hin? Is that easy to catch a minivan from swiss farm to bangkok? Thanks u

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    1. Hi Duong!

      Apparently I'm not really sure what to take if you're going from Hua Hin, but I'm optimist that there's also a minivan going from Hua Hin to Bangkok, and you can ask them to drop you at the Swiss Farm (or on the other side of the road).

      Meanwhile to catch a minivan from swiss farm to bangkok, you need to go to the minivan stop. It's at the traffic light, on the right side of the street. Do note that this was in 2013, they may have moved. Ask the locals for more accurate info! :)

      -LIENDO-

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  8. Hello.. Mau tanya klo dr santorini park ke swiss sheep farm itu naik taksi gampang ga yah? Untuk biaya sekitar brp? Lalu utk balik ke bangkok lg naik van nya dr mana yah? Dan paling telat jam brp? Thanks

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    1. Halo.. Kalo dulu waktu aku kesana agak susah sih, krn jalanan di depan santorini itu semacam jalan tol gitu, dan lumayan kosong. Jadi bukan jalanan rame yg taksi rame lalu lalang.

      Kalo untuk balik lagi ke Bangkok juga naik van lagi, vannya itu ada di setelah swiss sheep farm, di sebelah kanan di deket lampu merah. Untuk jamnya sorry agak lupa, tapi waktu itu kalo ga salah aku balik sekitar jam 4 sore :)

      Semoga membantu!

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