Bangkok is everything of an ideal holiday to me except for it’s cleanliness, heat (34 degree celsius, omg!) and perhaps, lack of safety (to be elaborated later) . Probably one of the best shopping spots close to home (the next best in my mind right now is no other than NEW YORK CITY. hehe.), and helluvalot of good thai food (yumz) and the BEST part that I mustn’t leave out– it’s CHEAP!!!!!!
Can eat like a queen, shop like a queen, massage like a queen!
So that’s us setting out early in the morning I think on average I had between 5-6 hours of sleep each night. DAMN HARDCORE I KNOW.
I’m going to try and structure this post in such a way that it may be able help you in the planning your itinerary in future. Say thank you
So first up, things you must do:
1) SHOPPING!!!! of cos, SHOPPING!
fail. i wanted to take everyone but my face just too big.
TTR LOVE!!!!! DX and Theodore missing:(
Actually not a big fan of MBK because I feel that things there are overpriced but I always return at least once during each BKK trip I make to get my handphone screen protector change, buy a few extra/new handphone covers and act yi ge tech-geek. HEHE.
Interesting Stuff just outside the mall.
Very easy to get there! Just hop on a train all the way to Mo Chit Station.
Best time to go is towards evening but then I don’t think there’ll be enough time to cover the entire place because of how huge it is. In the afternoon, the outside areas are so hot that you could get a heat stroke and inside is so stuff that you could just collapse from the lack of oxygen.
I love JJ market for all the pretty household items one can find there. I got quite a good deal of clothes, shoes, and things for myself to wear but I truly enjoy shopping for household appliances and decoratives. The last time Jon and I were there, we decided to make a trip there just to get stuff for our house in future.
Anyway, a must eat at chatuchuk!!! (more below)
2) Find random good buys on the street!
This was in my opinion quite a good buy even though SUPER DUPER EX!!! I tried my hardest to bargain down the price but I still ended up having to borrow money from fel & toh! Actually bought a bunch of these pretty stuff for Jon’s parents! I think it’ll look gorgeous in their house:) Surprise Christmas present! Hehe.
For 250-300 baht (10-12SGD) you can get a good 1 hour massage (thai massage i.e. full body or leg massage). It feels like heaven when someone touches your feet and relieves all the tension caused by extreme amounts of walking the entire day. Now we know why these businesses thrive!
4) GET YOURSELF A PRETTY MANICURE!
Warning: Do it on the first or second day of your arrival! We got too carried away we only got it done an hour before rushing off to the airport. It was a pretty bad idea because we had to rush the manicurists and our nails couldn’t dry fully! That’s not all. We also had to rush back to the hotel to pack in all our buys for that day and in the process– kinda destroyed our nails. Mine wasn’t too badly destroyed but fel’s one was completely ruined Sorryyyyy Fel! Toh’s nails were slightly damaged too. I guess we learnt something from there.
5) Visit Spring & Summer!
Jon brought me here about a year and a half ago and ohmygawd i remember how lost we got trying to find the place. I thought my life was in so much danger because we were walking through dark alleys for over 30 minutes. But NOTHING TO FEAR because he was with me all the way! I attempted to take TTR and my GFD girls there this time, keeping my fingers very crossed that history wouldn’t repeat.
It’s one of my favourite places in BKK! Sad that they didn’t have bean bags on the lawn this time like they did previously. It was an amazing experiencing gazing at the stars while enjoying very good deserts. The deserts were still fantastic and the ambiance up to mark. I love that place and I’m going to keep going back there until I get familiar of the roads.
all of them had a “partner” but me! maybe KOREA next year, and Jon will be around!
The pretty birthday girls glowing!
making a wish!
everyone’s camera is out because of the pretty deserts!
all of us at the table!
Here’s the top “Must-Eat’s” in BKK. From how many food pictures I have, I think we did spend a significant portion of our time/money eating!
Okay, so here we go!
Thai Satay! With sticky rice and a chilli dip! Not the conventional ones we have here.
Kuay Teow with Gravy! It’s like hor fun! Damn yummy
Beef Claypot Noodles (Beef Brisket)!
Beef Claypot Noodles (Beefballs)!
Wan Ton Noodles with Crabmeat from Platinum Mall!
Thai Seafood Salad
Pork Neck Salad
Tom Yum Soup. I don’t think it’s legal to skip this in Thailand. Right?
This too– Green Curry. Almost difficult to go wrong.
Tom Yum Fried Rice– my personal favourite. But slightly disappointing this trip because I didn’t get to eat any exceptionally good ones except until the last day– at the airport!!
I just wouldn’t give up that easily. haahaha
From Platinum Mall food court- just keep your eyes on one of the longer/longest queues.
For the confused kids, or maybe, for the “i-want-it-all” mentality people.. Mango Salad (with Durian on the side). This is not on the menu and this is not how the Thai’s eat it. But because we wanted the best of both worlds, I shyly asked if we could do that. I think we agreed that we should have just gotten both separately because it was clearly not enough. JUST TOO FREAKING GOOD TO SHARE. If you’re a monster like me, don’t share this. Have one to yourself! Add extra coconut sauce on the rice, it makes it super duper yummy!!!!!!
On the second day, we ordered both and this was how the durian sticky rice came in! Really rich and creamy! A tad bit too sweet for me but I savored it nonetheless.
And mango salad solo.
I still can’t decide if I prefer Mango Sticky Rice or Durian Sticky Rice.
Red Mango! There’s one at Platinum Mall 2 and another at Central World Ordered a medium cup instead of the large cup cos I was running broke!
Fresh Fruits (especially tropical fruits!). Don’t be afraid to buy fruits from street side vendors, especially the ones with the skin! They’re really value for money and super duper fresh and sweet. All the goodness, you must not miss!!!!! In such adverse weather conditions, I think it’ll be a good idea to stock up on vitamins A-Z!
Tangerine Juice. Really refreshing! I like. Can find it almost anywhere and everywhere! 20 baht only!!!
Coconut Ice Cream!!!! My favourite one at chatuchuk! I have to eat it at least once every single time I visit.
Egg Banana Prata with Condensed Milk! Do not underestimate this. Think Jon will kill to eat this right now. Our midnight snack when we were in Phuket. I was so happy to find someone frying prata on the street on the way to my hotel. I think he decided to let me fry the prata because of my overspilling excitement and enthusiasm when I spotted it.
Cha Yen or Thai Iced Tea. My favourite stall is still the one outside Rangsit University. Used to buy one cup in between my training breaks when I was there with steppers during our Thai Camp! Good times!!!
The below pictures were the food we (TTR + my GFD girls) ordered at our FIRST dinner together @ Chinatown!
If you’re looking for some good seafood, head over to Chinatown for sure! I think streetside stalls are a better idea. We went to a restaurant that was alot more expensive than those along the street.
Sharks Fin Soup! Remember to check the price before ordering ok? It cost us 2000 baht for a super small bowl. I think we were all stunned.
The “red” version of it.
Thom ordered black pepper beef for me upon my special request. I can’t do without any meat.
My favourite dish of the night!!!
Can’t give you the specific address/place where I bought each food item from but I think you should be able to find them at any food court!
Last but not least, here are some travelling tips:
To get to and from the airport: TAKE THE BANGKOK AIRPORT RAIL– SUVARNABHUMI AIRPORT RAIL LINK! I don’t know if it is just a personal preference but time is most valuable to me and at all costs, I want to avoid all the horrible Bangkok City traffic jams. The trains are reliable, timely scheduled, clean (air-conditioned), fairly packed but still possible to find a seat, and most of all– CHEAP! I think it only cost 30 baht to get from the airport to Pratunam area
Total Travel time to the city is approximately 20 minutes!
Plus, it is only a 5-10 minute walk from the station to our hotel area– Citin Pratunam. It is basically around the Baiyoke Sky area, if that serves as a good landmark for you.
Super duper hot and disgusting. You can really feel all the dust and air from the exhaust pipes blowing into your face. But come on, for the full experience of it all– JUST DO IT!
Was holding on to my seat for almost half the time but I thought it was really exciting. Actually, maybe I was holding on tight to my shopping bags more than to keep my own balance. HEHE.
My top preference of transportation mode.
2) Dress Light and Comfortable
Put aside your jeans and pants. Shorts is best! Just put in slightly more effort on your top and face and you’re ready to concur the streets!
Loving the bright yellow because my friends are able to spot me better in large crowds!
Thank you RockandRetail for sponsoring me this super pretty eyelet bralet!
P.S. you should definitely check out their website for a whole load of other pretty items!
3) Be extra wary of your surroundings.
I got pickpocketed. And it was H.O.R.R.I.B.L.E. simply because it was within the first 30 mins of stepping out of the hotel when it happened. Have not even bought a single thing. Yes, that was on Day 1.
Just thankful that i was not robbed instead because that would have been worse. But I lost about 300+ SGD (that’s a lot of baht if you convert it), and all my credit cards, polaroids and half a thousand dollar Kate Spade Wallet I got in New York. I am secretly hoping that the person who stole my money is truly a poor soul that has a big family to feed at home. Then probably, I can just consider it as charity. But if he/she was using it to buy drugs/smoke/drink. OMGGGGGGGGGGGG he better repent! :/
Was kinda desperate to change more cash because I knew I would have been short. And true enough, I was short of about 200 bucks. Changed more on the last day. Thank you Joycieeee for saving my life
So anyway, I bought a super hard bag that is not cuttable. HEHE! Nice?
4) Get a face mask!
Thought it was a good idea although I didn’t get one for myself. Especially on Tuk tuk rides!!!!! That plus big shades. You’re covered:)
Check out our crazy airport scene:
Tried to flirt with the counter guy just in case our luggages exceeded the weight limit. Thank goodness we passed the test, no extra charges incurred. I think we wouldn’t have had enough moonlahs anyway.
Me trying very hard to close my overspilling luggage, damn pathetic.
The girls trying very hard to squeeze everything in just before the check in counter.
Caught a very chop chop stressful dinner because we were running late. But somehow still found the time to shop at duty free.
Realized how far away from the gate we were, we did a 400m dash across the whole airport.
P.S. I was carrying a lot of stuff and it was soooooo tiring, I almost died.
super duper shagged but we made it on time, yay!
I loveeee holidays with these girls so much, when’s the next???
And p.s. congrats if you managed to read up till this point. I’m quite impressed. HAHAHAHAAHA this post is just a huge photo bomb. But then again, it’s for my own keep sake!
Good Night, Sleep Tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite your backside.