Doing a second solo trip has never been that well-deserved after working hard, chasing my sales target to end the fiscal year. I have 4 days annual leave to clear and decided to hop by somewhere near home. Not intending to waste the weekend, I booked a ticket to Bangkok for 6 days from 19 to 24 March 2016.
This trip is slightly different from the past because the main objective is to take it slow and checking out some of the highly rave cafes and food in Thonglo and Ekaimai area. With that, I booked a hotel located in Ekaimai – Tha City Loft hotel and surprisingly it’s at a valuable price – $43 per night. I highly recommend if you want a fuss free hotel and it has a 24 hours food and beer café at the ground floor. The room is industrial designed and trendy where you might get some ideas for your new home.
Misoya Ramen is one in my list that I want to try. It took me 20 minutes walking from the hotel to the restaurant. There are so many choices that finally I decided to order Tokyo series of Ramen. The serving is very similar to those we had in Singapore. The Char Siew is not measly, thick but tender, ramen noodle is at the right texture and the soup is very addictive. No regrets for walking that far for a comforting bowl of Ramen!
Ink & Lion Café is opened in 2013. Once you stepped in, you know this is the place for an energetic coffee perk. The café is industrial design with a white brick wall, black & white framed photos and wooden furniture. If you are looking for heavy food then you might be disappointed. They served only cakes and coffee.
I am looking for a vintage Chanel bag and I came to know about this shop – The Vintage Store through Instagram. They have 3 outlets located at 8ight Thong Lor, Embassy and The Emporium. I managed to get something I like at The Emporium. It is a 1998 design and cost me 1/3 of a new Chanel bag. If you are looking for an equisetum and vintage bag, this is the store to check it out.
Interestingly, I don’t feel lonely or lost in this familiar country. As a Buddhism, coming to Bangkok, visiting shrine and Temples is something cannot be missed. Every year I will go to Eriwana Shrine to pray and return the wishes through their traditional dance. I have also visited Ruamkatanyu Foundation (Bangkok) for donation to those who cannot afford a coffin when they passed on. The locals believe donating money to the poor is a good deed and in return blessing you.
Chatuchak Market is a place where you can never miss. Most people said, “If you didn’t visit Chatuchak, you’ve never been to Bangkok”. It is quite true! This is my second time visiting and I still enjoyed despite the hot & humid weather. You can get a lot of cheap clothes starting from USD$0.50. Unbelievable right!?! You need to look out and search for the right stall. Other than clothes, this market also sells spices, food, furniture and home decoration. One of the musts eats street foods – Coconut Ice Cream. You can choose your own toppings and the ice-cream is not too milky. Give it a try and you will want to get the second cup!
Bangkok is always seen as a country with delicious local and Asian food. Tom Yum soup, Pad Thai, Thai Ice Tea, Boat noodle, Big Head prawns are just some examples of the popular ones. I m a Thai Food lover! Every trip to Bangkok, these are on my food list. I am sharing some with you:
Boat Noodle located near Victory Monument – Sutyot Kuetiau Lua Payak
Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Thai Steamboat and Fried Pork – MK Restaurant, 4003 Terminal 21 4 Terminal 21, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Thai local food (Tom Yum soup, Green Curry, Pad Thai) – Yum Saap, Central World, 999/9 1 Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Duck blood Noodle, Fish Maw – Platinum Fashion Mall Food Court 6th Floor (at Platinum Mall 2), 222 (Pratunum) Petchaburi Road, Ratchathevee, Bangkok, Thailand
Other than shopping and having drowned with local food, Bangkok is also a place filled with culture. Wat Pho (2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Subdistrict, Pranakorn District, Bangkok 10200, Thailand) is a famous Buddha temple in Bangkok. It is an hour distance away from city area. It is advisable to take a taxi. You must take note of the dressed code – covered up legs and shoulder area. You can bring a shawl to cover up during the tour. For more information, find it here.
I enjoyed the walking around the temple. It gives me the calmness and peacefulness I seeking for to clear my mind. There is a massage school in the temple where they used local medicine and provide a chance for the students to gain some real working experience.
This is a 6 days 5-night trip. I take my own pace, exploring Bangkok and new places. It is a safe country as long as you stay vigilant. It is my second solo trip and I totally enjoying it. I love to sit by the café an hour to two, people watching and plan my routes.
Will I come solo again? The answer is yes…..
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