Refer to our Bangkok Trip Itinerary Year 2011 here!
|Day 1||Day 2||Day 3||Day 4|
|Morning||Breakfast @ Mcdonald's |
Shopping @ Chatuchak Market
|Silom Cooking School||Breakfast @ Dean & Delucca, Chong Nonsi|
|Lunch||Chatuchak Market||Silom Cooking School|
|Afternoon||Arrival||Shopping @ Chatuchak Market|
Shopping @ Terminal 21
-Shopping @ Platinum Mall
|Tea||Savoury Express @ Chong Nonsi||Terminal 21||Platinum Mall Food Court|
|Evening||Shopping @ Thai Asiatique||Vertigo Sky Bar @ Banyan Tree||-Shopping @ Siam Square|
-Massage @ Health Land
|Dinner||T&K Seafood @ Chinatown |
Shopping @ Chinatown
|Lek's Seafood @ Chong Nonsi||Som Tam Nua, Soi 5|
|Stay||Quad Suite Residence||Quad Suite Residence||Quad Suite Residence|
I fell absolutely in love with Bangkok the first time I got there. It’s one city that I know I must go every year. Having returned home from Bangkok just 8 months ago, I departed to Bangkok yet again, with my family this time. It’s going to be a really fun shopping trip, that’s what I told my parents and they couldn’t agree more after the trip :).
From Suvarnabhumi Airport, we took the Airport Rail Link to Phaya Thai and transferred to BTS Chong Nonsi station. Still clueless? Here’s a complete guide to Bangkok’s transportation system.
We stayed at QUAD Suites Silom throughout our trip. It is an ultra modern private residence located in Bangkok’s CBD. Our spacious two bed room apartment is equipped with a full pantry area, separate living room, free WiFi internet, flat screen LCD TVs, video intercom and key card access for security purposes.
Of course, there are many other places to stay in Bangkok, so make your choice based on what you want to see in the city and your budget. Those who are in search of a little adventure might want to stay close to Khao San Road, which is Bangkok’s notorious nightclub district. There are also hotels located closer to the Grand Palace and Wat Arun, if you plan on experiencing some of Thailand’s rich culture. A quick search on Expedia will help you find a great hotel in your desired part of town.The location is remarkable: within a minute walk to Chong Nonsi BTS sky train station, 7-11 and a whole lot of eateries around the station. We paid 4200 baht per night and there’s no regrets at all!
Quad Suites Bangkok
3 Soi Mahadlekluang 2,
Tel : +66 2209 1234
BTS Chong Nonsi station Exit 4. Go down stairs, make a u-turn to Soi Narathiwat 3 and walk around 50 meters. Quad Suite Residence is located on the right hand side, opposite The Angel spa.
We took lunch at Savoury Express, located just 2 minutes walk from our hotel. It is a hole in the wall eatery serving simple Thai fare. We had grilled pork neck, minced pork with basil, stir fried morning glory and kha noom jeen (thai noodle with coconute milk and pineapple, served cold). Food was nothing to shout about but a meal for 5 pax costs <RM50.
Off we went to do some shopping at Asiatique the Riverfront, a massive new shopping and lifestyle complex beside Bangkok’s Chao Phraya river. It serves to replace Suan Lum Night Market, which is no longer in operation right now.
This piece of land used to be a traditional pier with rows of warehouse. Some of the 100 years old achitectures have been retained.
Asiatique is filled with various eateries, bars and shops. If you asked me, it’s more of a place for wine and dine instead of shopping. Choices are really limited and things are not cheap here.
Thaiasiatique River Front
2194 Charoenkrung 72-74 Road, Bangkok
Open daily from 5 p.m. to midnight
+66 (0)2 108 4489
Alight at Sapan Taksin BTS and continue with Asiatique’s service boat.
Dinner at T&K Seafood, Chinatown! It’s definitely a must go if you are around the Chinatown area. The place is packed with tourists but pricing is really reasonable and the food quality is superb. We paid about 1000 baht for 5 pax, and we ordered 6-7 dishes.
Seafood Tom Yam, Thai Style Steam Fish, Curry Crab, BBQ Prawns (must have!).
49-51 Soi Phadung Dao
Chinatown, Bangkok, Thailand
T: (02) 223 4519.
Open daily from 6.00 pm – 2:00 a.m
Chao Phraya Express Boat (Rajawong; N5)/MRT Hua Lamphong. From N5, turn right at the first t junction and walk for about 10 minutes. Both T&K Seafood (green shirt) and R&L Seafood (pink shirt) is located at a street corner at the intersection of Phadung Dao Road and the main Yaowarat Road.
Another not to be missed place at Chinatown Bangkok is Lim Jieng Hiang specialty shop which offers pork products suck as bak gua, pork floss roll and snacks. We bought like dozens of these crispy bak gua, really addictive snacks!
Breakfast at Mcdonald’s – Samurai Pork Burger, Corn Pie (OMG so good) and Pineapple Pie.
Since it is a shopping trip for the women in our family, how could we miss out Chatuchak Market?
It is a famous market but we didn’t really enjoy ourselves – too hot, too stuffy. Things got worst as we walked through the narrow aisle filled with throngs of tourists.
Fortunately for me and my family, we found solace in food – Thai Ice Tea ice cream, Mango Sticky Rice, Green Mangoes with Sticky Spicy Sauce, Char Siew Noodles, etc
Beat the blistering heat with coconut ice cream, served on a coconut husk , complete with coconut flesh and a cup of coconut juice!
Chatuchak Weekend Market
BTS Mo Chit Exit 1/2 and follow the signs for the market. MRT Chatuchak Park station or Kamphaeng Phet station.
Terminal 21 is like the coolest shopping mall in Bangkok! Each floor has a different theme based on various cities around the world, and the attention to details is really amazing. From Tokyo Street, we departed to London’s Carnaby Street, Instanbul and even San Francisco. A lot of great photo ops here!
There’s also the “Pier 21” food court, with all kind of mouth watering local food priced around 25-35 baht. Love the great varieties here!
Tel: +66 (0)2 108 0888.
BTS: Asoke Exit 1/MRT: Sukhumvit
Lek’s Seafood, near our hotel. It’s a fairly seafood restaurant but there’s some hits and misses though – tod man pla (thai fish cakes), hoy law pad ga paow (stir fried baby clams with basil), suan (oyster omelette), steam cat fish in lime sauce
156 Soi Phiphat, Narathiwatrachanakharin Road, Silom
Opens from 5pm to 1am daily
Tel: (02) 636-6460, 636-6054
Sirocco Sky Bar offers a greater view but patrons having drinks can only stand around the bar. At Vertigo & Moon Bar, we got to sit down while soaking up the view.
Vertigo & Moon Bar, Banyan Tree
21/100 South Sathon Road
Bangkok 10120, Thailand
+66 02 679 1200
Opens 5.30pm – 1.00am daily
Together with my parents, we also attended a Thai cooking class in Bangkok. It’s one of the most memorable experiences! The class, conducted in a group of 10-15, is very well organized. Our first stop was the wet market where our cook explained quite a lot about the main Thai herbs and vegetables.
We sat around the cook while he explained and did some demos. After that, we got to have some hands on experience – cooking and dicing.
Mum looked really happy here! Initially she was questioning why are we paying RM100 per pax just to learn something that she has been doing everyday. It turned out that she’s the one who enjoyed herself the most. Haha!
In our class, we made tom yam soup, pad thai, coconut milk, red ruby dessert, green curry paste and finally thai green curry with chicken and rice. The menu varies everyday.
Silom Thai Cooking School
C/O Sanusi Mareh, Proprietor
68 Silom Soi 13 , Silom Road
Contact them here – http://www.bangkokthaicooking.com/contact2.html
Our class ended at 1pm, after we enjoyed a home cooked scrumptious lunch. It’s time to do some shopping at Siam area again but before that, we headed to Erawan Shrine to offer our prayers.
Shopping at Siam Square and dinner at Som Tam Nua, Siam Square Soi 5! We ordered the same food as last time and tried something different – thai style fried fish & glutinous rice.
I strongly recommend spa and massage @ Health Land. It has a nice, luxurious environment and the pricing is really reasonable (450 baht for 2 hours of traditional thai massage). Health Land has a few branches but we went to the one at Sathorn, which requires only 5 minutes cab ride from our hotel. Reservation is a must, as Health Land is often fully booked.
Health Land Sathorn
120 North Sathorn Rd.
Silom, Bangrak Bangkok 10500
Telephone : 66-2-637-8883
Fax : 66-2-634-5353
Business Hours : 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Mon-Sun)
Brunch at Dean & Delucca opposite our hotel, before we bid Bangkok goodbye.
Dean & Delucca (MahaNakhon Shop)
92 Naratiwasrachanakarin Road, Silom Bangrak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
Tel: 02 234 1434
Chong Nonsi BTS Station, Exit 3