Time whizzed pass when you least realise and before you know it, you realize you have a whole pile of leave that you need to clear. And Singapore is just too boring to spend a whole week roaming the streets, even if you have a whole heap of shopping you want to do. And so a real escape it has to be, to see any worth in taking those days off. And so I quickly planned out this trip to Bangkok. Or shall I say ‘we’. Better give some credit. Lol
We stayed at this serviced apartment, Abloom, just next to Sanam Pao BTS train station, few train stops away from the legendary night market we all know as chutuchek. It’s a pretty nice place and really big for just SGD69 a night. Quiet too but it could be just slightly hard to find on your first time. ‘Topo’ a little and you realise It’s actually so near but road there literally hidden away by all the buildings. A shortcut through one of them saved the day. Look at the view below from our window & you can see the train station.
The highlight of our trip must have been chaktuchek. You heard so much about it. It comes out every time one of those fanatics drool all over you about Bangkok’s shopping. To me it was one word: ‘hot’. Not hot shopping but really blazing hot. Remember to bring wet tissues with you to wipe the sweat & dirt off you if you are staying the whole day like us. Shopping wasn’t that bad, but by the time you kind of make sense of the area, it was a day gone. Yes, i complain quite abit that shopping sucks (I must be the only one), but here are some rare finds, buys after a long day at the zinc roof maze.
Check out my loot here.
Beam tee shirt for SGD 20 + that the guy said was real and from Japan. Really hippy looking and so cheap, I just had to get it. I’m going to be delusional and think it real.
This long bag that is so popular in Japan now. Made of calf leather and hand stitched. Really awesome. Just SGD 40 plus.
A turquoise blue leather wallet that we found accidentally in the maze. It has blue threads across it and brown on the inside. Really well-made. Just less than 200 Baht. SGD8.
And of course, a couple of tee-shirts that everybody buys when you are in Thailand, just to replace those that are sort of worn out at home. Nice ‘pop-culture’ colors that I like which I thought was really fashionable. They were so cheap, at 4 pieces for 220 Baht
And finally, the aromatic oil burner and lemon grass scent that sat first on my shopping list for this trip. I found this really nice oil scent, really strong which reminded me of those at the resorts we stayed. Smell it everyday and it is like you are high and on holiday all the time. This will surely soothe all the stress at work, Lol. And the oil burner is just so zen looking. don’t you think so. It will be a nice piece to get and add to the decor of your room (spotted by Hilz)
Great Thai Gastronomy
We had alot of food but Thai food in Bangkok was just no where to be found. They had so much fast food everywhere. And don’t believe them when they say the MK steamboat is good. There is this place though where the food is just fantastic. It’s at this rustic joint called Ban Kun Mae at Siam Square which was recommended to us. Check out some of the Thai favourites we ordered below. Yumz.
The River Sights
If you haven’t visited Bangkok before, you have to do the Chao Phraya river at least once. This is where all the monuments are kind of situated. You can buy the Chao Phraya tourist boat ticket from Sathorn (Central) pier which gives you unlimited access to anywhere on the river until 5pm. Take the normal express boat with the same ticket after that. It could be a little crowded though. Tickets are available at the Tourist Information Centre at the Sathorn BTS so look out for it. Catch some of the picturesque sights of the river below.
View of the Chao Phraya river from on top of Wat Arun
Wat Arun on a really sunny, clear afternoon. ( stormed in the afternoon)
Wat Pho which is just across the river.
Take one of those small boats from Wat Arun’s pier to get
across the river for just 3 Baht.
Wat Phra Kaeo at the Grand Palace
Hope you like my post on Bangkok here. If you have any things you need to know, just give me a tweet at @roomyroo. All photos taken with histamatic. Please credit them to me, if you like to use them.