Thailand, “The land of smiles” has something to offer for everybody. There are activities for everybody from shopping, nightlife, spa and foods. Gone are they days when we thought of only street foods and some insects snacks on the street. Bangkok is very much a modern city and you will never get bored visiting this amazing city.
Flight from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok took 2 hours.
Malindo flight land at Don Mueng International Airport. This old airport reopens after congestion at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Immigration is slow and we manage to come out from the gate after 1 hours. Don Mueng International Airport is nearer to the city and the best way to reach the city is by Taxi. The taxi fare rate within Bangkok and Greater Bangkok is charged by the meter plus a 50 baht airport surcharge. In addition, if taking the tollway, passengers are required to pay the tollway fee.
Our stay for the first 2 nights at Bangkok. We booked our room through Airbnb. Our apartment is located at Khlong San district, on the west bank of Chao Phraya River. This area is quiet and off the beaten path for tourists.
We love to stay in Airbnb because we love the local experience but we also love the hospitality offered by Hotel.
Our unit offers a 180-degree panoramic view of Chao Phraya River and the surrounding area. Check out the link at https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/9332956.
Our unit overlooking King Taksin bridge. Saphan Taksin BTS located just across the river and the apartment provide boat shuttle service for its residence.
After settling down, we explore the surrounding area. Senafest Shopping Mall is located just across the street. There are Boots pharmacy, supermarket, Starbucks and restaurants inside this neighborhood mall.
The shop lots cater to the locals. We find lots of local foods store and massage parlor nearby at a lower price.
Crispy egg top with fried oyster
Love the crispy egg and best eaten with the condiments. Cheap local foods at only 80 baht.
Shuttle boat provided by the condominium to cross the river. We have been to Bangkok many times before but this is the first time we staying near the river. Boats are a great way to get around Riverside area with its many historical attractions, temples, and architecture, and also to explore the ‘klongs’ (canals) for a glimpse of Bangkok from yesteryear.
If you looking for a free shuttle boat, you can opt for the shuttle boat to Asiatique Night market from the Saphan Taksin Pier (More on this later).
Bangrak Bazaar beside Shangri-La’s Bangkok Hotel on Charoen Krung Road open during the evening. Locals gather here for foods and shopping after work . There are stalls selling street foods, fresh fruits, seafood, and fashion wear. Prices are reasonable. It’s a small market for Bangkok standard but you can find everything you need here.
Food trucks and food stalls. Good place for local street foods.
We meet up with my cousin who is working and staying in Bangkok. She bring us to this shop along Charoen Krung road (opposite Robinson Bangrak Shopping Mall) and introduces to us some locals’ comfort food. We got to choose from Kuew teow, noodle or Rice vermicelli with an option of soup base or dry stirred.
Thai equivalent to Kuala Lumpur’s version of Yong Tao Foo. serve in tomato or clear broth.
Few shop lots away is another famous porridge stall 王子戲院豬肉粥 Jok Prince. The stall is nestled in a narrow lane between buildings. They serve porridge with smoke Pork flavor blend in the soup based.
Lots of large Mince Pork and Pork Internal organ in the porridge. This porridge is famous and busy all day long. We love the taste of the porridge but not use to the char aftertaste which the local loves.
王子戲院豬肉粥 Jok Prince
Address: 1391, Charoen Krung Road, Bang Rak, Khet Bang Rak, Bangkok
Opening hours: 6–10AM, 5–11PM daily.
Charoen Krung road is a major road in Bangkok and connected to Yaowarat. Saphan Taksin BTS and pier is located at the start of Charoen Krung road. Many locals do their shopping and dinner here before catching the bus to their house.
Wake up early and enjoy this beautiful view. Car queuing up to enter the city area crossing Taksin bridge.
Clear blue sky after raining at the night
We take our shuttle boat across the river and take the BTS to Siam area.
The heart of Bangkok shopping district is Siam. We stop at BTS Siam Station and walk to Siam Paragon Mall which is connected to the BTS Station.
Being a foodie, we went straight to visit their food court area at the basement which house a lot of food stalls offering an array of Thai and foreign dishes.
Gourmet Market at Siam Paragon. Here you can find products from all around the world and they even house few restaurants within the supermarket.
The Docks offers Alaskan King Crab at 1990 baht. who can resit this meaty and super delicious crab.
Alaskan Kind Crab Au Gratin and steamed Alaskan King Crab leg pair with a glass of wine. Perfect meal!
Pad Thai Meal Kit for tourist to bring home and cook their own Pad Thai.
Fresh fruit juice. station.
We love the new concept at Siam Discovery Center where there is no brand inside the mall.
Saw this New pop-up chocolate bar on the ground floor of Siam Discovery offers seriously sexy chocolate drinks and treats. Mercedes Benz’s Chocolate Bar is set up by the chef behind Amatissimo Caffe, Piriyarat Jirasinkitti and will run until January 2017.
My seriously good looking and delicious Mocha serve with chocolate flakes
The store also showcases a variety of chocolate bars and buttons which you can select and have added to the items of your choice
Walking around Bangkok is easy as the major shopping center is well connected by BTS and skywalk. It took around 10 minutes walk from Siam Paragon to Central World.
More cheese tart. cost 80 baht per cheese tart
Nutella toast serve with ice cream at After You Co. A popular dessert place for the locals and tourist.
Traffic start to build up along the main road, We took the BTS back to Saphan Taksin area.
We had street foods for dinner. who can resist this delicious food.
Street food beside Shangri-La’s Bangkok with ice cold Chang Beer. Total cost less than 500 baht. Cheap and delicious!
Our after meal dessert, Mango sticky rice with mango smoothies
Asiatique Night Market
Asiatique night market is located beside Chao Phraya river and they provide free shuttle boat from Saphan Taksin pier.
Opened in 2012, Asiatique provides upscale night market experience for night market goers. many of the old buildings were converted into restaurants and shops.
Asiatique is separated into 4 main districts:
- The Factory District
- The Waterfront District
- The Down Square District
- The Chareonkrung District
Mekhong Ferris wheel at Asiatique
After 2 days staying at Khlong San district, we move to Aloft Sukhumvit at Sukhumvit soi 11 where all the action is. The location is fantastic as there are many pubs, clubs, and foods alongside soi11. BTS is 800 meters away or you can take the complimentary Tuk Tuk service.
Aloft offers jet-setting style at a steal and brings urban cool to unexpected places, where anything can happen: energy flows, personalities mingle and opportunities abound.
Aloft provide free Tuk Tuk shuttle to the BTS Station.
Upon arriving at the hotel, the loft-inspired design of the reception filled with energy bursting vibe is immediately felt. The friendly staff at concierge take care of our check in.
Chic rooms offer a bright, airy environment with nine-foot ceilings and extra-large windows. Our room comes with a Kind bed. Each room is an all-in-one high-tech office and entertainment center, with free Wi-Fi and plug & play, one-stop connectivity station that recharges the gadgets and links to the 42” LCD TV for optimal sound and viewing.
walk-in showers with amenities by Bliss Spa
View from our room.
Food stalls alongside Sukhumvit Soi 11. You never get hungry at Sukhumvit as there are food stalls, restaurants, and 7-11 at every corner.
Saw this stalls specialized in Khao Kha Moo (braised pork leg rice) manned by an old lady. One of the must-try dish when in Thailand. Porkilicious!
More shopping in Bangkok. Took the train to Phrom Pong BTS which directly connected to Emporium and EmQuatier mall.
For the ladies, Naraya located directly below Phrom Pong BTS Station.
Karmakamet Secret world
This restaurant was highly recommended by my cousin. Hidden at the end of a small road just behind Emporium Suites, it was indeed a secret world. Step into the gates and you are treated by a beautiful fountain. Head towards the restaurant and your senses are aroused by the aromatherapy scents.
The atmosphere of restaurant is nice and surrounding with plantation
Beautiful interior greets us once we step into the secret world. A must go for those who love to experience a great interior / architecture.
The food is ok but the price on the high side.
My beautiful dessert, bigger than my face!
After shopping around Phrom Pong area, we went back to Aloft Bangkok for cocktails
W XYZ Bar
You can find W XYZ Bar at all Aloft hotels where we meet & mingle with friends over music by live DJs and signature cocktails
Working station with printer available for the convenience of hotel guests.
The mixologist prepared us some specialty at W XYZ bar
Fiery Mangtini – Fresh Mango, vanilla infused vodka, chilli syrup, lime juice
My favorite cocktail at W XYZ Bar, Spicy Kaffir Lime Bubbles – Vodka, kaffir lime leaves, chili syrup, fresh lime juice, soda water. Refreshing with hints of tom yam taste!
Me and my beautiful cousin . She stays in Bangkok provide me with a lot of information about Bangkok.
We walk to Terminal 21 shopping mall which is about 10 minutes walk away and had dinner at the food court. The food at the food court area is tasty and cheap. you can get a meal for only 30 baht.
Our last day in Bangkok and we start our day having breakfast at Crave, Aloft Bangkok before heading to the airport. We have a great time in Bangkok and will definitely back to Bangkok again as we didn’t have time to visit as much place as we like on this trip.