Travel Diaries: Bangkok

Travel Diaries: Bangkok 

Long time no see Bangkok

Time for a weekend trip to Bangkok.

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It really has been a while……. the last time I was here was a middle school student on a family vacation.

I don’t have too many memories, just the delicious fruits; having to cover up to visit the temples and having ants eat my clothes.

I had a long weekend off and though it would be a good time to re-visit Bangkok (BKK) and also be an opportunity to meet up with old friends.

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40 minute delay at Incheon Airport

Flying out on Friday afternoon via Korean Air, it is about a 6 hour flight from ICN to BKK.

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Hello Bangkok! [Suvarnabhumi Airport ]

Ca fait longtemps depuis la derniere fois qu’on s’est vu

It’s around 11: pm and hoping it won’t take too long to get to the hotel.

The hotel of choice of this vacation is Centara Grand at Central World

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Centara Grand at Central World Lobby
Centara Grand at Central World Lobby

(a detailed review will be up shortly)

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Bed
Bathroom
Bathroom

Well, it’s pretty late, so I’m just going to hit the sack and officially start my adventures tomorrow!

Good Morning!  My first full day in BKK.

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The ultimate vacation feeling.

I started off the morning with a swim at their pool. I was one of the first guests, so it was pure serenity being there alone.

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Time to head for breakfast at The World.  (24th floor) They have a variety of food from porridge, noodle, Thai, American, fruits and cheese, breads and yogurts.

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Chatuchak Weekend Market: This is a MUST see in Bangkok.  It’s the world’s largest market, covering about 35 acres and divided into 27 sections. Everything imaginable Is sold here at local price.

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Coconut at Chatuchak Market
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Coconut Ice cream

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Its honestly pretty over whelming and I can see how people need a full day (maybe even 2) to explore it. I didn’t have the energy (and especially the time for that), So I decided a few hours are enough for me.

Live animals, clothes, toys, souveneirs, furniuture…………. You name it, they got it.

There are also plenty of places to get food massages for pretty great prices. 1 hour massages are around 7-10 USD.

And of course I had to try some of the food stalls. Since I had a breakfast buffet, I couldn’t try a lot of the street food. I definitely recommend going on an empty market, there is just simply too many things to try!

Big C: this is one of the biggest supermarkets in Bangkok, and lucky me, there was a Big C in front of my hotel.  No matter where I travel, I always make an effort to stop by the grocery store and stock up on…….. whatever lol

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Food Goodies

In the evening, my friends look me to have some local Thai food

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and afterwards, they insisted I experience the night life of Thai.

Now, not the stereotypical one you may imagine, but an upscale coyote bar.

Welcome to Monte Carlo.

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Monte Carlo

The performance was so much from, classy environment and really just a fun time. (Unfortunately this place is for members only, so it’s not really a place I can recommend)

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My second (and last full day) in Bkk

I started off the day with another swim and lunch was at Petite Audrey. While I was searching for places to eat near my hotel, I found this gem called Petite Audrey.  This place serves a Thai-fusion bistro and café.  With contemporary vintage decor, it makes it the perfect place for girl friends to come and chit chat.

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Their popular dish was Tom Yam Kung Pizza (About  $6)

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and the Potato Cheese

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And we decided to try the Penne Lobster Sauce with river Prawn ( about $10)

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Everything was superb!

Massage: After several hours of walking around (and an intense shopping day yesterday), naturally, it’s time to get a massage.

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I got 2 hour aroma therapy for about $70

Siam Paragon:  In my opinion, all malls are the same, right? So for this trip, I decided to just commit 2 hours at the Siam Paragon to just browse around. To my surprise, I spotted Harrods! There is no way I could pass up  afternoon tea, right?

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Red Sky Bar:  I was so pleased to find out that located on the 55th floor of my hotel, was one of the hottest sky bars in town!

They provided dinner and drinks with a view.

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What a view
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Red Sky : Sky Bar
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Red Sky : Sky Bar

Frankly speaking, I was quite disappointed in the quality of the food. The meal was just average, and usually I am not one to use steak sauce, but in this case, I needed it.

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An assortment of breads
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Red Sky : Sky Bar
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Red Sky : Sky Bar

That concluded this trip

Thank you Bangkok for a wonderful time!

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Red Sky : Sky Bar

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