5D4N in Bangkok — Holiday Visual Diary

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This marks my 4th trip to Bangkok, also the first time ever that I missed my flight.

Long story short  what happened was we remembered the flight time wrongly and because of the traffic jam, we couldn't have made it in time anyway. We booked the next flight out via Skyscanner (and a third party site, eDreams damn you) and there was some technical errors so our transaction was "pending". We decided to go to Tigerair website to book directly. Turns out, we got double booked for the next flight out. Guys, the anxiety is real hahahah but honestly, i'm thankful that we were at Bangkok and not in NZ or Japan where the return flight would have costed us $2k.

Anyway, here’s a run down of where we stayed, shopped and dined at!

STAY


Finally decided to stay outside of the Pratunum/ Siam area. We booked a artsy boutique hotel in Sukhumvit area/ W District called Beat Hotel. It’s just a 5-min walk from the BTS. However, it was a little far from the main attractions and because it was just two of us, it's cheaper to Uber everywhere than take the BTS. Pro tip: choose Uber over Grab/ taxi because Uber tend to quote higher than what would be charged. Eg. we were quoted 99b to go Thonglor but ended up paying only 35b. There's no lack of food nearby with restaurants, a food market area and a rooftop bar called Cielo.

Address: 69/1 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand

SHOP

Because shopping is the main point in Bangkok, right? Lack of photos because nobody got time to be snapping photos when you're carrying bags of clothes and accessories under the hot, hot sun. But for your convenience, here are the addresses.

1. Talad NEON

The new market that's all the rage on Facebook. The boys can probably give this a miss but we did manage to buy a couple of dresses and tops here. 

Address: 1087 ถนน เพชรบุรีตัดใหม่ Khwaeng Makkasan, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand

2. Chatuchak Weekend Market

Definitely a must-go. I find new things and shops here every time! Out of all the markets, they have the least run-on-the-mill items, a lot of more handmade items and local labels that are worth checking out. If you only have time for one market, make it this one.

Address: 587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Khwaeng Chatuchak, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand

3. JJ Green

A 10 minutes walk away from Chatuchak Market. Nothing really stood out here, maybe because we were super tired from a whole day of shopping at Chatuchak. We ended up grabbing a beer at one of the bars. We did buy some accessories here though!

Address: เลขที่ 1 ถนนกำแพงเพชร 3, แขวงจตุจักร, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand

4. Artbox Popup Market

Half of the stores weren't open when we went, maybe because it was the last day of the pop-up. We went there for dinner and sat around for the live band. Would have been more enjoyable if not for the insane number of mosquitoes!!! Please bring repellent wherever you go.

Please check their Facebook page for updates on their pop-up location.

5. Ratchada Train Market

This market has a lot of vintage goodies, leather craft and hipster stuff. The shopping was also cheaper here. I bought skirts and t-shirts that were going at 100 baht. I wished we spent more time here and grabbed dinner here instead! The food looked amazing but we had dinner before heading over so we didn't get enjoy any. Please try and let me know how it is! 

Address: Ratchadaphisek Rd, Khwaeng Din Daeng, Khet Din Daeng, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand

EAT


1. Best Beef

This was such a good accidental find! We went past this local haunt when we were in an Uber heading to our hotel and the beef photos at the door looked so amazing! A quick Google search led us this place and turns out that it was just S$12 for 2 hours of beef/ meat buffet. Couldn't say no to that. 

Address: 1490/2 ถนนสุขุมวิท แขวงพระโขนง เขตคลองเตย, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

2. Ban Khun Mae Restaurant

A little too touristy for my liking but they do serve some decent Thai food. Worth checking out.

Address: 458/6-9 Siam Square Soi 8, Rama 1 Road, Patumwan District, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

3. Roast

 
Probably the most popular cafe located at The Commons. I absolutely enjoyed the ambience at The Commons, would love to sit around here to read a book or do my work. To be really honest, Roast's food doesn't impress me at all. I don't understand why it's on so many people's recommended list when I asked for a cafe to go to.

Address: The COMMONS 335 Thonglor Soi 17, Sukhumvit 55. Klongton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110.

4. Another Hound Cafe

Now, here's my favourite cafe! Love the classy and luxurious decor and also, the food! The chicken wings are so easy to eat. I love the salmon spring rolls and lobster carpaccio too. I'd probably give their pasta a miss the next time. 

Address: Siam Paragon, 991 Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand

5. Little Zoo Cafe

 

Both my friend and I regretted going to this cafe and I wasn't going to write on Little Zoo Cafe at all actually but I thought I should let y'all know that the living conditions of these animals are not exactly ideal :( I would not recommend you to go so we can all help to stop perpetuating the trade.

I know it's tempting to hold a fox in your hands or have ferrets sleeping in your lap but if I had read about how small the cafe is and how their living conditions are, we wouldn't be going at all. It's a two-storey shophouse sized store (serving some really good cafe food, i must say) located 1 hour away from the city. We managed to see a caracal cat, a wild hunting cat if you don't know what that is and it was just sitting in a small room. A raccoon was in a cage just slightly bigger than itself, we don't know if it was feeling anxious or what but it was just pacing very quickly. 

Please, do not visit the Little Zoo Cafe. 

6. Truelove at Neverland

A cafe (with mediocre drinks and cakes) filled with more than 20 dogs! Truly a sight when they were all running back to their compound but my friend and I thought that this was rather boring overall. We ended up just sitting around. The huskies didn't really care about the humans and the visitors were just running after the huskies and trying to snap selfies with them as if they have never seen dogs before. 

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I wouldn't recommend this unless you have never, like touched a husky in your life before lor?

Address: 153 Soi Ari Samphan 2, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

Ending off with a slowmo gif of doggies yay!


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