FOLLOW ME TO BANGKOK
WHERE TO EAT
For traditional breakfast
For good & affordable Japanese cuisine
While I was in Bangkok, I managed to meet my uni friends, Mey & Pam and catch up over dinner at ISAO. I've been wanting to try this place for the longest time and I'm glad I did. The food's great, but company's even better! So happy to finally meet them since last summer after our graduation (which was almost a year ago, time flies!) Missing Prae who's doing her Masters in London, but I'm sure we'll meet again very soon 🤗 Also, thank you Mey & Pam for the treat, we've had a good time! Jasmine and I loved the place so much that we went back two days later for lunch when we're around the area 🤣
For authentic Thai food
Eathai (Central Embassy) - it's a premium food court that allows you to taste street food in an air-conditioned environment (yay!) There's a lot of stalls to pick from, so it's definitely a great place to satisfy everyone's taste bud if you're travelling in a big group. Do yourself a favour and order the green curry fried rice and Thai omelette!
Bangkok has some of the best cafés that I've been to, read more about them here 🍰☕
A list of brunch places can be found here 🥑🍳🥓🥞
WHERE TO GO
Wat Arun - we were supposed to visit after the Grand Palace but decided to change our plan because the weather didn't seem to be in our favour. Surprise, surprise, it started pouring (not even exaggerating!) right after we exited the palace and was waiting for our uber. In the end, our first uber driver didn't stop for us and we had to get another one. Even twenty minutes spent waiting in the rain felt twenty minutes too long. We ended up completely drenched, but 'twas an interesting experience!
Terminal 21 - even though there's only two-storeys that's selling clothes and accessories, I prefer this over Platinum Fashion Mall because the things are more unique (albeit on the pricier side). If you're here, don't forget to head over to Cha Tra Mue's stall in the basement for Thai milk tea soft-serve🍦The food court at the top floor is also extremely popular with tourists and locals alike!
Siam Square - here you can find quirky boutiques and local designer brands. My favourite would be matchbox and sense of style (SOS) - there are a few within the area. Both houses Thai fashion labels that have a lot of basic (but amazing quality) pieces, mainly in pastels but there are also statement items. I'd say that the shopping environment (and items they have) here is very similar to Stylenanda and Chuu in Seoul!
Night markets (TALAD Neon & JJ Green) - the clothes sold are really, really affordable. However, the quality was compromised and designs are quite repetitive. If there's one thing you can get, that'd be phone cases because they are so much cheaper and there are more options to choose from! There were a few rows of stalls between Siam Centre and Siam Discovery, selling handmade items and whatnots. One particular stall selling customisable tote bags, t-shirts and cups really stood out to us. We ended up getting some stuff from them and had to walk around for an hour while waiting for them to customise it. It's definitely well-worth the wait!
I hope that these tips/guides are somewhat helpful for those travelling/planning to travel to Bangkok. Super glad that I got to go to Bangkok again since my last visit (when I was five 👧🏻), as Jasmine's boyfriend, Pony couldn't make it because of his work trip. To be honest, Jasmine and I met through Instagram (I followed her since 3/4 years ago?) and we've only met up thrice before the trip (sounds crazy right?). But she feels like an old friend and we just clicked instantly! Beneath that demure-looking façade, she's down-to-earth and unpretentious (and a little too lame but mostly funny 🤣). It also helped that we have endless things to talk about (like our obsession with taking nice pictures and ootds hahaha). Thanks to her, I've also made some new friends this trip since we travelled with two of her Poly friends, Claire & Jieni (that makes four of us!) They are both super accommodating, friendly and easygoing - and that certainly made the entire trip more fun and memorable!
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