Food in Thailand is nothing short of amazing. Sitting here typing this, I'm craving a nice bowl of tom yum noodles and my mouth is salivating just thinking about it.
My trip to Bangkok was filled with 4 days of incredible food. Street food, cafés, restaurants, even the hotel breakfast and food centers in the shopping malls served pretty fantastic food.
I'm a huge fan of tom yum and an even bigger fan of green curry. But instead of only eating these popular Thai dishes, traveling with one of my best friends, Jesslyn, whom has been to Bangkok probably over 10 times, meant that I got introduced to whole other variety of food options.
One these options include Sabx2 Wanton Noodles and Rice with Pork. Wanton (meat dumpling) noodles is a common dish in Singapore, but the soup and the way it is prepared in Thailand, is slightly different. Well I wouldn't know if it is prepared the same way, but it tasted really good! After having tried tens maybe even hundreds of bowls of wanton noodles I was still slightly impressed with the one served at this humble street side shop. The pork that came with the rice was tender and really juicy!
It's apparently one of the most famous stalls in Bangkok, and judging by the number of people wanting to eat there, EVEN AS IT IS POURING RAIN OUTSIDE, I'd say it is probably pretty well loved among tourists (or maybe just Singaporeans/Malaysians considering how many of them were there).
Ask for an extra bowl of soup if you'd like, sometimes it comes free!
Sabx2 Wanton NoodlesAnother place that has received a ton of hype from the south east asian café obsessed generation is the After You Dessert Café. I'd say I am pretty clueless neither do I buy into the whole fad when it comes to new cafés opening, new hyped up food items, etc. Whenever I think Thailand, I think street food, and never really ventured to try anything other than that. Since both of my friends said After You Café is pretty famous (and i've seen it on Instagram) we gave it a try.
4/32-33 Soi Petchburi 19 | Pratunam, Bangkok, Thailand
The queue took over half an hour, which turned out to be a plus as it gave us time to digest our dinner before stuffing more dessert down our stomaches.
We got a panna cotta, and the famous honey butter toast. The toast was pretty good, and the panna cotta was alright too. I'd go back BUT, I doubt i'd ever queue over an hour for it. Judging by the queue when we were there, i'd say that would probably be the average waiting time during peak hours! Head over there in the afternoons or late mornings and it'll probably be empty!
As you probably can tell, street food is more my thing. I don't know if many share my love for grabbing things along the road side, or even SITTING along the road side and eating, but in my opinion, doing what the locals do is a better way to experience a country's culture. If the locals eat by the roadsides, do the same!
Street food was incredible in Bangkok. During our time there, we had so many meals along the streets and each one of them was satisfying. Some people have lamented about the hygiene and cleanliness of street food, I wouldn't say these worries are unfounded, so bring the necessary medications JUST IN CASE! I must say though, this should never deter you from trying street side food, because a lot of the times, the dishes you get along the streets taste so much better than things you get in cafés and restaurants, and they are much cheaper too!
The tom yam, fried egg, prata crepes and definitely things I could eat again and again every single time I go to Bangkok!
There is one exception however, which was the Pork Noodles from Nuer Koo Noodle Soup in Siam Paragon. The broth is so tasty, i've never had anything just as amazing (apart from Pho along the streets of Vietnam - that one is hard to beat!) I love soup, and I could drink about 5 bowls of that pork broth in one seating. If they'd let me, I would totally do it!
Nuer Koo Noodle Soup | Siam ParagonWriting this post has me craving some thai food, AND THAT BOWL OF PORK NOODLES!
991 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
The time I had in Thailand was way too short for me to try everything I wanted to, nevertheless, I did have a ton of fun eating and of course shopping. Time to save up for another short getaway back just to get more of all that awesome thai food!
22 October 2015 Bangkok, Thailand
I was talking a friend of mine, and she said, many people come to Singapore to SHOP, becasue they think it is one of the best shopping destinations in Asia, well, Singapore does have great shopping options but as much as I love Singapore, if someone were to ask me where I'd love to go to shop, or which city has the best shopping, instead of saying London, Shanghai, Milan, Paris or whatever high end fashionable city, I would say Bangkok, Thailand. Without a doubt - maybe Hong kong as well.
I'm always up for a trip to Bangkok, no matter how many times i've been there, even if I end up going to the same places, it is always fun. I've been to Bangkok twice before this trip. The first time was with my entire extended family, my cousins, aunts and uncles, I remember enjoying the shopping way too much for a 14 year old, attempting to bargain at various shops and stealing style tips from my older cousins.
The 2nd time, was 2 years ago, when I went with 5 of my uni friends, again, it was an unforgettable trip, not just because some how we all took turns falling sick on different days, but because I came back with a 20kg luggage full of clothes and accessories.
This time round, instead of going there and buying a ton of stuff because it is cheap, I decided to go hand luggage only and attempt not to over shop - I MANAGED TO SURVIVE!
I went with 2 of my girlfriends, and shopped, ate, and did the same thing everyday for 3 days straight, it was awesome!
The first reason, well the MAIN Reason why I love shopping in Bangkok is because
I T I S A F F O R D A B L E
As a university student, I don't have that much money to spend on clothes. Plus, I cannot bear to give up half of my monthly scholarship allowance just to shop, neither would I have the ability to afford anything branded.
Since Thailand has a lot of factories, and is where a lot of clothes are produces, you have a multitude of wholesale markets to choose from, places selling clothes that do not have the additional cost of international shipping, branding, etc, being tagged to them, which works out extremely well for the prudent shopaholic inside of me.
Not only are the clothes affordable but traveling IN Bangkok is extremely affordable as well. From taxi rides (make sure they go by the meter!) to food, to accommodation, because of how affordable it is, going there for a couple of days just to shop, becomes a plausible option!
My favourite place to shop in Bangkok is probably
P l a t i n u m M a l l
This mall has 6 levels and 3 different zones, I could spend several days inside here just looking at the different clothing options. It's pretty overwhelming when you first visit - I remember wanting to buy so many things when I first visited Bangkok at the age of 14. Ever since then i've always gone back to Platinum Mall mainly because the prices are affordable
Previous times I've been to the city, I also visited the Early Morning Pratunam Market - If you're not who needs sleep, try going for this market! The prices are incredibly cheap, but the catch? It starts at about 3AM and ends around 7AM because the shop owners set up stalls along the streets before then shifting into the malls.
Another reason why Bangkok is GREAT for a girls' shopping trip is because of
T H E V A R I E T Y
There is something for EVERYONE there. Teenagers, adults, men, women, students who don't have that much to spend, or affluent working adults. From street markets to wholesale malls, to upscale malls with high fashion brands, you can find your ideal shopping spot.
Not only that, because it is a place where a lot of clothes are manufactured, you also get a wide variety of different styles. You can find office attire, weekend casual, goth, punk, girly, korean inspired pieces, simple elegant pieces, or things that are just straight up trendy.
Sometimes the markets not only sell clothes, but accessories, shoes, bags, household deco items, crafts, art, you name it.
One example is the
C h a t u c h a k W e e k e n d M a r k e t
This market has a HUGE range of variety, there is even a map to show you what is being sold in each section! Although, sometimes it is a hit or miss. In the past, i'd always find a ton of clothing items, this time around, I was more drawn to the bags and didn't see anything much to my liking. Still, it's a place not to miss. Because of this market, should always visit Bangkok on a WEEKEND.
As you can tell, the options are endless, not to mention, for every price range, you can find the same amount of variety in the clothing styles.
Shopping with friends who have different taste and styles is never a problem when in Bangkok!
These are just the things I got in ONE DAY. I think you probably can guess how much i've enjoyed the trip. If you're interested in what I got, you can check out my haul here!
Being able to travel with my friends and having the luxury of staying in a Junior Suite at Evergreen Palace Hotel (my friend scored an awesome deal on agoda.com), was definitely a much needed time away from university and all the commitments I have. Because we had such a lovely room, nights were spend talking, eating, and gossiping till 4AM in the mornings - guess that's what happens when you finally get to travel with your best & oldest of friends after knowing them for almost a decade.
Of course, traveling during my 1-week break from school snow-balled into but the most hectic week of this semester, but it's definitely something I did not regret. In fact, my friends and I were talking about how we should make this a thing. Like a yearly shopping retreat to treat ourselves and get away from the stress of school or work.
If you're ever visiting South East Asia, or you live in Asia and need a little getaway with your girl friends, CONSIDER BANGKOK! You know what, even GUYS can enjoy a getaway to Bangkok, there are a ton of shopping and food options that will appeal to guys. So many of my male friends travel Bangkok to tailor suits and to get affordable office attire. Like I said, endless options, and extreme affordability really does make Bangkok THE SHOPPING DESTINATION.
Stay tuned to find out more about the different types of food I ate in Bangkok and for more photos of my trip!