Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Bangkok Day 1: Asiatique

I was contemplating if I should blog about my Bangkok trip because firstly, it is some time ago (I went in August 2012) and secondly, it is actually my 3rd trip to Bangkok. Last year, I visited relatives in Bangkok and also did some sight-seeing. This time around, I went with my former university coursemates - Clara, Jane and Carolyn. Unlike me, this was their first times to Bangkok.

Upon arrival, we took an airport taxi to our hotel - Baiyoke Boutique, a budget hotel under the Baiyoke corporation. It is quite comfortable and clean but it is hidden behind the Baiyoke Sky hotel and there is no free wifi :( But you can get free wifi in most coffee cafes around Bangkok. This is actually my second time staying here. The nearest train station is Ratchaprarop, which is part of the Airport Rail Link. The best part about staying here is that there is a nearby morning market which sells clothes way cheaper than Platinum so if you are going to Bangkok for shopping, this place is not bad. Our twin-sharing room costs 1200 baht per night.

Our room - each room has its own decoration
After unpacking (partially), we headed out to get some dinner. Our first destination is Asiatique, a new shopping and entertainment area that is newly opened. To go there, you have to take BTS Silom Line to Saphan Taksin (S6) station. From the station, a short walk away, you will arrived at the pier where there are frequent boats that take you to Asiatique (for free!).

Our train tickets and trustworthy map

Asiatique from the boat

I would definitely recommend Asiatique as a place you should visit. The place is enormous too, full of restaurants, boutiques and entertainment joints. It is too bad we arrived at night, as most of the shows were over and we were quite tired to walk the whole area.

Love the wine bottles arrangement

Pork chop for only 119 baht!
Instead of having dinner at posh restaurants, we actually opted for the food court. There were a lot of people and finding a table can be quite challenging but finally we found one at this western style steak shop. Thais absolutely love pork, and lucky for us, we love pork too (oink oink).

After dinner, we just walked around some of the shops. The clothing boutiques are lovely too, though not as cheap compared to Platinum and other markets.

4D show booth
We hesitated if we should watch this 4D show. Unlike 3D, 4D means you get the whole experience too, getting water sprinkled at you and self-moving seats while watching an exciting 3D show. I swear, my throat was so hoarse after all that screaming done in that small booth.

Many lovely vintage shops

Shopping at the huge Naraya shop

The last boat leaves at 10pm so don't miss it!

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