Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Bangkok Day 2: Around the City

For Day 2, we decided to tour around the city centre. Staying at Baiyoke Boutique only took a 10 minutes walk to the heart of Bangkok shopping centre. It is much like our own KL Golden Triangle. There are so many shopping malls within close proximity with one another - Siam Paragon, Gaysorn, Central World, Central Siam and MBK malls.

Alternatively, you can take either BTS Silom or Sukhumvit lines to Siam station, located right in front of Siam Paragon. Actually since there were 4 of us, taking a taxi was actually cheaper for us than to take the subway trains. However, trains are a good way to beat the heavy Bangkok traffic jam (yes, the jam can be quite horrendous here too). 

Pretty decor at Gaysorn, a relatively quieter mall
Breakfast at McD's
McD's seem to be a good place to go to at Bangkok because they have, what else but Samurai Pork Burger? And I could not resist getting myself a green tea latte as well.

Erawan Shrine
If you are a Buddhist like me, one place I always never miss going to is Erawan Shrine which is located right next to Gaysorn Mall. My Bangkok aunt took me here last year and it is said that praying here can grant your wishes. So far, all my wishes have came true so I always come here to give my thanks as well.

After that, we headed to Siam Paragon Mall. Whilst walking, we stumbled upon a booth selling admission tickets to Siam Ocean World and Madame Tussaud's. It seems they were having some sort of promotion where if you bought tickets to both these places, you will get discounted price. Since I had already went to Siam Ocean World last year, I only purchased tickets to Madame Tussaud's (which was 640 baht). I forgot how much was the combined tickets price.

Siam Ocean World is located at the basement of Siam Paragon, but Madame Tussaud's is actually located at Siam Discovery Centre, which was supposedly next to Siam Paragon. We got a little lost looking for it but luckily, we somehow stumbled upon signboards that lead us there.

Along the way to Siam Discovery, we stumbled upon this cool graffiti
When we reached there, we realized they actually provided cart services that take you to and fro Siam Paragon and Siam Discovery so if you cannot walk, you better queue for it (and free too, how nice!).

This room reminded me of "Fifty Shades of Grey"
Bieber fever
Ohai Oprah!
Needless to say, we took gazillions of photos inside Madame Tussaud's but it was not as big as the one in Hong Kong. After that, we took the cart back to Siam Paragon where the others headed to Siam Ocean World and I wandered alone inside Siam Paragon. 

The most amazing cake ever for sweet tooth like me
After going in and out of shops, as well as shopping at the supermarket, I finally settled down at Lenotre, a dessert shop recommended by my Bangkok cousin.

Although we were all quite tired, we walked across Siam Paragon to Siam Square for dinner and some shopping!

Clara read about Jutharos in blogs and it is recommended for good Thai food. But it took us so long looking for the place. After asking for directions, we finally found it. The funny thing is, we actually walk right by the restaurant. We were too concentrated on looking for the Jutharos signboard, we didn't realized that the restaurant had its signboard written in Thai instead. Lol.

Must eat meatballs!

Pad thai
Yummy tom yum
All the dishes were really good and reasonably-priced too. But beware, most of the items in the menu are spicy which is good for spice lovers like me. However, the same cannot be said for my travelling buddies lol.

Siam Square shopping experience is awesome! Lots of street stalls selling lovely clothes but definitely recommended to go early like 5 - 6pm because as the sky gets darker, there were so many people that it was impossible not to lose your buddies and so difficult to walk.

Because we were so tired from all the walking and carrying loads of clothes, we headed back to the hotel and grabbed dinner at the night market nearby.

Mango sticky rice with coconut milk!
Some fruit salad which was too sour for my liking
Grilled meat which tasted better than it looks

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