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Heyhey chewys! We have finally come to our fourth and final Bangkok blog post! I was feeling kinda emo on the last night of our trip because time passed way too quickly. We had so much fun in BKK, eating shopping and sightseeing! Next time honeymoon how? Sure emo until very jialat one. LOL. We wanted to get the most out of whatever remaining time we had left in BKK so we chose to check out early and leave our luggage with the conceirge. Decided to forgo hotel’s buffet breakfast as well, so that we could hunt down the famous Bangkok boat noodles. Word has it that everyone should go to Victory monument for the best boat noodles! :D
It was really coincidental that we bumped into our cab driver whom we had hired to take us sightseeing on the second day of our trip! This time, we told him that it was our last day and we just wanted to try the boat noodles at Victory Monument. The hubs asked him what are boat noodles called in Thai and he replied, “Kway Teow”. Hahaha seriously? :P
Victory Monument! I’m sure it will look more stunning at night. :)
Not exactly what I would like to see before a meal! But anyway that’s how we knew we were on the right track. Our online research tells us that the boat noodle shops are located along the canal.
We walked past a number of boat noodle shops and weren’t sure which was the one everyone was raving about. That was until we saw some Thai workers clad in orange, and we knew this was it! Beatrice Tan also blogged about her experience at this stall but I first got to know about this place through J2Kfm’s blog.
Interestingly, we read from various blogs that nobody ever leaves without eating a few bowls of boat noodles in a single sitting because the serving is very small. Most people order at least 5 bowls and probably another 5 when they are done with the first 5. LOL.
We didn’t want to be too ambitious, so we ordered 4 bowls to be shared amongst ourselves for a start. We were also served with two metal cups of crushed ice, so we thought we had to order some drinks by default. Haha.
Here are some facts about Bangkok boat noodles. Apparently, boat noodles are not called boat noodles for nothing. Bowls of noodles served in thick and savory broth were originally sold and served from boats along canals and floating markets. Other than dried spice and herbs, a little bit of pork blood is also added to further enhance the taste of the broth. If you have read our post earlier this week, and wonder how does this differ from the boat noodles we had at Chatuchak market, I think I kinda prefer the latter although I like the novelty of these being served in small portions at Victory Monument. The flavor of the broth was intense, but not as full-bodied as the one we had just the day before. It was also slightly saltier (which explains the need for free bottled water on each table? Idk..) in my opinion.
One of the waiter seemed to be ‘peddling’ some of the fried stuff and asked if we wanted any of these. Asked him what were these and he was smiling sheepishly at us. Actually none of them spoke English. Oh wells. Found out from J2Kfm that these were Salt & Pepper Crispy Pork Rinds. Something to go along with your noodles and if you like fried cracking stuff, you will like this.
Lo and behold! Both misterchewy and I managed 9 bowls in total. We probably could stomach a couple more bowls but we had to think ahead, for lunch! :P
Clearly, the husband gave his stamp of approval. Everything totalled up to SGD4, including drinks! Cheap right? :D
Now here’s the details:
Sutyot Kuetiau Lua Payak
Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Took the BTS to….
Mahboonkrong (MBK) Center! Time for some serious last minute shopping! Actually, I had never felt so stressed shopping before. Had to constantly keep track of time and we were brisk walking from shop to shop, machiam GSS going to end soon. Hurray! We managed to get our Paul Frank iPad covers! :D
Back in Singapore when we were planning our itinerary, I thought it would be nice to go to Siam Ocean World at Siam Paragon. However, it did not materialize in the end because I kinda feared that it would be too kiddish for us and we would be bored out of our wits. Maybe we can bring our little Chewys there in a few years’ time :P
The cab driver who dropped us off at Victory Monument earlier recommended Ban Khun Mae Restaurant. He mentioned “Khun Mae” in short. Hubby Chewy was very eager to try their food and after shopping at MBK, he pulled me into an Apple store and approached the customer service people behind the counter. I was trying not to laugh because the Thai staff couldn’t understand him of course. We didn’t know how to pronounce “Khun Mae” properly and any slight variation in pronounciation could lead to an entirely different meaning all together, or it just doesn’t mean anything at all. Suddenly, one of them exclaimed, “Khun Mae!” and everyone went, “Ahhh Khun Mae!” LOL. It was hilarious!
We got one of them to write down the name of the restaurant in Thai, along with its address so that we could ask for directions along the way in case we got lost. And with that, we managed to find Ban Khun Mae. Nice to know that the restaurant had been awarded Certificate of Excellence for the year of 2012 by TripAdvisor! It had to be good right? *Rubs hands in glee*
Ban Khun Mae is kinda like a family restaurant and it has been around since 1998. It is located in the heart of Bangkok, in the area of Siam Square. Prices are wallet-friendly and you get to enjoy authentic Thai food in a casual and comfortable setting.
Hahaha. Fourth consecutive day of stuffing myself with food food food! I got chipmunk face alreadyyy..
Since this was gonna be our last proper meal in Bangkok, we had to order the Tom Yam Kung (170 baht). The soup was spicy enough to tickle our taste buds and the ingredients were really fresh.
We were eager to try the Deep Fried Squid Seasoned with Garlic and Pepper (220 baht) when it was served. However, it was a little disappointing. Both misterchewy and I agreed that it was somewhat tough to chew. The tentacles part was pretty alright though.
We felt that the Deep Fried Marinated Chicken wrapped in pandan leaf (120 baht) was well done. Juicy, tender and fragrant best describes this dish.
I think this was our one and only Mango Sticky Rice (150 baht) that we had throughout our Bangkok trip, which is kinda sad. LOL. The mango was really sweet! Who would have known that mango could go so well with coconut and rice? :P
The bill amounted to less than SGD30 for the above dishes and two fresh coconut drinks. On a random note, I look quite small here. LOLOLOL.
Ban Khun Mae Restaurant
458/6-9 Siam Square Soi 8, Rama 1 Road,
Patumwan District, Bangkok 10330
Tel. (662)250-1952-3, (662)658-4112-3
Daily 11am – 11pm
Started to emo again after lunch because it meant that we had to go back to our hotel soon to collect our luggage. Boohoohoo. Passed by Krispy Kreme and after finding out that misterchewy had not tried it before, we immediately joined the queue and bought two Original Glazed donuts :D Yummyyy!
Krispy Kreme! When are you ever gonna come to Singapore?!
At the airport checking our boarding details!
For the benefit of those who are wondering, misterchewy and I arrived with a half-filled luggage on the first day and we went home with a full one and an additional hand-carry which we had packed into the luggage before we flew to Bangkok. We bought mostly clothes at Platinum Mall but we didn’t buy alot also.
Deng deng deng deng! I was searching high and low for Luk Chup since day one but only spotted it at the airport! I wanted to buy more but it was the only pack left D: Basically, these are a type of Thai dessert made from mung bean flour and are shaped like various fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, banana, cherries, mangoes and chilies. It has a unique sticky texture and is very sweet! Bali Thai used to sell them but I can’t find them anymore. Heard that these can be found at Golden Mile!
Me and my favorite Thai dessert were reunited! And I’m gonna eat you~ Nom nom nom :P
Some of my last few shots together in Bangkok after checking in our luggage and before boarding our plane.
Goodbye land of smiles! We look happy but actually I was really reluctant to leave Bangkok! Sob sob.. But nevermind, we are about to start planning for our next trip which would probably be our honeymoon after our customary wedding! YAY! :D :D :D
Good Tuesday morning, chewy chewy friends! I had a really shiok weekend staycation with misterchewy and I can’t wait to share it in words and photos with all of you! But first, here’s another photo-heavy blog post that places more emphasis on the highlight of our third day in Bangkok! Before we get to that part, let me tell you that misterchewy and I woke up super duper early so that we can go shopping! Why don’t we get this kind of enthusiasm back home? LOL. Again, breakfast at the hotel!
We chose to walk about 20 minutes to Platinum Mall. Good thing I tied up my hair in the morning because I knew that it was gonna be hot. The funny thing is, we reached the shopping mall early at around 10.30am but most of the shops were not opened for business yet! So we sat there and wait. Sorry no pics of us shopping because we were too busy keeping a lookout for nice clothes etc. Don’t bother to haggle with the store owners because they will automatically give you a discount if you buy 2 pieces or a wholesale price for 3 pieces and above.
Took a tuk tuk to Chatuchak Weekend Market! Yeah tuk tuk FTW~ :P Hungry us decided to eat lunch first before shopping around! There wasn’t any menu, just the banner on top and everything was in Thai. We tried conversing in very simple English. “Chicken, beef or pork?” Luckily the young one understood and replied, “This pork. This beef.” “Ok two bowls. No beef.”
Photo taken by misterchewy while I was busy Instagramming and subsequently posting on Facebook :P We only found out later that these are the famous Bangkok boat noodles. Took a sip of the savory, hearty broth and the rest was history! The boat noodles were really slurpilicious goooood! We enjoyed the broth thoroughly; it was well-flavored for a good amount of spring onions, sweet basil and probably a dash of pork blood had been added.
Felt really satisfied after finishing our delicious bowls of boat noodles and it was time for us to see if there was anything worth buying at Chatuchak market!
We managed to get some souvenirs for colleagues and friends. I bought a handful of Singha, Chang and Leo beer magnets for myself! Really cute! Took a tuk tuk (yes again) back to our hotel and showered plus nua-ed a bit before our long awaited dinner! :D
Ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you that I had actually made email reservations to dine at Vertigo Restaurant and Moon Bar around 2.5 months before the trip. Kiasu much? Kiasu better than be disappointed right? As the popular saying goes, “Book early to avoid disappointment!” :P
Since most things in Bangkok are cheap, I decided to splurge a little more on fine dining while we were there. Also, prior to this, we were actually comtemplating a staycation for our first year wedding anniversary cum misterchewy’s birthday. Decided not to go with the staycation in the end and chose this short getaway instead. So this dinner is also part of the belated celebration :P Our dinner cost around the same as our airfare, even more than our hotel stay!
Located on the 61st floor of Banyan Tree Hotel, Vertigo and Moon Bar is an alfresco fine dining restaurant that offers a breathtaking view of Bangkok both in the day and at night. There are two sittings for dinner and I chose the first round which is the sunset period, from 6pm to 8pm. Second seating is from 8.30pm to 10.30pm. Moon Bar closes at 1am so if you want to chill out after dinner, you know you are better off staying put in your seat.
Allow me to backtrack a little.. We didn’t take a tuk tuk to Banyan Tree la. Cab fare from our hotel costs 200 baht only. Considering the distance, we probably had to pay 150 baht if we were to travel by tuk tuk. Anyway, we can’t afford to mess up our hair. LOL. We reached about 30 minutes early and had pre-dinner drinks!
Please be warned that there will be quite a number of photos because I was trying to capture the various views during sunset :D
A very friendly waitress offered to help us take some photos! :)
From this point, the sky started turning purplish!
I love this scene the most! How I wish time would just stop.
The both of us chose the 5 course set menu (3100 baht) which was around SGD300 for two after GST. Yes, this was our most expensive meal in Bangkok ;)
We were later asked if we could change tables so that they could accomodate a large group. Didn’t want to make things difficult for them and we agreed. They gave us two complimentary glasses of Prosecco but too bad I’m not a fan. Hehe.
Roasted Tomato and Tangerine Soup
Lobster Spring Roll with Spicy Mango Dip, served with mesclun salad
Seared Bay Scallops, Sweet Potato Puree, Green Asparagus, Coconut, Chili, Lime
Duck Confit, Sauteed Onion Potato, Braised Red Cabbage, Orange Jus
This dinner place was solely planned by yours truly and I’m glad misterchewy enjoyed the dinner and ambience as much as I did! Besides, I picked up the tab for this one because he paid for my airfare, accomodation and expenses for the trip. Why does this sound so familiar? :P
Cabbed back to our hotel!
A little souvenir from Vertigo and Moon Bar for us to bring home! They went round taking photos of all guests and developed the photos for each table, which I thought was a really nice gesture. Our dinner at Vertigo will definitely serve as sweet memories in the many years to come! :)
Vertigo and Moon Bar
21/100 South Sathon Road
Sathon, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
Banyan Tree Bangkok, 61st level
Tel: +66 2 679 1200
Vertigo Restaurant: 6pm – 11pm
Moon Bar: 5pm – 1am
Bangkok Day 2: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, The Grand Palace, The Fabulous Bar & Dessert Cafe and Khao San Night Market
Hello chewy chewy friends! Very good right? I didn’t make you all wait long long for my second BKK post! :P If you have not read our BKK Day 1 post, it’s here! Soooo.. We were quite disciplined and woke up early enough to settle for breakfast at the hotel. Looking to save money of your accommodation? There are great deals on the Expedia hotels page.
The buffet breakfast spread was alright, nothing to shout about. While we were seated, we looked around and noticed that there were quite a number of Singaporean youngsters like us. Hoho.
I didn’t really think much about the food. Can’t believe misterchewy went for a second helping! Hahaha.
Our plan after breakfast was just to visit one tourist attraction which is The Grand Palace. The moment our cab driver knew we were tourists who were interested in more than just eating and shopping, he offered to ferry us around and take us to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Temple of the Reclining Buddha in addition to The Grand Palace for just 1000baht (SGD40) excluding ticket admission charges. We felt that it was quite a good deal considering that at least we would have something to keep ourselves occupied with for about 5 hours.
Little did we know that Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is located damn far away from our starting point, about 100km southwest of Bangkok. It took us more than 2 hours to get there! If I were a kid, I would be like, “Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?!?!” Hahaha you get the drift. And to our horror, the admission cost us 1500baht per person, which means we paid a freaking SGD120 for the two of us to sit on the wooden boat for two hours!
The only consolation was probably that we had the boat (I’m so inclined to call it ‘sampan’) all to ourselves and it was sheltered. But then again, it made taking photos kinda difficult.
Some people call this the James Bond Floating Market, since some scenes from the The Man with the Golden Gun was shot there and subsequently released in 1974. Another 2008 crime thriller film, Bangkok Dangerous, starring Nicholas Cage, was also filmed there.
And trust me, it was a nightmare whenever the boatman stopped the boat in front of these merchants because their prices are marked up really high and they would try to sell you every single thing that they could. What’s even funnier is that we didn’t express interest in those things that they were selling in the first place and they kept asking us to name our price. Like wth?! In the end we bought some cutesy elephant pouches for my colleagues there and then just to shut them up. LOL.
We also spotted a few of them selling fruits, drinks, noodles and other snacks but the boatman didn’t even slow down :(
Part of the boat ride included stopping by the souvenir shop for about 10 minutes. I was actually quite reluctant to get off the boat because I was so afraid that I would slip and fall into the water.
Nothing worth buying here!
We were like O_O when we saw these! I mean, what are these doing here?! LOLOLOL.
Hahaha. Told misterchewy to pose for a photo and he did! And the shades on the statue didn’t belong to us :S
This, on the other hand, looked pretty cool. I could have bought something here but the boatman didn’t stop.
This old granny looked quite cute sitting there so I hurriedly snapped a photo. Hahaha.
Ummmmm.. No comments.
And then, we stopped by a temple. So cool right! There’s a temple within the floating market! Yeah, had to get off the boat again.
Fish feeding time! Fish food cost 10baht. I got tired of watching misterchewy throw the food in small quantities and told him, “Aiyo like that feed until tomorrow also cannot feed finish one leh. Just dump the entire pack la” and he did. LOL. -.-
The rest of the boat tour was uneventful. Even the boatman knew that there was nothing interesting for us to see, and he sped up for the last 10 minutes.
Let me tell you that our visit to The Grand Palace was pretty much a nerve wrecking one. They stop selling admission tickets at 3.30pm and when we reached at 3.25pm, there was already a queue. We were all advised to return another day. Both of us were like.. Whuttttttt.
And so we walked back dejectedly to our cab driver who had parked his car some distance away from The Grand Palace and told him what was being said to us. He actually ran in and came out with tickets and said we could pay him afterwards! We had to loan proper attire because no shorts and sleeveless clothing were allowed. Mehhhhhh.
I think misterchewy looked quite cute in these pants or whatever you call it. As for me, I was quite pissed with what the Thai auntie picked out for me but I couldn’t take my own sweet time to choose since we were already running out of time. The husband kept offering to help me take photos but I refused because my attire was really quite chui! Walking fashion disaster I tell you! D:
My mood was kinda ruined because of the fugly outfit plus we didnt have much time to tour The Grand Palace. Yeah despite that, I still tried taking some photos here and there. Trust me, when I’m in a bad mood, I refuse to do anything one. LOL.
This photo was taken by misterchewy! I can’t master this! Arghhhhh..
TADAH! I know you guys must be wondering how AWESOME my outfit was. LOL! Towards the end of the tour, I told misterchewy, “Help me take a photo.” He thought he heard me wrong because I was quite adamant initially about having my photo being taken in this horrendous attire. “Don’t take my face la. Just take my back, I pretend I taking photos with iPhone.” Very awful combination right?! Wah lao very malu, face don’t know where to hide liao. T_T
Our final stop was supposed to be at The Temple of Reclining Buddha but we were exhausted. More importantly, we were feeling ravenous! So we told the cab driver to take us to The Fabulous Bar & Dessert Cafe. Decided to tip him nicely too since he really went all out to help us.
This cafe turned out to be a pretty hip and nice place to chill out at! We made ourselves comfortable while poring through the menu, which only consists of desserts and drinks.
Basically we want everything when it comes to desserts and sweet treats! But of course we have to be realistic. Lol. We narrowed it down to just two desserts and two cocktails! :P
The Fabulous Signature didn’t exactly blow us away but one good thing was that the cake was not cloyingly sweet.
The hubby has had a weakness for molten lava cakes for the longest time! Naturally, he was the one who had his eye on the Chocolate Satin, which I felt was yummier than the cake. Just imagine creamy rich chocolate oozing out from a warm cakey crust.
My Bangkok Delight and misterchewy’s Single Lady. LOL.
The Fabulous Bar & Dessert Cafe is quite strategically located along Khao San road, where the entire street comes alive at night.
Address: The Fabulous Bar & Dessert Cafe @ 32 Jakkapong Road. Taladyod Phranakom, Bangkok 10200.
Tel: +66 2 6291144
Ehhhhhhhhh sexay laday ohohohohoh oppa gangnam style! See what I mean?
Khao San Night Market is really very happening!
We saw this auntie selling Phad Thai! There was a queue and we decided to join it. Must be delicious! We couldn’t resist the aroma too.
Eating Phad Thai by the streets and downing Singha beer! Best! Oh and one plate costs a mere SGD2.
I think we covered most of Khao San Night Market and took a tuk tuk back to our hotel.
Upon seeing that there’s another night market right outside our hotel, we decided to shop around some more!
It had been a really loooong day for us but it was fruitful, that’s for sure! Our next post will mainly feature our experience at one of Bangkok’s fine dining establishments that offers a spectacular view of the city, so look out for it! ;)
Greetings chewy chewy friends! Yes I’m finally blogging about our Bangkok 4D3N trip! We were there from 12th to 15th October, a few days after our wedding photoshoot. I had been really looking forward to this short getaway because I can finally indulge in whatever I wanted to eat and drink temporarily! Not that I was on a crazy diet before the photoshoot.. I still ate practically everything I craved for, but in moderation :) Anyway, it’s too much to squeeze everything into one blog post so I will be splitting them into 4 separate posts which will basically cover our activities from Day 1 to Day 4 :D
We reached Bangkok in the morning and as it was still early for us to check into our room, we left our luggage at the hotel and carried out our plans without wasting time!
We walked about 15 to 20 minutes from our hotel to Erawan Shrine that is in front of Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, near Chit Lom BTS station. Despite the hot weather and sweltering heat, many devotees could be seen at the shrine.
Address: Erawan Shrine @ Thanon Ratchadamri, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Opening Hours: 06:00-24:00
And it was time to find something to eat! Good thing misterchewy had also done a bit of his own research and suggested going to Chu Chocolate Bar and Cafe for our very first meal in Bangkok. The food isn’t Thai cuisine to begin with but it is opened by a local, Toey Na Ranong who is also the chef.
Chu is highly accessible by BTS, just have to alight at Asoke station and it is connected to Exchange Tower on the second floor, where Chu is. Very convenient!
I had a Hazelnut Cream Soda (100 baht) while misterchewy chose the Vanilla Cream Soda (100 baht).
Even though we were famished, we decided to share only the Lemon Curd Pancakes (190 baht) because we wanted to save stomach space for dinner. The pancakes were so fluffy and delicious that we were kinda tempted to order another item from the menu to try out!
Address: Chu Chocolate Bar & Cafe @ 2nd Floor Exchange Tower (Asoke Intersection), Bangkok, Thailand 10110
Tel: +66 (0)2 663 4554
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 07:30-21:30 and Saturday – Sunday: 09:00-21:00
We shopped for a couple of hours at Platinum Mall before heading to Swensen’s for a short break because our legs were protesting already. Haha.
Does our Swensen’s have Snic-a-Choc sundae? I only recall seeing Frosted Chocolate Malt, Sticky Chewy Chocolate etc!
It was both our first time sitting on a tuk tuk and we were quite excited! But we weren’t aware of the market rate and the driver ketok-ed us. We only found out from a taxi driver the following day that the average rate from Platinum to our hotel is about 50 baht but the driver quoted 150 baht.
We didn’t want to splurge on accommodation and my colleague recommended Baiyoke Boutique Hotel which really was good enough for us. When we got off the plane in the morning, we took the railway from Suvarnabhumi International Airport which is very convenient and the trip took only about 30 minutes. Baiyoke is about 5 minutes walking distance from Ratchaprarop railway station if you take the shortcut :P We checked into our room, which was clean and cosy, and took a short rest before heading out for dinner.
Our dinner place, Once Upon A Time, was also suggested by misterchewy and the restaurant’s name sounded appealing enough!
We walked from our hotel and I was quite amazed that misterchewy knows his directions quite well! Both our last time to BKK was with our parents when we were still kids. Of course, he navigated using his iPad but he only had to check a couple of times and knew which way to go.
Alfresco dining looks very romantic right! But it was too dark and we were afraid of being bitten by mosquitoes so we chose to sit indoors.
It is actually darker than what you see in the photos. I actually had to bump up the ISO to get decent shots of the interior.
Look at the amount of food! I think we kinda over-ordered for two. Hohoho! Good thing the food was lip smacking and we licked our plates clean.
We called for the bill and it was presented in a huge wooden box. Total bill was 1600 baht, which is roughly the equivalent of SGD $64 for the above 4 dishes, rice and 2 bottles of beer. Definitely not our cheapest meal in Bangkok and not our priciest either :P
Once Upon A Time was previously occupied by the owners and is now converted to a restaurant on the ground floor but the bedrooms on the second floor are open to visitors for photo-taking purposes.
Address: 32, soi Petchaburi 17 (opposite Phantip Plaza) Petchaburi Road, Pratunam, Bangkok, Thailand.
Tel: 0-2252-8629, Mobile: 0-1833-8336
Opening Hours: Daily from 11am until 12am.
Didn’t wanna tire ourselves out on the first day and decided to return to our hotel for a good night’s rest.
Our room was cosy and clean, and had practically everything we needed except for toothbrush and toothpaste. Good thing we realized earlier in the day and stopped by a convenience store on the way back after dinner. Our next BKK post will feature a couple of sightseeing places that we went to. Till then, take care and have a great week, chewy chewy friends! :)
Address: Baiyoke Boutique Hotel @ 120/359 Ratchaprarop Road (Behind Baiyoke Sky Hotel), Rajthevee, Pratunam, Bangkok, Thailand
Tel: (+66)2 251 8800-1, 2251 8255-58