The 33rd birthday had come and gone. There was no fancy celebration BUT I managed to spend some quality time with the husb, kids and myself (individually!) in the name of my birthday, which was pretty awesome!
Depending on our schedules and when we can get the gramps to babysit the kids, my birthday treat to Bangkok usually happens in July/August. It is sale season in Bangkok at this time of the year – excellent time to update the inner wear wardrobe. This trip, we found more to buy with the stronger SGD.
In our typical child-free-travel fashion (read: RUSHED), we maxed out our 3-days-2-nights in Bangkok with lots of food, shopping and massages. Because we were traveling for the first time with the husb’s JC mates, we got to check out a couple of new places.
While waiting for the rest of the troop to arrive (on a later flight), we finally got to try out the much-raved-about Nara Thai at Central World. Nara Thai was one of the restaurants we wanted to check out during our Bangkok trip last year but did not get to because it was wayyyy too crowded during the peak hours of dinner time then.
Lunch time crowd was okay though. Then again, we were there early around 11ish and it was a public holiday in Bangkok that day. So the crowds might only be streaming in later.
The food was unfortunately, nothing to shout about. Not that they didn’t taste good. It was pretty decent but for the price tag, I would expect a bit more oomph! It felt more like paying for a better ambience to enjoy Thai food as compared to having my paad thai by the roadside.
Laem Cha-roen Seafood at Central World is something like a high-class tze-char restaurant with more interesting dishes. Here are some that we like:
Top-left: Deep-Fried Marinated Snapper with Sweet Fish Sauce; Top-right: Spicy Small Fish (Anchovy) Salad
Bottom-left: Prawns Salad with Sweet Lemon Dressing in Taro Basket; Bottom-right: some curry with putu mayam (my own interpretation)
And of course, there are the good ol’ roadside stalls outside Central World for the real deal of authentic Thai food. Our favourite food to get from the roadside stalls is fruits. They are fresh, sweet and at such affordable prices!
Can’t believe we missed out on this place all these years! Our first time checking out Soi 19 Pratunam for the famous wanton noodles and pork leg stew. Be prepared to queue at peak hours with fellow tourists though! The locals, it seem, do not eat there.
Verdict: we prefer the pork leg rice as compared to the wanton noodles. The portions are very small, as compared to what we get here in Singapore.
T&K Seafood at Chinatown was another new food place the Husb’s friends brought us to. This is Bangkok tze-char in dai-pai-dong (大排档) style. Food tasted great! Again, be prepared to queue with fellow tourists by the roadside.
Sale Season + Strong SGD = SHOP-TILL-YOU-DROP!
Inner wear is a must-get from the Bangkok malls. Like I’ve mentioned on the blog before, they have a much wider variety with prettier designs than what we can get here in Singapore. Plus, they are SO MUCH cheaper! The familiar brands like Wacoal and Triumph are about 30-50% cheaper and these are prices before promotions/discounts/VAT refunds!
Only gripe is the common sizes are sold out very quickly!
The bigger labels have pretty good deals during this sale season too. Coupled with the strong SGD, there was little reason not to buy.
My love for masak-masak play when I was a kid had evolved into tendency to hoard home ware. Thanks to girlfriends who share where to get cute stuff for home, I managed to find these enamel ware shops in the markets of Bangkok!
Bought them as gifts but forgot to take pics before I gave them away!
Massage places are sprouting like mushrooms in the city, so standards are not quite as before in some of the newer setups. Thanks to our friends’ recommendation, we stayed at GLOW Pratunam this time. There are massage places available at the lobby level and at a lower floor in the same building. This worked out great for us as we could return to our rooms right after the massage!
There, the gift of couple time with the Husb.