This cafe located on the same soi (street) as our hotel was such a nice surprise. We were instantly won over by its beautiful exterior - there's a rustic little flower shop outside the cafe. How strange that a place right by a busy road could feel as though it's miles away from the bustle of Bangkok.
Perhaps the impressiveness of the decor had unfairly inflated our expectations for the food served here. The Thai iced coffee was really good though. So... I highly recommend this place for a caffeine fix, but eat someplace else.
Chatuchak Market in the afternoon is where humans go to melt into puddles. Well as the biggest weekend market in Thailand people go there to score bargains, but it's too hot for me to even consider browsing. The only things I've ever bought here are ice-creams and cold drinks.
I came here last year, thoroughly regretted it, and somehow here I am again. This time we're here in search of THE famous coconut ice cream stall. Section 4, Soi 49, right outside the public toilet (sorry no other landmark hahaha). By the time we found it I was blinking sweat out of my eyes.
The coconut ice-cream... melted really quickly in the brutal sun. I soon found myself drinking coconut soup out of a coconut shell. Objectively speaking it's good ice-cream, but there's not much of a difference between the ice-cream served at the famous stall and the one I had from a random stall last year. I wouldn't take the effort to hunt this stall down.
After finishing the ice-cream Sharon tried shopping for a bit, while I mostly skulked around looking for fans to stand in front of. We soon decided it was time to go and headed back to Mo Chit BTS station.
Short train ride to Ari, a quiet neighbourhood with a growing number of cafes and boutiques. Looked like a very pleasant place to explore, but we badly needed some air-conditioning.
All the indoor tables were occupied (gee, wonder why) when we arrived here at La Liart, a cafe occupying the same premises as Tokyobike. The staff were very accommodating and moved a table indoors for us.
We asked them for a dessert recommendation and the guy at the counter said "I like the chocolate banana bundt cake." Glad we trusted him. I also got the sea salt caramel mocha, which was as delicious as it sounds.
When we can eat no longer we leave Ari for Siam. Siam Paragon and Siam Center are two adjoining malls - nothing you won't be able to find back home, but fun to roam around nevertheless.
Wanted to eat at a neighbourhood restaurant offering a spread of different Thai dishes but it was surprisingly hard to locate one in the vicinity of Saphan Taksin BTS station. Saw some street food stalls which were selling Chinese food like chicken rice and fishball noodles.
Walked down a few random sois before finally chancing upon this eatery run by a friendly married couple. The food was no frills and pretty tasty... just watch out for the spice level of the som tam (papaya salad). Incidentally the som tam was outsourced from the eatery next door haha. Common practice to do that here.
Overall it was a nice experience chilling here pre-dinner crowd, eating and watching television we didn't understand a word of.
(...is how you cry for help in Chinese.)
If you're looking to go to Asiatique, a waterfront market, on weekend evenings, don't. Or head there in the afternoon and wait it out till evening. The shuttle ferry comes infrequently (once every thirty minutes) and is alarmingly overloaded. In the event the boat capsizes there is most likely not going to be a life jacket for you.
Felt greatly relieved to be off that tightly packed boat.
Not a fan of this place - overpriced food, clothes and gimmicky souvenirs, but it does look pretty at night.
Watched a morose clown twist some balloons glumly before heading to one of the riverside bars for drinks. A live band was singing indoors but with all the kids running around the place felt more like Hard Rock Cafe (gawd I'm ancient). Should've gone to the one next door with the outdoor band.
The accumulated stickiness from the day's heat is getting to me. Can't wait to get back to take a long shower. Oh Bangkok, you must know how much I love you to put up with your weather.