Wonderful sleep after a hot shower last night. All set for Day 3!
As you walk the linkway from Chit Lom BTS station to Central World you'll definitely see the Erawan Shrine on your left - Buddhist devotees (plenty of Singaporean tourists en route to Platinum) mill around the Four-Faced Buddha, offering garlands and praying. The Buddha appears to be undergoing a facelift so uh you won't be able to see him if you're there right now.
Seeing this reminds me of Nepal, haha.
Both times I've been to SabX2 (Petchaburi Soi 19) there's been a line out the door. At least the guy in charge of cooking the noodles is interesting to watch.
The crowd here is 90% Singaporean or Malaysian. Contrary to most online reviews, I don't think the noodles here are particularly outstanding. I returned to try the braised pork, and I did enjoy it. Servings here are miniscule, so you might want to size up.
Leaving Sharon to shop at Platinum, I make my way to Central World.
Tuktuks are so cute, yet the process of haggling for one is intimidating enough for me to keep walking. I wonder how Pong (the tuktuk driver I met last year) is.
Central World is an impressively huge mall housing a great selection of brands. But I'm just there to use the bathroom. Hahaha. The poshest malls have the nicest toilets.
There's a linkway that leads from Chit Lom BTS station to Siam BTS station. It's a great way to see the heart of the city without suffering the afternoon heat.
More photos from my walk.
No escaping the sun now that I've exited from Ekkamai station - it's a 20 minute walk down Soi Ekkamai (Sukhumvit Soi 63) to Ekkamai Soi 12. Alternatively, hop on a motorcycle taxi to get to your destination.
This area, along with neighboring stations Thong Lo and Phrom Phong, have a sizeable expatriate presence. You'll never go a block without seeing a cafe here.
Onion is a little boutique selling menswear and some really nice shades. Next to it is their cafe arm, One Ounce for Onion. I was the only non-local in a sea of hipster Thais, and that made me feel pretty good about myself hahaha.
I watch this couple in growing amazement. The guy is flipping through a magazine when their first cup of coffee arrives. The lady stands up, taking at least 30 photos of that same cup. Then an iced coffee is served, and she arranges that new coffee next to the first cup, takes a shot, moves one of the cups, squats down/stands up, takes another shot (repeat x30). By the time their food starts arriving I've lost interest but her boyfriend is still patiently reading. Poor dude's coffee must be foamless and lukewarm by now. I hope the lady's blog is successful at least.
My Thai iced coffee is intense. Wonderful stuff. I love evaporated milk; it's so bad for you hahaha. Also got a waffle with ice-cream, and was frankly quite delighted to see the ice-cream served in popsicle form. I liked the ice-cream, which was creamy and citrusy - the waffle, not so much.
I don't want to leave the shelter of this cafe, but there are gastronomical battles to be fought and places to conquer.
En route I see what appears to be an abandoned office/housing complex. Cool stuff. Only in the day of course. #wimp
On vacations it's a constant struggle between not overeating and checking out as many must-eat places as I can.
At Wattana Panich, a 10 minute walk from where I had just ingested a whole waffle with ice-cream, I tell myself not to finish the whole bowl of noodles. Don't overeat. You're full. Stop. K just one more spoon. Gah. Maybe one more.
Before I know it my whole bowl is clean. Not a drop of broth is left. Why? Because the beef noodles here are just that good.
Must add that the huge bubbling wok of beef broth in the storefront is slightly hypnotic.
Had to run for the train after taking this picture.
The interior of Hotel Muse is all snazzy and stylish. Think Gringotts Bank with a dash of jazz. Describing architecture is not a strength of mine.
Killer views, yummy but extremely potent cocktails - found out the hard way.