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Bangkok: Of AirBnB, Shopping, Food, and Massages

chatuchak weekend market

So Bangkok has been as expected so far – a simple, uncomplicated time of endless shopping, amazing food, and breathtaking massages. Here’s a quick recap of the highlights so far.

 

Accommodation: Amar’s Apartment through AirBnB

So we booked our first stay through AirBnB, and found this quaint but superbly equipped apartment owned by a French gentleman named Amar.

airbnb bangkok apartment

Strong wifi signal, speakers in every room (with an iOS dock in the living room), air-conditioned throughout, and comfy, clean beds.

airbnb bangkok room

Add on a fridge and cupboards stocked with noodles, bottled water, eggs, and so on. In short, it was hard to leave the apartment each day. Highly recommended. Thanks for the excellent hospitality, Amar!

airbnb bangkok apartment

For those who are interested, the link for this place is here. Price: USD$56 per night.

Shopping: Chatuchak Weekend Market

We visited some of the premium shopping malls in the heart of Bangkok (Terminal 21, MBK, Siam Paragon, and so on), but I have to say that I enjoyed the Chatuchak Weekend Market the best.

chatuchak weekend market

chatuchak weekend market

Nothing beats the truly Thai experience of haggling over the already minute prices, sweating buckets, and browsing endless aisles of clothing, souvenirs, and stuff you never thought you needed till you saw it.

chatuchak weekend market

For example, I chanced over these pleasant smelling soaps and couldn’t resist purchasing a few of them. They’re not for me though – I don’t use bar soaps. Still, a pretty sweet (-smelling) buy.

souvenir thailand

IMO, forget the big shopping malls – hit the markets on the streets for the real deal. Here’s more information on Chatuchak Weekend Market.

(Swedish) Massage: Pimmalai

A trip to Bangkok, or Thailand for that matter, is incomplete without one of their signature massages. We chanced across this rustic-looking massage place called Pimmalai when we couldn’t find our apartment on the first day (chance again!).

thai massage

Admittedly, I fear the twisting and bone-crunching (I’m exaggerating, a bit) that Thai massages involve, so I opted for a Swedish massage instead. Best decision of my life – it was so comfortable that I literally fell asleep two to three times throughout the one hour, and was so tempted to opt for another hour. Highly, highly recommended.

thai massage

Here’s the web address, for those who are interested in the best massage ever.

Food: MK Restaurant

To be honest, all the food on the streets of Thailand is fantastic. Some might border on uncooked, though, so be careful of that.

bangkok street food

I think that, due to the highly competitive nature of the street trade, hawkers are forced to become excellent in their craft – and foodies like myself benefit greatly from that. 

There is one particular restaurant that stood out above all the other food that we consumed so far on this trip: MK Restaurant.

mk restaurant

mk restaurant

Apparently, they’ve been around forever – I vaguely remember eating at MK’s when I first came to Bangkok in my primary school days. Perhaps their many years in this trade has allowed them to hone their craft as well. In particular, the duck and shrimp wanton green noodles was outstanding.

mk restaurant

If you’re tired of street food (which might, uh, be unlikely), MK Restaurant is the place to chill and have superb steamboat food.

 

So now we’re preparing for our flight down to Krabi, Ao Nang. We initially wanted to take the sleeper train, but alas! it was completely booked out. So we scrambled for a last minute flight down to Krabi, and thankfully secured one just yesterday. 

More in a few days’ time!

5 comments

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  3. Bern Smith - July 8, 2013 8:13 pm

    Wow, wish I could get a chance to go to Bangkok and experience their way of massage. It would be exciting.
    massages

  4. XY - August 13, 2013 6:48 pm

    hey, am interested in the AirBnB apartment.
    was the beds comfortable?

    going in a family of 4, and hav never tried AirBnB before hence abit worried..

    • Daniel Tay - August 13, 2013 7:28 pm

      the beds were extremely comfortable and clean, so no worries with this apartment. 🙂