Category: Bangkok

Viva Garden Serviced Residence @ Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok

Of the thousands of hotels to choose from in Bangkok, we picked Viva Garden Serviced Residence and we couldn’t have been happier with our choice. The main reason we booked Viva Garden was because of its excellent reviews we read at various hotel booking sites online. After 4 nights of pleasant stay here – we could not help but give a mirrored review as well.

Viva-Garden-Residences-Morning

You should have known by the name that Viva Garden is a serviced apartment rather than a conventional hotel. So besides a more spacious layout, you could expect more amnesties equipped in each studio room too. One important thing to note about Viva Garden is its location. Since it is situated near Bang Chak station along the Sukhumvit line (10 stops from Siam station) this property might not appeal to those who wish to stay near the city and shopping areas. But we did not really mind this because the BTS ride to the city centre takes only around half an hour, max.

Viva-Garden-Residences-Bedroom

We booked the Studio Superior room which cost 2,100 THB per night. Breakfast was excluded by choice because we wanted to eat out during our trip. The ambiance is homey, inviting and most importantly clean, it certainly felt as though we were staying at someone else’s home. It has everything you need and maybe more. The large fridge really comes in handy for us to store drinks and fruits bought from the street vendors and 7-11 across the road.

Of the thousands of hotels to choose from in Bangkok, we picked Viva Garden Serviced Residence and we couldn't have been...

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Pier 21 Food Court @ Terminal 21, Bangkok

Terminal 21 might not be the biggest nor the best shopping mall in Bangkok, but we found ourselves returning here several times during our short stay – mainly for the restaurants and food court. One unique feature of Terminal 21 is its airport concept so the staff is dressed in airline attendant uniforms. Retail shops are divided over 9 stories, in which each floor is designed to look like various famous parts of the world.

Terminal-21-Lighthouse

M-Level-Paris

For example, the 2nd floor has a London theme where you will find the city’s iconic red telephone booths and double-decker busses, Tower Bridge and etc. M floor on the other hand is Paris themed and houses Thai designer boutiques and beauty shops.

Terminal-21-Shopping-Center

Besides, you get to ride the longest escalator (36m) in Thailand too.

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Boat Noodles @ Victory Monument, Bangkok

Boat Noodles (Kuay Tiau Rua) is one of the most popular things to try in Bangkok, recommended by both locals and tourists alike. Boat Noodles is called as such because was originally sold to passing customers on wooden boats that ply the canals in Bangkok. Each vendor would have their own recipe that distinguishes their noodles from the others – may it be a different type of noodle or broth. After looking at various sources online, we made a special trip to the Victory Monument where many Boat Noodles restaurants are located at. We thought this unique local favorite was worth a detour.

Victory-Monument

This is the Victory Monument, easily reachable via BTS or bus provided you know which to take. If you rely on the Victory Monument and map alone to look for the boat noodles, you are going to have a bad time. Even with the amount of directions available online, you will be lost.

Canal

Based on my own experience the easiest way is to look for the canal while walking on the pedestrian bridge. As long as you keep the Victory Monument on your left while walking on the bridge, you should be on the right path. And assuming you are indeed on the right path, the canal will be on your right. Forget about looking at maps, just follow this simple instruction of mine and you will be fine. Or better still, just ask a local who speaks English (if you are lucky enough to encounter one) to point you to the right way.

Cooking-Boat-Noodles

Obviously there will be more than one boat noodle restaurants (signage apart, differentiated by the colors of their shirts) along the canal but only one was open when we were there, so our decision was already made for us.

Boat-Noodles-Crowd

Many locals like to have their lunch here so it will be extremely packed during lunch hours. But we did not have to wait long for seats because the turnover rate is fast owing much to the speed of the food arriving at the tables.

Boat Noodles (Kuay Tiau Rua) is one of the most popular things to try in Bangkok, recommended by both locals and tourist...

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Chatuchak (Jatujak) Weekend Market @ Bangkok

Among the many places that we visited in Bangkok, Chatuchak (or Jatujak) Weekend Market is one of the few we truly enjoyed, so much that we would not hesitate to return again. It has thousands of stalls selling a wide range of products including cheap and delicious local foods. The atmosphere and setup are very similar to our pasar malam but it is a whole lot bigger, easily ten to twenty times the size of a typical pasar malam. But first, you should know that Chatuchak Weekend Market is only open on Saturdays and Sundays 9am to 6pm just like the name says. So plan your trip accordingly if you wish to include Chatuchak Weekend Market into your list of places to visit.

Chatuchak-Weekend-Market-Entrance

Not only the vendors are not pushy, you will also be pleased to know that the whole market is a smoking free area! If you have a nice budget for shopping I am pretty sure you will have a good time here. Why? Because even a non-shopper like me who did not allocate any money for the visit bought quite a number of items – mainly artifacts, handicrafts and of course, lots of food and drinks.

Chatuchak-Crowd

There are a few ways to get to Chatuchak Weekend Market and I think the easiest way is by the BTS Sky Train. From any BTS station, board the northern bound train and alight at Mo Chit station. Then, just follow the signs for the market. Look at the crowd and the number of vans ferrying locals and tourists outside the market, it should give you a good idea on how popular it is.

Free-Bus

If you don’t feel like walking there are free shuttle tuk tuk services in the market. From what I see, not many people are taking it, most still prefer to walk.

Chatuchak-Plaza

There is also a Chatuchak Plaza within the market where small food courts and shops selling more expensive goods could be found. It is somewhat like a maze and feels stuffy inside due to the roofing (lack of ventilation) Because of that I would suggest going in there only after you are done touring the exterior market.

Among the many places that we visited in Bangkok, Chatuchak (or Jatujak) Weekend Market is one of the few we truly enjoy...

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