You’ll find a lot of dirt cheap Isan (Northeastern) food at the street stalls, but sometimes, such as when you’re jet-lagged and still not acclimatized to the humid Bangkok heat, you want to sit down and enjoy your food in nice, air conditioned surroundings. For this purpose, Somtum Der in Silom and Som Tam Nua on Siam Square are the two places that first pop up, so with Somtum Der just a short walk from our hotel, there was no doubt regarding where we would be having our first lunch in Bangkok.
Good morning Bangkok! This very moment, we should have been on our way to Norway to go skiing with AC and her friends, but something came up and we ended up in Bangkok instead. We’re staying at Banyan Tree, which is a wonderful, all-suites hotel, and even though we have the smallest type of suite (a Horizon suite), we’re still spoiled with 517 sqft all to ourselves. Our suite is on the 49th floor so we also have a great view of the city including the busy Sathon Road. In the photos below, you can see how crowded it was this afternoon. I’m glad we weren’t stuck in traffic down there.
It looks like FreakShakes are here to stay, so even though it’s a while ago, let me tell you about my first FreakShake encounter in Bangkok. The original FreakShake was invented by the Australian café Patissez, so when I found out they had a branch in Bangkok, this was where I decided to go to have my very first FreakShake. I picked the Thai Freak, which has been specially developed for Bangkok. It has Thai tea, coconut ganache and salted caramel, and it was a feast for the eyes as well as for the palate.
It was gigantic, so after a decent attempt to finish the FreakShake, I got up and went to the counter to pay. I reached for my wallet and realized that very moment, that the wallet was in another bag at the hotel! So embarrassing! I apologized a hundred times to the staff and suggested that I left my camera as a security deposit while I went back to the hotel to get the money.
Luckily, they were fine with that, but I was still so embarrassed I ran all the way back. 30 minutes later I could hand over the money in return for poor Mr. FujiFilm who didn’t have the slightest idea of what was going on.
There are so many great restaurants in Bangkok, so picking just a few favorite spots for this list was very difficult. To keep this task manageable, I’ve decided to focus primarily on Thai restaurants (except for Eat Me, there’s no way around that one). I’ve tried to add places for all budgets, but if you’re after pure street food spots, maybe my blog post about street food will be more helpful.
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After I had checked in at Riva Arun I met with Joi from the hotel for a drink upstairs at Above Riva, which is the hotel’s rooftop bar and restaurant. As we arrived, we walked right into a photoshoot of the bar’s new giant cocktails, which were the size of a fish bowl. The staff explained that they were meant for sharing with friends. Very thirsty friends, I assume. To keep the drinks chilled, they were using frozen gummy bears. A great idea, that I can’t wait to try at home.
The biggest flower market in Bangkok, Pak Khlong Talat, is located near the river in the old part of the city. This is where the Bangkok flower shop owners make their purchases, but the market is also open for individual customers, and people like me, who are just there to watch.
At this time of the year, Bangkok is excruciatingly hot and humid, so after checking out from Riva Arun, I decided to stop by the café next door for something cold to drink, before continuing to the new hotel on the other side of the city.
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Riva Arun is a beautiful boutique hotel right by Chao Phraya River. It opened last year and the hotel has quickly become a popular place to stay, especially among American and European tourists. I have previously stayed at the sister hotel Riva Surya, which is one of my absolute favorite hotels in Bangkok, so I was thrilled to get the opportunity to stay at Riva Arun.
The mango season in Thailand peaks from April to June, and although you can get mango all year round, it is during this time of the year that they taste the very best. I love everything with mango, but the combination with mango and sticky rice is second to none. Especially if there is a lot of thick white sauce that you can pour over.
I’m only in Bangkok for a couple of days, so I just packed the most essential stuff and traveled with hand luggage only. Make-up and fancy shoes had to step back and give way to camera gear and spare batteries. When I was meeting Annie from TheLeeDay.com at Bangkok Trading Post yesterday, I therefore showed up completely au naturel, with flat hair and all.