Aug 10, 2018

A Chic Traveler's Guide On Things To Do In Bangkok Thailand

My perpetual quest to explore Bangkok continues. This time around, I visited a handful of eateries, all of which were new additions to my Thai-agenda, alongside compulsory revisits to the supermarket (heh). This post also includes a quick guide of some of my favorite hotels, trending cafes and restaurants to visit in Bangkok.

I traveled to Bangkok on the 27 - 29 July 2018, coinciding with the long weekend break there - Buddha's Birthday & King's Birthday, which also meant that flight tickets were running on peak rates. My return flight tickets felt heftily overpriced (possibly one of the most expensive to date), at a little over 500 bucks. It was all worthwhile nevertheless, my stay at the Land of Smiles was fantastic.

On the plus side, I managed to bypass most of the rush hour traffic when I arrived that morning. My GRAB journey from Don Muang International Airport straight to Hotel Muse, was THB350 + THB75, and took 30 minutes flat. Drivers would typically ask if I'd like them to take the highway, which was faster but would costs an extra THB75 in toll fees, by all means do so.

Hotel Muse Bangkok Langsuan by MGallery Collection
Is an award winning Bangkok Boutique Hotel, offering an exceptional experience in the heart of Bangkok, close to major shopping and leisure attractions. The 174 lavish guest rooms reflects the elegant come cosmopolitan character of the Boutique Hotel, alongside some of the best restaurants and roof top bar in town.

Location : 55/555 Langsuan Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok, 10330 Thailand
Phone : 02 630 4000 / 02 630 4100
Condé Nast Johansens 2018 - Best for Luxury Value | Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards – Best Romantic Hotel in Asia 2017 – Winner | Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards – Best Restaurant Hotel in Asia 2017 – Winner | Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards – 2017 Hotels & Resorts – Winner | World Luxury Restaurant Awards 2017 – Medici Kitchen & Bar – Continent Winner in Italian Cuisine | World Luxury Restaurant Awards 2017 – Babette’s The Steakhouse – Continent Winner in Steakhouse

My stay was sponsored by Hotel Muse Bangkok Langsuan by MGallery Collection, a Bangkok Boutique Hotel, where I stayed for 2 nights, in the Jatu Deluxe Room. My overall experience was exceptional.

The modern colonial-styled decoration came paired with elegant details; the comfortably tucked guestrooms and suites came fitted with excellent amenities; the hospitality top-notch; the interior mind blowing-ly elegant and chic, leaving me with plenty of corners and curves to explore, definitely a plus for a photography enthusiast like me. 

Adding a hint of femine touch to my stay with "Inspired by Her". Prepared for me - a personalised "Sharon" pillowcase; basket full of femine goodies, sunsprays and body lotions; alongside a fruit and chocolate platter for a sweet finish.

Apart from the stay, I also had dinner at one of the acclaimed Medici Restaurant & Bar, located inside of Hotel Muse. Read my review Here.

I was told that Hotel Muse is one of the Best Boutique Hotel in Bangkok - and I'd have to agree. Here are some of my favorite photographs.

My Luxiere Mulberry Silk Eye Mask was sponsored by SleepWiz. Quote SHARONEYEMASK for 10% off.

The next morning, I had breakfast at Babette's Restaurant, located on the 19th floor of the hotel.

The rest of this travelogue consists of some of the places that I visited throughout my short stay. Let's start with a coffee shop that sells old-fashioned, traditional breads and spreads.

Mont Nom Sod @ MBK - for the best breakfast thai toast in bangkok
My favorite place for Thai Toast to date. I had one Buttered Toast with Sugar (THB20) and one Toast with Coconut Custard (THB25), which is essentially a pandan flavored toast. There were plenty of bread, bottled drinks and dips available for takeaways. Tip: Don't go too early! They only open at 11.30am!

Location : MBK Center Phaya Thai Rd Khwaeng Wang Mai, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Phone : +66 2 611 4898
Opening Hours: 11.30am - 9pm Daily.

Rod Dee Det @ Siam Square - for a decent bowl of beef noodles in Bangkok
For lunch I had a hearty warm bowl of Beef Noodles (THB50) and Fried Pork and Garlic on Rice (RHB50). Both was pretty good though nothing to shout about.

Location : Siam Square Soi 2, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand

AKART Bistro & Bar @ Pantip Sathorn - for shaved ice dessert in Bangkok
AKART's menu is huge - from traditional Thai dishes to American eats. Me and my friend shared the 5 Dumpling Korean Milky Shaved Ice (THB220), which came a tad too milky and rich for my liking. The dumplings were essentially starchy balls of pearls you'd typically find in pearl milk teas. The more popular dessert here would be the Butterfly Pea version, which they ran out of that afternoon. Pardon the milky sweetness. It's really meant to be shared.

Location : 30 Yen Akat Rd, Khwaeng Thung Maha Mek, Khet Sathon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120 Thailand.
Phone : +66 2 249 0182
Opening Hours: 10.30am - 10.30pm. Daily.

Charoen Saeng @ Silom - for a no frills traditional braised pork knuckle in Bangkok
Tucked in an alleyway, the no frills restaurant was packed with locals and probably a table or two of foreigners. The menu is in Thai, but there are pictures, so you get to point and pick your order. For a "leaner" option, I had the Braised Pork Meat (THB50) dish, which was simple yet flavorful; traditional yet delicious. Not cheap though. Tip: Come early as the place closes right after lunch.   

Location : 492/6 Soi Charoen Krung 49, Si Lom Road, Bang Rak, Bangkok.
Phone : +66 2 234 4602
Opening Hours: 7.30am - 1.30pm. Daily.

Prachak Roasted Duck Restaurant @ Silom - for famous roast duck in Bangkok
Just across the road, was Prachak Pet Yang, a popular roast duck restaurant, that I have always had intent to visit in the past, and finally got to do so that afternoon. The Quarter Roasted Duck (THB140) meat had powdery textures, which I wasn't exactly fond of, though flavorsome all in all. I also had a go at the Egg Noodles with Shrimp Wanton (THB60), which was aromatic and had great textures to add.     

Location : 1415 Charoen Krung Rd, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand.
Phone : +66 2 234 3755
Opening Hours: 8am - 8.30pm. Daily.

Shugaa @ Sukhumvit - for fancy and instagrammable desserts Bangkok
Contrary to just looking the part, the desserts at Shugaa tasted really good. I'd highly recommend the Polar Bolar (THB185), consisting of a perfectly baked croissant, which was so crisp and addictive, complimented by Hokkaido ice cream, white malt crumble and creamy seasalt caramel sauce. Everything on the plate were very well balanced, not too sweet and work! I also ordered the ManGo (THB160), which had plenty of mango and coconut fillings. Tip: come equip with camera, and be ready for plenty of snaps at every corner.   

Location : 27 The Residence at 61 Bldg 61 Sukhumvit 61 Alley, แขว คลองตันเหนือ Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Phone : +66 2 381 5940
Opening Hours: 10am - 8pm. Daily.

Hua Mum Night Market - for night markets in Bangkok
Having been to most of the night markets in Bangkok already, I decided to drop by Hua Mum Night Market this time round, which was about 40 minutes ride from the city center, and not exactly accessible via public transport. The GRAB ride from Sukhumvit to Hua Mun Market was about THB250, one way. Good thing for me too, the place wasn't flooded with tourists and there were plenty of space to maneuver around. Here, I had Kanom Krok Bai Toey (THB50), a pandan dessert, at possibly one of the busiest stall at the market - there was a 45-minute waiting time, and also a serving of really satisfying BBQ Chips (THB70) along the way. My dinner, consisted of Grilled Pork (THB50), Grilled Chicken (THB60), Seafood Papaya Salad (THB100) and Rice (THB10) was really-really good. Because of it's distance, I'd only recommend dropping by if you've added time to spare. Things here are slightly cheaper too!    

Location : 11 Prasert-Manukitch Rd, Khwaeng Lat Phrao, Khet Lat Phrao, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10230, Thailand
Phone : +66 99 492 6858
Opening Hours: 6pm - 12am. Daily.

Townhouse Bangkok @ Siam Paragon - for a hint of hong kong - fusion experience in Bangkok
Sold out! Similar to my luck at AKART, the much talked about Pork Belly Rice (THB320) was sold out while I was there, but thankfully, the Signature Sweet Potato Souffle (THB250) was still available. There was a 20-minute waiting time for the souffle and before I knew it, poof!, the souffle sank - way too quickly too for that matter, portion came huge however. I also ordered the 24-hour Marinated Free Range Chicken (THB320) and Gyutan and Foie Gras (THB350) dish, which both turned out to be fantastic finds. This was easily the most expensive meal I had in Bangkok in this trip. Where were the supposed Hong Kong touch though?

Location : Siam Paragon, 991 อาคารสยามพารากอน Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Phone : +66 2 129 4559
Opening Hours: 10.30am - 12am. Daily.

Like my previous visits to Bangkok, it has always been a joy for me to explore, in corners and edges that I have not. I have been telling myself that perhaps it was time to visit some place new - enough of Bangkok already, but every time when I needed that short and last minute getaway, I silently break my own promise.

Till the next Bangkok escapade that awaits. xoxo.


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