Sunday, January 12, 2014

Travel Diary: Bangkok Pit Stop

We stayed in Bangkok for a couple of days before heading to Chiang Mai. It was literally a refuelling stop because we stuffed ourselves with delicious food every chance we got! :P
...starting with some ice cream on the plane! Totally unnecessary, but okay, I gotta admit, that was quite refreshing.Flew to Bangkok with PJ, my Mom, Ate Ria, and her daughter Amelia. This little girl flew 32 (or more?) times just this year! Crazy! But happy that she spent the holidays with us!
I booked all of us at the fairly new W Bangkok. So 'new' that none of the cab drivers knew where it was, haha! :P It was quite a challenge getting around.
Cool wall of lights by the lobby elevators

After checking in, we went straight to Central area to shop!Had dinner in a thai restaurant at the food court of one of the malls
...where I had the best longgan juice!
For breakfast the next day, we hopped over to Dean & Deluca just a couple of blocks away from the hotel

It was PJ's and my first time together in Bangkok, so I was happy to take him to my favorite haunts. We toured the The Art & Design Library, located at the 5th floor of Emporium Mall. This place is a dream! Co-working in silence, with all the art and design reference books you need. Make sure to bring your passport with you to get a free day pass! :)
There are also a few galleries and a museum shop just outside the library.

 We had late lunch in Greyhound Cafe.I also think it's nice that almost all the shopping malls in Bangkok have an area/floor where they sell arts and crafts supplies.

That evening, we met up with Ate Ria for dinner at Gaggan, a progressive Indian restaurant.
I ordered the vegetarian set, and there were so many things that blew my mind! Like the 'nuts in edible plastic', but of course, it wasn't really made plastic, but of the thin sheet that wraps White Rabbit candy (remember that??). Anyway, that was an incredible bite.There also was truffle foam, reconstructed dhokla, and liquid soup.

And then the 'main courses' which had more of the Indian flavors.The carrot porridge hot mousse with saffron and 100% silver was insane!
And then some 'cold cookies' were prepared right in front of us.
We all would have loved to stay in Bangkok longer, but Chiang Mai was waiting for us! :)

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W Hotel Bangkok
North Sathorn Road, Silom, 106, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand

Emporium Mall
Sukhumvit Soi 24, Khlong Toei,Bangkok, Thailand

Gaggan
68/1 Soi Langsuan, Ploenchit Road, Lumpini, Bangkok 10330, Thailand