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Nearest BTS: Siam
For all of my past trips to Bangkok, our home base never left Pratunam. Pratunam is a fabulous place to stay when your primary focus is for hardcore shopping at Platinum Fashion Mall, Krung Thong plaza and its morning market. A little fyi for y'all shopaholics, Glow & Centerpoint Pratunam are my top hotel choices for that area.
For this trip, we made Siam Novotel our home base and boy oh boy do I love this location so damn much. There's so much to do, shop and eat without having to travel far. A great line-up of massage parlors across the hotel, the surrounding of shopping malls, BTS station right at its door step, bustling night market and wide array of delicious Thai eateries & restaurants to taste. There just so much to see and do at Siam.
414/18-19 Rama 1 road, Patumwan
Bangkok, Thailand 10330
A 2 minutes walk from Novotel Siam brings you to Three Wheels where I managed to satisfy my cravings right after getting off the plane. We found this place unintentionally on our own. On the way from the airport, our chatty cab driver was kind to give us an insight on the best places in Siam, which we communicated a mixture of broken English and Thai. Just before turning into our hotel, he pointed in a general direction that I believe he mentioned about being the most happening night markets, that almost sounded like an exciting adventure that all of us were so determined to experience.
Needless to say, we didn't find the place or any night markets instead we stumbled into this restaurant for a quick meal.
184, Soi Siam Square 1, Rama I Rd., Wang Mai,
Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand
Scala first open its doors to movie lovers in the late 1960s and it remains as one of oldest single-screen movie halls. I'd always stop for architecture eye-candy like this because how often do you see an old school cinema like this? The closest we have in Singapore is Capitol Theater which is an architectural beauty on its own.
186 / 2-4 Siam Square Soi 1, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan,
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Watergate Pavilion 567 Ratchoprarop Rd.Makkasan, Ratchathewi
Bangkok 10400 Thailand
Eve and Boy & Beautrium is the heaven for all makeup enthusiasts. These two large scale beauty stores are like their version of Sephora. Eve and Boy houses brands ranging from the western high-end to drugstore makeup. You'd find brands such as NARS, Laura Mercier, Milani, Makeup Revolution and Physicians Formula. Mind you, the price tag could be steeper than you thought. I paid $40 for a Milani powder blush. While it's insane trying to maneuver through the evening crowd at Eve and Boy, there is Beautrium with a calmer atmosphere. With a lesser crowd there, the sales associate can get to you when they find you wandering aimlessly or staring too deeply at its range of eyeliners. Busted some dollars on Lime Crime Velvetines, sailormoon eyeliner and while at it, I discovered one of the best false eyelashes of all times (Meilinda).
Nearest BTS: Phrom Phong
Audrey Cafe de Fleur @ The Helix Quartier
Shopping malls makes a great hideout from the warm Bangkok weather. In this largest retail mall, you'll be in awe of its granduer luxury shopping and wide selection of dining options. If you were to ask, my favourite spot in the mall has to be its rooftop garden. While I'm not one who'd enjoy nature in a tropical climate, I'm appretiative of a breezy quiet corner and its lush greens.
Nearest BTS: Thong Lor
(Every Friday to Sunday)
Note: Permanently Closed
For the hipsters that can never get enough of hippie night market, you'd enjoy Thailand's urban weekend market TGIFest. Every corner is a photo op, the well-lit signage at its entrance surrounded by greenery makes a great backdrop for your #OOTDs. What's a hipster market if not for its photobooth? You get to print your photos for free when you upload the image onto your instagram account and hashtag them. Hippie and happy level 100.
TGIFest feeds the soul of young people but for old-school tummies like mine, I'd very much prefer the traditional night markets like the one at Siam or Rod Fai Market for local delicacies like Khao Kha Moo (braised pork leg rice).
Here it is, hopefully that these are some new places that you'd visit on the next trip.
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