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Travelogue (#explodingbennybkk): Bangkok Day 1

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Possibly the most difficult post for me to write, ironically, especially since this was possibly the trip I had the most fun with one of my favorite persons in the world. It’s difficult because good memories are always tough to look back upon, when you know that you will never experience it the same again!

But this entire 4 day trip still has to be written here because I’ve promised to share my itinerary and experience previously, and what other better ways to reminisce than to write them on an online platform that would be around forever. Haha! And also, we should always learn to not cry when it’s over but smile because it happened – Dr Seuss. 

We were on a 4 day 3 night trip to Bangkok, a decision we made less than 5 minutes because air fares were relatively affordable then! In these 4 days, we spent most of our time eating, and eating. BECAUSE WHEN YOU LET EXPLODINGBELLY PLAN YOUR ITINERARY, THERE IS NOTHING ELSE BUT TO EAT AND CAFE HOP. I planned the itinerary such that we could visit the more uncommon places to eat in BKK, because we are cool like that.

It was really exciting for me because we havent been on a trip since our first in 2014. Ben came over to my place to whisk me off at like… 4am or something because our flight was at 7-ish in the morning. It’s only when I travel with him, I get to feel the freedom of not having any check in luggages, and we could just print our boarding passes and head right to the gates. Of course, that’s before I did my last minute money changing and stuffing my face with kaya toast and my supposed white coffee, which cost more but the person scammed me by serving me just coffee. What a cheat. Yes, I’m grudge bearing like this.

Stop 1: On Lok Yun

We jetted off and reached Bangkok at 8-ish local time, and got on to the train to the really inaccessible On Lok Yun. We had to make a transfer from the Airport to Makkasan Station (~30 minutes ride), which is located about a 5 minute walk away from Petchaburi Station. From there, we had to take another train to Hualamphong.

LOOK! My shibuya toast biscuit! Okay no it tasted like shit.

LOOK! My shibuya toast biscuit! Okay no it tasted like shit.

We were also approached some Korean teacher and kids to take a picture with them because… #culturalexchange. Made me feel so awkward throughout the train ride trying to act friendly but I just want to be a grumpy person so early in the morning.

From the station, we thought we could easily get a tuk tuk to bring us to On Lok Yun, but NO. They were all out to scam us, charging us like 200 baht (S$7.80) for a trip in the vicinity-ish. So we made the decision we both regretted after like 20 minutes of walking under the scorching hot sun, because my apple map directed us into some other people’s village.

Like this. We freaked out and walked back in the other direction, although I was pretty entertained by the dogs and bathing children.

Like this. We freaked out and walked back in the other direction, although I was pretty entertained by the dogs and bathing children.

So with our grossly sticky demeanor, we asked for a ride from a random tuktuk, and had to unleash my not so good skills of flirting to get us a bargain to what? I think 120 baht (S$4.70). Still a rip off. Then, just as we set off, our tuk tuk swerved like what most tuk tuk do, and my phone slipped out of my pocket and flew SO FAR AWAY on the road. So I sat there screaming for my phone, while still keeping my ass in the tuk tuk because I was watching if the incoming ambulance was going to run it over before deciding to go pick it up. Thankfully for me, it didn’t and Ben did like a 100m sprint to get it back for me and guess what! THE PHONE WAS UNSCATHED. Phew.
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So we were on our way to on lok yun fast and furiously.

Photo 15-2-16 12 47 34 pmAfter an eventful 2 hours, we were finally here – with my heart still palpitating furiously from the flying phone, and my hair bunned up like an aunty cause it was so hot.

Review will be up soon, but this was oh so comforting, but very hard to take pictures lah, cause very hot and sticky and messy. HAHA!

This was oh so comforting, but very hard to take pictures lah, cause very hot and sticky and messy. HAHA! Nonetheless, THANKS FOR WAITING FOR ME TO TAKE PICTURES AS USUAL.

REVIEW HERE (opens up in a new tab)!

We still had time before our check in time at 2pm after breakfast and we found a mall like place just behind On Lok Yun!

Stop 2: The Old Siam 

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Look like some cultural center hor.

Photo 15-2-16 12 35 51 pmLook! They even have daiso too!

We stepped into the mall, and ah… AIRCON. And we were also greeted with our favorite thing in the world. FOOD. There is an indoor like street market in the mall! GOSH. Check this out:
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We were so intrigued by this, we stood there for a while to just stare at it. Not too sure what's so intriguing.. We are just weird.

We were so intrigued by this, we stood there for a while to just stare at it. Not too sure what’s so intriguing.. We are just weird.

Got ourselves some of it because we were very curious what this golden thread thing was. And it was a super popular ingredient at the different stalls here! It turned to be like some super sweet tasting egg stuff, no not nice.

Got ourselves some of it because we were very curious what this golden thread thing was.
And it was a super popular ingredient at the different stalls here! It turned to be like some super sweet tasting egg stuff, no not nice.

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Aunty was pissed off because I take picture of her sushi but no take her.

Aunty was pissed off because I take picture of her sushi but no take her.

We also got one of these sausages to try because Ben really LOVES sausages. Uhhh.. Hehe

We also got one of these sausages to try because Ben really LOVES sausages. Uhhh.. Hehe

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The sausage was super shiok and tasty, PLUS THIS CHILI. WOW. BEST DAMN SHIT I EVER HAD. No regrets

The sausage was super shiok and tasty, PLUS THIS CHILI. WOW. BEST DAMN SHIT I EVER HAD. No regrets

We headed out of the mall cause we saw more food outside, and there it was! His favorite grilled pork thingy!

Photo 15-2-16 12 56 37 pm Photo 15-2-16 12 57 28 pmIt was so dang good. We last had it at the JB bazaar, ah.. Good times never last.

We then decided to take a cab to the Siam area so that we could grab a train to our hotel at Ekkamai!

Stop 3: Check in at THA City Loft

The trip there was uneventful, but just a hell lot of walking and me whining. I’ve previously blogged about THA, a super good option for accommodation if you happen to be looking for one!
Photo 15-2-16 3 32 31 pmThere he was doing all the admin stuff while I simply ran around like a kid snapping pictures everywhere because the place was so pretty and I was also very excited like a goldfish in a new tank.

We lazed around for a bit and tried the shibuya toast biscuits. It tasted like shit, so we decided to head out to explore the Thong Lor area.

Stop 4: PEACE Oriental Tea House

Just a 5 minute walk out of our hotel was the green tea place I wanted to visit! So zen, so peaceful, it was so out of my league. But don’t care just go and act zen.

SO ZEN. MUST TAKE OUT SHOES SOME MORE. Review up soon!

SO ZEN. MUST TAKE OUT SHOES SOME MORE.
Review up soon!

I was incredibly happy with my $2 shades.

I was incredibly happy with my $2 shades.

We spent S$20+ here for this and a pot of tea. Possibly the most expensive cafe we've been in Bangkok.

We spent S$20+ here for this and a pot of tea. Possibly the most expensive cafe we’ve been in Bangkok. But Ben seemed to like the zen-ness a lot.

Stop 5: The Commons and Rocket X 72 Courtyard @ Thong Lor

It took us a good 20-25 minutes walk on super uneven pavements to reach the Thong Lor area! But it was a nice chill walk so we were not disgustingly sweaty.

The Commons is a new eco-friendly mall at Thong Lor, probably is the hippest place to go right now. It’s like the bangkok version of our Pasarbella. Here are pictures of it:

The exterior of the commons. Eco friendly means most of the areas got NO AIRCON.

The exterior of the commons. Eco friendly means most of the areas got NO AIRCON.

I miss this view.

I miss this view.

The different food concepts within the area, and OMG it was my childhood dream to open an egg restaurant selling all things egg. AND SOMEONE ACTUALLY DID THAT.

The different food concepts within the area, and OMG it was my childhood dream to open an egg restaurant selling all things egg. AND SOMEONE ACTUALLY DID THAT.

LOOK AT THE EGGY MENU!

LOOK AT THE EGGY MENU!

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We also had coffee. No I also had coffee cause he doesn't like bitter stuff. HAHA!

We also had coffee. No I also had coffee cause he doesn’t like bitter stuff. HAHA!

Here's the cherry cola brew, which was pretty dang unique. Think, cherry, cola, and cold brew. A bit duh but it is what it is what! HAHA!

Here’s the cherry cola brew, which was pretty dang unique. Think, cherry, cola, and cold brew. A bit duh but it is what it is what! HAHA!

Roast at Thong Lor has also moved to the commons, and they had binoculars on the highest floor, hence... We spent quite a bit of time there, thanks to me

Roast at Thong Lor has also moved to the commons, and they had binoculars on the highest floor, hence… We spent quite a bit of time there, thanks to me

And the next stop was to Rocket’s latest outlet Rocket X 72 Courtyard. As usual, review will be up soon! Here are some snippets of our experience!
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WE HAD A CRUFFIN! A CROISSANT MUFFIN HYBRID! And a drink that I ordered wrongly in my haste, and he was happy cause it was chocolate.

WE HAD A CRUFFIN! A CROISSANT MUFFIN HYBRID! And a drink that I ordered wrongly in my haste, and he was happy cause it was chocolate, instead of the espresso stick I wanted. Okay lah but thanks for always letting me order what I want. HAHA!

So we sat there to chill for a good hour or so because we were so tired from the traveling and walking around, he nearly fell asleep. Walao so embarrassing. We only got up to leave when there was a massive mozzie attack. It’s massive when both of us also get bitten, if only I get bitten, it’s normal.

Stop 6: Sukhumvit 38 Food Stalls

He grew an addiction to walking. I didn’t mind cause I have grown to love walking since the op. We took another almost half an hour walk to the Sukhumvit 38 food stalls, where it was like a food court with street food and all! I don’t even know what we usually do while walking, probably like me whining, singing stupid childhood songs or annoying the shit out of him while he’s navigating.

We've finally reached!

We’ve finally reached!

YAY WE GOT OUR FAVORITE SOTONG AND HIS FAVORITE SAUSAGES AND WEIRD PORK MEAT STUFF

YAY WE GOT OUR FAVORITE SOTONG AND HIS FAVORITE SAUSAGES AND WEIRD PORK MEAT STUFF

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My favorite sight to behold

My favorite sight to behold

Salt baked fish which we didn't get to try for the entire trip! Cause.. bones.

Salt baked fish which we didn’t get to try for the entire trip! Cause.. bones.

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This is how Sukhumvit 38 looks like!

This is how Sukhumvit 38 looks like!

Chicken rice?

Chicken rice?

Our meal! His Pad Thai, my tomyum Mama instant noodles and the SOTONG AND WEIRD MEATS. HAHA!

Our meal! His Pad Thai, my tomyum Mama instant noodles and the SOTONG AND WEIRD MEATS. HAHA!

We later decided to take another half an hour walk back to the hotel because we fit like that, and come to think of it.. WE HAD A LOT TO EAT. It was about 8.30pm then, oh and before heading to the hotel, we spent like 1 hour at the supermarket deciding how big bottles of water we should buy and how much the discount was. DAMN LAME. But that is what we always do cause we indecisive little shits.

Yes, this is the end of our very, very eventful first day in Bangkok, and I should be able to continue the rest of the travelogue pretty soon after I get the pictures transferred and edited! Stay tuned! Japan itinerary coming up as well, and I just remembered I didn’t finish the previous one. Ah.

Tune in to #explodingbennybkk on Instagram to check out the places we’ve went and food we had from the trip!

 

 

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