What I did in Bangkok

After checking in at Banyan Tree, we took to BTS to Siam Paragon for food and to check out the mall.

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I have no idea why I took photo with Siam Paragon. A mall. Please forgive me. It’s my first time to Bangkok.
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Lamborghini and McLaren showcase in the Siam Paragon

Their signature dish is Som Tam, like duh! They named their shop after the dish. For those of you who don’t know, Som Tam is Thailand’s famous papaya salad, you’ll see it being sold every on the street.

My favorite dish was the basket of Fried Chicken which was one of their famous dish too. 

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Breakfast at Banyan Tree every morning with this background

We took a boat ride from Sathon Pier (Near Tak Sin Bridge) to Tha Tian Pier to explore Wat Pho and Wat Arun.

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Wat Arun under renovation. So we did not visit it.

Wat Pho, the official name being Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn, is the first grade royal monastery, regarded as the most important one during the reign of King Rama I of the Chakri Dynasty. The importance of this is due to the King having managed the restoration of Wat Phodharam, an old monastery from the Ayudhya period, and had it re-established as a the royal monastery located near the Grand Palace. Some ashes of King Rama I were also kept under the pedestal of the principal Buddha image known as Phra Buddha Theva Patimakorn in the main chapel.

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If there is one must-see sight that no visit to Bangkok would be complete without, it’s the dazzling, spectacular Grand Palace, undoubtedly the city’s most famous landmark. Built in 1782 – and for 150 years the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government – the Grand Palace of Bangkok is a grand old dame indeed, that continues to have visitors in awe with its beautiful architecture and intricate detail, all of which is a proud salute to the creativity and craftsmanship of Thai people. Within its walls were also the Thai war ministry, state departments, and even the mint. Today, the complex remains the spiritual heart of the Thai Kingdom.

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Soul Food Mahanakorn started off with a pretty simple idea: to serve authentic regional Thai food – mostly the sort eaten on the street – in a comfortable setting. Since dreaming up this joint we’ve changed things a bit – we’re part cocktail bar and part Thai restaurant, with a solid wine list too. We like to think we play pretty good music. And because we care about our food and where it comes from, we source many of our ingredients from small farms in the northeast of Thailand. Our rice is organic and fair trade, our meats free-range, and our menu is seasonal with daily specials.

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Erawan Shrine in Bangkok is Brahman, not strictly Buddhist. And yet, this famous shrine attracts more visitors than many of the city’s temples. It was erected during the mid 1950s, after the Thai government had decided to build the luxury Erawan Hotel on this location. However, the first stages of the construction were beset with so many problems that superstitious labourers refused to continue unless the land spirits were appeased.

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At Ban Khun Mae, you can enjoy authentic Thai cuisine with laid-back atmosphere. Check out what I have.

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Minced Chicken, Pea, and Sweet Corn in Pastry Shell
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Steamed Snapper with Lime
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Spicy Glass Noodles Salad
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Baked Rice in Pineapple
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Roasted Duck Red Curry

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Once only popular among wholesalers and traders, Chatuchak Weekend Market has reached a landmark status as a must-visit place for tourists. Its sheer size and diverse collections of merchandise will bring any seasoned shoppers to their knees – this is where you can literally shop ‘till you drop’.

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Feel the air thrum in an exciting whirl of exotic cuisine, stunning temples, panoramic cityscapes and endless shopping. Come back again and again to the bustling city of Bangkok. A sprawling metropolis with a genius for firing the mildest of temperaments into exhilaration, Bangkok is a potpourri of food, entertainment, shopping and vivacity. Banyan Tree Bangkok, a luxury hotel, offers a sanctuary for your senses with elegantly appointed rooms, classic service blended with native hospitality, and integrated spa offerings. One of the tallest and most innovative spa hotels in the city, Banyan Tree Bangkok stands as an icon of urban tranquillity.

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Vertigo offers an al fresco dining experience set atop a roof terrace overlooking the glittering cityscape of Bangkok – a grill-and-bar experience that is Asia’s first. Dine on fork-tender seafood and premium steaks while feasting your eyes on the city’s vast skyline. Moon Bar puts you at ease in an informal setting 61 floors above the city and offers premium drinks, such as the classic Vertigo Sunset, a melody of pineapple, cranberry and lime juices blended with just the right amount of Malibu.

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