Luxury shopping in Bangkok

Trip Start Feb 21, 2011
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Trip End Feb 24, 2011


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Where I stayed
The Heritage Baan Silom Hotel Bangkok
Read my review - 3/5 stars

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Although this was my second time in Bangkok, the atmosphere was not so foreign to me. However, after so many years I realized that my last experience was no longer applicable. Furthermore, this time my friend and I came here to enjoy the shopping experience. 

Breakfast served at the hotel was not that bad. Though lack in choices, the morning buffet was a mix of local and western dishes. The hotel kitchen was nice enough to do a separate omelet for us when we could not eat the serves dishes since there was meat inside. It was a very late breakfast, thanks to our late night adventure the night before.

Obviously when you are in Bangkok, one has to experience Tuk Tuk. The first time we hopped on to a tuk tuk, we did not bargain at all. This morning we decided to sweet talk a bit with the tuk tuk's driver. With shopping map in our hands, we headed to the center of Bangkok.

First stop was Siam Paragon. My god, the first time I saw the building I said to my friend, "we better make sure our legs is prepared for this big building". Upon entering the building we immediately realized that this place is meant for people to shop for luxury and branded items. One can find all sort of branded boutiques in this building. Lucky for us, when we reached second floor, there was a display of Lotus sport cars. "How did they transport the cars to the second floor?", was the question at first, but we were too excited to see the sexy wheels. 

After going through several boutiques, we decided to walk further to the next door building. It was a smaller shopping mall, and here we decided to open up our wallet and spend some cash - there was 'big sales' all around town. By the time we finished spending our money, it was already almost 5pm. We skipped lunch and spent more than 4 hours going through only two buildings. 

To be honest, the vicinity nearby Siam Paragon is full with shopping attractions. One can choose to roam around in comfortable air-conditioned posh buildings or just go through the hustle & bustle outdoor sellers (along the main road). Similar to the Bukit Bintang area in Kuala Lumpur, this centre of attraction in Bangkok also has great public transportation options (i.e. MRT, taxi, bus and tuk-tuk). 

Before the rush hour started, we headed back to Baan Silom area, making a pit stop at our hotel to drop the shopping bags. Then my friend and I walked out to a nearby cultural place (about 70 meters from the hotel). It is not a complete Bangkok trip if one does not taste the local cuisine and its' seafood. Lucky for us, the seafood restaurant was already serving dinner. I was so thrilled to see swimming prawns and fishes, fresh clams and huge crabs - ready to be caught and put on fire. After skimming through the menus, we ordered few dishes - I think it was a bit too much for two. Unaware that my friend was not an adventurous eater, later that day we ended up sitting at the dinning table for almost 4 hours - with me struggling to finish up everything served on the table.

Dinner was awesome. At the culture place, home to few restaurants and shops. Since I hardly could walk anywhere after dinner, we did our souvenir shopping at the same place. Both of us had the chance to almost 'ransack' a shop selling Thai silk. If you are smart enough, never settle for the price offer shown on the price tags!!! Always bargain, especially when you are not in shopping malls. 

By the time we reached back to our hotel, it was almost 10pm. Legs were sore, tummy was full and our wallet is almost empty. It was a great hot shower before both of us switch off the lights - calling it a day.
 
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