Bangkok Journals

Asia Sampler: One Night in Bangkok

A September 2003 trip to Bangkok by ShannonBrooke

Quote: Bangkok was so different than I expected. I had dreamed of seeing its wats and temples for so long, but it turned out that the Temple of Commerce was the real draw of Bangkok.

Asia Sampler: One Night in Bangkok

Overview

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The best way to see Bangkok is to alternate its cultural and historic beauties with modern achievements, like its giant shopping centers. That's how I did it anyway. Cultural Sightseeing and Shopping Visiting the Temples MBK and other nearby malls Shopping in the Markets Worldwide cuisine in Bangkok Quick Tips: The usual tips for city sightseeing apply doubly here. Bring comfortable shoes because you can walk faster than those taxis can drive in Bangkok traffic. Use public transportation wherever possible to stay out of the famous traffic jams. Be nice to people here and they will be really nice to you. Finally, Thailand has desig...Read More

Pathumwan Princess Hotel

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Hotel | "Pathumwan Princess"

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Our spacious deluxe accomodations were on the 23rd floor, with a great view of Siam Square. Comfortable bedding and a large, brightly lit bathroom created a luxurious feeling for our first upscale hotel in Asia. Two free bottles of water in the room saved us plenty of money, and the maids considerately left extra water and toilet paper one day. We paid $100/night including tax and service, arranged through the Tour Services at the airport. The Princess has many amenities, including a world-class spa, fitness center, and five restaurants. The included breakfast buffet is one of the best I've had in a hotel, with everything from congee to muesli. I especially enjoyed the Olympic-si...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 23, 2003

Pathumwan Princess Hotel
444 MBK CENTRE
Bangkok, Thailand 10330
66 22163700

Hualamphong Food Station

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Restaurant

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A fabulous atmosphere that transports diners out of Bangkok is only matched by the fantastic Isaan food at this popular restaurant in Bangkok. Though it can be difficult to find, it is well worth the walk. Or the taxi fare if you prefer. We arrived without reservations and were immediately seated in a pleasant courtyard. In the wooden structure with the sounds of birdsong and running water, you feel as if you were dining in the jungle rather than Sukhumvit. Lanterns provide a warm light to the tables. HFS offers frozen and iced drinks. I tried the iced coffee - delicious. Sample some of their drinks, as the spiciness of the food could overcome most Westerners. We both...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 12, 2003

Hualamphong Food Station
92/1 Sukhumvit Soi 34
Bangkok, Thailand
0 2661 3538

Roti Mataba

Restaurant

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Located across from Phra Sumen Fort, this small counter-service restaurant serves up great roti and mataba. What is Roti and Mataba, you ask? I didn't know either, so I'll tell you. Roti is a type of bread, and you order it here serve with curry. It reminded me greatly of Indian naan. You can also have it stuffed with meat, or drizzled with honey and milk. Mataba, as in banana mataba, is a sweet pastry dish that is indescribably delish. Portions are small, and we ended up continually adding to our order. We started out with one roti and curry dish each, and ended up with four orders of roti and a mataba to polish off. We dined outside at the plastic outdoor dining set, street...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 12, 2003

Roti Mataba
136 Phra Arthit, Banglamphu
Bangkok, Thailand
0 2282 2119

Patpong

Attraction | "Patpong Night Market"

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Any souvenir you want, you can get here. However, the vendors are difficult to bargain with. They are so experienced that they don't even have to pay attention to you while you enter offers into their calculators. I know that I seriously overpaid for a pair of sunglasses, but then I got a great deal on a Pucca (anime character) hoodie. The market stretches along Patpong and in some places becomes several rows thick. However, walking into any of the sois will result in offers of a different kind. For example, within 5 minutes, I was offered drugs and a ping-pong show! I can only imagine an innocent mid-western family thinking a ping-pong show would be great family fun! Anyway, this should...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 12, 2003

Patpong
Bangkok
Bangkok, Thailand

MBK and Siam Square

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Story/Tip

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We arrived in Bangkok after travelling inexpensively through Cambodia and Vietnam. Well, that all changed here. After getting a fabulous room in the Pathumwam Princess, the first thing we did was go shopping in the giant mall extravaganza that is MBK. After one day of standard tourism, the temples and such, we found ourselves returning to the malls, discovering four more floors of MBK, and exploring Siam Square, Siam Centre, Siam Discovery Center, and all of the boutiques in this area. Yes, this is an entry about shopping. This area is also a teenage hangout spot, so if you want to get a view into the life of...Read More