Bangkok Travelogue: What We Did Part 1

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As mentioned in one of my previous posts, we got around via BTS as we didn’t want to get stuck in traffic jams. We purchased Rabbit cards which are available for 100 baht (50 baht refundable deposit) and bought 15 trips per card for 375 baht. This works out to 25 baht per trip (unlimited distance).

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Ratchadamri BTS overlooks the beautiful Royal Bangkok Sports Club’s golf course.

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Our first stop: Siam Paragon. Its a must to visit Bangkok’s luxury shopping mega mall.  It was drizzly so a temporary sheltered walkway was set up.

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Interesting safety feature in some of Bangkok’s malls

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Display near the entrance…

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Dinner at Nuer Koo. I read a number of raving magazine articles about this noodle bar. I could not remember what was good, and the staff speak little English so they could not advice us on what to order.

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Nuer Koo is famous for hearty beef noodles. We found the pork noodle picture in the menu more appetizing, so we ordered kurobuta pork noodles in traditional clear broth (125 baht). Appetizing, but we wished the serving was bigger.

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Rice noodles with fish balls in red bean curd soup(140 baht). It’s similar to Yong Tau Foo, but the soup tastes rather sour, which was not to my liking.

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Imported Australian Wagyu with steamed rice (570 baht) was average.

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Fresh grape juice (65 baht) was a tad too sweet, which makes me suspect that syrup was added.

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We wanted to watch Iron Man 3!

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Tickets include a beverage and snack at the waiting lounge, plus a 15 min neck/shoulder/foot massage at the onsite Vie-slim beauty spa(book at spa counter)

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Restrooms here are waaaayyy cleaner than the ones outside the Blue Ribbon area.

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Spacious reclining seats with leg rests and a blanket.

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I did some research at Bangkok.com and Tripadvisor and discovered Hapa Spa. We booked appointment via email a few weeks before arriving in Bangkok. I recommend taking a cab there as we had great difficulty finding the place ourselves. From the pictures posted on Hapa website, I expected modern decor, so I was taken aback by Thai decor of our couple room.  Food service is available. Staff are friendly, polite and skillful. My MIL’s massage therapist was superb while Hubby’s, FIL’s and mine were good.

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We chose half day spa package(2490 baht) which comprises of 60 min organic body scrub, 30 min hydro aromatherapy milk bath and 90 min Aroma body massage. 2490 baht is about SGD $100, which can only pay for an hour of body massage in Singapore. What a steal! However I still prefer having body massages at Georgina’s Salon because of the therapist unique technique, and the ambiance.

The only issue I had was the decor and ambiance; I am fond of spas with light colored themes and modern facilities. By the way, check out my post on Elemis Spa at St Regis Bangkok.

Dinner at touristy Cabbages and Condoms in Sukhumvit. The restaurant promotes better understanding and acceptance of family planning and does charity to support development activities of the Population and Community Development Association.

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All decorative items were made from condoms.

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Central courtyard packed with tourists.

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Indoor seating with air-con is available.

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Forgettable food, could-not-care-less service at inexpensive prices (fortunately!). We informed the waitress that we wanted the food to be less spicy. This was a huge mistake because we forgot to take into consideration that the food here was most likely already watered down to cater to tourists’ taste buds. All our dished turned out not spicy AT ALL, which totally took away the joy of having Thai cuisine. *Upset*

Stirred-fried grouper with black pepper, bell chilli, served in hot pan (370 baht)

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Pan-grilled chicken of lemongrass and herbs, with sweet gravy (220 baht)

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Seafood tom yam soup hot pot (280 baht).

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Seafood green curry (220 baht)

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Deep-fried fish cakes (220 baht)

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Grilled chicken Satay (150 baht)

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Pineapple rice

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Mints packed to look like condoms…lol…

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