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No bahts about it, Bangkok’s still great

| On 05, Jan 2015

So, who hasn’t been to Bangkok, shopping and dining paradise, city of smiles, golden temples, and creative surprises? Medhatter Travel Writer CECILIA TAN thought she’d seen it all. She realises she was wrong!

The Thai capital’s many faces keep visitors returning for new experiences. However, most people are happy to keep on enjoying the food and shopping. If you’ve only got a couple of days to spare, Cecilia recommends these must-dos:

Thann at Central Mall – Being a huge Thann fan, I made it a mission to stock up my aromatherapy toiletries supply since the store ceased operations in Ion a few months ago.

Central Mall – Since we were there, we lingered and hauled away luggage bags, camper shoes, lingerie, Evita Peroni hair accessories (another great brand that has exited the Singapore market) and the largest Muji store, where to my heart’s delight, prices were a good 25% lower than in Singapore.

Octave bar – Enjoy a drink, perched on the 49th floor of the Marriott Bangkok Hotel.

Opposite Mess Hall – At 27/1 Sukhumvit Soi 51, expect Western fare like pork terrine with pistachio, smoked bone marrow dumplings in ox tail broth, and Spanish-style tortilla with trout and potato. Ever a fan of hipster and edgy dinning venues, my husband was thrilled with my choice of Opposite Mess Hall for dinner. Founded by the restaurant chef, Jess Barnes who is something of a legend in Bangkok’s F&B scene, we had a memorable meal.

Massages – No vacation in Bangkok can be complete without a couple of 300 baht massages. And these are available all over the city.

Karmakamet is not my favourite aromatherapy store but I caved in as they had nice packaging and little roll on for migraines at an irresistible price of 225 baht. I might prefer AnyaDharu store for their Chinese eucalyptus top note essential oils.

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Chatuchak weekend market – With over 8,000 stalls, 27 sections, Chatuchak aka Jatujak or JJ Market sells just about anything. Shop carefully for good buys and watch out for pickpockets. I suggest you head for the sections you’re interested in as you can’t cover the market in one day.

In the midst of Chatuchak frenzy, this is an awesome spot to rest your feet. Wall enclave coffee joint at Chatuchak.


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