Rise and shine! Despite sleeping late last night, I got up early to catch the peak hours of the morning. Walking out of the hostel, the air was fresh yet cooling. Sounds of the traffic buzzing by got louder as I near the main road.
Bangkok, a buzzing city that is its best in the morning. The pace was slow despite the large gathering of street food around Phrom Phong BTS. From mixed vegetable rice to deep fried food, street vendors have much to offer to even the healthiest of person.
Just like my previous trip, I started the morning with a stroll to Ari BTS, a 20-minute walk from the hostel. En route, I pass by Benjasiri Park. A local park that offers a void of quiet space from the streets. Its flora was blooming as I visited, where Park goers did their morning rituals.
So I chanced upon a street stall that sold Pork Soup Noodles. I got a bowl of Freshly cooked soup noodles (40 baht).
Next stop, shopping for my other half. Literally dedicated the morning for just that. I guess I find little fun shopping as it gets pretty boring after awhile. I discovered Pratunam Market, a large market with wholesale clothing at cheap rates (only if you get it at wholesale price) after wandering around and purposely getting myself lost. That's the fun of it!
I came across a stall that claimed it does not have a branch in Singapore. Having that phrase plastered all over the store, I decided to give it a try. They sell just Wanton Mee and drinks.
Honest Review (2 out of 5 👍)
Taste: Bland and Plain, especially the noodles. The Char siew, wanton was dry and bland too :( Plus point: Deep fried pork fat gave a much-needed savory at the end
Texture: The overall dish was oily, which was understandable. Despite that, the texture of the noodles and its vegetables were just right.
Well, I wasn't impressed. What's more, the damage was 100 baht 😱
I soon wandered around before discovering a fabric paradise. Located just opposite Platinum Mall, it's Shibuya 19 (I think so) level 3-6. Japanese Canvas costs only 100 baht per meter or just 40 baht per meter for wholesale! Satisfied my fabric cravings there!
Next up, the food market outside Central World Mall. The market offered local cuisines such as barbecued seafood, mango salads, and sweet cravings such as Coconut ice cream and Mango Sticky Rice. Worth it and value for money, the market also provides sheltered seating areas in a new tentage.
Pretty much the morning was complete! I have to say that I did mixed Cambodian Riels with Thai Baht that cheated my feelings, thinking I had enough money to cover my shopping expenses. Damn to those embarrassing moments that I tried to give them Riels 😂 #epic
As the sun rose, it begins increasing hot and humid. It was noon, I headed back to the hostel for some reprieve from the heat.
It was 3 pm. I met up with Shuwai from the hostel and we head out for Rod Fai Train Night Market via Thailand Cultural Centre MRT Station. The amazing thing about that station was that there wasn't a Cultural Centre in sight. Nearby was Esplanade Mall, a retail and F&B mall that has only one thing I'd want to savor - iBerry Coconut Cake. The cake was great! Soft and mildly sweet coconut sponge cake topped with Sliced Fresh Coconut Flesh, and a gallop of fresh whipped cream at just 100 baht!
Next up, rock climbing at Bounce! Legend says that student passes are the world's best discount card. At just a flash of our student passes, we got a discounted rate at just 320 baht for a session of 1 hour. Once secured with a harness, one can scale multiple courses of different styles in varying difficulties.