So after a Koh Samui Trip which was very nice , we headed to Bangkok for some shopping and chilling before coming back to India . In the last couple of years this was my 2nd trip to BKK, you can read about my previous trip part 1 here and Part 2 here . Like Last time I had booked us in the Chatrium Riverside Hotel and the 2 bedroom river view suite there is something truly magnificent. You can read my detailed review of the hotel here.
The first which I want to mention in Bangkok is Cafe Corgi in the garden . My kids told me about this Cafe in Bangkok where you can play with very cute Corgi dogs the cafe has in a very neat, controlled and safe environments while having refreshments. The Corgis are extremely well cared for and I was frankly surprised to see that the people who run and manage the cafe prioritize the needs of the dogs first and the paying visitors second, which is how it always should be. There are fixed time slots for a limited number of people which are generally sold out in advance and each bath of visitors get nearly an hour with the Corgis in a friendly and pleasant environment along with choice of refreshments which are quite delicious too.
I would strongly recommend this place if you or anybody in your family is a dog lover . The best way to book is through there facebook page here and they respond quite promptly to messages . It is a fair distance – around 45-60 minutes from the city center so I would advise against simply turning up without reservation at the cafe thinking you will be able to spend some time with the Corgis. I think they have about 14-15 of them.
One of the first stops after landing in Bangkok was the new Iconsiam Mall . The mall is unique in many ways , some of its highlights are:
- Massive 7 storey Takashimaya store
- Indoor Floating Market ( SookSiam )
- Fancy Japanese Cuisine & Shopping
- A very nice museum
- A Glitzy Musical Fountain and cultural shows
Personally, I found the mall to be a bit over the top and not much to my liking, but that could be just because many of the high end Luxe stores there are way out of my league….:-) There appeared to be an Indian Restaurant Masala Art on the 6th floor but I didn’t try it…
I had not been to the Grand Palace on my previous visit and we decided to try it out one morning and the palace also houses the Statue of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaew . The Grand Palace is truly…well Grand and it is something you should not miss although the hot and humid and overcast conditions made the visit slightly tough.
We had dinner outside at several restaurants, the best meal we had there would have to be at Sunrise Tacos at Terminal 21 ( a shopping mall ) I don’t dig Tacos so much but the amount of customization of type and quantity which was available there was amazing. Sarvana Bhawan at Si Lom had excellent dosas and north Indian food. We visited the highly rated Amritsr Restaurant but found the food to be underwhelming and spicy and the service very unattentive , maybe you will have better luck there.
Asiatique Night Market was just a 5 min. taxi ride away from our hotel and we ended up there in the evening a few times and the Indian food at Siam India there was quite good.
Here in the gallery below are some pictures of my trip to Bangkok, do let me know if you liked any of them and keep travelling…