It’s been a while (more than a year…) since the last post. But that’s because of all the good things happening to both of us which kept us busy last year! *Drum roll* We bought a house and got married!!! And now we are very much settled into our new life, place and roles, so back to the grind! This is a no driving day as the city is expectedly difficult to navigate and the parking system is very confusing based on our experience the night before, where we tried to park near our stay.
Just got back from our second trip to Bangkok this year. This time round we planned it around food, food, and more food for our short 72 hours there. Trust me, it's hard to narrow down the list of drool-worthy local dishes and the instagrammable cafes available there. But I'm glad we made all the right decisions and not waste our calories intake!
Here's the list of food we ate and like.
ONE OUNCE FOR ONION (EKKAMAI BRANCH)
The cafe is tucked away in a small lane so it wasn't the easiest to locate it, but we found it with the help of google maps. They have expanded the indoor (air-conditioned) area so it looks slightly different from what I have seen online. Adjacent to the cafe, there's a hip multi-label clothing store named "Onion". This tranquil cafe area is really cosy with the sunlight shining in through the large window.
We were there early for brunch. Don't be fooled by its name, the menu is not onion-centric. Instead it offers a great selection of western food and drinks which we really enjoyed! He ordered a cup of mocha and the Grilled Croissant which comes with a tomato egg dip. I ordered a cup of tea and the Thai Garlic Bacon Pasta which was what drawn me to this cafe. We give both the dishes two thumbs up! I fell in love with this cafe and will go back in a heartbeat if I could.
Nearest BTS: Ekkamai
Address: 19/12 Ekkamai 12, Sukhumvit 63 Rd., Klongton Nua, Wattana 10110 Bangkok
AUDREY CAFE (THONGLOR BRANCH)
Desserts from Audrey Cafe kept showing up on my Instagram feed for years so we decided to give it a try. Among all of their branches, Thonglor branch have the best exterior in my opinion and it happens to be in a cafe-clustered district which makes cafe-hopping a breeze. Service staff were very welcoming and sat us at the loveliest table by the window where we can lust at its beautiful surrounding. Had a tough time deciding what to order as the menu has more choices than what I knew.
Eventually we settled with the Thai Tea Crepe Cake and Milo Sizzling Roti that did not disappoint! Crepe cake drenched with Thai tea sauce is of the right texture and sweetness. Soon, the second dessert was served. Our eyes went big when the waiter began to pour the Milo sauce over dessert and the pan started to sizzle. We left the place fully satisfied!
Nearest BTS: Thonglor
Address: 1136/3 Soi Thonglo11, Vaddhana,Sukhumvit 55, 10110 Bangkok
BAN KHUN MAE RESTAURANT
Found a highly-rated Thai food restaurant along our shopping route at Siam. We've always thought that an authentic Thai food experience can only be found by the streets, but Ban Khun Mae proved us wrong.
Arrived at noon and the restaurant is already filled with locals and tourists with minimal chatter as everyone were concentrating on eating. It is of an affordable price range despite its nicely decorated restaurant setting with good service. The menu included many photos of the recommended dishes, which made us so tempted to order everything. And we did over-ordered for two to share. Reccomend you to try the pandan chicken and green curry.
Nearest BTS: Siam
Address: 458/6-9 Siam Square Soi 8, Rama 1 Road, Patumwan District, 10330
NEON NIGHT MARKET (TALAD NEON)
Neon night market (Talad Neon) is a relatively new night market in Bangkok and is situated 10 minutes away from Platinum Mall by foot. Popped over to this market for dinner after shopping. It's our first time having a proper meal at a night market.
We were spoilt for choice with the various street food, seafood, barbeque and bar options. Along the seafood stalls area, we were constantly pursued by the friendly staff to dine at their area. In the end, we settled down at a crowded seafood stall and ordered Steamed Sea-bass, Grilled Squid and Pineapple Rice. The steamed fish tasted very fresh and the pineapple rice was very moist! Here's a tip, we think it's better to dine at a crowded stall as they will replenish their seafood supply more frequently than those quieter stalls.
Before leaving the night market, we got a plate of mango sticky rice from a cute store named "Mango Fu". As expected from Thailand, the mango is super sweet!
Nearest BTS: Chit Lom
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 4pm to 12midnight
Address: 1087 Khwaeng Makkasan, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400
MBK CENTER LEVEL 6 FOOD COURT (FOOD ISLAND)
Feeling famished after touchdown, we hurriedly checked-in to our hotel and head next door to the MBK Center level 6 foodcourt for a quick and fuss-free Thai meal. Don't confuse this with the more expensive level 5 foodcourt! It is good to note though, that the level 5 foodcourt provides halal food.
A variety of Thai cuisine are offered here at a low-price. To purchase the food, you will need top-up money into a refundable cash card at a counter first. The Pad Thai and Oyster Omelette are definitely our favourite from here!
Nearest BTS: National Stadium
Address: 444 MBK Center Phayathai Rd., Pathumwan, 10330
Mister Donut is everywhere in Thailand but not in Singapore, why?!! This trip had us on a "Pon De Ring" craze, eating a minimum of three donuts a day. Our absolute love and obsession, the Glazed Pon De Ring, is very soft and chewy like mochi. It is not as sweet as other American donuts and priced at only 25baht each! We even packed a box of half-dozen donuts to bring back to Singapore for breakfast, and they tasted exactly the same the next day!
Address: Everywhere except Savarnabhumi Airport
Share with us in the comment if there are any other amazing food in Bangkok that we should try in the future?
Thanks for reading and sharing! (:
Anders + Cindy
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Through the glass doors in the dining area, we can see the lovely view of hares hopping around the field and horses grazing. The weather looks slightly gloomy today but that did not deter us from wanting to trek up a hill to see reindeers!!! So excited!!!
15th May 2017
08:00 | Breakfast at Glentorets Bed & Breakfast
The village is really quiet in the morning with almost no one on the street outside our bedroom window. Freshen up and headed downstairs for our breakfast prepared by the host, Mark. Just beside the display cabinets, there are two world maps full of flags pinned onto the countries where the guests came from and gratitude cards. What a sweet reminder!
10:00 | Saw the reindeers at Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
Our first order of the day is to see the reindeers! Reached the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre early to ensure that we each get a place for the hill trip to see herds of reindeers roaming around freely. Unfortunately, due to bad weather, the 11am trip was cancelled. But on a good note, the staff informed us that we can buy the ticket for the paddock visit first and should the weather condition improve later, we can top-up an additional fee for the 2.30pm hill trip.
Hence we went ahead to visit the paddock. An adorable sight greeted us when we pushed open the paddock door... it's a mother reindeer (Sambar) with its calf!!! There were three more reindeers (Scrabble, Stenoa and Olympic). However, I had a hard time attracting the reindeers toward me!
Inside the paddock, there is an exhibition area filled with interesting facts of reindeers to read up on. So glad that we were the only ones in the paddock that morning which allowed us to slowly enjoy our time at the paddock.
12:00 | Lunch at Cobbs Cafe in Glenmore Forest Visitor Centre
After the long visit at the paddock, we went to the nearby cafe to have our lunch. As the weather was still pretty chilly and we were not equipped with the suitable clothing, a sensible decision was made to not go ahead with the afternoon hill trip. Really wish that we will have a chance to see herds of reindeers in their natural environment next time!
14:30 | Adventurous drive along A939 road and spotted hairy Coos
Our drive along the long A939 road was filled with fantastic views of Scotland landscape! Stopped our car halfway and had some fun taking photos with the curved endless road behind us. From there, we passed by more majestic views which our photos cannot do justice to. You must be there to see it for yourself!
Soon, google maps directed us onto a narrow road which led us to spotting some... coos!!! We've been wanting to see the Coos up-close since the beginning of our trip. They look like furry soft toys!!!
16:00 | Discovered the glorious Ballater village
Decided to stopover at Ballater village for a quick break. The beautiful Glenmuick Parish Church stood in the middle of the park and surrounded by cute little shops such as A. B. Yule Bookshop. During our stroll around the village, we saw a fat Scottish Terrier that walks funnily due to its excessive weight.
From a distance, we saw a beautiful row of trees with pink flowers along some houses. Upon closer look, these pink flowers are actually cherry blossoms!!! It's our first time seeing cherry blossom in person!! And we were so surprised to see it here in UK! Felt so happy and lucky to chance upon these cherry blossoms in this small town!
18:00 | Checked into our Airbnb at Aberdeen
The host welcomed us to our cosy Airbnb and gave us a short introduction about the place. I was really looking forward to preparing breakfast in this spacious kitchen the next morning!
19:00 | Dinner at Brewdog Castlegate
Ate burgers and drank craft beer at Brewdog. Made a silly mistake by ordering something too spicy twice. Nonetheless, we enjoyed our time there and took a long walk back to our Airbnb while watching the sunset in Aberdeen.
Although we did not get to see the free roaming herd of reindeers on the hill, but we saw coos and cherry blossoms which were a first for both of us. This proves that the best moments are the unplanned ones, and these moments are the often the ones that make perfect memories. Don't you agree?
You can read up on the rest of our 17 days' adventure in Scotland and England here