Showing posts with label Bangkok. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bangkok. Show all posts

Friday, 9 August 2013

[Day 5] Bangkok International Airport (Suvarnabhumi)

After enjoying four days in Bangkok, it's time for us to go back to Singapore. Although this trip might be short as compared to our initial plan of 7 days but everyone of us are satisfy with the itinerary. And I really miss all the delicious Thai cuisines and street snacks that we have tried, and not to forget my favourite Mango Sticky Rice (photo above) which I have it every day during our trip.

Honestly revisiting Bangkok after 5 years does bought back many memories from our first trip. Like the Siam Ocean World, Chatuchak Weekend Market and Mahboonkrong (MBK), they are still looking good with some familial shops and eateries when we last visited them..

Day 5 was rather tiring as we need to wake up around 4.30am to get ready for the checkout and wait for the Airport Shuttle Service to pick us from our hotel lobby around 6.00am.  You must be wondering why we do we take such an early flight back. The reason is because as it was during December peak season most of the favourable timing for return tickets are way fully booked before we can choose.

The new Bangkok International Airport (Suvarnabhumi)
Duty Free Shops @ Bangkok International Airport
Similar to International Airport that you have visited, there are also many Duty Free shops in Bangkok International Airport where you can shop for branded good, local snacks, food and etc.

My bite (pretzel) from Auntie Anne before boarding the flight
[Bangkok International Airport] Food and Beverages Section 
Passengers can enjoy some hot food and beverages before the flight or during transit from the range of eateries such as Fast Food, Snack Bar or Restaurant Cuisine depending on individual preference.

[Bangkok International Airport] Processing to the boarding gate for our flight
[Bangkok International Airport] We love the experience of outdoor boarding rather then the usual indoor boarding bridge.
[Bangkok International Airport] View from our window seats on board
[Thai Airways] Safety Rules And Emergency Exit Chart
[Thai Airways] Inflight Entertainment Programs
Most of the airlines provide "Inflight Entertainment Programs" which is a great add-on for passengers to kill time especially when travel on long hour flight. With a wide varieties of entertainments such as movies, games, news, music and etc, even cranky kids can be glue to their seats for an hour or more.

[Thai Airways] Kid's Breakfast Set
[Thai Airways] Adult Breakfast Set (Omelette with sausage)
[Thai Airways] Adult Breakfast Set (fried noodles)
Other than Inflight Entertainment, my kid and I are always curious about the inflight menu. Most of the time I only clear the bread and side dishes rather than the main course because I don't really find it good. But surprising Thai Airways and Korea Airlines serves quite decent inflight food that suits my liking.

[Thai Airways] View from our window seats
[Thai Airways] View from our window seats
[Thai Airways] View from our window seats with Singapore Coastline
[King Power Duty Free] Local Thai Snacks
We did not loop back many food stuffs but only a few that are enough for hand gifts to close friends. Here I would like to share with you two interesting snacks which we found; Dehydrate Mangosteen and Lychee as well as Mangosteen Juice. The dehydrate fruits can be eaten on it's own or add into salad, yogurt or even use it as one of the ingredients for baking. So do keep a look out for them during your trip to Bangkok.

This post marks the end of our 5D4N Bangkok Trip and I hope you enjoy reading those places of interest and food that we shared. For more details of the trip, you can refer to the Itinerary shown above. Till then stay tune for our next travelogue on Taiwan soon.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

[Day 4] Lunch At Secret Garden, Thai Cuisine And Bakery

Day four was rather a shopping spree where we do last minute shopping before catching our flight back to Singapore on the next morning.  So after our morning breakfast at hotel, we decided to go Central and Platinum Mall via the BTS before setting our lunch at Secret Garden Thai Cuisine which is located at Sathorn Road.

We took the skytrain to Chidlom Station and walk towards Platinum Fashion Mall which occupy six floors that filled with small outlets with most of them specializing in women's clothing and fashion accessories. A good tip to shop at Platinum Mall is to purchase items in bulk (3 items and above) so that you will received discount up to 30% or more per item. (sorry I didn't snatch photos on the shops as we were too busy looking at those "goodies" :p)

And if you are hungry, just like most of the shopping malls in Bangkok there is also a food court which located on the fifth floor along with other cafes and fast food chains too! But before you start getting anything, remember to purchase your food coupons in order to get your food. Below are some of the common snacks that we saw at the food court and there are still many other dishes for you to explore.

[Platinum Mall Food Court] Assorted Rice Roll with Meat or Prawn
[Platinum Mall Food Court] Fried Quail Eggs
[Platinum Mall Food Court] Steamed Topica with Coconut Cream
At one end of the food court, you can find this Bird Nest stall selling red and white bird nest desserts (sweet soup) which comes in two different flavours ranging from 100 - 500 THB (SG$4.00 - SG$20.00). We didn't try their bird nest this round as it don't look appetizing to us when compared to what we have back home. Also we are afraid that it might be something similar to we had over at Mahboonkrong (MBK) the other day.

[Platinum Mall] Bird Nest Stall
Other than bird nest dessert, the stall also offer Bird Nests in different packaging which you can purchase and cook on your own.

After getting our stuffs at Platinum Fashion Mall, we head down to Central World Mall which can be consider as a mega shopping complex in Bangkok. It offers almost everything from brand name boutiques, funky fashion, high-tech gadgets, designer furniture to imported groceries and etc. Guess most of you can spent either half to 3/4 day just at this mall itself.

While we were at Central World Mall, my boy spotted this "enormous" Green Pig which was on display together it's company of little piggy at their Kid's section for toys.

Our lunch was at this beautiful restaurant located at Sathorn Road which is one of the busiest area in Bangkok. Secret Garden Thai Cuisine and Cafe is an English styled white building surrounded by a beautiful garden where you can chose to have either indoor or al fresco dinning depending on your preference / weather.

[Secret Garden Thai Cuisine] Indoor dining area
The indoor dining area has a bright room decorated with green tones together with flowers and large chandeliers which makes you feel cozy.

[Secret Garden Thai Cuisine] Lemon Grass Drink vs Thai Iced Tea
Brother had being to Secret Garden twice so he knew exactly what dishes to order in order to suit our liking. And while flipping through their menu, I realize they do serve a varieties of food from appetizer, main to dessert. Although their price might might be slighter high as compare to some other place but I guess it is still a good place for family to get together and enjoy the cozy environment. 

[Secret Garden Thai Cuisine] Steamed Rice Cake with Preserved Turnips
Thai-style Steamed Rice Cake with Preserved Turnips is something similar to our Chinese "chwee kueh" that serve with preserved turnips and chilli. But as you can see the Thai version, their preserved turnips are less oily and more towards the dry side as compared to our local version. Taste wise still quite good whereas texture of their steamed cake is slightly firm too.

[Secret Garden Thai Cuisine] Stir Fried Black Pepper Beef
[Secret Garden Thai Cuisine] Roti with Yellow Curry Chicken
[Secret Garden Thai Cuisine] Stir Fried Chicken with Basil Leaf on Rice
[Secret Garden Thai Cuisine] Deep Fried Grouper with Spicy Sweet and Sour Sauce
[Secret Garden Thai Cuisine] Fried Morning Glory (ผัดผักบุ้งเส้น)
This is an interesting dish that I would like to recommend as it was prepared in a rather old-fashioned way by stir frying the stalks of the Morning Glory with soy sauce and cut chilli. It's quite an appetizing dish to go with rice or eat it on it's own.

[Secret Garden Thai Cuisine] Raw Papaya Salad with Dried Shrimp
[Secret Garden Thai Cuisine] Steamed Pandan Rice and Green Curry Set
Love their pandan rice that makes from real "pandan leaves" juice rather than artificial pandan essence or paste. The rice has a very fragrance taste and it pairs well with some of the dishes but again if you prefer they also have steamed white rice for your choice. As for this set, I love the spicy pork belly which is soft and tasty and it goes goes well with the noodles.

117/1 South Sathorn Road (Thanon Sathorn Tai)
Sathorn, Bangkok 10120
Telephone: 02 286 2464

Opening Hours:
11.00 am - 10.00 pm

- Depending on which direction you board the train, the Chong Nonsi BTS and take a walk toward Sathorn road about 10 minutes.

Secret Garden Bakery which is next door to their main dining area at Secret Garden Thai Cuisine.
After lunch we decided to hope over to their cafe which is just next door. I love the English design concept of the furniture, colours, flower prints and etc in their cafe which makes the diner feel so homely. Also from what I read-up Secret Garden Bakery is famous for their crepe cakes as well as wide varieties of tea cakes.

[Secret Garden Cafe] Strawberry Cheesecake
[Secret Garden Cafe] Crepe Cake with strawberry sauce
[Secret Garden Cafe] Banana Chocolate Cake
[Secret Garden Cafe] Ice Chocolate
Initially our aim was to take a look at their cake menu for future visit as we were still too full after lunch.  But their cakes are really too tempting that we actually ordered 3 different flavours to share among the six of us. As you can see, we order their "famous" crepe cake with strawberry sauce and it does taste really awesome. Each layer of crepe skin is so smooth and soft, layer with fragrant cream and top with generous amount of 'real" strawberry sauce which balance the taste of the cream in it.

After all we do enjoy their crepe cake to bit and other than crepe cake, their strawberry cheesecake is also quite good with rich cheesy taste that we love. So if you need a good place to hangout for tea and cake, this is rather a good place too or you can check up my previous post on Afternoon Tea at Agalico too if you prefer something more classic with garden sitting.

After dessert we took a short walk to the nearest BTS station (Sala Daeng BTS) along Silom Road where we by-pass Le Table de Tee which is a french restaurant situated at the back alley of Soi Sala Daeng. Since the restaurant is rather small with only room that caters 20 diners, it would be advisable that you make a reservation before heading down.

At Le Table de Tee one can enjoy well-presented delicious French food such as their set menu that comes with five-course at only 950 THB (SG$ 38.00++) per person. Initially we planned to try their set menu during one of our four nights in Bangkok but as we can't make it on most of the nights we have no choice but to KIV it till our next visit to Bangkok.

Le Table de Tee
69/5 Saladaeng Road
Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
Telephone: +66 2 636 3220

Opening Hours:
6.30pm - 10.30pm (Tuesday to Sunday)

Street Vendors selling Thai Salad and Noodles.
Fresh Fruit Juice Stall Along the Street
Fresh Fruit Stall
Further down the street towards the BTS station which is near Silom Complex, we also saw some street vendors selling local Thai Food like salad, snack, drinks, fresh cut fruits and etc along the roadside. This type of street vendors are very commonly found in Bangkok along the street near shopping mall area or along busy street where tourist or patrons can easily access them.


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