We escaped the craziness of Mumbai, India to Thailand. In Thailand we visited Bangkok and Krabi. We sought some solace and relaxation next to the beaches, as well as the plethora of amazing food on both the streets and in restaurants.
Immediately upon landing, we went through customs which took approximately 40 minutes. We booked a hotel on Agoda that offered shuttle pick-up. After a good 30 minutes of waiting for our car to arrive, we finally headed to the Cottage Inn. We picked this hotel because it offered airport transportation, daily breakfast and wifi. It was also a great deal! If you have never used Agoda to book, I highly recommend it. They even offer a 2% ebates cash back!
After checking in, we headed to a Vietnamese restaurant across the street from our hotel. We played frogger to get across as the roads were LONG and a detour to the nearest cross walk would have extended our trip by 15 minutes. I was too hungry to wait. We ordered DIY nem cuon (pork sausage) rice rolls, grilled chicken, and banh beo (Vietnamese sticky pancakes). Oh now I missed the flavor and smell of fish sauce!
Afterwards we headed to Rot Fai Night Market via Uber! I’d never been to a night market before so this was a tad overwhelming but after you learn the layout, it is pretty easy to navigate. There were at least 100 food stands and possibly double or triple that number of retail stores. Everything was cheap and I saw a lot of counterfeit merchandise. Most of the street food was 20-60 Baht (approximately $2 USD). I ordered fried fish balls and a corn dog ball on a stick. There were many other dishes that I would have gladly thrown down money for if I hadn’t already stuffed myself with Vietnamese food. My favorite find was bubble tea beverages for only 35 Baht ($1 USD)!!! How satisfying it is to not pay $5 for a boba drink.
We stayed out till approximately 11PM then headed back to our hotel to plan our next day.
Here is our walking path for Day 2 of our Bangkok trip.
Our first stop was Pratanam or Platinum Mall. This place is an oasis for shoppers. There are 7 floors and one floor is dedicated to food (my favorite floor)! There’s a skybridge on the 2nd floor that connects the two malls. I bought myself a Bao crossbody bag with the logo and all. It looks very legit and no one can tell it isn’t real.