If you follow Alex in Wanderland on Facebook, you can have caught my announcement that I’m heading to Newfoundland to visit the family of Ian – so this is perfect timing to share this post on his family visit us in Thailand!
Bangkok. Capital of the Thailand, city of 8 million people and the door of the Southeast for travellers across Asia in the world. Notably, in one weekend overlapping of the month after that I named “host-a-palooza,” the parents of Ian, who arrived from the Canada, and my friends, who were departing for the United States after an adventure filled with action together in Khao Yai, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan.
after a few days, we congratulate our robust hard feat in cabins with electricity and modern plumbing, we felt that we had really deserved a bit of luxury. As much as I like in Island hotel in Bangkok, we didn’t take any gambles with their parents in the mix, so we had booked rooms at the coherent Pleaser U Sukhumvit and planned a weekend that allowed for exploration urban and succumb to lag.
it was my first time meeting parents Ian and so he was basically just like an episode of date hometown on The Bachelor, except that we were not in one of our hometowns, there is not other competitors and not a single person in a ball gown has accused me of not being there “for the right reasons.” , of which the last was little left down by the way. We threw the first stage- or, you know, make a reservation for dinner on our first night – at Supanniga dining room, managed by the same team as Soul Food, which we were asleep at all fighting our own jetlag on arrival in Thailand, a few months ago.
room Supanniga eating is another success like hip Thai cuisine, popular with Bangkok residents hips and expats in-the-know. We loved!
after dinner, the parents of Ian returned to the hotel to try to adapt to local time zones while we went on what became our tradition of Bangkok – a bar hop from our beloved critical Thonglor. We started to iron fairies, fairy tale twist on the theme bar that first brought me to this neighborhood of Brooklyn-esque and continues to steal my heart every time. Then we jumped more to try bad Motel, a local favorite who has a very menu cocktail creative down – own bar version of a Long Island Iced Tea is called the Barf bag and is served, you guessed it, a bag stamped with the logo of barf – and more traditionally style Thai whiskey and beer offers to the floor.
we also briefly checked beam disco but were not really feel the testosterone-filled fuel expat vibe and left in a fit of laughter.
, we ended the night in Octave, a bar on the beautiful roof and relatively unpretentious at the intersection of Thonglor and Sukhumvit. At the top of the tallest building in the region without overhangs nor the upper floors looming above tippy, sitting at Octave feels like you’re perched in a nest above the city – I have not even the slightest fear of heights and even, I felt a thrill of standing at the balcony.
need a midnight snack? The martini of rice sticky mango strangely has taste as the favorite of the kitchen of the street of the same name.
the next evening, we checked out a major element off the coast of my Bangkok bucket list: a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya.
with the choice between a cruise more small and expensive as the Apsara by Banyan Tree or a larger, negotiate boat serving buffets warm and endowed with a great karaoke, we chose the Apsara because – well, actually I think it was free enough explanatory No.? My deep and passionate love of karaoke aside, the bigger boats filled to bursting with tourists does not look like my idea of a good time. (And while I’m an Ambassador for Viator, it wasn’t a concert of work – we paid out-of-pocket for this trip!)
we were delighted with our choice to do crazy things when we arrived at the dock for Apsara, who was both elegant and refined, if a little need of a new coat of paint. We watched Bangkok floating by as we worked our way through a menu developed proudly present Thai delicacies.
the staff was warm and welcoming and generously took our pictures throughout the evening and in front of the Wat Arun on our cameras, their – and we introduced a free draw in the end as a souvenir.
location? Altogether. But a pretty magical Bangkok of experience that delighted all as both first timers to the city and those of us who have been dozens of times. For those who are new to the Thailand, it would be great primer on local food for a great server with language skills to explain the ingredients and the ins and outs of the dishes.
If you like the idea of a dinner in breezy outdoor but don’t like the price of a cruise tag or do not want to leave until the River, our last night in Bangkok revealed another option: Hemmingways. We are big fans of the terrace, and with U Sukhumvit walk, it’s a shoe component snap on our last night.
so, what we were up to when we were not stuffing our faces? One day, Ian and I expanded our visas at the Immigration in Bangkok, one day Ian and his parents went on a cooking course one day I had to return on emergency of work ( certainly do not get that pink now) and one day, we all headed to the Chatuchak market, a matter of weekend only I’ve been known to plan my trips on a Saturday or a Sunday just hit.
I talked mainly because since this getaway to Chatuchak I was haunted by my terrible inexcusable decision not not to purchase the items pictured below. What I thought? (But sorry for the language, gram!)
it was a weekend long whirlwind. In an effort for parents to crazy Ian thinking, we live a life of first class we did splurge on flights Air Bangkok Samui followed by a ferry to Koh Tao – normally the way more chic to reach the island, but the joke was on us when our flight was delayed, the air conditioner was broken on the ferry and we arrived on Koh Tao in a bunch of half-melted.
but that the time to blow up the ferry in Koh Tao has a way to heal me. Bangkok was a blast. But he felt right at home.
bars of Bangkok everything we add to our rotation for the next time? Everything I have to fire on my big city bucket list? Ago always another weekend of Bangkok in my future, inform far!
sorry for the radio silence this week – a secret last minute project arises and totally throw me my set of validation. I can’t wait to share the details with you when I can, and in the meantime I’m fighting to get back into the grind!
on another note, have you taken my readers/poll survey yet? If this isn’t the case, I’d be honored! I already start to integrate some of the feedback and can’t wait to sit and pore really on when the answers are closed!