Heard of this song?
Well, my experience is nothing quite like a man’s reason for visiting Bangkok. I’ve been hesitating about going there. Reason?Bugs on skewer! We really are not on friendly terms. But once I set my foot in this city capitalizing on their tourism industry, my perception changed and there is actually more to Bangkok than bugs on a skewer.
Having a meal from the 30th floor with the Bangkok city view can be pretty awesome. Sipping coffee and just getting lost in the view of the city. Sukhumvit district has a mixed of urban and sub-urban feel to it. You can find posh hotels nestled in between some really run down buildings and in between the morning and night markets.
Easiest way to travel to all places of attractions is via the BTS Skytrain. With a platform that inter-connects with shopping malls and major shopping district, it is one of the most convenient way to travel and avoid traffic jam. The skytrain is clean, well air-conditioned and never ran out of space for advertisement opportunities from the waiting platform, entry gates up to the inside walls of the train and also the small TV displays available close to every door. The fares isn’t expensive and it’s really convenient hopping from point to point.
Who Is Madame Tussauds?
I always dreamed of visiting the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Britain. However didn’t expect to find the museum actually in Bangkok. The wax statue collection is not that extensive as compared to the museum in London and their add-ons are the Thailand political leaders, some from ASEAN countries and Thailand Royal Family apart from the usual famous figures and British Royal Family. But who is actually the Madame Tussauds who made the wax figure so famous? A brief history states that she is born as Anna Maria Grosholtz in Strasbourg, France and she begin wax modelling at early age of 17 years old. Her mother was a housekeeper to the physician and famous wax modeller, Dr. Philippe Curtious who train her on the wax modelling skills. In 1970 she was invited as art tutor to the French royal household and in 1787 she has made the wax figures of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette. Throughout her career she has made the wax models of famous celebrities, athletes and even criminals and in 1802 she begins staging her wax collection in halls and theatres in major town and cities all over Britain. She died at the age of 89 years old, after staging her wax collection for close to 33 years. Her children continued her legacy until today.
The ‘Airport’ Concept Mall – Terminal 21
Next on hit list is shopping. Honestly you can get a lot of cheaper deals at the local flea markets but I was impressed with the concept design of this Terminal 21 Mall. First of all, it’s designed based on airport concept. And by being inside the mall, each floor is like being in different country so you can say that you have ‘been’ to 5 countries in 1 day 🙂
Level G – Rome
Oh, I fall in love in Rome! Ok, ok.. I watched too many movies. But there’s this one movies on this girl who dropped a coin in the wishing fountain and found love. I haven’t been to Rome but I guess being on this floor makes you feel like you have been there. It’s that real from the wishing fountain, ceiling art decor, downright to the toilets.
Level Mezzanine – Paris
Not much interesting things to see in Paris floor. The decor is quite subtle in comparison to the other floors. It’s designed to be more like French street style, with nice ambience, flower pots and bicycle parked at the corner. Gives you that French countryside street feel.
Level 1 – Tokyo
Designed with Tokyo in mind, all the decor on this floor from the pillars with the art of sumo wrestlers, cherry blossom trees, lantern and restroom makes you feel like you are indeed in Japan.
Level 2 – London
What’s there not to love about London with its glorious union jack color splashed everywhere from the royal guards statue to the live-size double-decker bus parked literally on the floor itself? And I love the phone booth!
Level 3 – Istanbul
I never been to Istanbul. But the decor here is quite fancy, reminded me to the Arabian nights in Aladdin (again I’m influenced by movies i watched). Oh well, someday I will live my dream of being in the land of Laurence of Arabia.
Level 4 – San Francisco
San Francisco floor brought back many landmarks and memories to places that I have been in San Francisco many years ago. Most obvious of all, the Golden Gate Bridge, built suspended in the air right in the middle of 4th Floor concourse. And again the art and decor speaks for itself.
Level 5 – Pier 21
Pier 21 Floor is a food court. Using the prepaid re-load card system, you can enjoy your meal here and gets refunded if there are unused amount in the card. Mainly selling local Thai delicacies, stalls to go for is the one selling coconut ice-cream, fresh fruit ice blended, and seafood pad Thai.
What’s there about travel if you don’t try the local street food? Here’s my favorite picks. Mango sticky rice is a must try. The taste will blow you away. The sweetness of the mango, sticky rice and coconut cream with crunchy green beans on top is just mouth watering. It’s almost like a Thai national dish given you can see this being sold everywhere. Next is the shrimp pad thai. Flat rice noodles stir fried with beansprout, shrimp and eggs sprinkled with ground peanuts and some chili powder for those who love the extra spicy kick. And something new i discovered on this trip is the coconut ice cream. Made from a mixture of young coconut water and flesh, the taste of the ice cream is smooth and simply fabulous. A nice treat on hot day. You can pick the variety of toppings to put on top from peanuts, boiled sweet potato, corn or jelly.
For dessert lover, Mr Jones Orphanage is a pretty a cool place. The kind of place that reminded you to your childhood days of playing tea party with teddy bear and toy soldiers inside your grandma’s kitchen. The desserts of various cakes, scones, macaroon and milkshakes are to die for. The ambiance is like waking up inside your childhood dream. It’s so much fun to eat here.
I will come back to Thailand anytime, just to savior the sight of the city and taste of the food.