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Alvinology goes to Bangkok – Day 3 of 4

Alvinology goes to Bangkok – Day 3 of 4

On the third day, Rachel’s friend, Neeni, came to pick up us with her boyfriend, Ben, to show us around for the day. Neeni is a journalist, specialising in the lifestyle beat for a Madame Figaro, a magazine in Thailand. She also writes novels on the side and has published seven novels before. Her boyfriend, Ben is an engineer.

The two of them were wonderful hosts, attentive to all our needs. We were a bit paisay that they kept insisting on paying for all our meals and expenses. Hopefully, the two of them will visit Singapore soon too and we can have the honour of hosting them in return.

We visited the Chatuchak weekend market (จตุจักร) in the morning and had a heavy breakfast there. Neeni and Ben took effort to request for less chili in our orders, bearing in mind that Rachel cannot take spicy food.

Breakfast for Champions!

Breakfast for Champions!

Soft shell crab salad

Soft shell crab salad

Mango salad and fried chicken

Mango salad and fried chicken

Roast pork - I love this

Roast pork – I love this

Neeni recommended us to try this - she said she eats it everyday

Neeni recommended us to try this – she said she eats it everyday

Delicious street snack made of flour with pork filling

Delicious street snack made of flour with pork filling

Coconut ice cream! Neeni and Ben had one of this each, Rachel and I were too full

Coconut ice cream with sticky rice! Neeni and Ben had one of this each, Rachel and I were too full

Then came the shopping after our meal. During my previous visits to Bangkok, I can spend an entire day shopping at Chatuchak and still not get tired. This time round however, we quickly went through the pets section, a few clothing shops and we were off. Maybe it’s the weather… or age is catching up with me.

The pet zone in Chatuchak

The pet zone in Chatuchak

Kittens getting blown dry

Kittens getting dry after their bath

Puppy with a princess crown

Puppy with a princess crown

Window decor in a trinket store

Window decor in a trinket store

Train-shaped bracelet

Locomotive-shaped bracelet

Rachel bought two tops from here

Rachel bought one top here

Old magazines store - Ben and Neeni informed us that this celebrity couple is very hot in Thailand now

Old magazine store – Ben and Neeni informed us that this celebrity couple is very hot in Thailand now

Evil version of Sponge Bob Square Pants?

Evil version of Sponge Bob Square Pants?

Organic soap bars - we bought a bunch of these

Organic soap bars – we bought a bunch of these

Rice milk soap bar

Rice milk soap bar

Chatuchak as seen from the overhead bridge

Chatuchak as seen from the overhead bridge

After roughing it out shopping at an outdoor market, Neeni and Ben brought us shopping in air-con paradise at Central Plaza till around 3pm.

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At Central Plaza, we checked out an interesting Thai designer brand, FLY NOW and then had lunch at a restaurant in the basement level. We also bought a fair bit of health and beauty products at BOOTS, one of Rachel’s favourite store sin Bangkok. BOOTS is unavailable in Singapore.

Theres a sale going on in Central Plaza

There’s a sale going on in Central Plaza

The carpark

The carpark

Neeni and Rachel, posing outside the flamboyant store front of FLY NOW

Neeni and Rachel, posing outside the flamboyant store front of FLY NOW

Seriously, you cant miss the FLY NOW shop when you walk past it!

Seriously, you can’t miss the FLY NOW shop when you walk past it!

ICEE! We used to have this in Singapore till they were phased out by 7-11s Mr Slurpee

ICEE! We used to have this in Singapore till they were phased out by 7-11’s Slurpee

Restaurant where we had our lunch

Restaurant where we had our lunch

The ordering is done with a common card, given to every patron. Payment is only made upon leaving the restaurant.

The stalls in the restaurant hawked a variety of cuisines, from Thai to Italian to Chinese

My Thai fried rice

My Thai fried rice

Rachels roasted duck rice

Rachel’s roast duck rice

After a light lunch, we proceeded to visit some Wats (temples) and the Museum of Siam Discovery

We were unable to enter most of the Wats as we were not properly attired (long sleeves and covered-toes shoes are a must). Nonetheless, there was a Wat housing a giant sleeping Buddha (Wat Pho) that did not enforce a strict dress code and we went in to take a look.

A colonial-like building

A clock tower

A military building

A military building

The military academy

The military academy

Exterior wall of a giant Wat

Exterior wall of a giant Wat

The wall is neverending

The wall is neverending

Sneak peep inside (we were not allow to go in as we were not properly attired)

Sneak peep inside (we were not allow to go in as we were not properly attired)

Told you the wall is neverending!

Told you the wall is neverending!

Pointy roof design

Pointy roof design

One of the many Wats

One of the many Wats

Another Wat

Another Wat

Chinese-looking statue in the Sleeping Buddha Wat

Chinese-looking statue in Wat Pho

More Chinese-looking statues

More Chinese-looking statues

The entrance

The entrance

Close-up of the roof

Close-up of the roof

Neeni and Ben with the sleeping Buddha

Neeni and Ben with the sleeping Buddha

Golden face of the sleeping Buddha

Golden face of the sleeping Buddha

Giant golden feet

Giant golden feet

Nice tattoos on the feet

Nice tattoos on the feet

On closer inspection, the tattoos were made from Mother-of-Pearl

On closer inspection, the “tattoos” were made from Mother-of-Pearl

Paintings and gold platings on the walls

Paintings and gold platings on the walls

Even the ceilings were all covered

Even the ceilings were all covered

Close-up of a small portion of the giant wall mural

Close-up of a small portion of the giant wall mural

Another section of the wall

Another section of the wall

There are rows of alm bowls in front of the sleeping Buddha for making donations

There are rows of alm bowls in front of the sleeping Buddha for making donations

Me dropping in loose changes

Me dropping in loose changes

Neeni making donations

Neeni making donations

Devotees pasting gold flakes onto various Buddha statues

Devotees pasting gold flakes onto various Buddha statues

The museum was a great experience for Rachel and I. The exhibits are a bit like those at the Living Gallery in the National Museum of Singapore and we wondered if the same vendor designed both of them.

Anyway, the Museum of Siam Discovery is a museum that seeks to answer the question “What is Thai?” It goes about doing so with tech gadgets and interactive video installations.

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We learn quite a bit about Thailand’s anthropology, history, culture and traditions through the tour. We took a lot of fun photos too.

Museum of Siam Discovery

Museum of Siam Discovery

Huge arches in front of the museum, probably an installation artwork

Huge arches in front of the museum, probably an installation artwork

We had some iced beverages at Black Canyon before going into the museum

We had some iced beverages at Black Canyon before going into the museum

A musical performance was going on in the museum

A musical performance was going on in the museum

What is real Thainess?

What is Thai?

Plastic red figurines hanging from the ceiling - the figurines represent various galleries in the museums

Plastic red figurines hanging from the ceiling – the figurines represent various galleries in the museums

Rachel posing with a street vendor statue

Rachel posing with a street vendor statue

Various Thai symbolism

Various “Thai” symbols

More Thai symbolism

More “Thai” symbolism

Many different groups of people of different nationalities resided in ancient Siam

Many different groups of people of different nationalities resided in ancient Siam

Intereactive game where you can play a trader of various nationalities

Intereactive game where you can pretend to be a trader of different nationalities

An interesting video depicting the legend of the battle between the Toad Prince and the Rain God

An interesting video depicting the legend of the battle between the Toad Prince and the Rain God

Different kinds of Thai ships and boats

Different kinds of Thai ships and boats

A long boat model

A long boat model

Model depicting ancient Siam

Model depicting ancient Siam

Another picture of the model

Another picture of the model

Cattles and houses

Cattles and street scene

Rachel was mesmerised by the various well-made interactive videos

Rachel was mesmerised by the various well-made interactive videos

At one point in history, Thai civilians were not allow to eat the carp fish because the king likes to eat it

At one point in history, Thai civilians were not allow to eat the carp fish because the king likes to eat it

Watching a video on minerals extraction

Watching a video on mining

War attire

War attire

A canon firing game

A canon firing game

A holographic battle scene

A holographic battle scene

Me looking stupid

Me looking stupid

Rachel looking intellectual

Rachel looking intellectual

Old propaganda posters

Old propaganda posters

Western influence seeping in

Western influence seeping in

Agriculture gallery

Agriculture gallery

Rachel and I on camera

Rachel and I on camera

Ben and Neenis turn to go on air

Ben and Neeni’s turn to go on air

Rolling 80s gallery

Rolling 70s gallery

Neeni and Ben back in the 70s

Neeni and Ben back in the 70s

Rachel and I were there too

Rachel and I were there too

Aspiring car models

Aspiring car models

Pretending to be a bartender

Pretending to be a bartender

The future gallery - which is as usual with all other future exhibits around the world, crap

The future gallery – which resembles all “future” exhibits around the world – crappy

At night, we shopped at posh Siam Paragon for a while and had our dinner at a restaurant in Siam Square that serves traditional Thai dishes. By coincidence, we spotted Singaporean actress, Ruien (瑞恩), dining at a table behind us in the same restaurant. Not wanting to appear like stupid TV junkies, we left her and her companion alone and did not try to gawk at her or take her photo.

Hungry Ben and Neeni

Hungry Ben and Neeni

Hungry Alvin and Rachel

Hungry Alvin and Rachel

Coconut stuffed with seafood

Coconut stuffed with seafood

Pandan chicken

Pandan chicken

Sweet and sour steamed fish

Sweet and sour steamed fish

Fresh university graduates taking photos outside Siam Paragon

Fresh university graduates taking photos outside Siam Paragon

Inside Siam Paragon

Inside Siam Paragon

Go Green

Go Green

Very beautiful visual merchandising

Very beautiful visual merchandising

We initially wanted to catch a movie at Siam Paragon, but went to MBK instead as they were only showing one movie in every single theatres!

We initially wanted to catch a movie at Siam Paragon, but went to MBK instead as Paragon was showing the same movie in every single theatre!

We then had desert at Cream & Fudge before we bid farewell to our lovely hosts, Neeni and Ben. It was raining when we got off Ben’s car to walk to MBK, and they actually gave us their umbrella -that’s how sweet the two of them are.

Our ice cream

Our ice cream

The only group photo with all four of us in it, taken before we part ways

The only group photo with all four of us in it, taken before we parted ways

Thanks to their umbrella, we managed to stay dry for the rest of the night. Rachel and I caught the Pixar animation, UP!, in 3D at MBK. It was SUPERB!

Superb movie - die die must watch!

Superb movie – die die must watch!

UP publicity standee

UP! publicity standee

Rachel in 3D glasses

Rachel in 3D glasses

Credit still

Credit still

Credit still: The two lead characters

Credit still: The two lead characters

I want to fly up into the sky too!

I want to fly up into the sky too!

We went in tired and expected little much besides a few laughs. How wrong were we. The movie has an endearing storyline about an old man who set off to fulfill the childhood wish of his late wife and in the process, discover life and adventure.

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It’s so wonderful that Rachel and I vowed to catch it again in Singapore’s cinema when it arrives. Seriously, do not miss this movie! It’s the best animation we have seen since Finding Nemo!

After the movie, we walked back to our hotel, sharing an umbrella in the light drizzle. That ended our third day in Bangkok. 🙂

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2 Comments

  1. vfrois

    hey guys where’s the thai restaurant that you mentioned? any names @ siam square?

    thanks

    Reply
  2. alvinology

    Forgot the name, but it’s in most guidebooks.

    Reply

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