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Alvinology goes to Bangkok – Day 4 of 4

Alvinology goes to Bangkok – Day 4 of 4

This entry is long overdue. 🙂

On our last day in Bangkok, Rachel and I visited Jim Thompson House together with my parents in the morning.

What’s so special about this ang moh’s house?

Well, James Harrison Wilson “Jim” Thompson (born March 21, 1906 in Greenville, Delaware – unknown) was an American businessman who helped revitalize the Thai silk and textile industry in the 1950s and 1960s.. A former U.S. military intelligence officer who once worked for the Office of Strategic Services, Thompson mysteriously disappeared while going for a walk on Easter Sunday, March 26, 1967, in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia. From the latest news report I read, he was apparently killed in a hit-and-run accident by a reckless Malaysian truck driver who had buried him without knowing who he was.

Back to his house which has been converted into a tourist attraction  – we all had a great time there, marveling at the beauty of his house and being enthralled by the tour guide with her tales about Jim Thompson’s adventure in Asia. It’s a great place for photography and we took lots of shots there.

One of my favourite street snack in Bangkok

One of my favourite street snack in Bangkok

Jiu Chai Kuay for breakfast

“Jiu Chai Kuay” for breakfast

Entrance to the Jim Thompson House museum

Entrance to the Jim Thompson House museum

Waiting for the next session of the guided tour

Waiting for the next session of the guided tour

White flowers

White orchids

Freckled orchids

Freckled orchids

Rachel says this is some special kind of leaves

Rachel said this is some special kind of leaves

Some plant

Some plant

More of the same plant

More of the same plant

Shoots sprouting from a branch

Shoots sprouting from a branch

Exterior of the Jim Thompson house

Exterior of the Jim Thompson house

The pretty Thai guide who showed us around

The pretty Thai guide who showed us around

Inside Jim Thompsons garden

Inside Jim Thompson’s garden

Lush greenery

Lush greenery

Enjoying the morning sun

Enjoying the morning sun

Pretending its our house

Pretending it’s our house

Interior of one of smaller houses

Interior of one of smaller houses

Posing at the door

Posing at the door

Rachel besides a large potted plant

Rachel besides a large potted plant

The house balconey - photography is not allowed within the house

The house balcony – photography is not allowed within the house

Enjoying the greenery

Enjoying the greenery

Small elephant sculpture

Small elephant sculpture

Large porcelain design

Large porcelain design

A prayer alter

A prayer alter

Me, outside one of the smaller houses

Me, outside one of the smaller houses

Picture perfect

Picture perfect

Posing with a large pot

Posing with a large pot

This was one of the Thai silk print designed by Jim Thompson

This was one of the Thai silk print designed by Jim Thompson

Rachel grew fond of Thai silk after the visit. She bought a few pieces from the Jim Thompson store and at the airport. If you were to visit, buy the items at the airport as they are cheaper, tax-free.

Rachel bought three scarves and a spectacles holder from Jim Thompson

Rachel bought three scarves and a spectacles holder from Jim Thompson

Rachel and I then headed to Fuji Japanese Restaurant in Siam Paragon to try out Thai-styled Japanese food while my parents ate separately at a traditional Thai restaurant. The food was disappointing . It’s not exacting bad (we still enjoyed our lunch), but rather bland and boring, despite the beautiful menu with hundreds of items on offer. Maybe we just didn’t order the right stuff. We did not like the restaurant’s decor too, finding it too loud and showy.

Fuji Japanese restaurant in Siam Paragon

Fuji Japanese restaurant in Siam Paragon

Inside the lux Fuji restaurant

Inside the lux Fuji restaurant

The decor is too shiny shimmering for my liking

The decor is too shiny shimmering for my liking

A fried fusion Japanese dish

A fried fusion Japanese dish

Asparagus wrapped with beef

Asparagus wrapped with beef

Assorted grilled Japanese mushrooms

Assorted grilled Japanese mushrooms

Pork chop

Pork chop

Rachel enjoying her lunch

Rachel enjoying her lunch

After lunch, we headed to Platinum Fashion Mall in Pratunam to do some shopping. I bought some cargo pants there while Rachel bought a few dresses. We had some donuts and yogurt as light snacks.

At Pratunam

At Pratunam

A cat we spotted in the busy Pratunam market

A cat we spotted in the busy Pratunam market

One of the many clothing stores in Platinium mall

One of the many clothing stores in Platinium mall

This yoghurt store got Rachel excited

This yoghurt store got Rachel excited

Rachel ordered this yoghurt

Rachel ordered this yoghurt

Snacking on donuts and yoghurt

Snacking on donuts and yoghurt

After Pratunam, we wasted half a day trying to locate some obscure shopping mall called “Playground”, recommended by the Lonely Planet Bangkok guidebook as a great place for Thai-designed items. The hunt got us stuck in the traffic jam for hours and we gave up after three separate cab excursions. Do not always trust what the guide books say, even if it’s the latest edition!

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By then, it was almost dinner time and we headed back to Siam Paragon to dine at MK Gold together with my parents. It was raining heavily then and the hot steamboat at MK was just the right soul food we needed. We ordered lots of dishes and ate till we cannot move.

MK Gold restaurant at Siam Paragon

MK Gold restaurant at Siam Paragon

Ingredient to go into the steamboat

Ingredient to go into the steamboat

Vegetable galore

Vegetable galore

Thin slices of pork

Thin slices of pork

Beef slices

Beef slices

Green tea and red bean tofu fish cakes

Green tea and red bean tofu fish cakes

The plain rice comes decorated like this

The plain rice comes decorated like this

My favourite MK roast duck

My favourite MK roast duck

My mom and Rachel, enjoying the steamboat

My mom and Rachel, enjoying the steamboat

Rachel and I enjoying the steaming hot soup

Rachel and I enjoying the steaming hot soup

Healthy food

Healthy food

After dinner, we bought some tidbits and snacks from the Gourmet Market within Siam Paragon. They are the same stuff that are offered by street vendors outside for less than half the prices, but we still bought them as it was our last day in Bangkok and we really wanted to try out some of these snacks.

Checking out the food stalls at the Siam Paragon Gourmet Market after dinner

Checking out the food stalls at the Siam Paragon Gourmet Market after dinner

We bought some of these for supper

We bought some of these for supper

Rachel and I then headed to ZEN department store which was a real delightful find, packed with quite a few Thai designer labels. We regretted not shopping there earlier and wasting time looking for that stupid “Playground”.

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Feel tired after all the shopping, we then navigated our way back to our favourite massage parlor located near Ratchathewi BTS station. Rachel had a full body massage while I had a foot massage. That was really heavenly. We went back to our service apartment after that, rejuvenated and happy.

Waiting for the train to bring us to Ratchathewi station

Zen departmental store

Zen departmental store

A playful stray dog left its wet paw prints at the store entrance

A playful stray dog left it’s wet paw prints at the store entrance

At the BTS station, waiting for the train to ratchathewi station

At the BTS station, waiting for the train to ratchathewi station

Graffitti art

Graffitti art

Bangkok traffic is just as busy at night

Bangkok traffic is just as busy at night

Our favourite massage house! - cheap and good service

Our favourite massage house! – cheap and good service

Inside the massage house

Inside the massage house

We did not get to sleep much that night as we have to check out of our hotel at 4.30am for an early flight. At the airport, we had time for some light shopping and the next thing we know, we are back in Singapore. Till our next trip, it’s bye bye for now to Bangkok! 🙂

Large orange sculpture at the airport

Large orange sculpture at the airport

A more colourful installation, depicting the battle of the toad prince

A more colourful installation, depicting the battle of the toad prince

Pictures of the Thai royal family at the airport

Pictures of the Thai royal family at the airport

I presume these are seats for the Thai king and queen

I presume these are seats for the Thai king and queen

The last two thing we consumed in Thailand

The last two thing we consumed in Thailand

Touch down! Immediately everyone rushed to get their luggage

Touch down! Immediately everyone rushed to get their luggage

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Alvin is a marketer by day and blogger by night. He is a 100% geek who spends too much time surfing the web.

2 Comments

  1. Iv

    The sculpture at BKK airport is “The churning of the Ocean milk”…

    Reply
  2. chillycraps

    wah loadsa photos! nice shots of mouth-watering food 😀

    Reply

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