Bangkok Travelogue: Bangkok in One Day

Only have a day in Bangkok and want to cramp as much as possible? That is definitely feasible!

Travelling around Bangkok

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An excellent mode of transport in Bangkok is the Tuk Tuk. It is cheaper than taking a cab and is an experience like no other as the driver weaves in and out of traffic. Another way of getting around is through Uber, but this only worked for us when the pickup was at the hotel, as it was hard to communicate a pickup location otherwise.

Taxis were usually our last resort as a lot of them do not go by meter, especially on weekends. They will quote you an unreasonably high price, but you would have no choice as all of the other drivers will quote you the same price too.

On Lok Yun

Situated in Chinatown, amidst all the other traditional shops, is one of Bangkok’s most famous and popular all day breakfast places, On Lok Yun. The place is not exactly accessible, so we got a cab to take us there. The one-way journey cost us about 340 Baht.

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The menu allows for a varied combination of Thai-American breakfast items, which is good because we wanted to try a range of their food and yet had plans to hit many other cafes and restaurants later. The breakfast as you see here cost 310 Baht, which is very affordable. The toast at On Lok Yun was outstanding, but we did not really fancy their milk tea.

On Lok Yun
 72 Charenkrung Road Wang Burapha Phirom, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Tel: +66 2 233 9621
Opening Hours:
Opens daily from 0530-1600hrs

After that early breakfast, we walked over to The Old Siam, which was just a stone’s throw away, intending to do some shopping. However, when we got there, we realised that the prices were exorbitant. A couple of shops quoted as 1,890 Baht for a skirt!

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Fortunately, we made some interesting finds in the food section on the first floor.

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I really like this snack (35 Baht)! I have no idea what it is called, but it comes in many pretty pastel colours and is served with popiah skin. You are supposed to wrap the spun sugar with the skin and munch on it. The taste is pretty similar to Dragon’s Beard Candy.

The COMMONS

A great place to hit for all things related to food is The COMMONS, where you can find many cafes and food concepts.

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Of which, the most well-known is Roast. We visited the cafe on a weekday morning and were surprised to see that it was packed!

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I did not care for the Steak Frites (890 Baht), but the Pulled Pork Burger (320 Baht) was fantastic! My second favourite dish was the Slow Roasted Fried Chicken (480 Baht), which was a 48-hour buttermilk and hot sauce marinated chicken that was so tender and palatable that it did not require the sauce at all.

You should have realised by now that the prices here are equivalent to that of Singapore, but that did not seem to deter people from coming here.

Roast
Unit #T1 (Roast), The COMMONS
335 Thonglor Soi 17, Sukhumvit 55
Klongton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Tel: +66(0)2 185 2865
Opening Hours:
Monday to Thursday 1000-2300hrs
Friday & Saturday 0900-2300hrs
Sunday 0900-2200hrs

White Flower Factory

There are many interesting cafes that you can try at Siam Square. We went for White Flower Factory, which had positive reviews.

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I would recommend this cafe for their Thai milk tea (Latte 85 Baht, Frappe 100 Baht) and Thai food, which were delectable. However, we did not know how to appreciate one of their most popular signature dishes, Stir Fried Crispy Catfish with Herbs (225 Baht), served with salted egg.

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You cannot leave this cafe without trying the legendary Coconut Cake (115 Baht) of White Flower Factory since 2004. The sponge cake was soft and fluffy and the coconut flavour is strong. The topping of fresh coconut reminded me of Tangela (Pokemon reference here).

White Flower Factory
4th floor of Siam Square on Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Tel: 0-2252-2646-7
Opening Hours:
Opens daily from 1000-2200hrs

Bonca Cookie Ice Cream

I had been eyeing this ice cream macaron store ever since I saw it on Instagram, and could not wait to try it.

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When I got there, the empty storefront despite all the cute macarons displayed should have given me an indication of how these would taste. These were pretty to take pictures of, and there was all there is to that. The macarons (125 Baht each) here were EVERYTHING a macaron should NOT be. Hard, brittle and totally inedible. We could not even finish half of them and decided to throw them away.

Bonca Cookie Ice Cream
Siam Square Soi 4, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Tel: +66 95 505 5818
Opening Hours:
Opens daily from 1030-2000hrs

 

Rod Fai Night Market Ratchada

My favourite part of Bangkok was going to Rod Fai Night Market Ratchada. When giving the taxi driver directions, do remember to specify clearly, if not they will bring you to the old one. The driver will usually drop you in front of the Esplanade mall, and you just have to follow the crowd to the market, which is behind the mall.

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Come with an empty stomach and a full wallet because there are so many stalls here for you to spend your money on!

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The best find at the market was Pang Duad stall! You can customise your own shaved ice mountain with a spewing volcano top for only 109 Baht!

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We went with the rainbow because it was just too pretty! Unlike the macarons, this looked and tasted delicious!

Tomyam Paa Nga

This famous tomyam street stall at Pratunam is a must-try! We got many addresses for Tomyam Paa Nga on the internet. However, the best landmark is Citin Pratunam, where the pushcart is situated in front of.

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Even though it was raining, the street stall was still very crowded, patronised by both locals and tourists alike. The owner provided makeshift tents over his table, so we did not have to worry about getting wet. All three of us ordered small bowls (150 Baht), and we found the portions just nice.

I would recommend getting the chicken instead of fish because there were too many bones to enjoy eating it. Also, get a bowl for yourself because the soup is so good, you would not want to share.

Tomyam Paa Nga 
117 Soi Chunladit, Thanonphayathai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Tel: +66 89 094 4980

Before going back to the hotel, we got a packet of mango sticky rice (80 Baht) for dessert. It is from one of the many shops near Tomyam Paa Nga.

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It came with a whole mango, sticky rice and two packets of sauce. A perfect ending to the day.

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