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Travel Guide: Bangkok

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My husband very kindly took me to to Bangkok for Easter weekend for what was supposed to be a mini-moon.  It turned out to be more of a sourcing-moon.  I could not help myself and before he knew it my poor husband was trekking through the Chatuchak Market in 39 degree heat carrying my wares while I stomped up and down the aisles haggling my way into my version of heaven.  He is a saint, I know. I found some amazing things for both Callixto and myself and I have to say that Bangkok is fast becoming my favorite destination in Asia.  Below are some of my new finds in Bangkok.

Hotel

The Muse Hotel -   Very well located just off the Sukhumvit, and behind the the Four Seasons.  The rooms are large, and very nicely decorated.  If you can't stay there at least drop by for a sundowner at their Speakeasy Bar.

Restaurants

Eat Me Art Restaurant - Great fusion fares, with a trendy crowd and a nice minimal decor with lots of wood.

Issaya - By far my favorite restaurant in Bangkok.  The Thai food there is among the best I have ever had, and the old colonial house is incredibly charming.  Added bonus is that they grow their own veggies.

Nahm - Probably the best known Thai Cuisine restaurant.  Its very nice and the food is delicious but you have to be able to take your spice.  This is not for the faint hearted.

Nightlife

The Iron Fairies - Quirky little bar with strange and whimsical decor, this joint has become quite popular with the locals.

Blue Velvet - Dungeon chic is the look of this place.  Kind of cool in a weird way.

Bed Supper Club - Good solid nightclub.  Enough said.

Shopping

Siam Center Mall - This is the place you want to come to if you want to see some Thai Designers.  Stand out stores include; Milin, Seneda Theory, Soda, Fly Now, and Greyhound.

Soi 1-3 - Opposite Siam Center mall, these Sois have cute little boutiques.  Stand out stores are; Pronto (Japanese denim), Dancing Riot (cute little rompers), Issue (ethnic chic), VAC (sneaker-head heaven).

Chatuchak Weekend Market - You cannot leave Bangkok without experiencing this market at least once in your life.  Probably the biggest market in the world, this place is amazing.   You can get anything from clothes to ceramics to a live pet. Don't get lost and avoid  the snake section by strategically mapping sections that do interest you: clothing and accessories (sections 2-6, 10-26); handicrafts (sections 8-11); ceramics (sections 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 25); furniture and home decoration (sections 1, 3, 4, 7).

For further shopping tips please check out my Shopping Guide on Fathom Away.

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