Flavorful sleepless Bangkok (Part 2)

These days we don’t need to care much about how to buy cheap air ticket or book a good hotel with reasonable rate, we rely on those popular sites as Agoda, Booking, or Traveloka for hotel booking, or Air Asia, some other “cheap” airlines for flights. We believe their offers are the best, but it’s not always right!

Like in Thailand, so many choices! It’s good to check with Agoda and then we contact directly with the hotel and compare the price! Sometime – the same rate, but sometime – we are lucky to get a better offer! Exactly the same thing with Air Asia, if we don’t book long in advance, their price compared with Thai Airways, the latter even with the inflight meal, Air Asia is far from cheap!

d3702-bkk2_1Midnight traffic on the streets in Bangkok

Every time going back to Bangkok, I always tried a new hotel. I check location, facilities and of course hotel rate!  This time I stayed at Bally’s serviced apartment in Sukhumvit, soi 20, but…what I checked on Google Map quite far from the reality! It’s a real long walk from my apartment to Asok – a sky train station. It was my mistake to confirm in hurry but on the other hand, it would be probably not bad for me, an extra 15′ to exercise before bed!

7afa1-bkk2_15Still early to be crowded at the night market in Patpong during weekdays. 

Bankok is famous for the night life. When the dark falls, Bangkok becomes an exciting world – many things to offer, compared to Saigon, from street eating, all kinds of massage, karaoke, strip shows, disco, shopping, girl boxing, Muya Thai, gay club, gay shows, no hands restaurant…Whatever is your taste, Bangkok can make you happy!

eab3f-bkk2_22One of the most famous areas of night life – Patpong!  

60b28-bkk2_8                        Looking for fun, you are in the right place! 

Bangkok is the paradise for massage – Thai traditional, oil, foot massage, girl massage, gay massage or massage training course in some temple! Everywhere. From very affordable 250 Baht (8,3 USD) to 500 Baht (16,6 USD) for 1hr foot massage or Thai massage or for oil massage…up to 2000-3000 Baht at some luxury spas in town or hotels.

I love foot massage, much better than in Saigon until I found a place at Ton That Thiep – Kenoya. Walking around downtown in Bangkok just killing my legs, so my happiness was to enjoy the fabulous foot massage! Love it! The oil massage is also good but quite oily (!) The traditional Thai massage is awesome, but if you don’t feel good, better not try as you may feel worse! Anyway it depends!

26ef9-bkk2_9Ready for another night, they are hoping for a busy night shift…

Eating in Bangkok is so easy, everywhere I can find something I like but as habit I stick to certain places: if I do shopping at The Emporium, I surely will take away some salad and soup from “Gourmet”on the top floor, if in Silom I love noodles at Noodie (but unfortunately the shop has gone), if the food court – I may prefer the one at Siam Paragon! If you know locals, they may have better recommendation!

bbcfb-bkk2_2When the night is falling down, people are reviving everywhere…

I did try street foods in Bangkok, I love grilled chicken with sticky rice, I love fresh juice they are selling at sky train stations, I love those Thai traditional sweet snacks – I regret that in Vietnam – not many do our traditional sweets up to the level – that we can display, sell at the luxury food court as in Bangkok or Tokyo.

274df-bkk2_3The late meal of the day on the street…

08f7e-bkk2_20Thai traditional sticky rice with coconut sauce and served with fresh mango

73782-bkk2_10Fish cake, sausage…all kinds of tasty snacks for the supper! 

3daf3-bkk2_16Grilled pork cake – looks like our “nem nuong” but taste is different!  

bde6a-bkk2_11I pass by this eatery many many times and bought some…simply homemade dishes! 

9f777-bkk2_12Looks spicy and tasty – Thai fish curry, I can even smell all spices from this dish!  

86f44-bkk2_13Same as Southern Vietnamese cuisine – Thai loves the tasty coconut sauce…

654a9-bkk2_17The vendor was taking a rest in the corner, left his cart on the sidewalk! 

Last year I stayed also in Sukhumvit, by chance I found a famous, among Thai, Vietnamese restaurant – Le Dalat ( 57 Soi Prasarnmitr, Sukhumvit 23) I heard from my Thai colleague, the owner was a famous and very wealthy Vietnamese beauty Queen in 1960s. She moved to Bangkok with her family and set up this upscale restaurant! The dishes served at Le Dalat are considered as ones of the best representing the lavish Viet cuisine in Thailand!

73c7b-ledalatLe Dalat in 200 year old building brought all the way from Hanoi.    


inside this upscale restaurant – the best Vietnamese dishes are served here! 


What I really like Thailand in general, that’s Thai’s service mentality. I love the way they care about tourists as their own guests, they nicely stand on their knees to serve some drink, to offer something…it’s very contrasted with Vietnamese. We really need to learn from Thai about this, especially the communism Hanoi!

Is it easy to live in such vibrant, exciting city as Bangkok? As tourists – yes! Quite sometime ago, when I attended a workshop with some guests in Bangkok, one western man in his 60s came up to me and introduced himself. He’s a native French but his mother was Vietnamese. His wife is Thai. He’s living in Thailand more than 30 years and haven’t been back to Vietnam since 1960s. Sharing his life experience, he said not easy for him as a white guy living in Thailand. I surprisingly asked why? He quickly shared his burden in his heart. I feel his sadness, his lonely…among the locals.

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