Going on a trip, whether local or international, is always pleasurable regardless if I have been to a particular place several times already, just like Bangkok, Thailand.
Bangkok still amazes me no matter how many times I’ve seen it. And as in any trip, during a revisit, one will always find something new… New experiences, new learnings and new memories.
1. Blue Elephant Restaurant
BLUE ELEPHANT Restaurant has been bringing Royal Thai Cuisine since 1980. But it was only during my recent trip to Bangkok that I was able to dine here. And it was conveniently just beside the hotel we were staying in – Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn.
This cooking school and restaurant is housed in a century old building to give you that feeling of authenticity.
At Blue Elephant, be well prepared to savor forkfuls of each dish that have earned this establishment its culinary legacy.
Upon entering, I was smittened by the elegant tableware in gold and blue. The etched glasses were also an absolute eye-candy!
The staff were attentive without being too much of an overkill. There even was a Filipino wait staff that helped us in choosing our food. The selections did not disappoint at all. Not only does Blue Elephant serve really mouthwatering food, they make sure each dish is beautifully presented, too!
For our amuse bouche, we had Spicy Sticky Rice Roll and Peanut with Pineapple. This tiny thing is an explosion of flavors already! Can’t wait to try what else they have to offer.
Tom Yam Koong
This spicy and sour soup has tiger prawns and straw mushrooms. Be warned though that this dish has 2 chili icons beside its name on the menu. That easily means this dish has some serious kick to it.
Doused in succulent yellow curry and coconut milk with fork tender beef cubes. Very tasty and spicy! You’ll find yourself asking for more rice! Good thing Blue Elephant has unlimited Jasmine and Red Rice.
And saving the best for last is their Phad Thai.
Blue Elephant’s Phad Thai is by far the prettiest and most delicious I have ever tried! Fried rice noodles with fresh prawns, ground roasted peanuts with tamarind sauce. Yum! I am definitely in Bangkok!
Don’t forget to order Thai Milk Tea to chug down all the fantabulous fare!
Just ready your cash (or card) as it gets quite pricey – but worth every Baht, I promise!
Open 7 days a week
Lunch: 11:30am – 02:30pm
Dinner: 06:30am – 10:30pm
Blue Elephant Building
233 South Sathorn Road,
Kwaeng Yannawa, Khet Sathorn,
Bangkok 10120, Thailand
Twitter and Instagram: @blueelephantbkk
2. Street Food
Try to eat local street food to fully experience the culture of this place. Have some mango sticky rice and noodle soup at Patpong after getting your finds.
Or have some of their yummy Papaya Salad.
Since it was a perfect day to explore the city, we rented a LONG TAILED BOAT at Sathorn Ferry Pier.
For 1,200 Baht (for 7 pax), you get to cruise the beautiful Chao Phraya River.
When traversing the river, you’ll see:
Artist’s House (houses by the river)
At the end of your cruise, walk by foot and take yourself to old town Bangkok where you’ll see a variety of street food and a festive food bazaar.
Old town Bangkok
On our way back to Sathorn, we rode the Chao Phraya Tourist Boat where we traversed the Chao Phraya River again.
From Patpong Night Market going back to our hotel in Sathorn, we opted to ride the TukTuk. The driver was initially charging us 200Baht but we were able to haggle it down to 150Baht for 4 persons.
You can also ride the BTS which is very efficient. If you are not familiar yet, just read and follow the simple instructions.
Whenever I am out of the country, I usually settle for local bazaars UNLESS there are really big discount offerings and sales happening in outlets. Otherwise, I’ll just haggle with local vendors ’til they give in!
During our recent stay in Bangkok, we enjoyed scouring the entire Patpong Night Bazaar for some really great finds.
Thank you, Bangkok! You are always fun to visit!
Thank you AirAsia for making this trip possible. Avail of “AirAsia Fly Thru Service” from Manila-Kuala Lumpur-Bangkok. This service allows you to book flights via AirAsia from Manila to Thailand, other parts of Malaysia, Bali, Australia etc. and pay only for one ticket or promo fare that takes you from Manila to Kuala Lumpur and then transfer to the next flight via transit hall in KLIA2 without needing to pass through immigration.