Tuesday 17 December 2019
We had breakfast at the hotel, and afterwards, went to the swimming pool.
Given that it’s a mid-range city hotel, I guess the size of the pool was expected. To me, one of the important criteria in booking a family holiday hotel is the swimming pool. It doesn’t have to overly huge or grand, but it should be accessible enough for the kids to have fun (that is, not too deep, having a kids area, not too cold, etc).
In the afternoon, we took the BTS to Burger and Lobster. I’ve heard of the restaurant in Malaysia, but I never got the chance to try it out. Aliaa was very excited to be able to finally go there.
After lunch, we walked to Siam Paragon and went for the Sea Life Ocean World. The Ocean World was nice and the kids were really entertained. I was amazed by the large viewing section for visitors to see scuba diver feed the fishes. That was really cool.
We had dinner at Siam Paragon foodcourt with my mother-in-law. The food court had a wide variety of food. We went for one of the thai food stalls. The quality of the food was really good and despite being at a high-end mall, the price is very reasonable.
Late in the evening, I met up with Keng, my old classmate from Monash University. We took the same Computing in Melbourne (2004 – 2006). We were close back then, and after graduation and going back to our home countries, we get to see each other every few years. He came over to KL for my wedding (2013) and for a holiday in 2016. He took me for drinks at the rooftop bar of Hyatt Plaza, which was just 2 blocks away from my hotel.
It was really great seeing him in Bangkok. We updated each other on our work, families and future plans. It was great to hear his family business is doing well.
Wednesday 18 Dec 2019
We had breakfast at the hotel and after that made our way to Grand Hyatt Erawan, which is located 2 stops away on BTS.
My in-laws have arrived in Bangkok and are staying there for a few days. Given that the swimming pool is much bigger than our hotel, we took the girls there to have some fun.
After swimming and having some snacks at the hotel, we took the taxi to ICONSIAM. It’s one of the latest malls in Bangkok offering high-end brands, an impressive indoor floating market, an art gallery, and a great view of the riverside.
The designs of the shops and cafes were very impressive that I have never seen anything like it. It completely redefines your shopping experience!
Later in the afternoon, we had teatime at Coffee Beans by Dao. It’s located in the same area as the photo above.
I also went to check out the much talked about Apple store. It’s quite big and has the typical Apple layout. I’m not much of an Apple fan so I wasn’t really impressed by it.
For dinner, we went to Jumbo Seafood, overlooking the riverside. The crab and seafood dishes were fantastic.
After dinner, the rest of the family went back to the hotel by taxi. I stayed back and met up with Keng. He wanted to take me to dinner at a top phad thai restaurant in ICONSIAM.
We met near the riverside entrance and he took me to Thip Samai, located at the top floor of ICONSIAM. Thip Samai is generally viewed as the best pad thai restaurant in Thailand. This is evident by the large crowds at all of its stores.
ICONSIAM had a lot of impressive shops. I really hope to visit Bangkok again soon and explore it thoroughly.
Related posts: Bangkok Holiday part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4