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Our two and a half weeks in Koh Tao were over, and it was a sad goodbye as always. But at least Olivia and I would have high-thread count pillowcases to cry ourselves to sleep into — we were headed for a weekend of luxury in Bangkok.

I’ve been in and out of this amazing city more times than I can count — and I love it dearly. This particular visit, however, was not about exploring the vibrant neighborhoods and tucked-away sois of Thailand’s capital. It was all about guilty pleasures — mornings wiled away by the pool, afternoons shopping in Siam, and nights danced away in Sukhumvit.

Aloft Bangkok

Aloft Bangkok

Our little weekend of luxury was made possible by my first attempt at playing the credit card game — I took advantage of a sign up bonus to rack up tons of Starwood points, a fraction of which I used on our stay at The Aloft. I’ll do a separate post about that process and the hotels it allowed me to stay in, so these photos are just a little taste.

Aloft Bangkok

Aloft Bangkok

Aaaaand that pretty much does it for photos of what we did during the day time. What can I say? We were on vacation. We weren’t there to be taking all kinds of crazy Bangkok tours! We did muster up the strength to leave the hotel grounds in the evening, however. Our first night, we treated ourselves to dinner and drinks at rooftop Nest, a trendy venue right around the corner from our digs.

It was a major splurge — and by that I mean for an appetizer, entrees, and a crystal bucket of mojito (literally), we spent $18USD each. How I love this country.

Nest Bangkok

Nest Bangkok

Nest Bangkok

Another night, we headed to the luxurious Siam Paragon mall and saw a movie in the most decadent seats I’ve ever sat my tush in. Movie lovers, get thyself to the silver screen in Bangkok.

No photos of the movie theater (blogger fail) but I did document our liquid nitrogen ice cream pre-movie snack. As some readers may recall, eating liquid nitrogen ice cream was my sole goal for my summer trip to London.

Bangkok Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

Bangkok Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

On our final evening, our destination was the giggle-inducing Cabbages and Condoms, a restaurant that raises money for programs that serve poor communities in rural Thailand.

Cabbages and Condoms Bangkok

Cabbages and Condoms Bangkok

Cabbages and Condoms Bangkok

As you might guess, many of the projects they support go along with the whole condom half of the theme — free vasectomies for low income families, STD prevention in rural communities, etc. And they do it in style — the entire restaurant is decorated in prophylactics. Can you believe they made a condom santa?

Cabbages and Condoms Bangkok

Cabbages and Condoms Bangkok

Cabbages and Condoms Bangkok

The food is fairly overpriced and the place is slammed with people, but in my opinion it is well worth it to support a good cause and have a wholesome laugh.

Cabbages and Condoms Bangkok

That night, we were joined by my friend Nic from Hawaii and his friend Lukkob. It’s always fun to bump into travel friends in different exotic places around the world, so we caught up over drinks on Sukhumvit Soi 11, home of the notorious street van bars and the expat-beloved Cheap Charlies.

Cheap Charlies Bangok

Street Bars bangkok

Cheap Charlies Bangok

Street Bars bangkok

Like all epic nights, this one started with “just one drink” and ended up with a cab ride home at 5am. In between we hit up several of the Sukhumvit nightspots including Q Bar, Levels, Bed Supperclub, and whatever the after hours club that the cabaret dancers from Levels dragged us to after closing. Let’s just say it was one for the book.

Q Bar Bangkok

Levels Bangkok

Levels Bangkok

Levels Bangkok

Levels Bangkok

Levels Bangkok

And with that, we were off to Chiang Rai!

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  • cosmoHallitan
    March 3 2013

    I was in Bangkok in November and went to a movie at Siam Paragon mall – it was amazing! I saw Skyfall in one of the Enigma theaters with leather recliners and drank martinis during the show, naturally. That condom restaurant looks hilarious! Sorry I missed that one. Next time!
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    • Alex
      March 5 2013

      I am SO JEALOUS! I want to go to the Enigma Theatre…. need to make this dream happen sometime soon!

  • Stephen S.
    March 3 2013

    Bangkok looks like so much fun! I can’t t get my happy ass there year. This post made me so pumped to get back to SEA!
    Stephen S. recently posted..A Little Bit of Liverpool

    • Alex
      March 5 2013

      Bangkok is one of my favorite cities in the world :) You’ll love it, excited for you to get there!

  • Thursa
    March 3 2013

    Alex, I love your stripy top!

    • Alex
      March 5 2013

      Thanks! 100 baht at Platinum mall in Bangkok :)

  • Sam
    March 3 2013

    I’m so jealous I’m literally going to have to stop following you any day now. I’m heading to Vietnam in June are you still going to be in Asia? (Note: this also means I will be hammering you for ‘Nam recommendations) PS I love your stripey top too xxx
    Sam recently posted..Hopelessly Smitten; Five Leaves, Brooklyn

    • Alex
      March 5 2013

      Sadly chica I’ll be back in the US of A come June! But email me, I’ll send you all kinds of Vietnam goodness. And the top was 100 baht, Platinum Mall. Love that place :)

  • Gaelyn
    March 4 2013

    Right on to credit card bonuses. Love the condom dressups. You find some of the craziest places.
    Gaelyn recently posted..Hogsback, the land of Hobbits in South Africa

    • Alex
      March 5 2013

      Thanks for noticing Gaelyn — I try :)

  • Paul
    March 4 2013

    Credit Card Hacking = Best way to feel like a celebrity with less than $100 in your pocket

    • Alex
      March 5 2013

      Couldn’t agree more Paul… now that I started, I’m hooked!

  • Olivia
    March 5 2013

    Love it!!!

  • James
    March 5 2013

    Great shots Alex, I’m ‘banking’ these locations for whenever I may return…

    As almost a resident and aside from buckets of cocktails, any preference on Chang or Singha beer..?

    Shout out for getting the word, ‘prophylactics’ in a travel blog!!

    • Alex
      March 8 2013

      I’ve got to confess, James — I’m not a beer drinker! It’s buckets of cocktails for this blogger :)

  • Molly Yonderblog
    March 6 2013

    This post makes me miss Bangkok! What a great city!
    Molly Yonderblog recently posted..Bangkok: A Rude Awakening

    • Alex
      March 8 2013

      It’s definitely a city that feels like home for me now. Love it so!

  • Danica
    March 6 2013

    I really liked this post! I love to travel, but just recently started doing more of it! I have never been to Asia but it is high on my list, especially Thailand! These types of cheap prices (at least by western standards) are so enticing. On a side note, I totally understand forgetting to take pictures! I spent a weekend in Dublin and came back with a grand total of three awful pictures. Fail!
    Danica recently posted..Seven Secrets to a Successful Hitchhike

    • Alex
      March 8 2013

      Thanks Danica! One of my favorite things about Thailand is definitely the great prices! Best of luck in continuing your travels…

  • We HAVE to travel together some day!!!!
    Andi of My Beautiful Adventures recently posted..Buenos Aires, Argentina: Recoleta Cemetery (Part 3)

    • Alex
      March 8 2013

      I concur… let’s make it sooner rather than later!

  • Micamyx|Senyorita
    March 6 2013

    I love the photos especially the second one. Ah, living the life! :D

    I only spent time in the Khao San Road area when I went to Bangkok last year. Time to plan my comeback trip! :D
    Micamyx|Senyorita recently posted..Overnight Subic Trip – A Barkada Weekend Getaway

    • Alex
      March 8 2013

      I love love love Khao San…. but it’s a BIG city and every corner deserves to be explored! Hope you can make it back soon and see another side :)

  • Dani
    March 8 2013

    Mojito buckets?! I am in :) Bookmarking this for our next visit to Bangkok!

    • Alex
      March 9 2013

      Dinner at Nest was probably my favorite splurge in the city! Must do!

  • Jeremy
    April 4 2013

    Did you end up writing that post about the Starwood points? That hotel looks amazing!

    • Alex
      April 5 2013

      Not just yet… but it’s in the roster, I promise!

  • Maddy
    June 12 2014

    Um this is probably not the point of this post but I love that striped side-tie top. Where did you find it??
    Maddy recently posted..One Two Three | Travel Necessities

    • Alex
      June 13 2014

      It was 100 baht, which is like $3, in Platinum Mall in Bangkok. Wish I had bought a dozen of them!

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