Bumming Around Bangkok
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.
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 Bangkok. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
And with that, we were off to Chiang Rai!
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!
I am SO JEALOUS! I want to go to the Enigma Theatre…. need to make this dream happen sometime soon!
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!
Bangkok is one of my favorite cities in the world 🙂 You’ll love it, excited for you to get there!
Alex, I love your stripy top!
Thanks! 100 baht at Platinum mall in Bangkok 🙂
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
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 🙂
Right on to credit card bonuses. Love the condom dressups. You find some of the craziest places.
Thanks for noticing Gaelyn — I try 🙂
Credit Card Hacking = Best way to feel like a celebrity with less than $100 in your pocket
Couldn’t agree more Paul… now that I started, I’m hooked!
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!!
I’ve got to confess, James — I’m not a beer drinker! It’s buckets of cocktails for this blogger 🙂
This post makes me miss Bangkok! What a great city!
It’s definitely a city that feels like home for me now. Love it so!
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!
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!!!!
I concur… let’s make it sooner rather than later!
I love the photos especially the second one. Ah, living the life! 😀
I only spent time in the Khao San Road area when I went to Bangkok last year. Time to plan my comeback trip! 😀
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 🙂
Mojito buckets?! I am in 🙂 Bookmarking this for our next visit to Bangkok!
Dinner at Nest was probably my favorite splurge in the city! Must do!
Did you end up writing that post about the Starwood points? That hotel looks amazing!
Not just yet… but it’s in the roster, I promise!
Um this is probably not the point of this post but I love that striped side-tie top. Where did you find it??
It was 100 baht, which is like $3, in Platinum Mall in Bangkok. Wish I had bought a dozen of them!