Bangkok – A Trip To BKK’s Ikea (9 September 2022)

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Took the BTS and alighted at Udomsuk station. We’re here to take the shuttle bus to Mega Bangna. The bus stop for the shuttle bus is located right outside Lawson convenience store, pretty easy to locate. I thought it would be nearby the BTS station but I was wrong. It was quite a distance away and thankfully there’s shuttle bus service.

We followed the crowd and entered Mega Bangna which is a very large shopping mall that consists of many stores and restaurants. When we entered, we saw Big C supermarket and decided to explore it first since we weren’t hungry yet. There I found the Mickey Mouse air freshener that I wanted. After we checked out, we realized that they’ve charged us the wrong price for the air freshener. Head over to their customer service and thankfully despite our language barrier, they understood us and gave us the difference refund.

After shopping at Big C, we head off towards Ikea. As we were finding our way into the huge mall, we came across Miniso. Went in and saw a Mickey Mouse travel pillow. It was tempting to get but I decided not to purchase it as the chances of using it are low and we don’t travel enough to invest in one. It was a large mall and we took quite some time to reach Ikea from Big C. It’s literally walking from one end to the other.

Lunch at Ikea

The Ikea consists of 2 levels and we went straight to their restaurant because we were hungry. I got ambitious and ordered pork knuckles and a few other sides. And yes, I couldn’t finish because the pork knuckle was huge for my little tummy. The bistro offers more variety of snacks. They have more variety of ice cream and waffles too.

We booked a Grab to get back to our Airbnb. We waited at the wrong place, but thankfully our driver came over to where we were. Got back, unload our stuff, and rest before we head out again.

Booked a Grab and headed out to Train Market Srinagarindra. We input the wrong address, but thankfully we’re able to make the change while in the car. And yes, we managed to get to the right location after a mini hooha during the journey. It’s a very local night market, not many tourists in my opinion. But it’s definitely an interesting night market with all the vintage vehicles around on display.

Stall selling Marijuana

When we entered the night market, we happened to come across a small stall by the side selling marijuana. There’s potted marijuana. They even sell them like cigarettes. Yes, we went forward to have a look because of curiosity. The price of a stick of weed is shockingly expensive.😱 But it’s a nice experience to have a look at how the locals here sell weeds.


Saw a stall selling some old-school snacks/tidbits and Dear decided to get some. I didn’t get any as those snacks/tidbits don’t look familiar to me. We got hungry after some shopping, we decided to stop at a Muslim stall for some food. The fried rice was yummy. Despite our language barrier, we’re thankful there’s a picture for us to point to and order our dinner. Dinner was yummy and we enjoyed it.

We decided to rest for the night and booked a Grab back to our accommodation. On the way back, our driver asked if we put on our seat belts as there was a police check in front. Yes, we did of course. Ever since we had an unpleasant car ride driven by a family member, we’ve decided that even as passengers, we must have our seat belts on for our safety. As we practice this, it became a habit. Yes, safety comes first.

Bangkok – Shop, Eat & Grow Fat (6 September 2022)

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Got up early for the breakfast buffet. When we arrived, there was already quite a crowd enjoying their breakfast. They have a wide variety to choose from and they have a live cooking station to cook your eggs. Just order and pass them your table’s number tag and they’ll bring it to you once it’s ready.

Holiday Inn breakfast buffet

Don’t usually have an appetite in the morning, but decided to just have something light to start the day. Had their shrimp porridge and it’s delicious though I added too much soy sauce. It got a little salty for my taste buds, but overall it’s nice. It did open up my little appetite and I decided to get more food. The fried rice was good. The bitter gourd was too bitter for me. The bitterness covers the overall taste. The spicy morning glory was good though a little salty and spicy for me. We both agreed that the breakfast at Holiday Inn was better than what we expected.

Coffee at Phak Cafe & Crafts

We had black coffee at the hotel’s breakfast buffet, but it wasn’t to our liking. Dear said to bring me to a cafe for a nicer cup of coffee to start our day. Took BTS to Phak Cafe & Crafts, within walking distance from Phrom Phong station.

I ordered a cup of piccolo and Dear had her usual latte. The ambiance was good, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the coffee while wasting the morning. The coffee was definitely good. I like my piccolo, not too milky with a little taste of coffee bitterness. Dear’s latte was too milky for me, but she likes it. Yes, we both have our own preference for coffee.

After wasting our morning at the cafe, we head over to the opposite where a pet shop and veterinary clinic are located at. Wanted to see if there’s anything to get for the fur kids, but their retail section is a little small. Nothing much to get and so we left empty-handed.

Took BTS to Gateway Ekkaimai, and the nearest station is Ekkaimai. You don’t have to cross the road at all! After you exit the station, there’s a walkway that connects to the mall. Dear said it’s a surprise for me as the entire mall is Japanese theme. The restaurants are all Japanese cuisine too! Perfect for those that love all things Japanese.

Big Hero 6 mold

We headed up straight to the highest level and slowly make our way down level by level. Shopped at their Daiso and bought Big Hero 6 silicon mold as I wanted to make popsicles for the fur kids. We visited a stationary shop and chance upon some Sanrio toilet papers. Dear’s mother asked for Little Twin Stars while she bought herself a cinnamon roll. And yes, we carried two bags of toilet paper back to Singapore at the end of our trip.

Sukiya for lunch

After shopping, we walked around to see what was for lunch and I decided to try their Sukiya. I didn’t enjoy the one in Singapore as the taste wasn’t as wow as the one I had in Japan. And so, I decided to give the one in Bangkok a try. Amazingly, it’s much nicer. Wasn’t disappointed with their Sukiya. Ordered a set that comes with gyoza and a drink. I probably might have over-ordered as I was famished, and almost couldn’t finish my food.

Sweet Potato Bread

Saw a very interesting bread at the bakery and we bought one. It’s a sweet potato bread in the shape of a sweet potato! It looked exactly like one and it’s their bestselling bread in the store. We tried it once we got back to our hotel to rest. Even the interior of the bread looks like a potato! When eating it, the taste and texture were exactly the same as the sweet potato that I usually bought in Donki. We were amazed at the bread and thankfully we both decided to give it a try. They do have an outlet at Central World if you do not want to travel all the way to Ekkaimai.

Thong Smith Boat Noodle

Dinner was at Central World, Thong Smith Boat Noodle. One of the restaurants with good reviews and we decided to give it a try. Though it’s weird to have boat noodles in a shopping mall, but the one Dear wanted to bring me to closes early and dinner at the mall was inevitable since we left the hotel at around 7 pm.

The portion was a little small and definitely overpriced for boat noodles. But we both each had two bowls as one bowl doesn’t fill up our tummy. It’s delicious, but it wasn’t satisfying. Not worth the price. If you would want to try boat noodles, don’t visit this.

Cute Mochi

What’s dinner without dessert right? Bought two cute mochis from a store near Thong Smith Boat Noodle. And I truly regretted it. It’s cute but it wasn’t delicious. The mochi skin was too thick and not the kind of mochi texture we both like. The filling taste-wise was a little artificial. Yes, for the looks it’s cute but not worth buying. And Dear was thankful she stopped me from buying more at one go. Sometimes it’s good to have a partner to stop you from over buying or doing something stupid.

As we still had the energy, we decided to go grocery shopping. Took the BTS to On Nut station for their Big C. It’s another huge Big C supermarket but with a lesser crowd. So much more enjoyable to stroll in this Big C outlet without worrying about blocking anybody’s way due to the huge crowd of people.

We wanted to shop at Lotus, which is located next to On Nut station. The same area as the Big C that we went to first. According to Google, Lotus was open for 24hours. But when we arrived at around 9 pm, it was already closed. Apparently, since the pandemic started, their operating hours have changed and there wasn’t any update online. It was a wasted trip as Dear was looking forward to shopping at Lotus.

Since we couldn’t shop at Lotus, we decided to head back to our hotel since it was raining and there was nowhere else to explore. We decided to call it a night early.