The best place for a short weekend getaway is Bangkok! The food and drinks are cheap, people are friendly and being just 2.5 hrs away from Singapore, it is honestly one of the best weekend destinations with very affordable air fares. It may be just a short 48 hours but we highly advise all of you (ladies especially), to bring a full sized luggage for all the loots you are about to purchase! Bangkok is shopping heaven.
Pratunam is a great area to stay in Bangkok for a short 48hr getaway as everything is within walking distance i.e food places, popular shopping streets, malls and even the train station to travel to other areas. Within Pratunam, there’s the popular Glow Hotel but we personally stayed at Amari Watergate which we found to be both convenient and affordable.
2 Day Bangkok Itinerary
Day 1 in Bangkok
First shopping stop for the day would be to Emporium! Make your way easily by train to Phrom Phong station. Or if you are in a group, traveling by taxi isn’t all that expensive if you’d like to save time. There are plenty of local brands retailing there as well as global brands i.e Melissa or even a few lingerie brands (all females alert!) that are available for sale in Emporium. The prices are relatively cheaper by 15-20% as compared to Singapore after the currency change.
Foodie Hotspot for Lunch
Right across the street from Emporium, check out the new hot spot mall called Emquartier that is capturing the heart of foodies and instagrammers alike. It is a relatively new establishment but it houses an impressive array of cuisines and cafes in their food directory. We’d recommend dining at crab and claw for lunch in Emquartier. The prawn and clam bucket seemingly mimicked that of Singapore’s Dancing Crab but at a much more affordable price. The star dish however, has definitely got to be the lobster. It is so fresh and juicy that the meat peels out of the shell effortlessly.
When you are done with lunch, take a 2 minute walk up the slope to Audrey Café, to savour their iconic flower cake. It is essentially an edible cake that’s decorated like a flower pot. Albeit being a little gimmicky, the cakes are absolutely delicious. The different flower pots have their unique combination of flavours that is represented by the genus and color of the flower. Rest assured, there is definitely something for everyone in Audrey Café.
More Bangkok Shopping
After a hearty meal, its time to work those calories off! Grab a cab down to Platinum mall and get ready for some serious bargaining and shopping! Known to many as the “blogshop wholesale supplier mall”, it is cheap only if you purchase larger quantities of the same design. So it’s a plus to go in groups and haggle all you can!
Rest and Reboot for the Night Market
When you’re all done and tired out from shopping, you can take a walk back to your hotel in the Pratunam area as it is less than 15 minutes walk away from Platinum mall. Rest up and gear up for the up and coming popular night market, the Rod Fai Night Market, a.k.a Train Market. This place is a fresh sight from the usual night markets. It is not as cramped as the other night markets you’d normally visit and is comparably more spacious and larger in size. It has plenty of shops that sells apparels and accessories and a huge food area that is perfect for dinner.
Have some local street food and of course, everyone’s favourite chocolate crepes!
Chill out at the outdoor bar for some drinks at the end of the day before cabbing back to Pratunam where you can head for some well deserved authentic Thai massage near the hotel!
Day 2 in Bangkok
Rise for Wanton
Wake up early (we would recommend joining the queue at 845am) and head to the famous Pratunam Wanton Mee for breakfast! If you are there any later than 9, be prepared to join the long queue just trying to get into the restaurant. There are only 2 dishes on the menu, (i) Wanton Mee and (ii) Braised pork rice. The bowl of noodles comes in a very small portion; so to save time, we recommend you just ordering both to try and you wont regret it.
Personally, we felt that the noodles are not as fantastic as we thought them to be. The braised pork rice on the other hand definitely blew me away. You must try it for yourself, meanwhile, I’ll let the photos do the talking!
Shopping and Attractions
After a good breakfast, make your way to Siam Centre. Siam Centre is a large area that is broken into 2 parts, Siam Paragon and Siam Discovery. Visit Siam Paragon if you would like to do more shopping. Alternatively, if you would like to do something different, head to Siam Discovery where you can find exhibits and even the famed Madame Tussauds.
Right across the street from Siam Centre, there is an authentic Thai restaurant that serves superb local cuisines that are easy on the pocket. We highly recommend having lunch at Ban Khun Mae when you visit Bangkok. Order the usual Tom Yum Soup and Pineapple rice and do try their Duck in Red Curry if you have the space for it as well!
When in Bangkok, always have desserts after your meal
Just less than 5 minutes away from Ban Khun Mae, head to After You restaurant for some mouth watering Shibuya Honey Toast!
The Big Final Stop
When you are done with all the eating, last stop before you end of the trip would definitely be to visit the supermarket to buy all the snacks such as Pocky sticks or seaweed from Thailand! A walk back towards Pratunam from Siam, you will pass by BigC. BigC is a large scale supermarket that has absolutely everything. Stock up on the souvenirs or snacks before making your way back to your hotel to pack up and leave for the airport.
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If you do have last minute shopping you’d like to make at a mall, for shoes or retailing products, you can drop by Central World that is situated right next to BigC. In addition, for all electronics guru out there, MBK mall is the place to go for all things electronics that you need! Remember to buy more and haggle when you’re there!
In summary, eat, shop, rinse and repeat. Happy Bangkok weekend everyone :)