18022018 / Patpong Night Bazaar

Patpong Night Bazaar or commonly known as Patpong Night Market is the nearest night market located near to Siri Sathorn. It is located in within 15 minutes of walking distance. There are aplenty of night markets in Bangkok and Patpong Night Bazaar is one of them. Upon entering the main entrance into Patpong Night Bazaar, you will be greeted with at least two nightclubs.

Imitation products are widely available at the night market too. Some of them looked almost original like the real deal while some are obviously knock off.

We came across this stall selling Pad Thai and ordered one to share among the three of us. The noodles were precooked beforehand so that they would be done faster upon ordering. They serve Thai Spring Roll too and it was pretty decent in my opinion.

Pad Thai | ฿40

This was the spiciest Pad Thai that I had when in Thailand. The chef asked if I would like some spiciness to go with my Pad Thai and I nodded. Little did I know that it was so spicy. Despite the spiciness, it was addictive. Both Mom and Sister complained of the spiciness and I ended up polishing the rest of the Pad Thai.

Mango Sticky Rice

Which I find it to be average for my liking. The sticky rice was a let down as it was rather undercooked in my opinion. The diced mangoes were sweet though. There were quite a few stalls selling the same thing along the same street but it just happened that the one Sister bought from wasn’t that great.

Green Tea Red Bean Mascarpone | ฿135

Before returning to our hotel, we stopped by Starbucks Coffee to rest our legs and ordered ourselves a slice of Green Tea Red Bean Mascarpone to share. I think this particular flavored of cake is exclusive for Starbucks Thailand. It was good. The Green Tea flavored sponge layers were soft and fluffy with a distinctive Green Tea taste. The red bean and Mascarpone blended real well together.


18022018 / Chatuchak Weekend Market

On our way back from Khao Yai, we requested our driver to drop us off at Chatuchak Weekend Market for two hours before sending us back to Siri Sathorn. He was nice enough to agree despite having to pay for extra toll fee as compared to our originally planned itinerary.

Our driver dropped us at JJ Mall and we explored the area ourselves as it was hard to find parking spots around Bangkok. On our way to Chatuchak Weekend Market, we stopped for lunch at a stall in one of the alleys.

Pork Soup Noodle | ฿50

We had three bowls of this. The glass noodle came with a springy texture which I love and the broth was flavorful. It was spot on in my opinion. The soup noodle came with generous portion of pork balls and few slices of pork meat.

It was a Sunday the day when we returned to Bangkok from Khao Yai. Chatuchak Weekend Market is only available on every weekends. The place was surprisingly a lot less crowded than what I anticipated in the first place.

I got myself a passport pouch made at one of the stalls at Chatuchak Weekend Market. There were at least three stalls offering the same service nearby each other. The standard pricing for one was ฿80 but I think there was a stall which offered ฿70 for one?

Durian Thai Ice-Cream | ฿15

Sister went ahead to order this when they saw a stall selling various flavors of ice-cream in a stick. I like that they hold the ice-cream in a cone shape holder so that the melted ice-cream doesn’t drip messily. However, both Mom and Sister commented that this ice-cream didn’t taste any different than the Durian flavored ice-cream that we can get from home.

Lime Juice | ฿20

The weather was extremely that day so I resorted to getting a Lime Juice from one of the stalls. I find that most of the beverages sold in Thailand were extremely sweet for my liking. This one however was too sour for me but it did quench my thirst. LOL!

18022018 / Khao Yai Day 3

We checked out from Khaoyai Terrazzo around 9:15AM and waited for our driver to pick us for our last day of tour in Khao Yai before returning to Bangkok. It was scheduled in our itinerary that we will leave Khao Yai for Bangkok in the late afternoon as per the landmarks which Anthony had drafted us in the first place.

However, we canceled at least half of his suggested landmarks and it allowed us to return to Bangkok earlier than expected. Our driver was nice enough to drop us off at Chatuchak Market for two hours on the way back to Bangkok and picked us up when we were done. He did it without extra surcharge on top of our agreed travel fare! We tipped him extra by the end of the trip so that he could cover for the toll fee that he paid for on the way to Chatuchak Weekend Market.

While waiting for our driver to pick us up from the hotel, I took the extra time to take pictures of the hotel and it’s surrounding for reviewing purpose. We didn’t took much selfie of the three of us as taking picture in a group of three isn’t auspicious according to Sister. So, this selfie was one of the few that we took of the three of us together throughout the entire trip.

We only had two destinations planned for the day before returning to Bangkok. One of them was Secret Art Garden. Our first stop for the day was Secret Art Garden. The weather was perfect that morning with cool breeze as we toured around Secret Art Garden. Secret Art Garden is an outdoor garden but shaded with lots of greens. Hence, making the area cooling even during early morning. However, it can be hot during noon.

This is the entrance into Secret Art Garden. Entrance fee is ฿100 per person. It took us about an hour and a half to complete touring the entire place. I think it would have taken us an even shorter time if the weather had been hot that day.

Our driver had parked his car outside the entrance when we came out from Secret Art Garden. We then moved on to our last destination in Khao Yai before departing for Bangkok. Dairy Home Organic Outlet was our last destination in Khao Yai. There was nothing much to see at Dairy Home Organic Outlet but we got to try their homemade ice-cream made with organic milk!

If you’re wondering what’s so special that I took of this miniature sized washroom. This is the kids’ washroom, made to the size of young children. When I first saw the size, I was wondering if it’s for demonstration or display purpose. But then all the fixtures and everything looked so real. The adult washroom is just right next to the kids’ washroom.

Dairy Home Organic Outlet offers at least 20 ice-cream flavors to choose from. Some are the standard flavors that we are used to. Thai Milk Tea flavor is the most common one in Thailand and followed by Matcha. As we weren’t Thai literate, we didn’t know that the wordings on the ice-cream fridge meant two scoops for ฿80.

We were told to proceed to the Cashier counter when we tried to place our orders with the staff stationed at the ice-cream counter. We signaled two with our fingers and the Cashier requested ฿160 from us. We thought it was ฿80 for a scoop and it turned out to be ฿80 for two scoops. We ended up with four scoops!

We had White Wine & Lychee, Lavender, Sunflower Seed with Safflower and Green Tea. The Lavender flavor wasn’t artificially flavored but made with the real Lavender flower. Their Green Tea flavor was good and it had the bittersweet taste which I love.

Instead of serving in an ice-cream cone or paper cup, they serve on cute glass cups of different shapes! ฿80 comes with a free cup that you can take away with you when you finished your ice-cream. You can either bring back the one you had your ice-cream (they’ll wash for you upon request) or choose a new one from the display shelf.

So, this summed up our last day in Khao Yai before departing for Bangkok. Coming up next is Chatuchak Weekend Market. Do stay tune if you’re interested.

17022018 / Khao Yai Day 2 (Part 2)

After we had completed the winery tour at PB Valley Winery, we headed for lunch at The Great Hornbill located at the lobby of the said winery. The Great Hornbill is one of the highly recommended restaurants around Khao Yai. The restaurant was jam packed with tourists enjoying lunch before and after the tour at the time we were there.

Moo 5, Mittaphap Road, Tambon, Amphoe, 102/2, Phaya Yen, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30320, Thailand

There were three dining areas allocated for The Great Hornbill. They had two indoors dining areas and an outdoor one whereby you get to enjoy a large green landscape view while having your meal. All the dishes on their menu came stated with recommended in-house wines to pair with their food.

As we intended to go for an early dinner at Baan Mai Chay Nam Museum & Restaurant in the evening, we ordered lunch in moderation. So, we got two appetizers and a main course to share.

Passion Fruit Juice | ฿70 

Cream of Mushroom Soup | ฿140

This was seriously good. It was creamy and you get to bite into mushroom chunks at the same time. I liked that it wasn’t creamy with excessive of cream content. The garlic bread was spot on as well and paired so well with the soup.

Avocado Salad | ฿280

avocado and zucchini salad  with crab stick, shrimp roe and creamy dressing

Sister went clean eating with their Avocado Salad and requested for the dressing to be served separately. The greens were fresh and crispy at the same time. All the greens were locally home grown.

Phad Thai Goong | ฿280

fried rice noodle with prawn, egg, bean curd, bean sprout, red wine Phad Thai sauce and grounded peanuts

As Mom is a noodle person as compared to rice, we got her Phad Thai Goong to which she couldn’t finish. Both Sister and I helped ourselves with the large prawns on her palate. LOL! The large prawns were fresh. The flesh were juicy and yet tender at the same time. The main highlight of the Phad Thai Goong was the red wine Phad Thai sauce in my opinion. It was spicy enough for my liking. We got to bite into halved grapes in the noodle. The texture of the rice noodle was well done and had the slightly chewy texture which I love.

After we were done with our late lunch, we left to look for our driver and moved on to the next attraction of the day. On the way to The Chocolate Factory, our driver dropped us off at local produce market. All the produces were homegrown. They even have a kiosk selling ice-creams which I did not get around to try them as we just had our lunch at The Great Hornbill.

This was what I bought from the local produce market. It was the colors of the bread which caught my attention. It was retailed at ฿80 per packet if my memory serves me well and it came along with a small container of complimentary Thai Milk Tea Custard Spread which was more than enough for the six slices of bread. For your information, the purple colored bread was made of sweet potatoes and pumpkin for the yellow one. We had them for breakfast the next morning and they were good with soft and fluffy texture.

We moved on to The Chocolate Factory after the local produce market. The place was so crowded with several huge tourist buses parked at the roadside. We didn’t buy anything from The Chocolate Factory as we are way past the age for chocolate craving. LOL! However, we witnessed a bit of how the chocolates were made.

The chocolates looked so good but the pricing was steep as well! We toured The Chocolate Factory for a short bit before returning to the car for the last destination of the day – Baan Mai Chay Nam Museum & Restaurant for dinner. The place is famous among the locals and foreigners. You get to see antics which you probably had never seen before. What’s so special about the said restaurant aside from the antics bit is that you get to enjoy dinner with a river view in spite that the color of the river may not be appealing at all!

21, Mittaphap Road, Tambon Pak Chong, Amphoe Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima, 30130, Thailand

PS: Baan Mai Chay Nam Museum & Restaurant is a non-Halal restaurant as pork and liquors are served. 

You can choose to explore the place before or after meal. The place is extremely spacious with different antics at every corner of the place. Even the washrooms were decorated with a magical feel. They were not like the typical washrooms you had seen in the other restaurants.

“Marilyn Monroe” with flying dress at the entrance into the restaurant. A part of the restaurant was decorated to be an arcade whereby you get to play with the games stationed.

Before entering the restaurant, we got a table number from an usher located before the entrance. That piece of paper is a printed number of your table. We got Table 28 but it was occupied at the time we got to the table. So, we moved to Table 26 instead.

Without further ado, let’s get started with the food pictures.

Anything served at Baan Mai Chay Nam Museum & Restaurant is chargeable. They charged ฿30 for a bucket of ice. Mom actually requested for a few pieces of ice cubes to cool down her burning tongue but the waitress came with a bucket instead. Both Sister and I ordered this glass bottle of Coke to share as it looked so old school as compared to the tin ones that we were accustomed to.

Tom Yam Goong | ฿200

First dish to arrive at our table was their Tom Yam Goong. It was extremely spicy for our taste buds. They were generous with the shrimps. The shrimps were fresh too. Despite the spiciness which was beyond my regular threshold, I find it addictive and kept going back for me in spite of the coughing after every few slurps. LOL!

Fried Rice | ฿150

fried rice with shrimp/pork/crab/chicken/gourami fish/fermented pork

The restaurant serves Fried Rice in three sizes – small, medium and large. We went for medium as large would be too much for the three of us. We had our fried rice with pork. The rice was well flavored with the “wok hei” that I love. However, it was tad bit oily for my liking. The pork slices were extremely tender.

Prawn Cake | ฿150

It was Fish Cake which we ordered but it was Prawn Cake which arrived. At first, we thought that their version of Fish Cake was different compared to the regular ones that we got from the night market. The filling was sweet (not sugary kind of sweet), soft and juicy.

The Prawn Cake paired really well with the sweet chili sauce dipping. Despite that Mom always complained about mouth ulcers for having deep fried food, she couldn’t help herself and ate quite a fair share of the Prawn Cake. So, you know they were good!

Deep Fried Pork Belly with Basil Leaves | ฿180

I was looking for Thai Basil Chicken but couldn’t seem to find this specific dish on their menu. I asked the waitress what dish do they have that comes with basil leaves and this was one of those which she recommended. It was good in spite of the oiliness. The sauce was slightly spicy but the aroma from the basil leaves was good!

This fluffy little creature greeted us shortly after we walked out of the restaurant. The owner even tied tiny knots of ponytails on the top of her head. She doesn’t seem to be shy among strangers and even walked to strangers waiting to be petted. She would take a few steps forward every few minutes with four legs sprawled on the floor like the picture above.

So, this pretty much summed up our second day in Khao Yai. Do stay tune for our last day in Khao Yai.

17022018 / Khao Yai Day 2 (Part 1)

We started our second day in Khao Yai early and arranged our driver to pick us from Hotel Khao Yai Terrazzo at 8:30AM. Breakfast was served complimentary by the hotel. They served both minced pork porridge and American Breakfast with egg of your choice.

Our first attraction of the day was Baan Suan Noi also known as Hobbit House. Baan Suan Noi is the imitation of Hobbit House in New Zealand. According to Sister, there were some comments on TripAdvisor that Khao Yai’s version of Hobbit House was better than the original one in New Zealand.

Entrance fee for Hobbit House was ฿100 per person and an additional ฿50 per person for costume rental if you’re interested. We weren’t interested in costume change so we only paid for entrance fee. We were early that day with not much tourists in the area. Shortly after we arrived, two hired vans arrived carrying two large groups of tourists.

Local fruit seller outside Little Santorini. LOL! For your information, there was a Little Santorini at Hobbit House. According to Sister, there is another Santorini inspired theme park in Thailand which was a lot bigger than the Little Santorini we had at Hobbit House.

We ended our Hobbit House tour at Little Santorini and proceeded to our next destination of the day – The Bloom. Entrance fee for The Bloom was ฿100 per person.

As the weather was hot, they even provided complimentary umbrellas for rental while you toured around The Bloom. The three of us brought our own umbrellas from home as we didn’t want to get sunburnt. There wasn’t much pictures of myself at The Bloom as it was too hot to properly enjoy the scenery and position myself for a nice picture.

We exited The Bloom as soon as we were done touring the area and headed to PB Valley Winery. Anthony had pre-booked us for a 70 minutes PB Valley Winery tour at ฿320 per person. The tour fee includes hands on information of the process of wine brewing and wine tasting.

After the explanation of how these wines were brewed, we were led to a room for wine sampling. We were required to present our entrance tickets for the wine sampling. I am allergic to wines so I passed the chance and went for non-alcoholic drink provided for the kids. LOL!

One ticket entitles you to three wines’ sampling – one white and two reds. I had a sip of the white wine from Sister’s and found it too dry for my liking.

On the way back to the lobby of PB Valley Winery, the driver stopped for us to take pictures of the grapes. As it was past harvest season, the numbers of grapes on the vines were limited. According to one of the tourists from our bus, the grapes were too sour despite being told not to pick the grapes earlier on. LOL!

It was almost 3PM by the time we were done with the tour. We were starving by then as we didn’t get to have lunch before the tour. We settled for lunch at The Great Hornbill located at the lobby of PB Valley Winery. Food review will come in the next blog entry. Do stay tune if you are interested!