Bangkok

The Local, Bangkok, Thailand

I can’t tell you how much I love The Local. I came here on my first trip to Bangkok over 4 years ago, and still now, the food is breathtaking. The food is royal-style, as if made for the royal family. It’s rich and multi-layered, it’s textural and the spices run deep.

The fried fish is an absolute show-stopper with aromatic herbs and spices and a dry heat that makes you reach for the accompanying salad of cucumber to quell the burn. The Rama V Tom Yum is clear and a real whack of flavour with whole prawns and lemongrass- you have to try this as your entree. It’ll cure whatever ailment you didn’t know you had.

The larb gai and larb moo is lighter than what they serve on the street, but the flavour still packs a punch. The atmosphere is cool; it’s a two storey house and gallery with private dining rooms, so appreciate walking through on the way to your table. Lastly, the service is fantastic. Over the years, our group has made friends with some of the waitstaff- they are so accommodating, and lovely. The Local is the perfect Thai cuisine experience.

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Suvarnabhumi Sky Lane and Cycle Track, Bangkok, Thailand

This 23.5km cycle track is one of the best there is! It’s very popular among locals and foreigners alike. As a tourist, I was able to hire a bike and helmet, register and get a wristband (which doubles as an account you can top up with cash to spend at the stores there) and just go. Bike hire is minimum 400THB and you need a deposit on the cashcard so bring some baht with you. There are ample facilities; a medical service, a cafes and formalised food stalls, bike kit and gear and bathrooms everywhere. The track is open all the time from 6am- I fully recommend going at sunrise. The heat of the day rises, and on a weekend it’s chockablock with cyclists, professionals, amateurs, kids. The ride is scenic, around lakes and such. It’s a really nice ride for cheaps (despite the bike hire it’s practically free) it’s excellent for beginners, such as myself who needed the restbreak/bathroom block with appears every 5km. Bring ID for free registration.

 

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Asia Herb Association, Phrom Phong, Thailand

Although on the pricier side of Thai massages and spa treatments, Asia Herb Association is definitely worth it. The premises is intimate, so once you venture beyond the initial foyer, there’s not a soul to be found. The setting takes you out of the hustle and bustle of the city and calms you right down.

I had a 90min Massage and Herbal Compress. The service was perfectly relaxing and full body. The herbal compress was new to me and I really enjoyed being patted down with hot fragrances. The registration process is thorough beforehand and they request being told what you like and where you’d prefer they focus. My only feedback would be that they don’t ask for any prior injuries or ailments (which some massage places do) but that communication is up to you to disclose.

 

 

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Kenshin Izakaya

Kenshin Izakaya is fast-paced, colourful, vibrant and delicious. The sashimi is really something, it’s thick and fresh and melt-in-your-mouth. We shared some sushi rolls and some ebi tempura as well; the quality of food was fantastic, absolutely delicious and great value. Their Asahi Craft beer range is pretty good as well. I think the vibrant atmosphere and the delicious food really create a wonderful Japanese experience right in Asoke.

 

Cute Corner Cuisine, Asoke Bangkok, Thailand

My partner and I stumbled across this gem in our meanderings of the Asoke streets. This little cafe cooks fresh, Thai and Western style breakfasts. Their coffee is decadent and the wifi is fast- both draw cards for a traveler. There’s a long table and a few little nooks off to the side, with board games and reading areas. They’ve maximised the space really well with mirrors and a second level that makes the cafe feel really open and light. They create a sense of homeliness with a cute collection of hanging plants and a drawn sketch of the city. The breakfast sets are good value. My partner got a tuna sandwich and salad while I got an omelet (and it came with roast veggies and a passionfruit juice dressing for the salad). Great value, good price, cute cafe.

 

 

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Tacos and Salsa Mexican Bistro, Bangkok, THAILAND

Tacos and Salsa is one of those gems that you either stumble upon accidently or go searching for. Just off Soi 18, this place is always buzzing with energy.

The food was delicious. I had fajitas with fresh guacamole, sizzling chicken and smooth sour cream. The burritos are cheesy and the ceviche is a perfect marriage of flavours. Competitive prices, excellent food and knaff decor- what more could you ask for?

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Khao San Road

Woah, Khao San Road is an experience. It’s not for the faint of heart. Khao San Road is the underbelly of Bangkok, all soft and exposed, all smells and yells. In Khao San you can get accommodation that’s cheaper than a haircut and street-peddlers harass you to buy a fake ID. It’s high octane backpacker tourism. Dirt and grit.

I’m the sort of traveler who lives like a local, and I was with family. Unlike other transient people, to me Khao San was more like an attraction to see, rather than a place to stay. I decided I needed to stop by this world-reknowned road on my way back from a Muay Thai fight at Rajadamnern Stadium. My quick hour or so at Khao San was all I needed- despite offering every flavour, it wasn’t my taste.

Khao San Road is the epitome of nightlife. There’s ping-pong shows, scorpions on a stick, cheap wares and fishbowl cocktails. The crowd pulses, and they snake down the road tempted by bright lights and neon. The cheapest Pad Thai you’ll ever see, but the prawns have been congealing in the heat for days.

I went and had a beer- something I took the lid off of myself- and sat back, watched the people flow and the area start to vibrate. There’s no BTS or MRT, so make your own way there. However, beware of taxi and tuk tuk scams, as this area will fleece you before you can say ‘Sawasdee kaa’.

 

Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.