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Shopping & Italian Food In Bangkok

The best thing about checking into Conrad Hotels is that you’ll be greeted with a stuff toy on your bed, usually the signature Conrad Bear, & Rubber Duckling in the toilet. But here in Bangkok, an Elephant (Thailand’s mascot) was on lying on my bed instead. The Chang Surin from the North East, as explained in the brochure, is popular for its powerful strength & energy.

In the bathroom, a rubber pokka-dot elephant was sitting in the bathtub, waiting for me to pick her up.

Our 1st stop in Bangkok was to the Pratunam Market. It offers a lot of clothes, fabrics such as Thai silk, accessories, watches & handicraft at low, low prices. But Don't forget to bargain here. After walking around in this area, Chris & I headed to the Platinum Plaza, located at the Pratunum shopping area. This place is a wholesale centre & you can find many shoppers lugging their trolley bags stocking up goods. Prices here are unbelievable cheap.

I got some lovely tops & dresses for less than S$15 each. Only problem is, you can’t try them. It’s either you take it or leave it.

Right at the top floor, there is a gigantic kids & gift store. Here, you can find lovely Disney stationery & all sorts of product @ wholesale prices. A good place to go if you’re looking for souvenirs, or if you’re a school teacher buying to reward your students.

After a long day shopping, Chris & I were off to relax ourselves. The Amara Spa, located on the 3rd Flr of Amarin Plaza in the Erawan area, is one of the spas I frequent because of its convenient location. At 450THB for a 60min session of foot massage, the price is slightly higher compared to some others but you can be assured of its quality & comfort.

If you’re looking for a place to fine dine, this is an highly-recommended Italian restaurant that I like to hang-out at. The understated classy Calderazzo, is a 3-storey loft with glass walls over-looking the streets of Bangkok. It’s located not too far away from the Conrad, just less than 10 mins by taxi. But beware of the horrific traffic in Bangkok. We were caught in a bad jam & my ride to the restaurant took more than an hr!!! From fine weather to a drizzle & my stomach was screaming for food when we finally reached Calderazzo. You can see the raindrops captured on this shot. Nevertheless, the food makes it all worthwhile.

Chris & I jumped at the hot buns on the table & we finished the whole lot of Cheesesticks which were my favourite. We then requested for more, which the waiter delightfully obliged.

Noting our starvation, our soups came fast. The traditional Supreme di Mare, which is a Crustaceous Bisque @ 230THB, was piping hot & rich. Needless to say, we finished the soups in no time. The Calderazzo’s family recipe is truly healthy & unpretentious, using the choicest ingredients.

Unique & packs a punch is how I’d describe the Fettuccine Verdi. The handmade Spinach Fettuccine is cooked with Italian Pork Sausage & Shitake Mushroom, adding a fresh aroma to the vegetable pasta. The Fettuccine is @ 310THB, which is less than S$15. Over in S’pore, pastas in good restaurants costs over S$20 these days. So this place is truly value for money.

Not only you get good food @ Calderazzo, you get good music too. One will get to enjoy a 2-pc band, serenading your fave tunes while you dine.

Well, Chris & I ended our meal sharing the Piccolo Misto, a mix of 5 delicious desserts @ 530THB. The palette consisted of a Panna Cotta, Tiramisu, Arancia (homemade orange & dark choc yogurt cake), Vanilla Ice-cream & Budino (warm Belgian choc cake).

As the saying goes, “A well-fed man is a happy man”. How true……. Check out more shopping & food in Bangkok:
Paradise In Bangkok

Calderazzo Italian Restaurant
59/6 Soi Langsuan
Ploenchit Rd, Lumpini
Patumwan, Bangkok
Tel: (66) 0 2252 8108

12 comments:

  1. I used to love bangkok and then for some reason in my last visit, I decided that I may never want to go back there again. I guess I hate the enormous drift between classes and the cruelty in the streets.

    But you seem to have a great time and I am sure many people will.

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  2. Fancy not eating Thai food in Bangkok, yet you have such s sumptous Italian food instead, u are tempting me there.;)

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  3. OMG, these baju certainly look nice & the prices are tempting me to fly there.

    I've not been to Platinum Plaza before, I must've missed it when I was there. Thks for info!

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  4. I have not been to Bangkok yet. But you make it sounds like such a lovely place to visit. Love those cute stuff on the bed and in the toilet :D Now I'm drooling over those cheese sticks. I should make them for snacks or dip into my soups...would e so good...mmm. Hope you have a lovely weekend, Shirley.

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  5. Heloo dropping by here n love d elephant, how much per nite cost in Conrad Hotel? U been to bkk quite often? Anyway thx for dropping by mine earlier =)

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  6. I think its little touches like that which make a hotel so special and fun. You must get to see a lo t of wonderful hotels in your line of work. I love staying at cool hotels.
    *kisses* HH

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  7. The food looks really good. Hope you had a great time :)

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  8. Bangkok sounds like a fun place to visit, great food!

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  9. Hi Blackswan.. thanks for visiting and leaving a comment on my blog www.ginsengtonic.blogspot.com

    Visiting BKK with my family in Dec.. may cater some time to check out the places you recommended =)

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  10. Penny, I must agree with u + with the recent clashes, the peaceful BKK isn't what it used to be. It's really sad :<

    Deli S, BKK has a high std of quality where food is concerned; restaurant food - that is :)

    Nava, thks for visiting!

    Babel, do chk it out next time u're there!

    Mary, u must visit BKK one day. A not-to-be-missed shopping & eating paradise.

    Kelly, we've friends in BKK who got us a good deal. Ya, I go there pretty often :)

    H. Housewife, I'm sure u too, get to stay in really nice hotels. Conrad's one of my fave.

    Prakash, I'd a good time, as always. Thks for visiting!

    5-Star F, must go. Really!

    B.Ang, have a nice holiday & looking fwd to sharing!

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  11. Wow, love the food...and really love the bath elephant :)

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