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
59/6 Soi Langsuan
Ploenchit Rd, Lumpini
Tel: (66) 0 2252 8108