04 August, 2006

Bangkok Day 2


Update: Just heard from a colleague that Suan Lum Night Bazaar will be closed by Thai officials by April 2007. Not sure how accurate this information is, but catch it before it is gone!!!


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Second day morning in Bangkok would mean more meetings over at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center. This was to be followed quickly by another meeting back at our hotel, The Pathumwan Princess Hotel. Managed by Dusit Hotel & Resorts and owned by MBK, the hotels location is unique, sitting adjacent to MBK Center and opposite Siam Square. It is surrounded by some of Bangkok’s best retail and entertainment facilities.

With 30 minutes before our meeting at the hotel, we managed to squeeze in one quick lunch at a Thai restaurant at MBK Centre. This enables me to sip my Cha Yen

as well as my 2nd dosage of Thai Mango Salad with Raw Crab.

Along with it, we also tried a spicy shrooms and shrimps soup

and also fried chicken wings with Thai herbs.

As everything happen too fast, no rating would be given for it (if you still haven't realised, I did not even know the name of the restaurant).

After another 2-3 hours of meeting, I had a quick 1-hour shopping around MBK before heading back to the hotel for a quick change intended for a free night’s out (FINALLY!!!...YEAH!!!)... The destination – Suan Lum Night Bazaar – the new alternative to the famous Jatujak Market. Situated next to Lumpini Train Station, this night market opens every night in Bangkok and is supposedly much cooler, less crowded and much more accessible as compared.

If you think the Singapore’s favourite tourist hunt for food – Newton - is special, experiencing Suam Lum Night Bazaar will totally beat that. With stalls lined up at the side of a big rectangular ground, and seats at the middle, fronted by a big stage for performance,

it is a haven for food lovers and beer drinkers wishing for a fun night’s out. My best recommendation would be the Ou Jian or the fried oyster omelette.

The oysters are huge and fresh, and the eggs are fried crispy, great to go with cheap local Singha beer. Do try the BBQ grilled Sotong, the burnt aroma and the thickness of the meat is something you can never find in Singapore.

Note: The Pad Thai and the deep fried fish was a big disappointment though.

To round off the night, roam the bazaar stalls in search of cheap pirated goods – and do not forget to bargain with them even if it’s for 10baht – just for the fun of it!

Food: 4/5

Service: 4/5
Ambience: 4.5/5
Price: 4/5
Total: 16.5/20
Suan Lum Night Bazaar,
located close to Lumpini MRT station

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