Being rejected for an India visa in Malaysia got us a bit down, but arriving in Bangkok for the third time, help boosted our energy. It seems like every time we have visa issues, Bangkok comes to the rescue.
Also to the rescue are our dear friends in Bangkok, Wan and Noel. Staying at their fabulous pad, having great company, and paying less attention to our budget, has us exploring the joys of expat living.
One of our favorite habits while living in San Francisco is having brunch on the weekends. Once our friends learned this, they immediately brought us to Kuppa Cafe. One giant step into this delightful restaurant sends me right back to all the warm memories I have of SF. The display of wonderful desserts and great atmosphere makes this a great place to splurge. The cheesecake is even better than The Cheesecake Factory.
The variety of good eats in Bangkok is something we can rely on. With the added bonus of a live show, Tawandang German Brewery is also a great choice. Our friends did all the ordering while we jam to the music. Great Thai food and entertainment, what else can you ask for.
Something we missed, but didn’t know, was good old Korean bbq so we head to Drum B.B.Q. on Soi 14 Ratchada Rd. We began with small side dishes, but the great joy was the mouthwatering Bulgogi meat and marinated chicken. Each table even came with its very own vacuum or telephone?
There are only a few places where charging $15 for a drink is ok and that is at Vertigo bar at the rooftop of Banyan Tree Hotel. The panoramic city views make you forget everything, but be careful not to stand too close to the ledge.
If you are like me and you like to shop and adore interesting design, Mansion 7 brings a new experience to shopping. As I enter through a wooden structure of a giant purple hand, I start to wonder what I signed up for. The haunted house inside definitely confirms I have wandered too far but then the little cute shops have me poking around. My curiosity draws me to this black door. As I open it, an army of gnomes is looking at me. Don’t miss out on the signature drinks at Cocktail Bar.
To fulfill my shopping needs without the fancy decor, Platinum Mall is my favorite. It is so easy to get lost in this maze that after hours of non-stop shopping and being separated from Wan, I hear my name announced on the intercom. Whoops! Also, the food court is an experience in itself.
Among all the fun we are having, there is still business to be done while in Bangkok. We dropped off our application for our India visas at The India Visa Application Centre (IVAC) on Monday morning. Four days later, at 6:50 pm on a Friday, I receive an e-mail message that our India visas are complete. However, the embassy is closing in 10 minutes. I rush to the subway and as I’m standing at the closed entrance of the Indian embassy begging for our visas, I finally convince one super-duper-nice employee to help me. As she hands me the two envelopes, our trip here is complete. For those doing the same thing, I advise going on Friday afternoon to check regardless if you get an e-mail or not. It takes approximately 5 full business days.
Thanks again to our friends, Noel and Wan! You have us tempting to move to Bangkok more each time. Also we had the pleasure of meeting Linda, who just moved to this great city from the US. It’s always nice to make new friends around the world.
|What We Paid:||THB||USD||Euro|
|– Flight on Thai Airways from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Bangkok, Thailand using 10,000 United Airline Miles each||–||41.80/pp||29.40|
|– Subway from airport to city||45/one-way||1.50||1.05|
|– Average price of taxi within central Bangkok||100/ride||3.30||2.35|
|– Lunch at Kuppa Cafe||633/pp||21||14.80|
|– Dinner at Drumm BBQ||350/pp||11.60||8.20|
|– Dinner at Tawandang German Brewery||468/pp||15.55||10.95|
|– Drinks at Vertigo Bar at Banyan Tree Hotel||400/drink||13.30||9.35|
|– Drinks at Cocktail Bar at Mansion 7||from 200||6.65||4.65|