This week’s blog post comes early and is fairly short since we will be leaving on Thursday to board a flight to Argentina via London!
We spent the last three days of our Asia stay in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok.
Landing on Sunday night, the first thing we wanted to do was to take a walk down the Khao San Road, the backpacker zone of the capital. We headed to Cafe Ethos, which is on a backstreet nearby. It has a bohemian vibe and only serves vegetarian food, which is cheap and tastes great.
The next day we headed to Terminal 21, a shopping centre that only opened last October. Words cannot describe how well designed this shopping centre is. It is the best shopping centre I have ever been to ( Blasphemy – I live next door to Westfields). It’s not so much the quirky shops on offer, but the themed floors. Each escalator lands you in a different world city. And just because it’s an organised mall, doesn’t mean that you can’t haggle, especially on the Tokyo floor.
Since we are heading to the city with the most beautiful people in the world (so we’ve been told by many travellers), yesterday we invested some time and 200 baht into getting manicures and pedicures. We were all set for our last night out on the Khao san Road, our final farewell in Asia.
We’ve had an amazing time here in Asia, our favourites being Hoi An in Vietnam and Luang Prabang in Laos. If we ever came back to Asia, we’d go to those place again.
Top Places to Shop
36 Le Loi – Hoi An: A quiet, hassle free place to get things tailor made for a good price and a high standard.
Things Boutique – Hanoi: A mixture of vintage and new, a cute clothes shop run by trendy Vietnamese students.
Night Market – Luang Prabang: The daddy of markets.
Night Market – Vientiane: Not as good as the one in Luang Prabang, but worth a look all the same.
T’Shop Lai Gallery – Vientiane: Neal’s Yard of Laos
Terminal 21 – Bangkok: An amazing retail experience even if you only buy a coke.
My favourite out of these was A Thousand Splendid Suns.