31 Oct 2014

UNDER 24 HOURS IN BANGKOK

What is there to do with only one evening in Bangkok? We had a good go at making the most of a short layover.

Our flight comes in at around 3.30pm. I must say, throughout this entire Asia trip, although the service and food on EVA Air is great, 3 out of 3 flights were delayed. What's up with that?!

Euriental | fashion & travel, under 24 hours in Bangkok, EVA Air business class

We arrive at the hotel by 4.30pm, check in, shower and change before heading out to the dock to catch one of the hotel's rice barges over to the Skytrain.

Euriental | fashion & travel, under 24 hours in Bangkok, The Peninsula hotel
Euriental | fashion & travel, under 24 hours in Bangkok, The Peninsula rice barge
Euriental | fashion & travel, under 24 hours in Bangkok, Chao Phraya river
Euriental | fashion & travel, under 24 hours in Bangkok, The Peninsula hotel

6.30pm. By the time we arrive at the Siam Paragon mall, the sky has already darkened. But the city is only just coming to life.

Euriental | fashion & travel, under 24 hours in Bangkok, Peninsula rice barge

Straight to the food court. This is one of my favourite aspects of Asian malls, where a myriad of local dishes can be on their way to your belly in under 10 minutes.

Euriental | fashion & travel, under 24 hours in Bangkok, food court at Paragon mall
Euriental | fashion & travel, under 24 hours in Bangkok, Siam Paragon food court

All I want is a comforting plate of Pad Thai, an obvious yet irresistible choice.

Euriental | fashion & travel, under 24 hours in Bangkok, Pad Thai

Jarv is tempted by this gorgeous dish with noodles, chilli, duck's blood, duck meat, tofu and a delectable broth to tie it all together.

Euriental | fashion & travel, under 24 hours in Bangkok, noodle soup

Afterwards, we walk off our dinner by wandering the stores for a while, both inside and out in the market stalls. I creep myself out by staring at these for a good minute:

Euriental | fashion & travel, under 24 hours in Bangkok, Jeffrey Campbell Barbie Head Heels
Euriental | fashion & travel, under 24 hours in Bangkok, Siam Paragon matcha ice cream

We polish off some matcha ice cream, buy a baby coconut (Thai coconuts are unbeatable!), and arrive back at the hotel just in time for an hour of swimming, at around 9.30pm.

Euriental | fashion & travel, under 24 hours in Bangkok, The Peninsula hotel
Euriental | fashion & travel, under 24 hours in Bangkok, The Peninsula hotel pool

At 11:15pm we are just in time to order one or two cocktails before the bar closes for the evening. Everyone is out in the city (it's a Saturday night) - we have the place to ourselves. 

Euriental | fashion & travel, under 24 hours in Bangkok, The Peninsula hotel
Euriental | fashion & travel, under 24 hours in Bangkok, The Peninsula hotel
Euriental | fashion & travel, under 24 hours in Bangkok, selfie at The Peninsula hotel

Back in our suite, it's almost time for bed (we have an early flight in the morning) at 12:30am, but my stomach is grumbling. I try to ignore it but Jarv convinces me to order chicken fried rice to share. A naughty midnight snack. It hits the spot, though. We sleep well.

Euriental | fashion & travel, under 24 hours in Bangkok, The Peninsula hotel room service

29 Oct 2014

THE PENINSULA, BANGKOK

So, after spending 10 days travelling through East & Southeast Asia (and subsequently, the last 2 days suffering horrible eye pain after discovering I have developed an eye ulcer through, most likely, the clever idea of wearing my daily lenses on a long-haul flight. It's not quite as disgusting as it sounds, although I do have a hideously red eye, just frightening enough to pass as part of an extremely realistic Halloween getup)...I am back.

I'm back with a whole host of posts about my travels, from hotels to private villas to scuba diving (with underwater photos - yay!) to style whilst abroad. To start off: today I'd like to introduce you to The Peninsula hotel in Bangkok. If you haven't been here before, it's situated right next to the Chao Phraya river, at the end of Charoennakon Road. Reminiscent of old-school Asian glamour, this is worlds away from the hip, trendy W hotel types, instead evoking a sense of nostalgia and a more mature style of glitzy luxury.

Euriental | The Peninsula hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
Euriental | The Peninsula hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
Euriental | The Peninsula hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
Euriental | The Peninsula hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, view of the Chao Phraya
Euriental | The Peninsula hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
Euriental | The Peninsula hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
Euriental | The Peninsula hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

My favourite part of the suite had to be the bathroom. Covered in marble with two separate sink areas opposite one another (no arguing over mirror space or who gets to brush their teeth first here), a gorgeous tub and spacious shower, it's a dream space for pampering types.

Euriental | The Peninsula hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, suite bathroom
Euriental | The Peninsula hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, suite bathroom
Euriental | The Peninsula hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, suite bathroom

A sprawling green lawn leading to the river will take you to the Peninsula pier, where restored rice barges wait to whisk you off to explore Bangkok via the Skytrain station. 

Euriental | The Peninsula hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
Euriental | The Peninsula hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
Euriental | The Peninsula hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

And you simply can't leave before indulging in a warm night time swim, looking out at the Chao Phraya river (the pool is open until 11pm). Do be warned, though - there are mosquitoes waiting to feast on your blood, so I wouldn't recommend hanging out on the loungers after dark!

Euriental | The Peninsula hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, pool at night
Euriental | The Peninsula hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, pool at night
Euriental | The Peninsula hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, pool at night

There's an old world charm to the hotel, and the spectacular pool at night is just the cherry on top of a luxuriously gorgeous stay. My verdict? A fantastic experience in every aspect - from the cocktails to the pool to room service to our suite. I only wish we'd had the opportunity to stay longer and sample some of the heavenly smelling food we caught a whiff of from the restaurant - something to add  to the list for next time.

17 Oct 2014

THE TRANSITIONAL DRESS

Ugh. I haven't managed to post much the last week or two, partly because I was working at Salon Int'l all weekend and didn't have time to shoot any outfits, but also because I've been suffering some pain and discomfort lately due to what doctors suspect is gallstones. Oh, joy!

So, when I went to meet a friend for lunch, I set up the tripod at home and snapped a few quick shots of what I wore. Now that the weather is actually cooler, this dress is the perfect piece to transition gently from summer to autumn, without it being too much of a shock. Wearing shorts and a tee one day, then suddenly having to switch to jeans, boots and a jacket...what the -?!

Euriental | London fashion blogger, long sleeved dress with a Mango short sleeve cardigan and Tory Burch boots.Euriental | long sleeved dress with a Mango short sleeve cardigan and Tory Burch boots.
Euriental | long sleeved dress with a Mango short sleeve cardigan and Tory Burch boots.

Anyway, the next time I write, I'll be far, far from London...can you guess where?