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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

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