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How to Spend 3 Days in Denver, Colorado – Quietude

Time we visited: End of March-Beginning of April

Type of travel: Weekend getaway with the best friend

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SET THE SCENE

The clouds were thick and pregnant with rain. They covered the sky completely and not a peep of sunshine was to be seen. Despite the clouds, the city didn’t seemed to be blanketed in darkness but a certain light that seeps into the smiles and cheery laughter of the people. Jackets, hats, scarves, and boots blanket our bodies and puffs of air materialized in front of us. Each breakfast place welcomed us with heat and sends one vibe: homey. The light rain and gusts of wind dropped the degrees lower as we popped in and out of shops in Larimer Square. The string of lights from building to building twinkled in the rain, but the cold seems into our bones. We found ourselves huddled away from the cold in a bookstore with my favorite smell of books lingering in the air mixed with java. The wind and rain continued to persist, but it was nothing a good cup of coffee or a pint of beer won’t solve! Breweries dot the city and you get a true appreciation of beer after a walking tour. The smell of fermentation is in the air, and there was joyous laughter and a bachelor celebrating his last glory days in the midst of it all.

Then quietude. A little yellow bug driving itself through the snowy forests and mountains of Golden Gate Canyon National Park. The emerald trees are half covered in frosty white and deer mingled their way through peeking curiously at travelers. The air was still and quiet, only broken by the sound of crunching leaves, our small breaths of air as we descended up the trails, and the chirps of blue and orange birds. The peaks of the mountains were covered in fog and from the top we could see the lonely winding road we traveled on. It felt like you were the only person in the world.

Giant red rocks. Literally. Towering, impressive, encompassing. Drive out further and you stumble upon a garden of them. In all sorts of formation. It’s like a garden that giants would frolic through. And with the sun finally shining, the view was breathtaking and even more so when we climbed and seated ourselves on top of the rocks, laying out and letting the sun soaked into our skin. When you can only see miles and miles of more rock formations and greenery, it’s easy to forget the rest of the terrors making stride in the world.

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SUGGESTED 3 DAY ITINERARY OF DENVER

DAY 1:

  • My friend and I arrived around 7AM so we had a lot of time to kill the first day. We spent the entire day basically roaming around the city of Denver and getting to know the city and the food! Of course Denver is filled with amazing eats but the following are the places we were able to hit in three days.
  • Brunch: Sassafras American Eatery. It was actually a close walk from our AirBNB and recommended by our AirBNB host as well. This place did not disappoint! We ordered the Eggs Sardou, Chicken Fried Eggs & Buffalo Hash, and the Mimosa Flight. Seriously everything was so incredibly delicious! The mimosa flight was also great – they have some really interesting combinations as well as Bloody Mary combinations. Not to mention, the restaurant is in an old home and thus gave off such a homey vibe; great way to welcome us to Denver. The heat inside the restaurant definitely helped off-set the cold that was seeping into our bones when we were walking outside.
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Sassafras American Eatery
  • Larimer Square: With our bellies full and warm, we caught an Uber to Larimer Square to wander around between the shops. The square is a beautiful area with twinkling lights and the Colorado flags are strung up in rows. At this point, the rain started coming down and the wind was blowing through, so we ended up trying to find coffee for some warmth.
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Larimer Square
  • Coffee Break: Little Owl Coffee. Cute coffee shop, friendly workers, and great coffee!
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Little Owl Coffee
  • Bookstore: Tattered Cover Book Store. This bookstore native to Denver has a couple locations around the city. I recommend checking it out for any bookworms like myself! There’s also a coffee shop inside. Get yourself a cup and wander between the bookshelves! I love that there are bookstore recommendations and why they love the books written on little notes stuck to the shelves. This bookstore was a pretty close walk from Little Owl Coffee.
  • Breweries: There are so many great breweries around Denver! We chose to go to the Great Divide Brewing Company and we arrived right on time to hop onto one of their free brewery tours which I recommend! It’s pretty cool to see how the beer you’re drinking is made. The Great Divide offers free tours on M-F at 3,4,5PM and weekends at 2,3,4,5,6PM. Each tour is around 20-30 minutes and also free to the first 20 guests! After the tour, I recommend getting a flight of their different beers! For those who want something different – there is the Strawberry Rhubard Sour – fruitier, different, and delicious!
    • You can make a whole day out of brewery hopping! Here are other options: Breckenridge, Wynkoop Brewing Co, Ratio Beer Works, Prost Brewing, Denver Beer Company
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Great Divide Brewing Company
  • Hot Dogs: Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs. After feeling full and warm of beer, we started feeling hungry again and decided to go for a really quick, early dinner instead of a long sit-down. We ended up finding this place a couple blocks away in the Larimer Square area and decided to check it out. I recommend this place if you are craving a good hot dog – there are all sorts of meat combinations such as beef, vegan, reindeer, rattlesnake, veal, etc. with plenty of toppings and sides like fried mac-n-cheese. We ordered the Alaskan Reindeer and topped it with the El Diablo (tomatillo green chile, salsa, sriracha lime mayo, and smoked bacon bits with a side of fries). Soo perfect for post-beer food. And my best friend has never had reindeer, so we had to get that meat choice.
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Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs
  • Concert: The Grizzly Rose. My friend is a fan of country which is basically how we ended up at a Chase Bryant concert that night at The Grizzly Rose. If you are looking for some fun concerts, I definitely recommend this place! I’m okay with country music but I still had such a good time at the concert! He was a great performer and I recognized like half of the songs anyways!
    • Suggestion: If you visit Denver in the summer time, I highly suggest booking a concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The venue is amazing and the acoustics is apparently amazing. And going to a concert in the middle of Mother Nature’s geological creations? Once in a lifetime.
  • Bars: Williams & Graham (speakeasy), Forest Room 5 – these were the bars recommended to us. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to check them out but I’m leaving them here as recommendations!

DAY 2:

  • We spent our day dedicated to exploring hiking areas right outside Denver!
  • Brunch: Jelly Café. This was a cute brunch place that specializes in their donut bites. If it’s your first time there, then it’s definitely fun to get the large variety size with 8 donut bites (8 different flavors). If you’re looking for just one of the donut bites to try, then I recommend the Thai Peanut flavor – it was my favorite. There was a wait for brunch so my friend and I passed the time by ordering coffee and the donut bites from the bar to munch on and get our caffeine kick in. For actual brunch, they have a large menu and we ended up ordering the Haco Chili Benedict which we recommend! I always tend to lend on the side of ordering a unique benedict.

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Jelly Cafe
  • Golden Gate Canyon State Park: This was recommended to me by a friend and I am certainly passing on that recommendation! The drive is around 50 mins – 1 hr from Denver so not that bad for a day trip. My friend and I got a rental car, water, and bundled ourselves up since it was cold outside and headed over. The drive up to the state park was absolutely beautiful. There was snowfall the night before and all the dark green trees were decorated beautiful with untouched, white snow. When we would reach clearings, there would be a group of deer peering at our car curiously.
    • Now this park is very large so definitely keep driving until you hit the visitor center where you pay a small park fee and then grab a map. Ask the very friendly people who work there what trails you suggest for hiking in the allotted time frame you have. My friend and I only wanted to hike for a couple hours so they suggested a combination of two trails.
    • Because we went during off-season, the park was not overcrowded and the hike was quiet and very peaceful. The only sounds that could be heard were the leaves crunching underneath our feet and the chirps of the birds. The view from the top was also beautiful – miles and miles of forested mountains and glimpses of the road. Unfortunately the day we went, the peaks of the mountains were covered in fog but I imagine the views would be even more spectacular if it was sunny!
    • You can also hunt and go biking in this park!

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  • Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre: As I mentioned before, if you visit Denver in the summer time, I definitely recommend getting a ticket to a concert out here. We were there in off-season but still wanted to see the Red Rocks. It was only a 35 minute drive from Golden Gate so we decided to drive up there, and I recommend it. The red rocks were impressive to view. Driving in there are other gorgeous red rock formations you can take photos of.
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Entrance to Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
  • Dinner: Queen Sheba Ethiopian – Ethiopian food is one of my favorite cuisines to eat and I highly recommend it to anyone who has not tried it yet like my best friend. I was super excited to bring my friend here especially since my other friends highly recommended this restaurant to me. We ordered the vegetarian and meat combo for two and topped it off with a glass of honey wine! Starving from our hikes, the meal absolutely hit the spot and the portions was enough for us to take home leftovers!
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Queen of Sheba

DAY 3:

  • Coffee Run (+ice cream!): Garden of the Gods has been on my America bucket list since forever and I was super excited to see it. Since we had leftovers from the Ethiopian place the day before, we decided to take lunch on the road and just grab coffee before we leave. We went to 2914 Coffee and was able to also kill two birds with one stone by trying Little Man Icecream which happened to be selling in the coffeeshop. My friend decided to get the Salted Oreo flavor which ended up being some of the best ice cream I’ve ever had in my life honestly. Little Man definitely lives up to its reputation. I only wish I got the time to visit its location so I can taste the other different flavors.

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  • Garden of the Gods: The drive from Denver took about one hour and twenty minutes. We got lucky weather wise compared to our hike the day before at Golden Gate Canyon. That day there was a slight chill in the air but the sun was high in the sky brightening the colors of the Garden of the Gods. We spent most of the day stopping at the different, gorgeous view points and climbing up the variety of rock formations. With the fresh air and beautiful weather, it was a sight to behold.

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  • The Source: We had about two hours to kill before our flight when we drove back to Denver so we decided to check out this place for a pre-airport snack. The Source, which is an urban, culinary market, is a really cool place to check out. Immediately before entering, you’re greeted with a bright blue door that is quite picturesque and then followed with a hallway and then a giant area with a bar in the center and different places to drink beer and wine on the sides. My friend and I decided to go for a glass of white wine and a small cheese board. The charcuterie board amount/quality was a great deal for the price of $10 but the wine prices here are steep.
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The Source

Other Things to Do:

Here is a list that you can add to modify your itinerary that I didn’t get around to doing:

  • Biking the Cherry Creek Bike Trail
  • Horseback riding
  • The bars mentioned above under Day 1
  • First Friday Art Walk

 

Happy traveling! Anymore Denver suggestions? Leave them in the comments below!

-Monica

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How to Spend 3 Days in Phuket – Elephants, Boat Noodle Soup, Magic, Oh My!

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SET THE SCENE

White sand beaches that trail into ocean water reflecting the pale sand underneath – the make-up of the line of beaches of Phuket. Standing with your feet in the crumbly sand and the taste of ocean in the air, you can see the pretty coastline from any angle. In the distance, there are green trees covering certain parts of the coastlines and parasailers floating languidly in sky. The waves oscillate between gentle and bursts of power hinting of potential thunderstorms and larger waves to come. If you come around June and July, be prepared for low cast clouds and occasional days of pouring rain with peeks of sunshine on your lucky moments. The beaches are lined with umbrellas, mats, and the occasional random tree swing. There are swimmers enjoying the warm water and people on jetski’s moving around. In the distance you can see the further islands of Thailand looking remote in all of its glory.

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Phi Phi Coast

SUGGESTED 3 DAY ITINERARY

DAY 1: My family arrived around the afternoon and we were still recovering from Bangkok so we decided to chill at our hotel which had a great pool and poolside bar! Then we went out looking for a Thai massage to finish off the relaxing day (and you can find plenty of massage parlors everywhere!)

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Poolside Bar (rec: get a hotel with one!)

DAY 2: Chilling at Patong Beach! And booking the Phi Phi Tour and FantaSea show.

DAY 3: Phi Phi Tour and FantaSea show at night

PHUKET TRAVEL TIPS:

-BEACHES: Phuket is located on the coast so you have plenty of beaches to choose from. I honestly just walked to the nearest beach from my hotel which was Patong Beach. When you get to the beach, there are going to be a lot of locals that will try and get you to buy a chair or umbrella from them to sit under – avoid the cost and just spread out a towel unless the sun is absolutely horrendous that day. Many of the locals also offer kayaking, parasailing, jetskis, etc.

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Patong Beach

-MARKETS: There are plenty of markets to shop in and eat at in Phuket but the following two are where I went:

Phuket Floating Market: Think of this as a more modern, clean floating market. When I went with my family on a random weekday morning, a lot of the shops were closed so I recommend maybe coming on a weekend afternoon. WHAT TO EAT: I found the BEST fried chicken I have ever had in my life here! The flavoring on the chicken was unbeatable! You also have to try the boat noodle soup and the duck noodle soup!

Night Market outside Banzaan Fresh Market: Plenty of food to stuff your face! You can also go inside the Banzaan Fresh Market and buy fresh seafood, have a restaurant on the second floor cook it, and eat it super fresh! WHAT TO EAT: Thai rolled ice cream, ice cream in a coconut, meat skewers, fish maw soup, papaya salad

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-NIGHTLIFE: The famous Bangla Road. It’s pretty fun to walk through at night!

-THAI MASSAGE: I completely forgot to mention this on my Bangkok blog, but do not leave Thailand without getting a Thai massage! They are so cheap for 1 hour. My cousins and I spent our evenings post-beach getting massages that completely relaxed our muscles.

-LEAVING PHUKET: Phuket is a tourist trap so you will see a million flyers to do tours to different islands off the coast of Thailand such as Phi Phi and James Bond Island. Since I had limited time with my family, we booked a tour through a travel agency that let us go see Phi Phi Island and snorkel for a day. It was great feeling the wind in my hair my feet over the ocean on the boat but the part of Phi Phi the tour company took us to was pretty touristy and the beaches were dirty. If you are craving some good island time, a lack of tourists, and untouched beaches, I suggest actually spending a few nights on Phi Phi like one of my friends did. And taking one of these boats below:

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-SHOWS: Phuket has a couple famous shows. The one I went to see was FantaSea. There is a park surrounding the stage where the show happens and the park is like Thailand Disneyland. There are a ton of fun games to play and elephants walking around. The show was also pretty entertaining to see – complete with elephants, acrobats, and magic! We also got a deal through a tour company in Phuket. Oh you can buy tickets for just the show or show + buffet dinner (since my family are notorious buffet eats, we went with the buffet package and the food was decent).

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FantaSea (outside the stage)

-WHERE TO EAT: Phuket is a tourist trap. You will see endless of pad thai and not so great quality. I do recommend one restaurant that truly wowed me with their food – No.9 Restaurant. Probably why it has great TripAdvisor ratings and a line outside the restaurant.

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To find a complete list of what to eat in Thailand, check out my Bangkok blog!

 

Happy traveling!

-M

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The Complete Guide to Bangkok, Thailand – Serenity and Spice

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SET THE SCENE

Just landing in Suvarnabhumi Airport and walking around the luggage pick-up area gives you the first glimpse of just how visited Thailand is. Left and right there are backpackers, family, and friends from all over the world, the different languages filling the air, moving around. You already feel a rush of excitement being in the midst of it.

You get to the streets and realize just how populated the city is. Taxi and random cars dot the highways, each following each other in a slow crawl. The July air is thick with humidity and the random spaces where shade lingers provides a much needed coolness. But beyond the sunshine are the thick gray clouds waiting to roll in and sprinkle droplets on the pavement and roofs. The Skyrail system whistles as it soars through the rails above the buildings and people shuffle in and out at rapid paces, destinations in mind.

Then there’s the Chao Phraya River, the major body of water flowing through Bangkok, and it’s a magnificent view. Hotels dot the side of the river – not so much like towering skyscrapers in New York or Hong Kong, but more so like scattered tall towers, each unique in architecture. With sunrise or sundown, the sky lights up in magnificent shades of red, orange, and yellow – the streaks going for miles and the rays peeking behind buildings. The boats and ferries on the river move merrily down and become illuminated when darkness lays its blanket over the city. Quiet and strong – tis the river spirit.

On one side of town, the streets and tiny alleyways are bustling in markets. Crates of overflowing dried shrimp, dried squid and street carts of noodles being fried or sausages cooked and served on sticks. The aroma of fresh spices and fried food punches through the air calling all locals and tourists. Shops with jewelry and shoes are in between everything else. Jumping on the Skytrain takes you to another part of town – one surrounded in four corners by glorious shopping malls. The malls are an attraction itself with several floors, some of them differently themed. There is a mall called Terminal 21 that transports you to different parts of the world. Then there are the four big shopping centers glittering with its expensive brand names and grocery stores equivalent to Whole Foods back in the states.

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Take a taxi or ferry to an area of town filled with Wats. Forward and backward, you see the magnificent towers of Wat Arun and the sparkling colors of the Grand Palace. There’s tourists all around you filing in lines to get in these areas and wander the sacred grounds. Tall, thick white walls surrounding some of the temples, hiding away the precious Buddhas from passerby’s eyes. The sides of the streets are lively with souvenir shops and carts pushing around fresh coconuts to enjoy in the blazing sun.

And that is Bangkok in a nutshell.

SUGGESTED 3 DAY ITINERARY OF BANGKOK

DAY 1

-I always say the first day in any city after a period of travel should be devoted to exploring the area nearby and relaxing. If it’s your first day of your entire trip, you may feel more energetic to go further but I just got done with a couple days in Hong Kong so I needed a day to rest my legs a bit.

-My family and I spent time wandering around the streets around Chinatown and sampling different street food. You can scroll down below to see what you should eat in Thailand!

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-SILAM AREA: You can take the Skytrain or MRT to this area. What can you do in this area? Explore Lumphini Park which is Bangkok’s biggest park.

-Also take time to wander around any market you see. While there are some famous ones, there are little ones in alleyways everywhere!

-At night after dinner, my cousins and I spent some time at a bar near the Chao Phraya River – I highly suggest this place – the Long Bar at the Shangri-La Hotel. The views of Bangkok and the river at night are something you cannot miss so check it out at night whether at a river side bar or a rooftop bar!

DAY 2

-You need to spend one day dedicated to exploring the temples in Bangkok. They are absolutely beautiful and pretty cheap to get in. They are also all clustered around each other and thus an easy walking distance from one to one. Must not miss:

  • Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) – you can walk in for free and explore the grounds around the two areas but to walk around the Grand Palace and go inside Wat Phra Kaew.
  • Wat Pho – this is where you will see the gorgeous, spectacular giant Buddha.
  • Wat Arun – Temple of the Dawn
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Wat Pho – Giant Reclining Buddha

DAY 3

-Before you leave Bangkok, you should definitely check out the shopping areas. There is one spot in Siam that is the shopping center of the city – contains Central World, Siam Paragon, Siam Center, Siam Discovery, MBK, and Terminal 21.

-I ended up at Terminal 21 – a pretty cool mall built to mimic an airport! Every floor is a different terminal at a different city around the world! There’s also a great mall food court on the 6th floor I think (or some floor near the 6th) – it’s the only floor not dedicated to an airport terminal. You’re probably thinking that you don’t want to eat at a mall, but trust me, the food is delicious, cheap, and there are so many options to choose from!

OTHER THINGS TO DO (that I didn’t get to):

  • Wat Prayoon
  • Markets: Klongsan Plaza Night Market, Flower Market, Klog Toey Fresh Market, Pratunam Market
  • Lumpinee Thai Boxing Stadium to watch a Muay Thai Show – the VIP ticket is ringside but second and third class tickets still give good view and the whole arena has A/C.

BANGKOK TRAVEL TIPS:

-CURRENCY: Baht. Can exchange at any airport and plenty of currency exchangers everywhere.

-HOTELS: If you can, I would suggest booking a room with a view of the Chao Phraya River. It is absolutely beautiful at sunrise and sunset.

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-TAXIS: to avoid being ripped off, agree on one price for the trip or have the driver agree to use the meter. Some drivers will try and rip you off by letting you get into the car and overcharging you for a price or charging each person per luggage. Do not take no for an answer! Don’t get into those taxis that do that. Also, you will find a lot of taxi drivers do not know where they are going (I don’t know why but this made for many amusing stories for us). Lastly, the traffic in Bangkok is insane – especially around peak time starting around 3-4PM. It will take forever to get from one place to another so be wary of that and take the Skytrain, tuk tuk, ferry, or walk.

-SKYTRAIN: a really useful and inexpensive way to getting around Bangkok – it is their above ground metro system. Unfortunately, it does not cover all of Bangkok yet – their goal is to be able to access all parts of the city using this system in the future. Take this route of transportation if you are trying to get to the mall areas and Silam area. If you are trying to get to the WAT AREAS, there is no skytrain that takes you there – you will have to taxi, tuk tuk, ferry, or walk. HOW TO USE: you can either buy a ticket at the window or exchange money into coins you use to buy at the machine. You have to decide your ending stop in order to buy the ticket (how far you go will determine how much the ticket is). Watch the trains to see which way the train is going. Some platforms have trains that run in either direction of the lines.

-WATS: remember to dress appropriately. This means no tank tops and all pants, dresses, or skirts must be long enough to brush the top of your feet. Just below the knee won’t cut it. Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of Emerald Buddha) is 400 baht (you get to see the Grand Palace too). Wat Pho and Wat Arun are 100 baht.

-RIVER CRUISES: there are several river cruise lines on the Chao Phraya River and I suggest doing one of them. It’s a great way to travel the river at night and see the beautiful lit up buildings and take in some fresh air. Most of them include dinner and entertainment. Some lines are buffet and some are a la carte. Some also might have bars and others won’t. Just do your research! My family and I took the Riverside Bangkok Cruiseline. It was a buffet that included pretty decent food and unlimited prawns as well.

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View from our river cruise

-ROOFTOP OR RIVERSIDE BARS: there are some famous rooftop bars that will give you a gorgeous view of the city: Muse Hotel, Bangkok Marriott Hotel, and the Moon Bar at Banyan Tree Hotel. My cousins and I didn’t get around to going to the rooftop ones, but there is one riverside bar we recommend: the Long Bar at Shangri-La Hotel. With its expansive windows and plush seats, you feel as though you are sitting right by the Chao Phraya River. It’s a gorgeous view and not to mention, the drink menu is extensive and made well there. They also give complimentary taro chips and peanuts!

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Long Bar at the Shangri-La Hotel

WHAT TO EAT IN THAILAND

Every restaurant, especially in tourist trap areas, will serve the typical Thai fanfare you think of: pad thai,  pad see ew, curry in every flavor, and tom yum soup. But below is my list of local foods you should consider trying!

-Fried chicken – I know, I know. This is not something you would think of ordering in Thailand but I swear I have had some of the best fried chicken I’ve ever had in this country. Of course, it depends on the stall you’re getting it from but try to find a street stall or a stall in a market that is making golden crispy fried chicken with a ton of seasoning on top.

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-Pandan – This is a dessert I discovered at a street cart. I bought it on a whim as it looks like a golden brown cake rolled in some green paste and I discovered how delicious it was. The green paste which is made from pandan is a hard taste to pin down but I highly encourage everyone to give it a try!

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-Papaya Salad or Som Tam – made of shredded green papaya, tomatoes, toasted peanuts, and chili! Can have it not very spicy to very spicy!

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-Meat Skewers – Usually they are skewers of grilled pork or chicken and they are fantastic, juicy snacks while browsing the streets of Thailand. Sometimes it even comes with sticky rice!

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-Larb – This is one of my favorite Thai dishes ever. It’s basically minced pork salad but what makes this dish delicious are all the spices the pork is cooked with. The pork is usually combined with lime juice, different herbs, and onions.

-Steamed Lime Fish – This is a huge dish to share amongst family or friends. Many seafood restaurants will let you pick out the fish you want and then the fish is brought out in a fish dish and heated throughout your dinner with a flame. The fish is topped with fresh chili, lime, and garlic!

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-Grilled Fish – Made on a grill with lots of salt and stuffed with lemongrass – dip it into different dipping sauces!

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-Duck Noodle Soup – a great dish in the markets – the soup is so flavorful and the duck is tender!

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-Thai Boat Noodle Soup – If you happen to find yourself in a floating market, then this is a fantastic dish to eat for lunch or dinner. The soup is incredibly flavorful and some places will add liver in as well (which is super tasty if you haven’t tried it). Really one of my favorite dishes to eat in Thailand. Apparently the secret to this broth is a dash of pig’s blood (hope that doesn’t turn anyone off!).

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-Kuay Jab – or basically rice noodle roll soup

-Radna – Basically noodles with gravy. The brown gravy with red chili flakes over the noodles is a fantastic dish to try! You can get it really cheap at the Terminal 21 mall food court.

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Radna is the bottom dish with the fried egg

-Cockles – For those of you more adventurous and a lover of clams and oysters – this is something you have to try. I ate a ton of these on my Bangkok river cruise and each piece was incredibly flavorful. You just can’t stop eating them! Beware: could cause the runs – I got lucky but I think it was because I didn’t eat it off the side of the street.

-Thai Tea – although a cliché thing to have, I have to suggest it just because every single Thai tea I had in Thailand was delicious and not overly sweet or bland.

-Pad Thai – I’m only including this on the list to suggest that if you see someone frying pad thai on the side of the street, then get it – it’s fresh and usually a great snack to munch on while you walk around. The best pad thai I had in Thailand though was in Phuket at No.9 restaurant.

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-Tom Yum Soup – this is a very common dish you will find in every restaurant and surprisingly no matter where I went, I found the soup to always be extremely flavorful and really spicy (if you want it to be!)

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-Mango with sticky rice – Mhmm. The best dessert ever!

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-Thai Rolled Ice Cream or Ice Cream in a Coconut – can be found at street carts! They are both delicious and a must try!

-Fruit off the street carts such as pineapple and coconuts!

Happy traveling in Bangkok!

-M