Day 3 in Bangkok: I read about this old-school breakfast place in Chinatown so we took a cab there.On Lok Yun (72 Charoen Krung Road, opens daily: 6am – 4pm) was bustling with locals when we arrived. It looked like an old coffee shop from my childhood – rusty Milo tins in the shop display cabinets, rickety chairs and nobody giving two hoots about us, haha.
We ordered the breakfast set (ham, bacon, hot dogs, sunny-side up), bread with egg custard or ‘kaya’ (they came cut up in cubes for dipping), half-boiled eggs and tea/coffee. Very simple and satisfying meal. Cheap too!After breakfast, we took a cab to Safari World at the outskirts of the city.
The concept is quite interesting – it is ‘drive-through’ through a zoo. Good for people who do not want to walk long distances in the heat, I guess. We could see lots of animals – giraffes, zebras, bears, etc. But urgh, our cab driver just sped through the whole thing even though we kept asking him to slow down so the kids could see the animals properly. I think we were done in less than 10 minutes?!
We felt quite ripped off as the entrance tickets were quite pricey and we were even talked into buying combo tickets for the neighbouring Marine Park. Think we paid about SGD250 for our family of 5. Sigh, not a good experience at all. Anyway, we dropped off at Marine Park. Was expecting to see sea creatures but it was actually more like a normal zoo. It was a super hot day and we were all melting in the heat.
We were just in time for the chimpanzee shows. It was quite silly and the boys enjoyed it. Though on hindsight, I did think the performance was quite tasteless and degrading for the chimpanzees 🙁Next, we caught the sealions show which was quite good. It was lunch time and we had a quick survey of the place hoping to find an air-conditioned restaurant in the park (coz the heat was really unbearable) but there was none!
We decided to cut our zoo trip short and just take a cab back to the city. We sound so spoilt but we were really hot and miserable in the heat!
We had lunch at the food court of Siam Paragon. After a whole morning in the sun, the aircon felt so good! Then we walked back to our hotel to rest – as you can see, Jo fell asleep on our way back!
Come evening, we decided to check out Asiatique. We took a train to Saphan Taksin BTS and then boarded a 10-minute river shuttle which would bring us to Asiatique.Asiatique is a riverfront night market (with over 1,500 boutiques and 40 restaurants) housed in a huge replica warehouse complex. Quite an interesting place, lots to see – reminded me a bit of Clarke Quay or Robertson Quay.
After walking around for a bit, we decided to eat at a place called Plates which had very nice vintage decor (they had lots of melamine plates/mugs as decor). We ordered the usual Thai dishes. Foops declared the tomyum soup which was quite thick and tomato-ey was one of the best he had ever tried.
We had a nice walk around the place. It is a bit warm but there are a few airconditioned places to duck into. Lots of small shops/stalls to see. Probably pricier and classier than your average Chatuchak stall. Didn’t really buy anything but the boys had cute icecream and enjoyed interacting with a street busker who looked like a bronze statue.
There’s also a small funfair and ferris wheel but it was quite pricey and the boys were not too keen so we didn’t check it out.
Not too bad for a night out. Cabbed it back to our hotel coz it was quite late and we didn’t want to take the long way back by boat!