Ever since I booked flights to Bangkok, I had my eyes and stomach set on visiting Thip Samai, perhaps Bangkok’s most famous noodle institution, known for one dish and one dish only: pad thai.
Who comes to Thailand to eat pad thai, quite possibly the most pedestrian of Thai dishes anyway? But Thip Samai is outstanding, as evidenced by the huge crowds (locals and foreigners alike) that form every afternoon, even before the restaurant opens its doors.
Let’s continue with my Asia trip recap. After spending a couple of days in Bangkok, we flew to Phuket. Phuket is known for being a beautiful ocean-side city. Our hotel had a wonderful view, and we were only a 5 minute walk from the beach. Phuket is a lot more chill, in terms of the food scene. You’re not going to find a lot of food stalls on the streets. However, you will find that the streets are packed with outdoor restaurants and indoor restaurants.
What I loved most about Phuket was the fresh seafood. We took advantage of how cheap seafood was there, and ate seafood every day. Fresh caught fish, crab, shrimp, and more. It was amazing. Unfortunately, I don’t have too many pictures of the seafood we ate, because some nights we got back quite late from traveling around, that we just wanted to dig in once the food arrived.
When I say that seafood is cheap, it really is. You could pay around $8-$10 for a 2-3 lb crab, which is an amazing deal! So, if you’re in Phuket, take advantage of the seafood here. It’s the best steal!
I want to apologize for the lack of pictures from Phuket. Really, it was difficult to document everything and every time. However, I promise the next leg of the trip will be a lot better.
After Phuket, we traveled back to Bangkok for one night and then flew out to Indonesia the next morning. I was able to visit a lot of family in Indonesia and it was fun.
I have to apologize in regards to recapping my Indonesian trip. Unfortunately, I was quite sick while I was there and was on bed rest for several days. I didn’t get to eat a lot of different foods, because I hardly ate. I didn’t get sick because of the food there or anything like that. It was just a combination of things that left me on bed rest for a while. However, please don’t let that deter you from trying out some of Indonesia’s best dishes!
After Indonesia, I traveled to Singapore for a day. It was quite a short trip, so there isn’t much to document on. I spent that time shopping and just visiting the Marina Bay.
So, for the next recap, I will be recapping my trip in Japan.
As promised, I’ve finally had the chance to sort through all of my photos from my Asia trip from a few weeks ago. I’ve been trying to decide how I should share my short adventure through Asia with you all. I’ve decided to just do a short recap of my trip and just let the pictures speak for themselves. As the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” so let’s get started!
(Warning: picture heavy post)
My first stop in Thailand was in Bangkok. This city was full of life and a whole lot of traffic–this was foreshadowing the terrible traffic that would be had when I reached Indonesia. One of the things I noticed the most was that there were billboards with advertisements featuring some of my favorite K-pop boys: 2pm, Super Junior, Big Bang, and more! Certainly I was in Asia, and slightly closer to my K-pop biases.
I won’t get into too much details in terms of places I visited and what I did specifically, day by day, however, I did visit the Imperial Palace, Sleeping Buddha, Temple of the Dawn, and the infamous Floating market. Our hotel was right across from the World Center, a very large shopping complex, bigger than any mall in the United States. When you exit the hotel, you’ll notice a whole different world– a food filled world.
There were food stalls lined up on every street. It stretched for what seemed like forever. In between each food stall or cart, there were small vendors, selling trinkets, make up, shirts, bootlegged bags, and much much more. It was simply amazing!
The thing I LOVED the most about Thailand was the fact that you could get homemade quality food for such a good price! Most of my meals ranged from 20 baht to 55 baht, which is about $1 to $4. I could not believe how cheap food was here.
Okay, I have to say, I was really scared about eating in Asia, because I have the weakest stomach of our group. Nicole is known to have the stomach of steel, but when it comes to me, I’m like Ross from “Friends”–I bruise like a peach. It’s sad, I know. I was super paranoid about what I would eat from the streets of Thailand. I had told myself “only hot food!” So, the first morning, I was quite cautious in terms of what I would eat. However, as the day went on, I couldn’t resist anymore. I didn’t care whether I got food poisoning or not! There was just too much good food everywhere! I mean, EVERYWHERE!!!!!
So, maybe I went a little overboard and ate like there was no tomorrow (my stomach was happy for a while, until the weight gain settled in). I was quite surprised to find that I did not get sick at all! The main reason for this is that Thailand is incredibly clean! Cleaner than Indonesia that’s for sure. I didn’t get bit by any mosquitoes while I was in Bangkok, nor did I see a lot of flies flying around near the food. Everything I ate, surprisingly went down with no problems. No stomach issues. No achy tummy. Nope. Nothing. It was just, food heaven for me!
We didn’t get to stay too long in Bangkok, because we had to fly out to Phuket after a couple of days. So, let me just leave you with some pictures from my Bangkok adventure, and stay tuned for more adventures through Asia!