Random pics around bangkok

supersub

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And I am sure your GF knew more about the city than I do, so you got a good local feel
I love how leafy and treey DC

I went to Arlington the minute it opened on a weekday, so had the place almost to myself
I saw a couple of funeral processions, which was moving
And I loved the view of DC up on the hill where Arlington House is


My favorite monument was the Korean War monument, just stunning to me...........I didn't even know about it, just came upon it
I was very disappointed in the Vietnam Memorial, which I seeked out.................




I am pretty fortunate in that I stay at the JW Marriott and work pays for it when I go


We sponsor an event at The Washington Hotel that you can see the snipers on the roof of the White House from the outdoor patio


Also, the White House seems so small in person
Wow that's pretty cool. Yeah the Vietnam one was quite small, considering the effort expended and lives lost. It's almost like they don't want to draw too much attention to it.

There was a lot of stuff I didn't get to see. Like any of the museums, but I'm sure we'll be back. The exorcist house was cool. I love my horror movies. I stayed most of the time over by the wharf which was nice, but looking back I think I prefer DuPont circle. I really love the architecture of all those buildings in that area and along M street.
 

supersub

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Today's my last day here so won't be doing much tbh. Gonna head out to terminal and then chill at the hotel for most of the afternoon. We've got a 2 hour massage booked tonight and then plan to check out a southern Thai restaurant.
 

supersub

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Quick note about massages. I get a foot massage every day here, so I consider myself somewhat of an aficionado.

Up until this trip we would always go to Ruamrudee massage in Ploen Chit. We found this by chance a few years ago and it's a real gem we've been returning to literally every day on our trips. All the girls are vetted in that they must have 5+ years of experience before they can work there, so the service is generally guaranteed. At 450 bhat, it's more expensive than your standard foot massage joint, but you definitely get more bang for your buck so no complaints from me. I've never once left feeling unsatisfied.

So imagine my horror when on the first day we find it's under renovation, and their working space has been reduced in capacity from like 30 to 6. Most days we've tried to go there it's been fully booked, so we thought we'd make do with whatever Thong Lor has to offer.

Most of the massages at the start of Soi 55 look shabby, and I may have been ok with them before I met my gf, but she won't step foot into them so I had to find another. 5555 I had a few good ones at Dala massage, which has an unusual policy of mandating a 100 bhat tip if you pre-book. But the gf didn't like them so we had to find an alternative. For some reason all the staff there are also a lot younger. Almost like they could double up as working in a bar at night.

Anyway the gf is quite into spa type places, and I've always written them off as overpriced rubbish, but last night we tried Forrest Massage Onsen spa on soi 55 and it was a knock your socks off good. Before the massage they get you to fill out a form to indicate any areas you want or focus on/avoid. The entire site has been decorated using garden themed decor, and pre-massage foot wash is done using a mix of fresh and dried ingredients. l
Lime and ginger, plus some other stuff. It all results in a nice blend of smells which leaves you waiting in anticipation for the massage.

The massage itself was excellent, and they used some techniques I'd not previously seen in all my
visits to regular foot massages. They also have a thermos with hot towels, which they use before the mini head massage, as well as clean off the oil afterwards. I went into the massage high as a kite, and left feeling both refreshed and relaxed.

The post massage tea is ok, but the cherry on top is it being served with kluay dtak. I'm not that into dried fruits, but I make an exception for dried banana. Definitely worth the extra, and today we are going back for a 2 hour massage.
 

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MarcTwoSix

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Quick note about massages. I get a foot massage every day here, so I consider myself somewhat of an aficionado.

Up until this trip we would always go to Ruamrudee massage in Ploen Chit. We found this by chance a few years ago and it's a real gem we've been returning to literally every day on our trips. All the girls are vetted in that they must have 5+ years of experience before they can work there, so the service is generally guaranteed. At 450 bhat, it's more expensive than your standard foot massage joint, but you definitely get more bang for your buck so no complaints from me. I've never once left feeling unsatisfied.

So imagine my horror when on the first day we find it's under renovation, and their working space has been reduced in capacity from like 30 to 6. Most days we've tried to go there it's been fully booked, so we thought we'd make do with whatever Thong Lor has to offer.

Most of the massages at the start of Soi 55 look shabby, and I may have been ok with them before I met my gf, but she won't step foot into them so I had to find another. 5555 I had a few good ones at Dala massage, which has an unusual policy of mandating a 100 bhat tip if you pre-book. But the gf didn't like them so we had to find an alternative. For some reason all the staff there are also a lot younger. Almost like they could double up as working in a bar at night.

Anyway the gf is quite into spa type places, and I've always written them off as overpriced rubbish, but last night we tried Forrest Massage Onsen spa on soi 55 and it was a knock your socks off good. Before the massage they get you to fill out a form to indicate any areas you want or focus on/avoid. The entire site has been decorated using garden themed decor, and pre-massage foot wash is done using a mix of fresh and dried ingredients. l
Lime and ginger, plus some other stuff. It all results in a nice blend of smells which leaves you waiting in anticipation for the massage.

The massage itself was excellent, and they used some techniques I'd not previously seen in all my
visits to regular foot massages. They also have a thermos with hot towels, which they use before the mini head massage, as well as clean off the oil afterwards. I went into the massage high as a kite, and left feeling both refreshed and relaxed.

The post massage tea is ok, but the cherry on top is it being served with kluay dtak. I'm not that into dried fruits, but I make an exception for dried banana. Definitely worth the extra, and today we are going back for a 2 hour massage.
I only go to higher end massage places
I don't care if they are more expensive

I just prefer the ambience and if I'm paying double than that of a regular massage shop I don't care
It is still a bargain

The chairs are better and they are usually very clean




My wife and I often times get 2 massages per day!

When we wake up and sometimes when we are heading home after dinner
 

supersub

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Few pics from the last day to finish things off. Went for lunch at See Fah in T21 (colour blue), and it didn't disappoint. We got my fav pla thot nam pla, with duck grapao. Also had a dtom jeut (clear soup), which was ok.

Also used this opportunity to stuff my face with any sweet I hadn't yet had a chance to try. Found a nice matcha soft serve, Thai tea pudding, and of course the Thai sticky rice and custard. I like how Bake a wish has mini slices of their cakes, in case you don't want to commit to a big one, and instead try a bite from each. Did some last minute food shopping at T21 Gourmet Market and then returned to the hotel to chill.

In the evening we went out for a 2 hour massage at Forrest, which was once again spot on. Unfortunately it took us a while to get back to the hotel as it was pouring down, but we managed to get a grab to accept eventually. For dinner we were gonna order from Baan Ice on soi 55 (southern Thai food), but had issues with them accepting the order on grab, so ordered from Seu Dtai (Southern Tiger) instead. I had not managed to eat kua kling on this entire trip, so we ordered that with some khai pa loh and wings. This is similar to the moo hong we got at Err, but more gravy. You need something like this to counter the spicyness of the kua kling. The gf could not eat this btw, but I can no issues, though the next day my arse was literally on fire when I was using the toilet at the airport. 555

This has been a nice trip overall. Thought Pattaya was a bit crap tbh. Obviously if you're single it's a different story, but I found availability of good Thai food on beach road to be non existent, plus it's a nightmare getting anywhere by road in the afternoon/early evening due to traffic.


Late in the day I was having 2nd thoughts about not buying that SLA055 in Central Chidlom when I had the chance. Think I mentioned this earlier, but I recently watched a vid of this being compared with the Rolex submariner and in short the Seiko came out on tops. Assembled by Grand Seiko, better movement, finishing, lume, and casing materials. Plus I really love how Seiko have brought back the chocolate bar strap. Sadly as a limited edition I can no longer buy this in the UK, so 2nd hand or buying from Asia are my only options. And in a few years this will become harder to get hold of. I've missed out on some big re-issues in the past, and for me the feeling of "I should have gotten this when I had the chance" is one of those things you want to avoid as a watch enthusiast, as you end up buying something else which inevitably does not scratch that itch, and so ensues the cycle of eyeing up the next thing you sell to fund. So I decided to try my luck at the airport in duty free as I know they have 2 Seiko outlets there. This way I could also claim back VAT on my way out.

At the airport we noticed only one escalator was being used for international departures, so we went to the empty one to try our luck. They literally opened it as we rocked up, and within 60 seconds a huge queue had formed. I believe this was all one giant Chinese tour group.

We said our goodbyes for now, and I raced through security and immigration to try find an SLA055. Turns out they don't stock any high end Seikos, and the dummy sales women tried to get me to buy some other random one just because the dial colour matched. Btw There is a Thailand limited edition MM300 I came across whilst here which looks cool with an interesting colour scheme. The Marine Master 300 represents for me is the absolute pinnacle of Japanese horological dive watch engineering. Sadly it sits too top heavy for my 6.5 inch wrist. Plus 300m is overkill for me as let's face it I would never take such a watch into a pool let alone diving. 5555 That said, I have watched some reviews from divers who used a MM300, and that is truly a top class legit dive watch. The original Marine Master is also the descendent from which the SLA055 takes its inspiration. And for context the MM takes its inspiration from the 6159 7000, which was the worlds first high beat professional diver in 1967.

Not content with the outcome I began scouring Chrono24 and found some well known JP based resellers had a few JDM versions in stock. So I went ahead and bought a brand new one (for a fraction of launch retail), and completed payment literally as the plane was taking off. 5555

BTW You can pay for stuff with line rabbit card. Very cool imo. I do wonder why so many queue up at the BTS stations and instead don't just get a rabbit card.
 

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MarcTwoSix

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Few pics from the last day to finish things off. Went for lunch at See Fah in T21 (colour blue), and it didn't disappoint. We got my fav pla thot nam pla, with duck grapao. Also had a dtom jeut (clear soup), which was ok.

Also used this opportunity to stuff my face with any sweet I hadn't yet had a chance to try. Found a nice matcha soft serve, Thai tea pudding, and of course the Thai sticky rice and custard. I like how Bake a wish has mini slices of their cakes, in case you don't want to commit to a big one, and instead try a bite from each. Did some last minute food shopping at T21 Gourmet Market and then returned to the hotel to chill.

In the evening we went out for a 2 hour massage at Forrest, which was once again spot on. Unfortunately it took us a while to get back to the hotel as it was pouring down, but we managed to get a grab to accept eventually. For dinner we were gonna order from Baan Ice on soi 55 (southern Thai food), but had issues with them accepting the order on grab, so ordered from Seu Dtai (Southern Tiger) instead. I had not managed to eat kua kling on this entire trip, so we ordered that with some khai pa loh and wings. This is similar to the moo hong we got at Err, but more gravy. You need something like this to counter the spicyness of the kua kling. The gf could not eat this btw, but I can no issues, though the next day my arse was literally on fire when I was using the toilet at the airport. 555

This has been a nice trip overall. Thought Pattaya was a bit crap tbh. Obviously if you're single it's a different story, but I found availability of good Thai food on beach road to be non existent, plus it's a nightmare getting anywhere by road in the afternoon/early evening due to traffic.


Late in the day I was having 2nd thoughts about not buying that SLA055 in Central Chidlom when I had the chance. Think I mentioned this earlier, but I recently watched a vid of this being compared with the Rolex submariner and in short the Seiko came out on tops. Assembled by Grand Seiko, better movement, finishing, lume, and casing materials. Plus I really love how Seiko have brought back the chocolate bar strap. Sadly as a limited edition I can no longer buy this in the UK, so 2nd hand or buying from Asia are my only options. And in a few years this will become harder to get hold of. I've missed out on some big re-issues in the past, and for me the feeling of "I should have gotten this when I had the chance" is one of those things you want to avoid as a watch enthusiast, as you end up buying something else which inevitably does not scratch that itch, and so ensues the cycle of eyeing up the next thing you sell to fund. So I decided to try my luck at the airport in duty free as I know they have 2 Seiko outlets there. This way I could also claim back VAT on my way out.

At the airport we noticed only one escalator was being used for international departures, so we went to the empty one to try our luck. They literally opened it as we rocked up, and within 60 seconds a huge queue had formed. I believe this was all one giant Chinese tour group.

We said our goodbyes for now, and I raced through security and immigration to try find an SLA055. Turns out they don't stock any high end Seikos, and the dummy sales women tried to get me to buy some other random one just because the dial colour matched. Btw There is a Thailand limited edition MM300 I came across whilst here which looks cool with an interesting colour scheme. The Marine Master 300 represents for me is the absolute pinnacle of Japanese horological dive watch engineering. Sadly it sits too top heavy for my 6.5 inch wrist. Plus 300m is overkill for me as let's face it I would never take such a watch into a pool let alone diving. 5555 That said, I have watched some reviews from divers who used a MM300, and that is truly a top class legit dive watch. The original Marine Master is also the descendent from which the SLA055 takes its inspiration. And for context the MM takes its inspiration from the 6159 7000, which was the worlds first high beat professional diver in 1967.

Not content with the outcome I began scouring Chrono24 and found some well known JP based resellers had a few JDM versions in stock. So I went ahead and bought a brand new one (for a fraction of launch retail), and completed payment literally as the plane was taking off. 5555

BTW You can pay for stuff with line rabbit card. Very cool imo. I do wonder why so many queue up at the BTS stations and instead don't just get a rabbit card.
Thanks for the mini-TR SS, always enjoy your posts


Funny enough my wife and I got in a little tiff over Duck Curry the other night

Every time we order Thai food delivery she says she wants Duck Curry

I legitimacy have told her for over a year places here don't have Duck Curry on the menu, just occasionally as a Special if we go eat at a restaurant

So I sort of snapped at her. 😀
 

supersub

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Thanks for the mini-TR SS, always enjoy your posts


Funny enough my wife and I got in a little tiff over Duck Curry the other night

Every time we order Thai food delivery she says she wants Duck Curry

I legitimacy have told her for over a year places here don't have Duck Curry on the menu, just occasionally as a Special if we go eat at a restaurant

So I sort of snapped at her. 😀
You're right it's not that common. In Bangkok, other than a few places like MK, and Four Seasons, it's sort of a lottery for tourists. And when we do find a place one that does Duck, that is always my number one choice. My gf knows this so she'll make a point to remember new places she finds that does duck as she knows I like it so much.

I think See Fah is probably the first time I've come across Duck grapao in a restaurant. Usually it's just roasted duck on its own or as part of a noodle soup. There was a street food joint over near Chamchuri square I found which specialised in duck, but it was so tasteless I won't bother sharing the name.

Funnily enough I had quite a bit of duck on this trip. Even found it in one of the JP restaurants we ate at (Isshin).

Does your wife like other meats? I've tried unsuccessfully to get my gf to try lamb and goat so far. She says it's stinky 5555.
 

MarcTwoSix

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You're right it's not that common. In Bangkok, other than a few places like MK, and Four Seasons, it's sort of a lottery for tourists. And when we do find a place one that does Duck, that is always my number one choice. My gf knows this so she'll make a point to remember new places she finds that does duck as she knows I like it so much.

I think See Fah is probably the first time I've come across Duck grapao in a restaurant. Usually it's just roasted duck on its own or as part of a noodle soup. There was a street food joint over near Chamchuri square I found which specialised in duck, but it was so tasteless I won't bother sharing the name.

Funnily enough I had quite a bit of duck on this trip. Even found it in one of the JP restaurants we ate at (Isshin).

Does your wife like other meats? I've tried unsuccessfully to get my gf to try lamb and goat so far. She says it's stinky 5555.
We find good duck curry all over Thailand

Actually the one place in Kamala on the beach has amazing duck curry

It will be the 1st thing I eat when I am in Kamala


My wife, like most Thais, think Lamb smells
So she doesn't eat it


We did have lamp chops at one of my friends house 8-9 years ago
And she loved then

I told her we can get lamb chops anywhere and it's the same

She insists that no
"Rann and Tara are rich so they buy hi-so lamb not smell" 5555
 

Rockitt

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Thank you SS for another great trip report. I’ll be trying out some of your recommendations soon. Your knowledge of watches is way over my head but nevertheless very interesting. My fake Rolex I bought on the street 4 years ago after a few beers is still going strong. Although I don’t wear it that often for fear of getting mugged for a £40 Rolex :cautious:
 

Rockitt

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Great spot when you are staying at Shangri-la

Although can get very busy with tourists
I was there early so the place was empty. It began to fill up towards lunchtime. They told me they are open until midnight but I’ve never been there in the evening.
 

MarcTwoSix

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I was there early so the place was empty. It began to fill up towards lunchtime. They told me they are open until midnight but I’ve never been there in the evening.
If i were thinking of a dream bar I'd want to own

That would be at the top of the list
 

MarcTwoSix

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Love

Love it. Have been to Shangrila for dinner one time but never explored that area on foot. One for next time.
I would say the area around the Sheraton is much better to explore than the area around Shangri-la
Especially in the last couple of years

It's become a bit of a hipster area with many young chefs from some of the best restaurants in Thailand branching out on their own and opening small restaurants

Plus tons of art galleries and just a bunch of new small and interesting bars and restaurants
 

supersub

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We were gonna stay at Avani this trip, but changed last minute as wanted to check out Thobg Lor. Maybe next time.
 
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