After the chaos of the Grand Palace the day before and the prediction of it being the hottest day in Bangkok for 55 years (eeekk!), we thought we’d take my parents penultimate day a bit easier. We took the BTS to Phrom Phong which is only about 20 minutes from us to have a look at some GIANT monks we had spied the day before from the sky strain! We had no idea what they were for as everything was in Thai but the eight monks were at the entrance to Benjakiti Park and were simply incredible. They must have been at least 16 feet tall and the attention to detail was just amazing; each one was completely different facially and in posture and robes, they even had eyebrows and stubble!
It was warming up quickly so we headed into the newly opened EmQuartier for some lunch and some air-conditioning. This brand new mall is amazing despite my initial scepticism (“why on earth does Bangkok need another mall?”), it has all the usual suspects (Zara, H&M, Sephora) plus some incredible high end boutiques for window gazing (Balenziaga, Prada, Chanel, Miu Miu) but the gem for me aside from the fact it will soon be on our doorpstep is the food offerings. The gourmet supermarket is stunning, there is a Dean & Deluca deli and restaurant opening soon and the basement food court caters to your every fancy which could be dangerous when we’ll live just a few stops away soon…I may need to find a job!
We lunched at Crepes & Co
Mum went for an Iced Latte and a savoury ‘London’ crepe
I was very excited to see a Zara Home. After working in interiors for a long time I love nothing more than a good mooch around a lovely home shop like this one! I have my eye on a few things but being a sucker for a good scent (especially one including fig) I just couldn’t help myself and bought a gorgeous diffuser from the limited edition Feuille de Figuier range which I’m saving for our new flat!
The afternoon was spent dipping in the pool (which was by now the temperature of a warm bath and not quite as refreshing as you wanted) and taking the parents on the grand tour of the school we moved halfway round the world for! That evening we went to a restaurant in our neighbourhood that we hadn’t visited before but some friends had tried the previous night and raved about. It’s a typically Thai street restaurant, we were the only farangs there, and the food was really good, albeit a bit spicy!
So that was how we spent to hottest day in Bangkok in 55 years! I can assure you it didn’t disappoint with the temperature reaching over 41 with the ‘feels like’ temperature hitting 47 degrees…everyone did warn us April was hot!