Thanks @klyeoh! We actually came in through BKK yesterday and will leave through DMK tomorrow. It wasn’t so bad from BKK using public transportation. We got a place in the Ratchathewi area, very close to Phaya Thai.
We went to MBK first and it was extremely disappointing foodwise. Siam Paragon seemed like more of the same so we got out of there quick. Darn! Should have explored it more. Walking around smaller streets, we found some mediocre to good offerings
I have been imagining coming here for so long, perhaps it was impossible to live up to expectations. I even refrained from eating coconut, jackfruit, and durian the whole time I was in China. We came upon a very interesting Bangkok local last night. As a sort of hobby, he has a small farm and supplies durian and jackfruit to local vendors. First, he directed me to a great durian cart that was actually somewhat affordable, too. (I had thrown away expensive, bad durian earlier.) Then he explained that jackfruit and, especially, durian and coconut, are being exported to China and that drives up the local price. He laughed and said you should’ve eaten the ones in China. Argh!
Thailand was actually our intended honeymoon location, but that trip was canceled due to injury, and every time we made plans later, those were canceled, too. So I’ve been following Bangkok’s transformation for quite some time. The charm of the street carts is gone. And the super malls, coupled with the very large percentage of tourists from everywhere (including many Muslim countries), make it feel like Dubai’s alter-ego.
Yesterday we walked to one of the streets (P. Soi 5) from Mark Weins’ video, but couldn’t find all the vendors in that video. Maybe some have closed. But finally we did find great food in that area. Also, I started trusting my instincts, rather than looking at long lines or what other people are doing.
Anyway, when I first showed my family IconSiam a month ago, they scoffed, “What sort of sterile place are you taking us to?” I have trained them too well, haha. (Frankly, I thought the same thing.) Now, we are more open to the idea. We are too full from last night to eat right now, but after visiting a temple ot two, we will try to head over to IconSiam. Thanks for posting the pictures and descriptions.