Having been a regular visitor to Bangkok, I have a number of favourite places to eat, visit and spa (not all in the same spot of course!)

*Not completed - will add as I go along*

Places to Eat
Anna's Cafe, Soi Saladaeng - quick and efficient service, good Thai food and EXCELLENT bannofee pie. They have another branch round the corner (opposite the HSBC buildling) from the original bunglow. Reservations essential almost every night tel: +66 2 6320620

KuppA, Sukhumvit Soi 16 - housed in what looks like a former warehouse, it's got lots of headroom and a great atmosphere. I heared it was started by some Aussie guy. They do great coffees (and sell coffee beans too!) and excellent food. My favourites are the roast beef sandwich, pastas are not bad, desserts ...argh!!! which ones to choose? They all look SO great! I especially like to go there for their breakfasts - the ones with the works - bacon, sausages, eggs, toast, jam, etc, all nicely accompanied by freshly squeezed Thai orange juice (the color is so orange, you'd think it was articificial at first glance!) and a nice latte will just about make your day! This breakfast is definitely one to be savoured over. Open all day but closes rather early, sometimes by 10:30pm they stop taking in customers.

The Old Siam, Chinatown- for all Thai snacks and mouth-watering desserts, there's no greater place than the Old Siam. Located north of Chinatown, it's a one-stop shop for all Thai sweets and traditional food. No need to go to 10 different places to get everything, it's all there in one spot now. The first thing that hits you when you get into the buildling is the waft of sweet smells, the pandan leaves, the coconut ... all reminiscance of my grandmother's kitchen.

The visual aspect is just as exciting as the eating aspect of things because here, you get to see people make the food, probably just as they've done for generations. One thing that striked me, coming from a country where frying is a norm, is how little oil they use in their cooking. Almost nothing in this place is fried. Everything is just dipped into sugar water or steamed or boiled or cooked someother way without much use of oil.

My favourites are:
- glutinous rice with durian
- glutinous rice with mango
- this pancake looking thing where you put a fairy floss looking thin in it, roll it up and eat it
- all the miniature 'fruits' made out out green bean flour
- the MaMa noodle salad
- anything with bananas in it
- anything else with glutinous rice in it

Basically, the idea is to buy, walk and eat as you go along or, if you are as greedy as me, buy everything, and take it all upstairs to the food court, buy a drink and settle yourself comfortably down to one of the tables.

Places to induldge!
Body Tune, Silom Road (you can see it from the Saladaeng BTS, above GNC / Oriental Princess) - the place is very welcoming and most importantly, CLEAN. Massages are a tad more expensive than most, but you're assured of clean sheets, clean pyjamas (for Thai massage) and clean premises. Massages range from Bt350 to Bt600 for one hour and can go on for up to 2 hours. There's also foot and hand massages, etc. The moment you open the door and walk up the stairs, you'll feel like you're miles away from the hustle and bustle of Silom Road and the night markets. Opens 11am till midnight or 1am depending day. Reservations a must! tel: +66 2 2384377

Manicures / Pedicures (kambing)

Hair services (kambing)

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