When planning the trip I wanted to have a busy first day so we could get an overview of the city and see the main highlights that were needed with a guide. Today was left open all day and then a dinner reservation at night.
We slept in a little later and then headed to Siam which is the major shopping area. There are high end malls next to mid-level ones and then there is counterfeit mecca aka as the MBK Center. Morgan had said that there were good fake bags here and after our luck in Turkey I thought we'd give it a shot. Lo and behold, Andy was hitting deal after deal finding himself a Rolex, Ray Bans and a Messi jersey. The bags weren't as good as I had hoped and but I'm sure they were there as one woman pulled out her secret suitcase to show me her Chanels. I don't understand how this entire 6 story mall consists of all stores selling counterfeit items can exist but it does. There must be some brands that have had bigger lawsuit or hold bigger penalties because Michael Kors and Mulberry are everywhere out in the open whereas Chanel and Prada are "secretly" there although to unlock the secret you just have to say can I see them. Google maps has been our best asset here as your location blue dot can still find you even on airplane mode. As we're both city savvy it's been great using the public transit and walking maps. We used our blue dot to find the Jim Thompson house not far from MBK. Jim Thompson was an American who fell in love with everything Thai and built an original Thai home in the 1950s. His astrologer's charts told him to be careful at age 61 and that's the year he went missing in the Malaysian jungle never to be seen again! His house is now a museum and a treat to visit with an English guide included!
We got in some pool time before getting ready for dinner. We ventured up to the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel first. As we made our way through the restaurant and finally to the bar it started to rain. Apparently once everyone flees they close the bar for 15-20 to clear those checks before serving again. Since we had to make our dinner reservation next door we didn't have to pay for the overpriced drink and just got to enjoy the view and take some pics. This restaurant is number 8, 11, 13 in the world according to an assortment of lists. An Australian chef opened this authentic Thai restaurant and the tasting menu is the way to go. It was very delicious but for us babies to the very spicy I think we didn't get the full experience as it's meant to be had. Also after each consuming a chili mid different dishes our mouths were on fire and I was sweating in my seat. Tomorrow we head to Chiang Mai and two religious holidays await us and the sale of alcohol in banned throughout the country. Reviews seemed to be mixed as to whether or not we will be able to still drink at the hotel or because we are Westerners. I'll keep you posted :)