Bangkok for a BTS Concert (While Home for a Doctor's Appointment)
When I was in school, I visited home only twice a year: once in the summer and once in the winter. It made home feel like Seoul only existed in two very drastically different seasons. Visiting home in the Spring was a beautiful change from the brutally hot and humid summers and bitterly cold winters I know. It was even more jarring to be in Bangkok for their hottest month of the year.
I had my trip to Korea planned since January. And while my visit this time was two-fold (my plethora of doctor’s appointments being the other), the initial reason why I decided to go home was to go to Bangkok with my mom and sister to see BTS close out their Love Yourself World Tour. You guys know how crazy of a BTS Army I am so I don’t think I need to say anymore. Why Bangkok? It was close enough to Seoul and literally the only city in which we managed to score tickets… So we made a trip out of it!
I arrived in Korea and used my two days at home to get over jet lag. Then it was off to Bangkok for five days. We stayed at the beautiful, brand-new Hyatt Regency Sukhumvit in the heart of the city in one of the hotel’s Regency Suites.
Bangkok is an dynamic, global city with a big food culture. This trip was just as much about seeing BTS as it was about eating very well. We didn’t really sight see at all… I’ve been to Bangkok once before to visit my friend who is from here, so the bulk of that first trip was seeing the city like a tourist. The city itself is huge!
We visited Or Tor Kor Market on our first day to stock up on some local fruits. There is nothing like tropical fruits, specifically Thai/Southeast Asian fruits. The produce there was so incredibly fresh, juicy and flavorful — unparalleled to the produce I find in New York, even if I go to Chinatown to see out the same fruits…
There is a plethora of food markets in Bangkok but we chose Or Tor Kor as they are known for their abundant fruit and produce stalls as well as a designated food court seating area in the midst of street food stalls cooking local cuisine on the spot.
If you care about food (I try and refrain from using the word ‘foodie’ as much as I can), you can’t come to Bangkok and not go to Gaggan, one of the best restaurant’s in the world - currently ranked #7 worldwide and #1 in Asia on The World’s 50 Best list.
I dined at Gaggan the first time I visited Bangkok and it was an incredible experience matched with Thai hospitality. While researching new restaurants to visit, specifically restaurants that offer natural wine, I discovered that Gaggan Anand has opened up a natural wine bar with homey, casual Indian food right next to Gaggan, called WET! The description sounded exactly up my alley and I knew I had to visit WET.
WET’s theme is cheeky. Upon entering the space, which is behind bathroom-like entrance, complete with a toilet basin and public toilet-esque doors, you are greeted with casual lounge-style seating and a giant neon sign that reads “NATURAL WINE IS LIKE SEX WITHOUT CONDOMS”. Not not true.
It’s hard to believe that a fine-dining establishment resides right next door. The ambiance of WET reads the opposite of fine-dining, and that’s exactly why this place is so special.
My mom and I went to OCKEN for brunch, a new restaurant by a new-wave hospitality group in Bangkok called Think Beyond. The menu is inspired by global travels and OCKEN is believed to have started the classic “brunch” trend in Bangkok and used New York brunch establishments as their main inspiration behind the space and menu. To be honest, their menu was executed better than most brunch places I’ve been to in New York. That’s Asian hospitality for you!
Every morning at the hotel started with fresh juice, fully customizable with your choice of fruits and veggies. I always had a huge bowl of papayas with me - they are so rich in digestive enzymes!!!
Some of the best restaurants are the ones tucked away in Bangkok’s sois, small, side streets off the main road.
Hom Duan is a Northern Thai canteen-style eatery cranking out an ever-changing lineup of vegetables, curries and rich dishes all made in-house. Their prices are comparable to street food stalls and their khao soi ga, egg noodles in a chicken curry base, is out of this world.
The day of the show!!! We trekked too Rajamangala National Stadium, the largest outdoor venue in the city. Only the ~real stars~ play here — Coldplay and Lady Gaga to name a few… We picked up some coconut water at a stand just outside the stadium entrance for some fuel and hydration.