Bangkok: Photos and Videos from Songkran 2019

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This Songkran was extra special.

It’s that time of the year again! Thailand (and some neighboring countries) are celebrating Songkran. This year is special because I’m able to share the experience with PJ.

Here’s our not-so-ambitious Songkran itinerary. I wanted to queue up some of the gay clubs and scenery but for some reason, I felt exhausted. Lol.

Thursday – flew in before midnight and stayed at a friend’s house (thanks Joy!)

Friday – squeezed in the Grand Palace and ICONSIAM before checking into U Sukhumvit Hotel

Saturday – First day of Songkran, experiencing it while riding a tuk-tuk in Sukhumvit and by visiting the water fights in Silom by nightfall. Dinner at the Train Market and drinks later on at Maggie Choo’s. Followed by delish supper at Bamboo (middle eastern food) near Nana.

Sunday – omg, stayed at the hotel. I had this phobia of water guns suddenly. We spent the whole day lounging by the swimming pool of our hotel. And getting room service.

Monday – getting a massage at Health Land Spa and Massage in Asoke. Followed by some souvenir shopping and lunch at Terminal 21. We flew back to Singapore in the evening.

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PJ dumping his water on a nearby bush outside Terminal 21. You can’t bring water into the mall.
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But of course, minutes earlier we were with Ulrike buying said water guns in the Sukhumvit area.
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Silom with Colin and his friends. We reached before dark so the streets were pretty wet and messy already.
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I brought my pink water gun from the previous year.
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The festive streets of Silom with Ulrike and her friend Domenica.
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A beer break at 7-11 along the Silom stretch.
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The train night market. Drenched after someone in the alley dumped water on us! Grrr!
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Ready for an afternoon of water fights.

I’ll share tips for Songkran in my next post. 🙂

Bangkok: Shopping and Drinks at ICONSIAM

A new addition to Bangkok’s lively shopping scene is ICONSIAM. This mixed-use development brings the shopping experience to the other side of the Chao Phraya River. I wanted to take a peek during my visit to Bangkok for Songkran 2019.

My three highlights from ICONSIAM

  1. It’s a new shopping experience on this side of the Chao Phraya. It’s one of Bangkok’s new mega-malls. Until the ICONSIAM gets its own BTS station soon (on the ‘Gold’ line, sounds cool right), you can take a shuttle to access this mall.
  2. There’s an indoor floating market. It’s colorful and, well, air-conditioned. We had lunch at one of the restaurants in the basement which is tastefully designed to look like an indoor floating market.
  3. Great terrace overlooking Chao Phraya. Who’s not a fan of rooftop bars? Whenever I visit a major city I like to enjoy it with a view from the top. ICONSIAM has a nice terrace that overlooks the Chao Phraya River. It’s not a rooftop bar, but it gives a spectacular view while you enjoy your Singha or fave cocktail.

Here are some photos:

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The basement level has a SOOK Siam ‘indoor floating market’.
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ICONSIAM signages during the Songkran period.
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ICONSIAM’s gold motif throughout the shopping complex.
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Cocoon structures that house some of the restaurants on the upper levels.
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Weave designs found on the upper levels.
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The cinema area has a tall ceiling.
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Decor on one of the top floors.
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More cocoon structures on the upper levels which house restaurants.
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Indoor waterfall at ICONSIAM.
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Restaurants on the top floor.
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This one has seats.
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Makes me want to try the food in each restaurant.

We had some drinks outside on the terrace.

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View of the Chao Phraya River from the ICONSIAM terrace.
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I love enjoying a beer at the bar. Have one here on the terrace.
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The place fills up fast at sunset. Try to get here during happy hour.
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The terrace is split into two restaurants.
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The seats by the edge were occupied but we found one on a nearby landing.
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Two of my favorite beers. Hoegaarden and Beerlao.
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Enjoying the sunset with my boyfriend.

How to get to ICONSIAM?

One method is to take the train to BTS Saphan Taksin and then a free boat shuttle to take you a kilometre upriver to ICONSIAM. Another method is to take a shuttle bus which originates from Krung Thonburi BTS station.

*During Songkran, all of my transport between districts was via Grab taxi. I didn’t want to risk getting wet every so often.