Notes from Thailand (Part 1): Bangkok

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Bangkok is a spiritual place, a decadent place; an ancient town, a super modern city: it is a blend of all these things and much much more.

The Mr. and I landed safely after a long flight from New York.

On our first full day in the city, we decided to tackle three of Bangkok's most significant tourist attractions: The Royal Palace, Wat Pho (an anicent Buddhist temple) and Jim Thompson House museum (a shrine to traditional Thai architecture built by an American who built a sprawling compound of houses and stimulated global interest in Thai silk).

Buddha shrine at Wat Pho

The lush gardens at Jim Thompson

Swoon: lotus blossoms

Our first proper lunch at Jim Thompson cafe

A so fresh it melts in your mouth noodle dish

On our second full day in the city, we decided to tackle shopping areas, which mostly revolve around giant, air-conditioned malls (the AC part is key, as the weather killed me on our first full day around open air tourist sites).

One of Bangkok's newest shopping centers, Siam Paragon, teemed with large crowds, clusters of global luxury boutiques such as Hermes, Chanel and Armani. Nothing we hadn't seen before. The Mr. and I were more fascinated by the Paragon Department Store, which carried local labels and had fun trying on the "Thai meets Italian" style of Greyhound, a popular national brand.

Our most delightful finds were in the Siam Square area, where you could find asymmetric jersey basics reminiscent of Comme des Garcons or shoes hinting of Marc Jacobs at small Mom-and-Pop boutiques or in most cases, stalls, where the shopkeepers were most likely related to the designers.

The Sky Train, one of two subway systems in the city.

MBK, one of many large malls around the city.

A Laboratory, one stall around the Siam Square area, where the Mr. and I had fun trying on Yohji-esque shirts and jackets.

A Laboratory

Some of the delicious finds at Greyhound.

We loved our hotel, the Le Meridien Bangkok, where we were upgraded to a spacious king suite, complete with a deep soaking tub and views of the city. The hotel is across the street from the infamous Patpong Market, which hawks mostly counterfeit merchandise (think NY Chinatown) and is lined with "go-go bars," which reminded me a bit of Amsterdam's red light district. We would highly recommend this hotel for its slightly off-the-beaten path location, proximity to public transport, and impeccable service. Not to mention its cool modern meets Thai decor.

A view of the bathroom! Farewell, bath tub. I will miss you.

Wearing: a black balloon dress from A Laboratory, grey, shredded leggings
from Tree, a local label, and off-white peep toe booties, another cheap, chic buy.

Wearing: a grey circular draped jersey top from a local designer around Siam Square and my new beloved shredded leggings. I'm kicking myself for not buying more pairs. Ugh!

I hope you are enjoying your weekend thus far.

The Mr. and I will be traveling through Chiang Mai and on to Phuket for the rest of the week. I will plan to do another update next weekend. Please stay tuned for some amazing new guest posts starting tomorrow (check the left sidebar for the schedule).

Thanks for reading! xx D


Diana said...

Awesome photos, DS!!

I love your outfits, the food, the architecture!

.:*aMbAr*:. said...

WOW!!! That first picture is just fascinating. And your leggings, OMGGGGGGGG I want theeem [robot voice]. You look stunning, I really love how you paired the leggings with big tops. Looove them.

On a side note, OF COURSE I was gonna check Dream Sequins while you were away. I love it how you prepared all those guests to keep us entertained. You say OCD, I say the way to go girl!!!!

PS: MK watch story coming soon, promise ;)

PinkBow said...

fantastic outfit! you definitely should have bought more leggings, the shoes are fab too!

My Passport to Style said...

Hi there, as you know Im a new here!Ilooove your off white booties and the shredded leggings fabulous inspiration for us Style Consultants!!!Thank-you for sharing such beautiful shots of your journe, have a wonderful time!! Sharonxxxooo

Kb said...

Love those shredded leggings, looks like you had a great time. I'd love to visit Thailand eventually, so it's great to get another idea of it through your photos.

nicole said...

Glad to hear you landed safely and are having a great time in Thailand! Love that bathroom with the dark wooden paneled doors. And I love your outfit, esp the shredded grey leggings - I hope you at least got a pair in black! and your shoes, of course haha. Great style, as always!

jaassnnaa said...

ooo i love the pictures from thailand,specialy first picture...youre shoes were amazing...

Marla Singer said...

wow great pictures! i love your top and your leggings! they rock! <33

Thumbelina Fashionista said...

Thanks for sharing these beautiful pics! I love your hotel...and the outfit.

Manju said...

you look gorgeous, and looks like you're having an amazing time! :)
thailand is one of my dream destinations, so i had so much fun reading this post ^^

Susan said...

love the photos + the outfits, too!
have a lovely day, xoxo

LJ said...

damn bangkok is so much fun! I want to go back!
xx-LJ from SOS!

Anika said...

Gorgeous post, I love travel related posts like this with all the valuable info....good for when I get to go :)

Love how goreously stylish you look in these pics. And those shredded leggings are gorgeous. Hmmm, shame you didn't pick up a few more pairs. Still, I'll drool over the pair you did get!

p.s. love the pics, do you or the hubby take them?

have a great one :)

Wrecked Stellar said...

Hey D! Sounds like you and the Mr. are having a fabulous time! I'd love to go there one day! I love all of your new purchases, esp. those shoes- love the color, style, everything! Can't wait to see more photos and hear about your trip!!

x ws x

vitaMinn style said...

Sounds like a fun trip so far! I've never been to Thailand and this is such a treat to read!

The hotel seems very nice and spacious! I will take note of that for when we visit Bangkok someday (dream, dream!)

Love the gray tone of your outfit and that shredded leggings looks so good on you!

Have fun in Phuket,

Ocean drift... said...

OMG, I love the shoes, D. Would it be bad to ask about the prices of the clothes? Just to have an idea of what fashion would cost us down there.
Mannn, I want me some of those beautiful, big shirts that are so Asian. They remind me very much of the Korean/Japanese fashion.

P.S. Did the Mr. purchase anything also? Am sure it must have been heaven for him as well in terms of stylish stuff :)

Runway Reviews said...

love the photos, i guess it's an amazing trip. Good background scene. Love the food!

thefatandskinnyonfashion said...

The leggings are so hot!I know you are having fun. I wonder if anybody has gotten locked up in that bathtub. It does look neat though. I hope you continue to stay safe and have more fun.

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Gorgeous photos! I'm so happy you and the hubby had a lovely trip. You look beautiful in the photos too. I adore that gray top and those shoes in the last photo.

dapper kid said...

Ahhh how exciting! That Buddha shrine is so beautiful. And wow, your hotel looked amazing, but not as amazing as that outfit!! Loooove the shredded leggings. Hope you're having a gorgeous weekend :)

Brigadeiro said...

GORGEOUS photos D!

Your room looks SO beautiful! And cool funky leggings & shoes!

Thx for sharing! Looking forward to installment 2! :)

The Man Who Knew Too Much said...

Beautiful. I miss Bangkok :(

Couture Cookie said...

Such beautiful photographs... the first one might be my favorite. And looking at that noodle dish made me hungry... :)

Jaime said...

So much jealousy about your trip over here haha! the leggings- wow I want a pair stat! Adore the simplicity of the hotel/bathroom.

Hope you are enjoying yourself- seems so! :)

WendyB said...

I was going to comment about a million things, but I'm distracted by the leggings, which remind me of my grey shredded Francis dress!

Have a great time!

alixrose said...

Hunnie, it looks like your having a wonderful time. Those leggings, those leggings.... those leggings. I love them. Also I dont know how you left that hotel, it looks amazing.

I am so glad that you and your mister were able to go on this trip.


Apt. #34 said...

Dying over those booties. Love them! Happy travels.

The Little Fashion Treasury said...

And here I am again ;)
... your photos are awesome and fascinating, D!
Love especially the garden pictures.
Oh yess.. the tube ;)

The shredded leggings look amazing on you!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS and enjoy the rest of the week!

VersaStyle said...

looks amazing!! i'm diggin the pics, the shoes and the leggings.. have tons of fun!

InnyVinny said...

These photos are gorgeous!

corrie said...

Everything looks so amazing, can't wait to see more! And a deep soaking tub sounds like a vacation in itself.

Modelizer said...

Thailand looks incredible! I'm so jealous. I feel like I haven't been out of the country in forever and then realized it's true. 2010 the year of travel? Fingers crossed.

Taylor Sterling said...

d, I love those booties!!

Sher said...

Gorgeous photos! And those leggings are WILD!

Hanako66 said...

loved reading about your trip so far...can't wait to see more!

Erin said...

looks like a gorgeous trip! i hope that you're enjoying beautiful weather and delicious food :)

btw love your shredded leggings! so fun!

Livie said...

Deanne you look incredible - really love the whole outfit, circular top, leggings and shoes.

Your pictures bring back some childhood memories for me when I used to live in Bangkok. I've never stayed at the Le Meridien in Bangkok but they are really nice hotels.

Lynn said...

love those leggings!!! :)

im so jealous of your trip! i know you and your mr. are having a grand time. can't wait to hear more about it!

Chessa! said...

hello, gorgeous! love this entire look. bkk is such an incredible city. so much to see...a feast for your senses. your finds are amazing. LOVE those shoes!!

Wicked Halo said...

Great photos, hope you're having a pretty amazing holidays (sure looks like it :) and I must say you look really stylish, I usually end up looking a mess during my holidays, it just seems, I need way too much to keep up my day to day routine :D

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

OMG, your outfit is ridiculously edgy. I love it and am bookmarking this post so I remember which market this is!

God's Favorite Shoes! said...

OMG your outfits make me want to go play in my closet!

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