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THE THAILAND SERIES, DAY 15

BANGKOK

Just 2 days to go but 2 very very eventful days to come. This morning I was off to Thailand’s old city and ancient city of Ayutthaya, a place I wanted to visit back during my first visit.

ONLY IN THAILAND COULD MY BODY TAKE THIS MUCH FOOD

However, beaches, buckets and beer got in the way of that and to be honest got in the way of a lot back then but I’m a changed man, Mr Culture Worldwide.

WHERE IS AYUTTHAYA?

AYUTTHAYA

Ayutthaya was founded in 1350 and was Thailand’s capital, known then as Siam. Since then, it grew into one of the world’s largest cosmopolitan and commercial centres. However, after 400 years of prosperity, it was abruptly ended during the Burmese Siam war in the 1700s.

Huge areas of the city were destroyed with nearly all buddha statues being beheaded and the city pillaged. Many locals fled and took refuge in neighbouring towns and cities, most notably Bangkok who then became capital by default.

DAILY INFO….

  • HOTEL – Key Premier Hotel
  • RESTOS – Tee Yen Ta Fo, Chinese steamed buns, Jek Pui Curry
  • FOOD – Tom Yum
  • ATTRACTIONS – Cryo, Octave Rooftop, Rabbit Hole Bar
  • STEPS – 18,600

JAY FAI

There are many eatery institutions in Bangkok, whether it’s market stalls who have stood the test of time or just being showcased on some of the best food vlogs on YouTube. Jay Fai has gone through both and is one of the most popular street food/stalls in the country and nothing shows this more than the constant queue to get their speciality, crab omelette.

TEE YEN TA FO

However I couldn’t wait as long as the rest of them and decided to eat next door at Tee Yen Ta Fo which was street food as good as you’ll get. This was then topped up with a steamed bun across the road at Chinese Steamed Buns (โตซาลาเปา).

JEK PUI CURRY

Knowing I am short on time today & tomorrow and aware I still have places I want to eat I didn’t stop there. I was then off to Jek Pui Curry. I have struggled to find a place that offers decent Thai Curry. Generally, it’s only a restaurant dish but I wanted the street food experience and this is where I ended up.

There are no tables, it’s all stools and knees for your food and a great concept too. One way to judge a place before even tasting the food is seeing how many locals are queuing up to order, this place was for sure one of the busiest.

CHINESE SAUSAGE

There are only two options here which seem to work very well. Green Curry and Yellow curry, both fairly similar and very very creamy. But there is a secret ingredient that they add and something I have not seen on another plate in Thailand, Chinese sausage, very very nice but I was beyond full as I had to try both currys.

  BENEFITS FROM CRYOTHERAPY:
  • Cryotherapy is known to help migraines. by numbing and cooling nerves in the neck.
  • Many athletes also use cryotherapy to treat muscular injuries
  • Cryotherapy can also cause physiological hormonal responses, including adrenaline, noradrenaline, and endorphins.

CRYOTHERAPY

Apparently there is no better way to burn calories (which is what I need right now) than standing in -140 for 3 minutes. Cryotherapy is generally used to help with sports injuries but can also help a range of other issues but what I found most amazing was that it can burn 800 calories in just 3 minutes. Nothing else comes close.

I have always wanted to try this and unfortunately my home town doesn’t have any options. I booked in at Cryo Bangkok and what an experience. First you are given a talk through the next 15 minutes and asked what temperature. It’s suggested on your first go to try it at 110 however I wanted to give this a good go and went for the full 140.

Ayutthaya, food frenzy & cryo time

SLIPPERS

Then you are given a change of clothes; a pair of shorts, bathrobe, knee high socks and a pair of slippers I would have worn when I was 10.

The first 2 minutes were grand but then things started to get cold and you could understand why 3 minutes is the limit

BANGKOK NIGHTLIFE

Bangkok’s nightlife is incredible, whether you want something wild like Khaosan Road or a few drinks on one of the many rooftop bars, there is something for everyone.

However with Bangkok and it’s unpredictable weather means rooftop bars can be a bit of a hit or miss, not to mention that some require an Antigen test on the ground floor… We were fine but a bit of a shame seeing peoples special dinner being ruined due to the weather.

Ayutthaya, food frenzy & cryo time

SUMMED UP….

  • MVP – The girls at Cryo
  • HIGHLIGHT – Cryo experience
  • LOWLIGHT – Raining at Octave

Ayutthaya, food frenzy & cryo time

FINAL THOUGHTS

When arranging this trip I promised I would try as many experiences as possible and today was a perfect example. If you need any advice on visiting, give me a shout.

NEXT UP

Home time!!! Click to read.

SAFE TRAVELS, DS x
152/229

This post is part of The Thailand Series, for the entire series click here or for episode 1, click here.
To watch the video of my trip, head to my highlights on my Instagram.

Question Time

  • Do you like sampling a bit of history on your trips?
  • Have you tried Cryotherapy?
  • What did you think?

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