THE THAILAND SERIES, DAY 15
Ayutthaya food frenzy & cryo time. 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 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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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
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’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
- MVP – The girls at Cryo
- HIGHLIGHT – Cryo experience
- LOWLIGHT – Raining at Octave
TODAY’S YOUTUBE VIDEOS
If you want to see today from a different perspective, and catch a few different stories from the front row, then check out today’s YouTube videos below.
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.
Home time!!! Click to read.
SAFE TRAVELS, DS x
This post was part of The Thailand Series. To view the full YouTube series from the trip click here or for my Instagram highlights you can go here.
If you would rather read the rest of the series from the blog just click here.
- Do you like sampling a bit of history on your trips?
- Have you tried Cryotherapy?
- What did you think?
Let me know in the comments below . . .