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Retreat with PracticeForte to Bangkok

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It has been an eventful year with OTP and the hard work really paid off with a grand win in their trial. Spontaneously, OTP decided to fly the team to the land of smiles.

PF was tasked with some serious itinerary planning from visiting the outskirts of Bangkok to the “atas” malls and even a Thai cooking class.

We stayed at a really nice hotel, Compass Skyview, which is just two BTS stops away from downtown Bangkok. It is also strategically located on the shopping belt of Sukhumvit, right in front of Phrom Phong BTS station. The hotel is a 3 minute walk from the train station.

Our first dinner at Nara Thai
So hungry that we did not take pictures of our meal but the dish that had us sold was the Deep-Fried Meatballs. It was tender, fragrant and it has a unique refreshing taste. We all loved it. (So much that we created our own versions when we returned home and started spamming our whatsapp groupchat with our creation.)

Then there is the uberliciously satisfying Mango-Sticky-Rice-with-Mong-Thong-Durian-Ice-Cream. My choice!

Will you say no to desserts? Well, not us.

Bangkok Seaview Restaurant
Our driver picked us early that morning for a 2-hour ride to the jetty. There, it was another 20-min boat ride to the restaurant for lunch. It was a long way just to have a meal but well worth it as the food was cheap and good and we ate till we could not move.

Amphawa Floating Market (“AFM”)
It was a 90-mins drive from the jetty to AFM. By the time we got there, it was time for tea-break. AFM appeals to us as the go-to place where locals get their traditional goodies and snacks.

Sunday, We Koo-King Thai
We set out as early at 830am to head to Silom where the cooking school was. We gathered at about 9am for a market tour. We learned about the different types of basils and how to use them in our daily cooking. We bought some herbs and veggies and we were asked to help carry them back to the school.

All of us graduated from Silom Thai Cooking School with flying colours where we learnt how to cook Tom Yum Goong, Matsaman Curry, Pad Thai, Som Tum, Mango Sticky Rice and Red Ruby Dessert all under two hours. (ps: we have helpers to cut, wash and clean mah). It was enjoyable and now we know, actually Thai cooking is so easy. All you need is mae pranom brand thai chili paste, spices, herb and you pound pound pound!

After all the walking (everyday), we’d find excuses to visit the masseuse. Spoilt and pampered, aren’t we? How we wish we could have more time in Bangkok. Time passes so quickly when we are having fun.