Guide To / 48hrs in Bangkok
by SARAH MATHEWS
Reading Time: 10mins
the perfect guide for those few nights spent passing through Thailand's energetic capital
WHEN I RETURNED TO BANGKOK AT THE END OF LAST YEAR TO WRAP UP A BRANDING PROJECT AND a SHOOT FOR A CLIENT, I FOUND MYSELF FEELING SOMETHING I HADN'T REALLY FELT BEFORE IN ALL THE TIME I'D SPENT LIVING in thailand (TWO YEARS PRIOR). ON THE ONE HAND, IT FELT WONDERFULLY FAMILIAR TO BE BACK AND ON THE OTHER, it FELT LIKE I Was seeing this city for the very first time. the energy. the details. the design. every time i looked out i would see something different - from the hundreds of faded green tennis courts perched on top of impossibly high skyrises; to discovering the history behind a hauntingly beautiful abandoned skyscraper known as 'ghost tower' opposite our location. I'm normally so observant, how had i prevented myself from seeing all of this before?
This probably had something to do with the fact that I was travelling with Kate, one of my favourite people in the world because she makes me laugh 24/7 and also, because she has the trained eye of a detail-obsessed designer who was experiencing Thailand for the first time while helping me wrap up this project. There was profound energy in the connections we made with people along the way; in learning new things about each other and this place I thought I already knew. It made me examine the way I connect with people and places in my own everyday routine back home and as a result, I often catch myself observing 'this rush' in other people that are blissfully unaware of how much they're missing. For many reasons, even though it was a quick in and out, this trip will remain one of my all time favourites. I'm often asked what people should do if they're just passing through so here it goes... a quick hit list of my favourite places to hang out...
WHERE TO STAY
where to shop
where to grab a drink
UNFORGETTABLE FOOD experiences
a fun night out
CAN'T GO TO THAILAND? NO PROBLEM!
Recreate authentic Thailand vibes with this delicious recipe for my staple Thai diet - I lived on this stuff!
TOM KHA GAI
Thai Chicken Coconut Soup
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
- 1 can (14 oz.) coconut milk
- 1 can (14 oz.) reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 6 quarter-size slices fresh ginger
- 1 stalk fresh lemongrass, cut in 1-in. pieces
- 1 pound boned, skinned chicken breast or thighs, cut into 1-in. chunks
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon Thai or Vietnamese fish sauce (nuoc mam or nam pla)
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon Thai chilli paste
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
AND how to prepare it
In a medium saucepan, combine coconut milk, broth, ginger, and lemongrass and bring to boil over high heat. Add chicken, mushrooms, lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, and chilli paste. Reduce heat and simmer until chicken is firm and opaque (5 to 10 minutes). Discard lemongrass. Garnish servings with basil and cilantro and enjoy!