My Ideal Weekend in Bangkok: Guide to the City

Exploring and living in Bangkok for over a year now, I feel I have only scratched the surface because I still feel to this day I am discovering new restaurants or walking down a soi to find my new fav shopping bazzar! From what I know, I would love to share with you what I would do if I had a weekend in Bangkok.

Bangkok, Thailand is one of those places you have your jaw dropped from culture shock one minute but the next a huge smile after scoring on a shopping trip, eating a fabulous dinner at one of Bangkok’s rooftop restaurants and the constant reaction of awe from a visit to a nearby Wat or The Grand Palace.

My ideal weekend in Bangkok is filled with shopping, exploration and a ferris wheel ride with a toast of champagne. If I had guests coming into town this is exactly what I would do to share with them both the glam and cultural sides of this fab city.

Hotels::

Radisson Blu::

One thing you want to avoid on your stay is traffic. it will get in your way of exploring Bangkok and dealing with taxis is NEVER fun especially if it is your first time exploring this city. Finding a hotel near public transportation is ideal as the BTS (sky train) and MRT (underground system) will get you all around town in a flash. Radisson Blu is located walking distance from both the MRT and BTS station making it an ideal place to stay. With seven exceptional restaurants and bars finding a quick bite to eat makes it easy and the wine rooftop bar is phenomenal! I especially enjoy Attico as it is located on the 28th floor and the food is spectacular! The rooms are great value for your money and a five star experience is to be had!

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Rooftop Bars::

Bangkok Rooftop Bars

Above 11:

I love the mix of sipping on champagne and feeling on top of the world while giggling with girlfriends and Above 11 does just that. The menu is unique and with crafty “Absinthe” cocktails and sushi that is to die for there is no reason not to enjoy the high of Bangkok for dinner or drinks! The best part is you are right in the middle of Soi 11 which is lined with bars, nightclubs and restaurants so if I were you I would grab a cocktail here and move onwards to another fun spot along the soi!

Marriott 57:

New, bold and beautiful, Marriott 57’s Octave Bar is my all time favorite rooftop bar. Many people say Vertigo at the Banyan Tree is “the” bar but in my opinion Octave beats it hands down. First off the wine selection is extensive and the furniture is lavish plus the view is out of this world! Enjoy a sunset cocktail while grooving to the sounds of a fun DJ!

Cultural::

Bangkok Wat

The Grand Palace:

While in Bangkok do as the royals do! The Grand Palace is a SIGHT + a MUST SEE! I was blown away by the detail of every building and the beauty of the landscaping. Be sure to wear a shawl or bring a scarf if you have a tank or tube dress on and wear your longer skirt or dress to cover your knees. If you do not you will be asked to wear an outfit that is none to pleasant to be photographed in. This is also a great idea to take an UBER car as taxis will try to tourist fare you.

Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho):

A site within itself, the reclining Buddha is a huge and when I say HUGE I mean MASSIVE Buddha made of gold. Wat Pho is one of the largest temple complexes and is very relaxing to wander through. Grab a Thai massage from one of the locals and relax your way to a zen like state. Again, dress appropriately and be sure to grab a tour as I missed out on all of the facts which from reading online are very interesting!

Taste of Thailand:

For the ultimate cultural experience in any country especially one known for its fine food take a food tour! Taste of Thailand is unlike your average food tour because the creators of the tour literally make you fall in love with Thai culture and help you to understand the cultural differences. Through food you are taken on a journey through the city of love and on the way you taste foods you probably would have never tried. Anyone that comes through Bangkok for a trip should take this tour, it is literally the highlight of many people’s trips and make sure to go hungry!

Website:

Taste of Thailand

Shopping in Bangkok::

bangkok shopping

Terminal 21:

I love this mall just because it showcases all of the different cultures and has small stalls which sell clothes and accessories from all over the world. Each floor is themed and Thai malls are always well decorated and give you a perfect atmosphere for loads of photos! Be sure to take a pit stop on the basement floor near Gourmet Market and try street food without the street part. I am a huge fan of the chicken skewers which run about 25-30 THB a stick and are always cooked right in front of you.

Location:: BTS ASOKE

Siam Paragon:

Siam Paragon is a M-U-S-T visit just because it is such a beautiful mall and was one of the most photographed places on Instagram. Stocked full of designer stores, Siam Paragon has what I feel is better shopping surrounding it so be sure to check out Siam Square a hipster/trendy shopping area and Siam Square One which has the new Hello Kitty Restaurant!

Location:: BTS Siam

Platinum:

My all time favorite place to score the latest fashion finds and one offs of my favorite brands like Zara and H&M. Platinum is a mall you have to be prepared to shop in. Wear your comfiest flats, loose skirt with a plain tank top because you will need a way to throw clothes over your head to try on as there are no dressing rooms. I also suggest measuring your clothes that fit you best with your arms so that when you pick something of interest up you can see how well it will fit you before you start bargaining with the vendor. Platinum is air conditioned, with clean restrooms and firm prices, which I prefer. Bring a friend who is similar in size and has similar taste as the more you buy from each vendor the better your price!

Location:: To get there take either an UBER or exit off of Chit Lom and walk!

Chatuchak Weekend Market:

Because not only is this market the largest outdoor market in the world, it is a place for great finds and lots of souvenirs to bring back home. Dress comfortable and for hot weather and go EARLY. I usually slip into JJ Market (other name for it) around 9 AM and slip out by noon so that I enjoyed all that the market has to offer without the push of tourists and the heat of the sun. You can literally buy ANYTHING and EVERYTHING here, be sure to have plenty of BAHT tucked away as vendors except for furniture and high end jewelry take BAHT only!

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Location:: To get there take the MRT or BTS all the way until the end!

Transportation::

UBER:

Uber is the BOMB except for when there is traffic that is when the connivence of the BTS and MRT make it easy to get around. When Uber launched in Bangkok it took over the way locals get around and made sitting in traffic a breeze. Use UBER on weekends or after 8 PM to get around and get home after a night out. Be sure to set up your account and download the app before you get the weekend started!

Sign up here: https://www.uber.com/invite/ubercbentley

MRT/BTS:

Buy a card and load up, this is the ideal way to get around town because of the hectic traffic and ease of just knowing where you are going. If there is a ton of traffic and you are trying to get somewhere, get on the MRT/BTS and get as far as you can then hop in a cab or motorcycle taxi to get to your exact location. I cannot tell you how many times I have packed my heels in my bag and ran around in flip flops just to beat traffic and get where I need to be! For one thing if you refuse to use public transportation YOU WILL spend half of your time in traffic guaranteed so bite the bullet, pack some flip flops and get ready to walk!

As much as I would like to say EVERYTHING I would do in three days the reality is you only have three days to get this all packed in.

Traveling throughout Bangkok you need a few essentials to mentally prepare yourself and your beauty regime:

1. No your hair will not be perfect, bring hair ties, cute clips and loads of hair spray to handle frizz.

2. Wear all natural beauty products (click here for my favs) so that when you start dripping sweat your face is not sucking in chemicals and pollution just natural goodness.

3. Sunscreen, sweat proof clothes (I love lululemon) and WATER to stay hydrated!

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If you are planning your travels to Bangkok or just want to book a hotel be sure to check out: http://www.clubcarlson.com/destinations/bangkok,

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Natural Beauty Product Favs

When I started on my journey towards having a baby I gave all my everyday products a natural makeover to give my body a break from toxic ingredients. Over a year later, still no baby I am still overly conscious of my product choices even when it comes to my glam time.

natural beauty product review

The products photographed here are second time purchases because I am not a fan of bloggers who post things they tried once + are “OBSESSED” with. These are tried + repurchased and are now staples in my routine.

Natural Beauty Product Favs

+Caribbean Solutions: Beach Colours Natural Self Tanner:: After trying to order ECO TAN + finding the $30.00 USD shipping rate to be absurd I took to my IHERB search engine and came across this gem. No fancy packaging, no marketing that I have seen but this organic + natural sunless tanning lotion works wonders! It says you can apply the product for two days straight but if you are pale like myself once is enough and two times for the legs when you want to wear a miniskirt. The solution is white, thick + goopy so be sure to exfoliate really well before application. Caution: Be sure to wear gloves as the solution will get on your nails and cuticles + will turn them a funky color. The only con I have for this product is it does not leave your skin evenly so be sure to exfoliate your entire body after 5-7 days.

The price is unbeatable + the fact it has organic shea butter, organic aloe + natural DHA (the chemical that makes you tan) makes it perfect for those who are looking to introduce less toxins to there skin. I loved this product so much I bought some for my girlfriend because we are sunless tanaholics!

natural sunless tanning

::Price $11.20 BUY HERE ::

+Weleda Birch Cellulite Oil

I rid of my cellulite by dry brushing with oils, massage, placing my legs on a wall upside down and using this scrub but when I had to take hormones in order to attempt to get pregnant the cellulite came back + some varicose veins (UGH estrogen) I started using Birch Cellulite Oil after reading about a blogger who used them on her pregnancy stretch marks. I saw the before/after photos and knew I had to try it.

The oil has a “natural” smell meaning you will smell a bit like a hippie but it works. Slowly but surely with use straight in the AM before seeing my personal training clients and right after washing my face before bed I am able to see a difference.

::Price $20.86 BUY HERE ::

+Kiss my Face: face factor SPF 50:

Because sunscreen DUH..I have been off and on with sunscreen because it makes me break out MAJOR! I am that girl and trust me it sucks to be me because living in Bangkok you need super powered sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun. I found Kiss my Face after reading several reviews and can say that I still get a few pimples but it has been better at keeping my face sun spot and burn free.

::Price $9.95  BUY HERE ::

+Crystal Body Deodorant Spray:

A natural deodorant that actually works is tough to come by. Trust me after using Toms in high school and realizing I stunk worse then a skunk after only a few hours I ran to the nearest drug store and bought Secret Active again. The reason I am PRO natural deodorant is because we put this chemical on our bodies near our lymph nodes. Lymph nodes route lymph fluid around the body to work on filtering germs and toxins and because this fluid also contains white blood cells it fights off infections as well. If your body is forced to fight off deodorant that sweats into your skin it wastes its time fighting off that and not on what matters inside. Finding an all natural deo is quite tough, I have had my ups and downs but Crystal has stayed by my side and helped me through a sweaty day in BKK.

::PRICE: $3.20  BUY HERE ::

Wearing makeup, picking out my outfit + twirling my hair is all part of my ME time..like do NOT mess with me or bother me while I am putting on my self tanner and bronzer, its a situation…I try to keep my products as chemical free as possible and although I know this is actually impossible since I love makeup but I do try. If you know of any products, please feel free to leave me some suggestions in the comment box, I love trying out new beauty products!

 

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Muffin-tastic: Healthy Muffin Recipe

With Autumn leaves falling in my hometown and I being in the rainy season here in Bangkok, I somehow have been craving the comfort of baking. I truly love baking, its kind of like meditation to me just like putting on makeup, my mind just focuses on creating and the rest of the world disappears. Baking has the benefit of having goodies to give others or in my case my hubby and I truly love the smell of fresh baked goods.

I only had a few ingredients in my kitchen when I decided to get down + dirty so I created these super simple yet energy increasing muffins. The fats in the nut butter will power you through a tough day + the use of gluten free oats adds a wee bit of protein and power carbs without the gluten.

No muffin tops here ladies, this recipe is so easy to make + so tasty I do not think my kitchen will be without these like EVER!

vegan muffins

I can also say the fact my husband is bodybuilding makes it so I am in the kitchen more often + creating new recipes!

Ingredients for Healthy Muffin Recipe ♥

  • 2 cups GFREE rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almond butter or peanut butter (I used PB as almond butter is hard to find in BKK)
  • 1 banana
  • 4 dates
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix dry. Mix wet. Mix together. Coconut Oil a muffin tray + place in oven for 15 minutes.

Ok time to heat up my oven + create some new bakes <3

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A Piece of Fitness Fashion

Drumroolll please..

I have a fellow blogger I would love to introduce you all too, Eilse of A Piece of Elise

Fitness Fashion

THAT SMILE!

No really though, if you are trying to put together an outfit this girl will inspire you to put together an outfit instead of throwing on jeans and a white tee and heading out the door. Elise is a fashion muse, with her sophisticated yet fun style she gives you inspo to take your everyday outfit and add that chic twist to look complete.

When I met Elise at a networking event, I instantly gravitated towards her oversized blazer and beautiful smile and the minute I heard she was a blogger, I attacked her. If you know me, I am kind of a loud mouth and will just run over and bombard someone with questions and excitement! After I viewed her blog, I was hooked and I have had the pleasure of her attendance in my Bootcamp classes. We both decided it would be cool to collab and finally got to doing so this past week.

We met at Siam Square, which is a hub for all things trendy in Bangkok and after searching high and low and almost being run over by motorcys and taxis we made it to a hideaway Pink Park. A day full of giggles, we attempted to have randoms take our photos until we both figured out how to use self timer on our cameras and BAM SNAP here you go..

A Piece of Fitness Fashion

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Resistance Bands make for a great accessory piece.

{ Wearing :: Active Vest By: Lyn Around :: Sports Bra: Champion :: Resistance Band: Bangkok Kettlebells}

4a

Sneaker wedges are sporty yet spicy + are the perfect footwear for Bangkok.

{ Wearing :: Target Sneaker Wedges }

6a

Fitness is better with FRIENDS..DUH.

{ Pants: Bangkok Street Vendor :: }

 { Elise :: Pants:: Black Milk Skeleton Pants  Top:: Lululemon }

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{ Laughs.:.Giggles.:.Fun }

Fitness Fashion

Music fuels the soul.

{Bag :: Lululemon }

Be sure to follow Elise for Fashion Fun:

Instagram :: Twitter :: Facebook

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When Fitness Meets Fashion..Zalora Tales

When fitness and fashion meet it can either be a sweaty chic look like that of Miranda Kirr leaving a gym class looking tres chic or it can be myself pretending to be a supermodel with kettle bell in tow.

Zalora

Living in Bangkok makes shopping difficult, although there are stalls and malls everywhere hauling your latest and greatest around town is not so fun. I love the luxury of having my fashion delivered straight to my doorstep as much as the next Bangkok Babe so when Zalora showed me how they do I was instantly hooked.

Outfit Details :: 
Zalora ezra platform wedge sneakers (http://en.zalora.co.th/รองเท้าผ้าใบ-High-Top-Mix-Material-Wedge-125279.html

Zalora ezra drape skirt (http://en.zalora.co.th/กระโปรง-Drapey-123669.html)

SO I wanna know..

  • How do you go from sweaty betty to fashionista?

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Vanilla Cold Brewed Coffee

Move over Starbucks, there is a new barista in town..

I would like to think I had mad skills like the Starbucks baristas and even thought I was a bartender for quite some time I still cannot imagine memorizing all of those recipes!

My goals have changed and like I posted on my Instagram, I am back to lifting which means pre workout drinks are a necessity. Not sure about others, but a cold brew coffee with some coconut oil makes me ready for the gym and I swear I become some kind of super human.

CourtneyBentley

I wanted to share with you all my new favorite recipe because it really is outta this world. The cold brewed coffee is a speciality of mine and can easily be made right at home, just check out my recipe here. Vanilla Stevia Drops (here) is what makes this recipe the best, I really am not sure why but coconut, vanilla and coffee bean blended together makes for an almost sinful pre workout drink. When I sip this, I feel like I am eating dessert and almost feel guilty until the buzz happens and I feel like super woman!

cold brew coffee

So back to my pre workout WONDER..

6 oz. Cold Brew Coffee

3-4 Drop Liquid Vanilla Stevia (recipe here)

5 mL Cold Pressed Coconut Oil

3-4 ice cubes

BLEND baby BLEND..

Enjoy with Expat Ladies Magazine (latest issue here) + get ready to BUZZ through your workout (you can thank me later)

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