Completed in 1959, the house (Now a museum) used to be a dream home to the legendary “Thai Silk King”; an American expatriate. JT was recognised for his exceptional contribution to the Thai Silk industry by turning them into a global business. Being a former architect, the wooden house was refurbished and connects six traditional Thai-style building made from teak wooden house. They were sourced from various sites in Thailand and reassembled on site by JT himself. Once you’ve stepped in the house, you’ll be amazed by the intricacy of the design and the home was filled with antiques and art (In fact, every nook and corner!) brought in from different parts of the world. A rich merchant indeed! $.$ A photo of us at the so-called "Chatuchak":-
Sadly, in 1967, JT disappeared mysteriously while holidaying in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. Apparently, he was missing when exploring the jungle during daytime. Rumour has it that he’s the precursor to CIA and the story unfolds. Until today, no one knows what happened to him. But, one thing for sure, his legend lives on!
We were greeted by the sight of two pretty Thai ladies in their traditional costume were demonstrating silk weaving. Too bad we missed the graceful Thai dancing. Few nice lotus flowers in the house.
We, then, signed up for a 45-minute tour with a soft-spoken guide who brought us to tour around the compound of the houses while showing to us JT’s collection of arts and antiques. The design of the staircases and doors are raised on stilts and is open-concept to allow natural ventilation and circulation, a novel way of traditional Thai houses. The hand-carved teak structure combines with cool feel of the marble floor is the perfect juxtaposition of traditional meets with modernity.
The antique collection which includes ceramic (Blue-and-white porcelain from China, Benjarong ware), sculpture and paintings were preserved for visual delights.
Near the ticket counter, there’s a pond with some fishes in it. It’s a tranquil oasis for us to stroll around. Nearby there’s a gift shop bearing JT’s products which is made from printed and woven Thai silk but we didn’t purchase any as the price is slightly on the steep side.
We stopped for a fast lunch nearby Siam Square. Lunch @Inter Restaurant. The price here is very reasonable. Our 5 dishes only cost 710 Baht (About RM85). Loving their “Som Tum” and their grilled pork neck was among one of my favourite dishes. The green curry was yummy too. We felt local when dining in this restaurant. Hopefully, the place remains humble just the way it is and we’ll definitely pay a visit to this restaurant next time! But, here are some of photos along our way!
With nothing much to do, we then head to Siam Square, a shopping haven for ladies and especially to students. It’s popular place to hang around for students due to the cheaper price and the fashion which suits young ladies & guys. It’s also a paradise for picking up gifts. Oh well, since I missed out Hello Kitty café, here’s a photo of me posing in front of the Khao Manee cat instead. It’s the Thai version of the Japanese Maneki-neko cat ^.^v
Siam Square kinda reminds me of Wu Fen Pu in Taiwan, a wholesalers’ district jam-packed with heaps of clothes. But too bad, I did not get many stuffs here… Just some cosmetics at Beautrium & NYX and afew accessories at the street later.
Along the way, we’ve spotted some colourful advertisement for the milkshake (Quite interesting huh?) but we did not try and settled for a simple Holly’s cafe. Tried their sweet potato latte. Too sweet for my liking eh? But, no worries, selfie first!
Local shops at Siam Square. Trendy clothes ranging from cutsie tops to hippy fashion, the hundreds of shops cater for all! (*^＠^*）
We stopped awhile later for an afternoon tea (Hi-tea like a tai tai but with very reasonable price). Tried our tastebud on the Amor Bangkok Bakery Café cakes. I ordered Strawberry cake (My usual choice) while Chelle preferred a local flavour; Pandan coconut cake *yummy* Tried a spoon and the taste of Pandan and coconut cake just oozed into my mouth and lingered for awhile *unforgettable*
It rained cats and dogs that evening and I thought to look for an umbrella in one of the licensed merchandise shops at Siam Square. To my surprise, the cheapest umbrella (Coincidentally, it’s Hello Kitty) costs a whopping 850 Baht (About RM100). No wonder Chelle dashed out from the shop faster than me. Ohwell, we were lucky to find a covered walkway which connects Siam Square to Siam Center (How thoughtful!).
In contrast to Siam Square, Siam Center is more high-class-ish shopping place with many high-end boutiques in the central of Bangkok. With the cutting-edge, unusual design, they are aiming with young and hip with its largest Forever 21 in Thailand, Steve Madden shoes, Nike, Accessorize, SuperDry, Levis etc. One boutique, however, captured my attention as it was bustling with crowd. It was their local designer brand, Lyn Around, selling alot of dreamy dresses with whimsical touch. A girly-whirly kinda dress. Most importantly, they were having members sale that day. I was trying my luck by picking up afew blouses and queued up to see if I got the chance to enjoy the same privilege and Whooila! The sales assistants were kind enough to allow me with the same discounts upon borrowing the member card from the person who was queuing behind me. What a lucky day! A great steal at just 850 Baht (About RM100/blouse). My shopping haul photos on my last entry ya’
I’ve also managed to find Sephora to look for my usual Fresh Soy eye-makeup remover and they asked if I wanted to be charged in home currency. I preferred to be charged in Baht as apparently, it will be cheaper to be charged in THB (But, anyhow, it still depends to the bank conversion charges). The top floor of Siam Center servers alot of eateries and we took our chance to relinquish our hunger pang by having our dinner at Som Tam Nua; dubbed the Urban Eateries of Bangkok. It’s popular with Bangkok’s young and the interior is as eclectic. It’s our first time trying on northeastern Thai cuisine; not too bad for our liking as the taste is unique and again! We ordered Som Tam (Papaya Salad) and their fried chicken was equally amazing; Crispy on the outside and juicy in the inside. Overall, Siam Center is the mall to look for designers clothing, cool hangouts and quirky art to keep a fashionistas happy and glad that the malls are connected to each other yet iconic at the same time.
At the end of the day, we took Uber back to our Air BnB before embarking to night life in Bangkok. We changed into new attire and googled for recommended clubs in Bangkok and the review for Route 66 (RCA) was rather good so we decided to head off to that club. Entrance fees was only 300 Baht (About RM35) worth of drinks, so, basically the entrance fees is free as you’ll get for a free drink in exchange. I’d prefer the live band at The Novel (Live Band) as it was more lively with great live band performances and eye-candy male singers as well #^.^# Me and Chelle sneaked into The Classic (House/Techno) and The Level (R&B) as well but we found it to be squeezy and super crowded with a lot of “lalas” so we ended back to The Novel. There was alot of good-looking Korean boys though #^.^#
That's all for a super tiring Day 2 (❁´◡`❁)*✲ﾟ*