We're solidly in Southeast Asia after 24 hours transit.
Bangkok is everything we recall from my R&R from Viet Nam 50 years ago, horrible traffic, ultra-friendly people and narrow two way streets with one lane and few sidewalks, full of trucks, cars and motos - but with hundreds of sky-scrapers and magnificent food.
We ate lunch at a street food street called Sol Charoen Krung 49 at a stand unnamed across from Tealicious where we had a chicken stir fry with rice and rice noodles with shrimp and calamari, plus a beer from down the alley and an espresso from across. Total 180 B = $5. Wow.
After a lovely visit to an almost empty Museum of Contemporary Art it was time for dinner at the number one selection of Tomy & Co's wife's brother who lives here running the Vogue lounge, Namsaah. The widely touted confited duck Spring roll was superb, the pork short ribs with sweet and sour sauce and apple kimchi was most excellent, but the roasted banana on a crepe base with caramelized creme brûlée was an over-the-top, best use of banana ever, dessert. With a lemon-lime flavored gin and tonic, bottle of Chilean Cab and a small bottled water, our bill was 3,024.89 B or $84.33. An incredible find and no wonder Thomas Deledalle rated it tops for us.
Day 2 in Bangkok started off slowly with another of what is deemed the best breakfast buffet in Bangkok, at the lebua at state tower, giving one everything from kouignaman to sushi, at least according to my guy who would live here more if he could.
In any case, we had another unexpected tour of the city by taxi when a rookie driver had no idea where we were lunching and exposed us to every unknown neighborhood en route to the original Mango Tree restaurant, not the one we'd asked for on the water, but nevertheless the food was exemplary - a shrimp Thai salad and green curry on shrimp, which with a big bottle of Singha and two espressi and a small still water was 3000 B or $xx.
For dinner we went to the mothership of the 12-branch Blue Elephant, whose Paris outlet we ate at in 1992. It's in a 1905 "house" and has been beautifully retrofitted so one seems to be eating modern Thai cuisine in an ancient setting. After 3 amazing amuses, we had sautéed scallops with organic lemongrass and grilled sea bass with a mixture of divine chopped and minced veggies. With a small bottle of still water and bottle of local Chenin Blanc our bill came to 2,483.47 B or zzz dollars.
Come back? To any of the 5 places we ate at without hesititation.