THE ST REGIS FREE FLOW

Now, to say that we have failed in our role as budget backpackers is a gross miscarriage of justice – we’ve slept with bedbugs, we’ve couchsurfed where possible, and we’ve frequently held our evening meal at the local supermarket feasting on every free sample available. Yet, last night, after reading of an offer in BK magazine, we ventured to the St Regis Hotel, specifically to their 12th floor Decanter restaurant…

Their ‘free flow’ evening offered unlimited red, white and rosé wine and some beautiful prosecco, along with an unending cheese board, bread basket and meat platter. In a country where all the cheese and wine is imported, at just 665 baht a head, this was a bargain (a small block of cheese costs about 200 baht and a bottle of average wine 500 baht).

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AMOROSA BAR: FOR THE BEST VIEW OF WAT ARUN

At some point in Bangkok when you’re all ‘templed out’, try a change of tactics and enjoy the utter beauty of Wat Arun from across the river, iced beverage in hand as the sun goes down.

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Situated within the Arun Residence Hotel, at the end of what initially looks like a dead-end, it’s quite hidden but well worth seeking out:

36-38 Soi Pratoo Nok Yoong
Maharat Road
Rattanakosin
Bangkok
+66 2 221 9158

Get there at 5pm when it opens for the best seats in the house,

Charlotte & Sarah x

THAI BOXING DOWN THE PUB

There’s a bar in Koh Phi Phi with a boxing ring (why not?!), where tourists are encouraged to give Thai boxing a go. If they challenge each other, they’re automatically eligible for a free bucket of alcohol each, and on an island where buckets are practically the currency, you can imagine how popular this is! It was highly entertaining to witness the uncoordinated swinging of fists (the men) along with the competitive cut-throat kicking and scratching (the women). However, when we were treated to a real Thai boxing match with professionals, the drama, and obviously the skill, took on a whole new level. It was impossible to look away at this enthralling and artistically brutal sport, whilst you could feel the audience clench with each devastating kick. Though no matter what kind of a bloody, pulpy state they left each other in, we still caught them embracing and sharing a beer together afterwards…

Stunned but impressed,

Charlotte & Sarah x