Carlos Melia – A Night in Bangkok, From Luxury to Underground

Published Date Author: , November 19th, 2015

Carlos Melia Bangkok

A night in Bangkok, can begin and end in so many ways…. I am sure you all have heard the stories coming from deep in the Sois. But I have been there and done that, and what I do these days, is to repeat those I have enjoyed the most over the years, and open to discover new ones by the hand of my dear local friends. This was the case of my first night in Bangkok a few days ago, which began in full luxury and molecular Dirty Vodka Martinis at the legendary and recently renovated Bamboo Bar, at the iconic Grand Dame of Bangkok, the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.

8PM and it was time for me to hit the road, and head one of my favorite classics in Bangkok restaurant scene EAT ME. For some, perhaps not the best restaurant there, but the one that always delivers the best experiences. And BTW it has been awarded Asia’s 50 TOP Restaurants accolade.

For the last 4 years, always at the same time, same table, same lovely companion – superstition, not al all – just the perfect recipe and mix for a marvelous night out. And of course, regardless where I am going and the budget, my choice to move around Bangkok are the Tuk Tuks. I just LOVE to interact with the drivers, and feel/smell Bangkok as we ride.

Dinner was over and it was time to move underground, and for this I trust blindly my local friends. My limits, was one bar an go home. I had arrived that morning to Bangkok after over 30 hours travel and flight on ETIHAD Airways… so between that, the time difference and the jet lag, I was exhausted.

Carlos Melia BangkokBut of course at least twice a year when I visit Bangkok, I want to spend time with this people. So they drove me to the NOVOTEL Hotel, and for a minute I second guessed their choice. As I walked out of our private transportation – yes my local friends travel in style with their own chauffeurs – I said… are you crazy, are you taking me to the bar of the Novotel ?

Of course they were not…. we were coming to the legendary Maggie Choo’s in Silom. If you haven’t been there, I strongly recommend doing it. Of course, with the crowd I roll, we where instantly escorted to our private area and champagne started flowing… more than I did appreciated the following morning. Maggie Choo’s offers a fun decadent-chic Cantonese food – reminiscent of the prohibition era of 1930s Shanghai – and live music nightly in a vintage Chinese setting for a very different and memorable experience.

Background music is good and the dimmed lights successfully recreate a speakeasy atmosphere. Time to call it a night, since the following day I had a very early morning, for a full morning Thai Cooking Class, and I know I would need enough time to get over the upcoming hangover.

By Carlos Melia – Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog

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