There is a hidden secret that was discovered by a colleage a few years back right and one that I truly enjoy visiting. Thank you na ka. It’s a little coffee shop called “Vivi The Coffee Place” located right next to the river of Kings and it is somewhere that is perfect if you want to stop by and have a little rest after a visit to the Grand Palace or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. It gets hot and humid and having somewhere to just chill and relax by the river is ideal. Or if you just need a little hideaway, this place too is the perfect place. It’s quiet, it has a gorgeous view of the Temple of Dawn, an ancient fortress and you can spend a good number of hours just reading away. Away from all the crowds of people you usually find on streets and shopping malls. Here you are at peace.
The Coffee shop is part of a boutique hotel called “Aurum” which in itself is a beautiful building that makes you wonder if you are indeed in old Bangkok. I believe the building is new, but it has been built in a style that reminds me of the old buildings in Paris. What I love about it is the feeling you get when you first see it. You are walking up a small little “soi” or alley surrounded by old Thai shop houses and then suddenly you find yourself standing in front of a beautiful building and the entrance to a coffee place. You feel like you are an explorer finding a secret.
The service is friendly and if you go early mornings, you have the place to yourself. There’s seating both outdoors and indoors. Outdoors you get to sit on a little balcony right next to the river and facing the Temple of Dawn, and indoors you get to be in the comfort of airconditioning. You also have a view of the temple, but it might be somewhat obstructed by those sitting outside. Wherever you sit, it’s still a beautiful little coffee place. Their bathroom is also very clean so if you are in search of a clean bathroom (which is most often the case when one goes on holiday) this one is great.
Check out their website! It’s mostly about the hotel though…but it’ll offer you a map of the place. Enjoy! http://www.aurum-bangkok.com/