Tailorbird - A Unique and Homely Bangkok Experience
I can’t say enough good things about Tailorbird or Mai and Ming who run this Airbnb just off Sukhumvit Road. They provided the perfect home, comfort, care and Thai experience while staying in Bangkok.
Tailorbird place is located in the perfect spot (like The Cabochon, which is just across the road), close to Emporium and Em Quartier malls (their food courts have great vegetarian options), a great tiny coffee shop, as well as a couple of vegetarian restaurants (Broccoli Revolution being my favourite).
The day I arrived at Tailorbird I started to get sick, so it felt especially comforting to be in a homely place, getting takeaway, relaxing in bed and watching a movie (or Sex and The City as I did). Staying at a home was a welcome change after experiencing lots of hotels in Bali, and getting a real idea of Thai life, rather than hotel life, felt quite exciting.
Mai and Ming were the kindest hosts (or friends as I would call them now) I could have wished for, especially while I was sick. Mai took me to Samitivej, one of the best hospitals in Thailand. I really felt cared for, not only by Mai but everyone at the hospital. It was one of the nicest hospitals I’ve ever been to, without that cold, alienating, sterile feel. Instead it seemed more like a hotel lobby when we first entered.
On a side note, related to what I mentioned in my Bali Tips post, getting sick also meant I (finally?) ended up taking medication/antibiotics, which my body needed to recover properly, and to stop fighting the bacteria on its own indefinitely (which would have weakened my immune system even more and put internal stress on my adrenals). If you do get digestion/stomach issues while travelling, don’t wait too long for them to resolve on their own, but treat it. Otherwise it will probably only get worse.
Being forced to rest also made me slow down, gave my mind time to breathe and be creative, and to stop overthinking. Rest and space that I didn’t really give myself before. We’re always working and on the go, we hardly ever stop to evaluate, to take a step back and relax. We rarely let our minds wander and give them the space to be creative - not forcing inspiration to strike. Despite being sick I realised how much more creative and generally relaxed I felt during that time.
Back to Tailorbird - Ming and Mai are genuine and open-hearted people, and I really felt welcome. In some ways getting sick was the best thing that could have happened, because it meant I stayed a couple more nights than I had originally planned to, spent more time with them, and so we connected on another level than “just being a guest/host”.
Ming prepares a tailor-made breakfast every morning and makes an effort to never serve the same food twice, so you can keep trying different Thai options. On my first morning I had fried rice, steamed egg, a leafy greens soup, bread, fried sweet potato and tarot, salad, fresh grapes, apple slices (served with a sugar, salt and chilli), and tea.
Mai and Ming suggested to visit Ladmayom Floating Market together on the weekend, which was a great experience, regardless of feeling sick. We had a great chat in the car on the way there, I loved hearing about their background and story, learning about their culture, and a fun little fact: There are over 50 banana varieties in Thailand. As bananas are easy to grow, they’re a popular wedding gift in Thailand that the groom’s family gives to the bride, symbolising “easy growth” of the relationship.
I couldn’t recommend Ming and Mai’s Airbnb more. If you’re looking for a homely, welcoming and unique Thai experience in Bangkok, you’ll love Tailorbird.
P.S. If you're travelling with a bigger group, they also have a couple of bigger rooms here and here.