So despite waking early, we literally missed the boat for the first race, thanks to massive traffic. This is a good time to take a deep breath and adopt the Thai phrase “mai-pen-rai”, which roughly translated means – “it’s ok”.

Breakfast

And as it turned out, we ended up doing a breakfast meeting at the beautifully appointed and scenic SALA restaurant and bar.

Breakfast at SALA is an “alacarte buffet”  affair –  you get to pick your choice of entrees which are freshly prepared.

Here are two of my favorites:

Cocktail Hour

The food at breakfast was so delightful we even popped by on the way to the airport for a glass of wine and some pre-flight bites (beats the food on the plane hands down, I say). It’s not surprising that the cuisine (and the outstanding service)  put this restaurant on Thailand Tatler’s Thailand’s Best Restaurants 2016.

Here’s what I picked

Sea scallop chowder with white truffle oil

Grilled prawns in dim-sum basket

In Vino Veritas

Especially, we trust any place whose wine list makes it onto the “Wine Spectator Award for Excellence” for the past 6 years, (2011 – 2016) – even a glass the house-white was amazing.

A glass of Chilean Chardonnay to take the edge off the day

One last sunset before take-off