I'm working on few posts about some of my favorite things we did while on our honeymoon in Thailand but I wanted to start off by sharing a really special spot that isn't something I'd normally expect to find in Bangkok. Aoon Pottery is a small and tranquil cafe and ceramics studio nestled just around the corner from some of the most bustling streets in Bangkok's Chinatown, and was one of my favorite spots we visited. We headed there just a few days before the Lunar New Year so it was especially busy with locals buying gifts and food from the markets nearby in preparation for the holiday.
The cafe is quiet and breezy, and to the back of it, they keep their kiln for firing pottery. Upstairs, there's an incredible studio space with lots of great pieces for sale. Upon learning we were interested in the ceramics, the owner of the shop led us upstairs, and allowed us to take our time looking through all of his work. Seeing his workspace and part of his creative process was so amazing, and though I wanted to buy everything, we stuck with one piece just to make sure things didn't get broken in our luggage.
We chatted with the owner for a bit who was kind enough to give us recommendations for the areas we were visiting next, and tell us a bit more about his work. If you're in the Chinatown area of Bangkok (or just in Bangkok in general), I'd highly recommend a visit. I can't imagine a better place to get a custom ceramic piece to take home with you. If you're okay with cafe hopping, just a 5-10 minute walk away is CHATA Coffee, one of my favorite cafes in the city.