“Have you been to Bangkok? You must see the Grand Palace! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience!”
Reserved for the most part of our conversation, Tishti Sumitra immediately adopts a chattier, more informal stance as soon as he’s asked to name his favourite dining spots in Bangkok.
Understandably, any conversation relating to his homeland of Thailand seems to put a smile on this veteran traveller’s face (even when remarks are made about Bangkok’s traffic being worse than Kuala Lumpur’s).
Tishti started his career at Thailand’s national carrier approximately 20 years ago, spending a great deal of time flying across Southeast Asia, including a stint in Laos as the airline's general manager there for several years.
“Moving from country to country is a challenge, yes, but it also gives you more experience and a wider perspective.”
Does living in KL remind him of life back in Bangkok? He replies with a laugh:
“KL and Bangkok are very similar. I didn’t need much readjustment when I moved to KL: whatever you could find in Bangkok, you’ll probably find in KL – even the traffic jams.”
As it happens, there are several gems of Bangkok’s culinary scene that can’t be found in KL, with a few notable examples below: