Surprised by Bangkok.
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May 29th, 2008 – by: cmgervais
But it turns out this is the best departure point for India. So here we are. And I am very pleasantly surprised so far. Maybe it doesn't suck after all!
Our driver picked us up at the airport and drove us to the hotel in a very cool huge old Mercedes. The traffic was light (good timing on our arrival) and the air was quite clear, with sunny skies. We checked in to a suite at The Swiss Lodge, a rather dated establishment in what seems to be a pretty good, central neighborhood.
We went out exploring and found a Starbucks nearby, multiple 7-elevens, plus scads of shopping options. As we walked along the street, Steve said, “Wow, this reminds me a little of New York.” There was so much going on, everyone moving fast, and such diversity of people… it was seeming a little bit like New York. It was pretty cool!
We went to a nearby shopping mall for lunch at the Banana Leaf. There was a line of local office workers…a good sign! I had a delicious papaya salad and tofu soup, while Steve had a salad that was drowned in mayo and stir fried noodles with pork. Pretty good.
From there we explored the mall a bit, and Steve bought some sunglasses and a new Patagonia shirt.
After enough time at the mall, we went back to the room where we hibernated the rest of the day and evening. We worked on our computers (Steve had “real” work, while I had travel planning and TBing to do). I had a little in-room work-out (no fitness center here), and we watched TV downloads from iTunes. (Axe Men is the dumbest show I have every seen. ) We were in such a lazy mood, we didn’t even go out for dinner. We just snacked on peanuts and our fruit plate. Sometimes it’s necessary to take a being from being a traveler, and play the part of a vegetable :^)
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