bye, bye bangkok

Bangkok Travel Blog

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in the end, most of my 2 days in bangkok was spent in the best shopping mall in the world - central world plaza... one could argue that i should have visited temples, getting thai massages or doing something else terribly touristy. but i don't care hehe

this mall has got an absolutely brilliant restaurant (the zen restaurant, 7th floor - mentioned before) and an equally brilliant multiplex cinema (also mentioned before) where i indulged in pirates of the caribbean & shrek 3. partly because i missed being in a cinema (especially with such a great price/value ratio), partly because i missed standing up for the king before the screening hehe

apropos king: when i left my air conditioned xxl home away from home they closed down the whole skywalk and the road below because a police car trail came along, in the middle a green vw beetle. took 5 minutes. way to beat bangkok gridlock traffic - must have been the princess or some other godlike creature.

back to the zen restaurant: 2 months ago when i was last in bangkok they've just opened and some things were still a bit in beginning stages - but now they managed all the issues and the self service / waited mix is now working perfectly.
and the food is still great :)

but one thing has changed to the worse in bangkok: it is almost impossible now to get a taxi driver to use his taximeter during rush hour to banglamphu. even the 'taxi meter' taxis waiting at the official location in front of the mbk mall don't give a shit. after 10 taxis or so i finally got one to use the meter with some soft persuasion   after initial hesitation to use it on his side ("ah you are driver number 1040... tourist police or taxi meter?").. please, thai government, just increase the taximeter fairs already... it's a joke at the moment, i understand they dont want to get only 2 usd for being 45 minutes in a traffic jam.

after 2 nights in bangkok i had my overnight train to surat thani, base for the east coast islands of thailand. i wanted to get a combo ticket that the state railway is supposed to offer including the bus to the ferry dock & the ferry to ko samui. but the english information chick just put me into a travel agency to discuss that option and when the guy wrote down ridiculously 300 baht just for bus & ferry and even tried to convince me to take a scam-bus down there i did what i always do and stayed away from the travel agency... i hate travel agencies - agents of hell

so just bought the ticket at the 'foreigners'-counter, 2nd class non-aircon sleeper for around 500 baht leaving at 19:30, only upper bed available, but that can't be too bad, can it?

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