Shopping Take I - Two Days in Bangkok - December 26 & December 27
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VB and I are on a misssion - two days of solid shopping in Bangkok. We started off our day by having brekkie at the hotel and planning the strategy for the day. We had planned today to hit the massive malls along Sukhumvit Road with all the international as well as local brands. So off we started at Central Chitlom, then off to Robinsons, Paragon (my absolute favourite), Zen World and we shopped and ate and shopped and ate. Our feet were aching at the end of the day - in need of a foot massage - and bugger me, there was a massage place just minutes on the way back to our hotel!!! Taking a well earned deserved rest for a princely sum of circa 200 baht - approx $12 AUD.
Next day we decided to split up to make the most of our shopping experience. VB wanted to go to the Chatachuk markets to buy one of those traditional Thai triangle pillow cushions. I wanted to go back to the shopping malls. So we arranged to meet at 3pm back at MBK where we would then go shopping for some copy DVDs (did I say that?!) I wandered off to Robinsons department store so I could check out the range of cheapo shoes (can't have enough shoes!) and then made my way back via all the malls stopping into Siam Discovery Centre, Paragon and Central again.
My feet were killing me by the time I made it back to MBK to meet VB at 3pm. As she didn't have her mobile phone with her, it became interesting having to make arrangements and then basically having no way of communicating with her in case we wanted to make any changes if one of us was running late etc - so much reliance on technology - whoever invented SMS deserves a sainthood - so convenient!!!! As it turns out, we did catch up and poor VB had a much more entertaining day of shopping than me. As we settled down to a coffee to catch up on our shopping exploits, VB relayed her story of her experience at Chatachuk markets - a MASSIVE outdoor weekend market equivalent to approx 8 football fields (I think) but has over 5,000 individual market stalls - so it's errrrr.
Anyways, with an outdoor market so large, there is actually a map/grid to help you navigate your way, but once you are inside, it all becomes a bit of a maze. VB arrived and went in search of her triangle pillow - she found the section of the market that sold all the homewares and wandered around bartering for the best price. She found a stall that she managed to negotiate a fair price that she was willing to pay for the triangle pillow and decided to go ahead with it. As they were wrapping the cushion up to make it easy for travelling with, VB decided she would just take a quick walk around at some other stalls whilst they were wrapping the cushion - so she went for a brief wander intending to only be 20 minutes at the max.
With the emotional highs and lows of Chatachuk behind her, VB and I decided to hit the shops at MBK. So we did some shopping for clothes, shoes, and DVDs, and anything else that looked of interest. 20 or so DVDs later, we headed back to our hotel to get ready for our next adventure - dinner that night at a local restaurant recommended by one of VB's friends. With no decent map, but a list of explicit (but as it turns out, not explicit enough!) instructions on how to get there, VB and I caught the Skytrain to the nearest BTS station noted on our instruction list. We followed the haphazard directions as best we could......"exit station on the left hand side" became an exercise in interpreting ambiguous instructions.
Deciding to then try and salvage the remainder of our night and get some dinner, we then jumped into a cab to take us to the infamous Pat Pong area so we could have dinner, check out the markets, and the seedy girly bars and if we were lucky, wanted to see a ladyboy show. Once the taxi dropped us off at Pat Pong, VB and I must have the word "tourist" emblazoned on our foreheads as we literally stepped out of the taxi and we had several men clamouring at us to offer us tickets to sex shows, ladyboy shows, girly bars etc. So we fobbed them off and said we were going to go for dinner first. One very persistent man said he could take us to a very good seafood restaurant and we must have looked kinda half interested and took off, coincidentally in the same direction.
We wandered around the market stalls for a while marvelling at the many very good copies of handbags, watches, jewellery and the various catalogues which were on offer for us to choose a copy of. It was all good fun. Having had such a big day, we gave the idea of a ladyboy show a miss and instead chanced our fortunes on a tuk tuk ride back to the hotel.......