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Trippin' in Thailand!
Saturday, October 30, 2010

Almost a year after we had bought the plane tickets, I completely forgot that we were supposed to head down (up?) to Bangkok, and before I knew it, the week was upon us. Hastily dumping (packing) the necessities a few hours before departure, it wasn't long before we were all filing into the plane, and making our merry way to the Land of Smiles.



The signboards are like ours (except that its in Thai).

     2 hours later, we were wandering around the Suvarnabhumi airport, trying to hail a cab to take us to our abode for the next 3 days; The Bedrooms. Having read the glowing review from
Jolene's blog (many thanks, Jo!), we were highly anticipating a cosy place to crash even as we trundled down the lengthy highway (note to travellers: distance is a highly subjective item in Thailand... from the map, it looked like our hotel was only 5 minutes away from the airport. In reality, it took us a good 30 minutes to get there). We weren't disappointed. The Bedrooms boasted clean, brightly lit rooms, and was well provisioned with the common amenities. To Sue's absolute delight, it even had WiFi. FREE WiFi.



Whats the first thing you do when you reach Thailand? Check out the bags.


     The next morning saw us up bright and early, shovelling away breakfast, so that we (or rather, the ladies) could start their shopping spree. Our first stop was Platinum Shopping Mall, in Phratunam. A woman's heaven is a man's hell, as Kwo Kuang would have said, as we made our rounds up and down the 6 floors of the mall. I would liken it to our own Sungeiwang, with the notable exception that there were NO REPETITIONS. Every store had its own unique set of clothes/shoes/apparel, and one would probably never see the same top in another store.



Our national pride and joy.



For shopping, Sue can do anything... including waking up early on a non-work day.



I believe the Thai people subsist on Mandarin orange juice and Black Canyon Coffee.



Kwo Kuang, in front of Platinum mall.



A sample of the assortment of items one can find.



Kwo Kuang tries out the wares.



This was a common error.



About 1/2 the cars in Bangkok seem to be taxis. Colourful ones, at that.



Non-halal food for lunch.



Yenli, in an ad for Platinum Mall.



Kwo Kuang's favourite pose for the next 2 days.



The guards were very helpful when it came to directions.



Even Ronald was more polite over there.



Spinach and cheese pie...



...and Samurai Pork Burger. Something we don't have over here.

     Food was a strange affair, as we sampled the stuff the food court offered. I think the Thai are very big on coupon systems, as that was the method of payment for virtually every food court we went to in the 3 days that we were there. After (a quick) lunch,  the shopping resumed, and only ended towards the evening, where we planned to head to Suang Lum night market, several streets away. It was quite difficult to get a cheap cab to bring us over, and in the end, Yenli jumped into the nearest one, which decided to try and con us. We were informed that the night market was closed due to the riots, and there wasn't much to see at that hour, except for the Pat Phong district. Willing to give it a try, we said alright... and he brought us right to a dodgy little restaurant along a very dark road. Upon seeing the place, we insisted that we did NOT want to 'eat-eat', and told him to bring us right back to the place he picked us up from. Disgruntled because he lost some commission there, the surly driver dropped us back off and sped away. We did our shopping at the night market in Phratunam instead, and went back right after that.



Sue looks all aglow at the night market.



You can get Halloween costumes for a song over there.

     Day 2 was somewhat similar to Day 1. This time 'round, however, we hit the streets of Bangkok, and instead of driving around in comfortable taxis, we decided to live a bit on the edge, and hired tuk-tuks to move about. Yes, the cart on 3 wheels is an extremely efficient and incredibly affordable way of getting around the city, albeit a slightly dangerous method. Midway through the day, KK, Yen and KY decided to brave the drizzle, and head over to the Chao Phraya river, to catch the riverboat. Sue and I were slightly more skeptical about the rain, and decided to continue shopping at Platinum. In the end, however, we stalked back to the train station under the rain, and arrived back at our boutique hotel more wet than dry (KK, Yen and KY didn't manage to catch the riverboat after all). That very night, we took the train to the State Tower, where we had our costliest meal in Bangkok in Breeze, on the 52nd floor of the building. The view was marvelous, and with the wind and slight rain, the weather was just perfect for a hot cup of (pricey) coffee.



Yenli gets nekkid' in a tuk-tuk. KY dem syok.



Ok, not exactly nekkid'. But KY still dem syok.



The Thai Police Force are part-time models.



Sue and Yen, looking yellowish at Breeze.



Fine dining. Indeed.



RM76.00 Wagyu Beef Kuey Teow. Sheesh.



The Bangkok Skyline!



Sunway Pyramid! (minus the lion)

     On the final day, we finally managed to pay a visit to the 'touristy' spots, namely the Chao Phraya river. KY and Yen decided to go to Chatuchak, so that left 2 guys, a girl, and a tuk-tuk to wander about the waterlogged region of Bangkok, in an attempt to capture some photos, and spend some time out of air-conditioned buildings. After alighting and disembarking from the riverboat a couple of times, and poking about in some temples, we eventually found our way back to the hotel, and even managed to squeeze in a Thai massage just before we bundled ourselves into the waiting taxi. From there, it was a straight shot to the airport, and before we knew it, we were aboard the flight back to KL. The night didn't end just yet, and upon touchdown, Sue and I scrambled to get ourselves to Zouk, for Desiree's birthday do, and the night culminated in drinks and much laughter.



The Hilton, along the Chao Phraya.



Helpful Tuk-Tuk Man Chases Us With Sue Ann's Phone.



The Temple Dog.



National Geographic-type photo of Thai woman walking across the temple door.



Sue looks pixie-ish under the sun.

Strangely, we didn't manage to have any pineapple fried rice throughout the whole trip. A lot of running around in the rain, but no pineapple fried rice.



Goodbye Chao Phraya river. I will miss you (except for when you flood and kill people).

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