Patpong, Pingpong and Parks

Trip Start Jul 11, 2010
Trip End Apr 22, 2011

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

We're getting ready today to get the overnight sleeper train to Chiang Mai - can't wait to get out of the city now - we don't have much booked up when we get there, just a cooking day so far and taking in some fresher air - the sleeper train will an experience in itself I'm sure!

The last couple of days in Bangkok we have spent doing a bit more exploring, we went to Patpong night market which is located in the red light district of Bangkok another hairy tuk tuk ride to get us there but it's all ok as long as you haggle, say you don't want to stop ANYWHERE but your destination and GRIP ON TIGHT!  Patpong market is where you can find all your fake goods, fake Rolex watches for THB 2,000 - about GBP 40 - and a seller saying 'hello mate' in a Mokney accent - I think Rob was the target for most of that, there are also Jimmy Choo purses, Gucci, name it...along with the dodgy goods, there are dodgy people and dodgy bars...

Down the sides of the streets there are scantily clad girls that look so young prancing about in bikini's and then men handing you some sort of sex menu and whispering 'ping-pong show' 'banana show' in your ear every ten seconds...I dread to think....very seedy and a little bit scary.  I think the thing that made it all the more disgusting was the number of old creepy western men wandering about with girls who looked young enough to be their grand-daughter on their arm....just plain wrong....wrong...wrong...wrong...there was also a long arcade called 'boys boys boys' with lots of bars on, we didn't venture down there, not even to look as I thought poor Rob wouldn't come back out alive!!

The next day we took some time out and made our way to Lumphini Park south east of the center, the little oasis that we were looking for, a constantly maintained park with lakes, waterfalls, trees, statues and monuments, Rob took some time out reading his book and I took some snaps and had a little doze.  I have some pics of massive lizards that I will put up when we get to a computer next and some beautiful statues.  It's strange as there never seems to be many people in the parks apart from men in the outdoor gyms when we go but they are the most peaceful places we have found in this busy city.  If we'd managed to get out early enough (before 7am - no chance) we would also have seen the groups of people practicing Thai chi in the morning, maybe we'll make it out of the door early enough one morning for that. 

After that we walked to MBK shopping center near the National stadium, we were looking for the International Food hall (always about the eating!) which was recommended in the Lonely Planet - we got there, exhausted and hungry.  The food hall is on the 5th floor and you each get a card which then gets loaded up as you pick different things to eat, there was Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Thai Fusion, Chicken, Indian....lots to choose from..we had Pizza, we had been in need for something other than Thai food, I don't know how much I truly enjoyed it or just enjoyed it because it was a break from Thai, that's not to say I'm not enjoying the Thai food but if I was in the UK, I wouldn't have a roast dinner every day so after a while you just want something different.  I would recommend it, just for a look if anything else.  The rest of the shopping center we had a quick look around but so far we haven't been tempted to buy much at all, my rucksack is jam packed already anyway and Rob is carrying anything I can't so we don't really need anything...memories and pictures are enough!

After MBK we made our way back to the are we are staying in Phra Nakhon and wandered to Rambuttri road for a drink before wandering back to Samsen 6 and Roof View Place - on the way home, I stopped off for another glorious foot massage which was just what I needed after all the walking we had done that day, Rob didn't want to be tickled again so got out his book... it was so relaxing...closing your eyes and listening to the sounds of life going on, a Thai singer singing Johnny Cash, music coming from the bar next door, people chatting, someone shouting in Thai...and then the heavens opened up and it rained!

So here we are now today, it's Wednesday and we have the train to Chiang Mai tonight, lots more to see and do but before all's time for a cold Singha each to say goodbye to Bangkok...
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Mom on

Great Stuff! Auntie Ging has her car with a carefully chosen driver ready at your service when you get to the Phils. xxxx

Angela Galley on

Sounds like you are both having a wonderful time. Foot massages sounds like bliss after all that walking, but think I would be like Rob, so would probably be wasted on me. Hope your night train journey went well and look forward to reading more of your new adventures. Stay safe, love to you both.xx

tony horspool on

The market sounded interesting and scary, you be needing a rest soon and hope you over night sleeper was just that. Your blog is good reading, look forward to the next one.
Take care luv u both Tony & Smokey xxx

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