The (mis)adventures of Sukhumvit
Trip Start Dec 07, 2009
88Trip End Sep 26, 2010
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The good news of this adventure to the airport was that Jet Airways is good, and their customer service and check-in was good too. I worked my level 11 charisma and soon found myself upgraded to first class. Pardon me, on Jet Airways that would be called Prémiere with an é, just so you know it is fancy.
This was very good news, and I boarded the plane first and quickly found my plush, roomy and wonderfully comfortable seat. Before most of the of the other passengers had boarded I was already sipping a nice fresh lime soda and a sweet coconut water.
Anyhow, when I got to Bangkok, I decided on checking out a new area of the city I had never been to: Sukhumvit Road. It is near the heart of the financial district and is very different than the Khao San area, which is more of a backpackers ghetto. I had a good tip for a guesthouse and went there, and decided it was OK, so I booked in. It was a hostel, but I checked it out and it seemed safe and fun so I was happy staying there. The owner was a cool guy from Australia who has been living in Thailand on and off for twenty years so he had lots of good tips for the area; how to use cheap public transport that Thais used, good cheap eats, etc. etc.
The first night I was there, I didn't do much but the next night was quite an adventure. I had heard about a japanese restaurant called Hajime that had just opened up in Bangkok. What was so special about this particular restaurant was that it is a robot restaurant. Robots, serve you, clean up you're table, take your order, and even dance for you. I couldn't say no to that. So I made plans with one of the girls I met in India to go check out this restaurant. We decided to meet there
The restaurant was hilarious. There were indeed two robots on duty, making sure everyone was taken care of. It was on the expensive side, for Thailand anyways, but it was a once-in-a-lifetime thing, so we ordered from the little computerized menus and the robots got busy. They may have cooked the food too, I will never know. The food was nice, the robots danced for quite a while and showed off some pretty fancy moves, a good time was had by all. We decided after this adventure to head to Pat Pong and check out some of the Thai nightlife. This was quite the experience, and more hilarity ensued. Some of the shows were pretty wild, and it was funny when some bouncers tried to hustle us. Had some more drinks and then called it a night.
The next few days I didn't spend doing very much, I was still fairly tired from travelling around India. I watched a lot of movies, walked around Sukhumvit, bought a couple of clothing items I needed, nothing special, mostly just relaxing.
The last day I was in Sukhumvit, I had booked a train to take me to Chiang Mai that night. I was going to catch the skytrain and subway to get to the train station and I had it all planned out. couple of hours before I was leaving however, the ongoing protests turned ugly. A big chunk of the Thai army walked down the main road of Sukhumvit towards where the protesters were gathered. They shut down the skytrain and metro. Unfortunately the train station was right on the other side of all these protests so I had to make a new plan. I got my stuff together quickly to leave early, and I finally found a cab willing to take me the long way around to the train station. Cost a couple of extra dollars, but I was glad to be out of there. Made it to the train station with an hour to spare. Found my platform, and my train was good to go, left only 20 minutes late, which was refreshing after having been in India for the last 3 weeks! Back to Chiang Mai..
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