Floating Market & Railroad Market
Trip Start Jun 12, 2012
43Trip End Jul 20, 2012
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After we finished with the logistical maneuvering, we needed to get down and meet the taxi cab that we had arranged. Mickell went down and told him we were running a little late -- it didn't matter since we hired him to drive us for the entire day
Due to our luggage situation, we wanted to be very selective in choosing anything to buy. We came across a neat little booth that was selling some hats that were hand painted
We were back to the taxi at 11 and our taxi driver drove quickly to the Railroad market. The train only comes through the market a couple of times a day, so timing is important. We arrived right on time and made our way to the market and spent some time walking up the market along the railroad tracks. The market vendors all line up right on the railroad tracks such that if a train were to come it would easily run over their stores and the shoppers shopping there. Luckily, there are very few trains, but when they come through, it's an interesting show. The train was scheduled for 11:30 and it arrived right around 11:35. We had a good spot to watch this process. Around 5 minutes before it arrived, I noticed the shopkeepers making provisions to move their market gear back roughly 5 feet from the track to make room for imminent train
Our taxi driver escorted us back to his car and we were on our way back to Bangkok. Major and I napped for the 1 hour trip back to the city. We arrived at the hotel, took our purchases up to the room, and then made way to a large shopping mall that we noticed had an IMAX. We thought it would be a good experience to see a movie in Thailand. So, we made it to the busy mall and made our way to the 6th floor where the movie theaters were. We bought our IMAX ticket for the 3pm showing. At theaters here (like Europe), you select your actual seats, so we selected some good seats towards the back and then took the elevator back to the ground level so we could grab some lunch. We opted for Burger King because to satisfy Major's appetite. He had a bacon double cheeseburger while Mickell and I enjoyed whoppers. The food was fantastic (again, probably because the veggies were so fresh). After lunch, we went back and watched Spiderman in 3D on the IMAX. It was a great show and Major really, really enjoyed it. Before the movie, he wasn't very interested in Spiderman, but afterwards he was very intrigued by the character
Right before we went to the IMAX, we remembered that we had to pick up the laundry today since tomorrow was Sunday (the day we leave) and the launderer is not open on Sunday. So, it was imperative that we pick up the laundry before 7pm tonight. It was around 5:15 when we got out of the movie theater and we weren't 100 percent sure that we remembered the laundry being open all the way 7 on Saturday so we struck out walking swiftly to go find the laundry. We wanted to take a tuk tuk, but traffic was at a standstill and walking was the fastest way to get anywhere during this type of gridlock. After roughly a kilometer of walking (passing our hotel along the way), we made it to this little hole in the place laundry place. I'm not sure how Mickell ever found this place and I was impressed that he got us back here. They had our laundry waiting and we carried it back to the hotel. When we arrived at the hotel, I noticed a very nice shop that carried some really nice hand painted tea sets with the most magnificent use of rich colors. I found one I really liked and left Mickell to see if he could strike a bargain. They wanted 2400 for the tea set with 5 cups, so I fully expected Mickell would get some bargain and come back to the room with the tea set. Mickell and I wanted to go ahead and get upstairs so we could get our swimsuits on and take a swim up on the top floor of the hotel
Mickell came back to the room with no tea set. He said that they wouldn't bargain, but that they'd give a 10 percent discount if we used our Visa card. So, I made a mental note to go buy that tea set tomorrow sometime before we left. We made our way to the top floor and sure enough, right as we got up there, it started to rain. I wasn't going to let the rain stop us and I hopped right in, but then we saw lightening and we decided to let the storm pass and then come back a little later. We had been given some free drink coupons when we checked in and we had to use them in the lobby bar, so we got dressed and went down and enjoyed some complimentary cocktails. Major and I had a non-alcoholic smoothie and Mickell had a Singa beer. We decided that we'd try the hotel's Italian restaurant which was right down the staircase from the lobby bar. I saw that they had a lasagna bolognese on special and that sealed the deal for me. We ordered Major a 4 cheese pizza and Mickell just ordered some soup. I think we were all disappointed with our meals. Major's pizza had blue cheese on it which was really stinky and pungent in taste. He didn't like it and neither did I. My lasagna was disappointing as well. In retrospect, I'm not sure why I thought we might get a good Italian meal in Bangkok!!! And, unfortunately, this was our most expensive meal -- it was around 2500 Bhat which was more than the teapot set I wanted to buy!
After the meal, the storm had passed and Major and I had our swim. It was really a beautiful pool are with an open air balcony and glass railing that let you soak in the Bangkok skyline which was all around. The pool had a swim-up bar and each of the seats had a strong spray of bubbles coming from beneath the water. The water was pretty cold, but refreshing.