Bangkok Part 3 - Shopping, motos and fish!

Trip Start Nov 30, 2008
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Trip End May 08, 2009


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Thursday, February 19, 2009

My third trip to Bangkok in two months, and time, I thought, to actually do some sightseeing.  As opposed to getting drunk on Khao San Road and shopping for various travelers' essentials (and junk!) - from flip flops to frogs!

And I almost managed.  I even had a night off the beer... although more than made up for that last night.  I saw a few wats, innumerable Buddhas, and struck a deal with a tuk tuk driver to spend five minutes in a silk shop in exchange for one hours driving!  But then the heat got the better of me - seriously, I've been to some pretty hot places recently, but this was ridiculous!

So I went on a public transport mission.  My aim?  Not to have to walk outside for more than 50m... and to avoid sitting on hot sweaty buses.  My tuk tuk driver took me to the canal, where i caught a canal taxi to Siam Square.  I then got the sky train back to the river, then a river taxi back to Banglamphu... Mission accomplished - albeit it in a rather roundabout way!

But back to siam square.  The retail heart of the shopaholics paradise that is Bangkok.  Luckily I'd left my cards at the hotel, otherwise I may have had to make an impromptu and penniless return home.  You can buy anything there!  I even found a La Senza, and was finally able to resolve my underwear crisis.  (Do you have any idea how hard it is to buy Western sizes in SE Asia??!? 30,32,34, one cup fits all... or not!)

They also have the most amazing food hall in Siam Paragon - I just wandered round eating for an hour.  Even though I'd just finished lunch!  Just as well the wedding has passed now and I don't need to worry about fitting into my dress any more ;)  And they had some of the most beautiful cakes I've ever seen.  Photos taken, they'll be on my food blog at some point!

Next to the food hall is the aquarium.  Obviously.  And this is the aquarium to end all aquariums!  With an 8ft high coral reef and a weird contraception that lets you "walk, talk and breathe on the ocean floor, without getting your hair wet".   Or if you prefer, why not try scuba diving with whale sharks?  Actual scuba diving.  In a shopping centre!

The MBK wins the prize for most confusing shopping centre though.  A cross between a mall and a massive market, you can buy anything from a new kitchen to a fake rolex.  Bustling and warren-like it was filled with tiny stalls as well as 'normal' stores.  I got lost... twice!  I'm obviously losing my shopaholics instincts - I didn't think that was possible.

And to finish my third Bangkok visit, a quick note on the continuation of my public transport adventures... Moto-taxis in Thailand are considerably more terrifying than those in Vietnam.  At least in Vietnam there were a million other bikes on the road.  In Bangkok it seemed to be me vs a million tuk tuk, cars and buses - all much bigger than I was!  All going very fast in seemingly random directions.  No more Bangkok motos for me!
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