We arrived to heavy rain and flooded roads (I realised that while the plane was taxi-ing toward the terminal on the tarmac that even the tarmac seemed to be flooded with about 1inch of water).
Well this didn’t do much to quell my excitement about the BKK adventure. Its been a long while since I have been on a trip with anyone other than my usual partner.
The first thing on our minds (although probably on some of our minds more than others) were Beer and Chicken Wings. Our Hotel was a boutique hotel, clean and modern, called the Dawin Bangkok. Other than the fact it was situated on a road which had parading ‘Hookers’ (gender – undeterminable) as early as 6pm, it was a good basic hotel. We reasoned that the Hookers probably wanted to start early so they could have dinner thrown in as well!
We headed for our first pit stop – Singha beers it is since we were in Thailand.
We headed straight for the tailor – I guess this was the first thing on Joanna’s mind, it being her yearly ‘thing’. I have always heard of making 1 night turnover suits and work clothes in Thailand – and was really amazed at the speed (even over Sunday!) that these things are churned out. I had some work shirts (french cuff) and work dresses made in Thai Silk.I noticed that most of the tailors in the area were owned by Singhs. Hmm…innnerestinggggg. Our tailor also owned a hotel. He must be a rich tailor.
After spending time at the tailors, we headed to Robinsons Departmental store (Not sure if this is of the same Robinsons we have in KL) to search for Wacoal underwear and bras! Woo hoo! On the cheap! Bargain Basement! I never was so bra-happy. Again another thing I heard you MUST BUY in BKK, and MUST BUY I did!!!
Dinner was at a famous seafood chain restaurant called Som Boon – its was strange how the place was filled with Japanese patrons.
The food came out in lightning speed and tasted pretty good as well. Yummy tom yum was the kind I liked, where the chillies are blended and the soup was thick. See my thumbs up?
For the first night, we headed off to Suan Lum Night Bazaar. I only have one pic here due to other distractions i.e. shopping, of course.
The shopping at Suan Lum was fab, with most stuff being rather cheap (its Thailand!) and fashionable. You only had to maneuver along the narrow lanes in between shops and put up with wet puddles here and there. There were many small clothes boutiques nestled among arts and crafts shops, accessory shops, shoe shops, swim wear shops and almost everything else under the sun. Of course, there were many fake goods being sold – just like our Petaling Street.
We shopped a couple of hours til about midnight. Its the kind of satisfaction where you lick you lips after a good meal. I love a good bargain! day 2 report to follow!