10 August, 2008
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Things we did not do and why

  1. The floating markets - because it is not easily accessible via any train service
  2. Wat Arun - we took a photo from the river taxi? Sufficient?
  3. The Dusit Zoo - because it was between shopping and the animals *smile*
  4. The odd side of Sukhumvit - cause Nancy Chandler recommended too many things and we decided not to single out ANY!
  5. Pat Pong & Soi Cowboy - P's reasoning : I didn't know what to do with Mel.
  6. Cabaret - because it was cheaper to get a DVD from the front desk. What? we watched Trans-America.
  7. Dinner on the Chao Phraya - we were a bit reluctant taking that we saw the condition of the river in the day
  8. Klong River taxi - because it was a lot like a longkang so we decided to pass
  9. See the animals in JJ - we couldn't find them
  10. Banglampoo Market and Santichaiprakarn Park- P's reasoning : because Mel said that it was going to rain and we'd have to back via the river taxi etc....*grumble*
  11. Ride in a tuk-tuk - cause the taxi cost 34Bht, the tuk-tuk wanted to charge us 100Bht - hmm...you tell me?
  12. Ancienct city, croc farm - P's reasoning : for all that, we've got Malacca!
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Day 7

  • We took the MRT to the Chatuchat market and spent our morning there
  • Got back on the MRT at 1.30 back to the hotel
  • Showered, packed and checked out of Baan Sukhumvit
  • We had lunch at Suda (last minced pork meal before leaving)
  • Bye-bye yummy minced pork
  • Bye-bye Baan Sukhumvit
  • Bye-bye BKK
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Day 6

  • By now, we would've covered many of the tourist locations so what we did in the next few days did not involve too much - more relaxation, less sight seeing, less walking
  • We took the BTS to the On Nut Station, got into a cab and headed to Soi 99 (cost around 35 Bht) to a Levi's factory outlet. Ladies jeans - 790 Bht onwards, men's 550 Bht onwards) - nevertheless, same problem - mostly button-fly jeans
  • Watched a movie at Siam Paragon (the Mummy - not so good show). The cinema was impressive but not as comfortable as the one in Siam Central
  • Took the BTS to Sala Daeng and walked to Lumphini Park. We walked through Lumphini Tak to the Suan Lum Night Market
  • We had a foot massage AND a body massage followed by dinner at the beer garden
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Day 5

  • We took the BTS to the Saphran Taksin station and hopped on the river taxi to Khao San. The boat ride took half an hour (13 piers), our feet were wobbly when we arrived.
  • It was a really, really hot day. We walked around the whole of Khao San(no, really, I swear WE DID!), passed all the backpacker places.
  • We had lunch at Ricky's Coffee Shop. Initially, we wanted to eat at a kebab store but it wasn't open.
  • We then went back to Baan Sukhumvit and decided to have dinner at Thong Lo (but we didn't in the end cause I thought it was too dodgy). We ended up at Suda (Soi 14 Sukhumvit) in the end.
02 August, 2008
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Bye-bye Bangkok

Sitting in Dairy Queen, Suvarnabhumi Airport (pronounced soo-var-na-boom, without the 'i'), eating a choc-top cone watching Praveen suck down a chocolate milk shake, the only two things that can console us right now.

We're sad that the holiday is over, we had too much fun, meeting new faces, seeing new places, you get the drift...

ร้างลา บางกอก
ráang laa, Bangkok
au revoir, Bangkok
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I'm gonna miss JJ

Awesome coconut ice cream. Perfect weather. And we've missed our cut off time to go home, twice!

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Shopping on our last day

It's our last day in Bangkok. And we're spending it all at Chatuchak Market. I think we're gonna need more money! Oh, and that's the band playing some music near Section 26.

*ps: finally mastered the map - sections and zig zag sois!

01 August, 2008
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Getting a foot massage

Getting a foot massage in the Suan Lum market. 100 baht for 15 minutes. First timers. I sense we may ask for more time.

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The Mummy in Bangkok

We just finished watching The Mummy in Siam Paragon. If you had to choose, opt for the cinema in Central World instead. 12 baht instead of 14, cheaper pop corn, and better seats.

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How to get cheap Levi's jeans in Bangkok

Take the sky train to the last stop, On Nut (E9). Walk out through Exit 3. Hail a cab, and take it to Sukhumvit Soi 99 about 1.5km away. Should cost no more than 35 baht. Walk towards the Pricha Building which is along the main road (Sukhumvit).

Look out for the Levi's Factory Outlet. It's by the side. Jeans as cheap as 550 baht. Yes, it's original. But you'll find better bargains if you love button-fly jeans.