Bangkok huge shops so tempting to buy, buy, buy!

Trip Start Nov 18, 2008
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Friday, December 5, 2008

Friday 5th Dec
Flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok went smoothly (hallelujah). Bangkok is absolutely huge! I have been here once before when I was about 8 and I remember that we were staying in the second high rise in the whole city and now well you can see in the attached photos that every 2nd building is a high rise. We went down to the Platinum shopping centre. It was like a form of cruel torture for Leah and I to walk through a 10-storey shopping centre without being able to buy anything. We wished that we had a pair of blinkers to avoid to even looking at all of the inexpensive wares. We went to the top floor food court to eat some lunch this was an experience in itself where each little outlet sells one sort of food i.e. noodles at one place, soup at another (including shark fin soup at one of them).

We went to Pantip to look at some electrical goods, well, if I thought the plaza in Chiang Mai was huge then this one was ENORMOUS! There was a floor for every type of electrical equipment that you can imagine; one for stereos, one for TV's, one for computers already assembled, one for pieces of computers waiting to be assembled - they even have an Apple store! I found a portable hard drive for mum on the 5th floor. The ground floor is like an electronic market place with more pirated software, DVD and CD stores than you can poke an illegal stick at. I even managed to find one stall of people who didn't look at me as if I was speaking an alien language when I asked for games for Mac; although their supply was limited it suited my needs. We then walked back to the hotel passing some interesting sights in the back alley market on the way home including a cart selling nothing but various sorts of deep fried insects.

Saturday 6th Dec
Paid a visit to another massive shopping centre called Mah Boon Krong (MBK), 7 storeys of everything you could imagine, where we picked up the last few thai trinkets and clothing. Then returned to the hotel packed our bags, ate some overpriced and under-flavoured room service and went to wait for our taxi and waited and waited until we couldn't wait anymore. I phoned the taxi and he advised that there had been an accident and he could no longer pick us up, not happy Jan, thankfully there was taxis waiting at the hotel which turned out to be cheaper and their vehicle seemed much more reliable. The only obvious fault that I noted with the taxi was the broken speedometer, however I quickly decided that I did not want to know how fast he was travelling, let's just say we got to the airport in record time. 12 hour flight to London here we come.
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