I think I enjoy Bangkok city a lot. I have been there thrice till date and I have enjoyed every one of my visits.
This was supposed to be an official and personal visit together but because of my $%##%^ of a boss, my business trip got cancelled just a week before; but I made sure this did not affect my personal trip with the girls. We are all in very different phases of our lives and I am just glad we sorted out a week to be together in Thailand.
Since Suby did her MBA in Bangkok, she was our local guide to direct us, feed us, entertain us, to help us bargain and what not. Yes, we did make fun of her Thai expertise but she did point us out to some amazing Thai food and fruits!
The first half of the trip was in Pattaya where we went to ‘check’ all the tourist places which were suggested to us. Our first destination was floating market ( I rated it 2 stars ). This is definitely a tourist destination. The prices were hiked up and the place was too hot. I could sense all of us losing patience slowly but we managed to calm ourselves down with some “Mango with Sticky rice”. We ended this visit with a nice 1 hour massage and went back to the hotel to sleep it off.
What is Thailand without some strip clubs and Go-go girls? Yes, we went out to ‘Walking Street Pattaya’ just like the NANA street in Bangkok (but NANA is way better!) The crowd was European and was there for all the wrong reasons. There was a local Thai boxing competition going on and I realized I hate boxing. How can people cheer when all the boxers do is knock each other out? Suby was doing enough to entertain us throughout the evening by striking a half Thai – half English conversation with the boxer dude who also happens to be a ‘Somtien’ (shared auto) driver by day. And yes, we did go to ‘Spanky’s- the famed Strip club’ and did see some ‘beep- beep’ shows and other ‘beeps’. All I can say is, it is definitely no fun if a bunch of girls walk into a strip club; neither will the dancers have any enthusiasm, nor will you. Once we decided we were above the ‘awkward-meter’ bar, we came out and had a nice sea food dinner.
The best part about Thailand being a tourist destination is that they have everything you may think of for a wild week! The girls tried bungee jumping the next day at ‘Pattaya Bungee Jump’. Unfortunately, I dint have enough balls to do it and boy, they did enjoy every insane minute of it!
That evening we reached Bangkok and checked into Suk 11, a backpackers heaven! The location is right on Suk 11 and the décor was very out of the world. I spent two hours just walking around all the floors and reading the messages written on the walls.
Since our location was just right, the evening was spent crawling from one bar to the other. These are basically mobile vans which open and turn into a bar with the disco lights and loud music. Drinking straight from the mugs and hopping into 7- Eleven for a quick snack and dancing at Levels club seemed exactly like what I was missing out all these years after college with the girls.
The next two days were typical, shopping, eating Grasshoppers, eating more bizarre food, eating some more, shopping some more, drinking some. Oh yes, we did visit all the temples and the palaces!
Overall, Bangkok tourism deserves a standing ovation for making this city synonymous to fun around the world!