I needed to set up internet as I have a project that I was in the middle of. I had my mobile internet USB device, which is unlocked, so all I needed was a sim card and a data plan. This proved to be a little more complicated than I anticipated and took us into the heart of the city to the massive Center World shopping complex. The mall is a cathedral to consumption. Seven stories of glittering shops, and kiosks all displaying the latest way for the elite to show off their wealth. All I wanted to do was get the card, get the device set up and working and get out. After an hour of trying to communicate through a bit of a language barrier, I was set, and we went off to explore the areas street markets and city center.
Scotty and I found one of the main canals in the city and realized that we could take a boat almost the entire way back to Kuao San, for $2 USD, instead of the $6 USD cab ride that we had originally took. Plus we got to ride on classic Bangkok transportation, the river boat.
The next day we headed back into the city and went to one of the main parks. It was kind of like central park in NYC, except Bangkok really isn’t centralized, there are not sky scrapers surrounding the park entirely like in central park.
There was a Sepak takraw court and several guys playing. It is an amazing game that combines football juggling with volley ball, and all the aerial acrobatics of scissor and bicycle kicks. Its crazy to watch.
That night we met up with Scotty’s friend Duncan, a fellow Kiwi who is an ex-pat architect in Bangkok. He took us to 2 historic places in the city, Cheap Charlies, this rad little bar that was like a barnacle stuck to the side of a building down an alley way, and a little old family run restaurant. We talked about life in Bangkok and about Duncan’s trip to Burma. Duncan has been working as an architect in Bangkok for 3 years, and gave us great information about the culture, and what to see from an ex-pats perspective.
In the morning Jordan, Scott’s friend that was arriving from India showed up at our guest house, and we set off for the day exploring the city some more. I had to head back to Center World because the mobile internet I had set up wasn’t connecting properly. We took the boat back into the city center and after I had a tech look at my computer, we headed for that great little old restaurant that Duncan had showed us for lunch. The 3 of us ate family style, and had an incredible meal. (food entry to come later!)
After discussing what exactly to do for the next month, Jordan decided to head south for some rock climbing, and Scott and I decided to head north into Thailand, and then on to Laos for the Thai new year holiday season. I was antsy with anticipation and excitement for what the next month had in store for us.
We headed back to Soi Rambuttri where we were staying, and got ready to head up north in the morning.