Tuk-tuk in Bangkok, Thailand

tuk tuk

The tuk-tuk experience is a must have for first
time Thailand visitors. Tuk Tuks are practically an icon of Bangkok –
small motorized rickshaws that can seat up to three people at the back
and it’s really fun to ride during breezy Bangkok nights.

tuk tuk seat

The tuk-tuk consists of a driver (who usually drives in a manner
that would make most professional F1 drivers green with envy with their
daredevil weaving through traffic and general disregard for safety) who
takes you on a comfortable seat at the back, which is partially sealed.
I went with MDC (My Dining Companion) and Jia Chui (read previous post)
for the tuk-tuk experience.

tuk tuk me driver

It is advisable to negotiate the fare before going coz we got
charged 300 baht (RM 30) for a trip from Siam City Hotel to Siam Square
(for a comparison, a metered taxi would cost 45 baht – RM 4.50) but it
was worth it coz of the photo op and the experience. I bargained for
150 baht for the return trip. This shows me with the driver and Jia
Chui at the back. MDC took the photo.

tuk tuk video

Download: Tuk tuk video [sixthseal.com]
Get a virtual tuk-tuk ride! The video shows the tuk tuk going through
Bangkok streets and also Jia Chui (but not MDC who must not be named,
or seen for that matter).

Tuk tuk drivers will also not-so-subtly encourage you to patronize
certain outlets, e.g. we got asked many times if we wanted to go to a
particular seafood restaurant by the return tuk-tuk but the first tuk
tuk didn’t do that so YMMV.

The Platinum Fashion Mall

platinum fashion mall

This is a public service announcement – The Platinum Fashion Mall
in Bangkok is evil. It’s a wholesale emporium of attire, a shopper’s
paradise and it will drain all your baht away. I think I spent 3,000
baht just on clothes just now.

platinum mall inside

The Platinum Fashion Mall has a lot of floors dedicated to all sorts
of attire you can think of – I spent a lot of baht in one shop alone.

marijuana

It’s called Marijuana. How can you not buy stuff from this place? I
got a lot of t-shirts for myself and also – Cherie, Irene, Joanne,
David, Jimmy and Robyn, I got you all stuff from this place, you’ll
love it!

platinum mall me

I ended up looking like this…and I’m not even much of a shopper! I
just couldn’t resist the counter-culture, drug and sex reference
t-shirts. The place is really cheap too, if you bargain, you can get
probably 5 t-shirts for 500 baht (RM 50).

platinum food center

The Platinum Fashion Mall is a baht drainer coz it has its own food
court as well so you can spend the entire day there if you’re so
inclined (and you probably would if you visit every shop in this huge
mall).

platinum food center coupon

The food court at The Platinum Fashion Mall uses a coupon system for
purchasing food. There were three of us, and we each got 100 baht
credit coupon cards and shared the food.

somtam pounding

I ordered Somtam (the famous Thai mango salad) with
blue crabs and chicken feet (55 baht) and the mango salad was pounded
into a dish that looked like this:

somtam thai mango salad

It tastes REALLY GOOD. I can’t describe how good it tastes, it was
just so good that I nearly came while eating it. My dining companion
(MDC from this post onwards to protect her privacy) and Jia Chui (a
pharmacist from KL that I met at the hotel) both agreed somtam is THE
SHIT.

somtam macro

Please do try Somtam if you’re ever in Thailand, it’s orgasmic!

me jia chui mdr

Other highlights is this dish with really hot sauce (don’t know what it’s called) that was really good as well.

thai bread make

There’s also a local home made grilled bread that we ordered.

thai bread pork

This is the chilli paste and pork floss version (15 baht). It’s great!

thai bread tea

This is the Thailand tea custard version (12 baht) which MDC ordered. It tastes like tea custard.

the platinum fashion mall

Just be careful when you walk down the many aisles of The Platinum
Fashion Mall…it’s temptation personified in a large concrete
building. You’re going to spend a lot of baht here coz everything seems
cheap.

Greetings from Bangkok, Thailand!

me bangkok

Sawadee ka! Greetings from Bangkok, Thailand. I
just arrived yesterday and spent most of the night walking around. I’m
staying at Siam City Hotel in Bangkok.

ticket

The flight from Kuching to KL to Bangkok was timed perfectly and
Bangkok is one hour behind Malaysia (GMT +7) so I’m going to pre-date
all the posts I make in Bangkok by one hour coz that is the time over
here.

arrival card

There is a Thailand immigration card that you need to fill in (both
the arrival and departure details) so you can clear customs real fast
(took me all of one minute). The immigration in BKK airport has one of
those new Logitech webcams that swivel to your direction.

bangkok air

I arrived at Bangkok International Airport at 4:30 pm local time (that means the time in Thailand, not Malaysia) which would be 5:30 pm back home.

thai girl

The people in Thailand are decidedly more polite and accommodating
and friendly than the Malaysian counterparts (sorry, it just had to be
said). Which part of it is due to the tourism industry is debatable but
I haven’t had a bad experience so far.

bangkok customs

I breezed through BKK customs via the green lane (who said Bangkok
was strict?) and took a taxi to Siam City Hotel from the airport for
650 baht (about RM 65 or US $30) coz I wanted to do the tourist thing
at night.

thai video

Download: Bangkok video [sixthseal.com]

bangkok street

Check out the video, I took it in the airport limousine service and the driver was kind enough to teach me some Thai phases (khopun kap – that’s Thank You in Thai) and even took the liberty of passing me a catalogue for a massage center close to my hotel. ;)

siam city hotel bangkok

This is Siam City Hotel, Bangkok where I’m staying.
I’m staying at this place coz it’s clean (just got a new tattoo and
gotta take care of it remember?). I’m more of a traveler than a
tourist, but then there’s also this event I wanted to gatecrash (more
about that later ;))

siam city hotel room

I tipped the driver 50 baht coz he was being real nice and told me where to catch some real muay thai
(Thai kickboxing) action and taught me some Thai phrases which I used
immediately upon arrival at the hotel. I think the receptionist was
quite impressed but she told me that it’s gender specific, khopun kap as a gender neutral but decidedly masculine tone and khopun ka (without the p sound) for a more feminine address.

siam city room service

I’m rambling a bit over here…there’s so much to share with all of
you, I’m having fun over here in Bangkok. I’m going to make more posts
today okay? In sequence, as a travelogue, did so much in a single day
over here and net access costs 640 baht for a day (that’s a whopping RM
64) so I might as well make good use of it right?

Till then, la got!

That’s Thai for goodbye. =D

The Medium from Thailand

thailand medium house

I was dragged to a new and “really good” medium during the weekend
after boozing at a pub. My friend was really keen to go and no one
wanted to go with her (I wanted to go clubbing too, actually), but I
thought wtf, and humored her. I went with nothing except my cell phone
(which explains the image quality or the lack thereof).

thailand medium prayer

There was a counter at the front of the semi-detached house in the
middle of nowhere and a group of devout believers at the front with a
book (which my friend told me is equivalent to a tithe) so I gave them
RM 20 and we were allowed into this room with a lot of religious
figurines and prayer paraphernalia.

thailand medium joss sticks

It was rather Zen-like actually, and my friend told me to take the
joss sticks (totaling 3 in number) light it, say a prayer and then take
it to the container outside and repeat the same incantation while
planting the joss sticks into the container. I’m not familiar with the
rites and rituals of such proceedings so it was interesting to find out.

thailand medium beer

The best part about the entire fiasco? Free beer! No shit, they had
free beer and a (small) buffet tablet lineup for food. I didn’t eat but
I drank a lot of beer. It was definitely worth the RM 20 admission fee.
I got to meet with the medium from Thailand too (he was also holding a
can of beer, strangely) and he gave me four digits for Toto (Lotto).

I didn’t use it. ;)

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