Thursday, November 18, 2010

D4 - Pattaya / Bangkok Sunday 14/11/2010

After Pattaya, our next visit was Bangkok. However, along the way from Pattaya to Bangkok, our tour group was taken to 3 places for a shopping spree ! This was serious shopping as we walked into their posh showrooms selling up-market products like precious gem stones & crocodile leather bags. Their retail prices could easily cause a big dent to our wallet. Honey, bee pollen and health products appeared to be the favourite items purchased by our tour members. I too could not resist the temptation and ended up buying 1 kg of 100% pure honey packed in a plastic tub (950Bht) ! The label carried a tagline which reads "From the Chiang Mai Mountain Golden Triangle".

We arrived Bangkok in the late afternoon and our bus took us to MBK shopping centre for our last minute shopping. After that, we visited the famous Four Faces Buddha and offered our prayers and for others, an opportune time to make a vow on matters relating to family, health and wealth.

After the Buddha prayers, we walked to the Siam Center and had our dinner at a Chinese restaurant located on the 6th Floor. At around 20.00, we checked into our hotel, Grand Mercure.

As some members of our group were keen to visit Patpong Night Market, we took a taxi (80Bht) and did another round of last minute shopping in Patpong before retiring to bed.

1) Four Faces Buddha - fame & well respected to most Asian visitors; may all your wishes come true !

2) MBK Shopping Centre - shop till you drop your pants down if you happen to be in the popular NaRaYa handbag store ! crazy shopping was seen at the Wacol bra counter - a Taiwanese favourite !

3) Patpong Night Market - quite a fun here shopping alongside with go go bars; make sure you make a real bargain on any items you buy in Patpong as you can easily distracted by the music and the go-go girls dressed in bikinis dancing inside the go-go bars; make sure you have sufficient Thai Bhat with you as the final bill may cost you a bomb after a few rounds of beers and merry making there

" I believe taxi services in Bangkok outshine my home country. A taxi from Grand Mercure Hotel, 30 Sukhumvit Road, Sol 22 to Patpong costs a mere 75Bht (RM8), a 20 minute ride - taxis are easy to flag down, most red and yellow taxis (Toyota model) are well maintained and clean, taxi meters are widely used so less hassle on price haggling, taxis drivers are courteous despite language barrier ..... Thailand boleh-lah !

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