Weekend in Bangkok
With Mavic and Miriam.
Friday: travel. Met the Dawes for dinner. Then went to a new bar on top of the Mall EMQuarter. Flamenco, Sky Bar Lounge
Wake up at 10:00. Breakfast in the restaurant below Cute Cocoon 2, our RBNB. Then we go to Fortune Mall and buy stuff. An Epson Home Cinema projector. Two spare batteries for my Lumix camera. A wireless charger for my EarPods, after I had lost my charger in an airplane. But we didn’t get Polaroid films for Miriam’s camera, which she bought in Paris where the salesperson had told her she could get the films worldwide.
Then I bring the purchases back to our AirBNB while the girls go ahead to Chatuchack weekend market. I follow and buy some nice leather goods. A sales lady gets excited about Miriam and calls her “Manilin Monnoe”. Another long-nose translates: Marilyn Monroe.
Then we go home for a while and in the evening for dinner at Cabbages and Condoms. I went there the first time with Bengt Bohnstedt. The restaurant was funded by Mitchi …., who was running a campaign to promote condoms to bring down Thailands unsustainable population growth rate of 3%. Mitchi was also for some time a member of the board of trustees of IRRI, but that i had learned only years later. I have been at C&C many times, once with colleagues from IRRI during the IRC 2014. They first did not want to go because of the name. After Dinner we watched one episode of “The 100” netflix series on the huge flatscreen in the Airbnb.
The next day, mother’s days, we met the Dawes again, this time for lunch. After that Mavic went with Marichu to another market. Miriam and I went by taxi to the Mandarin Oriental, one of the top 10 colonial hotels in the world. The place was under renovation and a high tea would habe cost around 2700 Thai Bath or around 100 US$. So we went for a cocktail to the terrace. My Mai Thai was wonderful. I had one later in the evening, which was crap compared to this one. So at least that was worth it. Two cocktails cost US$ 30. Ith atmosphere inside the building was nice, but somehow not as charming as the Strand Hotel in Yangon, or the —- i stared recently in Myanmar.
Then we went to Siam and had a look at SeaLife, an aquarium with sharks in the basement of the Paragon shopping mall. Very impressive. Lots of space for the animals, it should be mandatory for every Asian person so that they develop a sense for protecting the oceans. But due to its location and cost only the rich people, who are probably already sensitized, can visit it. Mavic met us afterwards in the tea shop of the mall.
Dinner was on a river cruise bot. I had tried to book on one of the converted traditional rice barges, but they were all fully booked. So we were on a modern ship with 100 guests, mostly from India, some from the Philippines and a group from Mauritius. We took a tuktuk there, which will be my last TukTuk ride ever.
Those things should have a built in speed limit. Then we had to wait for five quarters of an hour, because we were concerned about traffic and therefore had arrived early. Luckily the mall at the terminal had lots of art shops, galleries and an exhibition.
Getting on the boat was like cattle herding. We got a table for three in the middle of the middle deck. Not too good for a view, but it had started raining anyway and the open top deck was closed. Food was Ok. buffet. Thai and some western stuff. There was a Filipina singer and a cabaret show with at least one ladyboy. The crowd liked it. I was quite appalled by the many selfish asians who stormed to the front holding up their handphones to film the show, blocking the view of the rest of the guests who were seated at their tables. Idiots.
We briefly went in the top deck to have a glimpse at the river and Bangkok at night. Nice, reminded me of earlier cruises with business partners, but it was still drizzling, so we did not last very long.
After around two hours we docked again and then took a taxi back to our Cute Cocoon.
Next day checkout was 11:00. Mavic and Miriam took a taxi to the airport with all the purchases. Martim worked in the restaurant until 16:00 and then made his way to the airport with the very good train system.
Bangkok Mavic Miriam
Martin Gummert Sent from my iPhone