The day Bert and I arrived in Bangkok, we spent the whole day being completely immersed in the depths of the consumer industry of Bangkok, aka, Kaosarn Road, Pantip, and Platinum.
Kaosarn Road is a melting pot of backpackers, partiers, and general tourists all strolling through what I would believe is the least Thai area of Bangkok. I spent most of my time there doing the heartless haggling I talked about earlier, and besides that devouring as much sticky rice/mango dishes, pad thai, and (more than any other meal, a total of 20 times in 5 days) fried chicken. Fried chicken in Thailand is one thing that will raise me beyond any bunk mood I may be in, and will always be the starting meal of the day simply because it is absurdly delicious. Buying stuff and eating lots of food... how could I get any more consumer?
|Pantip Shopping Center|
Pantip Shopping Center is the most ridiculous electronics outlet I have ever seen. Its like taking 5 Best Buys and stacking them on top of each other and squishing a food court in the middle. However, I did get an awesome little 320GB super small portable hard drive for less than $50 there. Stoked. Could I get more consumer? Yes. Right next door is Platinum, a 6 story clothing outlet with shops that span as far as the eye can see in two directions. Little shops adorn different designers art on shirts and whatever else, but all of it is extremely cheap ($5 t-shirts, $10 shorts, etc.).
|A man selling bags of every shape and size outside Platinum, and being a total bad ass.|
|Outside Central World, another massive shopping outlet right next to Pantip and Platinum|
|Anya and Bert on Kaosarn Road|
|Sharing stories from Burma and drinking brews.|
|Lumphini Park on Anya's first full day in Bangkok|
|Paddle boating around|
We spent most of New Years Eve relaxing for the evening. When that time came, we had an incredible moment raging it up in Route 66 on RCA, a huge strip of night clubs that go all out crazy for New Years. I'm forever thankful that I talked to Sarah about what to do for New Years, because Route 66 was amazing. But what we had not learned was that we actually needed IDs to get in! Wow was this ridiculous getting through. Bert and I went to the bathroom in a bar outside RCA, switched shirts, grabbed extra IDs from the same friend we had met in Bangkok (not Anya obviously, haha), and snuck in so awesomely smooth. The reward was awesome. Route 66. On top of that, Bert's good friend Julian happened to be in town visiting his friend Ay. The four of us and two friends Sam and Alex celebrated the most ridiculous new years on the other side of the world, fit with hundreds of exploding fireworks over RCA at the moment itself. Righteous.
I left very early the next morning, and made it with just enough time in Bangkok to spend a couple more baht on some awesome shades, shorts, and shirts.
I love Thailand.