When is IKEA ever a good idea…

Today we decided to go for a mooch around Mega Bangna, a big shopping mall close by which also happens to have an Ikea. We went when I was here in August, although it was more like ‘supermarket sweep’ that day so I didn’t take much of it in!

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We jumped in a taxi and ¬£1.70 later, we arrived. It’s like any shopping mall in the world to be honest. Opened in 2012, it’s really clean and bright and full of a huge range of shops including Accessorize, Zara, Miss Selfridge and Boots. It reminds me a bit of The Trafford Centre which is never a bad thing in my book!

However, we had not banked on it being a public holiday…by midday the place was heaving! We headed to AIS to get me a SIM card, which was quick and painless due to the amazing customer service, the guy even showed me how to use the machine to top up (yup….I’m on pay as you go, I feel like I’m 15 again!). Then we headed to Boots where I ran the gauntlet of which suntan lotion and deodorant don’t have whitening agents in….the answer, very few (I never knew white arm pits were so desirable). I was pretty pleased to see a lot of my regular products and brands, and others I’ve been dying to try…Bioderma, you shall be mine!

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For food we headed to Sukishi, a Korean BBQ restaurant. We’ve been a couple of times before and had really great service, today was not one of those days, probably due to the fact it was a holiday and the restaurant was pretty busy, but everything took a long time. Anyway we opted for the meat and fish platter which comes in at under a tenner and thoroughly enjoyed cooking it on our own charcoal grill. Owing to the fact we arrived at 2.30pm Dave wasn’t allowed the Asahi he wanted so we settled for cokes. In Thailand, alcohol is not allowed to be served between 2 and 5pm although we have been told it’s not adhered to as strictly in other parts of the country…I’ll let you know!

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Next we headed to Ikea for a few bits…and a bun fight. It was ridiculous although it’s good to know it’s not just us Brits that love a bit of Ikea on a bank holiday!

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The taxi ride home was the most ‘interesting’ yet; at one point I did think we were going to have to get out and push the taxi along the highway owing to the horrendous noises coming from the engine and the bungee cords holding the boot on. But credit where it’s due, the driver did an excellent job at pushing down his window (note pushing not winding) and aiming his phlegm out of the window without getting a drop on me in the back. We arrived home in one piece and he drove away with a cheerful wave!

All that’s left to do this evening is to sort out all those extra things picked up in the Market Place in Ikea that seemed like such a great idea at the time…tea light anyone?

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