On Saturday we decided to go into town and see where we ended up. Inevitably in Bangkok, that is likely to mean a mall or two, or in our case three. We had a few things to accomplish but nothing too major. I have a big birthday coming up next month (…I’m in denial) and Dave wants to know what I would like so that was one thing I needed inspiration for, plus he wanted to go to the tailor and order some new trousers for work.
The first thing I achieved on Saturday was I taking my first motorbike taxi. I have been putting it off and putting it off but I knew I had to do it some time. They are much quicker and cheaper than taking cars everywhere and I deemed the road ‘quiet enough’ to give it a go on Saturday morning. After a quick motion of go slow to the driver we set off, I don’t mind admitting I was pretty scared, having seen the way the motorbike taxis bob and weave through the traffic, I was nervous. Needless to say, my 3 minute journey was uneventful and I arrived at the BTS in one piece and feeling quite exhilarated!
First stop was the new Emporium mall in Phrom Phong. This is a brand new, no expense spared, mall with designer stores like Louis Vuitton, Prada and Chloe. Dave had sampled a cupcake from here at work on Friday and was keen to share the love with me! The food hall is on the 5th floor and has some incredible food as well as a luxurious supermarket. The cakes were incredible, 85THB (£1.72) each, in delicious flavours including Red Velvet, Strawberry Daiquiri, Nutella and Oreo.
We jumped back on the BTS with the intention of going to Nana but en route decided to stay on and see what Central World is all about. I didn’t know until after we’d been that this mall is thought to be the 6th largest in the world, no wonder it was overwhelming even for an avid shopper like myself! It is the biggest shopping centre I’ve ever been to, it makes the Trafford Centre look like the Stretford Arndale. It has everything from Sephora, Topshop, Marks and Spencer’s, Kate Spade, a cinema and an ice rink, it is ginormous. We headed up to the food floors first but again, there was simply too much choice for a first visit. We spotted a burrito bar and headed in. Zambrero originates from Australia, this is their first venture into Thailand and the burrito was pretty good.
We had a wander through the shops, stopping in Toys R Us to buy water pistols in preparation for Songkran (Thai new year celebrated with throwing water). One of my good friends loves My Little Pony so of course I had to have a pic taken with the giant pink pony.
I couldn’t resist popping into Marks and Spencer’s, what can I say, they do great undies! I had read about the mark up on imported product here and having worked in retail back home appreciate its a franchise but even I will not pay £36 for the same bra I paid £18 in England 5 weeks ago! A pack of biscuits was about £5. Good to know it’s there for desperate times but I won’t be making a habit of going.
Next stop was the tailor, just off the BTS in Nana. Marty’s was recommended by a colleague out here and has been great for made to measure, high quality, trousers and shirts for Dave, more recently they made Dave’s beautiful wedding suit.
From here we walked a little way down Sukhumvit Road to Terminal 21, a quirky shopping mall with floors themed on different countries. There’s a Japanese floor, an UK floor and a Turkish floor. It has lots more independent shops and a great food court with some delicious mango sticky rice. We had a brief wander before deciding to call it a day. We headed back to the BTS and headed home. We enjoyed a pretty chilled evening with a bite to eat at our local Japanese place, I could get used to a Saturday like that!