Sunday, January 10, 2010

Bangkok (25) MBK Center

Bangkok (1) The idea to go
Bangkok (2) Adios snowy Korea
Bangkok (3) Holiday Travelers
Bangkok (4) The drive to the hotel
Bangkok (5) P2 Boutique Hotel
Bangkok (6) The Family from SA
Bangkok (7) Breakfast on Wed morning
Bangkok (8) Pratunam, Scooters & Tuk-Tuks
Bangkok (9) Central World
Bangkok (10) Sukhumvit Road 
Bangkok (11) Himali Cha Cha
Bangkok (12) Beware of Cheating Drivers
Bangkok (13) Private Tour - for FREE?
Bangkok (14) Chao Phraya River
Bangkok (15) Chao Phraya River Vids
Bangkok (16) Stop at the Temple
Bangkok (17) Chin Jewelry Factory
Bangkok (18) FURIOUS in Bkk
Bangkok (19) Lunch at Swagath
Bangkok (20) My Thai Massage
Bangkok (21) Am I invisible in Bangkok?
Bangkok (22) Put the meter ON!
Day 4: Friday, January 1 2010

Everyone's told me to go to MBK Center and to visit their Food Court. The place is HUGE! I walk around aimlessly. I go into a few stores, but nothing appeals to me. I'm experiencing the same thing as yesterday. No one acknowledges me or wants to assist when I walk into a store. I pass a bag shop and something very shiny catches my eye. I like it so decide to buy it. When I go to pay for it, the woman doesn't greet me. After paying for it, she stuffs it into a plastic bag and gives it to me. I can't take the attitude of the people here!

I go upstairs to the Food Court. I'm given a card and told that I can use it at any food stall and I'd have to pay the total when I exit.  There are a number of different foods to choose from - Italian, Indian, Japanese...I can't decide what I want to have. Also, I am not keen on ordering something very big. I know I wouldn't finish it on my own.  I walk around taking some photos and looking at the food displays. I also notice that many of the chefs are men. I decide to find a pizza joint somewhere else.

As I exit and give the card to the woman behind the counter, I tell her, "I didn't use it." She just takes it from me without saying anything. "Okay?" I ask her to make sure she heard me. "OKAY!" she says as if she's shouting at me! What. The. Hell?

I can't believe everyone raves about Bangkok. Why am I having such a bad experience with people here? I think it's time to leave MBK Center and head over to Siam Square. I'm really not that much of a shopper anyway. I pass an area that sells every item of clothing - swimwear, jeans, t-shirts... I walk through it just browsing and to kill more time. Again, bad service. I head downstairs.

I pass a Mister Donut and decide to go in for a Cafe Mocha and to take a quick breather. I sit down at a table facing a man rolling dough. I ask him if I can take a photograph. I show him my camera and make an action to take a photo. I tell him I don't want HIS photo, but just a photo of him rolling the dough. He doesn't understand and asks a girl standing nearby. I ask her and she says rudely, "No, no picture!" I'm so over this place now. I finish my Mocha and leave the center.

Good Bye MBK!

Bangkok (26) Getting to Siam

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