Saturday, January 9, 2010

Bangkok (9) Central World

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
Day 2: Wednesday, December 30 2009

When I travel to a new country, I don't care much for shopping malls. In fact, I don't care much for shopping malls at all, but I think I've changed my mind after this trip. The minute I step into Central World, I feel safe. Safe from traffic. Safe from scooters. Safe from pushy tuk-tuk drivers. Some places aren't open yet, but I walk around anyway.

I don't go into any stores - I have no intention of buying anything and nothing is appealing from the store windows. I do, however go into a music/DVD store. I was expecting to perhaps pick up even a DVD, but I didn't. I just continue going up the escalator looking for a cafe or restaurant to have lunch or a snack. 



I'm keen on having Indian food, and I see the advert for this restaurant in several different locations, but I never find the restaurant itself! I can't decide whether I want Italian or a simple sandwich or just settle for my regular Cafe Mocha at Starbucks.


I eventually find this cafe which seems reasonable...and they have free Wi-Fi! So I go in. They seat me, and after a while I decide on a crepe which is not good at all.  I'm catching up on Twitter and trying to figure out where I'm headed to next. I pull out my map and try to locate myself and my next destination. The restaurant is practically empty when a waiter comes to my table with the bill.

"Do I have to pay now?" I ask. He says "Yes", and I take that as my cue to get the hell out of there. I'm not even asked if I wanted to order anything else. I'm not impressed.




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