2010 Holiday season on Bangkok

Old Dec 19th, 2010, 07:20 PM
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Hope to see you at the P.L. on Thursday night between midnight - 1AM. My plane lands at 11.45.

Maybe I can crash on your couch, then we can rent a car to Ban Bueng?

Ask at the Adelphi how much it costs to rent a car, and have it delivered to soi 8 for pick-up and return. I've driven there before.

It is probably less than 2 taxis, and it gives us more flexibility.

If Dad has the Nuvi with him, we can program Lars' house as a favorite.
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Old Dec 19th, 2010, 08:27 PM
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Bring the Nuvi. It's in the kitchen, on the foot stool by the door! See you at PL Thursday night.
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Old Dec 20th, 2010, 01:08 PM
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Found the Nuvi, found the Fusion blades, and found cigars hahahahahaha.

See you on Thursday night.
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Old Dec 20th, 2010, 03:06 PM
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I'm up about 5:45 this morning. I think an afternoon nap will be in order today, as we are meeting a friend from Samui for dinner and playing pool tonight.

We dined outside at Monsoon once again last night. It's just so handy! Then we took a walk down soi 8. We were looking for the French restaurant that hanuman used to like so much. We found it. It was not open. A sign says that it is under renovation and will open sometime later. No indication as to when that might be. We would like to try it sometime! Maybe not this trip.

I did not make it to Platinum yet. I decided to find my favorite hairdresser from the salon that used to be at the Central Chitlom department store. I can't recall the poster's name here, a lady from Australia, who also used to see OD for her haircuts/color. She told me where to find him, about a year ago. I made the effort yesterday, and was successful. OD was very happy to see me again. He did a cut (I now am a Dang look-alike, hanuman) and I have fresh color to cover up all of the grey that keeps trying to take over! I think I lost about 5 pounds of hair. My hair is very thick and it grows very fast. It can look 'bushy' is a short time. OD fixed me right up! A new look for the new year.

Today I am determined to get to Platinum to have a look at the bags the denim lady is selling there. If she is in her shop, she will remember me and give me wholesale prices if I buy something, which I'm sure I will!

Brad, glad you found all the items. Hmmm, cigars too?? He'll love that! Lars and Pong are anxious to see us on Friday. Pong says they are very busy with the holiday sales now, so very little free time.

DH wants to maybe go to Indigo French restaurant tonight with our Samui friend; or maybe Maeng will cook for us. We'll see. We will meet up at the PL. I've not been over there since Saturday, so anxious to see Maeng again.

Time to do a load of laundry. DH is still sleeping, although I'll bet he is up before the laundry load is finished. The daylight is still an hour away, so no weather report yet. I'm just thrilled with the weather we've been having though.

Sandra, I hope CM isn't too cold for you. CM was included in that newspaper article that reported on the 'disaster areas' up north, due to the colder-than-normal conditions up there. Dress warm! See you Friday around 4:30 at PL.

Dogster, are you back to your chipper old self now? Hope so. See you on Friday as well.

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Old Dec 20th, 2010, 03:17 PM
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sounds like a nice relaxing time... hope brad gets there soon so you have some decent food....too much pizza
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Old Dec 20th, 2010, 07:14 PM
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Will you wait for me to go to Chiang Mai this time?
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Old Dec 20th, 2010, 08:53 PM
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Sigh... I envy all all your trips to Bangkok. Sounds like you are having a perfect time, keep the updates coming.
Oh and we went to amari mall too on Karens recommendation, I think it was floor 3 had some cute Thai handicrafts etc, hopefully you will make it there.
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Old Dec 21st, 2010, 06:16 AM
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I am watching the snow plow go up the street...want to trade places? Let us know what you find at Platinum.
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Old Dec 21st, 2010, 07:18 AM
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K finished the shovelling...
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Old Dec 21st, 2010, 08:21 AM
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heya Carol, moving to Arnoma tomorrow. I'm still Azamatised. Need shopping. Friday is good.
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Friday? We are having dinner with Lars on Friday. We will be at the P.L. for Christmas dinner on Saturday.
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Old Dec 21st, 2010, 10:39 AM
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Saturday. See how confused I am?

Dogster, are you back to your chipper old self now? Hope so. See you on Friday as well.

So, apparently, is Carol. We'll blame jet lag.

BTW, that demo she saw the other day was, in fact, composed of 10,000 young ladies in red underwear chanting your name. Blaaad! Blaaad! Hurry back.
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Old Dec 21st, 2010, 11:02 AM
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I'm following the adventures of all of you in Bangkok and envious - I want to be back in Bangkok! Next trip we have to find a way to have more Bangkok time.
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Old Dec 21st, 2010, 12:15 PM
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Hi Carol, can you tell us more about Platinum? Is it a store? what do they sell/do? Is it worth a trip? if so, where is it?
Sue

(who just became a Platinum with Marriott so am expecting some nice upgrades for that when we get there next month)
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Old Dec 21st, 2010, 02:00 PM
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it is a fantastic store with a food court...it is just around the corner from pratinum market....

they sell all kinds of stuff: clothing, shoes, jewelry (costume), suitcases, limited electronics, mens and ladies and childrens, some housewares.... it is much nicer than MBK in our opinion.. it is 5 stories...

its full name is platinum fashion mall....

on the 4th floor?? in the front, right hand corner, right next to the ATM machines is a fantastic costume jewelry shop called Coco Bannana... karen has bought the place out two years straight.... take a careful look as at first it all seems tacky and overwhelming...

we spend a couple of hours there every year....

k does very well with junk shoes there also---the gaudier the better... 199-599 B
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"Soi 8 is such an interesting place for people watching from the dining terrace at Monsoon."

True enough. Food there is great. Love the watermelon drinks.
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Old Dec 21st, 2010, 04:05 PM
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Dogster, so sorry for the typo (AKA jet lag). Yes, dinner at PL is on SATURDAY, Christmas Day, around 4:30. I think Maeng will be there on Friday as well, if you'd want to stop by. She asked about you last night. She was pleased to know that you are coming. Where are you shopping? You are very close to Platinum and Pratunam from the Arnoma. BTW...Don't encourage Blaaad..... haha

The watermelon smoothie is awesome at Monsoon!!! Yes, raven, I've had two of them already. And I agree that the food is also quite good. I'm so pleased that Monsoon is busy. There were two restaurants in the same location, prior to Monsoon, and both of them failed. I'm not sure what Monsoon has done that is 'right' and the others did it 'wrong'... I'm just happy for Monsoon. It is a nice place to sit and dine and people watch along soi 8.

Platinum Fashion Mall is a huge mall, which has now been expanded to include what I am calling Platinum #2. Traffic in the area is crazy so I usually do not try to take a taxi (although I did grab a tuktuk to get back to the Adelphi yesterday... what a ride!!!) I get there by taking the BTS to Chitlom station, and then walking down the sky bridge to Central World, where I walk thru the entire complex to go out the door at Isetan and then head away from CW and cross the canal. Once you walk across the canal, hang a left at the corner. The massive building(s) on your left are Platinum Fashion Mall buildings. Most definitely worth the trip! Busy busy place. Bob prefers it over MBK, I'm not sure I do... MBK is such an icon in BKK.

Across the street from Platinum is the whole area called Pratunam Market. It is older than Platinum. An amazing array of clothing, jewelry, bags, luggage, some electronics, socks, lingerie, scarves, shoes, and on and on.

I did not personally buy anything at Platinum/Pratunam yesterday. The area was a mad house! I did see the glass beads at Coco Banana... 5th floor. I will pick up a few sets to take home, I'm sure. Maeng was wearing some last night in black. They look great! I plan to return to Platinum/Panthip sometime next week anyway.

I did not see anything different at the denim shop. It was all the same as what I saw at Chatuchak, so did not buy anything else (yet). It was quite easy to find the shop on the 3rd floor, as the new Platinum #2 is much smaller than the #1 building.

Karen, Bob, I don't miss the snow one iota! Sooooo much nicer here! Kathie, you really must try to spend more time here!

Samui friend did not show up at PL last night, and did not call, so must have either forgotten, or got in a tough game of pool somewhere! Not to worry... maybe will call tonight. He goes back to Samui on Thursday. We ended up dining at the PL. I had Maeng's garlic shrimp and DH had her American chili... which he says he will eat again (and again) before we go home! It's really delicious.

DH is having appts at Bumrungrad today, and I'm heading to the Ancient City and the 3-headed elephant with Maeng. We have passed this place many times, and Maeng is always talking about it, so I'm anxious to finally see it through her eyes. The 3 headed elephant is huge... biggest in the world??? You can walk inside of it. At the 'feet' is the human version of 'Hell'; in the main body is 'life on this earth'; and up in the 3 heads is 'Heaven' beyond. That is, if I understand Maeng correctly. Sounds interesting!

Brad, have a safe flight. We'll see you Thursday at PL. We plan to go to quiz night... will probably have the lowest score... but it's fun. Hope to see Dr Jack there. Have not seen him yet.
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Old Dec 21st, 2010, 04:24 PM
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Lol. I now see where they came up with "Platinum". Funny stuff..
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Many thanks for all the info Carol & Bob. Especially the directions to Platinum. It seems that many places are hard to find unless someone, such as YOU give the directions with landmarks to get to the place. Kind of like a treasure hunt.

We are having the wife of the Deputy Chief of Police to BKK here (in our home -Chicago)- and her two boys over for the evening on the 23rd Dec. She has told me she will be taking me to her fav massage place, in BKK next month. I asked her the address, and she just said that we would not find it unless she took us there.

We have found that most taxi drivers do not use/understand maps so sometimes it is difficult to find a place that sounds really worth investigating. Again, I appreciate your directions and landmarks.

Along those lines, we were never able to find the Jim Thompson outlet place you all talk about..... went to the area but could only find a Jim Thompson upholstery goods store.

Our first two nights are at Lebua State Tower, is that where Sky bar is? - Last time we were in BKK we stayed at the Riverside Hilton and the view from the Executive Lounge was fantastic. Is the skybar worth paying the super high drink prices for a better view?, or, is it a special experience?

Enjoying your report of warm BKK life Carol. Just know it is miserable here in Chicago, cold, drizzle, snow, ugh.
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Old Dec 21st, 2010, 06:30 PM
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Sue, yes, Sky Bar is in State Tower. For me, it's worth the cost of ONE drink, sipped ever so slowly. The view is awesome! Any thoughts to moving from the river to an 'in town' area?

Glad to help with the directions to Platinum/Pratunam. The area is sooooo interesting. It covers a number of blocks, with narrow alleys (catacombs) where one could easily get lost if you lose your sense of direction. One end of the area is the Bayoke Tower hotel. An easy landmark to help you find your way.

Re: JT Outlet. You may have been fooled by the first floor. I always go directly to the 4th floor to look at bags, clothing, and such. There are 4-5 floors to the outlet. You might want to try for it again. Worth a look.

Enjoy your Thai visitors to Chicago! Hope they have heavy winter gear.

Carol
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