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Old Oct 29th, 2012, 05:04 PM
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We will be in BKK starting on Nov. 3 thru 11th. We want to visit Asiatique- when will the river traffic resume their normal schedule- so that we don't have to wait until 6:30 to get the boat to Asiatique.
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Old Oct 29th, 2012, 05:44 PM
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Hi taconic. I had to laugh yesterday when I had to tell my Thai friend Nok how to use the BTS (sky train)!! I told her that I am HER tour guide in Bangkok (her home)... hahaha She is very anxious to show me many places. Her English is so-so and I often say I don't understand... but we still have a great time together. Today she has work. She is a teacher, and her students will return to class on November 5th so she has to prepare. I will be on my own in Bangkok (I'm FINE with that!!) so I can decide where I want to go, and jump on the BTS or take a taxi. So easy! Bangkok is easy, very easy!

Bill, the only reason the boat was delayed was due to the practice for the barge parade. The sign at Asiatique says that their shuttles go from Taksin (Sathorn Pier) starting at 4pm... but I would not go there before 5:30-6:00. Pook is right that it is better at dusk and into the evening. It can get a bit hot wandering around those narrow hallways of the market. I like the open air spaces for sitting, people watching, or the beer garden, enjoying a cold one. The busiest days (avoid if you can) are Friday/Saturday/Sunday, according to the man at the boat dock at Asiatique. Shop owners open up at their own convenience, so even at 7:30 we were seeing shops just opening up, and Asiatique itself had been OPEN since 5pm.

The rest of the group returns from Pattaya today, and if I'm not mistaken, some other fodorites are arriving here today, at various hours and from various places. Looking forward to meeting up at some point. There is a GTG on Nov 1, but I think there might be some shopping before that. We'll see...

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Old Oct 29th, 2012, 06:46 PM
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Unless they changed recently, the boats to Asiatique don't start until 5pm, and most of the shops aren't open until then. Also, since the boats only go from Sathorn Pier to Asiatique, which is all downriver from where the barges are, the shuttles are probably not affected by the shutdown.
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Old Oct 29th, 2012, 07:31 PM
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5:00 for a start up time makes more sense, but I'm sure the sign at Asiatique said 4:00... maybe restaurant workers are arriving by that time??

The sign also said that boats would come and go every 10 minutes, and I know we waited at least 15, so they are not as prompt as they claim. The shuttle we took from Asiatique to Sathorn had arrived FULL to the brim, so it would have taken a bit of time to load at Sathorn, and then time to unload at Asiatique. Load factors have something to do with the timing as well. Seems a lot of folks were arriving around 7pm for dinner and shopping.

Besides the Asiatique shuttle, I noted that the Marriott (Anantara) had its own shuttle, as did the Shangri-La. I'm assuming the other river hotels will also provide free transport to the night bazaar.

BillT... Joe Louis and Calypso Cabaret are now located here at Asiatique. I saw the signs for their shows!
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Old Oct 30th, 2012, 01:14 AM
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Carol: Glad that you're still having a ball.

Yesterday I bought a ticket to BK, on Singapore Air, for the beginning of next year. I wanted to wait longer before booking, but found a great 165 square meter, one-bedroom apartment (apartment 91 square meters, private terrace 76 square meters and for $75.00 a night. So, I jumped on it, as the availability chart was filling up.

I contacted the owner and was approved and have already paid for it. Then this morning, the owner of another apartment, that I had enquired about, e-mailed me and I've been approved for that one. So, I've paid for it,too. It's near Asoke BTS. The other one is over in Silom with a view of Lumpini Park.

I checked my e-mail a few minutes ago and E.S. had contacted me back with an answer to a question that I had asked some days ago. I had asked to see a copy of their rental contract as at first I thought I'd stay there for 30 days as they offered me a good monthly deal. I just wasn't thrilled with being expected to put down two months in advance and sign a contract.

I just e-mailed them to let them know that it's too late now, for a month stay, as I've already booked accommodations for most of my stay. But, I told them to book me in there for my last 7 days and have requested my usual 80 square meter studio, which is the same size as the 2-bedroom that I'm renting near Asoke.

So, I'm all set. I just have to see how things go in the months to come. I'll buy some travel insurance this weekend, just in case. Life is just not as predictable as it used to be.

Keep having fun!

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Old Oct 30th, 2012, 01:48 AM
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Wow, sounds like you got some great offers on apartments, Guenmai. I would probably look most seriously at the one near Asoke, as that is a really good location. Both BTS and MRT run through Asok/Sukhumvit intersection. So what day in January are you arriving in BKK? I'm here until the 7th, leaving that night at almost midnight.

It's raining right now. I heard the thunder while in MBK and decided to scurry back to my apartment. Glad I did. It came down pretty hard right after I got back here. It won't last long though.

I've been to On Nut to Tesco Lotus, where I got some cute clothes for a little girl who will be one year old right after I get back home. I also got her a really cute pair of shoes at MBK. Besides Tesco and MBK, I also made stops at Terminal 21 and Gateway Ekkamai... no purchases at either one. I'm looking for a SPECIFIC item right now, and I'm not finding it. I hate when that happens!!

We may go take in the new James Bond movie at one of the gold class theaters tonight, or later on this afternoon. Right now everyone is kind of staying put until the rain quits or slows down.

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Old Oct 30th, 2012, 02:10 AM
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Carol,
We can finally say we are back in Bangkok too! Watching that same storm which looks like it has subsided for now. Firmly ensconced in the ROS and getting unpacked and ready to get out into the Bangkok scene. We will see you on the 1st if not sooner.

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Old Oct 30th, 2012, 02:17 AM
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Glad you made it HT. Say hi to Linda for me. Brad and I and a couple of friends are planning to go see the new James Bond movie tonight, at one of the gold class theaters (probably at Paragon mall).

I'll definitely see you on the 1st, for cocktails at the Marriott Mayfair. Do you know what time? I'm thinking by about 3pm?

Tomorrow morning I'm going shopping with a couple of my Thai friends. I think the evening will be spent around Sukhumvit with a lot of people watching as it is Halloween, and that is a big deal here in Bangkok. Lots of costumes, I'm sure.

Enjoy Bangkok!! If you can, head down the river to the Asiatique Night Bazaar. I think you would enjoy it. I don't know if the ROS has a free shuttle to take you there or not. Some riverside hotels now have shuttles there. If not, take your free shuttle to Saphan Taksin (Sathorn Pier) and catch the free Asiatique shuttle from there. The place opens at 5, but it 'gets going' closer to 7. The Calypso Cabaret is there, as well as loads of restaurants and a beer garden and shops and shops and shops.
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Rain, rain, rain! Bob , Peter, Carol etc bringing us a bit of "Sandy" from the US! Before you guys came we had sunshine!
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Old Oct 30th, 2012, 07:14 AM
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I didn't come from anywhere near the east coast, so you can't say I brought a bit of Sandy. Bob and Karen on the other hand are from there. THEY did it!! lol
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Old Oct 30th, 2012, 07:26 AM
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Bob is the rainman in more ways than one.....

Looking at the tomorrows forecast and looks like more of the same.....luckily it doesn't rain in the bar

Carol the cocktail gtg starts at 4.....see you there!

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Old Oct 30th, 2012, 08:25 AM
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yes, 4PM, but not marriott mayfair, but marriott sukhumvit park on soi 24.

Anantara upgraded us again...yea..

delicious dinner at harmonique again tonight..
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Old Oct 30th, 2012, 11:01 AM
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"simpsonc510 on Oct 30, 12 at 1:48am
Wow, sounds like you got some great offers on apartments, Guenmai. I would probably look most seriously at the one near Asoke, as that is a really good location. Both BTS and MRT run through Asok/Sukhumvit intersection."

Both apartments are a really good location as the 165 square meter one is 100 meters from Saladaeng BTS. One reason I chose to stay in that area is that I can easily get to Cotton House, to have my clothes made, from there. I hate having to go all the way across town, from Prom Phong BTS to Oriental Place Shopping Center, and dragging very heavy bags of fabric. I buy my fabric here in L.A., in the garment district, and then take it to the ladies at Cotton House to make my clothes.

At least being right at the Saladaeng BTS station, I can jump on the sky train and then go to Saphan Taksin and then catch the boat up river and get off at Tha SiPraya (sp?) which puts me a block away from Oriental Place. It will also be easier to get back and forth to my fittings, by staying at Saladaeng BTS.

Then by the time I have transferred over the the Asoke apartment, I'll be finished with the clothing thing, and that part of town, and can focus on doing things in Sukhumvit for the last two weeks, before heading to Singapore and spending some time there.

I'm looking at apartments there, but they are far and few and very expensive. I might just check back into the YMCA International House at 1 Orchard Road. I love the place and have stayed there since the 1990s and have watched it really transform itself from an ugly ducking into a swan. Of course I'd prefer to stay at the former Raffles Plaza Hotel, but I don't want to dish out that kind of dough right now. Why can't I ever remember the changed name of the former Raffles Plaza? And I've stayed there twice, I think, since the name change some years ago.

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Old Oct 30th, 2012, 11:09 AM
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Ah, it just hit me that the Raffles Plaza Hotel is the Fairmont Hotel. I don't know why I can't ever remember the name change. Sometimes, I call it the Fullerton, which is another hotel. I've stayed at the Fullerton, the Fairmont, and the Raffles Plaza. They're all starting to sound the same. LOL!

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Old Oct 30th, 2012, 11:13 AM
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I wish we had an edit button as I typed above, "Tha SiPraya" and meant to type, Tha Oriental" as Tha Si Praya is the one that I get off at to go to the mall next to the RO Sheraton, not to Cotton House. Now, let me get out of bed, get dressed, and drive to work (although I'm recently retired). LOL!

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Old Oct 30th, 2012, 04:35 PM
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Guenmai: Retired???? Really??? Good for you!!
Still curious to know if you'll be in BKK before I leave on 7th.

Peter, Bob, see you all tomorrow at 4. I think Brad will also be there. Marriott Sukhumvit Park, soi 24! Got it.

Today I'm shopping with Thai friends, and then I think we will see the new James Bond movie (did not make it there last night).

Tonight is Halloween. It'll be a fun time, I'm sure. Lots of colorful costumes... good people watching!
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Old Oct 30th, 2012, 04:52 PM
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The 7th of what? Are you talking January? If so, I won't have arrived until about a week later and I don't leave until around the second week in February.

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Old Oct 30th, 2012, 04:55 PM
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Carol: As for retired. Yes, retired and in my mid fifties. I had just beyond had it and walked away from it all. But, I still work, but elsewhere. I'm busier than ever with my revolving door work schedule. But, I'm so "work" stress free now.

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Old Oct 30th, 2012, 06:47 PM
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Carol, Bob, Karen, and all the others, if "tomorrow" is November 1 there, then have a drink for me. It's my birthday! (All Saints Day, LOL!)
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We looked up the YMCA at 1 Orchard Rd but it says its in Singapore. The Marritt looks nice. Reasonable rate. Thanks!!
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