Au revoir Bangkok

Bangkok, 06.01.2013
We woke up with the sun rising over the Chao Phraya river in the first cozy comfortable hotel beds of our entire vacation, in the Riva Surya hotel. Great place! Nice breakfast alone on the hotel terrace on the river, checkout, and off we went to our short Bangkok shopping and sightseeing trip.
The boat taxi took us to the Mandarin Oriental. Next stop was the Siam Paragon, a big shopping mall next to the Siam Center, another shopping mall, close to the next shopping mall and so on. In the Siam Square area you get a flavor of Asian shopping city centers I guess. It is a small and less glitzy version of how I imagine Japan. But I haven’t been there yet, to tbc. 😉
Close by is Jim Thompson’s house, a beautiful place from another time in the middle of modern Bangkok. They have a tour that leads you through the house, a truly marvelous building. I thought a lot of the work of my parents in this place that is laden with decor and ornaments.
Shopped and amazed we left for JJ market or Chatuchak weekend market. We had been at other Bangkok markets last time, but this one was a very pleasant surprise. Clean for a flea market, great merchandise, food stands and stylish bars with DJs playing cool electro music. We found plenty of souvenirs. Unfortunately we had very little time, this place is so huge you need at least an entire day there.
On the way back to the hotel we stopped to shop food for delicious Thai cooking back in Madrid and arrived late at the hotel. No time for a shower, packed the car and off to a Bangkok city traffic adventure to the airport. Initially a bit chaotic incl. 2 road errors, we were very proud to have made the trip in less then 1h without major complications! Looks like we found our way to quickly adapt to the local way of driving and street system.
Car drop off went smooth, I must say Thai rent a car was a great choice. Total km driven were 2724. Clean and efficient car, very friendly service, zero problems, best rate by far we found online. And then off to Doha, where we’re waiting for our connecting flight in the lounge, still dreaming about Bangkok. We’ll return, soon I hope.