Bye bye Bangkok
Today was my last day in Bangkok until my friend Nie arrives here and as I am writing this my train is leaving the station to go to Chiang Mai up in the North.
Today I had a lazy day, as I needed to keep an eye on the time. I had a train to catch at 19.35h. I gathered all my stuff and for some reason was hard getting into my back pack which was much lighter before. (What did I buy?) Then I said my goodbyes at the hostel and went to drop my bags off at the station from which my train was leaving this evening. Then I took the sky train to the Chatuchak market, also called the weekend market, because it only opens on weekend.
Let me tell you I wasn`t the only one trying to get there, the sky train and the metro were swamped with locals and tourists on their merry way. I have never felt more part of a herd than I did today. We definitely have that cow mentality going on.The market itself was more of the same. Too many people roaming stands that basically offer the same stuff at the same prices. Though it was fun to wander the streets in the heat looking at the people. I bought a nice sun hat for a mere 5 euros (I apparently need it in Chang Mai my elephant hosts tell me), and sipped my mango juice. I had a spicy seaweed salad across from yet another single, middle-aged, white male (They are like a real plague here). Then I headed back and got off at the World Center Shopping mall. I had heard a lot about it and had little under 2 hours to spare before my train departed, so I headed out.
The World Center Shopping Mall is a feast for your inner shop God(dess). The Center is 7 stories high and packed with shops, restaurants, bars and galleries. In the middle of the mall there was a beauty pageant for teenagers that was in the middle of its `talent` round. Meaning, there was a tiny Thai girl in an even tinier dress dancing to a Katy Perry song. She would not get my vote that`s for sure, but it was pretty funny. I moved on through the Center and found out that prices were almost the same to the prices back home. In comparison to the markets where you would pay 1/3 of the price. Though there were plenty of people out buying tons of stuff. And right when I thought I had seen it all, I saw there's an ice skating ring in the middle of the shopping mall. Because who wouldn`t like to ice skate when it is 35 degrees outside? In their defence, it is always that hot outside.
So in short:
If someone ever tells you that New York, Milan or any other city is the shop capital of the world, you can correct them now, because Bangkok is definitely the shop capital of the world. You have my word for it!
Now, it`s off on a train adventure to Chang Mai.
Tell you more soon,
Any interesting facts today?
* Sunscreen wears off your henna tattoo (yes, you can still have those when you are over 16. Haven't you heard? They lifted the ban ;)
* People in Asia are even more into their phones than us. They advertise special phones for taking selfies
* For some reason Japenese people want to take pictures with me, and if I don`t indulge them they get upset