04 Feb Magical Mystery Tour Thailand – Part 15
Mars and Maem search for Mars Bar T-shirts and dresses for men in Bangkok.
Mars and Maem Spend the day in Bangkok
Day 24 – Wednesday 3rd July – Bangkok
Breakfast at the Rajata is always a leisurely affair; very civilised reading the Bangkok Post over a pot of tea and good selection of different foods, it’s the only time I read a newspaper.
Our mission today was to buy 150 t-shirts which we had printed with the Mars Bar smiley face logo so off we went down to the nearby canal and on a canal boat to Pratunam centre where there is a massive shopping mall and an amazing market selling retail and wholesale clothing of all types.
The Indra market: it’s like a maze inside, small alley ways packed with small shops and on the other side is the Indra shopping mall. We didn’t find any t-shirts there, but we did find cheap large dresses, not for Maem, but for our ladies nights in the bar.
We found Maem some nice new clothes too.
Every Thursday is ladies night in mars bar, where ladies get cheap beer and half price spirits. This also applies to boys in dresses. It’s a bit of a giggle aimed mainly at the young diving community, it’s amazing what young (and old!) boys will do to get cheap drinks. We often have more boys in dresses than girls and its usually a great night in the bar.
After 3 hours of hard shopping we were in need of some lunch so went in search of food and beer and found both in the food court on the top floor of the Indra shopping mall. You buy food and beer tokens at the kiosk and then there is a great selection of small restaurants set around a central seating area, mmm nice. I had some vegetarian indian dishes and Maem had noodles.
We made our way back to the canal and jumped on a boat going to Boe Bae, which is a really big wholesale market and yes, we found cheap good quality t-shirts and polo shirts. I bought 9 dozen t-shirts and 4 dozen polo shirts of different colours and sizes. We had to get a tuk tuk back to the hotel.
Early evening found us again people watching and beer drinking on Khao San Road and Rambuitri. We ate at one of the many restaurants there, then we headed to the blues bar on Samsen Road very close to our hotel where we met a friend of mine, Matt. A young American teacher who I’ve known for 6 years.
The Blues Bar is only a small bar in a shop house unit, every night there is a different blues band playing and it’s always packed with a great mix of local Thai’s, expats and tourists. You’re guaranteed a good night there and it was nice to catch up with Pong, who plays in the band, and Nong, his wife who runs the bar. I’ve been going there for 6 years now ever since first coming to bangkok. It closes around midnight and we were tucked in bed by 12.30am.