Tuesday 27th of January 2015 and I'm off for my first “How to kill a day in Bangkok” adventure. I have found Bangkok pretty boring since I gave up partying. Back then it was no problem to kill the time. The days were spent in bed with hangover sand the night, yeah, guess what.
Nowadays it is only boxing and Thai studies and that is not very exciting. So I changed my schedule with the Thai language and the boxing. Boxing 4 days per week, moved to the morning from the afternoon. And Thai language, 2 morning per week, well, morning, 11 o'clock. On top of that I have 2 Thai language evening classes. So I will have most of my afternoon free to take off for adventure and to explore Bangkok.
Things are lined up quite nicely, now I just need to find something interesting to kill the days with. And thanks to www.bangkok.com I have found a few museums I want to visit. I can really recommend www.bangkok.com if you want to find out something to do. Or if you're too old for partying you can always go for safari.
And I hope that I can keep my diet on track. Sunday lunch at Bistro 33 was the first test. I meet my friend at Bistro 33 and my friend was sitting in the garden. I was a wee bit disappointed when I saw the place. There were a wooden fired oven in the garden and someone standing at a grill on the opposite side of the wooden fired oven.
My friend was sitting at a table and he told me that the buffet was inside. I asked for a pot of Earl Grey tea and we went inside.
I was pleasantly surprised, there were so much of the good stuff and I filled up a plate with food and I returned to the garden and my tea.
Bistro 33 on Sukhumvit Soi 33
Bistro 33 on Sukhumvit Soi 33
Bistro 33 on Sukhumvit Soi 33
My friend told me that he was coming here for lunch every Sunday and I was on. The food was very good, well, except for the whipped cream on spray can, not what I had expected. OK, restaurant once a week is OK. My fridge is full of papaya and this is what I will eat from now on.
We left the place and I had set up my week, Bistro 33 on Sundays and I will eat fruit and tuna during the weeks. And for Bistro 33, I can really recommend their Sunday lunches, 530 Baht and free flow of tea included in the price.
Monday, we did the boxing and I spent the afternoon in bed as I had some pain in my legs. I managed to walk to Pro Language school in the evening. And I foocked up on my way back home, I ended up at Tony Roma's on Terminal 21.
And believe me, even though it was very good this was nothing I had planned for and I was ridden by agony when I walked back home. And, well, it was not my plan, but I stopped to buy a Magnum Gold on the way back home. I paid 40 Baht for the ice cream and I gave the old lady the wrapping. I turned around and I left.
- Here it says 45 Baht, I said
- That is for the Magnum Gold, she said
- But I bought a Magnum Gold!
- No, you bought a Magnum Scooby Doo for 40 Baht
Yes, the ice cream tasted different, well, I saved 5 Baht.
Tony Roma's and ice cream. And on top of that I had spent the afternoon in bed. But Tuesday and my legs felt better and I had a shower after the boxing session and I went to
the Sky train station to get to Bang Na and the Erawan Museum, one of the museums that I had found on www.bangkok.com yesterday.
(Thai: พิพิธภัณฑ์ช้างเอราวัณ) is a museum in Samut Prakan, Thailand. It is well known for its giant three-headed elephant art display. The three storeys inside the elephant contain antiquities and priceless collections of ancient religious objects belonging to Khun Lek Viriyapant who is the museum owner.
History of The Erawan Museum
Erawan Museum in Thailand is an important model of sculpture. The Erawan Museum is the door opening to the heritage of Thai culture. With a wide range of architectural symbols combined with fine arts and craftsmanship, structural layout and natural environment that integrate harmoniously, the Erawan Museum creates a kind of atmosphere that induces visitors to perceive and appreciate the continuity of history, cultures, religions, arts and customs of faith from past to it is located on an area of 12 acres by Thonburi Autumotive Assembly Plant Co., Ltd. The museum is built from the inspiration of Mr. Lek Viriyaphant Creator of the Ancient City and Sanctuary of Truth Pattaya City, Chonburi to provide a storage place for artifacts and heritage conservation areas and to continue to preserve traced artwork.
Structure of The Erawan Museum
The massive three headed elephant made of bronze weighs 250 tons, is 29 metres high, 39 metres long and stands on a 15 meter high pedestal. The inside of the museum is modeled after the Hindu representation of the universe, which consists of the underworld (1st floor), earth (2nd floor) and Heaven (top floor). The lower two floors are located inside the pedestal while the top floor is located in the belly of the elephant.
The first floor represents the underworld and contains a collection of Chinese vases from the Ming and Qinq dynasties and a history of the museum's construction as photographs and wall placards.
The second floor representing the earth (or human world) houses more precious antiques and arts including ceramics and European pottery. The hall features a statue of Guanyin, the Chinese Goddess with a thousand arms.
The top floor represents the Travatimsa Heaven, which is located on top of Mount Meru in Buddhist cosmology. On display are relics of the Buddha and very old Buddha statues from several eras including Lopburi, Ayutthaya, Lanna and Rattanakosin. The walls are decorated with paintings depicting the cosmos.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I stopped at the Prasanmit Plaza on the way to the Sky train station. The Erawan Museum is my first adventure and I guess I will soon run out of stuff to do in my long line of “How to kill a day in Bangkok” adventures. So I will also take a cooking class and I found a cooking school here on Sukhumvit Soi 23 when searching for cooking schools on the internet yesterday.
They wanted to come and pick me up at Prasanmit Plaza, but as I was running short of time I decided to skip the school for now. I will have a look when I'm back from the Erawan Museum
I walked to the Asoke Sky train station and I was soon on my way to Bang Na and the Erawan Museum. According to the instructions on www.bangkok.com I will have to take a taxi from there. “How to get there: From the BTS Sky train On Nut Station, take a taxi to the museum (should cost around 80 - 90 baht each way)” I was soon to find out that it would be closer if I took the sky train to the end station, Bearing. It is just one stop after Bang Na but it is closer to the Erawan museum.
They are extending the sky train and the work is in full swing and the new stretch will pass the Erawan Museum. I also checked where to get off tomorrow when I will renew my driving licenses. Yes, a teaser of upcoming adventures in my new series “How to kill a day in Bangkok”
Asoke Sky train station
Not much people on the Sky train
Baering Sky train station, end of the line
But we can see the work in progress to extend the line
I had asked some people on the train if they knew the Erawan Museum, without luck. But the first taxi driver knew the place
- Erawan Museum?
- With the Elephant
- I know the place
- OK, let's take off!
We continued along Sukhumvit Road and I was disappointed when the driver stopped. The gate to Erawan Museum were smack at a highway exit. So I had to cross a busy high way to get to the museum. Well, I paid 70 Baht and I was attacked by an old lady as soon as I was outside the taxi.
She wanted 90 Baht for flowers and incense. I was politely rejecting the offer. She told me that I had to buy all this s**t to give to the elephant inside. I told her yet again, still very polite that I didn't wanted to buy anything.
No, she went on and on, I HAD to buy the flowers and incense for the elephant and this would give me a very good luck. Well, I told her that I didn't want to buy her “good luck” pack. I had a driving license so I don't need the “good luck” pack while driving.
And I'm sorry to say, but I doubt that the “good luck” pack will help protect me from all the people driving in Bangkok with a “good luck” pack instead of a driving license.
I was in a good spirit and I gave her a FREE advice. I suggested that she should use one of her own “good luck” packs because it cannot be considered a good luck having to sell flowers along the highway.
The ticket office was a minutes’ walk after having passed the gate. In the “free” area as it is called on the map. Entrance fee, for tourists it is 400 Baht and Thai people have to pay 800 Baht. Yeah, fat chance, only 200 Baht for Thai.
I refuse to pay 400 and I told them that it was 200 Baht when I handed them my 2 one hundred Baht bills. Pointing at the sign in Thai saying 200 Baht for Thai people. This is of course in Thai so the tourists don't understand that they get scammed when buying the ticket.
I got my Adult Thai ticket, I didn't wanted to push it trying to get a Child Thai ticket. I walked inside and the museum is in 2 levels and I started by going in through a small door in the basement. The Suvarnabhumi Area it was called if I remember it right.
Outside the entrance to the Suvarnabhumi Area there was a place to launch Lotus flowers in the water around the museum.
“Another popular, and rather beautiful, merit-making pursuit is to set adrift lotus leafs on the decorative moat, and with them dispense of bad luck”
There was a guy launching a flower when I arrived and as soon as he was ready I entered the museum's bottom floor. They had urns on display and well. How long time can you spend looking at a urn? I covered the whole bottom area in zero point five. And I was happy that I had ONLY paid 200 Baht. I would have felt bad if I had wasted 400 Baht on this visit.
Vases and/ or urns
We're not allowed to take pictures of the vases and/ or urns
Yes, I covered the basement in a few minutes, representing the underworld (whatever that means) and contains a collection of Chinese vases from the Ming and Qinq dynasties and a history of the museum's construction as photographs and wall placards. Yes, it took me just a few minutes and that is even though I did my very best to stretch every second.
Yes, I was a wee bit worried. I had imagined this visit to last me for hours and I would be back home in the evening, just in time for my papaya. No need to go to any restaurants. But I was soon to realize that this visit would not take many minutes.
Well, whatever I do turns in to shit. I have two or three years’ experience form living in Bangkok, at least. And every time I have to go to the bank, or buy a pair of shoes or a computer. BAM!! And it is 10 o'clock in the evening before very quick. Get in to a taxi, BAM! Suddenly it is 3 hours later.
But today the wrist watch wasn't moving. According to my pictures it was about 13 minutes between me passing through the gate until I was out from the basement. If I continue like this I will run out of all the “Exciting stuff to do in Bangkok when you're too old for drinking and party” in 2 or three days (Including the cooking)
So I was really stretching every single second at the Erawan Museum.
- LOOK! A bird! Let’s go check it out
- LOOK! A map! Let’s go check it out
- LOOK! A sign! Let’s go check it out
- LOOK! A flower! Let’s go check it out
Yes, it was about 13 minutes from me entering Erawan Museum from the highway (most of this time was spent flirting with the girl in the ticket office) until I was out from the exciting Ming vase exhibition. To get in on the second floor, representing the earth (or human world) I had to take off my shoes.
OK, I took off my shoes and I entered the floor representing the earth (or human world)
The second floor was only a stairway going up to a Guanyin, the Chinese Goddess with a thousand arms. And from this statue there was a stair going to the right, pink. And a stair going to the left, white and the stairs joined again above the statue, exciting! I had a few pictures. According to something I had rea don the internet there should be something in the belly of the elephant. But I could not find any way going to the belly of the elephant. And honestly, I don't think I missed anything.
Chinese soup spoons
Chinese soup spoons
Chinese soup spoons
I walked up the stairs to the statue and I looked up the stairs and as I could not see anything of interest up there I turned around and left again. There were some elephants with Chinese soup spoons and soup bowls, maybe that's the more precious antiques and arts including ceramics and European pottery on the second floor representing the earth (or human world). I really tried to show some interest in the soup spoons, but I had already realised that there is no chance in hell that I will manage to stretch this visit much longer.
I donned my shoes and I went to look at a house and I managed to kill another 17 seconds. There was a souvenir ship, same sh.., hmm, sorry, stuff that are readily available on the Sukhumvit “night market”, better known as the eyesore or annoyance.
And yes, I was realising that I would not be able to spend much more time here. I was thinking about Thai food and the Gaeng Kheao Wan Gai or the Gai Pad Med Ma-Muang as the girl cooked for us at the Khao Yai Park. Maybe they have this at the restaurant I have read about on the internet.
I walked slowly towards the restaurant, it was in the garden. That was enough for me to decide not to eat there, but if they had the Gaeng Kheao Wan Gai or the Gai Pad Med Ma-Muang I would think about it.
There was something looking like a coffee shop inside. There was a big sign “SNACKS”, but they only had potato chips for sale.
And potato chips was for sure not the thing I had on my mind. I saw that they had a freezer with ice cream as well, but I left the place disappointed. The restaurant, well, it was like one of those carts you see along the road selling noodle soup.
Imagine the disappointment if I had paid the scam price, 400 Baht, 200 was bad enough. Well, maybe you will be able to find something interesting if you decide to come here. But I have been here once and that’s enough for me. 13:22 when I entered the place and 13:55 when I left, well, how to kill the rest of the day? I decided to go back home and have some papaya and tea.
But the Gaeng Kheao Wan Gai and the Gai Pad Med Ma-Muang was still on my mind. Where to find a Thai restaurant? A clean Thai restaurant?
Mega Bangna came up on my mind, there should be plenty restaurants and even if all these shopping mall restaurants are pretty boring they are usually clean. So I asked the driver to go to Mega Bangna instead of Sukhumvit Soi 23.
And suddenly we have added an extra “bonus” destination to our “How to kill a day in Bangkok” adventure. Yeah, bring it on! We were soon on the toll way and Mega Bangna was further away than I had expected. Took us about 20 minutes on the highway before we passed Mega Bangna and we left the highway.
The highway adventure set me back by 30 Baht for the toll, total price was 150 Baht. I got out of the taxi and I entered the Mega Bangna
It was a darn big place, and it looked like the restaurants were placed in front of Mega Bangna along something the called the “Food Walk” I walked around for a while and it was pretty much the same shops as in all the other malls around the world.
Do you remember back in the days? Walking down the High Street in Hong Kong or London, it was not the same as walking down the High Street in Copenhagen, Tokyo or New York. Today it is not possible to see the difference, hell, it is even the same brand restaurants along the streets.
I walked around the mall and I spotted a “fresh squeeze” or something like that. I saw that they had smoothies and I asked for a blueberry surprise as I saw that it was made of yogurt. I discovered that I didn't had any money when I should pay and they directed me to an ATM.
Yeah, foock! When I was back I discovered that they had already made my smoothie. And it was made by ice, something I hate. Yes, there was a few drops of yogurt in the smoothie, but it was not even close to what I have had in mind. Smoothie with ice cream is OK, but ice cubes, who the foock came up with that idea stupid idea? But I guess a smoothie made with ice cream is called a milkshake.
And milkshakes and ice cream is something I try to avoid in order to obtain my V-shaped torso. Well, anyway, I walked around looking for a Thai restaurant, and of course, when I spotted beautiful girls I took the opportunity to ask them for directions.
Big mistake, I could not concentrate on the directions, most likely because of the fact that I was more concentrated on watching the girls. Yeah, that is a sight we don't care for to imagine.
2 ton of bald and old guy drooling at Mega Bangna. Well, anyway, I did end up at Gustoso International Buffet and the food looked so good I decided to stay. Anyway, I will cook Gaeng Kheao Wan Gai and the Gai Pad Med Ma-Muang at the Bangkok Thai Cooking Academy one of these days.
Gustoso International Buffet, and they had excellent food, BUT NO TEA!!! What the
This was a disappointment, well, just the fact that I was sitting at Gustoso International Buffet was a disappointment. I was supposed to be back home to eat papaya and drink tea. And the Thai food would have been a wee bit better.
But here I was at Gustoso International Buffet eating Lasagne, spaghetti, pizza and deserts. Way to go Porky!
I walked around the Mega Bangna for a while after the food. I saw a sign: Thai Bazaar and I went to check it out. No surprise, it was the same stuff at the souvenir shop at the Erawan Museum. And the same stuff they sell at all the night markets around the world.
The only surprise was one of the girls, she didn't spoke any Thai as she was from China. I spent less than a minute at the Thaibazaar before I went to look for a taxi. We took off towards the sky train station, but I was soon changing my mind. I didn't feel like going with the sky train and I asked the driver to take me to Sukhumvit Soi 23.
Instant complain, it was traffic jam and there was no end to it and he dropped me at the sky train station. Well, I had to take the train, it is Ok, 10 minutes or so to reach Asok.
Sky train station
Sky train station
I walked back home from Asok sky train station, but I was soon on my way again. This time I would take a ride with the Airport link. And this is my first time ever on the Bangkok Airport Link. I was going to have a cup of tea (or 3) my friend in his condo. So I need to take the train to Hua Mak, 2 stops from Makkasan train station at the end of Asok Road. Well, you have to cross the Petchaburi Road to get to the station. Well, anyway, my “How to kill a day in Bangkok” adventure had come to an end as son as I was back home.
How to kill a day in Bangkok #1
Review: The Erawan Museum
Fee: 200 Baht for Thai Nationals / 400 Baht for tourists, what a call a scam!
Web page: http://www.ancientcitygroup.net/erawan/en/home
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99/9 Moo 1, Bangmuangmai, Samut Prakarn, Thailand 10270
Tel: +66 (0) 2308-0305 - January 2015
Opening Hours: Everyday 8:00-17:00
Yes, I was back home way earlier than expected, and that is even though I threw in the “extra adventure” in Mega Bangna! And how had my day been? Well, I live here so it is OK. But for a tourist, hmm, for sure nothing that had made it worthwhile to board a flight, at least not for me. And that is even though I threw in the Mega Bangna adventure.
No, it would have been more fun being out drinking and partying.
Does this mean that Bangkok is a waste of time for us “TOO” old to be out drinking and partying? OK, no one is too old for drinking and partying, but I'm way too old for the hangovers. Well, anyway, the series “How to kill a day in Bangkok” continues so STAY TUNED!
The Makkasan train station is not far away, but it was heavy traffic and it took me more than 30 minutes to get there. I got out of the taxi and I got up the stairs to the walk path to the Makkasan airport rail link station.
My friend lives at Floraville Condominium and that is at least 2 hours in a taxi in this traffic. It is less than 10 minutes with the train. So it was not a hard choice to choose the train.
Makkasan train station
Makkasan train station
Makkasan train station
Our train arriving to Makkasan train station
Floraville is just next to the station, but it turned out to be a wee bit of walking. I passed a girl and I asked for directions. She pointed me in a direction. I said thanks and I asked if she needed help to move the cars around so she could get her car out from the parking space. I continued my walk towards Floraville but there were no end in sight and I stopped a motorcycle taxi coming towards me.
We took off in the other direction! I was at my friends place an hour after having left home, most of the time spent in a taxi between my home and the Makkasan train station.
The airport link is excellent, took me a few minutes to fly through Bangkok instead of having to spend 2 hours in a taxi. And the train was 20 Baht. It is excellent for the people working at the airport, but for passengers coming/ going for a flight. Please, take the extra time to go in a taxi.
The train was so crowded and there were 2 backpackers and they could hardly make it on board with their backpacks. Guess who was feeling like everyone was staring at him. Yes, 500 ton of Human Balloon on the train and it is easy to imagine who they blamed for the lack of space.
No lunch mob, but I was only on board for a few minutes before I was off. And even though I only had been on board the train for a few minutes I had had the time to make up my mind, TAXI BACK HOME! We had a few cups of tea at my friends place and I was back home around 22 thirty. I had stopped at the Bangkok Thai Cooking Academy on my way home from Mega Bangna and we had set up a menu for me to Cook, now I just have to make up my mind on what day. Tomorrow I will be off to renew my driving license.
Anyway, we will continue the series “How to kill a day in Bangkok”, or well, half a day as I'm busy with my Thai language and boxing half the day. But you just have to click HERE to find out what the “How to kill a day in Bangkok” #2 will be about.
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