Day 3 – Bangkok
By the time I regained consciousness, it was time to put the illy coffee maker to work. The aroma of the coffee was indeed needful to kick us up and running for the day. More walking was planned for the day. As such, we needed all the help we could find as we were really worn out after yesterday’s tour of Chutuchak Market and Terminal 21 shopping mall, not to mention having been rearranged by the seemingly petite middle age masseur with my right shoulder and neck still sore, any perk would be helpful. The pastries and buns bought from Sofitel Sukhumvit Hotel the night before was a great combination with this expresso coffee provided by the hotel. We could imagine ourselves having French breakfast in this luxurious French hotel chain in Paris. Alas this was not Paris but the views from the windows were still as peaceful and beautiful on a bright sunny morning. After the yummy breakfast, wife continued with packing to get ready for check out to move over to Mercure Siam Hotel. Since I missed watching the movie ‘Frozen’ last night and my wife was raving about how good the movie was, she played the movie again and made me watch as well. Well, the movie was nice and the theme song suit the plot with the fascinating actions of this misunderstood princess with special magical power. Now we know why there are so many Frozen products in the market whether tee-shirts, dresses or stationeries. No doubt this movie is yet another successful productions by Disney not only for children but for some adults as well. So having watched 'Frozen' this morning, there was no more time to watch my other movie, ‘Olympus Has Fallen’, which didn’t really matter. Staying at Sofitel So was the right choice. We could have easily enjoyed ourselves in our luxurious room without going anyway for the past two days. This hotel certainly lives up to its reputation with all those great reviews from past travellers. Soon it was time to leave this one of the best hotels we had stayed. Checking out was a breeze. Our total bills for a lunch and a dinner and purchases made at the Bakery came up to be under 1200 THB, which was quite good. With some regrets having to leave, we went to the ground floor to wait for our taxi to proceed to our next hotel. The hotel was dressing up for Christmas at the ground floor lobby so we took a few picture before we left.
There were other guests already waiting for taxis so we had to wait for our turn which didn’t really take very long. Due to the usual heavy traffic in Bangkok City, the ride to Mercure Siam Hotel took about 30 minutes though the hotel was not very far away. Mercure Siam actually shares the same building with Ibis Hotel. Check in lobby for Mercure Hotel is on the 9th floor and this hotel takes the higher floors leaving the lower floors to Ibis Hotel. The location of this hotel is just right for us intending to explore all the malls at the city centre. MBK Mall is just at the traffic junction across the road and further down across the road is Siam Discover Centre, Siam Centre, Siam Paragon Shopping Centre and the spanking new and huge Central World Plaza which are all located along the BTS line. So as far as shopping is concerned, we are right in the thick of actions. Check in was efficient and hotel staff friendly and helpful. Our room was typical Mercure standard, with clean and comfortable bed but pillows too soft to our liking. Bathroom came with standard fittings of shower stall and separate toilet and wash basin area. There were about 80 channels on TV, mostly local programs. Wifi worked well and everything was in order.
Without wasting too much time, we went to the restaurant on the 8th floor for lunch. The restaurant wasn’t very busy when we arrived. At the front end of the restaurant, we could see the National Stadium BTS below and MBK Mall just further across at the road junction. The local dishes we ordered were very good and of course we enjoyed our usual 50% discount for Accor members. After lunch, it was time to hit the road with our planned shopping at the city centre.
First we went over to MBK shopping Mall for a quick survey and check out some prices and didn’t really find much to buy yet. So we proceeded further down along Siam Discovery Centre followed by Siam Centre. We didn’t buy anything as well. Then we continued to explore Central World Plaza where there were plenty of shops to keep us busy for sometime. One of the major anchor tenants is Isetan and we went in for a quick look. After that we exited the entrance of Central World Plaza near Isetan and then turned left to head for Platinum Fashion Mall.
The Platinum Fashion Mall was our main target for shopping. This mall consists of two buildings A and B. There are 7 floors of shopping from basement to level 6 for building A and similarly 6 floors for building B which is connected to the Novotel Platinum Hotel. This mall sells mostly ladies clothes, bags, shoes and stuffs and only a small section on the higher floors are allocated for men’s stuffs. There is a food court in the mall and some restaurants and fast food outlets as well. Most shops will close around 7 pm so this mall is meant for shopping during the day.
So we roamed every level for the two buildings to survey the shops and checked out the prices of the various ladies goods. My wife bought some clothes and shoes as well. We also took pictures of some items to check with the girls back home later when we reached our hotel to see if they wanted those stuffs.
With the shops closing we went over to the Novotel Platinum Hotel next door for dinner. This hotel is quite new and we liked the ambience of this hotel. We were quite tired after a day’s out and it was good to park ourselves comfortably in the very nice restaurant for a good dinner. As usual we found the hotel staff friendly and welcoming for Accor members. We took our seats by the windows and enjoyed our dinner and watched Bangkok City lighting up. As Accor members, we also took advantage of our 50% discount to dine there and of course the dishes we ordered for dinner were delicious. With Christmas coming and the hotel decorated up to festive mood, this dinner was really nice as we rested our tired legs before walking all the way back to Mercure Siam Hotel.
After recharging our stomachs and resting our tired legs and bodies and for a moment forgot about my sore neck and shoulder, we took a leisurely stroll back towards Central World Plaza. The roads were full of streets stores and sellers of all sorts. The buildings and malls were lighted up to give a very lively and energetic feel of Bangkok City by night. With the air cooling during the night, it was a pleasure to walk and look at stuffs and enjoyed the night out in Bangkok.
Soon we went past Central World Plaza and headed towards Siam Paragon Shopping Centre. Getting past Paragon, we went to Siam Centre and Siam Discovery Centre. We then went over the other side of the road to check out the street stores just before reaching MBK Mall. Finally, we called it a night and returned to Mercure Siam Hotel.
After shower, we made ourselves comfortable and hooked up with our children back home via whatsapp on our phones. Everyone was happy at home and my wife checked with the girls regarding shopping matters while I rested, enjoyed the night view of the city from our room windows and watched TV.
Although this hotel was not of the same standards as Sofitel So, we didn’t really feel it was a downgrade as the location of the hotel was right where we could just walk out to shop our hearts out without having to take any public transportation. So with exhaustion setting in after all the walking and shopping, we retired to prepare for another great day of more shopping in Bangkok City.
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