From Helsinki, it takes about ten hours to fly to Bangkok. An overnight flight, leaving at about 5pm and arriving at about 7am. To cut a long story short, although we had lie-flat beds, we didn’t get much sleep. Added to that, Broni wasn’t well at all. Fortunately we had pickup arranged to take us to our hotel. Bangkok traffic is chaotic and there are always traffic jams, so it was 9am when we got to the hotel. So straight to bed for some more sleep.
After a sleep we went for a late lunch in the hotel, then to explore the shopping. I had stayed at the Indra Regent Hotel before, many years ago when there was excellent shopping in the arcade adjoining the hotel. Now, it was total trash. Synthetic fabrics, tacky styles with lots of glitter. Nothing for tourists. Such ghastly stuff. Where was the Thai silk? Had all the silkworms died?
Bangkok is chaotic. Just look at the wiring on the streets. Best to go everywhere by taxi. It is hot, you can’t read the street signs, and not too many people speak English. We asked at reception where we could buy ‘good quality things from Thailand’. They sent us to Central World. Not what we were looking for. An upmarket shopping centre with lots of designer shops. I wanted small Thai silk gifts for my friends, and Benjarong ware. No.
However we found a good place for dinner, buzzing with locals. A few glitches with the understanding of our order, but still great food. That’s the place with the little bird on the serviette. You see the day and month are now in Thai – in curly writing. That’s why the bird is upside down. I can’t tell which way up the writing should be. Just up in the right-hand corner is a familiar logo, but again, it is upside down. Well I was tired. As you see I didn’t sketch at all this day. But I went home happy with big bottles of drinking water and a delicious Japanese cake filled with cream.