Apologies for the long instalment of my Thailand Travel Diary. I have been procrastinating in blog writing these days and I blame the summer heat in my tropical country for this. Nevertheless, I still plan to continue and finish my first ever travelogue here in my site, so I hope you can still bear with me. I have few more days left for this to be done, so without further ado, let’s go back to what I did on my sixth day in Thailand.
After last night’s heavenly two-hour, full body Thai massage from Health Land, I woke up refreshed and cheerful. The whiteness of the bed and elegant interior of the room also helped. Fully awake and ravenous, I hurried down to start the day with my first breakfast at Grand Centre Point Terminal 21 Hotel.
Breaking my fast at Blue Spice, the hotel’s fine dining buffet restaurant, is such a fine experience in my entire stay in Bangkok. It offers the best of both worlds by giving outstanding traditional, Asian, Western, and some fusion cuisine as well. Health conscious menu with fresh and delicious taste is also guaranteed, as I have observed. With a lot of food served for the taking, it is no wonder I usually gain weight when I travel.
SIAM OCEAN WORLD
From Asoke-Sukhumvit, we took BTS Sky Train to Siam station. From there, we went inside Siam Center and browsed through some shops. Going out, we headed to Siam Paragon, another mall next to Siam Center.
Outside Siam Paragon, On the ground floor, Bangkok’s impressive aquarium awaits.
Siam Ocean World is one of the largest aquarium in South East Asia, which covers 10 000 square meters and uses around 5 000 000 liters for its exhibits. It is divided into seven differently themed zones, all of which are also educational areas for kids.
Some of the exhibits are almost the same as that of my country’s Manila Ocean Park, but some are really worth noticing:
Alien attack! These four feet from leg tip to leg tip spider crabs welcomed us in the first zone. Creepy.
a shark, axolotl, and pot-bellied seahorses
with Nemo’s relatives
Kimchi Man treated me to my first-ever glass bottom boat experience. It was an exciting ride as a Thai boatman glided our boat around the huge tank for us to see different kinds of fishes, rays, and even sharks, all below our feet.
Before heading out Siam Ocean World, Kimchi Man and I managed to get more tourist photos.
Always a very thoughtful man, Kimchi Man added another item in our itinerary for me to have a first-hand glimpse of Thai culture. As I have remembered in my Political, Economic, Geography class, Thailand has two internationally known red-light districts. I have already been to one in Walking Street, Pattaya. Taking BTS Skytrain again, we alighted at Sala Daeng station and walked to our next destination.
Patpong is one of the world’s most popular entertainment districts at the heart of Bangkok’s sex industry. Catering mostly to foreign tourists and expatriates, Patpong offers night market and bars of various kinds.
Walking through Thai demonstrators then night market sellers, Kimchi Man and I passed through different streets or “soi” and here are my observations:
There were really a lot of bars in Patpong, though Walking Street had more overt a-go-go bars, I think. I have read that there were also numerous nude stunts and strips, but since we just walked along the streets, we only saw the façades of each bars.
There was one street, Soi 4 if I’m not mistaken, which had entertainment activities for gay men.
Soi Thaniya was the home of Japanese nightlife in Bangkok. I was culture-shocked when I saw sexy girls seating on display in front of the bars on either side of the street. Thai hostesses advertise the women in Japanese language to lure bored and naughty Japanese men.
Reading about these culture when I was in university still did not prepare me for what I had seen. Leaning on the conservative side, I was appalled on how people blatantly sell women for pleasure. Kimchi Man, sensing my discomfort, asked me if we could grab some dinner around the area.
We found Siam Cuisine restaurant after walking few blocks from Soi Thaniya. It has a relaxing ambiance that was why I pulled Kimchi Man to dine there. Hungry from the day’s excursion, we ordered green beef curry, tom kha, and pad thai. In the middle of the meal, however, I felt suddenly so exhausted that I wanna spill my guts. Without saying anything, Kimchi Man immediately noticed my sickly pallor and asked what was wrong. In a few minutes, we settled the bill and went back to the hotel. Pleading exhaustion, I fell on the bed and prayed that I would be better the next day.
Day six was a long day for me. Shall we see how I managed my seventh?
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