Day 8 in our epic winter vacation started off with catching yet another plane…this time from Chiang Mai to Bangkok! Once in Bangkok we were surprised at the amount of smog surrounding the city. We knew as a large city Bangkok would have some pollution but not on such a large scale. Another thing we took note of was large red bird men decorating many of the large buildings. Apparently they are the emblem of Thailand, Phra Khrut Pha and they were quite amazing to look at, something about such a traditional character decorating modern buildings that made such a great contrast between old and new.
Our first stop after touching down in Bangkok would be our home for the next 3 nights: the Mode Sathorn Hotel. It was a really nice hotel, it had a pretty strong Las Vegas vibe going on. After so much non-stop travel from the prior days of vacation I was really ready to just relax and not do much of anything.
This first day was spent catching up on some much needed shut eye and then mistakenly venturing out to a red light district. Our friend Eunji came to join us for the Bangkok portion of the trip and she wanted to do a bit of shopping. She had heard that a certain street, Sukumvit, was supposed to have some great street shopping. When we caught a cab and asked the driver to take us to the street he asked us where on Sukumvit and we told him anywhere….and that was our biggest mistake. Because Sukumvit isn’t just one street, its quite a few streets spawning over a pretty large area and we were dropped off right in front of Nana Plaza…which from what I gathered on our brief tour, is a red light district.
After having a nice meal at a hotel across the street we headed over to the bright lights and loud music coming from Nana Plaza. To be honest I don’t know what we were expecting, maybe some club like bar or pool hall to hang out in, but I can tell you from what I saw it was all just two floors of the kinds of bars where the ladies are scantily clad and probably prostitutes. You should have seen the looks our group was getting…my guess is that single guys are the usual customers, not a group of three girls and one guy. As you can imagine our time at Nana Plaza was quite short…I’m just kind of bummed I didn’t think to take any pictures. In the moment I was kind of shocked and just didn’t know where to look.
After our tour of the area we hightailed it to a pub a little ways away where we drank beer and played a round of pool.