With some regrets I had left Patong in Phuket two nights early to return to Bangkok. Back to the steamy polluted city of Bangkok. I had grown frustrated in Patong and wanted to return to Bangkok for a couple of nights before continuing my journey into Cambodia and pastures new Siem Reap.
Patong to Bangkok
The staff at the Keeta hotel were a little sorry to see me leave a couple of days early. They were concerned about the tourism to Patong. I guess the Keeta more depends on the solo traveller like me rather than families.
Time Share Touts
That last morning in Patong I was being hit by the timeshare touts along beach road this time they were English lager louts from Liverpool and operating out of the Patong Bay Beach resort hotel. Where it all began for me 10 years ago in Phuket. They were trying the same tricks with winning scratch cards etc. Dont be fooled if you are passing by. These guys are just pretty desperate to remain in paradise.
Missed flight nearly
Taxi from Patong to Phuket airport set me back 750 baht and took around 45 minutes. We had to avoid the main road as lots of road works. I nearly missed my flight back to Bangkok in Patong airport. With 5 minutes to spare I saw on the screen that my plane was boarding at a different gate to the one printed on my ticket and gates closing. Always check the screens, dont just listen. Total chaos. Lesson learnt.
Royal Asia Lodge, Soi 8
Flight OK back to Bangkok, straight through Don Muang customs to the public taxi rank. Large queue but goes down quickly, be patient. Public taxi from Don Muang to soi 8 Sukhumvit was 360 baht including tolls and a 50 baht surcharge.
Budget, Girl friendly
I had booked the Royal Asia Lodge because it was the cheapest available online and I knew it was a girl friendly hotel. Same Indian owners running the Royal Asia lodge. Im sure I was staying in the same room too 404 where it all happened that first trip to Bangkok.
The Royal Asia lodge hotel is rundown now. The room was shabby, broken wardrobe, electrics not working. The restaurant has gone and the rooftop pool too. The owners tell me the hotel is about to undergo renovations. But I guess they been telling guests this for a couple of years now. Starting to regret leaving Patong two nights early.
The rooftop, what is left of it only stays open until 5pm so no rooftop dusk photos over Bangkok like I got back in 2002. Back in 2002 I was using the Baron Bonk website for girl friendly hotel recommendations and he is still running, if not keeping it up to date. Pay homage brother Bangkok mongers.
The above photo was shot with the first ever Sony cybershot from the rooftop of the Royal Asia Lodge . Memories come rushing back to greet me now.
Beer Garden, soi 7
Out that night in Bangkok and start off in Gullivers down soi 5. There is an alley way between soi 5 and soi 7, not sure of its name? The alleyway has little bars and and a ladyboy gogo.
I check out the freelancers in the beer garden down soi 7. Nothing to write home about. Hot and a little humid inside the Bangkok beer garden. Never bar fined from the beer garden down soi 7. More mature thai women in the beer garden and no barfine to pay.
Soi 7.1 Pickled Liver
Into the Pickled Liver British pub down soi 7.1 and have a few beers.
The food and drink in the Pickled Liver is relatively cheap. There are sports TV in every corner and British sports fan looking from every angle. Soi 7.1 is a highly concentrated red light district of Bangkok and off the Sukhumvit road. But for me, not much happening tonight.
No real plan tonight in Bangkok, just going with the flow and continue down the Sukhumvit and into soi Cowboy. Sit outside Bacarra and sink a few more beers people watching.
Im not in the right mood. Need a night off, just stay in my hotel room read a book watch some TV, drink some horlicks put my slippers on, pat the dog. These red neon lights are starting to repel rather than attract me.
Try Sharks Agogo and then round to Crazy House along soi 23. Its busy inside the Crazy house that good looking thai girl is dancing naked on stage with the mouth watering hairy thai pussy. But she is cold very stand offish. She seems to remember me and keeps trying to catch my eye. But not got the tolerance for her bad attitude. Body language is very negative.
Have some fish and chips in the offshore along soi 23 just up from soi Cowboy. The Offshore has recently been done out and there is a nice restaurant upstairs now. There are a couple of bar girls working too, entertaining the guests trying to keep them around. I goto the toilet and when I come out two of the girls are in the toilet kind of looking at me. But I did nothing.
I walk back down Soi Cowboy and think a group of guys are laughing at me. Im feeling tender, usually I would not even register such activity.
I go and stand next to them and say laugh to my face not behind my back you twisted cowards. They look a little bewildered and pretend to ignore me. Feeling paranoid and self concious now, time to return to the Asia lodge hotel and sleep my hangover off. It gets like this sometimes,
Almost looking forward to going home but my return flight is weeks away. Need a break from all these red neon lights. I wont be returning to soi Cowboy this trip and wont be staying in Bangkok much longer. Need a break from Thailand.