06.04.2013 - 08.04.2013
Bangkok, Bangkok, Bangkok .... where did it all go wrong?! ..WELL pretty much from the second we landed! Having not slept for 2 days myself and Diana stayed in bed for the first 24 hours without leaving the hotel. We met up with Jen and Lisa so planned a big night out for our 2nd night. We headed out to Khao San Road to check out the markets and avail of the cheap 'happy hour' manicures and massages!
That evening we got dressed up and headed out to the infamous rooftop Sky bar where "The Hangover" was filmed.
BUT to our disappointment we were refused entry due to our unsuitable footwear. We did have the option of buying closed toe sandals there but having seen them we decided it would be best to remain in our flip flops and head to a ping pong show! (Not quite sure what our rationale was there!) So we were coaxed into one of the many ping pong establishments under the pretense that it's free in but you just pay for drinks. We tried to make the most of what can only be described as quite a disgusting and depressing experience. At one stage I even had the 'pleasure' of getting involved in the action! They had me up beside the stage holding balloons over my head whilst the girls 'skilfully' burst them with darts .... I felt like the house in 'Up' ..but I just couldn't fly away!
....thankfully I've no actual photos of the event to add here!
After a half an hour two burly looking bouncers approached our table with a hefty receipt of what we "apparently" owed them! (Yep we got ripped off like many other silly tourists who go to these shows!) Apparently without even realising it we had stayed for a total of 6 shows which we had to individually pay for!! ....including the ping pong, bottle cap opening, cigarette smoking, RAZOR BLADE and balloon popping show!
I tried to talk to the people beside me to see what they were paying but the bouncer came over to me saying "If you've a problem with my bar then there will be a PROBLEM!" We translated this as 'pay up or you die' so we hastily handed over our money and legged it.
Our last hope for a successful night was to go to another club called Levels. It turned out we were walking up and down the correct street but weirdly nobody seemed to know where it was. So we eventually gave up and headed home!! It's safe to say that Bangkok was a complete disaster and I left the city hoping never to return! (Sorry Bangkok!)