Ivan, Jennifer and I checked out of the Pattaya Centre Hotel on January 2, 2009. We paid for the mini-bus journey to Bangkok. The agency said that it would arrive at 11:30 am for the 12 pm bus. It didn’t even arrive until after 12 pm. We had to wait for a long time. I got really angry and so went in to complain, but the lady in the agency just laughed at me and said i was a really cute monkey – it seems likes its hard to get people to take a monkey seriously some times! We picked up more people around town.
Ivan and Jennifer were eating their Subway sandwiches. I had my banana and honey sandwich, which I had brought from Monkeyway. We arrived to Bangkok a few hours later. It took forever dropping off people at their hotels. It seemed like they were scattered across town. We were going to the Khao San Road. Ivan decided to have the driver take us to Phranakorn Nornlen Hotel. Ivan couldn’t find it though. He got confused with the rivers, because they all look the same – he asked me for help. but I didn’t have a clue, because I’m only a little monkey, and little monkeys are hopeless with directions, unless it involves finding out where the nearest banana shop is.
We went back to the Khao San Road instead.
Ivan was searching for a hotel. Jennifer was tired of looking for a place. She gets grumpy when she’s really hungry. We checked in at the Khao San Palace. This hotel was nothing special. The walls were dirty. The room’s decoration looked like an old 70’s hospital room. But, it didn’t really matter since we were only staying for one night.
Ivan got a much needed haircut. Jennifer got her nails painted. Ivan and I went shopping. Ivan used the internet cafe. Jennifer was getting a nice oil massage. We had some Thai food at a restaurant nearby.
Jennifer decided to dye her hair. She’s always wanted red hair. It would have be a two step process. First, they would have to bleach her hair. Then, the red color would be added. So, Jennifer was blonde for a few minutes.
And here’s the final result:
It came out really red – but Jennifer likes it. I wanted to get my fur dyed blue, but Jennifer said it wouldn’t be a good idea for a monkey to do that…..apparently Ivan and Jennifer get enough stares as it is, traveling around Asia with a pet Monkey, but if that monkey was BLUE then it would be even worse! I made a note in my diary to ask my dad Dave if he would ever dye all his fur blue.
We woke up and got breakfast at the Khao San Centre across the street on January 3, 2009. We checked out of the Khao San Palace. It turned out that Phranakorn Nornlen was sold out for the next few days. We took a taxi to the Admiral Premier Hotel. We checked in to the hotel.
So, we went to the Sky Train to the Chatuchak Weekend Market. We had lunch at a small restaurant in the market. Ivan said it was the largest outdoor market in the world. Ivan and Jennifer shopped for a few hours.
The market is filled with many things to buy like food, shoes, purses, jewelry and crafts. There were many people shopping. Our feet were getting tired from walking around so much. We took a taxi back to the hotel. We got room service for dinner.