19.09.2011 - 20.09.2011 30 °C
So today began with a really late start as we were out pretty late again on the Khao San Road partying and meeting a lot of very cool people from all over the world. We headed into Bangkok city today to the MBK shopping centre so i could find a replacement for my lost camera, the directions are as follows (and make sure you stop for some cheap street food on the way, MBK is a lot more expensive for everything):
Walk east to the end of Khaosan Road and turn right onto Thanon Tanao. Walk down until you get to a set if traffic lights and turn left onto Thanon Ratchadamnoen Klang. Walk down the street until you see the 7-Eleven. The bus stop should be outside.
Flag down the red number 15 bus by holding your arm out with you palm facing down. The bus was stuck in traffic so we walked down to it to board but others waited until it got to the stop.
Take your seat on the bus and a person with a long metal tube will come and take the fare off you. The fare is a flat 7 baht and they do give change.
With traffic the trip took around 20 minutes. Just before you get to the MBK shopping centre you will pass a large Tesco/Lotus supermarket on your left and the National Stadium on your right. The stop is under the Skytrain station. Push one of the red buttons on the bus to get let off.
Use the overbridge walkway to cross the road and get into the shopping centre on the third floor. Then shop shop shop!
MBK is a huge mall, (http://www.mbk-center.co.th/th/) where more you can buy pretty much anything, prices are higher here than you will pay anywhere else outside of the city and electronics are priced pretty much the same as at home.
I eventually decided on a nice Lumix digital camera for 3450 baht (around £80 )and we headed back out to the taxi rank to grab a Tuk Tuk back to our hostel on the San Sem Road, the journey back was fast packed and you have to hold on to your stuff (and yourself) for dear life as the tuk tuk drivers don't follow normal road rules, crazy fun though and i would definitely recommend it as a very fun (if a bit expensive 170 baht) alternative to waiting for buses (we waited almost 40 minutes for ours)- the cheapest option at 7baht, or the slightly more expensive taxis Bangkok city to san sem was 60 baht on our first night.
We chilled in the hostel for a bit before heading out to grab some street food Pad thai on Rumbuttri Road followed by snacks at the 7 eleven around the corner. I got some seaweed crisps, they were great!:D