2006-11-14 Arrival

I felt nervous and edgy the day of our departure. Strange, I used to be so calm. Maybe our terrible all-nighter the last year (2005-11-10 India Pictures) had gotten to me.

We arrived with Austrian Airlines via Vienna, booked via Ebookers, and wondered whether we should take the bus, where to get a taxi, tired, but finally we did take a taxi from a booth where they had written down our destination on a piece of paper. The driver read the piece of paper, nodded, and started to drive. I waited, but he didn’t switch on his meter. I waited some more, and then pointed it out to the driver. He said that the guys sending us in had agreed to 500฿. But that wasn’t true. The lady had said something of around 400฿. So I insisted on the meter again. Then he showed me a semi-official piece of paper where it said either 50 or 50.00 or something. But I again insisted on the meter. So he switched it on, and the rest of the trip was uneventful. I paid the two toll fares when necessary and towards the end the driver even offered us two mint candies. Having read about tourists being drugged and robbed, and having seen him trying to cheat us, we happily accepted the candies, openened them, and hid them in our backpack.

The hotel upgraded our room and we loved them for it. In fact, we enjoyed all of our nine nights at the Novotel Siam Square, which we had booked via Asia Rooms after spending hours comparing rates and locations and websites.

We ate in the Baan Khun Mae restaurant just in front of the hotel on Soi 7 and paid a little over 800฿ including service charge. The food was excellent. Check out some reviews online. [1] [2] [3]

I liked the live music – a girl playing some sort of instrument all night long.

We did in fact return to this restaurant towards the end of our stay...



Wenn ich die Photos der Gerichte vom Baan Khun Mae Restaurant sehe, dann wuerde ich mich am liebsten gleich ins Flugzeug setzen und nach Thailand reisen. Schon das ausgezeichnete Essen ist die Reise wert.

– Helmut Schroeder 2006-11-25 17:09 UTC

We had deep fried king fish, prawn red curry (not sure whether it was paenang curry?), minced shrimp springrolls, dimsum with peanut and turnip filling, taro broiled in syrup with coconut milk, according to our notes. ;)

AlexSchroeder 2006-11-26 00:08 UTC

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