As some of you know – I am always on the lookout for a decent hotel. While I am sure there are many out there – I guess that I am too much of grumpy old bastard to appreciate the fine offerings out there.
Well that’s all changed now!
Someone suggested the Landmark Hotel. And glad I am that they did.
I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to be a guest in a hotel where everyone there knows what they are doing – or should be doing.
I arrived at 8am – well before the usual 2pm check-in. Normally I’d just head straight out for breakfast with the rats, but this time I was carrying some frozen (Indian) food in my case and I needed to get it back in the deep-freeze. I’d already e-mailed ahead to the Landmark who told me they had the facilities to keep frozen goods. Great.
I checked in at 8am and handed over my little cool bag. The very smartly girl on reception asked me only for an electronic signature and apologized that it was not possible for them to give me the room just yet. That was fine. It was me that was early. She did however say the room is empty and shall cleaned shortly. With that, she gave me a drinks voucher and pointed me in the direction of the outside bar/café.
I couldn’t have been there more than 5 or 6 minutes. Everything went as it should. The reception desk was spotless, the staff dressed immaculately and utmost polite.
A few hours later, someone came and got me from the Café. Room was ready by 10am.
I didn’t go mad – I went for the Executive room which was about 3500 a night – which I didn’t think was too bad.
Very nice room. Everything you’d expect. Massive bath, TV stations that I could actually watch and 24hour room service.
The two days I stayed there were pleasurable. When I was coming in and out, I was always greeted by the staff – regardless of what state I was in.
I shall most certainly be staying at the Landmark again.
But enough of that…. I was in Bangkok……
GamblinMan had a weekend off from the Casino so popped over the Bangkok. Lomeo was out of town on some personal business so it was just to two of us.
We met up at the Huntsman. Many times in the past we’d both been in there for a Sunday lunch. Never disappointed. – until now!
I ordered the Chicken Pie with Curly Fries and GM ordered the Fish n Chips – with the fish to be in breadcrumbs.
When the food arrived, my fries were not curly and the fish was battered. Hmm… Even after the waitress read our order back to us and we were very clear on the order.
Still, it didn’t seem to matter to the waitress who basically just said eat your food and shut yer face. GM was having none of it and sent it back, much to her annoyance.
It took them a whole 20 mins for them to scrape the batter off and dip it in breadcrumbs. I should have told them to take mine and keep it heated up, but I have learned the hard way not to piss off the people that handle your food. Besides, waiting that long for GM’s food – I am sure my fries starting curling up.
With a belly full – we thought it best to get a little exercise and walk it off. All the way to soi 4.
Big Dogs (I think) was the first stop. The usual corner. Pretty uneventful. The soi doesn’t cut a very nice picture in the daytime. Or the night time either if we are honest.
The bars along Soi 4 are not of much interest to us anymore. There is not one better than the other. None that have pretty girls or give better service than any other bar along the soi. I don’t know how the prices compare but I assume they’re all competitive with each other. – with the exception of Hooters which as everyone knows is a rip off – but is at least clean.
We did notice that in some of these bars – we were approached by girls – wanting to score drinks off us. We politely told them to scram as 1) we were there to catch up and have a drink – not speak in ‘kids talk’ about where we are flom and what our names are and 2) the daytime girls are hogs.
We did actually have one girl come out with ‘hellowhatyournamewhereyouflom’ without so much as a breath or pause. One long sentence. I don’t even think she knew what she was asking?
This past year or so has seen us ditch soi 4 and head for the soi 22 area. Is this what happens to all people who have been in Thailand for a long period time? I ask this as the people around the 22 area all seem to be of the more ‘mature’ end of the age group.
After several hours hopping around bars between 18-22 soi’s we headed to Cowboy.
Crazy House is always pumping so we thought we’d see what all the fuss is about.
Having had a few drinks in there – I am still not sure what all the fuss is about? In fact, I really don’t like the place. Its’s way too crowded with Japs downstairs and upstairs feels like you’re sitting in a staff changing room. It’s dingy, dark and there are bunches of girls milling about the place. In the corner we saw a pile of shoes which girls would come and put on, take off with no regard for verrucas or used band-aids which maybe lurking in them.
Not impressed with CH – we went for a stroll up Cowboy. It used to be a soi where there would be many hot girls outside trying entice you in. No longer is the case. The only reason to choose a bar over another – was because we had an old memory of the bar it used to be.
It didn’t take us long before we found ourselves at the top of the soi being offered fake Rolex watches by Indians and being asked if we wanted an overpriced taxi.
And what is it with these Indians selling watches now? Do they have an agreement with the Thai’s? On a few occasion now, I have seen Indians approaching customers in bars – trying to sell fake/cheap shit. Isn’t this the Thai ‘turf’?
In fact, that really annoys me now. I tolerate Thai’s coming up to me when I am in a bar – trying to sell me a wooden flog, or a map of Thailand. It’s their Country and they’re trying to make a living. But Indians? WTF? Isn’t there a law against this? Hang on.. what am I saying? Law?
If memory serves me correct, we walked from Cowboy to Nana. Gotta get them fitbit steps in. Didn’t take long – not since the sidewalks are clear of ladyboys, dildos and DVD’s.
As per usual – we hit Pretty Lady. Only a few girls I knew and none of them Pretty. There was a guy launching ping-pong balls at the girls. I’ve done it many times myself.
Looking at it though – I see a flaw. Why do people chuck ping-pong balls? They chuck them so the girls can get a few bucks tip. Good on them. The girls are doing their thing on stage.. why not?
But where do most of the balls end up? On the floor. And who is on the floor? The service girls. Who more often than not are too ugly to be on a pole. A lot of the time they are horrible creatures and don’t deserve the 20bht ping pong balls. And if they are any good – they’ll have been given tips directly from the customers. No.. I don’t agree with the Service Urchins getting in on the ping-pong ball act.
Out of there and into another bar. Can’t remember the name. It was shite though. We drank our drinks as fast we could. And saw something that both pissed us off and impressed us at the same time.
When GM paid the bill and was given his change… the girl held the little silver tray out to receive a tip. As the note almost hit the tray, the girl pulled the tray back so the note landed on her hand – where she said a quick thank-you and backed away. Masterful move. If I ever go back there (and I wont) I’ll make damn sure she never gets a ping-pong ball.
Next up was Diamonds. Owned by the girl who has Strapps and Jersey Bar. I’ve known her for many years so we had a catch up. Business is down all round. Heard some interesting things about the place. All I can say – is that I am glad I am no longer part of that world.
Time was cracking on and it was time for me to hit my crisp bed sheets. The best thing about staying at the Landmark was its location. Took me less than 5 minutes to get home.
Out like a light… good comfy bed. I could get used to that.
Lazy morning – driver was picking me up at 12.
Checking out was simple. The staff were really polite and were nothing but professional. The little guy arrived at my car with my still frozen cooler bag. Brilliant.
Time to head back to HH……. looking forward to it.