Instagram photos usually go to waste, so I thought I'd pull a few out of my account to illustrate what I've been up to in Bangkok over the past few weeks.
First up, I went to Safari World. Yes, you can go on safari in Bangkok, providing you have a car and don't mind paying 300 baht per person. I normally like zoos and safaris and whatnot, but I wasn't really bowled over by Safari World. There were lots of animals, like birds, zebras, hippos and deer, but it was a bit hot so most of them were chilling out in the shade. The lions and tigers, for example, were all asleep.
The bears, however, provided some entertainment as a group of them tried balancing on a log. Arriving mid-afternoon was probably a mistake, but even so, it was all over a little quickly. Having said that, I'd probably go again.
Not much to say about Bon Chon Chicken in Thong Lor really, other than that they do awesome chicken for pretty good prices. Check it out.
The Ice Cream Expo has been doing the rounds in Bangkok, stopping off at various Central malls around the city. We caught it at Central Ramintra over the weekend and had a lot of fun trying all the goodies. Was a fun way to kill a couple of hours. It's running until May 28, but word to the wise: avoid the sweetcorn ice lollies!
Ah, the famous Indian-Canadian comedian Russel Peters stopped off in Bangkok to do a show. I didn't really know what to expect, but it was a packed house at the Queen Sirikit convention centre. I enjoyed the show and he was very funny, but there were times when it felt crass and a little cliche. Half the show was filled with Peters making fun of the audience's names. I get it — Asian names are funny sometimes — but we all knows this. It's not highly original.
All in all, though, I was glad I went, even at 2,500 baht a ticket. We don't get many high-calibre comedians passing through Bangkok, and given how successful this night was — largely down to the city's massive Thai-Indian community — hopefully there will be more.