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    Those were the days

    When it was decided that staying on in Bangkok was gonna become reality I took a walk around a part of the city away from the comfort zone of my hotel that I was staying at, the Amari Atrium, (which was quite cheap by the way), and strolled up Petchaburi Road. I got as far as Klong Tan intersection and stopped for a cold beer in the lobby of the nearest place I could find - The Nasa Vegas Hotel Complex.

    Why did I end up staying at Nasa Vegas? Because I didn't know any better at the time.

    The first hotel I had ever seen with a railway running along the front of it. In 2008 This line is shadowed by a Skytrain type elevated railway running very close to to the hotel itself. Must have been a land dispute of some kind. One night while a bit wobbly I almost fell into the path of a 3mile long diesel express.

    Nasa Vegas is your lower-medium Asian businessman's kind of place. A sales rep from a pharmaceutical company in Pakistan is enjoying the freedom of an all expenses paid trip to Bangkok for three days. Thai students use the place for short term activities, and a tour group from the Ukraine have just checked in after a delayed flight from Ukraine via Gambia & Mongolia.

    One plus point is that the lobby restaurant is open 24hrs and serves drink 24 hrs too. Many a night when unable to sleep I was slumped at one of the tables til 4am intoxicated. The view of taxis pulling up outside can be a bit tiring, though one side window gives you the alternative vista of Ramkamhaeng Road.

    Yesterday afternoon I purposely went to the FBT Sports "superstore" in Ramkamhaeng Road (corner of soi 65) by the National stadium to buy some socks for football (when you play in the big league, you gotta live big, you see) which just gets worse each time.

    One irritating aspect of the store is the football games they play on the screens there with the Thai commentary turned right up. Listening to "oh-hoooooo" repeatedly from the commentators was not a great addition to the headache I already had from the prick masqerading as a motorbike taxi that had got me there.

    After turning down a go on one of those ski machine walking things, I thought I'd stroll along the scenic Ramkamhaeng road down to what is Nasa Vegas now. I had a planned Foodland stop along the way and for the odd aircon blast I could duck into one of several 7-11's along the way.

    Nothing to report at all. "Drab" is the only word that seems to fit in with what I saw and smelled along that part of the journey. When I finally came to the Foodland sign I felt like I had arrived at the gates of heaven. A break from noise, fumes and gloom.

    Lovely. After milkshake, spaghetti and a fish fillet and garlic rice, I headed to Nasa Vegas along the darkest section of the Ramkamhaeng Road. (the Rama 9 to Klong Tan bit). Even during the day its dark along this miserable stretch. Apart from a Volvo dealership and four bus stops, there is absolutely nothing along here.

    Nasa Vegas has been painted magnolia and erm...that's about it. The elevated railway of course is a major difference to when I did my 6 month stretch there, and the evolving railway station over what was Nasa Club (back in the day) is coming along nicely.

    Crossed the road and headed to Petchburi Road, turned right and crossed the canal over a rickety footbridge. If you wanna see well thought out planning for roads and bridges this is the second last place you'd come to.

    Somebody thought that building a large hotel across the road from Petravej Hospital would boost tourist numbers. How silly they were. I walked on getting all nostalgic, a bit.

    Best House mansion. Petch Siam mansion (now streamlined to the easier to say 'PS' mansion). Birdland pet supplies. Kanchana apartment. I subsequently moved from Nasa Vegas to Kanchana.

    Had some great days in this area in a generation gone by, the hair dressers, the nearby mini-Foodland, nearby Khlong tan Railway station, (2 baht to Hua Lampong), Ekkamai road which leads to the BTS, Hi-Tec tower (which had its heyday during the second world war) and two karaoke pubs.

    Those were the days.

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    Respect Dude, I lived in Ekamai for 10 years and its not far away.
    I didn't even know NASA has accommodation. I previously remember it was a Dance or night club, but its not teh soret of area you would be inclined to stop or look around .

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    The Nasa Disco was great in 87-88, there nothing east of klong Tan apart from Car Dealerships and Restuarants, same as Ratchada.

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    The Space Nasa disco was THE place I was told. Then it shut around 1999.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat
    Best House mansion. Petch Siam mansion (now streamlined to the easier to say 'PS' mansion). Birdland pet supplies. Kanchana apartment. I subsequently moved from Nasa Vegas to Kanchana. Had some great days in this area in a generation gone by, the hair dressers, the nearby mini-Foodland, nearby Khlong tan Railway station, (2 baht to Hua Lampong), Ekkamai road which leads to the BTS, Hi-Tec tower (which had its heyday during the second world war) and two karaoke pubs. Those were the days.
    had a good dealer living in that area.,

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    Wouldn't know what you're referring to at all.

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