One of the many great aspects of travel is that it always seems to provide unexpected opportunities to reconnect with old friends from abroad. Even after all the trips I myself have taken, it never ceases to amaze me who manages to turn up in the most distant locations: friends from America in Asia, friends from Asia in Europe, friends from Europe in the Middle East. It truly is an international world.
On this particular trip, the most obvious example of such a reunion has been Stefan – my closest friend now living in Bangkok – but by another total coincidence, Steven, an expat I met in Osaka right around the time Peder and I became friends, was also in town for a little vacation. Steven is the guy holding the gun in the photo captioned “Freeze sucka” here, as well as in the third-to-last photo here.
So after Herb and I wrapped up our day of tourism and got ourselves ready for yet another night on the town, we arranged to meet Steven near our hotel on Soi 4. Then we popped across the street to grab a bite while we waited.
…Or so we thought.
Only moments after dashing across Sukhumvit, an ever-gridlocked 4-lane artery of central Bangkok, I heard someone scream my name as they whizzed by on a moto-taxi.
Amazing! Not only did Steven pass by at the *EXACT* instant we were crossing, but he actually managed to recognize me more than 2 years since our last meeting – and while dodging through traffic at 65kph.
We hopped straight on the BTS, then hired a couple motorcycles to drop us at the entrance of a club called Curve. Here, we’d been invited to a promotional event for RUSH magazine: free entry, free drinks, free bikini fashion show.
The event was lots of fun, but even more worthwhile was the opportunity to meet Jostein (aka Jack), the original creator (I think?) of the Facebook social group through which we’d been hearing about all these fantastic local events. He’s a Norwegian from Bergen – yet another incredibly friendly guy from Scandinavia. I’ll tell ya, they sure know how to make ’em cool over there! 🙂
Once the RUSH event wrapped up Steven and his friend headed home while the rest of us continued to Bed SupperClub, Bangkok’s #1 posh nightlife hotspot.
It was without question the best event of the trip so far.
Not only was the club itself really nice, but the people were both 99% beautiful and 99% friendly – an exceptionally unusual combination in my personal experience. The only catch was that Bed is quite expensive to enter (about on par with the more pricey Las Vegas nightclubs), and the door people are not interested in negotiating.
Luckily, Jack and Stefan did manage to work out a deal…eventually. They got us in by agreeing to split a bottle of champagne amongst the four of us, at a per-person cost of only half what cover alone should’ve normally been.
Let another epic night in Bangkok commence** 🙂