Tuesday, October 7, 2008
How to Buy A Sofa in Bangkok
Step 1) Take the subway to Ladprao Road--it's quite possibly the ugliest thoroughfare in Bangkok but it boasts an impressive number of furniture shops.
Step 2) Get on the slowest bus you can find. Be sure it's not airconditioned because you will need to sit beside an open window.
Step 3) Note furniture shops that have likely candidates for your living room. Jot down the number of the soi that it is near.
Step 4) At the Mall Bangkapi, get off bus, cross the street, and take a bus back to your starting point. Observe furniture shops on that side of Latprao.
Step 5) Return to the shop that had the sofa that was most appealing. Ask price. When you find it costs a fraction over $50.00, choose an end table as well.
Step 6) Give shop owner your address for delivery. Get in truck with delivery staff. Use up your entire Thai vocabulary well before reaching your apartment building. Relapse into what you hope is a congenial silence.
Step 7) Lead way to your apartment. Indicate where furniture should be placed. Give delivery staff some money and tell them to go drink beer. Be grateful that you can remember how to say that in Thai and even more grateful that they seem to understand you.
Step 8) Begin to plan your next shopping adventure while reclining on your new turquoise sofa.