Thursday, 9 April 2009
Green Motor Show, Isaan Thailand.
Our newest shopping destination here in Ubon Ratchathani, The City Mall which is part of the Sunee Grand Hotel and Convention Center was hosting the Green Motor Show.
I had ventured past last night and there were a lot of people looking at some modified cars that were on show and they were pumping out insanely loud music. I didn’t stop as I didn’t feel like going deaf or weaving through all the young teenagers.
Today when I ventured there, it was virtually empty. Thais hate the sun and this was around 1pm. even people who had stalls set up weren’t there. This stall was about NGV gas for trucks.
There have been numerous explosions in Thailand relating to NGV and a couple of service station attendants lost their lives about 5 months back when tanks exploded on a bus. There are many non genuine tanks being installed by scrupulous people claiming to be approved installation technicians. Tanks are usually manufactured from inferior products and the people actually installing them aren’t qualified.
The stalls there were pretty lame, well for me. There were some car products on display, such as detergents and waxes but they didn’t seem to be anything special. Also there were tyres on display which made me excited.
A local paint shop had a display set up. It seemed that sparkling flecks was the go.
This car didn’t look anything special but on the board they had pictures of a spray booth. I had never seen one here in Ubon before this. When we had some scratches taken out of the car the place we went to did there spray painting out the back with large tarps set up everywhere.
There were some electric bikes on display as well. The electric bikes were not that hip looking and pretty boring. I have seen a lot better looking electric bikes on sale about the place.
This BMW bike was on show, I would be scared to ride a bike this size on Thailand’s roads, drivers here are just so arrogant.
The only thing I did see that I liked was some bike stalls. This stall had Giant and Scott brand bikes for sale. This Giant MTB with Shimano components was on sale for 48,000 Thai Baht.
This Scott MTB was 40,000 Thai baht. I am going to do some sweet talking to Miss Noot.
There was also a Trek stand with MTB and cruiser style bikes on show.
This very nice Trek MTB was 68,000 Thai Baht. It all comes down to the frame and the running gear on the bike to the expense.
This Trek MTB model 4300 was only 14,500 Thai baht.
For me this was the best part of the motor show. There is a concert at night time and obviously then the promo girls will be out as well. I might try and go back tomorrow night and see what is on offer when the sun has set. This usually brings out the more interesting types.