Tourists in Bangkok!
22/06/2012 - 24/06/2012 25 °C
So we arrived at Bangkok airport and headed down to the taxi terminal to get out ride to Suhkumvit. Friday evening at Jen's apartment we are greeted again with an ice cold beer by Brian and Isaac. We head up for a catch up and chat as we are pretty pooped from the journey. Jen was partying at her end of work do so we waited for her to return and ordered food in. We can not believe the variety of food to order, any type of food that you want and they will stop and pick up drinks or anything else you request! The kitchens in the apartments are not designed for cooking and have similar set up to camping with 2 electric hobs. Ordering is what people do. Jen returned, bubbly and lively from her evening and we feasted on a lebanese set which was just what we needed after our travels.
Jen, Brian and Isaac were off to the National Park for the weekend to watch a selection of live bands with friends from school. The trip sounded like so much fun but unfortunately due to flight times we couldn't join them. We saw them off packed up and away, Isaac was comical in the morning delaying getting dressed as long as possible.
Now off to sort things in Bangkok, we headed to a gigantic mall to get our phones unlocked... it was huge! We bargained with the girl and put Tommy's phone into be sorted, mine was more of a problem which would cost us the equivalent of 100 pound! After giving up on that we headed down to the port and got on a boat which sailed up the river leading us to the palace. The views were a complete contrast ranging from fancy hotels with elaborate designs and river access to shacks collapsing into the river and people trawling the river edge for useful things! The river boat was a hop on hop off system for about 20p, the lady was yelling the stops into the microphone but you couldn't really here her so it was a complete guessing game! We got off at the palace and went into see the reclining budda. The smell on the streets from the port to the palace was a complete stench, a nose tingling vinegar like smell which was not very pleasant and market stalls all the way up the street.
The budda was extravagant a gigantic golden model stretched out in a temple type building, the decoration inside was beautiful but quite crowded. Outside the weather was hotting up and Tommy was getting agitated, we had to find shade and water to improve the sweats he was having! We wandered inside the gardens with Tommy running from shady patch to shady patch, after we had seen all we wanted we decided to give the palace a miss and head to Ko San Road. The taxis outside refused to use a meter which they are meant to do so we passed them by and headed for a funky tuk tuk, the journey was a little longer than expected but our man flew around the streets beeping and cheering. Ko San Road is a place Tommy had previously visited on his travels, it is a jammed street where back packers come to hang out, there are market stalls, food, drink and bars. As we arrived a parade came banging and singing down the street we stopped and watched. After meandering around the stalls and taking a quick refresher drink we headed back to Jen's to pack.
After a slightly more stressful evening of trying to condense our bags, upload photos onto facebook and order our tea we settled down for the night. We managed to call home on our new SIM card, it was lovely to hear voices before we set off on our next journey to Nepal.