Trip Start Jan 04, 2005
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Saturday, January 8, 2005

Bangkok is a crazy city, as we've been finding out over the last few days. We arrived on the afternoon of the 5th January, but with our jet lag it felt like morning, which had the effect of keeping us awake and drinking until 6am. We have been trying to bring our sleep patterns back into check, although obviously not trying very hard, as we haven't been to bed before 2am yet.

Our first night was spent finding our feet in Bangkok, sampling some of the food and foreign beers, then sampling a few more, and rounding it off with a few more. The next day was hard work, the combination of high temperature, humidity and our hangovers made for a slow recovery. We did a little sightseeing and a Tuk Tuk driver took us round a few temples and to see a big golden Buddha, then he started trying to take us to places that tried to sell us suits / etc. When we told him to take us back before he got his final big sell, he started getting a bit irate, but took us back anyway.

This was followed by a night in Patpong, one of the more areas with a more dubious nature, we managed to get right through until closing time without succumbing to any bikini clad ladie's charms, although they insisted on chatting and giving us back rubs. For the journey back to the hostel on Koh San Rd we managed to barter with a Tuk Tuk driver and got him to a reasonable price, then a small boy jumped into the drivers seat and put his foot to the floor. It was more like a roller coaster than transport, popping wheelies at every stop.

Next day was spent sunning ourselves on the roof terrace, imagining what January would be like if we'd been at work in England. This was followed by a little shopping, a full set of clothes for under a fiver, and another night out. We stayed round Koh San Rd as we wanted a quieter night, a we were off to Chang Mai the next day, and didn't want to be hung over again. Starting in the hotel bar we popped down the road to an Irish bar, then to a bar we visited on the first night for a couple of games of pool against both locals and other foreigners. We ended up in a bar chatting to a couple of lads from UK who had both been in Thailand for a year or more, they gave us some advice and generally had a laugh.

We've been feeling rough today, and it's been a hot one! Went to the palace and did the touristy thing, then came back here (internet cafe), because it has aircon. Off to Chang Mai in the north tonight on the 12 hour overnight train, we've been told this is fun in itself, so hopefully feel more sociable by then.
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