Bangkok a go-go
Trip Start Oct 24, 2004
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If you allow Bangkok to cast its magick, it transports you on a visual and audio journey through waterways, frenetic markets, coronary-inducing tuk-tuk rides, hushed golden temples to the lifeless sensuality of the go-go bars of Patpong
We settled in easily as the city cast its spell, indulging in some of the most wonderful thai cusine we have probably ever eaten. This initial easy pace was due to the fact we were waiting for the arrival of 'oor hen fae the east' Alan Mckissock. In true style and after a 6 hr flight from Japan he arrives with a big cheery ' hello hens i'm here '. Hazel and I had a feeling our preparatory lazy days we were about to change into some oriental decadence.
Next morning we introduced Alan to some of the local haunts and enjoyed wonderful street food at ' The tranny van' . I must point out that this has nothing to do with the vehicle by Ford , but ran by a colony of colourful lady boys. These girls knew how to cook and were producing some of the finest thai food we have ever eaten and all out of a converted VW combi!. I'm sure i saw one winking at Alan, but he said it must have been me as i was acting very camp with my chopsticks.
By evening time we were zooming down the Mae Nam Chao Phraya on a river taxi, which is a wonderful way to travel as the banks are lined with decorative Wats bathed in a glorious twilight. Jumping off, we boarded the skytrain and headed out to the neon lights of Patpong, where erotica is accessable as a bowl of soup noodles or a fake designer watch welcome to sin city!
Over the next few days we head to Wat Pho, with its wonderful 46m long and 15m high reclining Buddha. This Wat is the oldest in Bangkok, dating back to the 16th century and set in wonderful gardens. As we visited late in the day we had the opportunity to join the monks in meditation. This experience was exceptional as there were only a few other travellers present. Closing our eyes we let the mantras energy fill our minds removing ourselves from time and space, only the end bell brought us round and we definately left peaceful in contemplation.. Just one tip, don't take a tuk-tuk just after meditation, its murder polis, hen .
The Grand Palace was the next on our list, with its 2km complex the holiest in thai Buddhism. With its precarious harmony, it is a feast for the senses as it surrounds you with beautiful colour and textures
After giving puja , we head to the Emerald Buddha. Set on a 9m high pedestal this jadeite image draws pilgrims from all over the country. We sit with our feet pointing away , as a sign of respect and enjoy the Wats ambience.
The next day something special happened. Hazel and I got married!, with alan as 'oor maid of honour'. It was a very special day for us, with our wedding photos taken in the beautiful gardens at Wat Pho. The nice simple ceremony was what we wanted, and we ate and drank Thai style in the evening to finish off a glorious day. Alan was dressed in white and caught the bouquet flowers as Hazel tossed them in the air, so watch out, hen.
This week in Thailand has been so wonderful for us, and many thanks to Alan for his company and friendship over the last few days. My new wife and I will travel to the islands for a few weeks R&R and then head off to start our 9 month honeymoon,hehe. Sometimes life is perfect and we intend to embrace it for all it has to offer, and continue or journey into the unknown.